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Wed Oct 20, 2021, 06:52 PM

Covid: WHO Warns Pandemic Will Drag On Into 2022

Source: BBC News

The Covid pandemic will "go on for a year longer than it needs to" because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Dr Bruce Aylward, senior leader at the WHO, said it meant the Covid crisis could "easily drag on deep into 2022".

Less than 5% of Africa's population have been vaccinated, compared to 40% on most other continents. The UK has delivered more than 10 million vaccines to countries in need. It has pledged a total of 100 million. Dr Aylward appealed to wealthy countries to give up their places in the queue for vaccines in order that pharmaceutical companies can prioritise the lowest-income countries instead.

He said wealthy countries needed to "stocktake" where they were with their donation commitments made at summits such as the G7 meeting in St Ives this summer. "I can tell you we're not on track" he said. "We really need to speed it up or you know what? This pandemic is going to go on for a year longer than it needs to."

The People's Vaccine - an alliance of charities - has released new figures suggesting just one in seven of the doses promised by pharmaceutical companies and wealthy countries are actually reaching their destinations in poorer countries....

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58973697

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appalachiablue Oct 20 OP
irisblue Oct 20 #1
spinbaby Oct 20 #2
left-of-center2012 Oct 20 #3
ClimateHawk Oct 20 #5
left-of-center2012 Oct 20 #6
muriel_volestrangler Oct 21 #11
BigmanPigman Oct 20 #4
Initech Oct 20 #8
BigmanPigman Oct 21 #9
Chin music Oct 20 #7
NurseJackie Oct 21 #10
Elessar Zappa Oct 21 #12
Mysterian Oct 21 #13

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 08:10 PM

1. Anyone who is surprised by this glimpse of the totally obvious, raise your hand

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 08:26 PM

2. I was in east Africa this summer

I can attest that Kenya, at least, it taking COVID seriously. Masking was near universal in Nairobi because there was a fine for being unmasked or improperly masked. There was a 10:00 curfew and travel between districts was restricted. I saw advertisements for vaccines and everyone in the tourist industry was vaccinated.

Tanzania, on the other hand, was promoting Covid as a minor disease for which no vaccine was available, as evidenced by this sign at an airport.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 08:38 PM

3. Dr. Fauci said much the same recently (posted in DU)

He said the next couple of years.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:05 PM

5. I thought he said the pandemic could be under good control by next spring. To me that means over.

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Response to ClimateHawk (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:12 PM

6. I think I'm wrong.

I now think it was David R. Scrase, M.D.,
Secretary of New Mexico's Human Services Department who said that the COVID precautions (masking, distancing, etc) could be here for the next couple of years.

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Response to ClimateHawk (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 21, 2021, 08:34 AM

11. And he said (in August) the *USA* could be back to normal by spring, not the world

Fauci says US could be back to normal by spring 2022 – if vaccinations take off

The US could have the Covid pandemic under control and achieve a return to “normality” by next spring, Dr Anthony Fauci said, if the “overwhelming majority” of the population is vaccinated.

The chief White House medical adviser was speaking to CNN on Monday night, after the federal Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine.

More than 400,000 people have been vaccinated in the US each day in August, with 171.1 million now fully protected.

“We hope we’ll be there” by spring, Fauci said, adding: “But there’s no guarantee because it’s up to us.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/24/anthony-fauci-coronavirus-us-normal-spring-2022-americans-vaccinated

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 08:52 PM

4. If a variant like Delta emerges

it will drag out another year.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 11:43 PM

8. And the anti-vaxxers are giving it plenty of opportunities to mutate too.

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 21, 2021, 12:20 AM

9. I know, I know...

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Response to Chin music (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 21, 2021, 07:28 AM

10. I believe so too.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Oct 21, 2021, 08:50 AM

12. At some point, I'm gonna say "fuck it"

and, with a mask and vaccination, return to my normal activities, go to concerts, sports games, etc. The anti-vaxxers can die for all I care.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Oct 21, 2021, 09:01 AM

13. It could be over right now

but for the anti-vax imbeciles.

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