Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened, today, Tuesday, to imprison those who refuse to receive the vaccine against the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19), while Cuba confirmed that its “Abdullah” vaccine is 92% effective. For its part, Turkey announced that its “Turkuvac” vaccine will be available for use at the end of the year.
Duterte said that the fate of those who refuse to receive the vaccine will be imprisonment or injected with “ivermectin” (IVERMECTIN), an anti-parasitic drug widely used to treat animals.
Ivermectin was previously referred to as an alternative treatment for “Covid-19”, but health authorities in the United States, Europe and the World Health Organization recommended that it not be used.
“Go get vaccinated as long as you are here and you are human, and you can carry the virus. Otherwise, I will ask all the officials in the villages to count the number of those who refuse to be vaccinated, because if you refuse, I will give you ivermectin for pigs.”
The Philippines is battling one of the worst outbreaks in Asia, with a total of more than 1.3 million infections and 23,000 deaths.
As of June 20, Philippine authorities have completed vaccinating 2.1 million people, which means the country is still far from the government’s goal of vaccinating up to 70 million this year, in a country of 110 million people.
On the other hand, the Cuban general pharmacy group “Bio Cuba Pharma” announced that the “Abdullah” vaccine against the Corona virus, which is being developed by Cuba and the first of its kind in Latin America, is 92% effective.
The vaccine is in the last stage of trials, and it has shown an effectiveness of 92.28% after 3 doses, and it is expected to obtain an official license from the authorities at the end of this month or early next month.
In Turkey, health authorities today started the third phase of trials for its vaccine, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called “Turkovac”, and it will be available for use at the end of the year.
Ankara is currently using vaccines produced by “Sinovac” and “Pfizer-BioNTech”. Turkey has also approved the Russian vaccine, Sputnik-V, for emergency use for those over 25 years old.
“It is not clear how long this disease will last and to what extent it will mutate. It is important that we have our own vaccine to prevent this disease,” Erdogan said on the occasion of the vaccination of the first volunteer in the third phase of trials of the vaccine, which uses an inactivated virus.
Turkey has sharply intensified its vaccination campaigns against Covid-19, giving more than one million doses per day last week, raising hopes for a recovery in the economy and tourism sector.
In this context, Washington announced today that the goal of vaccinating 70% of the adult population with at least one dose at the beginning of next month could not be achieved.
US President Joe Biden had promised to achieve this goal by the fourth of July, which falls on America’s National Day.
This is the first goal that the US president fails to achieve in the vaccination file, after he made the campaign to secure mass immunity against the epidemic a priority at the beginning of his term.
Tunisia and Morocco
In Tunisia, Minister of Health Fawzi Mahdi said today that the British dynasty is the tyrant over the various governorates of the country, warning that most Tunisians are not aware of the seriousness of this epidemic, and do not apply preventive measures and the health protocol, and that the investigation campaigns for positive cases will be intensified.
The minister attributed the reasons for the rapid spread of the epidemic to the great development in dangerous strains, which means that every person infected with corona infects 6 others.
In neighboring Morocco, the health authorities announced the registration of 437 new injuries, up from 86 yesterday, which brings the total number of injuries in the Kingdom to 527,174.
Morocco also recorded 3 deaths, down from 6 yesterday, bringing the total deaths to 9,247.
Today, Tuesday, the Moroccan Ministry of Health revealed that “the death curve over the past two weeks recorded a decrease of 18.2%.”
high in Russia
In Russia, the authorities announced 546 deaths from the virus during the past 24 hours, the highest daily death toll since last February 11.
The number of deaths is rising despite the decrease in injuries, as 16,715 new injuries were monitored, compared to 17,378 injuries recorded the day before, bringing the total number of injuries to 5 million, 350 thousand and 919, according to the same source.
In a campaign to prevent the situation from worsening, the mayor of Moscow said today that residents will not be allowed to go to cafes and restaurants in the city unless they provide proof that they have received a vaccine against the disease or a recent certificate that they are free of the disease, or that they have been infected with the virus within the past six months.
Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, announced the new restrictions on his blog, and they are expected to go into effect on June 28. The new restrictions come as officials seek to speed up the slow pace of vaccination across the country.
Russia has approved 4 homemade vaccines; But by June 2, only 18 million of its population of 144 million had received at least one dose of a vaccine.
In turn, the Israeli Ministry of Health decided today to re-impose the wearing of the muzzle in several places, including hospitals, the airport and some schools, against the background of the increasing infection rates.
Injuries have decreased significantly since last April, against the backdrop of a massive vaccination campaign that included more than half of the country’s population, which prompted Israel to cancel the mandatory wearing of the muzzle in all closed and open spaces.
In Asia, the Wall Street Journal reported today, quoting informed sources, that China intends to maintain the restrictions that it imposed on the borders due to the Corona pandemic for at least another year, for fear of the emergence of new mutations of the virus, and given a series of Sensitive events and events.
The newspaper, quoting an informed person, said that a tentative timetable was set with regard to the second half of 2022 during a meeting held in mid-May of the Council of Ministers.
For its part, Kazakhstan warned today that the fastest spreading “delta” strain of the Corona virus has reached its capital, while other Central Asian countries witnessed a new rise in Covid-19 infections.
New infections in Nur-Sultan (the capital of Kazakhstan) jumped by 40% last week compared to the previous week, Health Minister Alexei Tsoi said at a government meeting.
Tsui added that tests showed that the delta strain, which first appeared in India, is present in the city, and urged local authorities to prepare for the high number of infections that require hospitalization and respirators.