Covid-19: Canada prepares to approve use of AstraZeneca vaccine – RCI

Canada would add the AstraZeneca vaccine in the coming days. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo

The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that rich countries undermine the Covax vaccine distribution scheme, through actions aimed at buying extra supplies of doses.

Tedros Ghebreyesus accused the nations with greater purchasing power of pressuring manufacturers to get more vaccines, which damages the possibility of reserving doses for less privileged countries.

The WHO once again singled out powerful nations for hoarding doses. Christopher Black / World Health Organization / Handout via REUTERS.

Meanwhile, Canada registered 2,887 new infected in the last 24 hours.

According to official data from the federal government, the total number of cases reaches 849,517, of which 31,164 are still active, the recovered patients are 796,630 and the deaths are 21,723.

Meanwhile, British Columbia authorities confirmed an outbreak of infections at Kelowna General Hospital, where 4 infected patients and one staff member were identified.

On the other hand, the Canadian authorities are preparing to authorize the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country, which is expected to give new impetus to the national inoculation campaign.

In Latin America, Guatemala exceeded 6,300 deaths from Covid-19, after confirming that 24 people perished in the last hours victims of the disease.

The president of the United States remembered the victims of Covid. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

Paraguay added another 940 infected on Monday, while the authorities showed their satisfaction with the start of vaccination in that country.

Chile, for its part, reached 2,900,000 inoculated people, while 58.6 percent of those over 65 have already received the first dose of the vaccine.

Finally, the United States on Monday exceeded 500,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic and New Zealand confirmed 3 new infections and will subject 31 people to studies, who were in direct contact with one of those infected.

As for the figures presented by the real-time counter from Johns Hopkins University, in the United States, the total number of infected is 111,802,005 and the deaths reach 2,476,387.

The United States reports 28,191,004 cases, India 11,016,434 and Brazil 10,195,160.

In relation to the dead, the United States reaches 500,441, Brazil 247,143, Mexico 180,536, India 156,463 and the United Kingdom 120,988.

Other nations appear in the lists with figures lower than those indicated in this update.

Sources: Government of Canada / Johns Hopkins University / WHO / EFE / The Guardian.

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