Currently America is doing well with vaccines with over 45% of all Americans fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. With loosened restrictions we all wondered if another wave will hit America. Arizona recently reported a new 641 new Covid-19 cases and 16 more deaths. This was the highest since June 2nd which reflects the decrease in restrictions.
Arizona is currently behind in terms of vaccinations. Around 49% received the first shot compared to the 53% national average. Many people believe its due to the actions of the Governor. Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order earlier this week to prevent state public universities and community colleges from requiring students get vaccinated, submit vaccination documents, be tested or forced to wear masks. No college in the state had the requirement, but Arizona State University had announced that they may implement a requirement. “The vaccine works. But the vaccine is a choice,” Ducey said in a Twitter post hours after the policy was announced. “This policy is social engineering at its worst. Health policy should be based on science, not virtue signaling. In America, freedom wins.”
Although America has the privilege of offering plenty of vaccines many countries are in need, Less than 1% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated, and the continent is seeing a surge of cases, according to the WHO. Twenty-two African countries saw cases rise by over 20% last week, and several nations reported their highest number of new weekly cases since the pandemic began. The problem of the upper and lower class is beginning to affect lives and communities.
Nearly 85% of all COVID-19 vaccine doses globally have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. This is a huge difference from the average which is a huge problem for lower income communities and countries. With better coverage we can see the situation improving overtime.