Saturday Global update

Global cases

Global vaccine supply

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/24/coronavirus-vaccine-us-anger-inequality/

US, Defense Production Act

Adar Poonawalla, head of India’s Serum Institute

if we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the U.S.,

I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the U.S. so that vaccine production can ramp up

Your administration has the details

United States and other Western countries

Rapidly boost global vaccine supplies?

Temporarily suspending pharmaceutical intellectual property rights

Poorer countries to produce their own versions of trademarked vaccines, e.g. Pfizer or Moderna

World Trade Organization proposal, March

Asked for waiver patent protections for coronavirus vaccines

Blocked by United States, Britain and members of the European Union

China and Russia have focused on bilateral vaccine diplomacy

Namibia

Population 2.5 million people

128 people have received two doses

President Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala

Covax had failed his country and Latin America at large

Received 81,000 of 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine it purchased through Covax

The Covax system has been a failure

A small group of countries have all the vaccines and a large number do not have any access

India

B.1.617

Cases, + 346,786 new cases overnight into Saturday

Deaths + 2,263 + 2,624

Patients dying because of a shortage of oxygen

Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi

20 people died overnight because of a lack of oxygen

Government deploying trains and the air force

Black market in oxygen and medicines

Hoarding and panic buying

Israel

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56868383

Daily deaths, 0

First time in 10 months

Both doses, 53%

Eyal Leshem, Sheba Medical Center

Country may be close to reaching herd immunity

There is a continuous decline despite returning to near normalcy

Turkey

https://covid19asi.saglik.gov.tr/?_Dil=2

Loosening of restrictions early March

Average age, 32

Government’s official data, very conservative

President Erdoğan, recent investments in health services

Private hospitals also recent increase in capacity

Still nearing capacity

Less trained staff compared to western countries

ICUs reported at 70%

Positivity ratio 18%

7pm-to-5am curfews

Full day curfews at the weekends and national holidays

(Curfews not fully followed)

Move to online working

Factories and construction both working

Currently good social distancing and mask wearing

Non curfew days, shopping malls open

Funerals, large numbers attend

Smoking banned on busy streets, but lots of smoking

Vaccinations

Sinovac and Pfizer

Russian Sputnik V soon

2 dose vaccine approach

Over-65s largely vaccinated

Now, over 55s and those with health conditions

October, should be rolled out to all over 18 years

Schools closed, except preschools and grade 8

Health minister, situation is improving

Germany

Nationwide "emergency brake" probably coming in days

Whenever infections in a district exceeds 100 per 100,000 for 3 days in a row, within 7 days

Amendments to the Infection Protection Act must then pass the Bundesrat

Planned to last until the end of June

Source: Dr. John Campbell

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