US Confirms  500,000 Deaths Caused by Covid-19

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The US has completed half a million Covid-19 deaths and became the country with the highest fatality rate by the pandemic. But the new government has made pandemic management its biggest priority as millions life of millions of Americans is at risk. The US has already started its vaccination programs with Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, trying to vaccinate more and more people before they are exposed to the infection.

Despite these measures, President Biden suspects that the deaths by Covid-19 in the US may cross 600,000. But speeding up vaccination programs in the US and other parts of the world has decreased the number of new cases, giving a little hope that the number of deaths will probably decrease too.

On the other side, British prime Minister Boris Johnson has shared plans of easing the lockdown in the country but advised natives to follow a cautious approach to gradually return back to normal life in the UK. According to him, the country will probably open up completely by the end of June. The country is all set to open schools by the first week of March.

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A recent study by the research team from the University of Edinburgh found that there are no adverse effects linked with  Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, which may cause a significant decline in hospitalizations linked with extreme Covid-19 cases in Scotland.

Despite the increased number of deaths in the US, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a significant reduction in new cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the daily cases are decreasing every week and from December 2020 to February 2021, there is a 39% drop recorded in average daily cases.

India, on the other side, is also one of the worst-hit countries by this pandemic, has recently reported an increase in Covid-19 transmission and infection rate. Only a few states are successfully following controlling measures such as restrictions especially those which have reported the highest number of deaths since this pandemic began in 2020.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 61 million Americans have received one shot of Covid-19 vaccines and those who have received both doses are over 18 million.

Australia has just started its vaccination program with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the vaccination program will debunk anti-vaxxers’ narratives and misconceptions regarding Covid-19 vaccine safety.

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The UK is working to vaccinate all British adults by the last week of June 2021. Right now 17 million people have got their first dose of Covid-19 that makes up for 1/3rd of the entire population.

World Health Organization (WHO) has openly criticized how some wealthy countries may take over all the Covid-19 vaccines depriving other, especially poor countries to receive the vaccines. Some of the developed countries like the US are contributing to donating the Covid-19 vaccine to the poor countries that can’t buy them on their own. However, WHO says that offering funds is not enough if there are no vaccines in hand to deliver to these countries.

 

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