A vaccination center on August 21, 2021 in Nanjing, eastern China (AFP / STR)
New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– China: more than a billion people vaccinated –
The Chinese government said Thursday that it had fully vaccinated more than a billion inhabitants against Covid-19, or more than 70% of its population.
– Cluster au Kremlin –
Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed on Thursday that dozens of people around him are suffering from Covid-19. He had indicated Tuesday that he had to isolate himself, saying then to have been in contact in a “very close way” with only one of his collaborators, vaccinated but sick.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, September 16, 2021 in Novo-Ogaryov, near Moscow (Sputnik / Alexey DRUZHININ)
Mr. Putin, officially vaccinated since March with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, declared that he would have to remain in isolation “several days” because of this outbreak.
The irruption of the Covid in its close entourage underlines the difficulties of Moscow to fight effectively against the epidemic, between a vaccination which slips and the very uncertain respect of the rules of distancing and the wearing of the mask.
– Mandatory vaccine for the UN Assembly –
All leaders and diplomats attending the UN General Assembly, from September 21 to 27 in New York, will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19, under the rules in force in the city, an obligation that angered Moscow.
– France: 3,000 unvaccinated caregivers suspended –
In France, “some 3,000 suspensions” were served on health workers not vaccinated against Covid-19 after the entry into force on Wednesday of the vaccination obligation for these professionals, announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
Healthcare workers demonstrate against the vaccine obligation in front of the Regional Health Agency, September 14, 2021 in Lyon (AFP / JEFF PACHOUD)
Mr. Véran also indicated that the epidemic situation in France “has improved considerably” and that if “this dynamic” continues, “we can begin to consider reducing certain measures”.
– Italy: the health pass to work –
The Italian government has generalized the obligation of the health pass in the workplace, in both the public and private sectors.
From October 15, this certificate may be required at all workplaces. At this stage nearly 75% of the population over 12 years of age is vaccinated.
The absence of a health pass will be severely sanctioned, without however going as far as dismissal.
– Africa: 500 million fewer vaccines –
The Covax mechanism having revised downwards its forecasts for the shipment of anti-Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries, Africa will miss almost 500 million doses compared to the global target of 40% of vaccines in the region. end of the year, lamented the WHO.
The Covax international funding mechanism is supposed to enable 92 disadvantaged states and territories to receive free vaccines funded by more prosperous nations.
– Ryanair wants to create 5,000 jobs –
Planes of the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair on the tarmac at Stansted Airport, north-east London, August 20, 2020 (AFP / Adrian DENNIS)
The Irish low-cost company Ryanair wants to accelerate its post-covid recovery and plans to create 5,000 jobs over five years, which would offset the some 3,000 job cuts decided at the start of the health crisis.
The group had recorded the worst financial year in its history in 2020-2021 with a loss of around one billion euros and the elimination of 15% of its workforce.
– More than 4.65 million dead –
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,656,833 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established Thursday at 10:00 GMT by AFP from official sources.
Global assessment of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as of September 16 at 10:00 GMT (AFP /)
The United States is the country with the most deaths (666,618), ahead of Brazil (588,597), India (443,928), Mexico (269,913) and Peru (198,860), according to official figures.
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two to three times higher.