New Delhi: The coronavirus pandemic continues to hit countries around the world – most recently calculate to more than 11.2 crore cases and over 2.4 lakh deaths.
Russia’s Covid-19 propulsion lags behind some countries, Italy is suspected of misleading the World Health Organization on pandemic preparedness, and Australia plans to step up vaccination efforts once more supplies arrive.
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Russia’s COVID-19 vaccinations are slow but getting faster
It was one of the first countries to approve a coronavirus vaccine, but Russia has lagged behind at least a dozen other countries in inoculating its population. report The Associated Press.
“Russian authorities do not regularly release data on vaccination rates, but the number who received at least the first injection appears to be between 2 million and 3.2 million,” the report said.
This is only about 2 percent of the total population. The report also highlighted media reports that said about 20 countries had ordered a total of 200 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.
AP quoted European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as saying: “I have to say we still wonder why Russia is theoretically offering millions and millions of doses while not being advanced enough in vaccinating its own people.”
Drive has picked up speed, recently, but it’s still a bit slower, said Alexander Dragan, an independent data analyst who monitors regional vaccination rates.
Russia has reported 41,77330 cases and 83,630 deaths.
Italy ‘misled WHO about pandemic readiness’ before the outbreak
Italy is suspected of misleading the World Health Organization about pandemic readiness before the outbreak, report Security.
The report highlights self-assessment reports that countries must submit to WHO.
In the Italian report, the authors marked it at ‘level 5’ which indicates the highest readiness status. “However, it emerged last year that Italy had not updated its national pandemic plans since 2006, a factor which may have contributed to at least 10,000 deaths from Covid-19 during the first wave…,” said the report.
A self-assessment report has been provided to prosecutors in Bergamo, Lombardy province, which was severely affected at an early stage, as evidence against a civil lawsuit filed by the families of Covid-19 victims.
Italy recorded 28,863 cases and 95,992 deaths.
Australia will step up vaccination efforts as more doses arrive
Australia will scale up its Covid-19 vaccination program starting next week when it will launch more injections, report The Straits Times.
The developments were announced by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt after the country received a second shipment of 1.66,000 vaccines by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNtech.
The report quoted Hunt as saying, “The consistency of supply has been strong and encouraging … and that only gives Australia confidence in vaccine effectiveness and confidence in supply reliability.”
Australia has reported 28,937 cases and 909 deaths.
More restrictions are being eased in Mexico City
Restrictions in Mexico City have been relaxed as hospital occupancy rates have decreased, report Mexico News Daily.
The occupancy rate on Sunday evening was 56 percent, down from last month’s peak of 90 percent. “For the first time in more than two months, restaurants can now place diners in indoor spaces, albeit at only 20 percent of normal capacity,” the report said.
Last week, outdoor theater productions, fitness centers, public swimming pools and places of worship were also permitted.
Mexico has reported 20.43,632 cases and 1,80,536 deaths.
Gaza begins its inoculation efforts amid a vaccine shortage
The drive for Covid-19 inoculation has begun in the besieged Gaza Strip following supplies from Russia and the United Arab Emirates, report Al Jazeera.
On the first day of the trip on Monday, 22,000 officers received an injection of Russia’s Sputnik V. vaccine.
The report highlighted Riyad Zanoun, a former Gaza health minister, who said, “I am proud that the health sector can overcome this difficult time, with limited resources but great dedication.”
Gaza has reported 54,400 cases and 543 deaths.
What else do we read:
‘As we are doomed’: Covid’s first home and now inundated: The New York Times
South Korean coronavirus: PM aims for ‘herd immunity by fall’: BBC
Also read: What is ‘Long Covid’ and Are You at Risk?
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