Pandemic Olympics, disinformation about vaccines and returned Covid-19 passes. Here’s what you should know:
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The Olympics could be a ‘super-evolutionary’ Covid-19 event
A year later than planned, the 2020 Summer Olympics kicked off in Tokyo today. There was a huge incentive for stakeholders to ensure that the Games take place in one form or another. But while about 85 percent of people who come to Tokyo for the event are vaccinated, only 22 percent of Japanese are. Along with the fact that cases in Japan have remained relatively low, and the Olympics can provide that perfect breeding ground to upgrade and exchange new variants.
Behind the Olympic Village is a virus once again abruptly in Tokyo, which is currently in a state of emergency that will last until the end of the Games. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga recently admitted it was it’s hard to drum up enthusiasm among Japanese citizens amid pandemic fears. Earlier this week, Toyota announced it had withdrawing their Olympic ads in solidarity with the opposition of the Japanese public to that event.
Vaccine misinformation and volatility reduce vaccination rates and cause new wave in US cases
The Delta variant now represents more than 80 percent of infections in the U.S. and has encouraged an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in all states and Washington, DC. However, the worst epidemic is in places where the vaccination rate is low. The White House has repeatedly pointed out that misinformation has prevented many from getting vaccinated accused social media platforms like Facebook that it hasn’t done enough to stop its spread.
But it’s hard to argue that any social network has the impact of conservative cable news like Fox News, where nearly 60 percent of vaccine-related segments have been in the last two weeks undermined vaccination efforts. And vaccine volatility in the U.S. is still largely falling along party lines. As the Delta grows, however, there are more and more Republicans encouraging their base to come out and get footage, including Senate Minority Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and MP Steve Scalise, Republican number two in the House.
Countries, cities and school districts are restoring public health measures as the Delta expands
Amid the rise of the Delta variant, some countries are reintroducing Covid passes or other ways to prove vaccination before entering certain facilities. From Wednesday visitors to France a special pass is required saying they were either fully vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from Covid-19 to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and visit museums and cinemas. Israeli Green Pass program, which restricts entry to public spaces such as restaurants, gyms and synagogues to people who have been vaccinated or recently tested negative, should take effect next week. And Boris Johnson recently announced that English nightclubs and other crowded places will be looking for evidence of vaccinations by the end of September.
Even within the U.S., some are reviewing public health measures. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that public hospital workers will have to be either vaccinated or tested once a week seeks to increase the vaccination rate within city hospitals. I Chicago Public Schools he recently announced that all students and teachers will need to wear masks when classes begin next month, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.
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