Vaccines Bringing Hope—to Wealthy Countries

The US is making headway on vaccinations, with ~130 million adults having now received at least one vaccine dose. 84 million are fully vaccinated, and all US adults are now eligible, NPR reports.
 
But: While 1 in 4 people in high-income countries have received a vaccine, just 1 in 400 in poorer countries have been vaccinated, WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday.
 
Chile, meanwhile, leads the Western Hemisphere in vaccinations per capita—more than 7.5 million so far—but “might have celebrated too soon,” The Washington Post reports, with a new surge of cases.

Daily cases topped 7,000 9 times this month, with blame going to lockdown fatigue, vacation travel, more transmissible variants, and reliance on a Chinese vaccine that may be less effective.
 
However, Chile published better-than-expected results for CoronaVac’s efficacy in Chile on Friday, showing that 2 weeks after a second dose an individual's risk for hospitalization fell by 85% and ICU admission fell by 89%.

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