The European Pharmaceutical Authority believes that blood clotting should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but its benefits outweigh the risks.
The world recorded 143,255,684 nCoV infections and 3,047,521 deaths, an increase of 790,731 and 12,707, respectively, while 121,905,106 people recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.
After reviewing cases of blood clots following vaccination, the safety committee of the European Pharmaceutical Authority (EMA) on April 20 concluded that “warnings about abnormal clots and quantity Low blood platelets should be added to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘s product information.
“This is a very rare side effect,” said the director of the EMA. “But it is important for doctors and patients to be aware of the signs in order to spot any concerns.”
The EMA believes that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should still be used because the benefits outweigh the risks. In fact, the EU approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March and received it on April 19, but has not yet started rolling out the vaccination. Following the EMA’s statement, the Italian health agency “green lighted” the Johnson & Johnson vaccine but recommended it to be used in people over the age of 60.
Only two countries, the US and South Africa, have already vaccinated Johnson & Johnson before it was discontinued in the past two weeks, with a total dose of about 7 million. The US is expected to announce a decision on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 23.
America, the world’s largest outbreak, reported 32,532,990 infections and 582,402 deaths caused by nCoV, an increase of 56,837 infections and 829 deaths from the day before.
About 211.6 million Covid-19 vaccinations have been vaccinated in the US, with an average of three million doses per day, despite the discontinuation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to Center for Prevention and Prevention data. Disease (CDC) announced on 19/4. The number of doses used accounts for about 80% of the 264.5 million doses that were distributed throughout the United States.
About 40% of the population, or more than 132 million people, have received at least one dose of the vaccine and about 26%, or more than 85 million people, have completed the vaccination program.
The US State Department on April 19 continues to urge people not to go abroad in the midst of a pandemic and will update travel guidelines as recommended by the CDC. The update is expected to “significantly increase the number of countries listed in level 4, which should not be coming, to about 80% of global countries”.
India is the second largest epidemic area in the world with 15,609,004 cases and 182,570 deaths, up 294,290 and 2,020 cases in comparison with the previous day.
The Indian capital New Delhi began ordering a one-week blockade from 10 p.m. on April 19 to 5 a.m. of April 26, when the Covid-19 case accelerated, the hospital ran out of bed and lacked oxygen supplies. Accordingly, businesses will close and move around the city of 20 million people is limited to essential services.
Similar restrictions apply in other parts of India, including the western state of Maharashtra, where the financial capital of Mumbai is located, and the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Starting May 1, all Indian citizens aged 18 and over are allowed to get the Covid-19 vaccine, as informed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Brazil is the third largest epidemic region in the world with 14,043,076 cases and 378,003 deaths, an increase of 65,363 and 2,954 respectively. They are the epidemic zone with the highest mortality rate in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Brazilian government on April 17 recommended that women in this country should stop planning to become pregnant until the Covid-19 pandemic is over due to concerns that the nCoV strain variables could affect more women.
Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state, is warning a possible public health disaster as public hospitals are severely short of the drugs needed to endotracheal Covid-19 patients. The other two major states, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, also recorded similar situations.
France, the fourth largest epidemic region in the world, recorded 5,339,920 cases and 101,597 deaths.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal on April 19 said the country last week vaccinated AstraZeneca for about 65,000-70,000 people per day.
French vaccine deployments have accelerated over the past months with more than 12 million people vaccinated against at least one dose. President Emmanuel Macron’s government aims to vaccinate 20 million people by May 15.
Brother, reporting 4,393,307 infected people and 127,307 deaths, an increase of 2,524 and 33 cases, respectively.
Health Minister Matt Hancock on April 19 announced that more than 10 million Britons had received a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine. He has vaccinated a total of more than 43 million doses from December 8 to April 18.
Mr. Hancock added that India was also added to the “red list” of restrictions on travel for British people, when it recorded 103 new infections discovered in India. Accordingly, people coming from India must also be legally quarantined at a hotel designated by the British government. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India scheduled for next week has also been canceled as the number of new infections in the Asian country surged.
In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the region’s largest epidemic area with 1,614,849 cases, an increase of 5,549, of which 43,777 people died, an increase of 210.
Indonesia has received 16.69 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by the end of April 17, or about 3.95 percent of the population that had received at least one dose, according to Our World in Data.
Jakarta has an ambitious plan to vaccinate 181 million of its population of nearly 270 million within a year, mainly based on China’s Sinovac vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine. However, scientists in this country are also trying to find ways to develop vaccines in the country to fight Covid-19.
Philippines Southeast Asia’s second largest epidemic zone, recording 953,106 cases and 16,141 deaths, increasing 7,379 and 93 cases, respectively.
The Southeast Asian country has received 1.46 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of April 17, and about 1.15% of the population received at least one dose, according to Our World in Data.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on April 15 that the government could take over hotels and turn them into Covid-19 quarantine facilities amid overload of medical facilities. The requisite hotels, he added, will be thoroughly disinfected before handover.
Cambodia recorded an additional 431 cases of nCoV infection and 4 deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 7,444, of which 49 died.
Local health officials fear a sharp rise in new infections will threaten the country’s health system. Prime Minister Hun Sen last week warned that the rise of Covid-19 caused Cambodia “to the brink of death”, and imposed a blockade on more than two million people in Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau.
Officials in Phnom Penh on the evening of April 18 also issued some heavy penalties for those who deliberately violated the government’s Covid-19 control measures. Residents can get $ 500 to $ 1,250 for violating, of which $ 625 if they do not comply with the travel ban. Crowds of people, including drinking alcohol can also be fined up to $ 500.
The government of the capital Phnom Penh on April 19 opened a salary store to support people during the blockade. About 140 tons of rice were shipped to all 14 counties.
Phuong Vu (According to the AFP / Reuters)