World Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world
Vaccine nationalism: Why hoarding COVID jabs may prolong pandemic
UN chief has criticised global distribution, noting that 10 countries have administered 75 percent of all vaccine doses. “At this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community,” he said. On Friday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to give “the majority of any future surplus vaccines” to the UN-backed COVAX vaccine sharing initiative, designed to provide doses to lower-income countries. Below, Al Jazeera takes a look at vaccine hoarding and its effect on the global fight against COVID-19.
New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
- First green light for the US stimulus plan -
The US House of Representatives on Saturday approved the vast stimulus package of 1.9 trillion dollars wanted by President Joe Biden. It provides tens of billions of dollars for the acceleration of vaccinations and the deployment of tests, but also $ 130 billion to help schools and high schools to reopen despite the pandemic.
Why Michael Che's 'SNL' joke about Israeli vaccinations sparked a debate about anti-Semitism
Michael Che's 'Weekend Update' joke about Israel's vaccination rollout caused an uproar online. Several Jewish advocacy groups called on Che and 'Saturday Night Live' to apologise for the joke."Israel is reporting that they have vaccinated half of their population, and I'm gonna guess it's the Jewish half," Che said late Saturday night during "Weekend Update," the satirical broadcast news segment on "SNL" he hosts alongside Colin Jost.
The text, which also includes a controversial increase in minimum income, is due to be sent to the Senate next week.
A committee of experts has also unanimously recommended the urgent authorization in the United States of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for people aged 18 and over. The final green light must now be given by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA).
- 2nd vaccine delivery to South Africa -
South Africa has received a second delivery of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the government said, as the country worst affected by the virus in Africa strives to accelerate its vaccination campaign.
- Auckland is reconfigured Sunday -
Auckland, the main city of New Zealand (1.7 million inhabitants), will reconfine on Sunday for at least seven days after the discovery of new cases. The measure comes less than two weeks after a three-day confinement.
COVID Truthers’ Impossible Hatred for Dancing Nurses
As the COVID-19 pandemic started truly exploding in America last March, health-care workers spoke out about the strains the disaster was placing on the medical system. The pain and urgency of their stories of overburdened staff and waves of death were powerful and palpable. But many frontline doctors, nurses, and other medical workers still found the time and energy in those grim early weeks to make a slew of dance videos, some large and well-choreographed, which they shared on social media.
- Weekend locally confined in France -
In France, where a national curfew at 6:00 p.m. is still in force, part of the Mediterranean coast of the Côte d'Azur, around Nice (South-East) and the agglomeration of Dunkirk, on the North Sea, are confined this weekend and will be the next.
- Partial confinement in the Czech Republic -
The Czech government will impose on the population from March 1 a ban on movement outside the departments of their places of residence, the rate of contamination in the Czech Republic being the highest in the world during the past two weeks.
- ... and restrictions in Brazil -
Several state governors or mayors of Brazil have decided to restrict activities or movements in order to avoid the collapse of health structures with the outbreak of contaminations.
- Restrictions lifted in Sardinia -
Italy has lifted almost all restrictions in Sardinia, but introduced more in several other regions, including wealthy Lombardy.
The Five Fallacies That Hamstrung Our Response to COVID-19
The assumptions made by public officials, and the choices made by media, too often backfired.One might have expected the initial approval of the coronavirus vaccines to spark similar jubilation—especially after a brutal pandemic year. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the steady drumbeat of good news about the vaccines has been met with a chorus of relentless pessimism.
- A Belgian prison in quarantine -
The Namur prison, in the south-east of Belgium, has been placed in quarantine and the detainees have been confined to their cells. More than half of the 132 inmates and around 60 out of 115 staff have tested positive since last week.
- Shipment of oxygen to Peru -
A first shipment of oxygen for medical use was sent from Chile to its neighbor Peru, where demand for this gas has increased by 200% since the start of the second wave, like several Latin American countries.
The lack of medical oxygen particularly affects Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.
- Resignation of a boss in Canada -
The head of the main pension fund in Canada, Mark Machin, 54, has resigned after traveling to the United Arab Emirates to be vaccinated, despite the government's recommendations to avoid travel abroad.
The vaccination campaign in Canada, which has been delayed due to delivery problems for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, is currently reserved for the elderly and caregivers.
- More than 2.5 million dead
The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 2,518,080 people around the world, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Saturday at 11:00 GMT.
The United States is the most affected country with 510,467 deaths, followed by Brazil (252,835), Mexico (184,474), India (156,938) and the United Kingdom (122,415).
These figures based on daily reports from health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases, are generally underestimated.
California's Largest Teachers Union Says Newsom Again 'Moved Goalpost' for Reopening Schools .
The school reopening deal received bipartisan support in the state legislature earlier this week.The $6.6 billion deal Newsom signed on Friday includes nearly $4.6 billion to assist with supplemental instruction for schools throughout California and $2 billion to be distributed to schools that reopen for in-person instruction.