COVID-19: Virus variants, and inequality in vaccines, contribute to an increase in the number of cases |


After a six-week decline in January and February, cases are now increasing in most regions of the world. Meanwhile, deaths are declining, albeit at a slower rate.

“These are worrying trends as we continue to see the impact of variables, the openness of societies, and the unfair circulation of vaccines.” She said Who is the President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during his regular briefing from Geneva.

More than 21.4 confirmed cases Covid-19 It has been recorded as of Friday, including about 2.6 million deaths.

Keep using AstraZeneca vaccine

The World Health Organization is also urging countries to continue to use the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

The agency’s Global Vaccine Safety Advisory Committee met this week to review data on the vaccine, after reports of blood clots in some people who received the vaccine.

The commission announced conclusion Last Friday, the available data did not indicate any general increase in thrombosis, such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, after the vaccine was administered.

With advice that largely echoed the European Medicines Agency (EMA) report on Thursday, following the decision by several European countries to suspend the use of AstraZeneca shots, the WHO Vaccine Safety Committee said that vaccines have “tremendous potential to prevent infection and reduce deaths.”

“The reported rates of thromboembolic events after COVID-19 vaccines are in line with the expected number of diagnoses for these cases,” the committee said in its statement.

Both conditions are naturally occurring and are not uncommon. It also occurs as a result of COVID-19. The observed rates were lower than expected for such events. ”

Tedros said the AstraZeneca vaccine is especially important because it accounts for more than 90 percent of stocks distributed through COVAX, Global Equity Vaccine Initiative.

Mayors are calling for justice in the vaccine

During the WHO briefing, mayors from three major cities called for more equality in the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to protect people everywhere and eliminate the epidemic.

“If you can prioritize sharing the surplus doses bought by rich countries, it will help us so that we can get more vaccine,” said Mohamed Adji Sawah, mayor of the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

“The second recommendation also is that if you were to accelerate the transfer of vaccine technology to other industrialized countries as well, so that we could get more vaccines and then we would be able to reach herd immunity as quickly as possible.”

While Claudia Lopez, Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, acknowledged the “miracle” of developing new vaccines within a year, “however, we see that there is currently a shortage of global production capacity so that there is greater access.”

Speaking in Spanish, she stressed that countries and cities need to “have the knowledge”, in the short and long term, “so that they can produce different types of vaccines, not just the COVID vaccines.”

Although the toll from the epidemic in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which has recorded just over 2,200 cases and 80 deaths, may be lower than in other cities, Mayor Yvonne Aki Sawyer said the economic impact was significant.

And she warns that “what we don’t want to see is increased inequality driven by inequality in vaccine rollout.” “This is really a possibility.”

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