At the publishing of this article Canada has now emerged as the world leader in terms of single doses as a percentage of population. The access to COVID-19 vaccines is a question of concern, however. Right now, as the Delta variant continues at a breakneck speed, countries that were not at the front of the line are suffering the consequences. Rich countries have been hoarding vaccines, sitting unused in storage. And although COVAX and the USA are increasing their distribution, the scenario has revealed problems in both access for developing nations, and also exclusivity in production. Countries (which are most) that do not have domestic vaccine production were behind the eight ball. Although the volume of vaccines is increasing across different brands, availability and eventually inoculation has been hampered. Delays that stretch into months, and some countries may even wait years before their population has full access, is working against the worldwide effort to stop the spread, especially as variants emerge in more dangerous forms.
So if you can get it, get your vaccine as soon as possible. And while you’re at it, advocate for the rapid distribution for those close to home, and further away, to have improved access.
There is a clear association between countries that have money, and those that produce vaccines within its borders. Poorer nations will likely wait a year before enough vaccines arrive. That means the top countries fighting for supply right now, America leading the way, are very lucky to fighting over anything at all. To put things into comparison. Check out the graph below to see where you country lines up.
Frontline healthcare workers are slowly getting back sedated with the new Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. At the end of December 1 round of the Pfizer vaccine began and the Moderna vaccine has recently been approved as well. Both of them require two doses and the most vulnerable, the rich, and frontline healthcare workers are the first to receive it. Will it be enough?
At the rate that America is going at least, it won’t be. Slowing the spread of the virus is the main goal of the vaccine that’s over 95+% effective. The trouble is you need to get a critical mass of your population inoculated for it to take affect. As a healthcare system crumbles under the continued stress of Covid patients, America still has to deal with their anti-vaccine minority.
The predominantly white population confused with conspiracy theories are refusing to not only get the vaccine, they are also staging anti-mask protest there by increasing the spread of infection at an exponential rate. This is been going on since Covid first came to North America, and likely will never end. That’s a difficult reality to consider when a significant portion of the population will refuse the solution. That will continue to impact businesses but more importantly decimate the most vulnerable populations.
In the process of killing themselves, anti-maskers and anti-vaccine Proponents are slated to take down as many people with them due to a otter lack of intelligence.
Get your vaccine, compel your government to distribute effectively, quickly, and free. Let’s get this thing over with and let’s imagine a better world and healthcare system of tomorrow.
North and South Dakota have a dubious distinction as the worst places to contract Coronoa. They have the highest per capita COVID-19 death rate anywhere on the face of the planet. Does this come as a surprise? Absolutely not.
This is one of the last places on earth that has employed any coherent COVID-19 strategy. The majority of the citizens simply don’t want it. Most think the virus is a grand hoax. Apart from lower education levels, implementation of simple measures do go a long way. But try convincing anti-mask states.
One of the simplest tools that prevents the transmission of the virus is mask wearing but libertarian states refuse to adhere to a mask rule because of its supposed infringement on personal liberties. This has led to a direct correlation to the astronomical increase in cases and deaths. To make matters worse America is the only advanced economy in the world that does not have a single payer healthcare system. Americans prefer no access to healthcare and death, over health and community safety. What’s exchanged is the notion of maintaining individual liberties, but that comes at the cost of dying.
To some it’s worth it.
Data from http://91-divoc.com/pages/covid-visualization/
Reuters is reporting that for the 7th straight day the United States has had 100,000 new positive cases of the COVID-19 virus. That unprecedented increase in daily cases is far and above any other country in the world and it doesn’t look to be slowing. America is at the behest of a federal government that denies the impact and danger of COVID, and has no national plan to slow its spread. Cases and deaths will continue to spiral out of control in this larger second wave.
the United States is quickly approaching a dubious distinction of hitting a quarter million deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of federal response, coupled with conspiracies and the overall conservative and libertarian culture in America has proved to be its undoing.
With the looming election coming, the expectation is the terrible federal response will be one of the following issues and the proverbial straw that will break the Republican party’s back.
America is one of the only developed nations on the face of the planet that does not provide universal healthcare. This despite spending more per capita on healthcare. The unwillingness to move to a single payer system in favour of individual rights and military spending, means for the average American Covid is killer. For the most vulnerable it’s deadly. The poor and the elderly are unequally represented in COVID deaths.
Things could be changing just around the corner. Despite America’s rapidly increasing divide between ultra wealthy and the growing yet stagnant middle-class, a change in government may offer the federal response required to turn the tide of an unmitigated growing a second wave of the virus. A vaccine will also help, but that can’t be relied upon to stop the bleeding that’s occurring now.
The proliferation of racialized violence and protests in America has dominated the new stream which in some ways has covered up the continued problem of COVID-19. The pandemic has not abated, in many states it’s actually increased as economies have open too soon.
America continues to demonstrate the A complete lack of preparedness and a problem around public education. Many states have pushed the reopening of the economy prior to the first wave of the pandemic from being fully complete. This is caused another surge which is really the tail end of the first wave rather than the emergence of a second wave. The uptick in cases will continue to proliferate across states who already have problems controlling the spread of the virus. This will lead many Americans vulnerable and it will slow recovery efforts by overriding initial gains.
Not to be outdone there are other countries that have a similar approach the public health and safety as America and the Trump Republicans,. Brazil is now over taking America for a man one of the worlds worst approaches to the COVID-19 virus. Brazil death tolls and new cases are surging at an unprecedented rate and it won’t be long before the entire country will be grind to a halt and perhaps even exceed numbers found in the USA.
Globally the spread of cases has not yet reached its peak in many of the most populous countries including India. Does a cause for concern especially because the numbers in many of these countries are much lower than reported because testing doesn’t happen.
Testing is one of the best ways to track the virus, and one of the tools that Donald Trump is pushing back against hard in the United States. His unwillingness to acknowledge testing is important pales in comparison to his willingness to lower the numbers. He literally came on to the media and demonstrated stupidity once again. He wants to start testing to reduce the numbers because if their numbers go lower than in his small mind that means COVID 19 is magically disappearing.
Americans in particular need to be more serious with their approach to the global pandemic despite the difficulty in economics slow down and shut downs. The difficulty also surrounds the problem of perceptions. Maybe still don’t believe that COVID-19 is dangerous and considerate merely the flu. This type of miss information continues to spread along with the unwillingness to wear a mask in public.
If local cities do not appear to have many cases it doesn’t stop people from trying to live a normal life. The problem emerges when cases go beyond local capacity to adequately treat patients. Then the dominoes continue to fall as chaos ensues and another shutdown becomes imminent. We are in that stage right now as the first wave of cases appears to be picking up speed again due to re-opening too early.
Now that evidence has mounted and the CDC has changed its tune surrounding mask wearing, the rest is up to the general population. Behavior Has definitely shifted in light of a global pandemic but it hasn’t shipped it enough. The unwillingness for many Americans to self isolate and slow the reopening of normal life is causing massive upticks in COVID-19 cases.
It raises the question whether or not the increase in cases is actually the first wave of the pandemic finding new legs rather than the emergence of a second wave. The first wave has not yet completed and the reopening in many states happen too soon.
The question many have is whether or not the curve has been flattened enough to accommodate a summer surge in cases. We were hoping for a second wave sometime in the late fall but now it appears the possibilities of another resurgence will happen much earlier.
What can be done? For one, the adoption of a mask wearing is a simple procedure that can help reduce the spread in dramatic ways. However, there are cultural problems around its use. White men in particular are unwilling to adopt a basic pandemic response in order to help other people. Mask wearing is not to prevent a user from contracting COVID-19, but rather stops the spread of droplets to other people. The idea of thinking of others primarily is one that is hard for many white Americans to adopt.
The data around the pandemic suggest that vulnerable populations, in particular visible minority groups, or at an increased risk of being infected by COVID-19. Anything we all can do to reduce the spread as economy is open to early, will help us prevent a massive uptick in cases and the continuation of significant deaths in America.
When you put a reality TV star in charge of the country, you lack one glaring thing: governance experience. That becomes extremely important in catastrophes. America lacks coordinated leadership at the very top and people are dying because of it. The latest stats: