An Australian infectious disease physician said it would take six years for the world to be adequately vaccinated against the CCP virus, so vaccines must be shared with developing countries to avoid “more sinister” strains emerging.
Infectious diseases specialist and Australian National University lecturer Sanjaya Senanayake said about 70 countries have signed up for vaccination programmes. Presently, he estimates that the goal won’t be met in just a year or two.
“At the current rate of vaccination it is estimated we won’t reach global coverage of 75 percent with vaccines for about six years,” Dr Senanayake told Australia’s National Press Club on Feb. 10.
15 Million Vaccinated in UK
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country reached a “significant milestone” on Sunday as 15 million people across the UK had received the first dose of a CCP virus vaccine.
Wuhan Residents Commemorate Virus Victims
On the first few days of the Lunar New Year, which began on Feb. 12, fresh flowers were sold out in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus first broke out. Many florists told state-run media on Feb. 14 that they hadn’t rested for the past 50 hours, in order to continue preparing bouquet orders.
Wuhan residents told The Epoch Times that the city has a local custom that in the first three days of the Lunar New Year, people buy marigold or chrysanthemum bouquets to memorialize family members who have died in the past year.
“All flowers were sold out, reflecting that the virus death toll is huge and much higher than the official announced numbers,” said Wuhan resident Zhang Hai in an interview. “There are families I know that lost their loved ones exactly on Lunar New Year day last year.”
Czech Government Re-Declares State of Emergency
The Czech government has re-declared its state of emergency for next two weeks to be able to effectively tackle the pandemic in one of the hardest hit European countries.
The decision has been approved in defiance of the lower house of Parliament, which has refused the government’s request to extend the tool that gives the Cabinet extra powers necessary to impose and keep in place strict nationwide restrictive measures and limit people’s rights.
French Hospitals to Move Into Crisis Mode
France’s Health Ministry has asked regional health agencies and hospitals to enter “crisis organization” from Thursday to prepare for a possible surge in CCP virus cases as a result of highly contagious variants, Le Journal Du Dimanche reported.
The move, which would echo measures taken in March and November when France went into lockdown, involves increasing the number of hospital beds available, delaying non-urgent surgery and mobilizing all medical staff resources.
New Zealand City Going Into 3-Day Lockdown
New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland has begun a three-day lockdown following the discovery of three unexplained virus cases in the community.
Health officials say the cases are of the more contagious variant first found in Britain and that genome testing hadn’t linked them to any previous known cases.
Japan Approves Its First Virus Vaccine
Japan’s Health Ministry said on Sunday it has officially approved Pfizer’s CCP virus vaccine, the first such approval in the country as it steps up efforts to tame a third wave of infections in the run-up to the Summer Olympic Games.
UK Shares US Concerns Over WHO Mission to China
British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Feb. 14 that he shared concerns about the level of access given to a World Health Organization COVID-19 fact-finding mission to China, echoing criticism from the United States.
The White House on Feb. 13 called on China to make available data from the earliest days of the outbreak, saying it had “deep concerns” about the way the findings of the WHO’s COVID-19 report were communicated.
Chinese Citizens Needing Urgent Medical Care Are Neglected
On Jan. 8, several cities in northern China’s Hebei Province were placed under lockdown amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Then, in mid-January, local authorities in Xingtai city of Hebei Province tightened controls when confirmed cases continued to rise.
The Epoch Times obtained a series of classified documents from Xingtai municipal government revealing that many residents who were not affected by COVID-19 had struggled desperately to get treatment for heart disease, kidney failure, and tumors due to the harsh and inhumane lockdown measures that were imposed.
Jessie Zhang, Alexander Zhang, Olivia Li, Nicole Hao, The Associated Press, and Reuters contributed to this report