Euractiv writes: Argentina has complained to Russia about delays in delivering second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a letter warning of breach of contract repercussions, the government in Buenos Aires said Thursday (22 July).
Euractiv writes: More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on Thursday (22 July), as countries across Europe and Asia battled fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.
Oindrila Dey, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and Debalina Chakravarty, St Xavier’s University, write for East Asia Forum: Over the past year, India has gone through several lockdowns, resulting in the collapse of market operations and the almost complete cessation of all major economic activities. On 10 June 2021, the monthly moving average urban unemployment rate was 15.4 per cent. This severely jolted GDP growth, which fell to a four decade low of -7.3 per cent.
go to East Asia Forum: Trust and crisis management in India under COVID-19 (eastasiaforum.org)
Jamie MacLeod, Vera Songwe, Stephen Karingi, Hopestone Chavula, Jean Paul Boketsu Bofili, Sokunpanha You, and Veerawin Su write for Brookings: By May 9, 2021 India accounted for 57 percent of new COVID-19 cases anywhere in the world. This phenomenon rippled through the interconnected economies of the world, including those in Africa. Indeed, India has risen over the past decade to become Africa’s thirdmost-important trading partner, after the European Union and China. In fact, the African market is precariously dependent on Indian suppliers for certain products, notably pharmaceuticals and rice. This is especially the case of East Africa, in which 35 percent of pharmaceutical imports come from India, and 20 percent of rice.
go to Brookings: What India’s COVID-19 crisis means for Africa (brookings.edu)
Al Jazeera writes: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has sacked Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi amid spiralling coronavirus cases in the North African country. The ministry said earlier this month that Tunisia’s health system had “collapsed” under the weight of the pandemic, which has caused more than 17,000 deaths in a population of about 12 million.
go to Al Jazeera website: Tunisia health minister sacked as COVID-19 cases surge | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera
Swee Kheng Khor writes for East Asia Forum: The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to Southeast Asian countries. The region is experiencing accelerated national-level tragedies played out in accelerated speed. Only three Southeast Asian countries have any semblance of control. Brunei has had no community transmission since May 2020. Singapore has done comparatively more tests (2.2 tests per capita to Indonesia’s mere 0.04 per capita). And Vietnam has the region’s lowest mortality rate (0.71 per million — impressive given its population of 96 million).
go to East Asia Forum website: Is there a way out of Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 disaster? | East Asia Forum
Katherine E, Bliss writes for CSIS: New data released from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) show notable declines in key indicators of immunization coverage worldwide over the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The coverage decreases reflected in the WHO-UNICEF Estimates of National Immunization Coverage (WUENIC) are significant because even before the pandemic, immunization coverage numbers had plateaued or even declined in some places due to large annual birth cohorts as well as the challenge of reaching children living in informal urban settlements or communities isolated due to natural disasters or conflict.
Shareen Joshi writes for East Asia Forum: As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic recedes in India, the desperation for oxygen, therapeutic drugs, hospital beds and testing supplies has subsided for the moment. While it is still too early to precisely analyse of the damage to India’s people, estimates suggest that the true scale of infections in the country have been as high as 400–700 million. Even a conservative fatality rate of about 2 per cent suggests that the second wave hit India on a staggering scale.
go to East Asia Forum website: Poverty may be COVID-19’s legacy in India | East Asia Forum
If we assume that the main task of the social sciences is to provide a theoretical understanding of the events taking place in the world, then the past year and a half since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has provided sufficient time to start doing this. The specific nature of the social sciences in the 21st century is the almost-obligatory combination of theory with a set of values and an ethical imperative. In this regard, the question of ethical analysis of the pandemic is quite appropriate.