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Covid-19: vaccinations and confinements in Europe on Boxing Day


UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - New reports, new measures, highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

  • Start of vaccination in the EU

Germany, Hungary and Slovakia began on Saturday December 26 to vaccinate their populations against the coronavirus.

On Sunday, most EU member states, including France, launch their vaccination campaigns.

The European Medicines Agency gave the green light to the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine on December 21.

Read also: How does the vaccine developed by Pfizer against Covid-19 work?

  • Boxing day after Christmas

Austria began a third general confinement this Saturday, after a Christmas truce.

Scotland and Northern Ireland, for their part, are imposing new draconian restrictions (closing “non-essential” businesses, limiting or banning social contacts, etc.).

Niger, so far relatively spared, has banned gatherings for two weeks and is closing bars, nightclubs and theaters.

In France, the establishment of a third confinement in France is not excluded in the event of a worsening of the epidemic situation, announced the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

  • The British variant extends

Cases of contamination with the variant of the coronavirus that appeared in the United Kingdom were detected for the first time in Canada, Sweden, France, Spain, Japan and Sweden and again in Italy.

Japan will put an end to all new arrivals of non-resident foreigners on its territory from Monday until the end of January.

According to several studies, the new variant is more contagious than the original strain, but there is no evidence yet that it causes more severe forms of the disease.

Read also: Covid-19: In Europe and beyond, the British mutant is spreading

  • China is self-congratulating

The leaders of the Communist Party of China have lauded their

"extremely extraordinary"


in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, as the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to open an investigation into the origins of the virus.

China claims to have managed in a few months to get rid of the virus almost completely thanks to a very severe containment policy for the affected cities and it is the only large country to have continued its economic growth this year.

But Beijing is accused of initially hiding the appearance of the virus, allowing it to spread throughout the world.

  • Vaccination offensive in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday announced a vaccination offensive against Covid-19 presented as

"unprecedented in the world"

, aimed at immunizing a quarter of the population of Israel in one month.

“Over the weekend I told the heads of the companies that provide us with the vaccines that our goal is to vaccinate 150,000 people per day from the start of next week, which would be a world record


Netanyahu said in a statement.

But to carry out this health blitz, the State depends on the delivery rate of the 14 million doses ordered from Pfizer and Moderna laboratories.

  • More than 1.75 million dead

The pandemic has killed more than 1.75 million people worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Saturday.

Nearly 80 million cases have been officially recorded.

The United States is the country with the most deaths (331,740) and cases (18.94 million).

But in proportion to their population (100 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), they are less bereaved than Belgium (165), Italy (118), Peru (113), Spain (107) or the United Kingdom ( 103).

Russia for its part exceeds three million confirmed cases of contamination.

Officially, only the United States, India and Brazil have recorded more cases.

Source: lefigaro

All tech articles on 2020-12-27

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