China Gives One-billionth Covid Shot As Brazil Toll Hits Milestone
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Sun 20th June 2021 | 03:40 PM
Beijing, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Jun, 2021 ) :China on Sunday announced it had administered its one-billionth shot in the world's biggest coronavirus inoculation drive as Brazil's death toll from the pandemic passed 500,000.
The global death toll from Covid-19 is now more than 3.8 million and many nations are still battling outbreaks, but vaccine drives in some countries are allowing activities that were unthinkable a few months ago.
But the Asian giant's vaccination efforts initially got off to a slow start after a successful fight against the virus left little sense of urgency to get jabbed.
A lack of transparency and previous vaccine scandals have also led to resistance among many residents.
Some provinces are offering vaccines for free to encourage people to roll up their sleeves. Residents in central Anhui province have been given free eggs, while some living in Beijing have received shopping coupons.
Vaccination efforts have been slow with only 11 percent of the Brazilian population inoculated, as a third wave of infections spreads through the nation.
Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who previously hit out at vaccines, has promised to immunise the entire population by the end of the year -- something specialists consider unlikely.
He has been criticised for downplaying the illness from the outset, opposing lockdown measures and plugging unproven medical treatments.
On Saturday, thousands of Brazilians again took to the streets to protest against his handling of the pandemic.
"His position on Covid and his denialism are absurd.
He has abandoned reality and common sense," said Robert Almeida, a 50-year-old photographer marching in Rio.
In India, there were also fears that people were not taking the Covid threat seriously enough, just a few weeks after crematoriums were operating around the clock dealing with virus victims.
One shopper at a New Delhi mall told AFP she was "fed up being cooped up inside".
"I needed this break, for how long you can remain locked up?" sales executive Surili Gupta, 26, said.
Authorities in many countries continue to wrestle with crowds flouting coronavirus rules on social distancing and mask-wearing.
There were "very violent clashes" when 400 police intervened that lasted more than seven hours through the night.
"It was war," said Flo, a 22-year-old who attended.