The stark global divide in the Covid-19 pandemic

In the fight against the coronvairus, some countries are faring better than others.

5/15/2021 1:46:00 AM

In the fight against the coronavirus, some places are faring better than others. Here’s how various countries around the world are holding up.

In the fight against the coronvairus, some countries are faring better than others.

But therecent drop in infectionsmay not be enough to salvage the tourist season, with the United Kingdom putting Turkey on its visitor “red list” and Russia suspending flights. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tried to reassure travelers in a news conference last week, saying that everyone who works in the tourism industry will be vaccinated by June.

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Turkey started its immunization campaign in January withand later added doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot. Ankara has also inked a deal with Moscow for the procurement and later production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. Turkey is also looking to develop its own vaccine.

The country of 82 million people has administered more than25 million vaccine doses.More than 10 million people are fully vaccinated. The rollout has slowed in recent weeks, however, with Turkey’s health minister warning that May and June would be tough months for vaccine procurement.

Muslims obey social-distancing rules at the Faith Mosque in Istanbul on May 7. (Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)A man walks on an empty street in Istanbul on May 7, during a three-week nationwide lockdown that ends on May 17. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

BrazilBrazilians saw a parade of current and former health ministers testify last week about the country’s catastrophic Covid-19 handling, as lawmakers investigated whom to blame for one of the highest death tolls in the world.,000 lives have been lost

to coronavirus in Brazil, second only to the United States.While the probe grinds on, Covid-19 is still spreading through the population, fueled by extra-contagious local variants and widespread disregard for social-distancing rules — a behavior modeled at the highest levels of government by bombastic President Jair Bolsonaro.

More than a third of all deathssince the year began have been linked to Covid-19.Prospects are slight for a national recovery and reconciliation anytime soon. Despite the country’s one-time reputation as a public-health powerhouse, Brazil’s vaccination rollout has also been slowed by lack of supply.

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Less than 8%of the population is fully vaccinated.Elizabeth Nader, 74, is accompanied by her granddaughter as she waits for an ambulance to take her to a hospital in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 16. (Eraldo Peres/AP)A gravedigger walks among graves of Covid-19 victims at a cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on April 29. (Michael Dantas/AFP/Getty Images)

KenyaEarlier this year, Kenya was held in the throes of a third wave of the pandemic, with the majority of cases recorded in the capital Nairobi.The country went under partial lockdown, with travel blocked to the worst-hit areas to curb the spread of Covid-19.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also temporarily suspended all public gatherings in the worst-affected areas. Schools were shut, except for those taking part in exams. Many of these restrictions have now been mostly lifted.So far, more than 164,000 people have been

infected with Covid-19 in Kenya,with nearly 3,000 deaths recorded.The vaccine rollout in the country has also been hampered by delays, and many Kenyans are unable to get a second dose of the vaccine.Through the COVAX scheme,a vaccine-sharing initiative

that helps lower-income countries access Covid-19 shots, Kenya received at least 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in early March.COVAX has relied heavily on Indian developers for supplies, but deliveries have now stalled as India grapples with a violent resurgence of the pandemic.

With more than 930,000 people inoculated in Kenya so far, vaccines are expected to be exhausted in the coming days.A medical team rolls a coronavirus patient from a bed onto a stretcher at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 14. (Brian Inganga/AP)A woman receives a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a vaccination campaign is launched for front-line workers in Nairobi on April 21. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

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Years of hostilities and an electric fence along a de facto border between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have taken a toll not just on humans. Wildlife has also been badly afflicted in one of the world's most militarized regions.

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