Brazil’s COVID instances surpass 9 million: Dwell Updates | Coronavirus pandemic Information
Brazil struggles to control the coronavirus surge, while new COVID vaccine Novavax shows 89 percent effectiveness.
Brazil has vaccinated more than a million people, but it is still less than 1 percent of the population as the country struggles to control a surge in coronavirus cases.
The hospitals are overcrowded with COVID-19 patients. The city of Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest, is still facing a lack of oxygen in hospitals.
A fast-spreader strain of COVID-19 discovered in cities like Manaus and Sao Paulo has posed new challenges for authorities accused of slow response.
On Friday, Novavax, a US-based company, announced that its coronavirus vaccine appears to be 89 percent effective, according to initial findings from a UK study, and that it is also – if not as good – against new mutated versions of the too Virus circulating in the UK and South Africa appears to work.
Africa can expect at least 30 percent of its population to be vaccinated by the end of 2021, the World Health Organization said when vaccines hit the continent.
Globally, the pandemic has killed more than two million people and infected nearly 101 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Brazil is struggling to contain the outbreak
Brazil has vaccinated more than a million people, but that is less than 1 percent of the population. The country is struggling to contain the coronavirus and the situation does not seem to be resolved for a long time, as a rapidly spreading variant of the virus has already been discovered in large cities like Sao Paulo.
There is a lack of oxygen in the capital of the state of Amazonas, Manaus. Health care workers work around the clock to keep patients from suffocating to death.
“You ask a nurse to help you and she says there is nothing she can do because she is dealing with another patient who is dying before you,” said grieving Valceny Ferreira. “There aren’t enough health workers to cope with this, but we wouldn’t be in this state if the Amazon state had invested in health care,” she added.
According to studies, the variant of the coronavirus from the Brazilian state of Amazonas detected in Japan is already dominant in its capital Manaus, which reinforces the initial suspicion that it could be more contagious [Marcio James/AFP]