COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 8 July
1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 185 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4 million. More than 3.29 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
Confirmed new COVID-19 cases have risen for the first time in more than two months in Germany.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that while some countries were planning to roll out booster shots and ease restrictions, the global inequity in vaccine production and distribution means that “variants are currently winning the race against vaccines”.
“Vaccine nationalism, where a handful of nations have taken the lion’s share, is morally indefensible and an ineffective public health strategy against a respiratory virus that is mutating quickly and becoming increasingly effective at moving from human-to-human,” he said.
Dr Tedros also acknowledged that more than 4 million confirmed COVID-19 deaths have now been recorded. He cautioned though that this “likely underestimates the overall toll”.
“From a moral, epidemiological or economic point of view, now is the time for the world to come together to tackle this pandemic collectively,” he said.
Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, also warned countries “not to lose the gains you’ve made” by opening up too quickly.
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