Vaccinations still need to speed up
- Globally, over 6.13 billion vaccines have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 29.4 million doses a day.
- Pfizer is expected to submit data to the FDA within the next few days regarding vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds.
- A shortage of healthcare workers and logistical flaws are disrupting Indonesia’s vaccination efforts.
- Africa’s vaccination drive is gaining momentum in almost all countries — but Africa’s 30% vaccination goal by year-end seems unlikely.
- Morocco, SA, Egypt, Nigeria and Zimbabwe have the highest number of vaccine doses on the continent.
- Locally, 16.827 million vaccines have been administered to date; 9,419 vaccines were administered yesterday in SA.
- SA officials will meet British scientists today seeking an explanation for SA’s continued inclusion on the UK’s red travel list.
- The UK has cited the Beta variant in SA as the reason but SA scientists have indicated that Beta has been completely overtaken by the Delta variant.
- Kenya, Egypt and Turkey have been removed from Britain’s red list.
Global cases update:
- Cases have surpassed 232.60 million, while the death toll has surpassed 4.76 million; recoveries are at 209.23 million.
- The US has 43.75 million cases, accounting for 18% of global cases; the US death toll is 706,317.
- India has 33.67 million cases and 447,225 deaths; Brazil has 21.35 million cases and 594,484 deaths.
- Several states in the US are preparing for rationed medical care.
- Japan is preparing to remove states of emergency countrywide.
- Singapore cases almost doubled to new records; renewed lockdown restrictions kick in today.
- The WHO is once again probing the origins of the virus.
Africa cases update:
- Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 8.31 million; fatalities are at 209,300.
- Morocco has 929,305 reported cases, Nigeria 204,456, Ghana 126,621, Kenya 248,461.
South Africa cases update:
- SA currently has the 17th highest caseload, at 2.896 million; 967 new cases were reported yesterday.
- Active cases are at 49,798; KwaZulu-Natal leads the way, with 23,149 active cases, followed by the Free State with 7,500.
- Covid-19 deaths rose by 51 yesterday, to 87,052; 2.76 million people (or 95.3%) have recovered from the virus.
- 17.57 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 19,160 tests were conducted yesterday.
- The SA positivity rate is 5.0%.