The atmosphere on the Covid-19 front is improving in the European Union, which is reopening its doors to American tourists, and where France is preparing to drop the mask outside.
In Moscow, on the other hand, faced with a "
, vaccination becomes compulsory for part of the population.
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France: no more masks outdoors from Thursday
Wearing a mask outside will no longer be compulsory from Thursday in France, with certain exceptions, and the curfew will be lifted on Sunday, announced French Prime Minister Jean Castex, in view of the drop in contamination.
The mask outdoors will only be required in crowded situations (queue, transport, crowded places, stadium stand).
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In Russia and the United Kingdom, compulsory vaccinations
Faced with a "
, Moscow and its entire region have made vaccination compulsory in the service sector, a first in Russia in the face of an immunization campaign that is slipping and in the absence of any confinement.
The UK government has announced to make full vaccination compulsory for all people working in UK nursing homes, including non-medical staff, after extensive public consultation.
A promising arthritis drug against severe forms of Covid
An arthritis drug, tofacitinib, has shown positive effects in treating patients hospitalized with Covid in a clinical trial, the results of which were published in the
New England Journal of Medicine
The study gave this drug to one group of patients hospitalized with severe forms of covid-19, and a placebo to another group.
After 28 days, 5.5% of the placebo group died compared to 2.8% of the tofacitinib patients.
CureVac's vaccine candidate only 47% effective
The German laboratory CureVac announced on Wednesday that its main candidate vaccine against Covid-19 had only shown an efficacy of 47%, according to the interim analysis of a large-scale clinical trial, and was not fulfilling at this stage the required criteria.
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In Mecca, robots offer holy water to pilgrims
Robots this week began distributing holy Zamzam water bottles to provide physical distancing in Mecca, Islam's holiest city in Saudi Arabia, as the hajj, the great pilgrimage approaches. annual.
Washington buys 200 million more doses of Moderna vaccine
The US government has purchased an additional 200 million doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, the US biotech company said on Wednesday.
This brings Washington's total orders for this vaccine to $ 500 million.
The British Minister for Health, a "fucking sucker"
Boris Johnson suffered a new charge on Wednesday from his ex-adviser Dominic Cummings, who claimed, with a screenshot in support, that the British Prime Minister had called his Minister of Health a "
" in its management of the pandemic.
New infections spike in South Africa
South Africa recorded more than 13,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the highest number of new infections in 24 hours in the past five months, according to official statistics.
Officially the most affected country on the African continent, South Africa has nearly 1.8 million recorded cases, including 13,246 in the past 24 hours, and more than 58,000 deaths.
The EU opens up to American tourists
The ambassadors of the 27 EU countries have given the green light to add the United States to the list of third countries whose travelers, even unvaccinated, can be admitted to the European Union.
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A coating that can capture airborne droplets is in development
U.S. Scientists Develop Sticky Wallcovering That Reuses Ingredients Used In Making Conditioners To Capture Airborne Droplets, And Hope It Can Help Fight Covid-19 or Others airborne diseases, they said on Wednesday.
More than 3.8 million dead
The pandemic has killed more than 3,824,885 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Wednesday in the middle of the day.
After the United States (600,652 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (493,693), India (379,573), Mexico (230,428) and Peru (189,261).
These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. The WHO estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.