Daily cases in India continue to rise, the African Union explores alternatives AstraZeneca and COVAX already supplies vaccines to more than 100 countries.
More and more countries join the ranks of AstraZeneca restricted countries after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) found a link between very rare blood clots in the brain and the injection site. .
Nearly 134 million coronavirus infections have been reported around the world since the first case was reported in 2019. More than 2.9 million people died, of which the United States reported the highest number of deaths. 560,000 people.
Here’s a quick summary of the latest coronavirus-related news from around the world:
More restrictive to AstraZeneca footage
Countries around the world are taking measures after the EMA’s announcement about An association between blood clots is rare in the brain and vaccine AstraZeneca.
The French Ministry of Health says recipients of the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine under the age of 55 should receive a second shot with the new type messenger RNA vaccine, like those developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Spain and Italy have also decided to limit the use of vaccines to people over 60, while Belgium has limited vaccines to people over 56 years old. In the UK, people 18 to 29 should be offered an alternative vaccine.
Australia and the Philippines have restricted the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, while the African Union rejected plans to purchase the vaccine.
Latin America loses their jobs
About 26 million jobs were lost in the region and the Caribbean due to the coronavirus epidemic, data from the International Labor Organization showed.
The region’s median employment rate of around 650 million has fallen from 57.4% to 51.7% since the pandemic broke out until the end of last year. The unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean increased from 8.3% to 10.6% over the same period last year.
India’s new record high
For the third consecutive day, India reported a record high with 131,968 new infections in the past 24 hours. The number of deaths increased 780 people to a total of 167,642 people.
With a total of 13.06 million cases, India was the third highest globally, behind the US and Brazil.
Fair access to vaccines
The COVAX vaccine facility, an international platform that aims to deliver two billion vaccines to the poorest country by the end of this year, has sent more than 38 million doses of COVID-19 to 102 countries and economies above. On six continents, six weeks later it began rolling out supplies.
WHO said despite India’s decision suspend export of vaccines from the Serum Institute (SII) to meet domestic demand, the world’s largest vaccine maker, is still expecting to deliver doses to all participating economies that have requested vaccines in the first half of the year. now on.