The latest developments
Around 192 million people around the world have tested positive for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.1 million infected people have died. Around 3.7 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
The latest developments
- The target originally set for this year of vaccinating 60 percent of the population in Africa cannot be achieved before 2022. This was said by John Nkengasong of the African Union’s health organization, the Africa CDC, on Thursday (July 22nd). The countries Burundi, Eritrea and Tanzania have not even started vaccinations – although Tanzania is now more involved in the fight against corona. “We remain very optimistic that we will have vaccinated 25 percent by the end of the year,” announced Nkengasong. Through the Avat Commission (African Acquisition Trust), which has now been expanded into a trust, the CDC is trying to pool the funds of the African states and to coordinate measures in the fight against the pandemic.
- China has rejected the World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of investigation into the origin of Sars-CoV-2. This was announced by Zeng Yixin of the National Health Commission NHC on Thursday (July 22nd). The WHO proposed a second phase of research into the origin of the virus in China in July, including a review of laboratories and markets in the city of Wuhan. She also demanded transparency from the authorities. “We will not accept such a tracing plan because it disregards common sense and science in some respects,” said Zeng Yixin. He was baffled that the WHO plan hypothesized that a Chinese violation of laboratory protocols caused the virus to leak. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said in early July that research into the origins of the pandemic would be hampered by the lack of raw data on the first few days of the spread in China. Zeng reiterated China’s position that some data could not be fully shared due to privacy concerns. To the report | To the podcast
- In the USA, the number of new corona infections recorded in one day is increasing again. With 52,032 new cases on Wednesday (July 21), the authorities reported around 20,000 more than exactly a week ago, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore on Thursday morning (CEST). The number of deaths with a confirmed corona infection remained comparatively stable at 333. According to the latest estimates by the CDC health authority, the particularly contagious Delta variant is now responsible for around 83 percent of all infections recorded in the country. The number of hospital admissions of infected people has recently increased again and, according to the CDC forecast, will continue to rise in the coming weeks.
- The European Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) underlines the long-term effects of the corona pandemic on people’s mental health. It was not just the infections and the fear of such an infection that could hit the psyche, the WHO Regional Office for Europe announced on Thursday (July 22nd). The psychological effects of lockdowns and self-isolation, unemployment, financial worries and social exclusion affect almost everyone. “People in the European region are literally collapsing under the burden of Covid-19 and its consequences,” said WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge. The effects of the Corona crisis would have taken an enormous toll on people’s mental health and well-being.
- The Greek police used tear gas and water cannons on Wednesday evening (July 21st) to break up a demonstration by anti-vaccination campaigners in front of the Greek parliament in Athens. The around 3,000 demonstrators, including numerous religious zealots, protested against corona measures that increase the pressure on those who refuse to be vaccinated, reported the state radio and reporters on site. The police said the security forces were deployed because numerous demonstrators had come too close to parliament.
- The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, has criticized the global management of the corona pandemic. “The pandemic is a test – and the world fails,” said Tedros on Wednesday (July 21) on the occasion of the 138th session of the International Olympic Committee. A thorn in his side is the uneven distribution of vaccines in particular. It is a moral scandal that 75 percent of the vaccines administered so far have been distributed to only ten countries. “The pandemic could be under control if the vaccine had been distributed more fairly,” said Ghebreyesus. He urged the richer countries to release more vaccines. The aim of the Covax initiative is to have vaccinated ten percent of the world’s population by September. To achieve this, however, it would take 250 million more doses. So far you have only been able to distribute 72 million.
- The organizers of the Olympic Games identified eight more corona cases on Wednesday (July 21). Among them is an athlete who does not live in the Olympic village. Overall, the number of positive tests determined since July 1st rose to 75. According to the organizers, an official in the athletes’ village tested positive, he had twelve contact persons. On Tuesday the Czech team announced that after beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic, Simon Nausch, coach of the beach volleyball players, had also tested positive. In addition to the 75 registered cases, there are four positive tests reported by the prefectures. However, the regional authorities are not required to report on corona cases related to the Summer Games. The Tokyo Summer Olympics will open on Friday, July 23rd.