Can the Delta variant endanger European deconfinements? Faced with a resumption of contamination linked to this strain detected for the first time in India, now the majority on its soil, the United Kingdom is taking measures to accelerate its vaccination campaign.
According to a study in the medical journal The Lancet, people who have received a single dose of Pfizer are less likely to produce protective antibodies against variants initially detected in India and South Africa.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused more than 3.7 million deaths, according to official data. The WHO estimates that the real toll is “two to three times higher”. In France, the epidemic continues to decline, with ever fewer cases and patients treated in intensive care.
The information to remember
> The United Kingdom steps up its vaccination campaign
> Europe takes a stand against the lifting of patents on vaccines
> Epidemic indicators continue to decline in France
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> More than 41% of the French population received an injection
Since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, more than 27.8 million people have received at least one injection, i.e. 41.5% of the total population and 53% of the adult population. Finally 12.2 million people received two injections, or 18.2% of the total population and 23.3% of the adult population, specifies the General Directorate of Health.
The health authorities also announced that 6,654 new cases had been identified in 24 hours, or 7,159 per day on average over the past week.
> The decrease in hospitalizations is confirmed in France
The number of patients in the hospital continues to decline slowly, especially in the intensive care units, according to data released on Saturday by Public Health France. In total, 14,532 Covid-19 patients are currently hospitalized against 14,801 the day before and 16,847 a week earlier, specifies the health agency. In 24 hours, 267 new patients were admitted to hospitals in France.
The intensive care units, which treat the most serious cases, received 62 new patients in 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid patients in reaction to 2,525 patients. They were 2,571 the day before and 3,028 a week ago. In the past 24 hours, 58 patients have died in hospital bringing the total death toll to nearly 110,000 since the start of the epidemic in March 2020.
> Italy expects 20% more tourists this summer
“The summer season 2021 gives the first signs of recovery in the sector: between June and August are expected 33 million arrivals and 140 million overnight stays in official reception facilities, an increase of + 20.8% compared to 2020 and a global turnover of 12.8 billion euros ”, detailed Assoturismo, the Italian Federation of Tourism.
“A rise which is not enough however to find the pre-Covid levels: the summer of 2019, the last before the pandemic, had recorded 73.5 million more presences”, tempers the federation, which is based on an investigation carried out with 2,185 companies in the sector.
> Delta variant in the Landes: now more than thirty proven cases
Twenty-nine additional cases of the Delta variant, identified for the first time in India in April, have been identified in the Landes. On Wednesday, the ARS had reported two first cases in a family in Dax. To these proven cases, the ARS adds “about twenty others” on the basis of an estimate because the positive cases for Covid-19 have not all been sequenced.
The 31 confirmed cases concern 6 communities of municipalities. If 43.6% of Landais received a first dose of vaccine according to the press release, the prefecture and the ARS call on the population to “maintain barrier gestures” and explain that “the limitation of groups to 10 people on the public highway is still in force ”.
> Vietnam has created a fund to finance vaccination
The Vietnamese government has decided to create a fund dedicated to financing the vaccination of its population. It will help to import products but also to finalize the manufacture of vaccines “made in Vietnam”.
According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam needs 150 million doses of vaccines to achieve collective immunity (some 75% of the vaccinated population). Total funding is estimated at around $ 1.08 billion. The state budget for the immunization project is estimated at around $ 690 million and the fund will be used to attract other necessary funding.
> Strong rebound in new cases in South Korea
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), there have been 744 additional cases of Covid-19, including 725 local infections, in the past 24 hours. This is the highest figure since May 26th.
Only two additional deaths have been reported; South Korea officially has 143,596 cases of infection and 1,971 deaths in total.
> Belgium opens vaccination to 16-17 year olds
After the opinion of the vaccination task force, the health ministers have decided to open the vaccination against the coronavirus to 16-17 year olds, Flemish Minister Wouter Beke said on Saturday after the ad hoc interministerial conference. Currently, only the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech is approved for vaccination of 16 and 17 year olds.
Under the Patient Rights Act, vaccination of 16 and 17 year olds does not require parental or guardian consent. However, vaccination against the virus remains voluntary.
> Vaccine: record of 600,000 doses administered in 24 hours in Italy
“Yesterday was marked by a record number of injections in 24 hours, which reached the 600,000 mark, while the number of doses administered now exceeds the bar of 37 million”, welcomed the government body in charge of the vaccination campaign in a press release.
“Italy is also in absolute second place in Europe in terms of fully vaccinated population, just behind Germany, and ahead of France and Spain,” he added, attributing this success in part to the increase in the number of vaccination centers, which are today 2,666 against 1,500 at the beginning of March.
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.
> India: New Delhi and Bombay are gradually deconfining themselves after a drop in infections
Markets and shopping centers in New Delhi will be able to reopen on Monday, which marks a new stage in the deconfinement process, Indian authorities announced on Saturday, in a context of declining Covid-19 contamination in the country’s major cities, after weeks of restrictions.
The Delhi metro will also resume at 50% of its capacity, said the Prime Minister of the city, Arvind Kejriwal. Markets and malls will operate every other day, with half of them open daily. Offices can also reopen at 50% capacity, but Arvind Kejriwal urged his fellow citizens to work from home instead.
> 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 was initially opposed to their approval, considering that there was a lack of data to ensure their safety and effectiveness.
Several states in northeastern Brazil had demanded the import of 30 million doses of the Russian vaccine and the Ministry of Health had, for its part, requested the import of 20 million doses of the Indian vaccine.
> Argentina passes the milestone of 80,000 dead
Engaged with a second wave of Covid-19 since mid-February, which is pushing hospitals to the brink of saturation, Argentina announced on Friday a total of 80,411 victims since the start of the pandemic. Some 3.9 million cases have been recorded, for a population of 45 million.
> The United Kingdom is stepping up its vaccination campaign
The UK will offer the first doses of anti-Covid vaccines to people over 25 from next week as the government seeks to defeat variants of the virus, The Telegraph reported on Friday. The time between two doses of serum will also be reduced for people over 40, from 12 to 8 weeks.
> Lifting of vaccine patents: inflexible Europe
The EU opposes the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights on vaccines proposed by India and South Africa. Brussels is banking on the compulsory licensing system of the WTO, the lifting of trade restrictions and the establishment of partnerships to supply Africa with vaccines.
> The number of patients in intensive care is still decreasing in France
France has 2,571 patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units, 106 less than the day before, according to official data published on Friday. Some 81 additional deaths have been recorded in hospitals across the country. A total of 83,490 people have died in hospital due to the coronavirus.