Vaccination Lagged in Poor Countries, Winter Storm Interrupted Vaccination Programs in the US, 2,000 Lives Saved in Oregon with Health Guidelines Compliance 02/17/2021

Brief Information on COVID-19 of the latest local, national and international news on COVID-19 relevant to the Latino community in Oregon.

Today Wednesday February 17, 2021.

More than eighty-five million 006 thousand people have recovered and survived COVID-19 around the world. In the United States more than eighteen million 482 thousand, in Brazil more than eight million 883 thousand, and in Mexico more than one million 563 thousand. There are more than 110 million 203 thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than two million 433 thousand deaths have occurred, in more than 209 countries and cities around the world. In the United States there are more than 28 million 387 thousand confirmed cases, and more than 500 thousand deaths. In Oregon there are 150,875 cases and 2,138 people have died. and Johns Hopkins University

In the race to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, developing countries are lagging dangerously behind as mutations in the virus hamper their recovery, a situation that could spell at least another year of humanitarian and economic misery for nations. poor.

The United States has now administered vaccine doses to about 15% of its population, while Europe has reached about 5%. But in South America, only 1.8% of the population had received a vaccine this week, while Asia reached 1.5% and Africa 0.1%, according to Our World in Data, a project based at the University of Oxford.

Nearly 130 countries have yet to administer a single dose, the World Health Organization recently said. Only two countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Seychelles and Mauritius, have started vaccinating a substantial proportion of frontline workers, although others are likely to get vaccinated in the coming days.

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Critical vaccine shortages for the poorest nations risk being further restricted by the emergence of new variants of the virus, including in South Africa and Brazil, which appear to make some of the vaccines that have been obtained less effective. Large parts of Africa and some countries in Latin America and Asia are unlikely to cover most of their populations before 2023 or 2024, experts say. The Wall Street Journal reports.

The winter storm also disrupted states’ COVID-19 vaccination programs, paralyzing deliveries and closing vaccination sites. In Harris County, Texas, health officials rushed to distribute thousands of doses of vaccines after storage freezers ran out of power.
President Biden held a CNN-hosted town hall in Milwaukee Tuesday night, where he was questioned by host Anderson Cooper about vaccine availability.

Anderson Cooper: “When will all Americans who want it be able to get a vaccine?”
President Joe Biden: “At the end of July this year. We have … when we took office, there were only 50 million doses available. We have now, by the end of July, we will have more than 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate all Americans. “
President Biden urged people to support the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that House Democrats are working to finalize. A vote in the House is expected late next week.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration extended the federal moratorium on foreclosures until the end of June. Biden also extended the window to file for mortgage forbearance, as well as six months of additional forbearance for homeowners who sign up at the end of June. Democracy Now reports.

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COVID-19 has had a much lower impact on people’s health in the Portland area than the nation as a whole, a finding Portland economists attribute to residents’ careful adherence to safety measures.

Coronavirus death rates in Multnomah County stand at 42 per 100,000 residents, according to a report released Wednesday by Portland firm ECONorthwest. That is about a third of the national rate.

Extrapolated to the entire population and compared to the national death rate, ECONorthwest said the region has saved 2,000 lives by adhering to health guidelines.

The data shows that Portland residents followed the health guidelines even when the state did not require them. Oregon Live reports.

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