- This daily digest provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and resources to help you stay informed and protected.
- Top stories: less than 10% of African countries will meet the vaccination target; $23.4 billion tried to tackle COVID-19 in poorer countries; New COVID-19 curbs in Russia, Ukraine.
1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World
According to Johns Hopkins University, the world’s 245.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed. The number of confirmed deaths stands at over 4.98 million. More than 6.94 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.
Pfizer and BioNTech have signed a contract to supply 50 million COVID-19 vaccines to US children.
Malaysia has also announced that it will purchase the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11.
New cases of COVID-19 in Britain have fallen by almost 10% in the past week, with 39,842 new cases confirmed yesterday.
It comes as the UK announces it will remove the last seven countries on its ‘red list’ from COVID-19 travel. Newcomers from these countries – Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela – are currently required to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine.
In the Ukrainian capital Kiev, the COVID-19 restrictions have been tightened. It comes as the country reported new daily records of COVID-19 cases – 26,071.
From Monday, some COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in South Korea, marking the start of the plan to “live with COVID-19.”
One hundred former presidents, prime ministers and ministers have written to the G20 asking for an agreement on the transfer of surplus COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries.
COVID-19 vaccines have arrived at Australia’s Casey research station in Antarctica, authorities said Friday, allowing researchers to be vaccinated before returning home.
Moscow has implemented its strictest COVID-19 restrictions in more than a year as nationwide cases and deaths hit new highs.
2. $23.4 billion tried to tackle COVID-19 in poorer countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) and other aid agencies have called on leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies to fund a $23.4 billion plan to provide COVID-19 vaccines, tests and drugs over the next 12 months to the poorest countries in the world.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Group of 20, whose leaders will meet in Rome this weekend, had the political and financial power needed to end the pandemic by funding the plan, which he said would take five million dollars. could save lives.
“The request is for $23.4 billion. That’s a decent amount, but when you compare it to the damage the pandemic has also done to the global economy, it’s not that much,” WHO Special Envoy Carl Bildt for the ACT Accelerator, reporters previously told.
“I hope and urge that the G20 will commit to ending the pandemic,” Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, whose country co-chairs the fundraising, told the media briefing.
3. Less than 10% of African countries will meet the vaccination target
The WHO has warned that less than 10% of African countries will meet the year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of their population unless efforts are made to accelerate the pace.
Only five African countries are on track to meet the target, with only three – Seychelles, Mauritius and Morocco – having already done so. Only Tunisia and Cape Verde will join them.
However, it is not just vaccine dose deliveries that are a concern. UNICEF has reported an impending shortage of up to 2.2 billion auto-shut-off syringes for COVID-19 vaccination and routine immunization by 2022.
“The looming threat of a vaccine raw material crisis hangs over the continent. Early next year, COVID-19 vaccines will flood into Africa, but a scarcity of syringes could cripple progress. Drastic measures need to be taken to rapidly boost the production of syringes. Countless African lives depend on it,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
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