China announced on Sunday that it had administered its billionth shot in the world’s largest coronavirus inoculation test, as Brazil’s death toll from the pandemic exceeded 500,000.
The global number of victims of COVID-19 is now over 3.8 million and many nations are still battling outbreaks, but vaccination initiatives in some countries allow for activities that were unthinkable a few months ago.
China’s vaccine milestone comes after the number of shots fired worldwide exceeded 2.5 billion on Friday, according to an official AFP source count.
But the Asian giant’s vaccination efforts initially began slowly after a successful fight against the virus left little sense of urgency to be punctured.
Lack of transparency and previous vaccination scandals have also provoked resistance from many residents.
Authorities have set an ambitious target of fully vaccinating 40 percent of China’s nearly 1.4 billion people by the end of this month.
Some provinces offer vaccines for free to encourage people to roll up their sleeves. Residents of central Anhui Province have received free eggs, while some residents of Beijing have received shopping coupons.
China’s success against the virus contrasts with Brazil, which on Saturday became the second nation after the United States to surpass half a million deaths from COVID-19.
Vaccination efforts have been slow, with only 11% of the Brazilian population inoculated, as a third wave of infections spread across the country.
Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who previously received vaccines, has pledged to immunize the entire population by the end of the year, which experts consider unlikely.
He has been criticized for minimizing the disease from the outset, opposing blocking measures and covering up unproven medical treatments.
On Saturday, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets again to protest their manipulation of the pandemic.
“His position on COVID and his denialism are absurd. He has abandoned reality and common sense,” said Robert Almeida, a 50-year-old photographer who was leaving for Rio.
“It doesn’t explain that, it’s surreal.”
“Learn to live with it”
In India, it was also feared that people would not take the COVID threat seriously enough, just weeks after crematoria operated 24 hours a day to care for virus victims.
Doctors are worried that India will be on guard again too soon as shopping malls and markets are once again cheering with customers.
A buyer at a New Delhi mall told AFP she was “fed up with being inside”.
“I needed that break, how long will you be able to stay locked up?” said sales manager Surili Gupta, 26.
“The coronavirus won’t come out soon, so you have to learn to live with it.”
The pandemic also overshadows the Tokyo Olympics, which will begin in just over a month.
A member of Uganda’s Olympic team tested positive for coronavirus on arrival in Japan on Saturday, officials said.
The match, made up of nine players, including boxers, coaches and officials, is only the second team to arrive in Japan after the Australian women’s softball team on 1 June.
It was the first positive COVID test among overseas Olympic arrivals, according to Japanese media.
“I heard that the person had been isolated according to the regulations,” Hidemasa Nakamura, head of distribution for the Tokyo 2020 Games, told reporters, who renewed his commitment to take strict measures against infections.
Authorities in many countries continue to struggle with crowds that violate the coronavirus rules on social distancing and the use of masks.
In France, five police officers they were injured when they broke an illegal radish of 1,500 people, authorities reported, and one of the parties lost his hand.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, who defied a coronavirus curfew at 11pm on Friday in an area around a racecourse in Brittany.
There were “very violent clashes” when 400 police officers intervened that lasted more than seven hours during the night.
“It was the war,” said Flo, a 22-year-old who attended.
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