ISLAMABAD – Pakistan received 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States on Friday, easing pressure on Islamabad to overcome the COVID-19 vaccine shortage.
According to a statement from the US Embassy, the vaccines were delivered to the Pakistani people in partnership with the COVAX Global Vaccine Initiative, UNICEF and the Government of Pakistan.
He says the donation was one of 80 million doses the United States was sharing with the world, “living up to our commitment to facilitate equitable global access to safe and effective vaccines, which are essential to end the COVID pandemic. -19 ”.
The latest development comes days after hundreds of Pakistani expatriate workers gathered in Islamabad, demanding that they be promptly vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines so they can travel abroad.
Pakistan has relied mainly on Chinese vaccines, but some countries in the Middle East want travelers to produce a certificate that they have received specific vaccines.
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS:
BANGKOK – Bangkok health officials reported 6,087 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday, setting a record for the second day in a row.
About 90% of the total cases and 95% of the deaths were recorded during a third wave of coronavirus which began in April. There were 992 deaths in June this year, more than 15 times Thailand’s total for all of 2020.
The government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration says there has been a nationwide increase over the past two weeks in the number of patients in intensive care units and on ventilators. There are 2,002 people in ICU, of whom 566 are on ventilators.
Center deputy spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said 39% of the cases reported on Friday were found in Bangkok, 25% in neighboring provinces and 36% in the other 71 provinces.
Sixty-one related deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 270,921 and 2,141 confirmed deaths.
ROME – For the first day in nine months, the region of northern Italy hardest hit by the pandemic has recorded no deaths linked to COVID-19.
“Today, zero deaths for COVID in Lombardy, have not occurred since October 6,” Lombardy vice-governor Letizia Moratti tweeted on Friday.
It was in Lombardy that the first Italian case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in February 2020. As of July 1, the region had counted 33,782 confirmed deaths, far more than any other region. Lombardy hospitals, once overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds, admitted only one new patient to an intensive care unit on Thursday.
However, Italian health authorities warn that the delta variant has been steadily gaining ground in the country since May. They are expressing concern that people will relax the safety distance and other practices to tackle the pandemic while on vacation this summer.
Some 35% of people over the age of 12 in Italy are fully vaccinated, and the country aims to increase that figure to 80% by the end of the summer.
NEW DELHI – India has confirmed 400,000 deaths from COVID-19, half of which in the past two months, as the virulent delta variant has infected hundreds of thousands daily.
The grim figure announced on Friday would be a fraction of the actual total. It is just behind the United States and Brazil.
The health ministry says 853 people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed deaths to 400,312 since the start of the pandemic. The first known COVID-19 death in India occurred on March 12, 2020, in the southern state of Karnataka.
India, a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, has confirmed more than 30.4 million infections. There have been 46,617 new cases detected in the past 24 hours. This total is also considered an undercoverage.
New cases are down after surpassing 400,000 a day in May. But authorities are bracing for another possible wave of infection around September and are trying to step up vaccination.
Less than 5% of the Indian population is fully immune. More than 340 million doses have been administered since mid-January, according to the ministry.
Around 2 billion doses could be available by December with India’s two main suppliers, Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech, ramping up production and five other vaccines potentially available in the coming months.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported 826 new cases of the coronavirus, its biggest daily jump in about six months, as fears grow about another huge wave of the virus in the greater capital area .
Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Friday that 633 of the cases originated in the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 51 million people, where authorities have pushed back an easing of distancing measures social as infections skyrocketed over the past week.
Dozens of infections have each been reported in other major cities and regions, including Busan, Daejeon and South Chungcheong Province.
Some health experts say government officials have sent the wrong message to the public by announcing plans to allow larger gatherings and longer indoor dining hours at restaurants starting this month to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the economy.
Experts say a premature easing of social distancing could have dire consequences when the country has administered the first doses of vaccines to just 30% of its population and most young adults are not vaccinated.
South Korea has reported 158,549 cases and 2,024 confirmed deaths.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentine officials have said they will explore the possibility of combining two different COVID-19 vaccines due to the delayed arrival of Sputnik V from Russia for many people who have already received a first dose.
Buenos Aires City Health Minister Fernán Quirós told Radio Miter officials would choose a random sample of potential volunteers to receive a second dose of vaccines made by AstraZeneca or Chinese Sinopharm, or wait for a second shot. of Sputnik from mid-August.
Several other countries have tried to mix vaccines because of distribution delays or safety concerns.
Some 70,000 people in Buenos Aires received a first injection of Sputnik V three months ago and are still awaiting a second dose. The number is around 300,000 nationwide.
The country experienced a new wave of infections at the start of the southern hemisphere winter.
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