每日英語跟讀 Ep.K252: About COVID - 疫情期間降低的出生率或許已經好轉
While there has been a decline in births in the U.S. during the pandemic, a new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests the drop may have turned a corner last March as births started rebounding.
"This trend suggests that some people who postponed having babies last year had them this year," said Anne Morse, a Census Bureau demographer in the report.
"The winter decrease in births may have been prompted by couples who consciously chose to delay having children amid the uncertainty of the pandemic. It may also have been influenced by stress or limited physical interaction with a sexual partner."
Topic: Covid to continue till 2022: WHO世衛：Covid疫情將持續至2022年
The Covid pandemic will "go on for a year longer than it needs to" because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
Dr Bruce Aylward, senior leader at the WHO, said it meant the Covid crisis could "easily drag on deep into 2022".
Less than 5% of Africa’s population have been vaccinated, compared to 40% on most other continents.
Dr Aylward appealed to wealthy countries to give up their places in the queue for vaccines in order that pharmaceutical companies can prioritise the lowest-income countries instead.
The People’s Vaccine - an alliance of charities - has released new figures suggesting just one in seven of the doses promised by pharmaceutical companies and wealthy countries are actually reaching their destinations in poorer countries.
慈善機構聯盟「人民的疫苗」發佈的新數據顯示，製藥公司和富裕國家承諾捐贈的疫苗，只有7分之1真正送達貧困國家的目的地。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1479693 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1482013