A third dose of vaccine for people over 65 or with compromised immune systems: this is the increasingly concrete orientation of the health leaders of the Biden administration. The New York Times reports it. The decision seems to be linked to a fact: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines would be less effective after six months.
New York Mayor De Blasio calls on companies to impose the vaccine on employees
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio yesterday urged private city companies to impose the obligation to vaccinate against the coronavirus on their employees and stressed that he will also introduce similar measures for the hundreds of thousands of municipal employees. The New York Times writes it. In recent days, De Blasio had announced that all employees of the public hospital system will be forced to get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests. In just five weeks, cases in the city have tripled to 650 per day, while the flow of people asking to be vaccinated has stopped. As in the rest of the US, a new wave of Covid is feared in New York.
Covid: over 40 million cases in Latin America
The region of Latin America and the Caribbean, the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the world, has passed the threshold of 40 million declared cases of Covid-19. The death toll is over 1.3 million. The highly contagious Delta variant is accelerating the spread of the virus, which has infected 192,942,266 people worldwide and killed over 4.1 million people (4,143,687). After Latin America, Europe is the most affected region with 57,229,621 cases and 1,192,461 deaths. The Asian continent has 43,314,454 cases and 640,584 deaths
Covid: Brazil, second daily record with 109 thousand infections
Brazil has recorded 108,732 new infections and 1324 deaths from Covid in the last 24 hours. This is the second daily record of infections. The Ministry of Health has clarified that the high number of infections, which in the last week has almost tripled the daily average (36,000 infections per day), is due to the updating of data from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Authorities in Rio Grande do Sul, which borders Argentina and Uruguay, included 63,000 cases that escaped statistics in their daily report. Brazil, with 19,632,443 confirmed cases, and a total of 548,340 deaths, is one of the three countries in the world most affected by the pandemic together with the United States and India. There is a mortality rate of 261 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and an incidence of 9,342 infected in the same proportion.
Covid: Mexico, second consecutive day with 16 thousand infections
The Mexican Ministry of Health has registered over 16,000 covid-19 infections for the second consecutive day. It hadn’t happened since last January. The country thus reaches 2,726,160 total cases of infections. The deaths are 325 deaths, for a total of 237,954 victims. Mexico is the fourth country with the highest number of deaths from covid-19, behind the United States, Brazil and India, and is the sixteenth in the number of confirmed infections. Due to the Delta variant, Mexico has been experiencing a third wave of infections for over a month, mainly among unvaccinated youth and adults.
Covid: Colombia, today 352 deaths and 13 thousand infections
Colombian health authorities announced 13,164 new covid-19 infections and 352 deaths. According to the daily report, the country reaches a total of 4,705,734 infections, while the death toll since the beginning of the pandemic is 118,188.
Colombia will receive 3.5 million Moderna vaccines donated by the US government next Sunday. This is the second shipment of vaccines donated by the US, after that of July 1 with 2.5 million doses from the pharmaceutical company Janssen.
Covid: Venezuela, opposition denounces “hospitals without oxygen”
The Venezuelan opposition denounced the lack of oxygen and supplies in most of the country’s hospitals. A situation that would have caused complications in many patients with covid-19. “The shortage of oxygen and vital supplies in most hospitals in the country, especially in the regions, has worsened”, wrote Manuela Bolivar, a former parliamentarian and member of the opposition, on Twitter, stressing that “in just one month” there have been reports of oxygen deficiency in the Lara, Falcon and Guarico regions.
“Unfortunately today we learned of the deaths of 14 patients in the state of Sucre for the same reason,” said Bolivar.
However, the Venezuelan health authorities have not reported shortages in the supply of oxygen to hospitals in recent weeks. According to the latest official report, provided by the government on Thursday evening, Venezuela has reached 3,443 deaths from covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and 296,863 infected.
Covid: Bolivia, 1,025 new infections and 37 deaths
Bolivia recorded 1,025 new covid-19 infections and 37 deaths. The Ministry of Health reported that the total number of cases amounted to 467,343 and the number of deaths to 17,613, while 398,595 were healed. Health Minister Jeyson Auza “reassured” the population about the delay in second doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. Auza stressed that both the Russian Investment Fund, the Russian Embassy in Bolivia and the Gamaleya National Research Center for epidemiology and microbiology in Russia presented reports indicating that “the first dose of Sputnik V is more than 80% effective, which extends its effectiveness up to 180 days”. Earlier this month, the Bolivian government canceled the contract to purchase AstraZeneca vaccines due to the bankruptcy of the Serum institute. To date, 3,984,520 people have already been immunized with Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Pfizer and Janssen.
Covid: Spain donates 102 thousand doses of AstraZeneca to Ecuador
The Spanish government will donate a batch of 102,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Ecuador to fuel the Covd vaccination plan carried out by the Ecuadorian executive, which is determined to immunize nine million people (60% of the population) by the end of August. “We thank the government of Spain and King Felipe VI for donating 102,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso wrote on Twitter. Ecuador launched a vaccination plan on 21 January and has so far received more than 13 million doses from international pharmaceutical companies such as the American Pfizer, the Chinese Sinovac and the British AstraZeneca.