August 3, 2021

a billion vaccines injected in China, while the noose loosens in Japan

The pandemic has killed more than 3.8 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report compiled by Agence France-Presse (AFP) from official sources on Sunday, June 20, at noon (time of day). Paris).

After the United States (601,741), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (500,800), India (386,713), Mexico (231,151) and Peru (190,202). These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.

  • One billion doses of vaccines administered in China

A student from Wuhan University is vaccinated on April 28, 2021 in China.

China announced Sunday, June 20, that a billion doses of vaccine against the new coronavirus had been administered in the country. However, the Chinese health ministry did not specify the percentage of the population having received a complete vaccination. This represents more than a third of the number of doses injected in the world, or 2.5 billion, according to a count by Agence France-Presse carried out on Friday, June 18 from official sources.

The Chinese did not initially rush to get vaccinated, as the virus seems to have been virtually eradicated from the country for more than a year, thanks to mandatory quarantines, massive screenings or mobile travel control applications. Also, the lack of data available on Chinese vaccines and past health scandals had fueled mistrust.

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But the authorities strongly urged the population to be vaccinated, insisting on national solidarity and the duty of citizenship, not hesitating to display the percentage of vaccinated in front of buildings to exert pressure on the recalcitrant. Some residents have received vouchers to encourage vaccinations.

Sunday, only 23 new patients were registered in twenty-four hours in this country with 1.4 billion inhabitants; all came from abroad and were automatically placed in quarantine.

  • In Japan, the noose is loosening

In front of the Olympic rings, in Tokyo (Japan), May 18, 2021.

One month before the Olympic Games (July 23-August 8), the state of health emergency was lifted on Sunday in Tokyo and in eight other departments, but restrictions are maintained and could limit the presence of a local public at the Olympics . Bars and restaurants will again be allowed to serve alcohol until 7 p.m., but will have to continue to close at 8 p.m.

The lightened restrictions will make it possible to authorize events (sports meetings, concerts) with spectators, but with a tonnage of 50% of the reception capacities of each site and within a limit of 10,000 people maximum. However, the six fan-zones planned to follow the Olympic competitions in Tokyo on giant screens have been deleted.

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Preparing for the Tokyo Games to open in a month, organizers on Sunday opened the gates of the Olympic Village to the media, unveiling a “Fever clinic” intended to test and isolate people suspected of being infected.

The World with AFP