4 June 2021

Globally, Bloomberg reports that two billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered; at this pace, it will take nine months to vaccinate 75 percent of the world’s population. Currently, China is giving 36 million daily doses followed by the EU, with 3.6 million daily doses, followed by India (2.6 million). Source

Although Italy’s government says that  people have a right to get vaccinated regardless of their legal status, undocumented migrants and homeless people are being overlooked  by vaccination campaigns, which require a social security number for booking online vaccine appointments. Only three of the country’s 20 regions accept the temporary numbers that migrants receive. A spokesman for Italy’s health minister said vaccine shortages had stymied plans to vaccinate people in shelters and migrant centers, but as soon as Italy receives enough vaccines, it would give a shot to everyone who wants one. “The government says they want to vaccinate everyone,” said Giulia Civitelli, director of a clinic run by the Catholic charity Caritas, “but they have to tell us how to do that.” Source

In the US, over 2.5 million children ages 12-15 have received a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. Source

Britain’s drug regulator endorses use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds. Source

Taiwan’s hospitals, regarded as one of the world’s best, are rapidly filling with COVID-19 patients as country limits admissions to people who are seriously ill. Source

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