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Americas Johnson et Johnson (J&J) said on Monday that it had temporarily halted clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, after “unexplained illness in a study participant.”

J&J said the disease is being evaluated by an independent data and safety oversight committee and its clinicians.

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The company said these temporary shutdowns are common in large lawsuits, which involve thousands of people.

J&J’s trial stoppage follows a similar decision by AstraZeneca. In September, AstraZeneca halted late-stage trials of its developing vaccine with the University of Oxford after unexplained illness in a participant.

US President Donald Trump held its first public rally since the coronavirus contraction on Monday in Florida. Trump delivered his speech without a mask, in front of a crowded crowd.

“I’ve been through it now. They say I’m immune. I feel so powerful… I will kiss guys and beautiful women. I’ll just give you a big kiss, ”Trump told thousands of supporters at the rally. Many of his supporters were present without a mask.

Trump addressed a crowd of supporters at a rally in Florida on Monday

Trump’s doctor said ahead of the rally that the president had repeatedly tested negative for the coronavirus.

Cuba relaxed coronavirus restrictions almost seven months after the start of the pandemic. The island country has authorized the reopening of stores and government offices and the resumption of tourism.

Varadero, a popular resort, will be open to tourists on Thursday. Foreigners arriving in Cuba must undergo mandatory tests for the coronavirus and will be epidemiologically monitored during their stay in the country.

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Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Alejandro Gil said the decision to reopen the economy was taken because Cuba’s economic situation was “very tense”.

Cuban authorities hope easing COVID-19 restrictions will boost the country’s struggling economy

“We have never had this dilemma between health and the economy. The first thing is always the health of our people, ”said Gil. Cuba still has restrictions imposed on the capital of Havana.

Panama opened his country to international flights for the first time since March. The Central American nation has also opened hotels, casinos, theaters and museums. Panama has so far only allowed humanitarian and connecting flights.

L’Europe 

The number of confirmed cases in Germany rose from 4,122 on Tuesday to 329,453, while the death toll rose from 13 to 9,634 in total.

This month, several cities, including Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt, surpassed the threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 population, as the number of infections continues to rise across the country. To combat the outbreak, cities have placed limits on gatherings, travel and public alcohol consumption.

Read more: Germany expands list of cities subject to coronavirus crackdown

the Czech republic The Minister of Health announced Monday evening that the country would ban gatherings of more than six people from Wednesday. The Eastern European nation will also close bars, restaurants and clubs and ban public consumption of alcohol.

Health Minister Roman Prymula said schools would remain closed for about three weeks and masks would be compulsory even indoors. The new restrictions come at a time when the Czech Republic faces an increase in coronavirus infections and the country’s infection rate is the highest in the European Union.

“We only have one test, which must be successful, to bring this pandemic under control as a nation,” the country’s Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

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suis, lc / dr (Reuters, afp)



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