The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than two million lives worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Friday January 15.
In all parts of the world, the number of deaths has increased over the past seven days. Latin America and the Caribbean was the region with the largest two-week increase, with 25% more deaths, for a total of 19,260 this week. The United States and Canada (+ 20%, 24,433) and Africa (+ 20%, 6,081) follow. Europe, the region where the highest number of deaths has been recorded in the last seven days (38,973), has seen this figure increase by 18%. Finally, deaths increased by 10% in Asia (4,956 deaths) and the Middle East (1,659).
Joe Biden unveils his vaccination plan for the United States
Joe Biden unveiled Friday, from his stronghold of Wilmington, Delaware, the program he intends to implement at the White House, to accelerate the immunization of Americans against Covid-19. The president-elect wants 100 million doses to be injected during his first 100 days in office. To do this, Joe Biden intends to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, responsible for coordinating the creation of local vaccination centers in gymnasiums, stadiums or schools. Some 100,000 caregivers will be mobilized.
The elected president has also pledged to improve cooperation between the federal government and the states, so far “Too rigid and confusing”. He encouraged them to open vaccination to larger sections of the population: the over 65s, the most exposed workers … Nearly 10.6 million Americans had received a first dose of vaccine on Friday, and 1 , 6 million per second. The Trump administration had yet promised 20 million people vaccinated before the end of 2020.
Restrictions and closures of borders around the world
The Colombia extended until 1is March the closure of its land and river borders, in force for nearly a year in an attempt to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the migration service announced on Friday.
“This decision (…) aims to preserve the rights to life and health of Colombians as well as migrants”, said Juan Francisco Espinosa, director of the Colombian migration service, in a video sent to the media.
The closure of land and river border posts was decreed on March 16, 2020, ten days after the detection of the first case of covid-19 in Colombia. This measure was extended at the end of September, then in November.
WHO calls for vaccinations in all countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday called for vaccination in all countries “In the next hundred days” to face the pandemic, said the director general of the agency Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the campaigns having only started so far almost exclusively in rich countries. WHO has also called on the international community to extend the genome sequencing of variants of the new coronavirus, which are more contagious and which raise fears of a resurgence of the pandemic. At the same time, the Emergency Committee said it was opposed ” for the time being “ the introduction of vaccination certificates against Covid-19 as a condition for allowing entry into a country by international travelers.