Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged wealthy countries not to administer third doses of coronavirus vaccines to their residents before people in other countries can even receive their first doses.
The WHO has said this is a dangerous approach because it could divert doses from the developing world. “How much of ‘this is a global crisis’ don’t we get? It is still a global crisis,” said Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the health emergency program of the WHO. “There are people who want to have their cake and eat it, and then they make some more cake, and they also want to eat it,” he added.
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Q: I am fully vaccinated. When should I still wear my mask?
A: With the Delta variant on the rise, several local health officials have encouraged even fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. The World Health Organization has issued similar guidelines, while the CDC has continued to say that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most circumstances.
Wen said there are several factors at play here, including your health and the immunization status of members of your household. Immunocompromised people should wear a mask in all indoor environments where they might be exposed to unvaccinated people.
Another important factor is the level of coronavirus infection and the vaccination rate in your community, Wen said.
“The risk is cumulative. If you see unvaccinated people several times each day and there is a high level of community transmission in your area, your chances of getting a breakthrough infection after vaccination will increase. You can reduce this risk by wearing a mask. in the most at-risk environments, ”she said.
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Unvaccinated caregivers will not be paid in France
France and Greece both announced new vaccine requirements this week, following in the footsteps of Italy, which made vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers in April. The UK government has previously said it will require injections for nursing home staff from October. France said those who refused would be suspended without pay.
But not all healthcare workers are happy with this decision. In Italy, several legal challenges launched by those who do not want to be vaccinated are heard this week. In the UK, a petition against plans to make vaccines mandatory has garnered more than 72,000 signatures.
COVAX signs deal for 550 million Chinese vaccines against Covid-19 amid questions over efficacy
COVAX’s rollout was delayed earlier this year, after a coronavirus crisis in India prevented the country’s largest vaccine maker from delivering millions of vaccines on time, so the increase in supply is good news.
However, the announcement also comes as Chinese vaccines come under increasing scrutiny for their effectiveness. The Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines have been validated by the WHO for emergency use, although trials so far show that they both have lower efficacy against Covid-19 than their mRNA counterparts.
The epidemic in Indonesia could be even worse than it looks
Nearly half of Jakarta’s residents may have contracted Covid-19, according to a health survey – more than 12 times the number of officially recorded cases in the Indonesian capital at the time the research was conducted.
Hospitals across the country, especially on the island of Java – where Jakarta is located – have been pushed to the brink by the spread of the highly infectious variant of the Delta, with several cities, including the capital, placed under partial lockdown.
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