Coronavirus cases continue rising globally, vaccination continues
40.8 percent of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the data provided by the Our World in Data website run by the University of Oxford, reports Staretegy2050.kz.
Overall, 5.56 billion doses have been administered globally, and 31.21 million are administered each day. The gap between rich and low-income countries remains, as only 1.9 percent of people in low-income countries received at least one dose.
The region has around 85 million confirmed cases. Nearly 40 million cases are in the United States, which tops the world’s rank in terms of cases and deaths. The country lost over 640,000 people to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
176.7 million people, or 53.2 percent of the entire population, have been fully vaccinated, and 207.5 million received at least one dose.
U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to announce the country’s strategy to fight the spread of a more contagious Delta variant and boost the vaccination rate on Thursday, September 9.
He previously spoke about the plans to offer booster shots, according to Reuters. Chief Medical Advisor at White House Dr. Anthony Fauci said earlier that additional vaccine shots will help make the immune system stronger to the virus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will convene on September 17 to decide on the need for a third vaccine shot.
“The administration recently announced a plan to prepare for additional COVID-19 vaccine doses, or ‘boosters,’ this fall, and a key part of that plan is FDA completing an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of these additional vaccine doses,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Research and Evaluation. “The process for authorizing or approving the use of a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine involves each vaccine manufacturer submitting data pertaining to safety and effectiveness to the agency to support this use.”
As of today, Europe confirmed 66.3 million cases and 1.2 million deaths.
The United Kingdom, which reported 7 million cases and over 133,000 deaths, also updated its strategy to tackle COVID-19, the country’s Department of Health and Social Care wrote on their Twitter account.
As of September 7, the United Kingdom gave 91,827,909 COVID-19 vaccine doses.
“Four in five people aged 16 or over in the UK have now had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has come forward for their vaccination,” wrote the Department on Twitter.
The COVID-19 regulations have also been eased across the United Kingdom. In England, limits on the number of people who could meet are removed, as well as face coverings.
Nightclubs, pubs, cafes, and restaurants resumed their work.
The U.K. government said it would require a COVID-19 pass from the end of September from people visiting indoor public venues. The document will be proof of one’s full vaccination or test results.
Since August 9, France has also used health passes to limit the access of people, who are not fully vaccinated, to public places. The country had more than 6.6 million cases and more than 113,000 deaths.
Kazakhstan’s coronavirus2020.kz reports 824,188 coronavirus cases and 71,646 coronavirus pneumonia cases. 6.9 million people received the first dose and 5.7 million people were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The measures taken by the government make it possible to contain the pandemic in the country, said Healthcare Minister Alexei Tsoy on September 6.
"49,705 health workers are involved in the measures to fight COVID-19 and 9,100 health workers are on the reserve. Advanced training in demanded specialties has been provided for 11,800 specialists. A total of 4,641 young specialists have been placed in the regions,” he told the ministry’s general meeting on Monday.