Friday, December 11, 2020

70 Million Cases

Covid-19 cases skyrocketed to reach more than 70 million cases. Much more actually – the total adds up to 70.7 million cases. 

Turkey can now boast one million cases. 

And Denmark sneaked into the grouping of nations with more than 100,000 cases, making it the seventieth country todate. Collectively, they contributed 96.6% and 97.2% of global cases and deaths respectively.


One by one, countries are leaping onto the bandwagon to order vaccines and organize mass vaccinations. Rich countries, of course, are already scrambling to secure big deals and authorize vaccines for public use. 

One country I know of that is buying more than it’ll ever need is Australia. 

According to Health Minister Greg Hunt (left), more than 140 million units of vaccines will be available in Australia  and it has yet to sign off on any shot. 

For a country that is home to close to 26 million people, Hunt himself admitted: “This is one of the highest ratios of vaccine purchases and availability to population in the world”. 

This means less will be available for other countries because vaccine supply is limited. 

Take Malaysia as an example. We have a population of just over 32 million – and we inked a deal with Pfizer for 12.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to meet the immunisation needs of just 20% or 6.4 million Malaysians. 

Okay, maybe, Malaysia cannot afford it.  

Still, I wonder why would Australia need to over-order?!

That is not the end of the story. The above does not take into account an order for 51 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Australian biotech company, CSL Ltd. in collaboration with the University of Queensland that was cancelled. The supposed vaccine ran into serious difficulties during Phase 1 trial. And CSL had announced they would not even progress to Phases 2 and 3 clinical trials! 

Anyway, the government said Friday they intend to replace the cancelled order with 20 million shots from AstraZeneca and 11 million doses from Novavax Inc. 

I don’t understand Australia!

Celtic ended their Europa League campaign by beating Lille 3-2 to earn a first victory in Group H. Not that it’ll do them any good! 

David Turnbull scored the winner in a rare start in the seventy-fifth minute, having set up Christopher Jullien's 21st-minute opener before Callum McGregor netted a penalty in the twenty-eighth minute. 

Anyway, Celtic must now concentrate on domestic league duty and their next game is against Kilmarnock on Sunday.

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