Indonesia said on Tuesday that it was importing emergency oxygen from neighboring Singapore as hospitals sank under the weight of COVID-19, with the Delta variant continuing to wreak havoc around the world.
Faced with the threat of the highly infectious strain that continues to weigh heavily on human tragedies and disrupt it sporting events around the world, the global vaccination drive is heating up.
On Tuesday, the United States began sending two million doses to Vietnam, part of a first batch of 80 million doses that U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged to allocate to countries struggling to domesticate the pandemic. .
Vaccines are considered the main hope of breaking a cycle of economic blockades in a pandemic that has killed nearly four million people, according to an official AFP data collection.
But concerns have arisen that the blows initially seen as protection against the virus may not be as effective against the Delta strain.
Israel, whose launch is one of the fastest in the world, warned Monday that growing cases suggest the Pfizer / BioNTech jab they use may not protect themselves as well from mild diseases, though it still seems highly effective in reducing serious illnesses and hospitalizations.
Vaccinated medical workers killed
In Indonesia, a wave of COVID-19 nightmares has rounded up hospitals, with desperate families looking for oxygen tanks to treat the sick and die at home.
About 1,000 Indonesian medical workers have died from COVID-19, including more than a dozen who were already completely inoculated.
On Tuesday, Jakarta said about 10,000 hubs (oxygen-generating devices) were to be shipped from nearby Singapore, with some arriving earlier by a Hercules cargo plane.
The government was also in talks with other countries, including China, for help.
Senior Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the country was preparing “a scenario of up to 50,000 cases a day, maybe even 60,000 to 70,000 a day at worst.”
“But we hope that doesn’t happen.”
Russia is also fighting an increase in cases, reporting a new national record of 737 deaths in the last 24 hours.
And the Spanish region of Catalonia is once again imposing virus restrictions such as the closure of nightclubs to try to tame an increase in infections, especially among unvaccinated young people.
100,000 cases a day in the UK?
Britain is also experiencing a rebound in new cases, and warns that infections could rise to 100,000 a day.
However, it has announced that it will remove most of its virus restrictions.
As of July 19, people will no longer have to wear masks or maintain social distance indoors, and by mid-August, people who have received both doses of the vaccine will no longer have to isolate themselves if they enter. in contact with a positive case.
The Delta variant now accounts for almost all new cases of COVID-19 in Britain, but mass vaccinations have halted the consequent increase in hospital admissions or deaths.
London is gearing up to host the Euro 2020 semi-finals and football final this week, with 60,000 fans allowed to enter Wembley Stadium, two-thirds of its capacity.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week told her British counterpart Boris Johnson that she was taking too many risks by allowing so many fans.
Highlighting fears about the variant, England were forced to name a completely new cricket squad on Tuesday for their one-day international series against Pakistan, following a coronavirus outbreak in the English countryside.
Meanwhile, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and MotoGP races were called off on Tuesday for the second year in a row due to entry restrictions and logistical problems caused by the pandemic, officials said.
Others major sporting events they also feel the pinch, and not as much as the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, who are desperate to contain the virus when the Games kick off later this month.
On Tuesday, organizers said fans would be urged not to line up the marathon route for fears that crowds could spread COVID-19.
Games President Seiko Hashimoto recently warned that the Olympics behind closed doors would remain an option if infections were left unchecked.
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