India emerges as Third deadliest country in world with 2,22,000 deaths ; 3.57 lakh fresh cases & 3,449 deaths
With a steep hike in fresh coronavirus cases and mounting death toll, India has emerged as the third deadliest country in the world with a death toll of 2,22,408 and the second most infected globally as the cases surged past 2,02,82,833 with 3,57,229 fresh cases and 3449 deaths during the last 24 hours.
According to the Union Health Ministry data,India reports 3,57,229 new COVID19 cases, 3,20,289 discharges and 3,449 deaths in the last 24 hours, Now, the Total cases are – 2,02,82,833 Total recoveries: 1,66,13,292 Death toll: 2,22,408 Active cases: 34,47,133 Total vaccination: 15,89,32,921.
While the Union government and state governments are taking ar footing measures to augment the supply of oxygen and beds in hospitals besides ensuing clearing backlogs in creamtoriums, the criticisms and allegations are swirling what harried people complained as inadequate arrangements vis-a-vis enormity of problems.
According to Jhon Hopkins university’s global data tracker., The virus has infected 153,188,568I and killed 3,209,919 people globally so far. The US is the worst affected with 32,470,817 cases and 577,500 deaths followed by Brazil which has recorded 19,925,604 cases and 408,622 cases. India has pushed Mexico to the fourth slot with the mounting death toll. Mexico has a death toll of 217,345
In another development, Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Monday for the world’s richest nations to underwrite COVID-19 vaccination in poorer countries, highlighting the need to raise some $60 billion over the next two years. Speaking during the regular briefing by the World Health Organization (WHO), and ahead of next month’s G7 summit, Mr. Brown, who is the UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education, said inaction will only lead to greater global division.
“By our failure to extend vaccination more rapidly to every country, we are choosing who lives and who dies”, he warned.
“And I say the world is already too deeply divided between rich and poor to allow a new unbridgeable divide to become entrenched between the world’s vaccinated who live and the under-vaccinated who are at risk of dying.”
As Prime Minister, Mr. Brown hosted the G20 summit in 2009, where the world’s major economies committed an additional $1.1 trillion to address the fallout from the global financial crisis, He is now on a campaign to galvanize support to demand that the G7 “deploy its wealth to end the disease.”
More COVID-19 cases were reported in the past two weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, with India and Brazil accounting for half, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists.
“The G7 countries are the world’s economic and political leaders. They’re also home to many of the world’s vaccine producers. We will only solve the vaccine crisis with the leaders of these countries”, he said.
The shared threat shared solutions
Tedros reported that the landmark global collaboration developing and delivering COVID-19 vaccines to countries worldwide, known as the ACT Accelerator, remains $19 billion underfunded. Up to $45 billion will be needed next year to inoculate most adults.
“We face a shared threat that we can only overcome with shared solutions”, he said. “Sharing financial resources, sharing vaccine doses and production capacity, and sharing technology, know-how and waiving intellectual property.”
The formula for ‘burden-sharing
For Mr. Brown, mass global vaccination is not an act of charity, but “the best insurance policy for the world”. Though costing billions now, the result will be “trillions of additional economic output, made possible when trade resumes in a COVID-free world.”
The $60 billion in funding is required not only for vaccines but also for vital medical supplies, diagnostics, and medical oxygen “currently and shamefully in short supply in India and elsewhere”.
He provided a formula for rich countries to shoulder the cost, based on national income, current wealth and benefits from the resumption of trade.
The breakdown would see the United States covering 27 percent, Europe 23 percent, Japan six percent, and the UK five percent. Australia, Canada, and South Korea would pay two percent each.
“I say to the G7…you have the power and the ability to pay for nearly two-thirds of the cost and secure a historic breakthrough by agreeing on an equitable burden-sharing formula that could cover global health provision”, he said.
Mr. Brown added that the world’s major economies, the G20, could cover more than 80 percent of the cost and donate urgently needed vaccine doses, while the world’s 30 richest countries could pay for more than 90 percent.
“And the same burden-sharing formula could also be applied so that instead of the familiar pandemic cycle of panic now and neglect later, the world invests now when there is a cash shortfall, and for the future in pandemic preparedness …to ensure that even if future outbreaks happen, pandemics become preventable.”
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