Washington, United States:
President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that all adults across America will be eligible for Covid-19 injections within two weeks, while California’s economic powerhouse has set a goal on June 15 to fully reopen businesses. .
The positive news from the United States – which reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths of any country but is now a leader in vaccine deployment – contrasted with a record daily record in Brazil and the rollout troubled in Europe from the shooting of AstraZeneca.
Biden announced in a White House speech that he was advancing the deadline for everyone over 18 to be eligible for vaccines to April 19. The previous target was May 1.
“Our vaccination program is booming. We are making the vaccination easier,” Biden told the nation. “We are the first country to administer 150 million vaccines and the first country to fully immunize more than 62 million people.”
Biden’s April 19 deadline means ending restrictions by age, health concerns or other categories for people wanting to get the shot. That wouldn’t necessarily mean that anyone could get a photo right away, as distribution is still a work in progress.
Visiting a vaccination site in Virginia earlier, Biden said that while the worst of the pandemic is “not over yet,” the vaccines mean it could be soon.
“Get one quickly. That’s how we’re going to beat this,” he said.
California to reopen
California will fully reopen by June 15 if the current vaccination rate continues, lifting all Covid-related restrictions on businesses and gatherings, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
The country’s most populous state has now administered 20 million doses of vaccine and will end its level-based reopening plan if there are no vaccine spikes or shortages.
“We are announcing today that June 15 … we will get rid of the master plan as you know it today. It is June 15 if we keep up the good work,” Newsom said, adding that the mask wearing requirements would remain.
The California plans have heightened expectations that America’s powerful economy will be vital in getting the world back to post-pandemic business.
The International Monetary Fund said the acceleration of vaccines and a wave of government stimulus spending, especially in the United States, means it is now predicting global economic growth of 6.0% this year, up from 5%. 5% in January.
This would be in contrast to the 3.3% contraction in 2020 caused by the Covid-19 pandemic – the worst peacetime slowdown since the Great Depression almost a century ago.
“Even with great uncertainty on the path to the pandemic, a way out of this health and economic crisis is increasingly visible,” said IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath.
Focus on vaccines
The pandemic has now killed more than 2.8 million people around the world, disrupted economies and lifestyles everywhere, and put enormous strain on health care systems.
Globally, it has not declined, although more than 660 million shots have been administered worldwide.
The coronavirus killed 4,195 people on Tuesday in the deadliest day of the pandemic for hard-hit Brazil, whose total reported death toll is now nearly 337,000, just behind the United States.
Meanwhile, India, a vaccine-producing powerhouse, is struggling to contain a record increase in daily infections.
New Delhi imposed an immediate nighttime curfew on Tuesday and the Mumbai financial center imposed similar measures.
Britain is one of the pioneers in vaccinations with almost half of its population having received at least one stroke.
In contrast, many other countries in Europe are lagging behind on vaccinations and have been forced to reimpose deeply unpopular closures to tackle a stubbornly high number of cases.
One issue in Europe has been a wave of concerns about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine and its reported links to blood clots.
The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday it had yet to come to a conclusion on the existence of a causal link. He said he was planning a media briefing later this week.
A UK trial of the vaccine in children was suspended on Tuesday to give regulators more time to assess possible links to rare blood clots.
The University of Oxford, which helped develop the vaccine, said in a statement that there were “no safety concerns” with the trial, but acknowledged the public concerns.
Concerns about the number of cases in the United States
Despite the progress of the United States, there are concerns about a steady rise in Covid-19 infections, as people let their guard down, after more than a year of masks and social distancing.
More than 556,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, by far the highest death toll of any country. On Monday, the Johns Hopkins University tracker reported 79,075 new confirmed cases and 607 deaths.
Biden warned that the United States remains in a “race for life or death” between the virus and the vaccination program.
But across the world, there was a rare breakthrough in reopening international travel when Australia and New Zealand – both largely coronavirus-free – announced a two-way travel lane with no quarantine starting overnight. April 18.
“This is the lifeline we needed; this is what we are asking for, ”said Jim Boult, Mayor of Queenstown in New Zealand.
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