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COVID-19: Top news stories about the coronavirus pandemic on 9 November | World Economic Forum – World Economic Forum

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 250.4 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.05 million. More than 7.28 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
The UK has said it will recognize vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing later in November, adding China’s Sinovac, Sinopharm and India’s Covaxin to its list of approved vaccines for inbound travellers.
India could resume delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX, the vaccine-sharing facility, in a few weeks time. It would mark the first time since April that supplies have been shared via COVAX.
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail has cleared the first step towards regulatory approval in Australia.
Oral pills from Merck and Pfizer/BioNTech might have been shown to blunt the worst effects of COVID-19 if taken early enough, but doctors have warned people not to confuse the benefits of the treatments with the prevention offered by vaccines.
The Danish government has proposed reinstating the use of a digital ‘corona pass’, to be used when Danes visit indoor bars and restaurants, as COVID-19 cases rise.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said yesterday that a single dose of its antibody cocktail reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 81.6% in a late-stage trial, in the two to eight months period following the drug’s administration.
Bulgaria has reported a record number of new daily COVID-19 deaths, as the country deals with a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases.
Thousands have gathered in New Zealand to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government lockdowns. You can read more about vaccine mandates here.
Unvaccinated people are 16 times more likely to end up in intensive care units or die from COVID-19, the Australian state of New South Wales has said in a report. Officials have urged people to get vaccinated as the country tries to live with COVID-19.
The data from state health department showed only 11% of people out of 412 who died from the Delta outbreak over four months through early October were fully vaccinated. The average age of those deaths was 82.
Only around 3% of people in intensive care units had two doses, while more than 63% of the 61,800 cases detected between 16 June and 7 October were unvaccinated.
“Young people with two doses of a vaccine experienced lower rates of infection and almost no serious disease, while those unvaccinated in this age group were at greater risk of developing COVID-19 and needing hospitalisation,” NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said in a statement.
Global confirmed COVID-19 cases have passed 250 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. It comes as some countries in Eastern Europe continue to experience surging cases while others lift travel restrictions and resume tourism.
The daily average number of cases has fallen by 36% over the past three months, according to a Reuters analysis, but the virus is still infecting 50 million people worldwide every 90 days due to the highly transmissible Delta variant. By contrast, it took nearly a year to record the first 50 million COVID-19 cases.
Health experts are optimistic that many nations have put the worst of the pandemic behind them thanks to vaccines and natural exposure, although they caution that colder weather and upcoming holiday gatherings could increase cases.
“We think between now and the end of 2022, this is the point where we get control over this virus… where we can significantly reduce severe disease and death,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s Technical Lead on COVID-19, told Reuters.
The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a coalition of 85 global leaders, hosted by the World Economic Forum. Its mission: Join hands in support of social entrepreneurs everywhere as vital first responders to the pandemic and as pioneers of a green, inclusive economic reality.
Its COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda, outlines 25 concrete recommendations for key stakeholder groups, including funders and philanthropists, investors, government institutions, support organizations, and corporations. In January of 2021, its members launched its 2021 Roadmap through which its members will roll out an ambitious set of 21 action projects in 10 areas of work. Including corporate access and policy change in support of a social economy.
For more information see the Alliance website or its “impact story” here.

Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content
The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.
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