In the United States, the country’s top infectious disease official, Anthony Fauci, has said the government will not make any future COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for the general public.
But he said local courts could make it mandatory for certain groups, like children.
“You don’t want to mandate and try to force anyone to get vaccinated. We’ve never done that, ”Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said in a video conference hosted by George Washington University on Wednesday.
His comments came hours after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that coronavirus vaccines, once approved, would be mandatory for everyone in his country, barring medical exemptions.
– Compulsory tests –
An ethics and safety debate rages around the world as the race to develop a vaccine accelerates.
Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the pandemic exacerbates inequalities between rich and poor, and called for universal vaccines not only for the richest.
Some governments have made deals with companies, hoping to secure exclusive supplies of vaccines when they are developed in hopes of ending the pandemic, which has now killed more than 780,000 people and infected more than 22 million, according to an AFP count.
Germany reported 1,707 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll since the pandemic peaked in April.
The country has done better than many European neighbors in suppressing the virus so far, but like elsewhere, the number of cases has increased dramatically during the summer break.
Much of the increase was blamed on returning vacationers as well as parties and family reunions. Schools have already resumed last week in parts of Germany.
In response to the surge in cases, Germany earlier this month introduced free and mandatory testing for anyone returning from areas deemed to be at high risk of COVID-19 infections.
And Chancellor Angela Merkel warned this week that there could be no further easing of coronavirus restrictions.
France on Wednesday recorded new cases of coronavirus at the fastest daily rate since May.
Nearly 3,800 COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health’s DGS public health division said.
“All indicators continue to climb and transmission of the virus is intensifying,” the DGS said in a statement.
Toulouse became the first French city on Wednesday to declare face masks mandatory outside.
Masks are already mandatory on public transport in France and inside public places, amid fears that a massive movement of people at the end of the summer vacation could lead to a spike in infections.
Spain recorded 6,700 new infections in 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total to more than 370,000, the highest workload in Western Europe.
Ukraine also reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases on Thursday, exceeding 2,000 new infections for the first time.
In Finland, the government on Wednesday removed most EU countries from its ‘green travel list’, meaning that only people arriving from a handful of states will be able to enter the country without coronavirus restrictions at from Monday.
– ‘Almost total collapse’ –
Elsewhere, Iran’s health ministry said the death toll topped 20,000, six months after announcing the start of what quickly became the deadliest epidemic in the Middle East.
Further evidence of the profound economic impact came when Australian airline Qantas on Thursday announced an annual loss of nearly US $ 2 billion after a “near total collapse” in demand due to the pandemic.
But in China – where the virus was first detected late last year – the Super League plans to allow a very limited number of spectators to a high-profile game on Saturday, the first time fans can attend a football game since the pandemic. .
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