Global Vaccination Race, Epidemic Race: U.S. Stumbles, Israel Steps Ahead

In the United States, the epidemic shows no signs of abating, with the cumulative number of deaths reaching 347,500.
Vaccination efforts in the United States have been hampered by logistical difficulties and overcrowded hospitals.

As of January 1, only 2.8 million people in the United States had received their first vaccine, the French weekly L ‘Express reported on its website on January 2.
That’s a far cry from the Trump administration’s pledge to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of 2020.

The main reason given by local governments for the slow pace of vaccination was the year-end holiday.
Hospitals have cut hours, so vaccinations are less likely, and many health workers are on vacation.

Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, said: “The federal government thought it was just a matter of getting the vaccine everywhere. There was no detailed vaccination plan.”

And, as in France, vaccinations are viewed with suspicion by parts of the public, including some health workers.

, according to Reuters in new Delhi on January 3, Indian drug regulators on Sunday for two kinds of new crown vaccine emergency use to give final approval, one of which is the two doses of astrazeneca – Oxford vaccine, the other one is by domestic enterprises bharat biotech co., LTD., research and development of vaccines, also need to vaccinate twice time interval for 4 weeks.
The decision marks the first time the world’s second most populous country, which has more new crown infections than any other country in the world after the United States, has approved a new crown vaccine.

A government official said the mass vaccination program is expected to start within a week and hopes to vaccinate 300 million people in the first six to eight months of this year.

Brussels (AFP) – The European Union will help drug companies scale up production of the new crown vaccine to address a “bottleneck” in vaccine distribution, the EU’s top health official said on Saturday.
Stella Kyriakides, the European commissioner responsible for health, said delays in the approved vaccines were due to a lack of capacity, not EU plans.
“The bottleneck right now is not the number of orders, but the lack of global capacity,” she said.

Mr Kyriakides noted that Brussels had given €100m to German Biotech to help it increase capacity.
The German company has developed a vaccine with the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

“The situation will gradually improve,” Mr Kyriakides promised.

“Other manufacturers we have contracts with are also getting their vaccines approved by the European Union,” she said.

MOSCOW, Jan 2 (Reuters) – More than 800,000 people in Russia have been vaccinated with the new crown vaccine and more than 1.5 million doses have been distributed, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Saturday.

Russia, which has the fourth-highest number of Nova coronavirus infections in the world, began receiving the new Sputnik V crown vaccine in early December.

The TASS news agency quoted Murashko as saying that from January 1, people who get vaccinated in Russia will receive an electronic vaccination certificate.
The Ministry of Health is building a database of vaccinators, the report said.
“Since January 1, a new function has been activated in the system for administering medicines and administering the new crown vaccine,” Murashko said.
People who have been vaccinated will receive a remote certificate on their personal account on the government’s public service website.”

According to a report by the New York Times website on January 2, more than 10 percent of Israel’s population has received its first dose of the new crown vaccine, far more than any other country in the world.

Israel’s new crown vaccination campaign was launched on 20 December 2020.
The vaccination rate in Israel is three times higher than that in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain, the next most advanced country, according to data collected from local authorities by the website See the World by Numbers.
By comparison, less than 1 percent of Americans and a small percentage of most European countries had been vaccinated by the end of 2020.

According to Israeli health experts, Israel’s highly digital, community-based health system — all citizens must register with the country’s health authorities under Israeli law — as well as a centralized government proved to be the guarantee of organizing and coordinating national vaccination campaigns.

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