And as long as we are starting our morning with the Trump-Virus (thanks a lot, Tucker):
Thank you President Handsome Joe Biden
America will begin sharing its entire stock of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines with the world once it clears federal safety reviews with as much as 60 million doses available for export.
[Insert your own joke about Fox News asking America-FIRST Anti-Vaxxers why is Sleepy Joe sending commie terrorists our life-saving, freedumb-violating vaccines. Actually, I kinda feel sorry for the chyron guys’ livers at this point.]
Help Is On The Way, India
Also on the vaccine front, President Handsome Joe announced that we will send India raw materials for vaccines, along with therapeutics, rapid-test kits, ventilators, PPE, and financing aid for vaccine production.
Why India, you ask? The MIT Newsletter thingie breaks it down for us:
The news: Vital medical supplies have started arriving in India as it battles one of the most acute covid-19 crises of any country yet. The country set a global record for new cases for the fifth day in a row yesterday, reporting 352,991 and 2,812 deaths. The true figure for daily cases is almost certainly far higher, and may now number in the millions.
The outlook: The situation is dire. The healthcare system in much of India has collapsed, with no intensive care unit beds available for new patients. Hospitals have run out of oxygen, meaning patients are suffocating. Parking lots have been turned into mass cremation sites.
Help on its way: Aid has started pouring into India from around the world. The WHO is sending oxygen, laboratory supplies, and field hospitals to India, along with 2,600 experts to work alongside local health officials. The UK, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are sending oxygen and ventilators, while the US has promised to send the raw materials to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine, plus ventilators, protective equipment, and test kits.
What will the impact be? While helpful, scientists say that aid will only make a “dent” in the crisis India is experiencing. The situation may be worsened by the emergence of a new virus variant dubbed B.1.617. But experts say the fact the government relaxed restrictions too quickly also contributed to the catastrophe, along with prioritizing vaccine exports. Even now, India has still not gone back into a national lockdown.
A you probably know, after China, India has the world’s largest population. This is a humanity-busting crisis.
Thank you Bernie!
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Friends have pushed the White House for a temporary patent waiver for Trump-Virus vaccines, because, you know, speeding up the global vaccine rollout should take priority over Big Pharma’s profit margins. Big Pharma, of course, is objecting:
And I think that’s the state of play.