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Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:07 PM

Delta Variant of Covid-19 Surges Across Unvaccinated Africa

Source: WSJ

JOHANNESBURG—The more-transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus is surging across Africa, the continent with the least vaccines and weakest healthcare systems, feeding fears among epidemiologists and political leaders of a public-health disaster that could echo the tragedy that unfolded in India in the spring.

The speed of the takeover of the variant, which was first identified in India and is forcing governments around the globe to tighten restrictions on social and economic activities, has shocked health experts in Africa, a continent that—in part thanks to its younger population—has recorded fewer Covid-19 deaths than other regions. Some are warning that previous infection from another strain of the virus may not protect against Delta, leaving swaths of the population that were believed to be immune once again vulnerable.

In South Africa, families have been driving ailing relatives across state lines to try to secure one of the country’s few remaining intensive-care beds. On a recent June night, every one of the 30 Covid-19 patients in the intensive-care unit of Uganda’s largest hospital died as the oxygen supplies ran out. In Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, doctors say the mortuaries have run out of space.

“We are in the grip of a devastating wave that by all indications seems like it will be worse than those that preceded it,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday in a televised address in which he imposed new lockdown measures. “The rapid spread is extremely serious,” he said.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/delta-variant-of-covid-19-surges-across-unvaccinated-africa-11624896315



Only 1.1% of people living in Africa are fully vaccinated.

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Reply Delta Variant of Covid-19 Surges Across Unvaccinated Africa (Original post)
speak easy Jun 28 OP
SheltieLover Jun 28 #1
speak easy Jun 28 #2
SheltieLover Jun 28 #3
mpcamb Jun 28 #15
speak easy Jun 28 #16
mpcamb Jun 28 #17
speak easy Jun 28 #18
jimfields33 Jun 28 #5
speak easy Jun 28 #7
jimfields33 Jun 28 #8
jimfields33 Jun 28 #4
speak easy Jun 28 #6
jimfields33 Jun 28 #9
speak easy Jun 28 #10
jimfields33 Jun 28 #11
speak easy Jun 28 #12
progree Jun 28 #13
progree Jun 28 #14

Response to speak easy (Original post)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:09 PM

1. They desperately need vaccines & supplies!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:10 PM

2. Running out of oxygen, like India :(

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Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:11 PM

3. ...

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Response to speak easy (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 05:54 PM

15. If we are 'awash' in vaccines, as the Wash Post says, why don't we send it to Africa?

"The United States is awash in coronavirus vaccines, with free beer, plane tickets and million-dollar prizes dangled as inducements to persuade the reluctant to get a shot."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/06/27/why-black-americans-arent-being-vaccinated/

Send the used portions from the red states first since they campaign against its.

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Response to mpcamb (Reply #15)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 06:34 PM

16. At tis moment, we would be better sending oxygen.

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Response to speak easy (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 11:13 PM

17. Vaccines are easily transported. Why not throw a few on board with those bulky O2 tanks?

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Response to mpcamb (Reply #17)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 11:16 PM

18. Agreed.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:13 PM

5. Where's their leaders?

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:17 PM

7. If the past is any guide, moving their money off-shore.

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Response to speak easy (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:19 PM

8. That's gross

Why don’t they vote in better leaders? I believe some do have fair elections and democracy.

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Response to speak easy (Original post)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:12 PM

4. That's terrible! Only 1 percent responsible.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:16 PM

6. Many of the African states were relying on the AstraZeneca vaccine,

until India cut off the supplies.

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Response to speak easy (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:20 PM

9. Is it impossible to manufacture in Africa?

It’s a huge continent and many are not poor. Egypt for example could easily make vaccines. South Africa could too.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:25 PM

10. You are right.

And AstraZeneca will license their IP without charge. Somebody has to take the intuitive and build the facilities. Before the Delta variant, there was not much Covid around (other than in South Africa), and their leaders became complacent.

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Response to speak easy (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:27 PM

11. Sadly we will see the results of this.

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Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:45 PM

13. World daily new cases are rising again too (7 day moving average)

after having fallen for months.

daily new cases, 7 day moving average
360,433   < - - 7 days ending June 20
372,118   < - - 7 days ending June 27
+3.2%

vs. the 7 day average 2 weeks prior its down 1.8%

U.K. is up 109% over 2 weeks (7 day mvg avg ending June 27 vs 7 day mvg avg ending June 13)
U.K. fully vaccinated: 48% (compare to U.S. 46%)

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/world/covid-cases.html

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Mon Jun 28, 2021, 04:46 PM

14. U.S. daily new cases are rising again (7 day mvg avg)

after having fallen for months

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html
U.S. daily new cases, 7 day moving average
14,569 < -- average of 7 day period ending June 13
11,139 < -- average of 7 day period ending June 20
11,881 < -- average of 7 day period ending June 27

11,881/11,139 = +6.7%
11,881/14,569 = -18.4%

12 states have rising numbers vs. 2 weeks ago (7 days ending June 27 vs. 7 days ending June 13)

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