Coronavirus: World’s Eyes on Vaccination Campaigns
The numbers of Coronavirus infections in the United States reached record levels, with 230,000 new infections and 2527 deaths recorded within 24 hours. On Saturday, Russia embarked on a vaccination campaign using the “Sputnik-V” vaccine, which began with social workers, medical staff and teachers. On the other hand, Britain will launch vaccination using the “Pfizer-Biontech” vaccine on Tuesday for the most vulnerable, for those over the age of 80, and for care home staff. The Corona virus has caused the death of more than one million and 529 thousand and 324 people around the world so far.
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The United States recorded a record number of Covid-19 cases within 24 hours, for the third day in a row, in an indication that the epidemic is still strong, while the world awaits the vaccination campaigns that were previously launched in Russia and are expected to start Tuesday in the United Kingdom.
A tally prepared by Johns Hopkins University showed that the United States, the country most affected by the epidemic in the world (more than 281 thousand deaths) and which has witnessed a significant increase in the number of infections in recent weeks, recorded about 230 thousand new infections and 2527 deaths related to Covid-19 during 24 Saturday hour.
Over a period of two weeks, the United States repeatedly recorded more than two thousand deaths every day, as was the case during the spring at the height of the first wave of the epidemic in the country, and during the past five days it counted more than 2,500 deaths per day, which is an unprecedented number.
In the wake of a new election meeting for Donald Trump, the majority of the participants in it did not abide by the health recommendations, the health authorities warned of the need to respect preventive measures and recommended the “comprehensive use” of the muzzle, because “the United States has entered a stage of high-level infection outbreak.”
On Sunday, former director of the US Medicines Agency, Scott Gottlieb, said that “the future is bleak over the next six weeks,” and expected the number of deaths to reach 400,000 by late January.
The new Corona virus has killed more than one million and 529 thousand and 324 people, and has infected more than 66 million and 498 thousand and 750 people around the world since it appeared in China last year, according to a census prepared by the French News Agency based on official sources.
Since November 24, more than 10 thousand deaths have been recorded daily in the world (10674 Saturday), which are unprecedented levels.
But the start of vaccinations on Saturday in Russia offers some hope. The Russian “Sputnik-V” vaccine began to be administered in Moscow to social workers, medical staff and teachers in more than 70 centers opened for this purpose in the capital.
The United Kingdom, the country with the largest number of deaths in Europe (61,014), is expected to begin vaccination Tuesday.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock said, “The priority will be for the most vulnerable and for those over the age of 80, care home staff” and public health care workers.
British newspapers reported that Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, will receive the Pfizer-Bionic vaccine soon. The Mail on Sunday reported that they will announce the matter when they receive the vaccine to “encourage more people to receive it” amid concerns that anti-vaccine activists may influence residents’ enthusiasm about vaccination. The United States was the first country to give the green light to use the Pfizer-Bionic vaccine.
Belgium, France and Spain all reported that, starting January, they would begin vaccinating those most at risk.
The World Health Organization reports that there are 51 candidate vaccines currently being tested on humans, 13 of which have reached the stage of recent large-scale testing.
France recorded 11,022 new infections with the new Corona virus within 24 hours, according to official data published on Sunday, which is much higher than the ceiling of 5,000 cases that the government had set to lift quarantine measures on December 15.
For its part, Denmark announces on Monday new measures in the face of Covid-19, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Sunday. “Based on the recommendations we receive from the authorities, we have prepared over the weekend for a partial, geographic targeted quarantine” in the areas most affected by the virus, she said.
Since the start of the pandemic, Denmark, with a population of 5.8 million, has so far recorded about 90,000 cases and 885 deaths.
Stand by in South Korea
Meanwhile, Italy is witnessing a significant increase in the number of infections, after it was earlier able to contain the virus by imposing a tight lockdown. On Sunday, restrictions were eased in a number of regions, including Tuscany (center) and Campania (south), due to the decrease in pressure on hospitals and the stability in the number of new infections.
Italy, the first European country to be hit by the first wave, has counted more than sixty thousand deaths from Covid-19, according to the latest official toll published on Sunday, and more than 1.7 million injuries.
In Asia, South Korea raised its alert level to the second highest level in Seoul and surrounding areas on Sunday, as the authorities sought to contain a new outbreak of the epidemic.
While the country was able to contain the virus to a large extent by following the approach of tracking the infected and those in contact and conducting checks, the number of new infections in recent weeks increased from 100 per day to more than 500.
South Korea announced 631 cases on Sunday, the highest in nine months