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Two nations reel under Covid onslaught – Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction
The bereavement of families reflects the tragedy unfolding in India – now at the epicenter of the global pandemic – report Jessie Yeung, Clarissa Ward and Rishabh Pratap. India sees more cases per day than any other country has witnessed, pushing the global number of infections to over 150 million.
Anger is mounting against Indian leaders, accused of failing to mitigate a second wave of the disease. A spokesperson for the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party said that while the responsibility rests “first and foremost” on the government, the situation could not have been foreseen. India’s woes are compounded by a vaccine shortage caused by a lack of raw materials and overwhelming demand.
Similar problems are seen in Latin America, where new variants are contributing to an increase in the number of cases in the region, according to the regional health body. Slow immunization deployments have caused more setbacks; and health systems are struggling to cope with the influx of patients, many of whom are young. The vaccination campaign in Brazil – which has long been one of the worst-affected countries in the Americas – is proceeding at a snail’s pace as the country surpassed 400,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday.
This is in stark contrast to the robust vaccination programs in the US and UK. Despite growing calls to rich countries to fairly distribute surplus vaccines, the British Minister of Health has ruled out sending additional doses to India. “India can produce its own vaccine, based on British technology, that is … the biggest contribution we can make, which actually comes from British science,” said Matt Hancock.

YOU ASKED. WE HAVE ANSWER.

Q. If I am young and healthy, why should I get the vaccine?

A: Getting the vaccine is essential for healthy young adults. Many of those who refused have already paid a price. Here’s why:
  1. A highly contagious strain hits young adults hard. The B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common strain in the United States. And unlike the original strain, this one strongly affects young people.
  2. Young adults can have long-term complications with Covid-19. Many young and healthy people have turned into “long-haul” coronaviruses.
  3. Young adults can be easy transmitters of coronavirus. Several states have recently reported spikes in young people with Covid-19.
  4. Young adults can fall victim to their strong immune systems. Doctors noticed that some young, previously healthy patients suffered from Covid-19 cytokine storms. It’s basically when a person’s immune system overreacts, potentially causing severe inflammation or other serious symptoms.
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WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY

Weekly average of Covid-19 deaths in US hits lowest point in six months

The seven-day average of new Covid-19 deaths in the United States has reached its lowest point since October 2020, CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University revealed Thursday. As of Wednesday, 684 deaths were reported, representing a drop of about 80% since January. The drop is at least in part due to vaccinations, experts said.

Yet experts warn that to beat the pandemic, more Americans need to get vaccinated, especially young people, some of whom are still hesitant or think they don’t have as much to fear from the virus.

Double crisis of coup and Covid could push half of Myanmar’s population into poverty, UN warns

Nearly half of Myanmar’s population could be forced into poverty by the end of the year as the country is on the brink of economic collapse caused by the double shock of a bloody military coup and the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a United Nations report, Helen Regan Reports.

Rising food costs, significant losses in income and wages, the collapse of basic services such as banks and health care, and an inadequate social safety net are likely to push millions of already vulnerable people under. the poverty line – with women and children among them. hardest hit.

U.S. regulators won’t release AstraZeneca vaccine until they are sure it’s safe and effective

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not release AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for export to other countries until it is satisfied that the doses have been manufactured to the standards of. American quality and will be safe and effective, a government official told CNN on Thursday.

It comes after the White House announced Monday that it would ship doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries after a safety review by the FDA, reports Maggie Fox. AstraZeneca has yet to seek regulatory approval in the United States, but the company is manufacturing tens of millions of doses there in the hopes that it will apply and eventually receive the green light.

ON OUR RADAR

  • Thelma Sutcliffe has just become the oldest person in the United States. At 115, all she wants is to be able to eat with her friend again, but cannot do so due to Covid-19 restrictions at her assisted living center.
  • Joe Rogan, Spotify’s main podcast host, doubled down on the controversy surrounding his remarks that healthy young people should not get the Covid vaccine.
  • When the coronavirus rocked the world last spring, organ donation and transplant programs faced a lot of uncertainties. This complicated the fate of three siblings, whose race to find organ donors came at an inopportune time.
  • Opinion: The lessons of Covid 19, especially the extraordinary pace of vaccine development, are key to crushing the world’s most brutal infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis.

TODAY’S PODCAST

“Just as the pandemic in this country has entered a different phase, we are also in transition …” – Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent

For 14 months and nearly 300 episodes, Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction has provided listeners with a way to make sense of the pandemic. We are grateful that you have trusted us as your source of knowledge and comfort, but now we are ready for a new phase of the podcast. Stay tuned to your feed on Monday morning when you hear what we have to come.

In today’s podcast, Gupta says goodbye to the podcast and brings us a new series for the next chapter of this pandemic. Listen now.

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