Coronavirus updates: Vaccine strategy for wealthier countries endangered by delta virulence – The Washington Post

Here are some significant developments:

  • Sydney’s lockdown has been extended by a week to July 16, New South Wales state officials confirmed. Australia’s largest city is struggling to stamp out a small outbreak of the delta variant, but only about 8 percent of the country has been fully inoculated.
  • Singapore will not include people inoculated with the Sinovac shot in its national vaccine count. The city-state has not approved the Chinese-developed shot for its vaccination program, though some private clinics are allowed to administer Sinovac doses.
  • The United States is dispatching 2 million Moderna vaccine doses to Vietnam, the White House said. The Southeast Asian country had been a coronavirus containment success, but its vaccination rollout has been slow, and a wave of infections starting in May has not receded.
  • Turkmenistan is making coronavirus vaccination mandatory for all adults, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing the Central Asian nation’s Health Ministry. The authoritarian government has reported no coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but this year registered Russian- and Chinese-made vaccines for use inside the country.
  • England’s chief medical officer warned of an increase in “long covid,” in which symptoms persist for months, among young people. While Britain’s vaccination rollout is among the world’s fastest, the youth inoculation rate is still relatively low; the country is jettisoning almost all distancing curbs later this month.
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