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Italy is set to overtake Britain as the European country with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Italy has suffered 25,418 deaths since November 1, a larger toll from April 2 to October 31, where it reported 25,463 people.

“Obviously, we have to think it over,” Guido Rasi, former executive director of the European Pharmaceutical Agency, said on state television after Italy reported a pandemic record of 993 deaths in one day. “This number of nearly 1,000 deaths in 24 hours is well above the European average.”

Italy has 87 dead behind Great Britain but has 6 million fewer inhabitants.

Delay considered critical

Matteo Villa, a researcher at the Institute for International Political Studies, a Milan think tank, told The Associated Press that Italy waited too long in September and October to impose restrictions and did not tighten enough his medical system during the summer lull.

“If you look at France and the UK, you can see Italy has done a lot worse,” he said. “And if you look at a comparable population with similar demographics, namely Germany, Italy has done a lot worse. ”

People sit at tables in Covent Garden, London on December 12, 2020. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said infections were starting to rise in some areas after falling during a nationwide lockdown of four weeks in England which ended on December 2nd.

Britain has also started vaccinating people against the coronavirus.

In the United States, the first coronavirus vaccine will begin arriving early Monday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it for emergency use on Friday night.

The chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development program, Army General Gustav Perna, told a press conference on Saturday that shipping companies would begin to Deliver around 3 million doses of the vaccine made by US drug maker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech to nearly 150 distribution centers and around 450 additional facilities will receive the vaccine by Wednesday.

Six nations on board

Mexico also approved emergency use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Friday evening, bringing the number of countries that are using it or plan to use it to six. Britain, Bahrain, Canada and Saudi Arabia have also approved the vaccine.

Deputy Health Secretary and Mexican epidemiologist Hugo Lopez-Gatell called approval of the vaccine “reason to hope.” Reuters reported that Mexico has signed an agreement with Pfizer to acquire 34 million doses of the vaccine, with the first batch due this month.

A makeshift altar honors the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, December 12, 2020. Mexican Catholics have been forced by the pandemic to abandon a religious pilgrimage in which millions of people visit the Basilica of Guadalupe on December 12, feast day of the Virgin.

Mexico has recorded 1.2 million cases of COVID-19 and 113,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The United States is approaching 300,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest death toll in the world, according to Johns Hopkins, and with 16 million cases it has the highest share of the more than 71.6 million COVID infections around the world.

Medical service provision agreement

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Friday signed an agreement, the Emergency Medical Teams Initiative, to boost the delivery of medical services. and emergency health during humanitarian crises.

“We are very determined to work with WHO to provide quality emergency health services that communities desperately need in times of crisis,” said International Federation Secretary General Jagan Chapagain.

India said early on Saturday it had registered 30,000 new cases in the past 24 hours. The South Asian nation follows the United States in the number of COVID cases with 9.8 million infections. Brazil comes third with more than 6 million.

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