The country has reported more than 17.6 million cases since the pandemic began. However, experts fear the real number could be up to 30 times higher – which means more than half a billion infections.
The daily death toll is expected to continue to rise through mid-May. At that point, it could hit a high of more than 13,000 a day – more than four times Tuesday’s 2,771 deaths, according to the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Ratings. Experts believe the real death toll in India could be 990,000, not 198,000, due to the country’s underfunded health infrastructure, which has struggled in the past to count its deaths, reports Jessie Yeung.
The United States announced Monday that it will share millions of doses of its stocked AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. While White House officials did not say which countries will get the shots, the move follows global pressure to include India.
Countries like the US have been lining up to send medical supplies to India for the past few days, but some fear that this will not be enough to stop the country’s enormous second wave. “It’s a drop in the ocean,” said Dr. Zarir Udwadia from Mumbai told the BBC on Tuesday after the UK donated ventilators. Udwadia added that US AstraZeneca supply should come to India because “the country needs at least 2 billion doses,” but the world’s largest vaccine maker, Pune-based Serum Institute of India is struggling to keep up with demand Keep up.
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A: If you receive a vaccination card after the Covid-19 vaccination, it does not necessarily mean that the shot will be listed on your medical records. An easy way to fix this is to give your GP a copy of the card.
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WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY?
New CDC mask tour is announced by Biden
President Joe Biden is expected to announce today that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated their guidelines for wearing masks outdoors, three people familiar with the anticipated announcement said. The Biden government is expected to include some other new recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals in addition to “outdoor unmasking,” a federal official told CNN. This is because Michigan is grappling with an increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, prompting state officials to expand its masking mandate to include children ages 2 and up. The mandate, which went into effect on Monday, requires children ages 2 to 4 to wear face masks in public places, including in day care centers and camps.
EU sued AstraZeneca after delays in vaccine delivery
The European Union said Monday it is suing AstraZeneca over an alleged breach of its vaccine supply contract, a dramatic escalation of a month-long dispute over delivery delays that has hampered the introduction of gunfire across the continent, James Frater and Angela Dewan report.
The 27 EU countries ordered 300 million doses of the drug manufacturer’s Covid-19 vaccine, which are due to be dispensed by the end of June, with the option to buy an additional 100 million. However, the deliveries lagged behind repeatedly, sparking a bitter public dispute over the terms of the contract.
A vaccine maker ruined 15 million doses. The CEO sold $ 11 million worth of shares before the news broke
Emergent BioSolutions stock has lost more than half of its value since it was announced it ruined up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine at its Baltimore facility. However, the company’s CEO dumped more than $ 11 million worth of shares prior to the massive decline. If Robert Kramer had stuck to the nearly 100,000 shares he has sold so far this year, they would be worth about $ 5 million less than the price he sold them for, says Chris Isidore.
ON OUR RADAR
- Alaska Airlines banned an Alaska state legislature calling flight attendants “mask thugs” and clashing with airline employees on video about mask rules.
- The UK Prime Minister has denied allegations that he preferred “piling the bodies by the thousands” rather than further bans after unnamed sources told the Daily Mail that he made the comment last October.
- In India, there has been a major coronavirus outbreak among US diplomatic staff. In the past few weeks, two on-site employees have died and more than 100 people tested positive for the virus.
- Canada sent the military to Ontario in a worsening Covid-19 wave that caused the province’s positivity rate to hit an all-time high.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
Did you recently have the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 single vaccine?
Get a doctor quickly if you have persistent, severe headache, blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, or unusual bruising within three weeks of receiving the J&J vaccine, the CDC said on Monday .
These could be signs of an extremely rare, severe blood clotting syndrome that could be associated with the shot. The risk seems to be greatest for women under the age of 50, the CDC said. Continue reading.
“It’s a terrible situation. It’s like the government has completely given up its responsibility” – Tehseen Poonawalla, a political commentator in India.
India is battling a devastating second wave of Covid-19 that has ravaged communities and hospitals across the country. In today’s episode, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, what went wrong and why we as global citizens urgently need to react. Listen now.