Coronavirus cases are increasing day by day and the current count is somewhere around 13 million COVID-19 cases. Countries like America reports more than half of the world’s case counts in terms of Coronavirus. Also, nearly two-thirds of the deaths caused by the virus is in the United States of America. The global total stands at 13,177,850 cases, and 574,790 people have died from the infection, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) briefing today by director Carissa Etienne, MBBS, MSc, says the region as a whole reached almost 7 million cases which makes up almost roughly half of all the world. The number of infection and death rates are rising in Brazil as well as India over the last few days. Coronavirus cases over the last few days have been rising in India.
WHO sees an increase in Coronavirus cases
Effective medications and vaccines are many months away from being produced. She says the Pan American Health Organization has been negotiating with Covax Facility which is made by a GAVI-led financing mechanism that helps access the COVID-19 vaccine.
Etienne says that PAHO only World Health Organization (WHO) region to have such a revolving fund, which was launched 35 years ago as a shared mechanism for buying and delivering vaccines at discounted prices. The fund has played a key role in vaccinating children, which includes eliminating polio, measles, mumps, and rubella in the region.
In a related development, she said PAHO is working with member states to provide technical help on issues related to their participation in clinical trials. In the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, the country’s health and social care secretary, announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets starting on July 24.
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