“This will essentially support the pandemic for a little longer than we had hoped,” he added.
YOU ASKED. WE HAVE ANSWER.
Q. Will the vaccine give me Covid-19?
A: It is literally impossible to get Covid-19 from any of the vaccines used in the United States because none of them even contain a piece of real coronavirus.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY
Social media is a lifeline for desperate Indians, but a threat to Modi
Over the past two weeks, as India’s Covid-19 crisis has worsened, America’s social media giants have become platforms of hope for millions of people. As authorities struggle to provide adequate information, distressed patients and their families have taken to Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or LinkedIn for help, Diksha Madhok reports. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be cracking down on major platforms in an attempt to quell dissent.
It comes as his right-wing Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party was defeated in a state election in West Bengal, widely seen as a test to determine whether the devastating second wave would impact Modi’s popularity. Despite the defeat, the BJP made substantial gains and became the main opposition party. Its total in the state legislature rose to nearly 80 seats, from just three seats won in the last state election in 2016.
Last year, three in 10 adults around the world said they would not get a Covid-19 vaccine, Gallup poll finds
Nearly 1.3 billion adults worldwide in 2020 said they would not get a Covid-19 vaccine if offered one for free, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday, which also found that 1, 7 billion adults temporarily stopped working during last year’s pandemic.
The poll, which surveyed more than 300,000 people in 117 countries last year, showed that 29% of adults worldwide would refuse to take a vaccine offered to them for free while 68% would take it – a figure that is falling below estimate. 70% to 85% vaccination rate required for herd immunity to the virus.
Two parties in a pandemic
Crowds of revelers descended on the English city of Liverpool on Friday for a live music event without masks or social distancing. The party was part of the UK government’s Event Research Program (ERP) and will provide scientific data to help officials plan the return of nightclubs and live events to the UK this summer.
Days later, Prince Harry received a standing ovation as he congratulated the world’s frontline medical staff at a concert in Los Angeles, attended by only thousands of vaccinated people, reports PA Media. The concert, which featured appearances by Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, was taped on Sunday and will air on May 8. It was organized by the advocacy group Global Citizen, which hopes to build confidence in vaccines and raise funds for immunization efforts around the world.
ON OUR RADAR
- The standard of care at a makeshift pandemic facility on the outskirts of New Delhi is so poor that patients are begging to leave. In the cavernous warehouse-style building, some patients are lying on cardboard beds. Medication is limited, and patients complain that they only see a doctor once every two or three days.
- An account linked to the Chinese Communist Party on Weibo mocked India’s Covid-19 crisis on social media. It has turned on him, becoming the latest example of how a clumsy attempt to stoke nationalism can strike an insensitive note.
- The Australian government has been accused of racism after threatening five-year prison sentences for citizens who violate a temporary travel ban between India and Australia.
- Republicans are using the mask controversy to bolster their larger narrative that US President Joe Biden and Democrats are too politically correct and are using government power to infringe on American freedoms.
- Many European families have been separated from loved ones living in non-European Union countries for a year or more due to pandemic border restrictions. The announcement that vaccinated Americans can enter the EU this summer has exacerbated feelings of outrage and isolation that have built up over many months.
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The coronavirus is ravaging India. Here’s how you can help
India is experiencing the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak. Grieving families struggle to keep themselves and their loved ones safe in a stretched health care system, and medical staff are on the edge of their feet as some hospitals run out of oxygen and supplies.