World COVID roundup: Vaccine restrictions, record cases and job losses

11:51  09 april  2021
11:51  09 april  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

A Terrible Conundrum for the AstraZeneca Vaccine

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US cases and deaths. Global vaccinations . Tracking Covid -19 vaccinations worldwide. At least 161 countries and territories have administered more than 677 million doses of a Covid -19 vaccine , barely a year after the first Covid -19 case was reported in China. Several different vaccines have been developed at record speed, in large part due to years of research on related viruses and billions

Vaccine data from Bloomberg’s Covid -19 Tracker. Cases data: Johns Hopkins University. Since the start of the global vaccination campaign, countries have experienced unequal access to vaccines and varying degrees of efficiency in getting shots into people’s arms. Before March, few African nations had received a single shipment of shots. Even for people fully vaccinated , some restrictions remain in place while the virus still circulates across the country. The CDC advises against travel and recommends wearing masks and social distancing while in public. How State Vaccinations Stack Up .

An increasing number of countries are joining the ranks of those limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) found a link between very rare blood clots in the brain and the jab.

a statue of a person: India marked another record high of new COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day [Noah Seelam/AFP] © India marked another record high of new COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day [Noah Seelam/AFP] India marked another record high of new COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day [Noah Seelam/AFP]

Almost 134 million coronavirus infections have been reported around the world since the first reported case in 2019. More than 2.9 million people have died, with the United States reporting the highest death toll of more than 560,000.

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Because the supply of COVID -19 vaccine in the United States is currently limited, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. CDC’s recommendations are based on those of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public You should get any COVID -19 vaccine that is available when you are eligible. Do not wait for a specific brand. All currently authorized and recommended COVID -19 vaccines are safe and effective, and CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another.

In relation to COVID -19 vaccines , the MHRA has authorised their supply following a rigorous review of their safety, quality and efficacy. The clinical trials of COVID -19 vaccines have shown them to be effective and acceptably safe; however, as part of its statutory functions, the MHRA is responsible for This is a requirement for all authorised medicines and vaccines in the UK. This monitoring strategy is continuous, proactive and based on a wide range of information sources, with a dedicated team of scientists reviewing information daily to look for safety issues or unexpected rare events.

Here is a quick roundup of the latest coronavirus-related news from around the world:

More restrictions over the AstraZeneca shot

Countries across the world are taking measures following the EMA announcement of a link between rare blood clots in the brain and the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The French health ministry said the recipients of the first dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine who are below 55 should get a second shot with a new-style messenger-RNA vaccine, like those developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

Spain and Italy have also decided to limit the use of the vaccine to people aged above 60, while Belgium restricted the vaccine to people older than 56. In the United Kingdom, it is recommended that people between 18 and 29 are offered an alternative vaccine.

Doctor reveals 'worrying' symptoms to look for after AstraZeneca jab

  Doctor reveals 'worrying' symptoms to look for after AstraZeneca jab One of Australia's leading doctors has revealed the warning signs people need to look out for after a man was hospitalised with a rare blood clotting condition after he received the AstraZeneca jab.Acting Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd addressed concerns surrounding the vaccine on Friday.

The ruling was not on Covid vaccines , but rather on vaccines for nine diseases compulsory for children under Czech law including measles, diphtheria and hepatitis B. The judges voted by a majority of 16 to one that there had been ‘’no violation’’ of Article 8, the right to respect for private life. Mandatory vaccination is one of the thorniest issues in all of medical ethics, and there is certainly no obvious solution. The dilemma comes from the fact that some vaccines do not only (or sometimes even primarily) protect oneself, but contribute to herd immunity, and thereby protect the entire population.

Up to now, vaccination has meant injecting a dead virus (or bacteria), or one that has been weakened and can only poorly replicate, or parts of the virus, or suchlike. In addition, we will also have very little information on such things as whether or not the vaccine actually reduces serious infections or death, as noted by Professor Haseltine in a recent article: “These [ vaccine ] protocols do not emphasize the most important ramifications of COVID -19 that people are most interested in preventing: overall infection, hospitalization, and death.”

Australia and the Philippines limited the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, while the Africa Union dropped plans to buy the shot.

Latin America’s job losses

Some 26 million jobs have been lost in the region and the Caribbean due to the coronavirus pandemic, data from the International Labour Organization show.

The average employment rate in the region of some 650 million people has fallen from 57.4 percent to 51.7 percent from the outbreak of the pandemic until the end of last year. The unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean rose year-on-year from 8.3 percent to 10.6 percent.

India’s new record high

For a third straight day, India reported a record high with 131,968 new infections in the last 24 hours. Deaths rose by 780 to a total of 167,642.

With an overall tally of 13.06 million cases, India’s caseload was the third-highest globally, behind the US and Brazil.

Equitable vaccine access

The COVAX vaccine facility, an international platform that aims to deliver two billion vaccines to the poorest country by the end of the year, has sent more than 38 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 102 countries and economies across six continents, six weeks after it began to roll out supplies.

The WHO has said despite India’s decision to temporarily suspend vaccines’ export from the Serum Institute (SII) to meet domestic demand, the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer, it is still expecting to deliver doses to all participating economies that have requested vaccines in the first half of the year.

Hispanics are being vaccinated at lower rates nationwide. Nevada is trying to change that. .
Access barriers have created a Hispanic vaccination gap.Hispanics in Nevada had already suffered disproportionately from the virus: They are more likely to test positive for Covid-19 than any other ethnic or racial group in the state and have experienced high levels of unemployment as the state’s tourism-reliant economy was shut down.

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