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Covid-19 Around the Globe Update

 

First, for those who may have earlier missed it, here is a Worldometers site that gives a country by country statistical comparison of Covid-19 cases:

 

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

 

There is also this interactive map that focuses on such statistics for Africa:

 

http://AllAfrica interactive map

 

Below are some country by country articles on the topic  of vaccinations, including this first article that discusses effectiveness against mutant strains:

 

Brazil:

 

https://www.sciencem...-plagued-brazil

 

Extract:

(Science) As potentially more dangerous coronavirus variants spread worldwide, scientists and clinicians have raced to discover how well the available COVID-19 vaccines protect against the mutant strains. Preliminary results from a large study of health care workers now suggest one dose of CoronaVac, a vaccine developed by a Chinese company, is still about 50% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 in a Brazilian city where more than three-fourths of new cases are caused by the highly transmissible variant known as P.1.

 

Although 50% effectiveness is far below the greater than 90% real-world protection of COVID-19 vaccines made with messenger RNA (mRNA), it may still be good enough to curb the disease’s spread within Brazil; vaccines with that level of efficacy in a clinical trial qualify for emergency use in many places and meet the World Health Organization’s threshold, as well.

 

…It’s also not clear how well the mRNA vaccines protect against the P.1 variant; their clinical tests happened before it was circulating or in places with little of the variant

 

South Africa:

 

https://allafrica.co...d/00077476.html

 

Introduction:

(All Africa) South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the second phase of the country's vaccination rollout will begin on May 17, 2021. Mkhize added that the country secured a combined 51 million jabs in agreements that have been signed with various drug makers, aimed at 42 million people. According to Mkhize, 31 million jabs are from Johnson & Johnson, while 20 million will come from Pfizer.

 

The country is also expecting about 1.2 million vaccines from COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX). As of April 9, 2021, 1,554,975 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country of which 53,173 proved fatal and 1,480,632 resulted in the recovery. Vaccinations to date total 283,629.

 

Japan:

 

https://www.japantim...accine-rollout/

 

Introduction:

(The Japan Times) Japan’s vaccination drive finally kicked into gear Monday around four months after the start of inoculations in the United States and the United Kingdom, a slow rollout that has generated further criticism of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s handling of the pandemic.

 

The doses for people 65 and over are the first vaccinations for members of the public in Japan after priority was given to inoculating front-line medical staff first.

 

Japan has so far weathered the coronavirus pandemic relatively well, with infection numbers and deaths just a fraction of many Western countries. But the slow vaccination plan means struggling businesses and fearful shoppers will have to hold out for longer as the recovery of the economy is delayed by as much as two years compared with global peers.

 

The tardy start comes as stricter measures were reinstated today to quell an uptick in virus cases in the capital.

 

 India:

 

https://indianexpres...-india-7270310/

 

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 (The Indian Express) An expert panel of India’s central drug authority has recommended granting approval to Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V for emergency use in the country with certain conditions, sources said.

 

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) on Monday took up the application of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories seeking emergency use authorisation for Sputnik V..

 

The recommendations have been sent to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for final approval.

 

Bhutan:

 

https://www.thenatio...-days-1.1201945

 

Extract:

(The National)…the story of Bhutan’s vaccination campaign is nearly finished – just 16 days after it began.

 

The tiny Himalayan kingdom wedged between India and China has vaccinated nearly 93 per cent of its adult population since March 27.

 

Overall, the country has vaccinated 62 per cent of its 800,000 people.


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Top Government Health Official Admits Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine Efficacy Is 'Not High' 

 

https://www.cnn.com/...-hnk/index.html

 

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(CNN)The efficacy of Chinese Covid-19 vaccines is "not high" and authorities are weighing options to bolster protection -- including mixing different shots, China's top disease control official has said.

 

"The protection rates of existing vaccines are not high," Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told a conference in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Saturday.
 
He listed two options to solve the problem: one is to increase the number of doses, or adjust the dosage or interval between shots; the other is to mix vaccines developed from different technologies.
 
Gao's remarks are a rare public admission from the country's top health official that the efficacy of China's coronavirus vaccines is not ideal -- and improvements are needed to boost protection.

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COVID-19: India sees record case numbers as millions of pilgrims flock to Hindu festival

Wednesday 14 April 2021 11:39, UK

New coronavirus infections in India have reached a record high with 184,372 cases reported in the past 24 hours alone.

The country has reported 13.5 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began - pushing its toll past Brazil's and making it second only to the US, though both countries have much smaller populations.

Deaths are also rising and have crossed the 170,000 mark. Even those figures, experts say, are likely to be an undercount.

The latest surge comes as millions of Hindu pilgrims gathered in the temple town of Haridwar, in Uttarakhand, to celebrate Maha Kumbh Mela.

The month-long festival had been been flagged as a superspreader event - as more than 50 million people were expected to attend.


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Sao Paulo to run out of neuromuscular blockers and sedatives within days

 

Intubation will no longer be possible once this occurs meaning many people that possibly could otherwise be saved will likely start to die intensifying the death toll in the country...

 

https://news.abs-cbn...-19-cases-surge



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At least 1,300 babies now dead of COVID-19 in Brazil

 

https://news.yahoo.c...-231503962.html



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Sao Paulo to run out of neuromuscular blockers and sedatives within days

 

Intubation will no longer be possible once this occurs meaning many people that possibly could otherwise be saved will likely start to die intensifying the death toll in the country...

 

https://news.abs-cbn...-19-cases-surge

 

It's okay though. Bolsonaro said it's "just a little flu". Nothing to worry about.

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Former world leaders call on Biden to suspend Covid-19 vaccine patents

A group of 175 former world leaders and Nobel laureates is urging the US to take “urgent action” to suspend intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines to help boost global inoculation rates.

A measure to allow countries to temporarily override patent rights for Covid-related medical products was proposed at the World Trade Organization by India and South Africa in October, and has since been backed by nearly 60 countries.

Doing so would allow developing countries to make their own copies of the vaccines that have been developed by pharmaceutical companies without fear of being sued for intellectual property infringements.

https://www.ft.com/c...1c-8544a6ce996b



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Blood clots as prevalent with Pfizer and Moderna vaccine as with AstraZeneca's:
https://www.marketwa...port-2021-04-15
 
A study by Oxford University found the number of people who receive blood clots after getting vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine are about the same for those who get Pfizer PFE, +0.97% and Moderna MRNA, -1.58% vaccines as they are for the AstraZeneca AZN, 2.10% vaccine that was produced with the university's help. According to the study, 4 in 1 million people experience cerebral venous thrombosis after getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, versus 5 in 1 million people for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The risk of getting CVT is much higher for those who get COVID-19 -- 39 in a million patients -- than it is for those for get vaccinated. AstraZeneca's vaccine use has been halted or limited in many countries on blood clot concerns.

 



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As kind of a follow-up to the interesting article cited and linked by Jessica:

 

 

A Rare Clotting Disorder May Cloud the World’s Hopes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

 

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/rare-clotting-disorder-may-cloud-worlds-hopes-astrazenecas-covid-19-vaccine

 

Introduction:

(Science) In the tumultuous rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, all eyes this week were on the United States, where the company had a highly public communication breakdown over the vaccine’s efficacy with an expert panel overseeing a large study in the Americas. But on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the vaccine faces new concerns about safety as an explanation gains ground for the unusual strokes and clotting disorders recorded in at least 30 recipients.

 

Many European countries suspended use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine earlier this month following initial reports of the symptoms, which have led to at least 15 deaths. Most resumed vaccinations after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended doing so on 18 March, saying the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any risks. EMA is continuing to investigate the matter and will convene a wide-ranging committee of experts on 29 March.

 

Now, a group of researchers led by German clotting specialist Andreas Greinacher of the University of Greifswald says the highly unusual combination of symptoms—widespread blood clots and a low platelet count, sometimes with bleeding—resembles a rare side effect of the blood thinner heparin called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).

 

The scientists, who first described their findings during a 19 March press conference, recommend a way to test for and treat the disorder and say this can help ease worries about the vaccine.

 

“We know what to do: how to diagnose it, and how to treat it,” says Greinacher, who calls the syndrome vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT). Greinacher has posted a manuscript on the preprint server Research Square.

 

Conclusion:

The world needs AstraZeneca’s vaccine, she (Saskia Middeldorp - a vascular internist at Radboud University Medical Center) says—but that means it is crucial to fully understand its benefits and its risks.


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India breaches 200,000 daily COVID-19 cases as hospital beds, oxygen fall short

Many Indian hospitals were scrambling for beds and oxygen as COVID-19 infections surged to a new daily record on Thursday, with a second wave of infections centred on the rich western state of Maharashtra.
 
India's tally of total infections is second only to the United States, with experts blaming everything from official complacency to aggressive variants. The government has blamed failure to practise physical distancing.
 
The country has been producing oxygen at full capacity for each of the last two days but will have to turn to imports, with the health ministry saying it was planning to import 50,000 metric tons.
 
"The situation is horrible," said Avinash Gawande, an official at a government hospital in the industrial city of Nagpur that was battling a flood of patients, as were hospitals in neighbouring Gujarat state and New Delhi in the north.


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If India lets this explode out of control this could kill millions...



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Canada (outside of Atlantic Canada and the Territories) is rapidly becoming the new Brazil as hospital systems are beginning to collapse as a result of the UK and Brazilian variants. Toronto is now sending people to nursing homes as hospitals have no more room.

 

Overburdened hospitals to transfer patients to long-term care homes - CityNews Toronto



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Canada (outside of Atlantic Canada and the Territories) is rapidly becoming the new Brazil as hospital systems are beginning to collapse as a result of the UK and Brazilian variants. Toronto is now sending people to nursing homes as hospitals have no more room.

 

Overburdened hospitals to transfer patients to long-term care homes - CityNews Toronto

 

A personal question(s): have you yourself (your relatives) been vaccinated? If yes, was it easily available or not? What do people (in general) think about vaccination?



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Canada (outside of Atlantic Canada and the Territories) is rapidly becoming the new Brazil as hospital systems are beginning to collapse as a result of the UK and Brazilian variants. Toronto is now sending people to nursing homes as hospitals have no more room.

 

Overburdened hospitals to transfer patients to long-term care homes - CityNews Toronto

 

A personal question(s): have you yourself (your relatives) been vaccinated? If yes, was it easily available or not? What do people (in general) think about vaccination?

 

 

I don't live in the hard hit area of the country. I live in the Atlantic region (Atlantic Bubble - Wikipedia) which is basically the New Zealand of the Western Hemisphere... My mother has gotten her first shot, father should be eligible for his within the next week or two. I will not be eligible until June probably. My brother won't get a vaccine unless forced as he thinks it is overblown (will if required for job). Most of my family are pro-vaccine, and I believe I saw a poll saying high 80% to low 90% people in this area want a vaccine, there is very little vaccine skepticism in this area, could potentially be because it takes forever to get a vaccine. We are just getting to around a quarter of the adult population being vaccinated...



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Looks like we'll pass 3 million deaths globally today.



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I don't live in the hard hit area of the country. I live in the Atlantic region (Atlantic Bubble - Wikipedia) which is basically the New Zealand of the Western Hemisphere... My mother has gotten her first shot, father should be eligible for his within the next week or two. I will not be eligible until June probably. My brother won't get a vaccine unless forced as he thinks it is overblown (will if required for job). Most of my family are pro-vaccine, and I believe I saw a poll saying high 80% to low 90% people in this area want a vaccine, there is very little vaccine skepticism in this area, could potentially be because it takes forever to get a vaccine. We are just getting to around a quarter of the adult population being vaccinated...

 

I, on contrary, live in one of the most affected regions. What's worse, our regional statistics is glaringly fake. I mean, not just fake, but they doesn't even bother to make it somehow plausible. Exactly 15 deaths every day, no more, no less. When the gap between reports and reality grows too big, the death count spike to 20-40 daily, and then, within few days, returns to "normal".

 

On the other hand, vaccine is available to everyone, with no any "eligible by this or that time" limits. You just fill out the form and (after a brief exam) get your first dose. Why so easy? Because most of people doesn't want it or prefer to "wait and see". I got vaccinated and persuaded my relatives to do the same. One of reasons to hurry was desire to fall exactly under "Sputnik V" (already available) instead of two other vaccines (soon to be available). Anyway, with one vaccine or another, I trust our scientists much more than our statisticians and do not wish to someday become the undercounted 16th case.



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'It's demoralizing': Vaccine shoppers are declining AstraZeneca

Apr 16, 2021

Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth had worked a long time to get doses of vaccine to offer patients in her Glebe family medicine practice.

Now she has 200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and is gearing up to start administering it on Monday. But she has had a hard time booking patients.

Some patients say they don’t want the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been the subject of reports of rare blood clotting events, preferring to wait until they can book for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

“Literally, people are shopping for vaccine. It makes doctors feel like we’re used car salesmen. I have never encountered anything like this before,” said Kaplan-Myrth.

“It’s like buying tickets to a rock concert. People keep trying to get better seats.”

https://ottawacitize...ing-astrazeneca



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I'm beyond frustrated by this vaccine shopping considering us under 55's in Canada cannot even get a shot at the moment, unless we fall into specific essential categories...



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Covid: More than 10m people fully vaccinated in UK

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More than 10 million people in the UK have received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the latest government figures.

It means more than 19% of UK adults are now fully vaccinated, while nearly 33 million people have had their first dose.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the news as a "remarkable milestone".

Also hailing the "terrific milestone", the health secretary urged people to get the jab "as soon as possible".

"Second doses are crucial to maximising the strength and duration of your protection from Covid-19," he added.

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: "The success of the NHS vaccination programme is not a happy accident. It is down to careful planning coupled with the sheer hard work and determination of doctors, nurses and countless other staff ably assisted by volunteers and many others."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56794047



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High-profile Norwegian conspiracy theorist who said COVID-19 was a hoax dies from the virus after hosting illegal house parties | Newshub

 

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