Friday, October 15, 2021

EU pledges 200 million doses of COVID vaccines to low-income countries

The European Union is pledging to donate 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries by the middle of 2022.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the pledge in Strasbourg, France, during her annual EU speech before the European Parliament on Wednesday. Von der Leyen said the EU’s plan to contribute 200 million doses is in addition to an earlier promise of 250 million doses, which he described as “an investment in solidarity, and this is an investment in global health”.

Von der Leyen said “the scale of the injustice and the level of urgency is clear” with less than 1% of all global doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries.

“Let’s do everything possible so that this does not turn into a non-vaccination epidemic,” she told EU lawmakers.

US military required

Meanwhile, US Army officials issued a mandatory vaccination order for all uniformed personnel. Officials said Tuesday that the military expects all active-duty soldiers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 15, while the deadline for all Reserve and National Guard troops is June 30, 2022. Time limit will be set.

The statement added that soldiers who refuse the vaccine will be “first consulted by their chain of command and medical providers,” but warned that if they continue to refuse and are not exempted from the vaccine If so, they will be suspended from their duties or even dismissed. from service.

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status of alaska

In the United States, the largest hospital in the far northwestern state of Alaska announced Tuesday that it has begun rationing care in the face of an outbreak of new COVID-19 infections. Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, said Tuesday it is now operating under a policy of “crisis standard of care,” meaning hospitals are unable to provide equal quality medical care to all patients. Is.

An overflow of COVID-19 patients in its emergency room has left other patients waiting in their cars for hours before being seen by a doctor for urgent care, the hospital said in a statement.

Providence Alaska Medical Center joins a growing number of hospitals across the US that have been forced to ration their communities or even refuse medical care because COVID-19 patients are in their halls. Fills beyond capacity.

Some information for this report has been obtained from the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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