Health workers prepare doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation center in Naples, Italy. / Ciro De Luca / Reuters
• The Pfizer vaccine is up to 88% effective against so-called Indian variant after the second dose, while the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to be 60% effective, revealed a study by Public Health England.
• Italy passed 30 million vaccine doses milestone on saturday, with nearly 10 million people in the country now fully vaccinated. With a population of around 60 million people in the country, 16.6% of Italians – mostly over the age of 60 – have now received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
• The French COVID-19 tracking application has been downloaded by 16.5 million people, nearly 25 percent of the country’s population, exceeding the minimum level necessary to work effectively. The pass, which goes into effect on June 9, will provide proof that a person has been vaccinated, has a recent negative PCR test, or is recovering from COVID-19.
• German Minister of Health Jens Spahn said the country must remain vigilant and reduce the number of infections before it can take advantage of a “Carefree summer”.
• Former Chief Adviser of the United Kingdom Dominic Cummings accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of lying about pursuing herd immunity strategy when the pandemic first hit, which Johnson denied.
• US investigates cases of heart inflammation in young patients, mostly adolescent males and young adults, who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Myocarditis often goes away without causing further complications for patients, and the Centers for Disease Control has found no causal link with the jab.
• Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces fine for violating COVID-19 restrictions at a public event in Maranhao, in the northeast of the country, where he gathered more than 100 people and did not wear a face mask, measures required in the state. “The law applies to everyone,” the governor of Maranhao, leftist Flavio Dino tweeted on Friday evening.
• Study found Africa has highest COVID-19 death rate for critically ill people with the virus. This is said to be caused by “the shortage of intensive care beds and the limited resources within the intensive care units,” said one of the Cape Town-based study researchers, Bruce Biccard.
• At least 100 climbers and support staff were found infected during an outbreak at base camp sur Mount Qomolangma, also known as Everest.
Nicole Johnston in London
Good news from the UK: Public Health England has found that the Oxford University-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offer “high levels of protection” against the variant first identified in India.
A study found that the Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective and AstraZeneca 60% effective.
The B.1.6172 mutation of the virus, which is now widespread throughout India, has also been identified in England. The UK hopes to lift all public restrictions related to COVID-19 on June 21. This new information is likely to increase the pressure to lift these restrictions.
Surge tests have been carried out in communities affected by the virus in an attempt to stop its spread.
People enjoy their drinks on a terrace at the Revolte bar in Berlin, Germany, as cafes, bars and restaurants reopen their terraces after being closed for months. / Christian Mang / Reuters
Germany’s 16 regional states have started easing restrictions on COVID-19, with some reopening outdoor gardens, hotels and swimming pools, while others are returning students to school full-time.
But government officials warn that it is not yet time to lower the defenses.
“The weather is improving, the number of vaccinations is increasing, the infection rates are decreasing. The restrictions will fall one by one, ”said German Health Minister Jens Spahn. Photo on Sunday newspaper on Sunday.
“And that’s extremely important after the long, dark winter months. But for a carefree summer, we need to reduce the incidence rate even further, ”he said.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany has increased from 6,714 to 3,648,958, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll increased from 82 to 87,380.
The French application “Tous Anti-Covid” (“All against COVID-19”), initially launched last June under the name StopCovid, has been downloaded by more than 20% of the French population, report government officials, exceeding the expectations of the authorities.
The app will provide access to a “health pass” that people can use to attend sporting events, festivals and theme parks with large crowds.
“When people check this health pass, they won’t see any of these details, they will just see green or red, which means health data is protected,” Secretary of State Cedric O said. .
Figures are improving steadily in France, with the country’s seven-day moving average for new COVID-19 cases falling below 14,000 for the fourth day in a row on Saturday.
France has been gradually easing restrictions since the start of May and is still on track to lift all lockdown measures by June.
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Source (s): AFP, Reuters