The United States and Chile , the two countries that lead the vaccination plan against covid-19 in America , did not have the best news today. While the North American country was on Monday about to exceed 600,000 deaths from covid-19, the Chilean authorities asked for stronger measures to control infections and deaths.
The latest count from Johns Hopkins University accounted for a total of 599,943 deaths, but the average number of covid-19 cases of the last 14 days in the US, the most affected in the world, was 14,288 as of Sunday, the most it falls in more than a year , while the deaths were 363, the lowest since March 2020. Now the emphasis of vaccination falls on the youngest population, most reluctant to inoculate.
But just as, even despite the harsh figure of 600,000 deaths, a sensation is perceived in North America of “bending the spine” of the pandemic, in the south a chapter full of much pain and requests for extreme measures is still being written.
The cold numbers indicate that a total of 69,690,628 cases and 1,831,222 deaths have been registered in the Americas to date, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), but trends indicate that Latin America will be the than later to recover from the pandemic hit of the coronavirus.
Tribute to essential workers in New York
In that spirit of improvement, the local authorities of New York decided today that on July 7 there will be a large face-to-face parade dedicated to essential workers who have been on the front lines against covid-19.
The city of New York was in March and April 2020 one of the global sources of contagion of the coronavirus, which forced one of the most active cities in the world to almost completely stop its activity, except for the most essential ones.
According to figures from those responsible for Health of the “Big Apple”, 69.9% of its residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine against covid-19 and the average rate of positivity of the last 7 days in the state it is 0.41%. By the numbers, it appears that the long-awaited goal of herd immunity is at hand in the “Capital of the World.”
Nothing to celebrate in the south
While in the north they are already thinking about the “after the pandemic”, in the south the numbers of infections and deaths show a worrying constant rise and motivate calls for radical actions.
This Monday, the Medical College of Chile asked to tighten the existing quarantines and the suspension of the pass that grants certain freedoms to those who are already immunized. chiliIt is the Latin American country that has advanced the fastest in terms of vaccination against covid-19, but that has not prevented a second wave of positives from occurring that has Santiago at this time in a total quarantine.
On the other hand, the Chilean authorities prohibited this Monday the second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for men under 45 years of age, whose schedule will be completed with doses of the Pfizer preparation.
Colombia, for its part, beat its record of deaths in a single day with 588 deaths for the third consecutive day , bringing the number of deaths from the pandemic in the country to 96,366, something that is attributed by the authorities to the massive demonstrations against the Government that began at the end of April, when a prolonged third peak of the disease began.
In Argentina, cases and controversy rise
Despite the harsh restrictions adopted by the Government of Alberto Fernández last May, when 41,080 cases were presented on the 27th alone, the figures rose again , as 21,292 new infections and 687 deaths were reported.
The number of positives in coronavirus rose by 8,249 in the last 24 hours. All this in the midst of a bitter debate in which the opposition accuses the Government of slowness in the vaccination process, and in which the former president and current vice president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, called for reaching a “basic minimum” agreement to leave the immunization campaign out of the question. In addition, the opposition also accuses the Government of Peronist orientation of shady actions in the negotiation to bring the Pfizer vaccines to the country.
In Argentina, 13 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 3.3 million people were already inoculated with the second dose.
Ecuador enters Phase 2 of vaccination
The new Government of Ecuador, chaired by the center-right Guillermo Lasso, began the implementation of Phase 2 of the 9/100 Vaccination Plan on the date, after having completed a first one aimed at people over 65 years of age and people with serious conditions. The plan owes its name to the fact that, according to government goals, 9 million people should be vaccinated in 100 days.
Phase 2, called “We Take Care”, includes a schedule for the vaccination of the population aged 50 to 64 years and people aged 16 to 49 with serious conditions, chronic diseases or a disability greater than 50%.