New Delhi: India on Saturday started vaccinating against the world’s largest corona virus as the epidemic spread at a record pace and the death toll of Covid-19 rose to 2 million globally.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for speeding up the rollout of vaccines around the world, as well as efforts to study the sequence of the virus, which has infected more than 93 million people worldwide since. It was first discovered in China in 2019.
India, with 1.3 billion people, is the world’s second largest.
The government has approved two vaccines – although clinical trials are yet to be completed – aimed at vaccinating about 300 million people by July.
The first spray picker in the eastern city of Kolkata was Santa Roy, a 35-year-old health worker who told AFP he now saw a “ray of hope” after witnessing deaths from the corona virus. ۔
Officials say they are shedding light on their experience with election and child immunization programs for the campaign, a difficult task for a large, impoverished nation that often lacks poor transport infrastructure and the world. Is one of the worst-funded healthcare systems in the world.
Satijit Rath from the National Institute of Immunology in India said that vaccinating children regularly was a “very small game” and that vaccinating against COVD-19 would be “extremely challenging”.
The government has developed tens of thousands of refrigeration tools and about 150,000 specially trained staff to meet some of these challenges.
Vaccines will also have high security, so food will not be sold in India’s major black market for medicines.
On Friday, WHO chief Tedros Azanom Ghibrius said he “wants to see polio drops in every country in the next 100 days so that health workers and high-risk people can be protected first.”
His call recorded an average of 7,724,000 new cases per day globally in the past week due to snowfall of infection, according to AFP.
Anxious Limits on Deaths and Infections In many parts of the world, vaccine logistics and supply issues are a cause for concern and criticism.
The American pharmaceutical company Dev Pfizer has said that the shipment of its vaccine will slow down for some time by the end of January.
In severely affected Europe, there are fears that delays in Pfizer could further slow the vaccine’s rollout, which has already been heavily criticized.
Pfizer, which has jointly developed its vaccine with German company Biotech, said EU countries could expect a delay in delivery in the coming weeks due to work at its plant in Belgium.
It promised a “significant increase” in shipments in March, and the European Commission said all vaccines ordered by the bloc for the first quarter would be delivered on time.
But the ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden said in a joint letter that the situation was “unacceptable” and that “the credibility of the vaccination process is declining.”
As matters escalated, nations doubled over sanctions.
Portugal entered a fresh lockdown on Friday, and new population restrictions were announced from Italy to Brazil.
Beijing has extended its solitary confinement period for overseas travelers, with travelers having to spend another week at home after 21 days in an existing hotel quarantine, state media reported Saturday.
There are also growing fears that a new strain of the virus found in Brazil could be highly contagious, just as it has recently been found in different strains found in the UK and South Africa.
According to state media, Chinese pharmaceutical company Dev CenoFirm has claimed that ongoing tests have shown that its vaccine has proved effective against a variety found in the UK for the first time.
In the United States – the world’s most difficult nation – President-elect Joe Biden on Friday vowed to use the full power of the government in a vaccine coup: create thousands of immunization sites, deploy mobile clinics and Public health should be expanded. manpower.
The U.S. infection has killed more than 23 million people, with more than 390,000 deaths, and the U.S. economy – the world’s largest – has been affected.
The virus has plagued California in recent weeks, and there have been so many deaths in some parts of the state that funeral homes are not running out of capacity.
For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles-based Biode Funeral Home has begun to reach customers.
At its reception desk, phones keep ringing, mostly unanswered because defeated staff have stopped making appointments and now customers are told to just show up and line up.
“It’s a pity. But it’s kind of like now,” said owner Candybod.
“Things are getting more and more out of control.” Japan, meanwhile, has seen an increase in suicides in the country’s second wave of the Kovid epidemic, especially among women and children, despite falling in the first wave, a survey found.
According to a study by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, the suicide rate rose 16 percent in the July-October period from a year earlier.
This was a significant reversal of Japan’s 14% reduction in suicide rates between February and June.
The study linked government subsidies, reduced working hours and school closures.
The report says the long-running epidemic has hit industries where women dominate, increasing the burden on working mothers, and increasing domestic violence.