Coronavirus worldwide: US promises Mexico up to 8.5 million more doses of vaccine

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About 204 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.3 million infected people have died. About 4.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

Mexico is to receive up to 8.5 million more doses of Corona vaccine

Mexico is to receive up to 8.5 million more doses of Corona vaccine from the United States, according to Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. 3.5 million doses of Moderna’s preparation and up to 5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s drug are expected in the coming weeks, Ebrard said Tuesday (Aug. 10). The U.S. had already donated more than four million doses of the vaccine to the neighboring country. In order to be able to reopen the shared border, Mexico is pushing ahead with its vaccination campaign in the border region. According to López Obrador, all adult residents there should be fully vaccinated in a month at the latest. The border was closed to non-essential land travel in March 2020 because of the Corona pandemic. More than 244,000 deaths have been officially confirmed in Mexico so far – the fourth most in the world. The number of unreported cases is also likely to be very high. A good 21 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated to date.

In the UK, three quarters of adults are now fully vaccinated against Corona
In the UK, three quarters of adults are now fully vaccinated against Corona. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the milestone on Tuesday (Aug. 10) on Twitter as a “huge national success” of which people should be proud. Just under 90 percent of adult Britons have received a first dose of the vaccine. For a long time, the U.K. was way ahead with its vaccination campaign. In the meantime, however, many European countries have caught up. In the younger age groups, vaccination readiness is now also faltering in the UK. A social media campaign, incentives from delivery services and vaccinations in clubs are aimed at convincing younger people to get vaccinated.

Sydney unable to control its most severe Corona epidemic
The Australian state of New South Wales, with its metropolis of Sydney, is unable to control its most severe Corona epidemic ever, despite strict regulations. Within 24 hours, 356 new infections had been recorded in the region, more than at any time since the pandemic began, health authorities said Tuesday (Aug. 10). Four elderly people died in connection with Covid-19, all of whom had not been vaccinated against the virus. Large parts of the region, including Sydney, have already been in a strict lockdown since late June. The measures are expected to last until at least the end of August. Statewide, employers will now be allowed to ask their employees about their Corona vaccination status with immediate effect. Gov. Scott Morrison announced the new guidelines for businesses Tuesday. However, there will still be no mandatory vaccination, he stressed.

U.S. armed forces are to be subject to mandatory vaccination
U.S. armed forces are to be subject to mandatory vaccination against the corona virus no later than Sept. 15. This emerged on Monday (9. 8.) from a letter from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. More than 1.3 million servicemen and women serve in the U.S. armed forces, about 1.05 million of whom are already fully vaccinated, Pentagon data show. Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 100,000 new infections per day again. In June, before the delta variant became established, there were at times only about 10,000 per day. An average of more than 450 people die each day after being infected with Corona, according to data from the CDC. So far, the latest Corona wave is hitting hardest in states in the southern part of the country, including Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri.
In Iran, the Corona crisis is worsening because of a rapid spread of the Delta variant. The Ministry of Health registered an all-time high on Monday (Aug. 9), with 588 deaths and nearly 41,000 new infections in just one day.

The total number of Corona deaths in Iran now stands at 94,603

The total number of Corona deaths in Iran now stands at 94,603, with nearly 4.2 million infections. Because of the delta variant, emergency rooms in many cities are overflowing with new Corona patients. The vaccination campaign for the more than 83 million Iranians is also making slow progress because of the economic crisis.

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