Thursday, April 1, 2021

success rate of vaccines at UK ~ what are you waiting for ? - an year since Janata Curfew !!

An year ago on 19.3.2020  @ 8 pm, the Nation heard with awe – the speech of our Prime Minister Narendra Modiji – extremely balanced, explaining the situation, measures, expectations and plan of action.  Among others – Janata Curfew  `~ social distancing and clapping those rendering services @ 5pm on 22.3.2020 was announced !! 

At that time – globally 217,845 Covid-19 cases had been confirmed, resulting in 9,177 fatalities worldwide. After its discovery in Dec 2019, in Wuhan, China, the virus started to spread around the world, causing panic.  "Resolution and restraint is very important in combat against this global epidemic. As citizens, people need to strengthen their resolve to follow the advisories issues by state and central governments to fight," advocating social distancing to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Narendra Modi spoke passionately of self-enforced restraint by the people, for the people – “Janata Curfew on 22.3.2020 from 7 am to 9 pm”

Life has come a long way since ! .. ..  Corona has not been wiped out yet – though people in the city behave as if it has been conquered.  Today’s reports state that Maharashtra sees 30,535 COVID-19 cases, highest since last March, taking tally to 24,79,682; 99 deaths push toll to 53,399.  The COVID-19 concerns are growing in Tamil Nadu as the state recorded 1,243 cases on Saturday. With this, the active cases now stand at 7,291, and with rise in cases, the state has witnessed the hospital beds filling up fast in at least seven districts. In Chennai alone, 458 new cases were reported and also more patients were admitted both in private and government hospitals. People from Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur also headed to hospitals in Chennai.



The only hope is vaccination .. .. .. on 16th January 2021 India started its national vaccination programme against the SARS-CoV-2 virus which has caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The drive prioritises healthcare and frontline workers, and then those over the age of 60, and then those over the age of 45 and suffering from certain comorbidities. In January 2021 Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said that India's vaccine-production capacity is the best asset the world has.[3] According to health officials, India has administered 4,46,03,841[a] vaccine doses across the country as of 20 March 2021.

There are a total of 432 government-run vaccination centres in Chennai. These include government hospitals, urban primary health centres and mini-clinics. Many private hospitals have also set up vaccination centres. The entire list of centres can be accessed at https://chennaicorporation.gov.in/gcc/covid-vaccine/

Miles away, Germany is set to extend its coronavirus restrictions into April despite mass anti-lockdown protests.  Thousands of protesters angry at Covid-19 restrictions rallied in cities across Europe over the weekend, even as several nations reimposed partial lockdowns to fight new surges in infections. A memo from several of Germany's regions said the country's partial lockdown should be extended into April because of rising infection rates driven by Covid variants. Country's chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced on Sunday that she was keen to go ahead with the extension.  Travel needs to be cut to a minimum, with quarantines and negative tests required for those re-entering Germany, the memo warned. The prospect of further curbs will infuriate the thousands of protesters who marched against existing restrictions in the Germany city of Kassel on Saturday. Police there used water cannon, batons and pepper spray to disperse the crowds, which they estimated to number up to 20,000. The march was organised by activists from both the far left and the far right, as well as peddlers of baseless conspiracy theories about the pandemic and vaccines.



Protesters also marched in Amsterdam, Vienna, the Bulgarian capital Sofia, and Switzerland over the weekend. Thousands also protested the coronavirus restrictions in London on Saturday, many of them carrying signs promoting coronavirus conspiracy theories. Britain on Sunday warned the EU over its threat to halt exports of AstraZeneca's vaccines, in a row that has heightened post-Brexit tensions between London and Brussels. Anglo-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca has delivered only 30 percent of the 90 million doses it promised the EU for the first quarter, infuriating European leaders and complicating the continent's already struggling rollout. Brussels has accused London of operating its own de facto export ban to achieve its vaccine success, a claim furiously denied by the British government.

In the meantime, Britain has smashed its vaccine record yet again with 874,000 jabs given in just one day - as the UK's daily death toll fall by 36.5 per cent week-on-week. The first and second dose figure recorded yesterday - which is equivalent to around 27 jabs a second - marks the second day in a row of record-beating figures, with 711,156 vaccines given on Friday.  And Britain's great vaccine push appears to be working to drive down the country's death toll - as the 33 fatalities recorded today marks a drop of more than a third on the 52 recorded last Sunday. However, the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 has gone up compared to this day last week. The 5,312 cases recorded today is 15 per cent higher than the 4,618 cases seen one week ago.

More than half of all adults have now had at least one vaccine dose, with the number equivalent to the entire adult populations of Liverpool, Southampton and Oxford combined. But as the UK's hugely-successful vaccination drive soars ahead, the EU today doubled down on its threat to block jab exports to the UK.  The UK's triumphant vaccine figures come at the end of a week which saw the highest number of doses delivered since the vaccination programme began, NHS England said.  Chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: 'The speed and precision of the NHS vaccination campaign has been on full display this weekend and yesterday NHS staff across England administered a remarkable 27 jabs a second.

'In just one day we vaccinated the equivalent of the entire adult populations of Liverpool, Southampton and Oxford combined, UK is claiming .. .. and .. .. what about you .. – have you taken your vaccine yet ?? – here is the list of Centres for easy reference : https://chennaicorporation.gov.in/gcc/covid-vaccine/

 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
21.03.2021 

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