Indian Court Says Oxygen Deaths “No Less Than Genocide”
Amid widespread oxygen shortages in hospitals in several cities across India, a high court has declared the deaths of Covid patients due to lack of oxygen supply a criminal act and ‘no less than genocide »By those responsible for the procurement of the supply.
It comes after the number of Covid-19 infections surpassed 20 million in the country. India added 382,000 more cases within 24 hours as of Wednesday morning, and reported 3,780 more deaths.
Experts said the actual numbers could be higher than the official tally and warned of “horrific” weeks ahead.
The Delhi High Court also criticized the Modi government over the oxygen crisis, asking why a contempt action should not be taken against him for failing to comply with court orders to provide oxygen to the national capital.
Faced with oxygen shortages, several hospitals in the city have sought help from the court since April.
Other states decided on Tuesday to impose restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Bihar announced a lockdown until May 15 after the state registered 11,407 new cases of Covid-19.
No decision yet on when UK booster shots will be given, Vaccines Minister said
UK Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said clinical trials are underway to determine which vaccines give the ‘best boost’ to Covid protection, but no decision has yet been made on when to injections additional will be administered.
“We want them to be in a position, if they need it, from September to empower those who are most vulnerable,” Zahawi told Sky News.
“Pfizer is an option, we’re going to give them an AstraZeneca option, we’re working with the team on a vaccine variant.”
He added, “Clinicians have yet to make the decision when they will need the booster, either to give more immunity to the most vulnerable, to increase the durability of protection or to deal with the variant.
“When they decide, I want to give them as many options, as many vaccines that were, so they will make those choices.”
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Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 8:56 AM
Women bear the brunt of ‘gigantic challenges’ in services during pandemic
Women bear the crushing weight of the “gigantic challenges” facing health and care services during the coronavirus pandemic, UK health leaders have warned.
The NHS Confederation’s Health and Care Women Leaders Network found that the physical and mental health of women health and care workers had deteriorated significantly due to working conditions during the crisis.
Our female correspondent, Maya Oppenheim, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 8:44 AM
World Trade Organization to discuss lifting intellectual property protection for jabs
World Trade Organization (WTO) country ambassadors plan to discuss trade rules protecting technology behind Covid-19 vaccines as pressure grows on wealthy countries to share expertise with developing countries .
The WTO General Council is considering a temporary waiver for intellectual property protection that South Africa and India first proposed in October, supported by some progressive Western lawmakers.
The proponents, which met resistance from many countries with influential pharmaceutical industries, revised the plan in hopes of making it more acceptable.
However, no consensus – required by WTO rules – is expected to emerge from the two-day ambassadorial meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, as the stalemate persists.
Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 8:30 p.m.
India was responsible for one in four Covid deaths last week, WHO says
India accounted for nearly half of reported Covid-19 cases and one in four deaths globally last week amid the devastating outbreak in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
“India accounts for more than 90% of the cases and deaths in the region, as well as 46% of the global cases and 25% of the global deaths reported last week,” the WHO said in its weekly epidemiological report.
Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 8:13 AM
Vaccine testing to be expanded as part of plans for a ‘future-proof’ UK against Covid
The UK government has said it is investing nearly £ 30million to expand labs that will test the effectiveness of vaccines against emerging variants of the coronavirus as part of plans to ‘protect the future’ of the country from immune versions of the virus.
Testing is expected to be stepped up at the Porton Down labs to allow scientists elsewhere to speed up the development of new and existing vaccines.
Our scientific correspondent, Samuel Lovett, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 8:05 AM
Biden sets new goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults by July
US President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination goal of giving at least one vaccine to 70% of American adults by July 4.
The move follows a sharp drop in demand for vaccines across the country, with some states leaving more than half of their vaccine doses without a prescription.
Mr Biden is set to call on states to make vaccines available without an appointment, with many pharmacies being urged to do the same.
So far, more than 56% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and nearly 105 million are fully vaccinated.
The United States is currently administering the first doses at a rate of about 965,000 per day – half the rate from three weeks ago, but almost twice as fast as needed to meet Mr Biden’s goal.
Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 7:50 AM
Australian Prime Minister resists pressure to lift temporary ban on flights from India
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is resisting pressure to lift the temporary ban on flights from India, arguing that any early resumption of arrivals from the pandemic hotspot would erode his country’s quarantine capacity.
Mr Morrison said on Wednesday the hiatus on flights that started last week would continue until May 15, despite lawyers anticipating a legal challenge to the government’s ability to prevent around 9,000 citizens and permanent residents from returning to their homes. from India.
Critics of the travel break include former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, several Australian lawmakers and leaders of the country’s Indian community.
Meanwhile, a chartered flight from Qantas transports medical supplies to India, including 1,056 ventilators and 43 oxygen concentrators.
The Australian government said the donated supplies would be distributed by the Indian Red Cross and local authorities.
Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 7:38 AM
Engineers shortage preventing sharing of vaccine technology, says AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca said it does not have enough engineers to further share its Covid vaccine technology with other global manufacturers as increasing pressure on pharmaceutical giants to relinquish control over the production of their vital vaccines .
Health activists have called on AstraZeneca and other companies to give up their intellectual property rights to help deal with a global supply shortage of Covid-19 vaccines.
Our scientific correspondent, Samuel Lovett, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanMay 5, 2021 7:29 AM
In the middle of second wave, India loses 7 million jobs
India’s unemployment rate rose to nearly 8 percent in April, the highest in four months, as the country battles a second wave of the pandemic.
Unemployment fell from 6.5 percent to 7.97 percent in March, with more than seven million jobs lost last month, Bloomberg said, citing data from the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy.
“There is a decline in available jobs. This could be due to the lockdowns, ”CMIE chief executive Mahesh Vyas said. Bloomberg.
At least 11 states in India have imposed some form of restriction to stem the spread of the virus.
Akshita jainMay 5, 2021 7:15 p.m.
Panic and chaos in Delhi hospitals
Amid the spike in infections that saw India surpass 20 million cases, Delhi’s health system collapsed.
Families struggle daily to acquire basic medical supplies by any means possible, and even hospitals and Covid facilities face repeated uncertainties about their oxygen supplies.
Ambulances could be seen lined up in front of each of the half-dozen hospitals visited The independent over the past few days, with a new patient arriving every few minutes.
Cremation sites and cemeteries operate around the clock as people continue to die outside hospitals while awaiting bed or in home quarantine.