U.S. has already seen more COVID deaths in 2021 than 2020 before vaccines were available, as experts again warn pandemic is not over

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The US has already suffered more deaths from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even though vaccines that prevent serious illness and death have been available since April .

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With more than a month to close the year, the CDC has recorded 386,233 COVID deaths as of Tuesday in 2021, up from the 385,343 count in 2020, As reported by the New York Times.

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The paper cited experts as saying that this was not only because of low vaccine uptake, but also because of the easing of safety measures such as wearing face masks and avoiding indoor gatherings, leading many to wrongly assume that Vaccines had effectively ended the crisis.

It has also led to a spurt in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks, as all three reached their peak in early September. On an average, 94,335 new cases are being reported in a day. According to the New York Times Tracker, Up 25% from two weeks ago. The number of hospitalizations has increased 9% from two weeks ago to an average of 50,942 and deaths average more than 1,100 per day, meaning the U.S. died in the 9/11, 2001 terrorist attacks every three days. Seeing casualties equal to the number of people.

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CDC’s Vaccine Tracker It is showing that about 196 million people living in the US have been fully vaccinated, equivalent to just 59% of the total population, and below 70% of what experts say is needed to stop the spread. the wanted. That threshold may be an underestimate, according to Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center, cited by the New York Times as saying that an 85% to 90% vaccination rate is needed for the virus to be endemic. which means it is still present but at a lower level without the spikes that have repeatedly emerged over the past two years.

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Non-vaccination continues to account for most of the new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, a trend that shows no signs of abating. In the latest example, seven doctors attending an anti-vaccine conference in Florida tested positive for COVID or developed symptoms days after the event, According to The Daily Beast.

Held on 6 November and titled “The Day the Earth Listened”, the event attracted 900 participants, none of whom wore face masks or attempted to distance themselves. Attending doctors recommended the use of ivermectin for both the treatment and prevention of COVID, while there is no evidence of its validity. Ivermectin is a treatment for parasites and head lice in humans, as well as a horse dewormer, and can cause serious side effects, including death, as the FDA has repeatedly warned.

A group of Russian doctors, fed up with such misinformation and conspiracy theories, invited anti-vax celebrities and politicians to visit the country’s worst-hit COVID hospital wards and witness the devastating effects of the virus, AFP reported.

In an open letter published by state news agency TASS, 11 doctors from several cities told singers, actors, TV personalities and others that they would take time to show them around COVID treatment centres.

“Given how many people read and listen to you, we will take the time to escort you through the red zones, intensive care units and pathology departments of our hospitals,” the doctors said. “Maybe after that, you’ll change your position and fewer people will die,” it added.

The World Health Organization said Europe is, once again, the only region where COVID cases are increasing on a weekly basis, and are neither decreasing nor stabilizing as they are in the rest of the world. in his latest epidemiological updates, The agency highlighted Germany, the UK, Russia and Turkey as the countries with the highest weekly incidence of new cases. Russia reported the highest number of new deaths from COVID. Russia has vaccinated only 37 percent of its population, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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The European CDC, fearing a “very high” burden of COVID-19 in December and January, called for immediate implementation of public health measures in conjunction with continued efforts to increase the amount of vaccine in the total population.

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“There are still many individuals at risk of serious COVID-19 infection, which we need to protect as quickly as possible.” The agency said in a statement. “We need to urgently focus on closing this immunity gap, offering booster doses to all adults, and resuming non-drug measures.”

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In other news: Johnson & Johnson JNJ,
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said that its one-dose COVID-19 vaccine has been given full approval by Health Canada, its first major regulatory approval. The vaccine has been granted an emergency use authorization in the US

So far only Pfizer Inc. Vaccine developed by PFE,
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and German partner BioNTech SE BNTX,
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It has received full approval from the US regulator, the Food and Drug Administration, in an August decision.

New Zealand will reopen its borders to vaccinated travelers starting in 2022, after restrictions in force for 18 months, CNN reported.

The Associated Press reported that President Joe Biden will require essential, non-resident travelers crossing US land borders such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, starting January 22.

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Globally, the disease caused by the corona virus reached above 259 million on Wednesday, while the death toll reached above 5.17 million. Data collected by Johns Hopkins University,

The US continues to lead the world with a total of 47.9 million cases and 773,887 deaths.

India is second only to the US with 34.5 million cases and has suffered 466,584 deaths. Brazil has the second highest number of deaths at 613,066 and 22 million cases.

In Europe, Russia has the highest number of deaths at 262,733, followed by the UK with 144,579 deaths.

China, where the virus was first discovered in late 2019, has 111,034 confirmed cases and 4,809 deaths, according to its official numbers, which are widely underestimated.

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