WHO seeks at least $100 billion for Covid-19 vaccine programme, perhaps it should bill China

August 11, 2020 10:09 pm0 commentsViews: 20

Illustrative vial of coronavirus vaccine. (Photo courtesy: pmlive)

(TibetanReview.net, Aug11’20) – The world has reached the grim milestone of 20 million confirmed coronavirus cases and is edging closer to 750,000 deaths globally, with India now reporting the highest number of daily new cases. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said it needed at least US $100 billion for its programme that seeks to accelerate the development and manufacture of a novel Coronavirus vaccine, and ensure that it is equitably accessible to everyone. And, it has indicated, that possibly not even 10% of that amount has so far been realized, reported the indianexpress.com Aug 11.

Perhaps the WHO should consider invoicing China for that huge minimum cost. After all, it was Beijing which deliberately let the global pandemic spread by suppressing or otherwise censoring information about it during is early outbreak in Wuhan, punishing whistleblowers, and then pressuring the WHO against declaring it a global emergency until it was too late.

The spreading of the disease was only accelerating, reported Reuters Aug 10, citing government reports. It took almost six months to reach 10 million cases after the first infection was reported in Wuhan, China, in early January. It took just 43 days to double that tally to 20 million, it noted.

India’s share in global Covid-19 numbers hit a new peak on Aug 9, when it reported 29% of all new cases worldwide and 21% of all deaths from the virus. On both counts, India had the largest share in the world on the day, reported the timesofindia.com Aug 11.

Though the country with the third highest number of Covid-19 cases thus far, India has been reporting the highest number of daily new infections for the seventh of the last eight days.

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Data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 53,601 new cases and 871 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Aug 11 at 8AM, taking their totals to 2,268,675 cases and 45,257 deaths.

A total of 1,583,489, or 69.8%, had recovered, so that the number of active cases was 639,929, or 28.21 of the total. And the fatality rate had dropped to 1.99%.

This was the 13th consecutive day the number of daily new cases in India increased by more than 50,000.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 53,601, was more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 47,746, thereby increasing the number of active cases.

Besides being the country with the third highest total number of infections, standing behind the USA and Brazil, India has recorded the fifth highest total number of deaths from the pandemic. Only the USA, Brazil, the UK, and Mexico have reported more deaths than India.

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Six states, namely Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, had reported more than 100,000 cases each so far in that order.

Six other states, namely West Bengal, Telangana, Bihar, Gujarat, Assam, and Rajasthan had reported more than 50,000 cases each so far in that order.

Nine other states/Union Territories, namely Odisha, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, and Uttarakhand, had reported more than 10,000 cases each in that order.

Besides, there were 12 other states/Union Territories with a total more than 1,000 cases each, namely Goa, Tripura, Puducherry, Manipur, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh, and Meghalaya in that order.

Finally, there were two other states with less than 1,000 cases each, namely Sikkim and Mizoram in that order.

Only Lakshadweep did not have any Covid-19 case.

Maharashtra also had the most number of deaths at 18,050 (↑293); followed by Tamil Nadu with more than 5,000 deaths; Delhi with more than 4,000 deaths; Karnataka with more than 3,000 deaths; Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh with more than 2,000 deaths each; Madhya Pradesh with over 1,000 deaths; Rajasthan, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, Uttarakhand, and Kerala with between 800 and 115 deaths each, and so on in that order.

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The total number of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan stood unchanged at a total of 86 (↑0) so far, of whom 18 were active, 66 had recovered and two had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration as of Aug 11 morning.

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Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 20,092,855 and the deaths 736,254, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 12:05:16 PM on Aug 11, 2020.

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