3:43 p.m.: Belgium will open vaccination to 16-17 year olds
Belgium will open vaccination to young people aged 16-17 from July, “in the wake of that of 18-year-olds, politicians announced on Saturday. These injections will be made with the vaccine BioNTech-Pfizer, which has received approval from the European Medicines Agency (Ema) for this age group, they said.
“The vaccination of children under 16 is not yet considered,” said the Belgian interministerial public health conference on Saturday. She also asked to study the possibility “of allowing young people between the ages of 18 and 40 to make an informed choice in favor of vaccination with Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca”. These vaccinations, if they were finally authorized for this age group, would be done “on a voluntary basis”.
3:27 p.m.: The Moderna vaccine arrives in town … in a dropper
Juliette enjoys her first dose of Moderna, received in a Parisian pharmacy, where the RNA vaccines expected for months finally arrive, at the rate of only two vials per week. Vaccinated on a fluke: “I went to pick up something at the pharmacy yesterday, I asked if they were doing any vaccines by chance. They put me on their waiting list and they called me in the evening. I had the appointment today, it’s super fast, “says the 33-year-old mother, accompanied by her two children.
Aimed at all adults – without age limit – the Moderna seems to meet its audience. They are “generally active people, under 55 years old, who want to resume a normal life”, observes the pharmacist Yorick Berger, who has already vaccinated “forty people since last week” in his dispensary.
A good start, given the quantities received: two bottles of 10 doses maximum per week and per pharmacy, only one for private doctors, within the limit of 300,000 weekly doses, allocated to first arrivals when reservations are open. Some 50,000 general practitioners are also waiting for their bottles, some of whom “are very angry”, such as Dr Agnès Gianotti / His bottle of Moderna ordered almost three weeks ago has still not arrived …
2:18 p.m .: Gradual deconfinement in New Delhi and Bombay
In India, markets and shopping centers in New Delhi will be able to reopen every other day from Monday amid a drop in contamination in major cities. The Delhi metro will also resume at 50%. Offices can also reopen at 50% of their capacity, but the mayor has urged his fellow citizens to work from home instead. On Saturday, New Delhi had 400 new infections, against 25,000 daily cases seven weeks ago, when containment was decided.
The state government of Maharashtra – which includes Bombay, India’s economic powerhouse – has announced a five-step plan to ease restrictions, depending on infection rates and hospital capacity.
2:04 p.m .: A record of vaccinations in Italy
A record 600,000 doses of anti-Covid vaccines were administered in Italy on Friday, the country’s health authorities announced on Saturday. According to figures published on the Italian government website, 37.06 million doses of vaccine have been administered since the start of the vaccination campaign, and 12.7 million people are fully vaccinated, or 23.48% of the elderly population. over 12 years old.
According to the Ministry of Health, 748,001 doses of vaccines were injected in 24 hours, a record. As of June 4, 2021, nearly 39,494,000 injections have been performed. Thus, since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, 27,484,767 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 41% of the total population and 52.3% of the adult population) and 12,009,164 people have received two injections. (i.e. 17.9% of the total population and 22.9% of the adult population).
10:48 am: “We are far from collective immunity”, warns Rémi Salomon
While the next step in lifting health restrictions is scheduled for June 9, Rémi Salomon, president of the AP-HP Establishment Medical Commission (Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris) said this Saturday morning on Europe 1 that France was far from collective immunity. “We are 18% of French people having received two doses” and “about 21 to 25%“ have fought the virus. ”“ If you add the two, you arrive at about 40%. And collective immunity is more like 80%. We still have some way to go “he warned.
10:29 am: More than a hundred cases linked to the Indian variant detected in France
According to the latest epidemiological update from Public Health France, dated June 3, 54 episodes have been reported and represent more than a hundred cases of the Indian variant confirmed by sequencing. Among the 54 episodes detected, 48 have a link with a foreign country (stay, work, or indirect link through the entourage), including 40 with India. On the other hand, three episodes in Île-de-France and a cluster in the Landes would have no link with a foreign country, which may give rise to fears of a greater circulation of the variant on French territory.
9.48am: Since the easing of restrictions, the mental health of the French is (a little) better
The health crisis has strongly impacted the morale, and therefore the mental state of the French. Depressions, for example, are at an all time high. But a slight improvement was observed in mid-May, with a “significant decrease” in the proportion of the population suffering from depressive states for the first time since the fall.
9:34 am: Brazil authorizes the importation of Sputnik V and Covaxin under conditions
The Brazilian regulator Anvisa granted on Friday an exceptional authorization to import doses of the Russian anti-Covid vaccines Sputnik V and Indian Covaxin, while limiting their use. The National Agency for Health Vigilance (Anvisa) initially opposed their approval, considering that there was a lack of data to ensure their safety and effectiveness.
8:39 am: Argentina crosses the 80,000 death mark
Argentina exceeded the threshold of 80,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Friday, for a total of around 4 million infections since the start of the pandemic, according to the country’s health authorities.
8:01 am: Putin calls on Russians to get vaccinated
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the population to be vaccinated against Covid-19 with products designed in Russia and intends to invite foreigners to do so, the vaccination campaign being lagging behind.
7:55 am: Peru recounts its deaths … and becomes the country most affected by the pandemic
Peru wanted to clarify its death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic. It is now done: last Monday, the number of deaths caused by an infection with the virus in this country of 33 million inhabitants rose from 69,000 … to more than 180,000. A new toll of approximately 2.6 times greater than the previous one. But how to explain such an increase?
7:47 am: Japan donates over 1 million doses to Taiwan
Japan has announced that it will donate 1.24 million doses of the vaccine to Taiwan, which accuses China of hampering efforts to obtain antidotes as the island faces a sudden coronavirus outbreak.
7:29 am: Vaccination of adolescents before September in Spain
The Spanish government has said it wants to vaccinate 12-17 year olds before the next school year in September. Spain plans to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of August.
7:10 am: A dose of Pfizer, insufficient in the face of variants
After a single dose of Pfizer vaccine, one is less likely to produce protective antibodies against the variants initially detected in India and South Africa than against that initially spotted in England, according to a laboratory study published in the medical journal. The Lancet.
6:48 am: Belgium will reopen its indoor cafes and restaurants on Wednesday
Cafes and restaurants in Belgium will be able to serve their customers indoors from Wednesday. This reopening, which is part of a plan to gradually lift restrictions in the country, had already been announced on May 11. However, it remained suspended from the evolution of the circulation of the coronavirus.
“The positive figures allow us from June 9 to take this first step,” said Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister. He also announced an extension of hours. Establishments will now be able to open in the morning from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
6:48 am: Government released rules for foreign travelers this summer
“Green” Europeans, “orange” Britons, “red” Brazilians: the French government published a ranking on Friday which determines which travelers arriving in France from June 9 will be able to do without a PCR test and those who will remain subject to restrictions. Click here to find out more.
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6:47 am: For the first time since October, less than 15,000 patients in the hospital
Hospital pressure due to Covid-19 continues to decline in France, with ever fewer patients in intensive care units. The intensive care units, which treat the most serious cases, received 2,571 patients, against 2,677 on Thursday. That is more than half of its peak at the end of April, at the height of the third wave of the epidemic.
In total, 14,801 Covid patients occupied the beds of French hospitals, against 15,283 the day before. This is the first time since October that we have gone below the threshold of 15,000 hospitalized patients. Finally, the disease has killed 81 people in the past 24 hours.
What to remember from Friday
- In an email exchange dating from March 2020 with Anthony Fauci, the immunologist advising Donald Trump on Covid-19, the president of the French scientific council Jean-François Delfraissy says he is under “political pressure to authorize hydroxychloroquine.
- The Minister for Sport, Roxana Maracineanu, announced on Friday that fanzones would be set up for the Football Euro (June 11-July 11).
- The traditional military parade for the Bastille Day National Day will take place this year.
- Vaccinated Europeans will be able to enter France without a PCR test from June 9.
- Italy, the European country most affected by the pandemic after the United Kingdom, opens vaccination to people over 12 years old.
6:45 a.m .: Follow with us the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world this Saturday, June 5.