The pandemic has killed more than 3,787,127 worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources, Saturday at noon. After the United States (599,663 dead), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (486,272), India (367,081), Mexico (229,823) and Peru (188,100), the latter country deploring the highest number of deaths in relation to its population.
These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. The WHO estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.
G7 countries are expected to commit to providing one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine over the coming year and work with the private sector, the G20 and other countries to increase this contribution in the coming year. months, according to an almost final draft press release from their summit in England.
“The commitments made since our last meeting in February 2021, including here in Carbis Bay relate to the supply of one billion doses over the next year”, is it written in this draft press release. “We will work together with the private sector, the G20 and other countries to increase this contribution over the coming months. ” Two sources said drafting of the statement was largely completed, with diplomats negotiating until late Saturday night.
On Saturday, leaders also presented a battle plan against future pandemics, an initiative called“Historical” through London. It’s about reducing the time to develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics, with the hope that the world will be ready in less than a hundred days to deal with sudden illness.
The other part concerns reform to strengthen the World Health Organization (WHO). “Our goal must be to vaccinate at least 70% of the world population by the next G7, in Germany, next year”, hammered the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during an online press conference.
South Africa withdraws 2 million contaminated vaccines
South Africa, facing a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, announced on Sunday to withdraw two million vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, due to“A problem of non-compliance” when manufactured in the United States.
US authorities announced on Friday that “Several lots”, or several million doses, manufactured in Baltimore in the United States and whose production had to be stopped several weeks ago, will have to be discarded. Tests had revealed that components of the British AstraZeneca vaccine, made at the same factory, had been mistakenly mixed into the Johnson & Johnson vaccine formula.
South Africa is campaigning for a temporary suspension of patents on anti-Covid vaccines, to allow each country to produce generic versions at low cost. “If we want to save lives and end the pandemic, we must develop and diversify manufacturing”, hammered on Saturday, President Cyril Ramaphosa at the G7 summit in England.
South Africa is counting on the delivery of 31 million doses of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, to immunize its population of 59 million. The country has managed to obtain 30 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer, but this two-shot vaccine needs to be stored at very low temperatures. A new delivery of 300,000 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson “Approved” is due to arrive on Tuesday, South African authorities said.
Lagging behind the rest of the world, South Africa has vaccinated just over 1% of its population. The African country officially the most affected, South Africa has more than 1.7 million cases, including nearly 58,000 deaths. More than 9,300 new infections have been identified in the past 24 hours.