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Covid-19: United States targets general vaccination by summer, EU protests delays

2021-01-27T06:44:26.657Z

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



The threshold of 100,000 people who died from the coronavirus was crossed by the United Kingdom, the European country most affected by the epidemic.

The United States is aiming for a general vaccination by the summer when the European Union criticizes manufacturers for recording delays in delivery, urging them to fulfill orders on time.

In total, the pandemic has killed at least 2.15 million people.

  • Pediatric societies call on government not to close schools in case of lockdown

Faced with the prospect of a third confinement in France, pediatric societies call on the government to keep schools open at all costs.

They warn in a press release published Tuesday, January 26, on the risks of a closure of schools.

Societies speak of “

anxiety, dark thoughts and / or suicidal gestures

” which appear “

often in a context of abuse

.

  • UK exceeds 100,000 dead

The United Kingdom became the first European country on Tuesday to cross the threshold of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, the government deploying all its efforts in vaccination to get out of the health crisis aggravated by the variant that has appeared on its soil.

It is the fifth most bereaved country in the world, behind the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.

  • United States targets general vaccination by summer

The United States plans to order 200 million additional doses of Covid-19 vaccine with the goal of being able to immunize the entire American population by the end of the summer.

With these purchases, half consisting of Pfizer's vaccine and the other half that of Moderna,

"the United States will have enough doses to vaccinate totally 300 million Americans by the end of the summer"

, or

“all”

of the population, explained the presidency in a statement.

  • Tensions around anti-restriction protests

The Dutch government has assured that it will not back down on the curfew imposed to fight the pandemic, despite the riots that have shaken the Netherlands since it came into force on Saturday evening.

A strong police presence in various cities of the country seemed Tuesday evening to have prevented further unrest.

In Israel, after initial clashes on Monday, violence broke out again on Tuesday between police and ultra-Orthodox Jews opposed to health measures.

In Greece, all gatherings will be banned for a week, while a student protest is scheduled for Thursday and another from the far left on Friday.

Read also: "The riots in the Netherlands could give ideas to young French people"

  • Ireland extends its third confinement

Ireland will extend its third lockdown until March 5 and adopt mandatory quarantine measures for the first time.

  • Vaccine passports in Iceland

Iceland has issued its first vaccination "certificates" to facilitate travel for people vaccinated against Covid-19, authorities said, as the question divides members of the European Union.

  • Vaccines: Sanofi will help Pfizer and BioNTech

Sanofi will help Pfizer and BioNTech to produce their vaccine against Covid-19 and should package more than 100 million doses intended for the European Union by the end of 2021, announced Paul Hudson, the director general of the French laboratory.

Read also: Vaccines: French research pushed to reform

  • Vaccines: EU criticizes manufacturers

Manufacturers of anti-Covid vaccines, beneficiaries of massive EU investment,

"must honor their obligations,"

warned European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, questioned in Europe because of delays in the delivery of its vaccine,

“certainly does not take vaccines to Europeans to sell them elsewhere at a profit”

, defended its CEO Pascal Soriot.

"It would make no sense,"

said the French leader in an interview given Tuesday to the LENA (Leading European Newspaper Alliance), of which

Le Figaro

is part

.

  • Lesions on the tongue, the first symptoms of Covid-19

Lesions on the tongue, spots on the hands and feet, could be other symptoms of Covid-19 whose detection could allow an early diagnosis, according to a study carried out in Madrid and presented on Tuesday.

  • 100 million infections since December

More than 100 million people have officially been infected since December 2019. A quarter are in the United States.

Read also: Were there really only 60 deaths from Covid among 15-44 year olds in France?

  • Global Economic Impact Assessment

The pandemic will cut the world's gross domestic product by $ 22 trillion between 2020 and 2025, said the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

The restaurant business in the United States lost $ 240 billion in revenue between March and December 2020, according to a report by the National Federation of Restaurants.

Source: lefigaro

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