London, June 6, 2021 – The fear continues in Great Britain Delta variant of the Coronavirus, also known as Indian variant. The data is not comforting: in the UK, where over half of adults have already been vaccinated, today there are another 5,341 new infections (beyond the double that in Italy) and 4 deaths in the 28 days following the positive test (the British way of counting victims). In short, the virus is in sharp recovery. The new infections are down compared to the 5,765 cases on Saturday but up by 65% compared to the 3,240 cases of last Sunday. On Friday, however, the number of new infections, which rose to 6,238, had marked the largest daily increase since last March 25.
The Ministry of Health also gives the numbers of vaccinated: 40,333,231 people (60% of the population), of which 27,661,353 (over 40%) also received the second dose. And from tomorrow we start to inoculate those under 30 years old.
Doubts about reopening
What is scary is there contagiousness: according to an estimate by the British Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, the former ‘Indian’ mutation has indeed one 40% higher transmissibility compared to the previous ones. Fortunately, the Delta is not necessarily more lethal, so much so that the number of deaths remains low, but the numbers are high enough to raise doubts about the general reopening, with the end of the latest restrictions, set for 21 June.
“We are evaluating every option – Hancock put his hands forward – At this point it is not that we say no to June 21, but we will have to continue observing the data for another week and, with particular attention, that of the link between the infected people and those that end up in hospital “. Because at the moment the average daily contagion in the United Kingdom, due to the Delta mutation, has risen to 5-6,000, in the face of a number of hospitalizations that have remained at stake, “showing that the connection is not close, as in the past” , Hancock said. But in a week anything can happen, also because, Hancock recalled, the fully vaccinated population, fully respecting the established times by the fateful date of the 21st, will be equal to about three-fifths of the total.
Doubts about vaccines
But even on the vaccine front, doubts arise: the antibodies produced by people who have received both doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine tend to be over five times less effective against the ‘Delta’ variant compared to the original virus on which it was calibrated, according to research conducted in Great Britain by the Francis Crick Institute and published in The Lancet.
The United Kingdom thus becomes again the ‘laboratory’ of the new trends in disease and the responses to it, at least in Europe: from the sickest country to the ‘top of the class’ in the race for immunization and again the first to raise new doubts, after having suffered the waves of the autochthonous variant ‘Alfa’, and now of the ‘Delta’, which has established its bridgehead there from southern Asia.
Johnson and the appeal to the G7
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that, at the upcoming G7 summit in Cornwall, he will ask the other six Earth greats to actively contribute to vaccinating the whole world by the end of 2022. “The world – said Johnson – is watching us and asking us to rise to the greatest challenge of the postwar period: defeating Covid and leading a global recovery inspired by our shared values”. “Vaccinating the world by the end of next year – added the premier landlord – would be the greatest exploit in the history of medicine”.
Victims around the world
Meanwhile, the dead in the world exceed the 3.7 million and total infections 173 million. The situation is very varied: while in Israel today there are no new autochthonous cases and the 12-15 year olds are vaccinated, the disease is out of control in countries such as Peru and Nepal.
“Eradicating” Covid-19, for the moment, “is not a realistic goal for the world”, according to David Nabarro of the WHO: “Humanity will be forced to learn how it can live with the virus, preventing it from it escalates and spreads creating outbreaks of disease. We will have to do this in the near future. ”
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