When Slavitt made this announcement yesterday, he said America was “winning the war on the virus.”
“And we need you to help us finish the job,” he added.
But the truth is that, despite the drop in cases, the pandemic is far from over. Not around the world, and not in the US. The virus is still killing around 600 people in the US every day, based on the average numbers for the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Vaccination rates in rural areas are lagging behind and that could hinder progress, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There’s also the issue of hesitancy. In April, a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed persistent resistance to Covid-19 vaccination in rural America. Three in 10 residents said they would “definitely not” have a Covid-19 vaccine or they would get one only if someone required they have it.
With a fifth of the US population living in rural areas, this could have a negative impact on the country’s overall efforts to control Covid-19.
Q: Could the vaccine reduce my fertility?
The CDC also said there’s no link between any vaccines and fertility.
Thousands of vaccine doses are going to waste as some countries struggle to administer them on time
Kenya has used up more than 90% of the doses supplied by vaccine-sharing facility COVAX. The East African nation is just weeks away from joining its sub-Saharan neighbors Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Rwanda, Togo and Senegal on the list of African countries that have exhausted their supplies.
In stark contrast, South Sudan has announced plans to discard about 59,000 of a total 191,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine it received in donations, because they are expiring. In Malawi, at least 19,000 unadministered doses will be publicly incinerated today. Secretary for Health Charles Mwansambo told CNN his country was unable to use them before they expired.
Fresh batch of Covid cases helps China combat vaccine hesitancy
As vaccination hesitancy slows inoculation rates in some Western countries, China is going into overdrive. More than 400 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered in China, according to the National Health Commission.
While there has been a concerted push for vaccines by central government and local authorities, that campaign has been helped recently by another factor — fear sparked by several small local outbreaks.
Thailand reports highest number of daily Covid deaths as virus tears through prisons
The Southeast Asian country’s justice minister said authorities hoped to prioritize vaccinating more than 300,000 inmates and jail staff by diverting doses from the health ministry.
Thailand reported 27,946 new coronavirus cases in the past seven days, 12,926 of which were found in prisons and detention facilities, according to official data.
In many parts of the world, vaccination rates are increasing while restrictions are in turn being relaxed. It should be a time to rejoice or at least feel relief.
For many, though, we continue to feel what experts have dubbed “languishing,” otherwise known as that feeling of “blah,” where we aren’t technically clinically depressed, but we certainly aren’t flourishing either.
The key is getting to the root cause. Sheila Forman, a Santa Monica, California-based psychologist, said it was important to determine if your feelings were due to a mental health issue or just a reaction to the times. “This can be done with an appointment with a mental health provider,” she said.
If you can identify that your rut is because of being physically stagnant or isolated, get moving! “As the pandemic restrictions start to shift, make plans to see friends and family, albeit in a safe way,” Forman added.