Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen sullivan.
US President Joe Biden fell far short of his goal of delivering 80 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to the rest of the world by the end of June as a series of logistical and regulatory hurdles slowed the pace. of U.S. Vaccine Diplomacy
Meanwhile, Thailand on Thursday reported a daily record 57 deaths from coronavirus, the second consecutive day of record deaths as the Southeast Asian country struggles to quell a stubborn third wave of Covid-19 infections.
The report came on the same day that Thailand is launching a program to revive tourism in Phuket, which has seen far fewer cases than on the mainland after Thailand prioritized vaccines for the resort island population.
Here are the other key recent developments from around the world:
- The Indian version of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine is not licensed in the EU due to potential “differences” from the original.The European drug regulator said after the African Union yesterday criticized as “unfair” the decision not to include Covishield, the Indian-made vaccine used by the global Covax program, in a list of approved vaccines for a digital certificate for travelers. in the block.
- The Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, went into isolation despite being fully vaccinated, after one of his assistants tested positive amid a new wave of infections attributed to the Delta variant.
- The country’s supreme court ordered India’s disaster management agency to establish guidelines for paying compensation to grieving family members. of those who have died of Covid.
- Bangladesh to deploy soldiers tomorrow to enforce a strict blockade amid a record spike in coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant first detected in India, the government said.
- Australian Home Secretary rejected calls to lower limits on international arrivals amid the outbreaks of the Delta variant, saying “we have to learn to live” with Covid.
- France ended most capacity limits imposed in April on restaurants, cinemas, shops and other public placesAlthough the measures were extended in parts of the southwest by the spread of the Delta variant, as the doctor who heads President Emmanuel Macron’s coronavirus advisory panel said a “fourth wave” of cases is likely this fall.
- Vladimir Putin said for the first time that he was inoculated with Russia’s own Sputnik V vaccine as he gave careful backing to the country’s campaign while distancing himself from tough new measures designed to pressure more Russians to take the coups.
- Switzerland to administer 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine it has reserved for the Covax vaccine exchange programthe government has said with the country’s medical regulator Swissmedic, which has not yet approved the injection, claiming it has not received all the necessary data from clinical trials.
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired a Health Ministry official who reportedly asked for a bribe on a vaccine deal., the latest accusation of corruption that rocked the government amid investigations into its response to the pandemic.
- Dozens of Italian prison guards beat unarmed prisoners with truncheons and fists following a coronavirus-related protest last year., video footage captured on surveillance programs, with fifty-two people working on the prison network facing arrest or legal action in the case this week
- A UK vaccine advisor made a significant intervention in the debate over whether to inoculate children against Covid, saying that “it is not immoral to think that they can be better protected by the natural immunity generated through infection than to ask them to take the possible risk of a vaccine.”
- Covid-19 cases are declining in North America, but in most of Latin America and the Caribbean the end of the pandemic “remains the distant future.”said the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa Etienne.
- Members of the US military who were vaccinated against Covid showed higher rates of heart inflammation than expectedAlthough the condition was still extremely rare, according to a new study.
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