COVID-19: Top news on the pandemic on February 8
- This daily roundup brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
- Headlines: COVID-19 disrupts health services in 90% of countries – WHO; India approves Russia’s single-shot vaccine; Nigeria receives 2 million doses of vaccine from the COVAX program.
1. How COVID-19 affects the world
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have topped 397.7 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now exceeded 5.75 million. More than 10.24 billion doses of vaccination have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.
India has approved Russia’s single-shot Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine for people who have not yet received a vaccine, the injection’s Indian maker announced on Monday. India is currently using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in tandem with local company Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and has inoculated more than 75% of its 950 million adults.
Australia’s hospital cases of COVID-19 and people admitted to intensive care continued to fall on Tuesday as authorities urged people to get their vaccine boosters to prevent serious illness and death from the coronavirus.
The Hong Kong SAR will limit public gatherings to two people and close venues such as churches and hair salons, leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday, as the Asian financial hub battles a growing coronavirus outbreak that has caused record infections.
Nigeria has received 2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine from Finland, Greece and Slovenia, with more EU donations expected to arrive. The delivery is part of a European Union pledge to African countries through the COVAX initiative launched by the World Health Organization in 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic will not end with the Omicron variant and New Zealand will need to prepare for other variants of the virus this year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday in her first parliamentary speech for 2022.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised against travel to six countries, including Japan, Cuba, Libya, Armenia, Oman and the Democratic Republic of Congo for cases of COVID- 19. The CDC now lists more than 130 countries and territories with COVID-19 cases at “level four: very high.”
Malaysia’s coronavirus recovery council said on Tuesday it had recommended a full reopening of borders from March 1 without mandatory quarantine for travellers, as part of plans to speed up economic recovery.
2. COVID is disrupting health services in over 90% of countries – WHO
Disruptions to basic health services such as immunization programs and treatment for diseases like AIDS have been reported in 92% of 129 countries, a World Health Organization (WHO) survey found on Monday. the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey, conducted from November to December 2021, showed services were “severely impacted” with “little or no improvement” from the previous survey in early 2021, the WHO said in a statement. sent to reporters.
“The results of this survey underscore the importance of urgent action to address key health system challenges, restore services and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the WHO said.
Emergency care, which includes ambulance and emergency services, has actually worsened, with 36% of countries reporting disruptions compared to 29% at the start of 2021 and 21% in the first survey in 2020.
Elective operations such as hip and knee replacements have been discontinued in 59% of countries, and gaps in rehabilitation and palliative care have been reported in about half of them.
The timing of the survey coincided with the rise in COVID-19 cases in many countries in late 2021 due to the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, which placed additional pressure on hospitals.
The first human trial of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered this week.
CEPI, launched at the World Economic Forum, provided financial support for the Phase 1 study. The organization this week announced its seventh COVID-19 vaccine project in the fight against the pandemic.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched in 2017 at the Forum’s annual meeting – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and allowing access to these vaccines during epidemics.
Coalitions like CEPI are made possible through public-private partnerships. The World Economic Forum is the trusted global platform for stakeholder engagement, bringing together a range of multiple stakeholders from business, government and civil society to improve the state of the world.
Organizations can partner with the Forum to contribute to global health solutions. Contact us to find out how.
3. Philippines boosts childhood vaccination campaign with superheroes and puppets
Ironman, Captain America, puppeteers and stilt performers entertained children at a vaccination center in the Philippines on Monday, part of a drive to boost its COVID-19 inoculation campaign among its youngest citizens.
Artists made swords and models from balloons as ‘superheroes’ posed for photos with children aged 5 to 11 after receiving their photos in the capital Manila.
The Philippines has vaccinated about half of its 110 million people, but many areas outside of urban centers are still far behind, complicating efforts to suppress new outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.
Children have been particularly affected by lockdown measures in the Philippines, which have kept schools closed for nearly two years and forced young people to stay indoors under some of the toughest lockdown rules in the world.