Covid Pandemic Drove 100 Millions Peoples to Poverty

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Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on everybody from individuals to businesses and nearly 100 millions peoples were drove into poverty due to the pandemic, according to CNN Business.

“The World Bank estimates that 97 million people across the globe fell into poverty due to the pandemic in 2020, living on less than $2 a day.”

Referring to a recently released report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, The Asian writes that “the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage”.

We must urgently strengthen our health systems to ensure they are equitable, resilient and capable of meeting everyone’s needs, including for their mental health.

– Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General (source: The Asian)

“The shockwaves of this health emergency are hitting hardest those countries that lack health systems capable of providing quality, affordable care for all” added Guteress. “This means making more and smarter investments in the foundations of health systems, with an emphasis on primary health care, essential services and marginalized populations”.

The Associated Press News writes that the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Africa and it’s poverty and hunger much harder.

Even when millions of peoples were drove to poverty, a few wealthy billionaires reportedly got highest boost in their income.

And while it took just nine months for the world’s 1,000 richest people to reclaim their fortunes during the pandemic, it could be more than a decade before the least fortunate recover.

– Oxfam International’s annual inequality report (source: CNN Business)

The CNN Business writes “Vaccine inequality has become a major issue as many of the world’s richest countries hoard shots, buying up enough doses to vaccinate their populations several times over and failing to deliver on their promises to share them with the developing world.”

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “There is no time to spare. All governments must immediately resume and accelerate efforts to ensure every one of their citizens can access health services without fear of the financial consequences.”

“This means strengthening public spending on health and social support, and increasing their focus on primary health care systems that can provide essential care close to home.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Dec 30, 9 a.m.) 615,358,465 doses have been distributed and 507,657,980 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Dec 28) a total of 8,685,646 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 30) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,022,212 (out of 16,168,942 tested) with 10,516 deaths.