Coronavirus worldwide: acute vaccine shortage in poorer countries threatens world, Klitschko restricts public life in Kiev

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More than 245 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 5 million infected people have died. More than 6.9 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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The acute corona vaccine shortage in poorer countries threatens the entire world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Ahead of the G-20 summit in Rome, the WHO is therefore calling on the 20 major industrialized and emerging countries to act as quickly as possible. Providing health care to the poorest is solely a question of will, said Bruce Aylward of the WHO in Geneva on Thursday (Oct. 28). In 82 countries around the world, higher vaccination rates failed solely because of a lack of vaccines. Those countries needed 550 million doses of vaccine to reach the goal of vaccinating 40 percent of the population by the end of the year. The WHO warns that in countries with low vaccination rates, new virus variants could develop that were so dangerous that previous vaccines and medicines were ineffective against them.

Australia’s Corona vaccination campaign has now reached Antarctica. Scientists there would be vaccinated at three Australian research stations before returning home, Australian authorities announced Friday (Oct. 29). Australia is slowly loosening its restrictions. From the first of November, fully vaccinated Australian citizens will be able to fly back to Sydney and Melbourne without quarantine. Quarantine requirements continue to apply to other cities. Tourists will still not be able to enter the country for the time being.

Due to the drastically worsening Corona situation, the Ukrainian capital Kiev is now also introducing new restrictions. Without a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination, tourists will no longer be allowed to visit restaurants, bars, gyms and hotels from next Monday, as Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on Thursday (Oct. 28). This also applies to employees, he added. The use of public transport will also be allowed only with vaccination certificate or negative test. There should be random checks.

Billions more are needed to supply the world’s population with vaccines and medicines against Covid-19 by September 2022. The World Health Organization (WHO) put the need at 23.4 billion dollars (about 21 billion Swiss francs) in Geneva on Thursday (Oct. 28). That would prevent at least five million potential deaths and save the global economy more than $5.3 billion. The uneven distribution of vaccines and medicines to date is preventing an early end to the Corona pandemic, the WHO said.

The Hungarian government is introducing new measures in response to the soaring number of cases. It is requiring employees of state institutions to be vaccinated, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff told the media Thursday (Oct. 28). Private companies should also be able to require vaccinations for employees if they deem it necessary. Finally, mandatory masks will apply on public transport from the beginning of November. In Hungary, there have been hardly any restrictions to combat the pandemic so far.

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