A man after being injected with the Covid-19 vaccine during the athlete vaccination campaign in Bangalore, India on June 10, 2021. (Photo: EPA-EFE / JAGADEESH NV)
South Africa has registered 9,149 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the cumulative total to 1,722,086. Another 100 deaths related to Covid-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 57,410.
US President Joe Biden prepares to join other Group of Seven leaders in a campaign for finish the Covid-19 pandemic by delivering at least a billion additional doses to the poorest countries by the end of next year. He announced that the United States will begin shipping a half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccines to countries “in great need” in August.
U.S. public health advisers to meet to discuss potential link between Covid-19 shots that use messenger RNA technology and heart inflammation. Moderna deposit in the United States for the emergency use of its vaccine in adolescents.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to delay the final step in easing the pandemic lockdown in England. Chile announced a full lock in the capital of Santiago and surrounding municipalities as the number of available hospital beds is reaching dangerously low levels.
Kansas blood banks face shortages
The impact of the pandemic is causing emergency shortages in blood banks in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported Thursday. In the Kansas City metro area alone, about 25,000 blood donors have yet to return since the onset of Covid-19, the newspaper reported.
Chilean capital locks down
Chile announced a full lock in the capital Santiago and surrounding municipalities as the number of available hospital beds reaches dangerously low levels and new cases remain high.
The Santiago metropolitan area will be completely closed from June 12 at 5 a.m. local time, health ministry officials said on Thursday. The health ministry said the seven-day average of new cases remains above 7,000 per day and that there are only 30 intensive care beds available in Santiago, a region of around eight million people. inhabitants.
Biden sets date for worldwide shipment of doses
President Joe Biden has announced that the United States will begin shipping a half a billion doses given of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccines to countries “badly in need” in August, fulfilling its promise to lead the global campaign against the pandemic.
Biden said Thursday that the purchase and donation of Pfizer’s vaccines by the United States would be the largest of any country to date, and that the vaccines would come “unconditionally” – veiled criticism from Russia and the United States. China, which he is accused of using leverage in their foreign policy.
“We know the drama. We also know the road to recovery, “Biden said at Tregenna Castle in St Ives, UK, ahead of a Group of Seven summit.” The key to reopening and growing economies is to vaccinate your people. “
Earlier Thursday, U.S. officials said the Biden administration would halve its $ 4 billion commitment to the international Covax vaccine consortium to help pay for the purchase of Pfizer vaccines.
Cameroon facing vaccine hesitation
Cameroon has only used 12% of its Covid-19 vaccines, with only 68,000 people receiving at least one dose due to widespread mistrust in the blows.
The central African country, which has received just over 590,000 vaccines, is struggling to vaccinate its population due to hesitation, Public Health Minister Manaouda Malache said Thursday by telephone. The country of 25 million people had planned to vaccinate 812,000 by July 31, he said.
CDC to meet on vaccine cardiac risk
U.S. public health advisers to meet to discuss potential link between Covid-19 shots that use messenger RNA technology and heart inflammation after hundreds of vaccinated people suffered from a disease called myocarditis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on immunization practices will meet on June 18 to discuss an increase in reported cases of the disease, particularly among adolescents and young adults. Covid vaccines manufactured by Moderna and its partners Pfizer and BioNTech use mRNA technology.
FDA extended shelf life of J&J
Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in the refrigerator for 4.5 months, extension the shelf life of the shot by 50%, decided the United States Food and Drug Administration. As doses languish amid a slowdown in the vaccination campaign in the United States, there are growing concerns that some injections may go bad before they are used.
UK to delay final reopening
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to delay the latest step in pandemic easing in England, a blow to hospitality and entertainment businesses who want to see social distancing rules scrapped.
Johnson is due to announce on Monday whether he will lift the remaining restrictions, imposed in January to contain a wave of infections, on June 21.
Poland softens sidewalks
Poland will reopen nightclubs, relax hotel occupancy limits and allow higher capacity at sporting events, concerts and fairs from June 26. Fully vaccinated individuals will be excluded from the density limits. Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said the previous loosening of the rules had not boosted cases of the virus, proof that vaccines work.
Zambia breaks record
Zambia reported record new infections amid a third viral wave, the health ministry said. The southern African nation on Thursday reported 2,146 new cases, with a positive test rate of 15%, bringing the cumulative total number of infections to 105,909, with 1,332 deaths.
Japan could lift the Tokyo emergency
The Japanese government is considering lifting a state of emergency linked to Covid in most regions, including Tokyo and Osaka, as expected on June 20, Mainichi the newspaper reported.
The government could maintain strict virus measures for about a month until the Tokyo Olympics kick off on July 23, even after the state of emergency is lifted. An official decision will be made in the second half of next week.
Delta variant 91% of the time in the UK
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday that the Delta variant, first identified in India, accounted for 91% of new cases in the country.
Previously, a British study showed that cases had more than doubled last week. The data comes less than a week before Prime Minister Boris Johnson decides whether to relax the lockdown rules further. Cases are higher and increasing faster in the unvaccinated population, according to the study.
Moderna files for adolescent clearance
Moderna deposit for the US authorization of emergency use of its Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents. If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it would be the second vaccine approved for this age group after Pfizer and BioNTech received approval to use their vaccine in adolescents in May.
Both vaccines are currently under study in young children.
“Massive effort” requested for Africa
African nations need get at least 225 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by September to meet a global goal of inoculating at least 10% of the continent’s population, a World Health Organization official said .
“This will really require a massive effort as our early projections indicate that without a significant increase in vaccine availability, only seven African countries will meet this target,” WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said on Thursday, during an online briefing.
Earlier, the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the continent was heading for a third wave, with the number of new cases increasing by 26% in the week to June 6.
Goldman employees in the United States will report their immunization status
Goldman Sachs employees in the United States must report their immunization status by noon Thursday, The New York Times’ DealBook reports, citing a note sent to employees this week who have yet to release their status.
Bankers will not have to show proof of vaccination, but will be asked to provide the date they received the vaccines and the vaccine manufacturer.
Business in South Africa is booming
New confirmed cases in South Africa jumped by 8,881 on Wednesday, the the biggest jump in infections in about five months. The nation also reported a 16.5% positivity rate on tests performed, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.
“The increase in the number of tests and cases, and the increase in positivity is all evidence of the third expected increase in Covid-19 cases. “
Denmark will gradually remove borders
Danish lawmakers agreed end most of the country’s restrictions by September 1. From Monday, Danes will be free to stop using face masks in all situations except public transport, according to a statement. Restaurants and bars will be free to extend opening hours and all schools will return to their normal capacity and hours.
The country will use a so-called corona passport so people can show they are immune or have tested negative in the past 96 hours.
Record of deaths in India
India reported a record daily Covid-19 death toll of 6,148, after one state revised its tally. Bihar’s health ministry said on Wednesday that the coronavirus had killed 9,429 people, approximately 72% higher than its previously reported death toll, confirming suspicions that the devastation in the Asian nation has been far worse than official figures show.
The G-7 prepares a global wave of vaccination
United States plans purchase 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to be shared internationally as President Joe Biden prepares to join other Group of Seven leaders in a campaign to end the pandemic by distributing injections in the whole world.
As Biden and other G-7 leaders gathered for the start of their summit in the UK, their staff prepared a document outlining a plan to end the Covid-19 pandemic by December 2022. When from the Cornwall summit, Presidents and Premiers will pledge to deliver at least a billion additional doses of vaccine over the next year to help cover 80% of the world’s adult population, according to a draft press release. by Bloomberg News.
Pfizer and BioNTech will provide 500 million doses at no profit. DM
– With the help of André Janse Van Vuuren, Patrick Sykes, Katarina Hoije, Janice Kew, Konrad Krasuski, Taonga Clifford Mitimingi and Vincent Del Giudice.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-10 21:03:04