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DIRECT. Covid-19: the Gates Foundation invests $ 120 million for access to the anti-Covid pill

2021-10-20T05:04:30.232Z

With an incidence rate which started to rise again, the epidemic is no longer slowing down in France. The number of hospitalizations and admissions



The essential

  • Daily cases on the rise again.

    Over one week, the increase in the incidence rate reached 11%

  • There have been 39 deaths in the last 24 hours in France and 6,483 people hospitalized.

  • The epidemic is resuming strongly in the countries of Eastern Europe.

  • A new health defense council is being held this Wednesday.

Follow the events of the day live:

6:40 am. A commission of inquiry wants President Jaïr Bolsomanaro to be indicted for his management of the Covid crisis in Brazil.

A Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (ICC) of the Brazilian Senate will demand the indictment of President Jair Bolsonaro for a series of “intentional” crimes during the Covid-19 pandemic which has left more than 600,000 dead in his country. The commission retained nine counts against Jair Bolsonaro, including “crime against humanity” and “prevarication”. This commission does not have the power to initiate legal proceedings itself, but its revelations could have a considerable political impact, as polls already show Jair Bolsonaro losing to ex-left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva one year away from the presidential election.

6.30 a.m. The Gates Foundation is investing $ 120 million for access to the anti-Covid pill.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced this investment to facilitate access for poor countries to promising treatment for Covid-19 in pill form. The American laboratory Merck has developed a drug, molnupiravir, which greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death when taken in the first days of infection. This treatment with tablets, which is therefore easy to administer, offers a much awaited alternative to vaccines, in particular for countries experiencing difficulties in accessing the latter. Its authorization is currently under evaluation by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA).

6:25 am.

Moscow orders health restrictions.

The city of Moscow has ordered its first health restrictions since the summer.

The authorities of the Russian capital have ordered the compulsory vaccination of 80% of the employees of the services, against 60% currently, by January 1, 2022. The town hall also ordered the confinement of all unvaccinated over 60 years of the 25 October to February 25 and the teleworking of "at least 30%" of company staff.

6:20 am.

Compulsory vaccination for parliamentarians in Canada.

From now on, Canadian parliamentarians will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to sit in the House of Commons from the end of November.

6:15 am.

Daily record of deaths in Ukraine.

Ukraine has recorded 538 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, a record in this eastern European country hit by a new epidemic wave worsened by sluggish vaccination.

6:10 am.

A new variant under surveillance in the UK.

The British government, faced with an increase in Covid-19 contamination, has indicated that it is monitoring very closely "a new sub-variant spreading in the United Kingdom.

At the moment, it has not been established that it is more contagious.

6:05 am.

Bulgaria imposes a health pass.

Bulgaria, vaccination dunce within the European Union, has announced the establishment of a health pass to try to counter the sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.

This certificate will come into force Thursday in restaurants and hotels as well as in cultural places, sports halls and sporting events.

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Source: leparis

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