Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 28: New York City Prepares for Fallout from Vaccine Mandate

By Anna Breuer on 28 October 2021
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New York City’s aggressive vaccine mandate for public employees goes into effect Friday and local officials are preparing for, among other things, the need to curtail some city services.

Over 25% of workers in police, fire, sanitation, and emergency medical services have yet to either get vaccinated or submit proof of vaccination.  Failure to comply would put those workers on unpaid leave effective Monday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that the city has been preparing for such exigencies for months and said that, ultimately, almost all workers would get vaccinated rather than lose their paychecks.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 246 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.99 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 222.9 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 71,962, a -19% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,395, a change of -19% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has as of Thursday recorded over 46.6 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 761,949. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 34.2 million, and a death toll of 457,165, 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, 606,726, and has seen 21.8 million cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 220.9 million people in the United States – or 66.5% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 57.5%, or 190.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 416.2 million. Breaking this down further, 79.7% of the population over the age of 18 – or 205.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 69.1% of the same group – or 178.4 million people – is fully vaccinated.

More than 3.86 billion people across the globe  have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a figure that roughly equates to 50.2% of the world’s population, a .2 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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