US giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are prepared to file an emergency request to roll out their vaunted vaccine while New York shut its Schools and California braced for nighttime curfews heading into the US holiday season.
The world is seeking salvation from scientists and pharmaceutical giants as it returns to the grimly familiar shutdowns and closures that traumatised nations and upturned the global economy at the start of the year.
Channels TV reports on Friday, November 20, 2020, that India’s hospitals are once again struggling to cope and its graveyards are filling as infections crossed nine million in the Asian giant, second only to the United States.
New Delhi quadrupled fines for those without masks in a desperate effort to stave off the dual scourge of the virus and winter pollution enveloping the megacity of nearly 22 million people.
“Initially when the virus broke (out), I thought I’ll bury 100-200 people and it’ll be done. But the current situation is beyond my wildest thoughts,” New Delhi gravedigger Mohammed Shamim told AFP.
And Mexico became the fourth country Thursday to see its death toll breach 100,000.
“We’re at a point where we don’t see a clear phase of descent,” former Mexican health ministry official Malaquias Lopez told AFP. “We don’t know where it’s going.”