India Sets New World Case Record, US Prepares To Send Oxygen, Tests, Treatments And PPE

The global count of confirmed cases of the coronavirus-borne disease COVID-19 rose 147 million on Monday, with India accounting for more than a third of new cases daily as Western governments, including the US, began shipping oxygen supplies and virus testing. , drug treatments and personal protective equipment to alleviate the crisis. India posted another dismal record of 349,691 confirmed cases on Sunday, according to the Associated Press, setting a daily world record for the fourth day in a row. A new variant of “double mutant” has skyrocketed cases and undermined the government‘s premature claims of victory over the pandemic.

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Source: Johns Hopkins University The Ministry of Health reported another 2,767 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing deaths in India to 192,311. Experts say this number could be a very low count, as suspected cases are not included and many COVID-19 deaths are attributed to underlying conditions. India’s overwhelmed hospitals are crying out for oxygen, the shortage of which is cruelly causing many deaths in ambulances as patients wait for assistance that does not arrive. The rising death toll has also overwhelmed cemeteries and crematoria, which are giving up Hindu ceremonies and rituals believed to free the soul from the cycle of rebirth. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Biden‘s chief medical adviser, told ABC “This Week” that the US would review how to increase the supply of vaccines from India, for example, by shipping doses or helping India “essentially make the vaccines themselves.” Also on the vaccines front, a committee from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Friday to allow Americans again to receive the single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson without any additional stipulations. The CDC’s influential Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met for the second time Friday to discuss the risks and benefits of the J&J vaccine following reports of blood clots in combination with low platelets in six women who received the vaccine. At that time, approximately seven million people in the United States had been immunized with that vaccine. The committee voted 10-4-0 to keep the initial authorization for emergency use of the vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration, and many of the committee members spoke about the increased risks associated with COVID-19. The EUA allows any adult in the US who is at least 18 years old to receive the vaccine. Some Wall Street analysts had previously predicted that the vaccine would no longer be recommended for women under the age of 50. Meanwhile, the US vaccine program continues to show good progress. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine tracker shows that as of 6:00 a.m. ET Sunday, 290.7 million doses had been delivered to states, 228.7 million doses had been administered, and 139.9 million people had received at least one injection, which is equivalent to 42.2%. of the population. A total of 94.8 million people are fully vaccinated, which is equivalent to 28.5% of the population, which means that they have received two injections of the two-dose vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc. PFE, -0.22 % and German partner BioNTech SE BNTX, -2.55% and Moderna Inc. MRNA, + 1.24%, or a Johnson & Johnson JNJ injection, -0.80% single injection vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine has not been licensed for use in the US Among Americans 65 and older, 36.9 million people are fully vaccinated, which is 67.5% of that group. Almost 45 million people in that age group have received a first blow, which covers 81.5% of that population. As good news for those desperate for a trip, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the New York Times that she hopes Americans who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel to the EU this summer. The European Commission initiated legal action against the vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca PLC AZN, + 0.02% AZN, -0.46% for not respecting the terms of its contract with the EU, the Associated Press reported. Spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker said the action is based “on the breach of the advance purchase agreement.” AstraZeneca’s contract with the European Union provided for 300 million initial doses for distribution among the 27 member countries, with an option for another 100 million. But only 30 million doses were delivered in the first quarter of 2021, and the company says it can only deliver 70 million in the second quarter, instead of the 180 million it had promised. Watch now: People of color face multiple barriers to accessing vaccines, including ‘skepticism of a system that has treated them poorly’ • French pharmaceutical Sanofi SA. SNY, -0.02% SAN, + 0.32% agreed to manufacture Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine at its site in Ridgefield, NJ, and will fill and finish up to 200 million doses beginning in September. Chief Executive Officer Paul Hudson said the company will also continue to work on its two COVID1-19 vaccine programs, while supporting the global effort. The move is Sanofi’s third commitment to support manufacturing, and comes after it said it would produce 125 million doses of the vaccine developed by BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc. for the European Union. In February, Sanofi said it would support Johnson & Johnson by producing about 12 million doses of that vaccine from a single injection per month at a site in France.

As more American adults receive their Covid-19 vaccines, a variety of side effects are emerging. Daniela Hernandez from WSJ speaks with an infectious disease specialist about what is common, what is not, and when to seek medical attention. Photo: Associated Press

• Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was fined after a photo on his official Facebook page showed him without a mask while presiding over a meeting on COVID-19 vaccines, drawing criticism online, AP reported. Thailand is imposing fines of up to 20,000 baht ($ 640) on people who do not wear masks in public in 48 provinces, as the government struggles to cope with a new wave of coronavirus cases that is putting pressure on the medical system. The capital Bangkok, which has the highest number of cases, is also closing more than 30 types of businesses and services, including cinemas, parks, zoos, bars, swimming pools and massage parlors. Gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited. • Bars, restaurants, cinemas and concert halls will partially reopen in Italy on Monday in a boost for companies affected by the coronavirus, as parliament debates the government’s recovery plan of 220,000 million euros (266,000 million dollars) financed by the EU, reported AFP. The move comes after months of start-stop restrictions imposed to manage the second and third waves of COVID-19. Italy was one of the pandemic’s first hot spots and Prime Minister Mario Draghi has come under intense pressure from regional governments and increasingly frequent street protests to ease restrictions as Italy battles its deepest recession since World War II. World. • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied on Monday saying he would prefer the bodies piled up “by the thousands” than ordering a third coronavirus shutdown, The Guardian reported. When asked if he had made the comment, as reported by the Daily Mail newspaper, Johnson said: “No, but again, I think the important thing, I think, that people want us to get along and do as a government is to make sure that the closures work, and, and they have. ”Latest counts The global count of diseases transmitted by coronavirus surpassed 147 million on Monday, as the death toll rose to 3.11 million, according to data added by the University Johns Hopkins. Nearly 85 million people have recovered from COVID, the data shows. The United States continues to lead the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 32 million cases, or more than a fifth of the global total, and 572,200 deaths, or almost a fifth of the world number. Brazil ranks third after India with 14.3 million cases and second for deaths with 390,797. Mexico has the third highest number of deaths with 214,947 and 2.3 million is of cases, or the highest number 15. The UK has 4.4 million cases and 127,681 deaths, the fifth highest in the world and the highest in Europe. China, where the virus was first discovered late last year, has had 102,384 confirmed cases and 4,845 deaths, according to its official figures, which are widely considered underreported. Ireland, with a population of 4.9 million, now has more COVID deaths than China’s official tally of 4,873. China has a population of 1.4 billion. What does the economy say? US orders for long-lasting durable goods rebounded in March after a poor performance in the previous month, but shortages of key supplies continue to hamper manufacturers as they compete to keep up with growing customer demand, Jeffry reported. Bartash from MarketWatch. Durable goods orders rose 0.5% last month, the government said on Monday. These are products like electronics, appliances, machines, cars, and other transportation equipment intended to last at least three years. Economists polled by Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal had forecast a rise of 2.2%. However, orders would have been three times stronger in March, were it not for a sharp drop in commercial and military jet bookings. Orders declined in February for the first time since the pandemic began, mainly due to unusual winter weather and a sharp drop in car production due to a shortage of key computer chips. “As the economy reopens more broadly, industrial activity will continue to be driven by strong tail winds, including strong fiscal stimulus, buoyant demand and strong corporate earnings,” said leading US economist Lydia Boussour of Oxford Economics. . “These should more than make up for the headwinds of extended supply chains and global semiconductor shortages.” See: A visual look at how an unfair pandemic has reshaped work and home. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, + 0.12% and S&P 500 SPX, + 0.23% were higher on Monday.