U.S. vaccine rollouts may be bumpy, but it’s the envy of our northern neighbors.
“Now in Canada” is a trend on social media as Canadians complain about their shaky vaccination program. More than 30% of Americans have received at least one vaccine dose compared to about 12% of CanadiansAccording to public health statistics from both countries.
“The good news for Americans has sparked a lot of jealousy and criticism from Canadians who asked why our provinces are so far behind,” he said Toronto Star writes.
Conservative Canadian MP Michelle Rempel Garner took note on Twitter urges the US to open vaccination appointments for all adults. She also noted that the Oakland Zoo plans to vaccinate some of its most endangered animals this summer.
“Most Americans 16 and older will have access to a vaccine in the next week or two,” she tweeted. “In Canada, that milestone is a long way off. In fact, these zoo animals in the US may have access to a vaccine before many Canadian adults do.”
Social media users were quick to point out that the US fired about 4 million shots in a final day, while Canada carried out about 72,000 blows.
“In the meantime, we in Canada are considering approving the vaccine with the same rigger as a paint in your living room,” tweeted a frustrated Canadian. Another said, “In Canada we are waiting for American vaccines because our integrated economies mean we don’t have the facilities to make them.”
Also in the news:
►The UK will test a number of measures over the coming weeks, including “coronavirus status certifications” to see if people can safely return to mass gatherings in sports arenas, nightclubs and concerts.
►A Mississippi health officer encouraged people over 65 and those 16 and over with pre-existing conditions to refrain from doing this personal services on Easter Sunday if they haven’t been vaccinated.
► On Easter 2020, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies were temporarily closed and others decided to close to give employees a day off. While more stores will be open than Thanksgiving and Christmas Several large retailers are closing, including Costco, Sam’s Club, and Target.
►COVID-19 vaccines can reduce transmission, experts say, but vaccinated Americans still have to wear masks in public. Here’s why.
📈 Today’s numbers: There are more than 30.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 554,000 deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. The global total: more than 130 million cases and 2.8 million deaths. At least204 Millions of vaccine doses have been distributed and 158 million administered in the United States, according to the CDC.
📘 What we read: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume the journey with little risk to himself, but the agency is still not recommending a trip amid rising case numbers.
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The first mantra of the citizens of Kuwait creates controversy in the Gulf
The foreigners who power Kuwait’s tiny, oil-rich economy, serve society, and make up 70% of the population are battling for coronavirus vaccines. Unlike other Gulf states, Kuwait has come under fire for vaccinating its own people first. This leaves legions of workers from Asia, Africa and other countries cleaning the homes of Kuwaiti nationals, looking after their children, driving their cars and packing their groceries, and still waiting for their first doses despite the brunt of the pandemic. Authorities imposed targeted bans and published rising virus numbers with a breakdown of nationalities.
“It is easy for migrants to be seen as the root of all problems in Kuwait,” said Rohan Advani, a researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles. “Citizens have no political or economic power. So if they don’t like what is happening to their country, blaming foreigners becomes their main business.”
Pope tears up “scandalous” armed conflicts despite pandemic
Pope Francis gave his Easter message at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica before a gathering of about 200 instead of the traditional speech on the balcony overlooking a square full of thousands. The pandemic was the focus of the Pope’s streamed address “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for “In the city and into the world”). Francis denounced armed conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe amid the global health crisis and advocated equitable care.
“The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nevertheless – and this is scandalous – armed conflicts have not ended and the military arsenals are being strengthened, ”said Francis.
– Susan Miller
Reports of NCAA tournament fans dying from immediate COVID investigations
The Marion County Health Department is investigating whether anyone in Indianapolis was subsequently exposed by Alabama residents News reports from an NCAA fan dying from complications from COVID-19. Luke Ratliff, a 23-year-old student at the University of Alabama, died after brief days of illness after participating in the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis, his father has confirmed. Several people told The Tuscaloosa News that he had died from complications related to COVID-19.
A huge fan of the school’s basketball team, Ratliff was hospitalized shortly after returning to Tuscaloosa on March 29th. He had attended the school’s game against UCLA at the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis the night before. It is unclear whether he contracted the virus before, during, or after his visit to Indianapolis, or where he contracted the virus. It is also unknown whether he was symptomatic in Indianapolis.
– Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis star
The governor of Arizona argues with Phoenix over access to the Easter Park
Governor Doug Ducey has demanded that Phoenix open public parking facilities for the Easter weekend after Phoenix City Council decided last month to ban barbecues and close parking lots to prevent overcrowding. In a letter to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego on Friday, Ducey criticized the city for attempting to restrict park visitors and wrote that the council’s decision was against a statewide enforcement ordinance and the council of US Centers for Control and Prevention of diseases. Gallego replied to the governor in her own sharply worded letter that the city would continue with its plans and that Ducey had no legal authority to make such demands.
“This crisis made it clear to the whole of Arizona that you put partisan politics before saving lives. It’s no surprise that you expressed your partisan and divisive views instead of really trying to keep our residents safe.” Gallego wrote.
– Nicole Sadek, Republic of Arizona