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Brazil lost 70 million coronavirus vaccines and now faces 2,000 deaths a day – El Financiero

In August last year, when Brazil emerged as one of the countries hardest hit by the Coronavirus, Pfizer offered to the Ministry of Health to.....»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMay 29th, 2021

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Latin America to bear worst impact from coronavirus: World Bank

Latin America and the Caribbean will suffer the worst economic and health impact from the coronavirus, the World Bank said Friday, forecasting a nearly 8.0 percent drop in regional GDP. “Our region is suffering the worst economic and health impacts of Covid-19 of anywhere in the world,” according to Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, the Bank’s regional vice president. He said the findings in the report “calls for clarity on how to combat the pandemic and put the economies back on track for a swift recovery.”  In its report, “The Cost of Staying Healthy” the Bank addresses the impact of the pandemic in a region with with high Covid-19 mortality and infection rates such as Brazil, Mexico and Peru. “The number of deaths per million people is as high as in advanced economies, if not more, but the resources available to counter the shock are much more constrained,” it said.  The bank forecasts a recovery with growth of 4.0 percent in 2021. The report forecasts a region-wide 7.9 percent drop in GDP, a slightly more negative outlook for 2020 than its last assessment in June of a likely 7.2 percent contraction. Crisis-wracked Venezuela — in acute recession for several years and with a government that at least 50 countries refuse to recognize — is not taken into account in the figures. The Covid-related economic crisis follows “several years of disappointing economic growth and limited progress on social indicators, and right after a wave of social unrest,” the report said. “The social damage is immense” the institution warned, adding that unemployment rates had soared across the region, “sometimes substantially.”  Surveys conducted in 13 countries in the region showed that the share of households suffering a decline in income is higher than the share experiencing job losses, it said. The findings suggest that “the impact of the crisis is not only severe but also potentially long-lasting.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

US infections top three million as Trump pushes schools reopening

WASHINGTON, United States – The United States topped three million confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed for schools to re-open amid a COVID-19 resurgence in many southern hotspots. The US remains by far the worst affected country, with over 131,000 deaths, while Brazil — whose virus-skeptic President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive […] The post US infections top three million as Trump pushes schools reopening appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

US coronavirus infections top three million

The United States topped three million confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed for schools to re-open amid a COVID-19 resurgence in many southern hotspots. The US remains by far the worst affected country, with over 131,000 deaths, while Brazil — whose virus-skeptic President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the disease — […] The post US coronavirus infections top three million appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Study: India COVID deaths 10x higher than reported

New Delhi—India’s coronavirus death toll is up to 10 times higher than the nearly 415,000 fatalities reported by authorities, likely making it the country’s worst humanitarian disaster since independence, a US research group said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

1M more doses of AstraZeneca arrive at NAIA

About 3.256 million doses of coronavirus vaccines are coming into the country this weekend, starting with over 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Japanese government that arrived Thursday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 9th, 2021

At their own risks

The National Task Force implementing the Philippine government’s responses against the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic reported a total of almost 12 million doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines that were already administered nationwide......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2021

Third pandemic wave hits as Brazil surpasses half million COVID deaths

Brazil on Saturday became the second country after the United States to surpass 500,000 Covid-19 deaths as the South American giant grapples with a third wave of the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 20th, 2021

Vietnam begs public for ‘vaccine fund’ donations after virus surge

HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Vietnam, once a model for its successful handling of the pandemic, has started asking for public donations to buy vaccines as it struggles to contain a new coronavirus wave. The Southeast Asian country has vaccinated only about one percent of its population of nearly 100 million, and authorities have become increasingly […] The post Vietnam begs public for ‘vaccine fund’ donations after virus surge appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Latin America passes 1 million COVID deaths as IMF proposes $50 billion plan

Latin America and the Caribbean passed one million coronavirus deaths on Friday as the IMF proposed a $50 billion plan to end the pandemic, aiming to expand global immunization drives......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

France hits 20 million milestone in COVID vaccination drive

France reached its target of injecting 20 million initial doses of coronavirus vaccines on Saturday, days ahead of a hugely anticipated reopening of restaurant terraces as the government begins lifting a nationwide lockdown......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2021

Philippines to sign term sheet for 40M Pfizer vaccines on Friday

The Philippines on Friday will sign a term sheet with Pfizer for the procurement of 40 million doses of the coronavirus shot it developed with BioNTech, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021

DoH assures no jab wasted

The Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday assured that no AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine from the two million doses donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be wasted. The vaccines were donated by WHO through its COVAX-led global facility, of which 1.5 million doses are set to expire in June while the other […] The post DoH assures no jab wasted appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

They took both doses and gave them COVID … the world’s most vaccinated country faces new outbreak – El Financiero

Seychelles, the country that vaccinated the largest proportion of its population against the Coronavirus, said that as of the week of May 7, the number.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 11th, 2021

What vaccines were to be packaged in Mexico? Argentina rages against AstraZeneca – El Financiero

Argentina has officially requested that Great Britain mediate with AstraZeneca’s laboratory for not complying with the deadlines for the delivery of coronavirus vaccines that were.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

India Covid-19 deaths surge again, more global aid flown in

India's coronavirus disaster deepened on Thursday with its daily death toll climbing above 3,600, as more international aid was flown in with the United States sending nearly one million test kits......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

FDA: 24 deaths reported after vaccination not linked to jabs

Twenty-four people reportedly died after receiving anti-coronavirus vaccines but their deaths were unrelated to inoculation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday, as it assured the public that the jabs remain safe and effective against Covid-19. FDA director general Eric Domingo said the agency’s assessment showed that 19 of the 24 deaths were coincidental […] The post FDA: 24 deaths reported after vaccination not linked to jabs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

EDITORIAL - Investing in future generations

After dropping the ball on 10 million Pfizer COVID vaccines that should have been here last January, facilitated as early as July 2020 by the US State Department, the Philippine government is now scrounging for jabs even as the coronavirus, more infectious and deadlier, rages across the country. As President Duterte himself has lamented, more people will get sick, and more people will die......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021

Economie. Former Braskem CEO diverted over 200 million bribes in twelve years

01/01/1970 Braskem lost 500 million in 2019 due to the resettlement program in Alagoas (Brazil) South America, Brazil and Latin America from Spain The Priscom.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Pandemic hits ‘critical point’ as Europe deaths top one million

Europe passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths on Monday, as the World Health Organization warned that infections are rising exponentially despite widespread efforts aimed at stopping them. The death toll across Europe’s 52 countries, compiled by AFP from official sources, totalled at least 1,000,288 by 1830 GMT. “We are in a critical point […] The post Pandemic hits ‘critical point’ as Europe deaths top one million appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 13th, 2021