COVID-19 pandemic has started around the world almost a year ago. Still, it is not showing any signs of stopping completely in near future. Some countries are in the state of recovery by dealing with the worst hit of the coronavirus. As far as economy is concerned, some improvement can be seen too. To manage coronavirus, aggressive policies have helped along with the arrival of vaccines. However, Brazil cannot be found in the list of the countries that is on the path of recovery now.
Due to surge of coronavirus cases, hospital systems have collapsed. It may be a phenomenon that may be seen in every city of Brazil really soon. National Association of Health Secretaries in Brazil has said “Sadly, the anemic rollout of vaccines and the slow pace at which they’re becoming available still does not suggest that this scenario will be reversed in the short term.” Here, it is essential remember that India has sent a large shipment of vaccine to Brazil as a part of their vaccine diplomacy plan.
New Brazil Variant of Coronavirus is highly contagious
Brazil variant can spread more quickly. 91% cases in Brazil have been tested positive with this P1 variant. Presence of the variant can be found in almost 21 states in Brazil among 25.
Epidemiologist from USA named Dr. Eric Feigi Ding has said that P1 variant has a 2.5x more transmissibility rate. Chances of reinfection with the P1 variant are in between 25% to 60%.
One of the biggest concerns is whether the existing vaccines will be effective on this new variant or not. It may be possible for the new variant to evade immunity that has been developed by the vaccine. However, most of the experts believe that the vaccine is expected to offer limited efficacy in case of the new variant.