Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 18: Fauci Urges Police Officers to Get Vaccinated

By Anna Breuer on 18 October 2021
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Live music at Kavárna Obecní dům in Prague before the start of the pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, urged police officers to get vaccinated, telling Fox News that they should think of it as a key part of their role in the community.

“Think about the implications of not getting vaccinated when you’re in a position where you have a responsible job, and you want to protect yourself because you’re needed at your job, whether you’re a police officer or a pilot or any other of those kinds of occupations,” he said as police unions across the country are urging their members to resist mandated coronavirus vaccine requirements for their job.

Romania’s hospitals have been overwhelmed by unvaccinated patients as a fourth wave of the coronavirus takes hold.  In Bucharest, ambulances must frequently queue outside the Matei Bals Infectious Disease Hospital, which is setting up extra beds in its corridors to accommodate the influx.

Health officials in Romania reported 15,828 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, with a death toll of 365.  The total number of cases recorded in this country populated by 19 million is 1.5 million.

Meanwhile, along the Austrian-Czech border, Europe’s first cross-border medical center opened where once the Iron Curtain loomed.  Doctors and interpreters care for patients on both sides of the border near Gmünd and the Czech town of  České Velenice. Looking forward, Austria plans similar cross-border health care facilities with both Slovakia and Hungary.

Colin Powell, a four-star general who served as secretary of state, national security advisor, and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff among other posts, died Monday from the coronavirus at the age of 84.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 241.6 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.91million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 218.8 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 83,576, a -22% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,520, a change of -20% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has as of Monday recorded almost 45.8 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 744,548. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, almost 34.1 million, and a death toll of 452,321, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.  Finally, Brazil has recorded the second highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 603,324, and has seen over 21.6 million cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 218.8 million people in the United States – or 65.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 57%, or 189 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 408.3 million. Breaking this down further, 78.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 203.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 68.4% of the same group – or 176.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

More than 3.74 billion people across the globe  have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a figure that roughly equates to 48.7% of the world’s population, a 0.1 percentage point increase in the past 24 hours. There remains, however, a countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, where at least 65% of the population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, for example, where vaccination rates are in the single digits, if not lower.

Figures from the World Health Organization show that well-off countries are vaccinating people at the rate of one person per second, while the majority of poor countries have yet to give a single dose to its citizens.

It is critical that the world do a better job of sharing vaccines with poorer nations.

Sharing vaccines is not merely a form of charity.  Rather, the equitable distribution of vaccines is in every country’s health and economic interest and no country will be able to move past the pandemic until other countries have recovered as well.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this story.

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