The Pandemic Is NOT Over, Dumbasses: The World is a Global Village and India is Its Powder Keg

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By Jonathan Spira on 8 May 2021
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All across the United States, governors are lifting Covid-age restrictions such as limitations on gatherings and the requirement to don a face mask. Meanwhile, halfway across the globe, India continues to set new daily records for the number of coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period, the latest in excess of over 401,000.

The contrast could hardly be starker.

In the developed world, vaccine orders run into the billions while Covid-19 cases plummet.  Economies are reopening and travel is slowly resuming as well.  In most less developed nations, however, the virus is clearly taking a different course.  Here the pace of vaccinations is at a crawl, unable to protect even the most vulnerable of people.

The skies of India’s cities glow throughout the night as funeral pyres light up the skies, a sign of a never-ending death toll that was over 4,000 on Saturday, just two days after hitting the previous record of 3,498.

Meanwhile, hospitals, morgues, and crematoria continue to be overwhelmed as is the population of the South Asian country.

While India now has the world’s second highest number of cases after the United States, Brazil has the second highest death toll.

The South American country crossed the 400,000 mark just a week ago as it continues to struggle with its vaccination program.  On Friday, there were 3,001 deaths in 24 hours, a figure that is down from its peak of over 4,000 at the start of April but concerning nonetheless.

Even in Europe, as France and the United Kingdom are outlining plans to reopen their countries, Germany continues to struggle.

Although the number of new cases in Germany is nowhere near its pandemic high of 5,745 in January, the country continues to see new case figures above the 3,300 level and daily death tolls in excess of 250.

It’s practically common sense to say that uncontrolled outbreaks such as India’s will unquestionably prolong the pandemic and allow for more dangerous virus variants to mutate and spread. While current  vaccines are still effective against such variants, such as the one that first appeared in the United Kingdom, known as B.1.1.7 and the one that is the most prevalent strain currently circulating throughout the United States, B.1.351, which was first detected in South Africa, and the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil, additional virus variants will continue to appear and possibly evade today’s vaccines.

The World Health Organization is closely monitoring the spread of ten coronavirus variants, labeling three “of concern” and seven “of interest.”

While new strains appear almost daily, only a few warrant such observation, meaning those that are more contagious, more deadly, and more resistant to current vaccines and treatments.

Although the White House announced a ban on travel from India, it exempts U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and their parents as well as categories of students, academics, and journalists and didn’t go into effect immediately even though the administration cited the “extraordinarily high Covid-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating” as justification for the ban.

Australia, on the other hand, simply cut off all access to the country from India – even for citizens, an action that will raise constitutional issues there  – almost immediately.

Regardless, similar actions over a year ago by the Trump administration in banning China proved ineffectual, largely because the administration resisted more drastic measures.

While it’s near impossible to completely shut down global travel in the manner of what took place after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, the only way that we can stop wave after wave of new infections is to ensure we vaccinate the entire world.

After all, it’s a global village, in sickness and in health.

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