(Paris) According to an AFP census on Tuesday, half of the EU population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as Chinese authorities have decided to screen all residents of the city where the disease emerged, Wuhan, which of some new cases of coronavirus.
Posted on August 3, 2021 at 12:05 pm Updated at 2:10 pm
Jean-Philippe CHOGNOT Agence France-Presse
With the highly contagious Delta variant pushing a growing number of countries to impose new restrictions, 223.8 million European Union citizens have received two doses of the vaccine, a single dose after cure, or a single dose vaccine, according to an AFP figure from official sources Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT.
According to a report produced by AFP, the novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,238,582 people and infected nearly 200 million people worldwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the toll could be two to three times higher.
The virus resurgence, which is hitting countries that thought they had overcome the worst, is being aided by falling vaccination rates and new, more dangerous mutations.
Delta variant in China
China, where the epidemic occurred in the metropolis of Wuhan (center) in late 2019, believed it had practically eradicated it and found no local contamination for months.
The residents had returned to normal life and the economy had recovered.
The renewed epidemic is now affecting dozen of Chinese cities. The Delta strain is spreading across the country after workers were infected while cleaning planes at Nanjing Airport (east).
In Wuhan, the first city in the world to have been quarantined since January 23, 2020, all 11 million residents will be screened for 76 days.
Across China, the communist regime has developed an arsenal of drastic measures similar to those introduced in early 2020, with curbs in some cities, limited travel, and widespread screenings.
In Australia, soldiers were stationed on the streets of Sydney (southeast), the country’s largest city, and were entering their sixth week of planned detention by the end of the month. The authorities are working to curb the spread of the Delta variant. More than 3,600 cases have been recorded in the city since mid-June.
Only about 15% of Australia’s 25 million population have received two doses of the vaccine and the authorities’ strategy is to contain the spread of the virus.
This continues to affect countries where vaccination programs have been relatively effective.
In the United States, hit by a new wave related to the Delta variant, hospital admissions are reaching levels comparable to last summer’s peak.
To curb this virus resurgence, New York, one of the country’s first epicentres of the pandemic, announced Tuesday that proof of vaccination is now required to visit restaurants, theaters and gyms, with initial checks scheduled for mid-year – September.
The United States had met President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine the previous day, a month late. In New York City, that rate is 71.8%, according to City Hall.
Can’t eradicate the virus
The slowdown in the US vaccination campaign in the spring, particularly in traditionally conservative regions of the South and Midwest, as well as among younger, impoverished and ethnic minorities, had prevented the country from achieving this goal.
However, the United States has seen a recovery in vaccination rates in recent weeks, particularly in the regions hardest hit by the epidemic outbreak.
In view of the Delta variant, some countries have also started offering a booster vaccination. According to laboratories, an additional injection ensures improved immune protection, especially against the Delta variant.
Germany announced on Monday that from September 1 it will offer a booster dose to elderly and vulnerable populations, as well as people who have not received a messenger RNA vaccine.
The Ministry of Health announced that this decision was “in the interests of preventive health care”.
Sweden has also indicated that it plans to offer a booster dose to “a large part of the population” in 2022, although it could start with vulnerable populations as early as the fall.
“Our assessment is that it is not possible to eradicate the virus and that vaccination work should therefore be long-term and aimed at reducing serious illnesses and mortality,” said the Swedish chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.