The country has reported more than 17.6 million cases since the start of the pandemic. But the real number, experts fear, could be up to 30 times higher, or more than half a billion infections.
The daily death toll is expected to continue to climb until mid-May, when it could peak at more than 13,000 a day – more than four times Tuesday’s death toll of 2,771 – according to the Institute for Measurements and Assessments of Health at the University of Washington. . When it comes to the total number of deaths, experts estimate that India’s true death toll could be close to 990,000, and not the current figure of 198,000, due to the country’s underfunding of health infrastructure. has always struggled to count his dead, reports Jessie Yeung.
The United States said on Monday it would share millions of doses of its AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine stockpile. While White House officials have not said which countries will receive the photos, the move follows global pressure to include India.
Countries like the United States have lined up in recent days to send medical supplies to India, but some fear that this may not be enough to help stop the country’s huge second wave. “It’s a drop in the ocean,” Mumbai-based Dr Zarir Udwadia told the BBC on Tuesday after the UK donated ventilators.
Udwadia added that the US stockpile of AstraZeneca is expected to come to India because “the country needs at least 2 billion doses”, but the world’s largest vaccine producer, the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, has struggling to meet demand.
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WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY
Biden announces new CDC mask
President Joe Biden is expected to announce today that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines for wearing masks outdoors, said three people familiar with the expected announcement. . The Biden administration is also expected to come up with several other new recommendations for fully vaccinated people, in addition to “unmasking on the outside,” a federal official told CNN.
It comes as Michigan grapples with an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, prompting state officials to expand its mask mandate to include children as young as 2. The warrant, which went into effect Monday, requires children between the ages of 2 and 4 to wear face masks in public spaces, including daycares and camps.
EU sues AstraZeneca after vaccine delivery delays
The European Union announced on Monday that it is suing AstraZeneca for an alleged breach of its vaccine supply contract, a dramatic escalation in a months-long dispute over delivery delays that has hampered vaccine deployment across the continent , report James Frater and Angela Dewan.
The 27 EU countries have ordered 300 million doses of the drugmaker’s Covid-19 vaccine, to be delivered by the end of June, with an option to purchase an additional 100 million. But deliveries failed several times, which sparked a heated public battle over the terms of the contract.
A vaccine maker has ruined 15 million doses. Its CEO sold $ 11 million in stock before the news broke
Emerging BioSolutions’ stock has lost more than half of its value since it was disclosed that it ruined up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine at its Baltimore plant. But the company’s CEO threw away more than $ 11 million in stock before the massive decline. If Robert Kramer had kept the roughly 100,000 shares he has sold so far this year, they would be worth about $ 5 million less than the price he sold them for, reports Chris Isidore.
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- An Alaska state lawmaker who called flight attendants “mask bullies” and clashed with airline workers over mask rules over video has been banned from Alaska Airlines.
- The British Prime Minister has denied claims he would rather ‘let bodies pile up in the thousands’ rather than impose new lockdowns, after anonymous sources told the Daily Mail he made the comment in October latest.
- There has been a major coronavirus outbreak among U.S. diplomatic personnel in India with two local employees dead and more than 100 people testing positive for the virus in recent weeks.
- Canada has deployed the military to Ontario amid a worsening Covid-19 wave that has caused the province’s positivity rate to hit an all-time high.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
Have you recently received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 single injection vaccine?
Get prompt medical attention if you experience persistent severe headaches, blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the legs, persistent abdominal pain, or unusual bruising within three weeks. following the administration of the J&J vaccine, the CDC said on Monday.
These could be signs of an extremely rare and serious blood clotting syndrome that could be related to the shot. The risk appears to be greatest for women under 50, the CDC said. Read more.
“It is a horrible situation. It is as if the government has completely abdicated its responsibility” – Tehseen Poonawalla, political commentator in India.
India is battling a devastating second wave of Covid-19 that has ravaged communities and hospitals across the country. In today’s episode, Dr Sanjay Gupta explains what went wrong and why, as citizens of the world, we need to respond urgently. Listen now.
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