Mexico, meanwhile, has posted new one-day highs for the pandemic, with 22,339 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 1,803 deaths related to Covid-19. Mexico has recorded over 1.71 million confirmed coronavirus cases and over 146,000 deaths since the pandemic began. However, official estimates suggest the real death toll is closer to 195,000.
Public health experts Thursday blamed Covid vaccine shortages around the U.S. in part on the Trump administration’s push to get states to vastly expand their vaccination drives to reach the nation’s estimated 54 million people aged 65 and above.
The push that began over a week ago has not been accompanied by enough doses to meet demand, according to state and local officials, leading to frustration and confusion and limiting states’ ability to attack the outbreak that has killed over 400,000 Americans.
Over the past few days, authorities in California, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and Hawaii warned that their supplies were running out. New York City began cancelling or postponing shots or stopped making new appointments because of the shortages, which President Joe Biden has vowed to turn around.
Florida’s top health official said the state would deal with the scarcity by restricting vaccines to state residents, the AP report says.
In Brazil, the death toll from Covid-19 stood at 214,147 with 8,697,368 cases, as of Friday morning.
India’s total caseload reached 10,610,883, while the death toll surpassed 152,869, JHU data showed.
South Korea is reporting its smallest daily increase in coronavirus infections in two months as officials express cautious hope that the country is beginning to wiggle out from its worst wave of the pandemic, reports AP.
The 346 new cases reported Friday brought the national caseload to 74,262. There have been 1,328 deaths related to Covid-19.
Bangladesh receives Covid vaccine
Two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine gifted by India reached Dhaka on Thursday.
A chartered flight of Air India carrying the vaccine landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:21am.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami handed over the vaccine to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque at a ceremony at state guesthouse Padma.
Foreign Minister Momen said that the arrival of two million doses of Oxford vaccine from India is sign of strong relations and goodwill between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
Thirty million doses of vaccine are scheduled to arrive between January and June (five million a month) as per the agreement the government signed with Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd.
Health Minister Maleque on Monday said Bangladesh would receive the first consignment of Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine on January 25-26.
"As per the WHO guideline, we’ll first vaccinate those who are working with risks. And the elderly people will get priority. People below the age of 18 won’t get the vaccine," the minister said.