U.S. President Joe Biden called yesterday, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, for vaccinating America and (helping) vaccinate the world.
“Vaccinate America and help vaccinate the world, that’s how we’re going to win,” Biden said in a speech at the White House, referring to a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
Biden expressed satisfaction that more than 110 million doses had been sent to more than 60 countries, most through the international COVAX initiative, a donation that the White House said was larger than that of all other countries combined.
Tune in as I give an update on our progress toward fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing vaccinations at home and around the world. https://t.co/kW0K1QuYdZ
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 3, 2021
The United States has already reached the 70% rate of adults who have received at least one dose of vaccine. And half of the European Union’s population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to an AFP count on Tuesday.
But the resurgence of the virus, which is affecting countries that thought the worst was behind them, is being fuelled by falling vaccination rates and new, more dangerous mutations. The Delta variant is affecting countries where vaccination programs have been relatively effective, such as the United States, where the number of hospitalizations is reaching levels similar to last summer’s peak.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required in New York in mid-September
This has prompted New York’s Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, to make his city the first in the US to require proof of vaccination for people wanting to go to restaurants, theaters, and sports facilities, starting mid-September.
Another social repercussion of the pandemic in the United States: under pressure from the left-wing of the Democratic party, a new moratorium on tenant evictions was placed until October, on the grounds of public health risks amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The delta variant is spreading
One sign of the difficulty in controlling new variants is that China, where the outbreak emerged in late 2019 in the Wuhan metropolis and which thought it had virtually eradicated the virus, has had to remobilize after new infections emerged.
The new epidemic is now affecting Wuhan and dozens of other Chinese cities. And the Communist regime has pulled out an arsenal of measures ranging from confinement to generalized testing.
The French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe will be on lockdown for at least three weeks starting Wednesday in response to a sudden increase in cases.
Israel has decided to extend the vaccine pass requirement to public places where fewer than 100 people gather in a closed space.
The vaccines do not stop transmission
Yet fully vaccinated people are three times less likely to test positive for Covid-19 than those who have not been vaccinated, according to the latest results published Wednesday from a large study in England.
“These results confirm our previous data showing that two doses of vaccine provide good protection against infection,” said Prof. Paul Elliott, head of the study. However, there is still a risk of infection, as no vaccine is 100% effective,” he said.
Faced with the Delta variant, some countries have begun offering a booster dose of the vaccine. According to the vaccine manufacturers, an additional injection provides greater immune protection, particularly against the Delta variant.
Sweden has indicated that it plans to offer a booster dose to most of the population in 2022, although it may start with vulnerable populations in the fall.
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