Brazil on Thursday counted a record number of new cases of COVID-19, while Russia recorded its highest toll since the end of January, highlighting the uneven state of the pandemic around the world and the need to promote vaccination.
Brazil counted 115,228 new infections in a single day, the most since the start of the epidemic, according to its health service, confirming that a third wave is underway. The nation of 212 million people had 2,392 new deaths, bringing its total to 507,109, the second-highest official number after the United States, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
The US program, meanwhile, has slowed in recent days as fewer people make vaccination appointments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker shows that 150.8 million people, or 45.4% of the total United States population, are fully vaccinated, which means they have received two doses of the vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc. PFE,
with the German partner BioNTech SE BNTX,
or the MNA of Moderna Inc.,
or one of Johnson & Johnson’s NYJs,
single dose vaccine. This is up from 45.3% a day earlier.
The number of US adults receiving at least one dose of a two-dose regimen rose to 65.6% from 65.5% a day ago. The Biden administration said Thursday that more than 70% of the U.S. population aged 30 or older had received at least one injection.
But experts are concerned about the coverage rate in the South, in particular, where many states are still below 40% of their populations fully immunized. The list includes Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. In Ohio, a lottery offering millions of dollars in cash prizes as an incentive to get a jab has ended with the state’s vaccination rate still below 50%.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio program in May, and it generated a strong initial response, with a 43% increase in vaccinations in the first week.
“It’s clear that the impact has diminished after this second week,” DeWine said Wednesday.
Highlighting the risk posed by newer variants of the virus, including the delta variant which was first detected in India and is now in at least 85 countries, Danish health authorities are urging football fans who attended the match to the group stage of the UEFA European Championship between Denmark and Belgium on June 17 in Copenhagen to get tested for COVID, after finding at least three people who tested positive for the highly infectious variant. About 4,000 people were seated near these people, according to the Associated Press.
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“India and Taiwan continue to improve, but new cases increase or remain high in Southeast Asia, Africa, Russia, Mexico and Brazil,” Danske Bank analysts wrote in a report. note.
“In other words, the risks of COVID-19 are decreasing in the developed world due to mass vaccination, but not in emerging markets and developing countries with limited access to the vaccine. “
In medical news, the United States Food and Drug Administration has said it plans to add a warning about very rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults after being vaccinated with the vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna, Reuters reported. These vaccines use the same mRNA technology. CDC officials meeting on Wednesday acknowledged a possible link to vaccines, while stressing that the protection they offer against COVID-19 more than offsets the risks.
The US government plans to study the immune responses of pregnant and postpartum women who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The observational study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will also assess how and if antibodies are transmitted to infants via the placenta and through breastfeeding.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said in a press release that “tens of thousands” of women have been immune to COVID- 19 and that no security problem arose. , but he noted that there is no strong clinical data on the vaccination of this group of individuals. Pregnancy is considered a risk factor for developing a more severe form of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The global tally of coronavirus-borne illnesses topped 179.7 million on Thursday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while deaths topped 3.89 million.
The United States continues to dominate the world for the total number of cases at 33.6 million, with a death toll of 602,959.
India is second for the total number of cases at 30 million and third for the number of deaths at 391,981, although those numbers should be underestimated due to a shortage of tests.
Brazil has the third highest number of cases with 18.2 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins, and is second in terms of deaths with 507,109.
Mexico has the fourth highest death toll with 231,847 and 2.5 million cases.
In Europe, Russia has overtaken the UK in COVID deaths. Russia has recorded 129,278 deaths, while the UK has recorded 128,312, making Russia the country with the fifth highest death toll in the world and the highest in Europe. Russia reported 20,182 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily total since January 24.
China, where the virus was first discovered in late 2019, has recorded 103,627 confirmed cases and 4,846 deaths, according to its official figures, which are widely considered massively underreported.
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