Friday marks two years since the first cases of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were registered in Austria. On February 25, 2020, an Italian couple in Innsbruck received their positive test results; the two had probably contracted the disease in Bergamo. In this country alone, 2.6 million infections have been detected since then despite several lockdowns, 14,700 people have died from covid-19, and thousands have had or are dealing with long-covid sequelae.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, the U.S. has led in data collection since the pandemic began, with about 430 million confirmed infections and 5.9 million covid deaths worldwide to date. Vaccines have offered high protection against severe courses and death from various manufacturers since the end of 2020, and more than ten billion doses have been administered to date, according to the university. While rich countries in particular already offer third and fourth partial vaccinations, poorer regions lag. In Austria, vaccines are available for all residents over five. Nevertheless – and despite mandatory vaccination from the age of 18 since this February – only 76 percent of the population (6.8 million people) have had at least one dose administered.
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