- This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
- Top stories: COVID-19 causing medical supplies shortages in United States; WHO makes call to leaders at UNGA; Indonesia reports lowest daily rise in more than a year.
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1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 229 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4.7 million. More than 5.95 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
Pfizer/BioNTech announced yesterday that their COVID-19 vaccine induces a strong immune response in 5 to 11-year-olds. They plan to seek regulatory approval as soon as possible.
Doctors in Thailand have been given the go-ahead to give COVID-19 booster shots under the skin, rather than injecting into muscles, in an effort to strengthen immunity and stretch supplies.
Austria will require protective face masks and COVID-19 passes for the use of its ski lifts this winter.
A certificate showing proof of immunity from COVID-19 will be required to enter the Vatican as of 1 October, the city state has announced.
The German government is not giving a target date for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, as it's unclear how the pandemic will develop over the Northern Hemisphere winter.
Indonesia has reported its smallest daily increase in confirmed new COVID-19 cases since August last year - 1,932.
Australia's New South Wales state has reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases in more than three weeks.
2. COVID-19 causing medical supplies shortages in United States
Shortages of masks and gloves have spread to other medical items in the United States, from exam tables and defibrillators to crutches and IV poles.
It can now take up to five months to get some types of exam tables, for instance, compared to three to six weeks before the pandemic, according to CME Corp, a distributor of medical equipment that handles over 2 million products.
“Right now, because of the supply chain stress that’s being caused by COVID, almost everything is delayed,” said Cindy Juhas, CME’s chief strategy officer. “A lot of the stuff we sell is not sitting in a warehouse where you just call and say, 'Send it over'. It needs to be built.”
Many of the items in short supply aren't related to COVID-19. For example, heart defibrillators that used to take two weeks to deliver now require three months.
It's part of wider supply chain disruption. The Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach announced last week that a record 60 container vessels were waiting offshore to unload.
India’s leading COVID-19 last-mile responders
Each of our Top 50 social enterprise last mile responders and multi-stakeholder initiatives is working across four priority areas of need: Prevention and protection; COVID-19 treatment and relief; inclusive vaccine access; and securing livelihoods. The list was curated jointly with regional hosts Catalyst 2030’s NASE and Aavishkaar Group. Their profiles can be found on www.wef.ch/lastmiletop50india.
Top Last Mile Partnership Initiatives to collaborate with:
#BackTheFrontline - Dasra
Covid Action Collab
Covid Livelihoods Coalition – CoLive
Migrants Resilience Collaborative
Rapid Rural Community Response (RCRC)
Rural Access Coalition
Saath Nirbhar - vartaLeap Coalition and ComMutiny
Sanjha Collective - Goonj
Top 50 Last Mile Responders to get behind:
Barefoot College International
Center for Wildlife Studies
Society Of Development Alternatives
Doctors For You
Dream a Dream
Eleutheros Christian Society
Every Infant Matters
Healing Fields Foundation
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
MAHAN Trust, Melghat
Mann Deshi Foundation
Mission Oxygen - Democracy
SEWA Cooperative Federation
Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti
Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF)
Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)
Transforming Rural India Foundation
Ziqitza Health Care Limited
3. WHO makes call to leaders at UNGA
The World Health Organization has called on leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to guarantee equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, ensure the world is better prepared to respond to future pandemics and renew efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Nearly three-quarters of all COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in just 10 countries. The WHO warns that the longer this inequity persists, the more the virus will circulate and the longer disruption will continue.
The organization also urged countries to break the cycle of 'panic and neglect' that's been seen after previous health emergencies. The WHO called on nations to prepare better for future such emergencies.