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Global Covid-19 cases fell 16%.


The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the global number of Covid-19 cases has decreased by 16%, to 2.7 million cases in the week between February 8 and 14.

The number of deaths also decreased by 10% to 81,000. Five out of six regions recorded a decrease in new infections, with only the Eastern Mediterranean up 7%. In which, Africa and Western Pacific decreased 20%, Europe 18%, America 18% and Southeast Asia 13%.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said on February 15 that the number of new infections had decreased for five consecutive weeks, nearly half from 5 million in the week from January 4. “This proves that simple epidemic prevention measures are effective even when a new nCoV variant comes in. The problem now is how are we going to deal with this trend. The epidemic is not yet over.” But it is gradually narrowing down. If we stop fighting, it will flare up again, “Ghebreyesus said.

The nCoV variant first discovered in the UK has spread to 94 countries, with an 8% increase in the number of infections. 47 countries reported this variant status in the community. Variants in South Africa appeared in 46 countries, up 2% and spread in communities in 12 countries. Brazilian variant appeared in 21 countries, increased 6% and spread in communities of at least 2 countries.

Meanwhile, the Covax program that distributes the Covid-19 vaccine to poorer countries says it will publish its first shipment list next week, after WHO approved the AsraZeneca vaccine on February 15. “The alliance plans to ship the first batch of vaccines around the end of February,” the WHO announced.

According to the list released on February 3, 337.2 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed, largely from AstraZeneca. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine takes only 1.2 million doses. 145 Covax participating countries are expected to vaccinate 3.3% of each country’s population by mid-2021. “Deliveries will take place alternately and in batches,” according to Covax.

Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong said nearly 4.9 million doses of vaccine aid through Covax and more than 100,000 doses purchased will return to Vietnam by the end of this month. The above information was reported by Mr. Cuong at the meeting of the Standing Government with the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 prevention, on the afternoon of February 15.

A medical staff gave the Covid-19 vaccine to police at the Nair Hospital vaccination center, Mumbai, India, on February 16. Image:AFP

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