The dream of “global herd immunity” … disappears – Saudi News

The other aspect of achieving what is known as “herd immunity” globally, which is enough to stop the outbreak of the new Corona virus, is the need to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population with antiviral vaccines. It is a goal that the World Health Organization is committed to achieving by June 2022. This means that there is only one month or more left before this date. Evidence strongly suggests he will not. The world population is currently 7.94 billion people, increasing by 207 thousand births per day (i.e., about 43 million people per year). Yesterday, the New York Times quoted public health experts as saying that this goal can never be achieved in most low-income countries, especially in light of the preoccupation of international donors, such as the United States, with other priorities. Data from the website Our World in Data, linked to the University of Oxford, UK, show that vaccination of 70% of the population has only been achieved in a small number of around 83 countries classified as low-income. Among the countries that have managed to vaccinate 70% of their population are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal; While the percentage did not exceed 20% in the rest of the poor countries. In the case of rich countries, within a short period of time the emergence of vaccines against COVID-19 managed to vaccinate 70 percent of their population.

Health experts believe that abandoning the target of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population involves a serious risk, represented in the possibility of the emergence of extremely dangerous viral strains, which would destroy the countries’ great efforts to coexist with the virus. The Times reported that some countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe are experiencing a sharp drop in demand for Covid-19 vaccine in recent months; Although it has not been able to vaccinate more than a third of its population. But Africa is worse off than the rest of the world. Just under 17% of the African continent’s population received the first dose of Covid vaccine. It is believed that more than half of the quantities of vaccines shipped to African countries have not been used. Last month, the number of vaccination doses used in Africa dropped by 35%, compared to the situation last February. The issue was further exacerbated by the lack of international grants to fund the purchase of vaccines for poor countries and the lack of budgets needed to manage vaccine shipments, store them according to the specifications of their manufacturers, and provide medical personnel. necessary for the implementation of vaccination campaigns.

Complicating matters is the fact that many poor African countries believe that the new coronavirus epidemic is not as threatening as the threat posed by endemic diseases of that continent, such as malaria and AIDS. This means that these countries are preoccupied with priorities that they consider most important and urgent. It should be noted in this regard that the number of deaths from the crown in Africa is generally low. Other diseases that cause panic break out, such as measles, which threatens 20 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Due to the low demand for vaccination and the non-use of the millions of doses donated in the countries of the African continent, the African Union was forced not to submit new requests to buy more Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines. Yesterday, The Times quoted Aspen Pharmacare South Africa CEO Stephen Saad as saying that after the company concluded a contract with Johnson & Johnson to manufacture, package and market its vaccine on the African continent and began preparations for the rotation of the engines production, the company found no purchase offer.From African countries, nor from the United Nations Vaccine Distribution Initiative (COfax). Indian Vaccine Institute – the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, and the Indian company Bharat Biotech have banned the production of vaccines against Covid since the end of 2021, because they did not find buyers!

16 million injured in Italy

The Italian Ministry of Health announced that it registered 70,520 new cases with Covid-19, after a day that witnessed 73,212 new cases, while the number of daily deaths from Covid-19 dropped from 202 to 143 deaths (Saturday). The death toll in Italy since the outbreak of the Corona virus has risen to 162,609 deaths, the second largest in Europe after Britain (173,352 deaths). The Italian Ministry of Health stated yesterday that it had performed 421,533 examinations (Saturday), compared to 437,193 examinations (Friday). It is reported that the cumulative number of Italian injuries rose yesterday to 16 million since the outbreak of the Corona virus.

Travelers refuse to travel without masks!

Several U.S. airlines reported that, following the cancellation of the mandatory mask at airports and on their flights; We are ready to offer options for travelers who are reluctant to travel on a flight in which a large number of its passengers have abandoned the mask. Most travelers in the coming weeks had booked their flight tickets before the U.S. federal judge issued a ruling last Monday to overturn mandatory muzzle-keeping on flights. Scott Kirby, CEO of United America, stated that his company is flexible in offering convenient alternatives for travelers suffering from chronic diseases that weaken their immunity. He added that this includes reimbursing the ticket value for them and a spokesman for the same company said travelers, with the exception of the lowest priced ticket holders, could postpone their travel date without being fined. And a Delta Airlines spokeswoman announced that the passenger who does not want to travel in light of the current changes should contact the company. She added that the company deals with these communications according to the nature of each. And the U.S. Department of Justice announced (Thursday) that it had decided to file an appeal against a federal judge’s decision to lift the mandatory wearing of a face mask on flights. Legal experts say President Joe Biden’s administration does not want the federal judge’s decision to set a precedent that would limit the powers of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government agency that made the request mandatory.

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