The number of people killed by the pandemic is roughly equivalent to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine, or Caracas, Venezuela.
The number of coronavirus deaths globally has reached a staggering three million, with more than 140 million, amid ongoing failure of immunization campaigns and the deepening crisis in places like Brazil, India and France.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of people killed as of Saturday is approximately the same as the population of Kyiv (Ukraine), Caracas (Venezuela) or Lisbon (Portugal). It is 2.7 million people higher than the population of Chicago and the equivalent of Philadelphia and Dallas combined.
And the real number is believed to be significantly higher as the government could hide it and many cases missed out in the early stages of the outbreak first reported in Wuhan, China, at the end of the year. 2019.
In January of this year, when the world crossed the bleak threshold with two million deaths, new vaccinations began in Europe and the United States.
Today, vaccination is underway in more than 190 countries, although progress in controlling the virus varies widely.
While campaigns in the United States and Great Britain have been successful and people and businesses there began to contemplate life after the pandemic, elsewhere, mainly poorer countries. Some rich countries have also lagged behind in making efforts and have imposed new locks and other restrictions as virus cases soar.
Maria Van Kerkhove, one of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 experts, said: “This is not the situation that we wanted in 16 months to become a pandemic, where we have already proven it. control measures.
In Brazil, where about 3,000 people die each day, or a quarter of all deaths worldwide in recent weeks, the crisis has been likened to a “raging hell” by a WHO official.
A more contagious variant of the virus is already raging across the country.
As cases increase, hospitals are running out of important sedatives. As a result, there have been reports of some doctors diluting what’s left and even tying patients to bed while breathing tubes are pushed down their throats.
Receiving cues from President Jair Bolsonaro, who likened the virus to flu, his Ministry of Health for months had made a big bet on a single vaccine, ignoring other manufacturers. When the congestion appeared, it was too late to get the bulk in time.
In India, cases spiked in February after weeks of steady decline, surprising the authorities. In an increase caused by virus variants, India has seen more than 200,000 daily infections recorded three times in the past week, bringing the total number of cases to more than 14.5 million. .
The problem of vaccines
WHO has recently described the vaccine supply situation as precarious.
It is estimated that up to 60 countries may not receive any more shots until June. So far, COVAX, the global initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, has providing approximately 40 million doses to more than 100 countries, enough to cover 0.25% of the world’s population.
Globally, about 87% of the 700 million doses have been distributed in rich countries.
While one in four people in rich countries has been vaccinated, in poor countries this is one in over 500.
In recent days, the US and several European countries have halted the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine while authorities investigating extremely rare but dangerous cases of blood clotting. Likewise, AstraZeneca’s vaccine has been delayed and limited for fear of blood clots.