The US surgeon general said on Monday that if the courts continued to block the Biden administration’s vaccination warrants, it would be “a setback for public health.” The Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued a rule requiring private companies with 100 or more employees to mandate coronavirus vaccinations by Jan.4, or to put in place weekly testing and mask requirements for the unvaccinated.
In New York City, several dozen Sanitation Department employees have been suspended for using fake Covid-19 vaccination cards, The New York Times reported. A spokesperson for the ministry told the newspaper the allegations were taken very seriously.
The Indian government announced on Monday that it would open its borders to fully vaccinated foreigners. The move, which comes as the number of new Covid cases continues to decline, would allow visitors to enter without quarantine for the first time in 20 months. The policy will be in effect for the 99 countries that allow vaccinated Indian travelers.
A Cathay Pacific cargo pilot tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Hong Kong from Frankfurt, triggering a lockdown at his place of residence. The airline will change hotels for its crew members and strengthen other measures during stopovers. Cargo pilots were exempted from hotel quarantines upon arrival in Hong Kong, but some believe the continuation of the policy could derail the city’s efforts to meet mainland China’s zero Covid target.
As of Monday morning, the world had recorded 254.2 million cases of Covid-19 and 5.1 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks this information. In addition, 229.8 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 80,885, an increase of 11%. The average number of deaths per day over the same period is 1,133, a variation of -16% over the same period.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded more than 47.9 million cases on Monday, a figure higher than any other country, and a death toll of 783,565. India has the second highest number of officially recorded cases in the world, more than 34.4 million, and a death toll of 463,655, although experts believe the two figures are actually significantly higher. Finally, Brazil has recorded the second highest number of deaths from the virus, 611,318, and has recorded more than 21.9 million cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Monday 226.6 million people in the United States – or 68.3% – received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of this population, 58.8%, or 195.1 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been delivered in the United States is now 440.6 million. Breaking down further, 81.3% of the population over 18 – or 210 million people – has received at least one first vaccination and 70.5% of the same group – or 182.2 million people – is fully vaccinated. .
Some 52.1% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks this information. So far 7.51 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide.
Meanwhile, only 4.5% of people in low-income countries received a dose, while in countries like Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK and the states – United, at least 65% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine. In countries like Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda, for example, vaccination rates remain single-digit or even lower.
Figures from the World Health Organization show that wealthy countries immunize people at the rate of one person per second, while the majority of poor countries have yet to administer a single dose to their citizens.
It is essential that the world does a better job of sharing vaccines with the poorest countries.
Sharing vaccines is not just a form of charity. On the contrary, equitable distribution of vaccines is in the health and economic interests of each country and no country will be able to overcome the pandemic until other countries have recovered as well.
Jonathan Spira contributed to this story.
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