A Chinese health care worker gives a Covid-19 vaccine shot to a man at a mass vaccination center for Chaoyang District on 15 January 2021 in Beijing, China | Kevin Frayer | Getty Images via Bloomberg
A Chinese health care worker gives a Covid-19 vaccine shot to a man at a mass vaccination center for Chaoyang District on 15 January 2021 in Beijing, China | Kevin Frayer | Getty Images via Bloomberg
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New Delhi: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the world. The latest count being more than 13,24,37,230 cases and 28,74,232 deaths.

We highlight some of the important stories from around the world. UAE achieves a vaccine milestone of 9 million doses as it inches closer to immunising its entire population. A foreign worker in Singapore tests positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

UAE hits vaccine milestone 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has crossed a significant milestone of 9 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as it seeks to vaccinate every person in the country, reports Khaleej Times.

With a population of approximately 9.9 million, the UAE has provided a total of 9,005,444 doses to its inhabitants which represents 91.05 shots for every 100 people.

“We are definitely moving towards achieving herd immunity,” said Dr Adel Alsisi, chief medical officer of Prime Hospital in Dubai.

Meanwhile, Dr Rohit Kumar, Medical Director, Medeor Hospital Dubai, called it a “commendable achievement”. In another positive sign, the UAE recorded under 2,000 new infections for three days in a row.

The UAE has registered 4,83,747 cases and 1,531 deaths.

Also read: Vaccines won’t be enough. New Covid variants have changed the game

Top Beijing official admits efficacy of China’s vaccines is low

Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates”, said Gao Fu, the director of the China Center for Disease Control, said at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu, reports Associated Press. The China Center for Disease Control is the country’s top disease control agency.

The top official also said the country is considering mixing vaccines to boost efficacy.

China’s Sinovac vaccine was found to be 50.4 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic infections by researchers in Brazil. A study in Turkey said it was 83.5 per cent effective. No detailed efficacy data has been released on vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm. Meanwhile, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been found to be 97 per cent effective.

Speaking to Global Times Sunday, Gao rejected claims by some media reports about his remarks saying it was “a complete misunderstanding”.

China reported 16 new Covid-19 cases Sunday, up from 10 cases a day earlier. The total count now stands at 90,426 cases and 4,636 deaths.

Indian worker in Singapore tests positive nearly 2 months after 2nd shot of vaccine  

A 23-year-old Indian national who worked in the marine industry in Singapore tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday despite being fully vaccinated, reports South China Morning Post.

He was the only locally transmitted case among 20 infections confirmed Sunday.

“This case is a reminder that it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected,” Singapore’s health ministry said. “But the vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic disease for the vast majority of those vaccinated.”

The worker did not show any symptoms, which the ministry said was because he had received the vaccine jabs on 25 January and 17 February.

Singapore has recorded 60,653 cases and 30 deaths.

Also read: Delhi vaccinates over a lakh, its highest count so far, on Day 1 of ‘Tika Utsav’

UK reports lowest daily toll for first time in almost 7 months 

The United Kingdom reported seven deaths due to Covid-19 Sunday, the lowest daily toll in nearly seven months, reports The Guardian.

The last time the tally of daily fatalities was this low was 13 September, when five deaths from the virus were recorded.

Public Health England recently suggested that the vaccination programme prevented 10,400 deaths in those aged 60 and older in England till the end of March —an additional 4,300 since the previous update.

Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK.

The UK has registered 43,69,775 Covid cases and 1,27,087 deaths.

What else we are reading:

Covid-19: School singing ban in Northern Ireland ‘should be overturned’: BBC

Why Are 700,000 Doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Meant for Israel Being Held Up?: Haaretz

Also read: Study shows how tapeworm infestation drug Niclosamide can help treat Covid


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