As many Asian countries deal with the surge in their most severe COVID-19 infections, the slow flow of vaccine doses from around the world has finally accelerated, which brings hope that low vaccination rates can increase and help weaken the rapidly spreading delta The impact of variants.
However, as many vaccine promises have not been fulfilled and infection rates have soared in many countries, experts say that more needs to be done to help countries that are struggling with too many patients and shortages of oxygen and other key supplies.
Approximately 1.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Indonesia on Thursday afternoon, and the country has become a major hot spot for infections and deaths to record highs.
The Indonesian Ministry of Health reported 54,517 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, up from about 8,000 cases a month ago. The country began rolling out vaccines in January, but only about 5.8% of its 270 million people have been vaccinated with both vaccines.
“Competition between vaccines and variants”
Before the U.S. shipment, 3 million doses of Moderna vaccine arrived in the United States on Sunday, and 11.7 million doses of AstraZeneca have been shipped in batches through the UN-supported COVAX mechanism since March. the last time.
“This is very encouraging,” said UNICEF Indonesia Health Director Somia Kadandale, who is responsible for distributing the vaccines provided through COVAX. “It now appears that it is not just a competition between vaccines and variants in Indonesia. I hope we can win this competition.”
Many people, including the World Health Organization, have been criticizing the inequality of vaccines in the world, pointing out that more than half of the population in many rich countries are at least partially vaccinated, while the vast majority of people in low-income countries are still waiting for the first dose.
The International Red Cross warned this week that “the global vaccine gap is widening” and said that rich countries need to accelerate the pace of fulfilling their pledges.
Vietnam, Thailand, and South Korea have all implemented new lockdown restrictions in the past week as they struggled to control the rapidly rising infections despite slow vaccination campaigns.
Although most of the products delivered recently are from the United States, as part of a bilateral agreement, Japan shipped 1 million doses of AstraZeneca to Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam on Thursday, and Vietnam said it would receive 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca from Australia. .
The Philippines is expected to have 16 million doses of vaccine in July, including 3.2 million doses from the United States later this week, 1.1 million doses from Japan, 132,000 doses of Sputnik V from Russia, and other vaccines through COVAX. Japan also sent US$11 million to Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iran, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other countries through COVAX this month.
Canada this week promised additional 17.7 million AstraZeneca excess doses To the 100 million pledged by COVAX, this is coordinated by the vaccine alliance GAVI. As of June, France has delivered 1.7 million doses of vaccine globally through COVAX, and millions more doses will be sent this summer.
In addition to distributing some donated vaccines, the financial contribution to COVAX also helps fund the purchase of doses for free distribution to 92 low- or middle-income countries.
Earlier this month, the African Union severely criticized how long it would take for the vaccine to reach the continent, noting that only 1% of Africans were fully vaccinated.
-From the Associated Press and Reuters, the last update time is 7 am EST
What’s happening in canada
As of early Thursday morning, Canada had reported 1,421,831 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 4,830 were considered active. The country’s COVID-19 death toll is 26,458. To date, more than 43.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been vaccinated across the country. CBC News Statistics.
There were only three new cases of COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada on Wednesday.Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador Said that these cases were found among people on a ship currently moored near the coast. The Provincial Health Department said that eight crew members on one ship tested positive and there were 14 cases on the other ship.
No new cases were reported on Wednesday Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island,some of them COVID-19 Testing Center Closing.
Ontario Health officials reported another 7 deaths and 153 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
In the prairie provinces, Manitoba There were no new deaths on Wednesday 53 additional cases COVID-19. The province will enter the second phase of its reopening plan on Saturday-weeks ahead of schedule.
The Chief Public Health Officer of Manitoba, Dr. Brent Roussin, said at a briefing that as he announced these changes, the vaccination efforts were “achieving results,” including Relax restrictions At an indoor party.
Saskatchewan, While reporting 18 new cases COVID-19 emerged on Wednesday and there were no new deaths.
Health officials in Alberta 1 death was reported on Wednesday and 46 new COVID-19 infection.
Throughout the north, no new cases were reported on Wednesday Nunavut, This North-west region or Yukon Territory ——Where is the official Expand the number of people allowed to gather Under COVID-19 restrictions, more than three-quarters of residents have been fully vaccinated.
in British Columbia, There are no new death records on Wednesday, and 41 new cases COVID-19.
-From CBC News and Canadian media, the last update time is 6:55 am EST
What is happening around the world
According to the US-based case tracking tool, as of early Thursday morning, more than 188.4 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide. Johns Hopkins UniversityThe reported global death toll exceeds 4 million.
inside America, Argentina reported more than 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, which was a heavy blow to a country that intermittently implemented the world’s most severe lockdown measures, but found that many people’s compliance was unstable.
The recent variants of the coronavirus have helped spread the disease faster, and although the vaccine program has made progress, it is still insufficient.
The Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that 614 people have died from the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 100,250.
in AfricaAfter reporting a new daily record of 733 cases, Senegal is experiencing an “unprecedented” surge in infections.
inside Asia Pacific Regions, Australia reported on Thursday that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Sydney has slowed, while Melbourne and other parts of Victoria were ordered to undergo a five-day lockdown on Thursday following a surge in COVID-19 infections. The two main population centers of the country have been battling the outbreak of the delta variant.
in EuropeFor the first time in the past six months, the number of daily coronavirus cases in the UK has exceeded 40,000. Government data showed another 42,302 infections, the highest daily number since the country was severely locked down after the deadly second wave of pandemic on January 15.
Cases are expected to increase, and the government has warned that there may be an unprecedented 100,000 daily infections this summer.
The sharp increase in cases in the more contagious Delta in recent weeks has raised concerns that the UK will ease restrictions on Monday, which will remove legal restrictions on social contact and wearing masks.
inside middle EastAccording to local media reports, Kuwait reported 11 deaths and 1,623 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
-From the Associated Press and Reuters, the last update time is 7:05 am EST