Ernesto Fabián Aguirre, a gravedigger in the Memorial cemetery in the suburbs of Argentine capital Buenos Aires, feels like he is going into battle every day as the country’s coronavirus death toll mounts amid a new wave of infections.
Brazil has become a global COVID-19 hotspot. The country currently averages over 75,000 new cases every day. Hospitals are overflowing; many have run out of oxygen for very ill patients. Surrounding nations have cut off travel to and from Brazil.
Only 151,000 people have reportedly received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine despite the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed hoping to vaccinate 100 million Americans by the end of February.
According to the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF, hand washing with soap, even before preparing food, is rarely practiced in many poor countries – leading to the rapid spread of deadly bacteria, diarrhea and pneumonia in young children.
New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.