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  • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post

    Pretty unbelievable, if that is the case. Political heads should roll for that, starting with he who loves to do multiple traditional Indian costume changes during the day
    Perhaps there was a reason....


    Why is Canada lagging behind?



    Canada was criticised at the end of last year for buying up multiple times the supply it needs to cover its population.


    It has signed deals with seven vaccine suppliers - Moderna and Pfizer, as well as ones with pending authorisation like AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson - for a total of over 400 million doses.

    But it seems it wasn't positioned for priority delivery of the two authorised jabs
    That's partly because the country decided to invest in vaccines from European factories, afraid that the US, under former president Donald Trump, would issue export bans.


    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56035306

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    • Meanwhile....

      Financial Times....

      Milan struggles to break free of Covid grip one year on from first lockdown

      Two weeks of tough restrictions come into force across Lombardy, still Italy’s worst-affected region


      A year on, an end to Europe’s corona-virus crisis still seems some way off despite the hope offered by several Covid-19 vaccines. Most of the continent’s 750m citizens continue to endure curbs on their daily lives and the economic and social toll has been enormous.

      In Italy, as in some other EU countries such as nearby Greece and the Czech Republic, the number of new infections is rising as concerns grow over the threat from new variants.

      “It won’t be long before the whole country goes back into the red zone,” said Guido Bertolaso, Lombardy’s vaccine adviser, this week, referring to the most stringent level in Italy’s coloured tier system. “Unfortunately it’s not over,” said Passerini, the Codogno mayor. “But it’s not comparable with last year because we’ve learned to live with the virus and now we have a vaccine. So we have something to look forward to.”

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      • Canada might be behind in vaccination, but they are ahead in preventing deaths.

        Seven-day moving averages of daily deaths. (population.)

        USA -- 1805. (332m)
        France -- 303. (65m)
        Italy -- 292. (60m)
        Germany -- 268. (84m)
        UK -- 240. (68m)
        Japan -- 57. (126m)
        Canada -- 39. (38m)

        The top five countries need mass vaccination more desperately than the bottom two.

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        • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
          Canada might be behind in vaccination, but they are ahead in preventing deaths.

          Seven-day moving averages of daily deaths. (population.)

          USA -- 1805. (332m)
          France -- 303. (65m)
          Italy -- 292. (60m)
          Germany -- 268. (84m)
          UK -- 240. (68m)
          Japan -- 57. (126m)
          Canada -- 39. (38m)

          The top five countries need mass vaccination more desperately than the bottom two.
          Desths per million, probably a better way

          5.4 USA
          4.7 France
          4.9 Italy
          3.2 Germany
          3.5 UK
          0.5.Japan
          1.0. Canada

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          • Meanwhile....

            Japan reports first anaphylactic reaction from coronavirus vaccine

            The first case of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, from a coronavirus vaccination has been reported in Japan, the health ministry has said.

            A medical worker in her 30s had an anaphylactic reaction after receiving Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine on Friday, the ministry said the same day.

            The woman, who has underlying conditions, including asthma, saw her symptoms improve after taking medication.

            A doctor who reported the case said that the anaphylactic reaction was associated with the vaccination, while referring to the possibility that her asthma may have caused the reaction, according to the ministry.

            https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...rgic-reaction/

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            • New Tokyo Olympic president tries to assure Japan on safety


              Mar. 6 06:15 am JST 23 Comments
              By STEPHEN WADE

              TOKYO
              The new president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has begun holding weekly news conferences hoping to win over a doubting Japanese public with the postponed games opening in just under five months.

              Seiko Hashimoto is trying to assure everyone that the Olympics will be safe and secure, a phrase she repeated a dozen times Friday in her inaugural news conference.

              Polls show about 80% of Japanese think the games should be postponed again or canceled amid the pandemic.

              “The situation around coronavirus doesn't go easy on us,” Hashimoto said. “I understand there are a lot of people in Tokyo and in Japan who have concerns about the games in Tokyo this summer. I'd like to share my thoughts and alleviate some of those concerns."

              https://japantoday.com/category/toky...apan-on-safety

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              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                hoping to win over a doubting Japanese public with the postponed games opening in just under five months.
                Under the current circumstances of a vaccine roll-out, I would change the underlined part to, "that is still over four months away."

                A lot will change between now and then.

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                • Originally posted by Atticus View Post

                  Under the current circumstances of a vaccine roll-out, I would change the underlined part to, "that is still over four months away."

                  A lot will change between now and then.
                  Not likely in Japan.... or much of the world for that matter...

                  Last edited by Conor Dary; 03-06-2021, 05:43 PM.

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                  • It's 4 months to the Olympics and they just extended the state of emergency in Tokyo another 2 weeks...

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                    • Meanwhile...Tokyo keeps acting like there is no rush...

                      Japan may approve 2nd COVID-19 vaccine in May: health minister


                      The Japanese health minister said Sunday his ministry could approve a second COVID-19 vaccine as early as May, as the government sees inoculation as crucial to curbing infections.

                      "There is the possibility of giving pharmaceutical approval as early as May or June," Norihisa Tamura, minister of health, labor and welfare, said on a TV program.


                      Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has repeatedly said vaccinations are a decisive step to bring the pandemic under control as early as possible.

                      Tamura said the government would be ready to consider an application by Johnson & Johnson for its single-dose vaccine if one is filed. But it has yet to decide on whether to purchase the vaccine as it is still a matter for discussion, he said.

                      https://japantoday.com/category/nati...ealth-minister

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                      • Meanwhile....

                        Uncertainty remains over when to lift COVID-19 emergency for Tokyo area

                        Japan still faces uncertainty over whether it can lift the coronavirus state of emergency in and around Tokyo on March 21 as planned after deciding Friday to extend the measure by two weeks.

                        While the coronavirus situation is seesawing, infectious disease and other experts warn of a possible fourth wave of infections, which would force the government to extend the country’s COVID19 emergency yet again.

                        https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...rtainty-tokyo/

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                        • The Olympics were really great for Rio....

                          FT BIG READ. BRAZIL

                          Saving Rio de Janeiro

                          In a country that has barely grown for a decade, Brazil’s most famous city is struggling with high levels of violent crime, its economy is overwhelmed by debt and the pandemic has filled up its hospitals.


                          Brazil is reeling from overlapping crises. The economy has barely grown for almost a decade, held back by the collapse of the commodities boom and persistent mismanagement. And that was before the coronavirus pandemic created both the health emergency and a deep recession, to which President Jair Bolsonaro’s government is struggling to find a coherent response. Rio was among a number of Brazil’s big cities to announce last week various degrees of lockdowns as hospitals reach near full capacity. With one of the more virulent variants of the virus spreading rapidly in Brazil, many countries have in effect closed off travel to the country.

                          The sense of malaise in Brazil is nowhere more keenly felt than in Rio, where both the city of 6.7m and the state that shares the same name are facing a profound crisis.

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                          • Waiting for Tokyo: How 110,000 Olympic volunteers put their lives on hold

                            More than 110,000 Olympic volunteers had their dream summer all mapped out for 2020. But now, with the Games postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and for many still in doubt, they are left waiting in limbo, lives on hold.

                            https://www.yahoo.com/news/waiting-t...230451800.html

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                            • With vaccine program in disarray, Japan faces new battle to contain variants


                              TOKYO — Japan's coronavirus vaccination program is in disarray — mostly from self-inflicted wounds.

                              Vaccinations are at a crawl, upending hopeful predictions that life could start to return to normal by the summer. Even before a third wave of infections is under control, many health experts are predicting another possible surge ahead of this summer's Olympics.

                              Japan’s government boasts of its success in containing the worst of the pandemic. But medical experts tell a different story — a failure to meet the moment, and of a slow-moving government and bureaucracy struggling to adapt to a fast-moving pandemic.

                              It adds up to a jolting contrast as many other wealthy nations have their feet on the gas to accelerate and expand vaccinations. Japan’s very slow rollout also is likely to undermine support for beleaguered Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and delay Japan’s economic recovery.

                              “I’m almost convinced a so-called fourth wave will come,” said Kentaro Iwata, a leading infectious-disease expert at Kobe University.


                              https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...51b_story.html

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                              • Japan’s government retreated into its shell after a number of vaccine scares in recent decades.

                                Instead of defending vaccine safety, it decided it didn’t want to be blamed for possible side effects and left the decision about whether to be vaccinated up to individuals. That reluctance to take responsibility had a knock-on effect on Japan’s vaccine industry, and the country became something of a vaccine backwater.

                                Out of 76 vaccines undergoing clinical trials around the world, just one is from Japan, according to the World Health Organization, despite it having one of the largest pharmaceutical industries in the world.


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