Health Editor’s Note: The U.S. has an intensified vaccination program when compared to other countries of the world. For instance, Brazil has had to deal with President Bolsonaro who is of the Trump ilk as he also downplayed COVID-19 and the citizens of Brazil continue to pay the unacceptable price of mounting deaths. Brazil’s daily coronavirus deaths account for one quarter of the world’s total numbers of dead.
With the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine placed on hold, the world is losing an opportunity to vaccinate with only one dose required. This will take a heavy toll on the populations that are harder to vaccinate, the homeless, transient, etc., because the one shot vaccine was a very efficient way to deliver the vaccine. Also, poorer countries have been using vaccines made by Russia and China and these vaccines may offer less protection than those being used in richer portions of the world.
With continuing COVID-19 infections with numbers running so high, there is an ever increasing chance of more variants to develop. The longer the virus continues to live, the more chances it will mutate into other forms of the virus. Efficient vaccinations programs are urgently needed globally and I call on the U.S. to assist these countries in attaining vaccines…..Carol
by David Biller, Maria Cheng, Joshua Goodman/apnews
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.
The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is bigger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.
And the true number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.