Xinhua news agency, Beijing, January 27 (Xinhua) Title: over 100 million new crown cases in the world
Reporter from Xinhua News Agency
100 million! At the beginning of 2021, the number of new confirmed cases in the world has exceeded this critical node.
The NCV has spread to every corner of the world, from the tropical Pacific Islands to the cold Antarctic stations, whether in densely populated developed areas or in remote areas with sparse population.
In the fight against a once-in-a-hundred-year epidemic, human beings have achieved initial results. At present, the epidemic is far from over, the problems of “anti epidemic fatigue” and economic pressure accumulated in the past year have not been alleviated, and new risks such as virus mutation have begun to emerge. Nevertheless, with the promotion of vaccination all over the world, and with the cooperation of anti epidemic increasingly becoming the mainstream voice in the world, people firmly believe that “the war against epidemic” will win with one mind!
When the epidemic situation becomes “100 million”
COVID-19 University Johns Hopkins statistics show that as of 26 Eastern time 14:22 (Beijing time 27 3:22), the global cumulative diagnosis of 100032461 cases, 2149818 cases of death. The records show that the cumulative number of confirmed cases in the world shows an accelerating growth trend. It takes more than half a year from the beginning of the epidemic to 10 million, 43 days from 10 million to 20 million, and 16 days from 90 million to 100 million.
“This is a grim and shocking node.” Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s health emergency program, said a few days ago in response to a Xinhua reporter’s question about the global number of new crown cases exceeding 100 million.
On March 11, 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland, the director general of the World Health Organization, Mr. Tan Desai, spoke at a regular press conference. Tan Desai said the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic can be called a pandemic. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Chen Junxia
This is the empty Times Square in New York on December 31, 2020. Photo by Wang Ying, Xinhua News Agency
Last January 30th, who announced that COVID-19 constituted a “public health emergencies of international concern”. In March 11th, COVID-19 announced that it had a pandemic feature. Since then, the epidemic has eased in the northern hemisphere in summer, but has rebounded recently.
A man walks through a closed cinema on the street of Paris, France, on October 30, 2020. Photo by Gao Jing, Xinhua News Agency
The United States is the country with the largest cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths. Johns Hopkins University data show that the United States has more than 25 million confirmed cases and more than 400000 deaths. In New York, the Times Square in the middle of Manhattan Island was once known as the “crossroads of the world” because it gathered tourists from all over the world. However, the epidemic once caused a sharp drop in the flow of people in the area by more than 80%. The cold streets are in sharp contrast to the crowded hospitals.
A woman walks past an empty shelf in a supermarket in London on March 20, 2020. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Joe Newman)
The public health care system has nearly collapsed. Medical institutions are full of critically ill beds, oxygen bottles are in urgent need, and many patients are waiting for beds. Shops, restaurants, cinemas and other venues are empty. Supermarket shelves are empty, and a large number of goods can not be delivered in time due to the epidemic, which brings inconvenience to residents’ lives This is a common scenario in many countries with severe outbreaks.
On December 21, 2020, the International Departure Hall of St. Pancras railway station in London showed that several “Eurostar” trains were cancelled. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Tim Ireland)
The history of human survival and development is a history of struggle against infectious diseases. In the middle of the 14th century, the plague, known as “Black Death”, swept across Europe, and about one third of the local population died of the plague; the outbreak of Spanish influenza in 1918 caused tens of millions of deaths in the world. Since the beginning of the 21st century, new infectious diseases such as Zika and Middle East respiratory syndrome continue to challenge human life and health.
This is the empty road (UAV photo) during the full “siege” in modien, Israel, on January 8, 2021. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Jill Cohen Magen)
As the most serious infectious disease pandemic in the world in the past hundred years, COVID-19 has a wide range of influence, a large number of deaths and a great difficulty in fighting.
This is a new vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and German biotechnology company. Xinhua News Agency (photo provided by German biotechnology company)
In all previous “war epidemics”, human beings will eventually control the epidemic through tracking, isolation and other public health measures, plus vaccines, drugs and other means. Maria Vanklekhov, who is the head of COVID-19 technology, recently analyzed the gains and losses of the global fight against COVID-19. For example, many European countries last summer dropped the relevant data indicators to single digits, but the number of cases increased rapidly as a result of changes in the prevention and control strategy after the fall, especially during the Christmas and new year. However, as long as all kinds of epidemic response tools and measures are well used, “new coronavirus can be controlled”.
“The second half” is more hopeful than a challenge
Looking forward to the global “war epidemic” from the perspective of over 100 million nodes, we should not ignore challenges and risks, but also see hope and confidence.
On December 28, 2020, a medical worker in a hospital in Rome, Italy, was vaccinated with the new coronal vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and German biotechnology company. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Alberto linglia)
Virus mutation is undoubtedly a great challenge and risk in the world. Since December last year, Britain, South Africa, Brazil and other countries have reported the discovery of different versions of mutated new coronavirus. Preliminary studies have shown that the mutated virus VOC 202012 / 01 found in the UK is more infectious. Who reports that at least 60 countries and regions have found cases infected with this mutated virus. The mutant virus 501y.v2 found in South Africa has also appeared in many countries. The infectivity of the mutated virus, the severity of the disease, the impact on diagnosis and treatment and vaccination still need to be further studied, and more mutations may appear in the future.
On August 14, 2020, in the new crown vaccine research laboratory in Garlin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, researchers prepare for the production of the new crown vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Martin Sabara)
“It’s like a substitution in the second half of a football game,” Ryan said. “It gives the virus some new energy, some new momentum, and it increases the challenge you face.”
This is the “satellite V” vaccine shot in Moscow, the capital of Russia, on September 15, 2020. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Alexander)
“But it doesn’t change the rules of the game, it doesn’t change what we need to do to win.” He stressed that we still need to take various prevention and control measures, but we should redouble our efforts as the strength of our opponents changes.
On December 29, 2020, in avianeda, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, a medical worker was vaccinated with the “satellite V” vaccine developed by Russia. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Martin Sabara)
In the “second half” of the anti epidemic campaign, there are still many other challenges that human beings need to face. Strict epidemic prevention measures such as “foot ban” and “city closure” will greatly affect the economy and people’s livelihood. How to balance epidemic prevention and development, and how to avoid people’s lax prevention and control due to “anti epidemic fatigue” are the problems to be solved in many countries. In some parts of the world, because of the economic situation and the people’s eagerness to return to normal life, the epidemic situation that had been under control rebounded.
On January 16, 2021, in the capital of Serbia, the airport staff unloaded the first batch of new vaccine produced by Sinopharm. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by praedrag milosavlevitch)
The challenge is there, but the hope is there. For the first time in history, a vaccine was developed within a year of the discovery of the virus that caused the pandemic. Vaccine development usually takes several years. However, after researchers isolated the new coronavirus and sequenced its gene at the beginning of last year, all walks of life around the world made concerted efforts, and now a number of new coronavirus vaccines have been approved for use.
On January 18, 2021, in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, a medical worker displays a new coronal vaccine produced by China Kexing company. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by babayev)
Up to now, the vaccines developed by Pfizer in cooperation with German biotechnology company, Modena in the United States, AstraZeneca in cooperation with Oxford University, satellite V in Russia, Sinopharm group, Kexing and other enterprises have launched large-scale development in many countries and regions The model inoculation.
On January 19, 2021, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, medical workers wait in line for the Chinese new crown vaccine. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Rahel patlasso)
On January 22, 2021, medical staff work in the “new crown ward” at Beverly hospital, Montebello, California, USA. The ICU vacancy rate at Southern California area hospitals is zero due to the surge in new confirmed cases. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Zeng Hui)
China’s new crown vaccine performs well in terms of safety and effectiveness, and has advantages in accessibility and affordability. It is favored by Brazil, Peru, Turkey, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Egypt and many other countries.
In a small village deep in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Isabel serzerio, a 68 year old tikuna, became the first local resident to be vaccinated with the new crown vaccine of China on January 19. “I’m so grateful for this vaccine!” Said serzerio excitedly in tikuna.
On January 19, 2021, medical staff vaccinated an aborigine with Chinese new crown vaccine in Tabatinga City, Amazon state, Brazil. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Lucio tavola)
The novel coronavirus pneumonia vaccine implementation plan (COVAX), which is being led by the who, will deliver 2 billion doses of new crown vaccine this year, Tan Desai, director general of the World Health Organization said. “The vaccine is giving us hope to end the pandemic.”
Common destiny needs to be guarded with one heart
In the face of the new coronavirus, the common enemy of mankind, people’s lives and health of all countries have never been so closely linked. To win the global epidemic prevention war, we need to strengthen global action and deepen global cooperation. The epidemic situation is still raging, calling for big countries to take the initiative and all countries to work together to build a human health community.
On March 29, 2020, at Wadai International Airport in Vientiane, Laos, a member of China’s anti epidemic medical expert group stepped off the plane. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Kaiqiao)
“COVID-19 doesn’t care about national boundaries,” Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, said recently. “There is only one way for the world to run before the virus – solidarity.”
Adhering to the principle of putting people first and life first, China has not only handed over the anti epidemic response that can stand the test of history and time, but also assisted the global “war epidemic” with practical actions. So far, China has provided anti epidemic assistance to more than 150 countries and 13 international organizations, sent 36 medical expert groups to countries in need, actively supported and participated in International Vaccine cooperation, and contributed “Chinese wisdom” and “Chinese strength” to global anti epidemic.
On April 4, 2020, the Chinese anti epidemic medical expert group went to Serbia to replace the mask with higher protection standard for the outpatient director trevorovic (middle) at the primary fever clinic in Belgrade. Shen Jizhong
Ren Minghui, assistant director general of who, said: “after the outbreak of the epidemic, China released the gene sequence of the new coronavirus and other information for the first time, participated in global scientific research on epidemic prevention, provided material support to other countries and shared anti epidemic experience, demonstrating the responsibility of a responsible country.”
On December 10, 2020, at Cairo International Airport, Egypt, the staff transported the new coronavirus vaccine developed and produced by China. Photo by Wu Hui, Xinhua News Agency
In the “protracted war” of epidemic prevention after the number of global cases exceeds 100 million, international cooperation needs to be strengthened. In the face of the rebound of the epidemic situation in the northern hemisphere since winter, countries need to strengthen joint prevention and control to jointly build a global anti epidemic firewall; for the distribution of vaccines, all parties should strengthen coordination on the accessibility and affordability of vaccines, so as to achieve the vaccine coverage rate needed to control the spread of the virus in the world as soon as possible; for the emerging mutant viruses, global researchers need to work together to study Research and share information, and find a way to restrain as soon as possible.
On April 14, 2020, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, staff carried epidemic prevention materials, including masks, protective clothing, goggles, infrared thermometer, etc. Photo by Peng Lijun of Xinhua News Agency
Stephanie strasdy, a professor at the University of California, San Diego School of medicine, pointed out that all countries must work together to fight the epidemic. “Our strength depends on the weakest link.”.
At this moment, the concept of a community of human destiny advocated by China is particularly important. Martin jongon, Secretary General of the inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) based in Geneva, said that the concept of community of human destiny is an inspiration to multilateralism and international cooperation, and its importance will be proved by more and more practice.
China’s novel coronavirus pneumonia group was held in Congo, Brazzaville, in May 26, 2020 to guide the construction of the new crown pneumonia ward. Shen Jizhong
The virus has no national boundaries, and unity and cooperation are the most powerful weapons for the international community to overcome the epidemic. As long as we unite as one, human beings will come out of the dark moment and usher in the “light at the end of the tunnel”. As China’s president Xi Jinping said in a special speech at the “Davos agenda” dialogue at the world economic forum 25, “winter can not stop the pace of spring, and the night can not cover the dawn.” Human beings will certainly be able to overcome the epidemic situation, grow and progress in the struggle against the disaster, and be reborn. ” (participants: Peng Xi, Guo Yang, Zhang Ying, Zhang Mocheng, Liu Yanan, Liu Qu, Du Yang, Nie Xiaoyang, Huayi, Guo Wei, Zhang Miao, Zheng Siyuan, Shi Yang, Zhao Xu, Feng Junwei, Xie Yuzhi, Yang Zhen, Gong Ruohan, Zhou Xingzhu, Yan Liang, Yin Nan, Zhao Yan, Chen Weihua, Ni Ruijie, Chen Chen, Xu Yongchun, Tang Ji, Wang Ping, Liang Hui, Wang Yujue, Wang Pei, Huang Kun)