First modification: 08/06/2021 – 02:43
Following the release of the results of a government study, the Chilean authorities decided to reinforce those immunized with Coronavac with a dose of AstraZeneca. Spain plans to add 3.4 million doses to its vaccination plan to achieve 70% immunization of the population by the end of August. And in Florida, some hospitals have begun to cancel operating room activities due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, related to the advance of the delta variant.
To date, the world has registered more than 200 million cases of Covid-19, of which 4.2 million people have died, according to data accumulated by Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the most important news about the health situation this August 5:
- Chile will reinforce those immunized with Coronavac with AstraZeneca
As of August 11, Chile will start the “booster dose” program against Covid-19, applying a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 55 years of age who have completed their inoculation with Coronavac.
“Considering the evolution over time of the effectiveness of vaccines and the risk posed by the delta variant (…) and after having consulted experts we have decided to start a reinforcement of vaccination,” announced Sebastián Piñera, president of Chile .
This Wednesday we will begin to apply a #DoseDeReinforcement to the population already vaccinated.
First it will be people over 55 who already have two doses of Sinovac.
This reinforcement will protect us better, including Delta variant, and will give us greater freedoms and opportunities. pic.twitter.com/Ft9JAFajCh
– Sebastian Piñera (@sebastianpinera) August 5, 2021
After the presentation of the study ‘Effectiveness of the Vaccination Program against SARS-CoV-2’, the authorities reconsidered the reinforcement in the elderly, because the results of the study showed that the Coronavac and Pfizer vaccines had decreased their effectiveness.
The goal of the Chilean government is to vaccinate two million people over 55 years of age with the booster during the first four weeks. “We hope that with this booster dose our older adults will be better protected in case the presence of the delta variant increases or the appearance of others, as has occurred in this pandemic,” added Piñera.
- Spain: 28 million citizens fully vaccinated
A total of 28,034,427 people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 reached Spain this Thursday, August 5, approaching 70% of the immunized population, a goal that the Government hopes to achieve by the end of this month.
The Ministry of Health reported that 449,410 doses were applied in the last 24 hours, for a total of 58,102,441, which is equivalent to 96% of the total doses delivered. 32,892,680 people, 69.3% of the population, have received at least one dose.
Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government, announced last week that the health authorities signed the purchase of 3.4 million additional vaccines to meet their vaccination goal.
“If we look at this part for 12 months, we have advanced. Before there was a recession and now a recovery, before the destruction of employment and now the creation of employment,” said Sánchez.
- Florida reports 20,000 Covid-19 infections in a single day
Four consecutive days beating the daily record of infections. The state of Florida reported 20,133 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, its second highest number since the pandemic began in 2020.
Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, for its acronym in English, account for 84 deaths.
On Wednesday the state reported 12,408 hospital admissions for Covid-19, surpassing its own record from previous days, due in large part to the expansion of the delta variant. The growing increase in cases has forced some hospitals, such as the Memorial Healthcare System, to suspend their operating room activities to attend the emergency due to the pandemic.
Currently some 2,577 people remain in Intensive Care Units, ICU, which represents 40% of the beds in the entire state. Since the start of the pandemic, Florida has recorded 2,678,764 cases and 39,403 deaths, according to the CDC.
- The US admits that its travel restrictions are not “consistent”
The US government admitted this Thursday that some of its restrictions against Covid-19 for entering the country are not “coherent” and reported that they are working on a new system according to the global crisis caused by the pandemic.
“There is a lot of confusion now about what the restrictions are and all of you have asked good questions about it, because it seems (a system) incoherent, and it is,” acknowledged Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the White House.
However, the US has said that it will not lift its travel restrictions for the time being due to the global expansion of the delta variant, such as the entry ban for travelers from the Schengen zone of the European Union.
Currently Spain, Brazil, China, India, Iran, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland, are affected by the ban on entry to the United States.