WHO announces “six goals” to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in 2021. Countries’ vaccination and virus variation “race”
February 19 Comprehensive news: According to the latest data on the World Health Organization website, as of 16:22 CET on the 18th, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide has reached 10,95,835, of which the number of deaths is 24,44060. Example.
According to the real-time statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 22:23 EST on the 18th, there were 110,289988 confirmed cases worldwide, of which 2,441,112 were deaths.
Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros announced on the 18th that the World Health Organization has officially launched the 2021 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, which identifies six main goals, including curbing the spread of the pandemic, reducing exposure, combating disinformation, protecting vulnerable groups, reducing mortality and morbidity, plus Fair distribution of new coping tools such as fast vaccines, diagnosis and treatment, etc. Achieving the above goals requires $1.96 billion.
Americas: New cases in the United States decline in a single day, but the risk of variant virus aggravation
Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that since early February, the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States has shown a downward trend in a single day, and the director of the Center, Volanski, said that the variant novel coronavirus may lead to a new surge in U.S. cases and an accelerated spread of the pandemic.
According to the analysis of American experts, wearing masks and social distancing, seasonal reasons and vaccination of coronavirus vaccine are important reasons for the easing of the pandemic.
According to the data of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 18th, more than 56 million people in the United States have been vaccinated with the first dose of coronavirus vaccine, accounting for about 17% of the total population.
Brazil has launched a coronavirus vaccine for front-line medical staff on the 17th. This vaccination is based on the coronavirus vaccine of China Kexing Company.
The head of the Butantan Institute in Brazil pointed out that after testing, it was found that the SinoVac coronavirus vaccine was effective against variant coronaviruses from the United Kingdom and South Africa. The Institute also announced the launch of a large-scale coronavirus vaccination campaign for adult groups in the city of Serana.
Mexican Defense Minister Sandoval announced on the afternoon of the 17th that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and would work remotely from home and receive treatment.
On January 24, Mexican President López announced that he had contracted the novel coronavirus and announced his recovery about 10 days later.
Europe: France’s variation COVID-19 infection rate has increased significantly
French Health Minister Weilan said at a press conference on the evening of the 18th that the overall improvement of the pandemic situation in France recently, but it is still in a “high platform period”, and the detection rate of variant strains has increased significantly.
Among the new cases in France, the proportion of variant coronavirus infections found in the UK has increased to 36% from 20% to 25% last week.
The French government has decided to continue to close public places such as restaurants and museums and to extend the quarantine period for people infected with the novel coronavirus from 7 days to 10 days from the 22nd.
According to the results of the study released by Imperial College of Technology in London on the 18th, the rate of COVID-19 in the UK fell to 0.51%, down more than two-thirds from the 1.57% reported in January, and “the decrease in the number of infections occurs at all ages and in most parts of the country”.
British media said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will formulate a new national anti-pandemic strategy based on the latest data, and announced a “road map” for gradually lifting the pandemic blockade and other related restrictions on the 22nd.
British experts warned that although the pandemic has shown a downward trend, hospital patients are still higher than the first wave of peak last year, and the negative impact of gradual lifting of the blockade needs to be closely monitored.
After maintaining less than 10,000 new confirmed cases in a single day for many consecutive days, Germany’s new confirmed cases exceeded 10,000 again on the 18th, at 10,207.
German President Steinmeier called on the public to be patient and persist in fighting the pandemic on the same day. German experts believe that the pandemic has become a “race” between vaccination and viral variation.
Asia: Japan and the Philippines have discovered new variant novel coronavirus
Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases revealed on the 18th that a new variant novel coronavirus has been found in Japan.
As of early February, 2 cases of variant novel coronavirus have been found in airport quarantine and 91 cases have been found in Kanto region.
Kyodo News Agency of Japan and Asahi Shimbun reported that the three variant coronaviruses previously found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil were variation in the protein N501Y on the surface of the virus, while the variant novel coronavirus found in Japan this time was E484K variation’s.
Japanese experts believe that the variant virus may weaken the immune effect, but the infectivity has not increased. The origin of this variant virus is not clear at present.
Philippine Department of Health said on the 18th that the Philippine Genome Center found two variant coronaviruses in the COVID-19 test samples collected in Cebu last week.
Thirty-seven of the 50 samples detected the presence of COVID-19 variant strains, which carried E484K variations or N501Y variant, 29 of which 29 Two variant coronavirus strains exist in each sample. At present, the complete gene sequence of these two variations of COVID-19 has yet to be further studied.
Africa and Oceania: Zimbabwe begins vaccination against SinoVac coronavirus
The WHO Regional Office for Africa said on the 18th that Africa is facing the dual challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ebola pandemic. In the past week, there have been 77,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa, with a cumulative number of confirmed cases of more than 3.7 million and more than 99,000 deaths.
The variant coronavirus is spreading on the African continent, and the second wave is spreading faster than the first wave. The variant novel coronavirus first discovered in South Africa has been found in nine countries in Africa, and the variant coronavirus found in the United Kingdom has been found in non-six countries.
Zimbabwe launched the vaccination of COVID-19 on the 18th. Zimbabwe Vice President and Health Secretary Chivinga was vaccinated at Wilkins Hospital in Harare, the capital, as the country’s “first person” to get a coronavirus vaccine.
He said that he expressed confidence in the SinoVac vaccine through in-person vaccination. The vaccine in Zimbabwe this time is China’s coronavirus vaccine that arrived in Zimbabwe on the 15th. The Zimbabwe government plans to vaccinate 10 million people, accounting for about 60% of the total population of Zimbabwe.
With the arrival of the first 200,000 doses of vaccine purchased by the Senegalese government from China National Pharmaceutical Group on the evening of the 17th, Senegal became the first country in West Africa to obtain vaccines in batches.
President Salle and wife of Serbia, Mary May, personally greeted the airport and said, “With the arrival of a vaccine, Serbia’s anti-pandemic work will enter a brand-new stage.”