RIO DE ANNEYRO (AP) – The global death toll from the coronavirus rose to a staggering 3 million people on Saturday amid repeated global vaccination campaign failures in Brazil, India and France.
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Mortality is rising again all over the world. The average is around 12,000 a day, and new cases are also rising, reaching 700,000 a day.
“This is not a situation where we want to get into an epidemic 16 months later when we have proven the means of control,” said Maria van Kerkhove, co-chair of COVID-19 World Health Organization.
In Brazil, where about 3,000 people die every day, accounting for a quarter of the world’s deaths in recent weeks, a WHO official called the crisis a “raging hell.” A more contagious version of the virus is spreading across the country.
As the incidence increases, hospitals are running out of critical sedatives. As a result, there have been reports that some doctors are diluting the remaining supplies, “even tying patients to their beds while the breathing tubes are being pushed down their throats.”
The slow spread of vaccines has shattered the pride of Brazilians in their own history by launching massive vaccination campaigns that envied developing countries.
Citing remarks from President Air Bolsonaro, who compared the virus to the flu, his health ministry has been betting heavily on one vaccine for months, ignoring other manufacturers. When the traffic jams occurred, it was too late to get large quantities in time.
Watching as many patients suffer and die at his hospital in Rio de Janeiro, he urged nurse Lidiane Melo to take desperate action.
In the early days of the epidemic, when sufferers cried out for consolation that he was too busy to provide, Melo filled two rubber gloves with warm water, tied them, and wrapped them around the patient’s arm to model a love touch.
Some have called this practice “the hand of God”, and now it is a disgraceful image of a nation plunged into an ambulance with no end in sight.
“Patients can not receive visitors. Sad avoc, there is no way. “So it’s a way to provide psychological support while being there holding the patient by the hand,” Melo said. He added. “And this year is worse, the severity of the patients is 1,000 times greater.”
The situation is similarly dire in India, where cases were rising after weeks of steady decline in February, much to the surprise of the authorities. Over the past week, India has seen more than 180,000 new infections in a single 24-hour period due to the virus, bringing the total to more than 13.9 million.
The problems that India has overcome last year stem from the persecution of health care providers. Only 178 air conditioners were released in the second half of Wednesday in New Delhi, a city of 29 million people, where 13,000 new infections were reported the previous day.
India is facing challenges beyond its borders as the country becomes the largest provider of UN-sponsored COVAX vaccine distribution program to the world’s poorest parts of the world. India announced last month that it would stop exporting vaccines until the spread of the virus within the country slowed.
The WTO recently described the supply situation as uncertain. According to one estimate, 60 more countries will not receive more shots by June. To date, COVAX has delivered about 40 million doses to more than 100 countries, enough to cover barely 0.25% of the world’s population.
Globally, about 87% of the 700 million doses provided were given in rich countries. While one in four people in rich countries has been vaccinated, in poor countries the figure is one in more than 500.
In recent days, the United States and some European countries have delayed the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while authorities are investigating extremely rare but dangerous blood tissues. The AstraZeneca vaccine has also been delayed due to a fear of a blood clot.
Another concern. Poor countries rely on vaccines made by China և Russia, which, according to some scientists, provide less protection than Pfizer, Moderna և AstraZeneca.
Last week, the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that the country’s vaccines offer low protection, and said officials were considering mixing them with other shots to improve their effectiveness.
In the United States, where more than 560,000 lives have been lost, accounting for more than 6 of the world’s COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen, businesses are reopening, and life is beginning to return to something nearing normalization. in the states: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to 576,000 last week, down from COVID 19.
But the progress is very strong, the latest hotspots, especially in Michigan, have erupted in recent weeks. To date, deaths in the United States have dropped to an average of about 700 a day, dropping from a peak of about 3,400 in mid-January.
Countries in Europe are feeling the brunt of the more contagious version that first devastated Britain, bringing the number of COVID-19 deaths on the continent to 1 million.
Some 6,000 critically ill patients are being treated in critical care units in France, a number not seen since the first wave a year ago.
Dr Mark Leone, head of resuscitation at Marseille North Hospital, said the exhausted frontline staff who were glorified at the start of the epidemic now felt alone, hoping new school closures and other restrictions would help curb the virus in the coming weeks.
“There is exhaustion, more bad character. “You have to tread carefully, because there are a lot of clashes,” he said. “We will give everything we have during these 15 days as best we can.”
Goodman reported from Miami and Cheng from London. AP writers in Paris An Aniruddha Ghosal in New Delhi contributed to this report.