Oxford / AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccination process was deployed at an immunization center in Brighton, south England, on January 26.  Photo: AFP.

More than 2.1 million people die of Covid-19 globally, and countries are divided because of vaccine distribution

Worldwide recorded more than 100 million cases of nCoV infections, more than 2.1 million people died, amid the leaders of the countries disagreed over the distribution of vaccines around the world.

The world recorded 100,788,281 cases and 2,164,319 deaths due to Covid-19, an increase of 561,331 and 16,375 cases in the past 24 hours, respectively. 72,791,837 people have recovered, according to Worldometers real-time update site.

Leaders of the countries of the world yesterday participated in the annual summit at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, organized online under the influence of Covid-19, with the aim of promoting promote global cooperation in anti-epidemic work.

However, disagreement has emerged over the issue of vaccine distribution. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen argues that Europe has “invested billions to help develop the world’s first Covid-19 vaccines”, so companies must now have an obligation to supply.

The spokesperson was made in the context of AstraZeneca and Pfizer announcing late delivery to the EU. Faced with fears that pharmaceutical companies could sell vaccines to higher bidders outside the EU, Von der Leyen said they would “establish a transparent vaccine export mechanism”, to ensure companies comply. contract.

While supporting measures to control vaccine exports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel still calls for “fair” distribution. Von der Leyen also emphasized that the EU has sought to secure vaccine access for poorer countries outside the coalition, through joining the COVAX program co-led by WHO.

However, these comments still do not help developing countries feel secure. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has criticized “vaccine nationalism”, accusing rich countries of buying in bulk and storing up, harming others.

Oxford / AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccination process was deployed at an immunization center in Brighton, south England, on January 26. Image: AFP.

America, the world’s largest epidemic region, recorded an additional 46,760 infections and 989 deaths, bringing the total number of infected people to 25,874,814 and 432,031 deaths.

As of January 26, the United States began requesting nCoV negative test results for all passengers arriving by air. The administration of President Joe Biden said the US entry ban on foreign nationals from Brazil, the UK and 27 other European countries would be renewed, adding South Africa to the list.

Despite travel restrictions, a case of nCoV strain spreading in Brazil has been found in the state of Minnesota. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s medical advisor, said it was only a matter of sooner or later, given how the world moved.

India, the second largest epidemic region in the world, reported an additional 11,492 cases and 98 deaths, bringing the total number of people infected and dead from Covid-19 to 10,689,202 and 153,722 respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on January 22 that India would have complete control over the supply of Covid-19 vaccine, as it has received more than two million doses since the start of the largest vaccination campaign. gender.

Indian officials have discussed with US pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and Moderna about their vaccine production in the country. Pfizer is also looking to license the vaccine in India.

However, a large proportion of Indians have decided not to get the Covid-19 vaccine, due to concerns about side effects following news of anaphylaxis or death. European health officials say there is no evidence that vaccines cause the deaths of some people in nursing homes following vaccination.

Brazil, the third largest epidemic region in the world, an additional 94 people died from Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 217.806. The number of people infected with nCoV increased by 8,889 cases in the past 24 hours, to 8,881,853.

Brazil’s Butantan Biomedical Center on Jan. 26 said it expected about 8.5 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, made by Chinese company Sinovac, to arrive on Feb. 3, hoping for a shipment. Similar numbers arrived shortly thereafter. Butantan also plans to set up a factory entirely for Chinese vaccine production early next year.

Concern about the pandemic situation in Brazil now focuses on the city of Manaus, Amazonas state. The city’s emergency medical system nearly collapsed, with no supply of oxygen available to patients, forcing the government to mobilize oxygen cylinders from across the country to save patients. This is also the place where the new nCoV strain emerges with features similar to the highly infectious strains in the UK and South Africa.

Russia, the fourth largest epidemic region in the world, recorded an additional 18,241 nCoV infections and 564 deaths, bringing the total number of infections and deaths to 3,756,931 and 70,482 respectively. The number of new infections per day seems to be on a downward trend.

The mass vaccination campaign in Russia was launched on January 18. Previously the country had started injecting high-risk groups, including health workers, teachers and the elderly. The currently used Russian Sputnik V vaccine has also been approved in many countries around the world.

The Russian government on January 25 said it had lifted travel bans for Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar. Citizens of these countries can now travel to Russia by air, and Russians are also allowed to fly to these countries.

Brother recorded an additional 1,631 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths due to the pandemic exceeded 100,000, to 100,162, while the number of infected cases increased by 20,089 compared to the previous day, to 3,689,746.

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said these are “extremely distressing” numbers, adding that the government is working to vaccinate the most vulnerable in society, as the country recognizes. More than 3,500 people are hospitalized every day.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference yesterday took full responsibility for the crisis. “I deeply mourn all those who died. Of course, as prime minister, I am fully responsible for everything the government has done,” he said.

France, the sixth largest epidemic region in the world, recorded an additional 22,086 cases and 612 deaths, bringing infections and deaths to 3,079,943 and 74,106, respectively. This is the fourth consecutive day the number of new infections per day is above 20,000, while hospital admissions hit an eight-week high.

This situation raised concerns about a third national blockade. However, President Emmanuel Macron still hopes the current curfew will be enough to keep the virus from spreading, amid the emergence of new strains believed to be more infectious.

On January 26, about 91,522 people received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination, bringing the total number of people vaccinated in the country of 67 million to 1,184,510 since the vaccination campaign began on December 27, 2020. .

Iran, a serious epidemic area in the Middle East, recording an additional 6,420 cases and 79 deaths, bringing the total number of infections and deaths to 1,385,706 and 57,560 respectively. The numbers have been on a downward trend in recent weeks.

Iran said yesterday it had approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for domestic use, and is working to buy the vaccine from AstraZeneca and other companies. During a visit to Moscow, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said it plans to import and produce Sputnik V. According to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the vaccination process will begin in the coming weeks.

Iran has called on the new administration of US President Biden to lift sanctions they say are damaging the war against Covid-19. The sanctions imposed by former US President Donald Trump have exempted food, medicine and other humanitarian aid. However, many international banks are prevented from making transactions with Iran.

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the region’s largest epidemic region with the number of cases exceeding the 1 million mark, to 1,012,350 cases, an increase of 13,094, of which 28,468 people died, an increase of 336. Experts say the actual number of cases in Indonesia may 3 times higher.

Indonesian Health Minister Gunadi Sadikin said there would be improvements in the fight against the epidemic, and urged residents to follow medical guidelines. The government started a mass immunization program earlier this month, tightening mobility restrictions, amid increasing pressure on the hospital system.

However, some suggested that the Indonesian government should issue clearer regulations and at the same time implement more stringent prevention measures.

Philippines, the second largest epidemic region in Southeast Asia, reported 516,166 cases and 10,386 deaths, increasing 1,173 and 94 cases respectively. The situation is even more alarming when batches of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to arrive until the second half of the year.

Due to the emergence of the more contagious nCoV strain from the UK in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte on Jan. 25 decided to re-impose a ban on children aged 10-14 from leaving home, despite fears that this would cause The economy is getting deeper and deeper into crisis.

Luster (According to the Worldometers, Reuters, AFP)


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