The concept that Covid will go away without action being taken is worse than foolish. I am fortunate to have friends in other countries because of Jobie. Regardless of where we live, we are all pretty much the same. Singapore took the virus seriously and they have pretty well conquered it--amazing when you consider the size of the population and the close proximity they live in. Brazil, however, has a leader that has poo-pooed the situation (many refer to him as Trump Jr.). I have seen the news reports about the situation in Brazil. Today, I received an email from Hissa (she is the one that did the Jobie drawings--some of you may remember them). Here are a few excerpts from that email:
The last time I checked, 79% of Brazilians wanted to be vaccinated. This number might be higher now with the health system collapsing, we are living a nightmare! I saw a video of doctors crying inside of a hospital today, desperate for help, we are running out, not only of oxygen but out of medicines needed for intubation. There are over 700 people waiting for a bed only here in the region I live in, this all escalated VERY fast in the past three weeks!
The former Governor of the state where I used to live passed away waiting for a bed and this shows that there are really no beds, not even for the rich and influential.
My neighbour next door passed away this week, we never knew she had covid. And we came to know that the other neighbour has it too and is in quarantine. The virus is very close to us, so I can't wait for my mum to get a vaccine soon! My dad's turn to get a vaccine arrived! My parents have the same age, but the vaccination in my dad's town is proving to be faster than here. Here they are still vaccinating 76+. When my parents get the two doses, I'll be able to relax a little bit. Of course, I want to get a vaccine as soon as possible, too.
The Government announced the purchase of more vaccines and we are also producing them now as we have the active pharmaceutical ingredient. They say we have 562 million doses of vaccines guaranteed and we are all going to be vaccinated by the end of the year. So, there is light at the end of the tunnel, HOWEVER, things need to start happening soon because the health system needs a break and the economy is plummeting.
That's what the report is from inside Brazil (yes, they have at least one variant there--more contagious and more deadly). I suppose I feel this more deeply than some because it is my friends that are impacted and Hissa is one of the most talented people I've ever known. Still, I question why people here want to take the risk of this happening to us (as it well could). There are some things I am simply not capable of comprehending.