Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– Johnson & Johnson recommended for over 30s in Canada –

The scientific committee advising the Government of Canada on vaccination recommended on Monday that the use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine against Covid-19 be reserved for people aged 30 and over.

– Denmark renounces Johnson & Johnson –

The first country in Europe to abandon AstraZeneca’s vaccine against Covid-19 in April, Denmark announced on Monday that it would drop Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine because of possible serious side effects, despite green lights from the European regulator and WHO to use it.

– Brussels is preparing for summer –

With the approach of the summer holidays, the European Commission proposed Monday to allow entry into the EU for non-essential reasons not only to people coming from countries where the epidemiological situation is good, but also to people who have received the last recommended dose of a vaccine authorized in the EU.

– India is close to 20 million cases –

The number of Covid-19 cases in India since the start of the pandemic was around 20 million on Monday, as hospitals saturated and short of oxygen still struggled to save patients, despite help from the authorities and the foreign.

– Munich: Oktoberfest canceled again –

The Oktoberfest, scheduled to bring together hundreds of thousands of people from September 18 to October 3 in Munich (Germany), has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.

– EU: evaluation of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds –

The European Medicines Agency announced on Monday that it had started evaluating the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine among 12-15 year olds, after authorization requests filed by the two companies for this age group in the EU and USA.

– Moderna vaccines for the Covax device –

The global Covax device intended for the 92 poorest countries will have 500 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, the first doses of which should be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021, after an agreement signed with the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi).

– WHO calls for the solidarity of the G7 –

The head of the World Health Organization on Monday called on the richest countries in the world, grouped in the G7, to pay most of the billions that are missing to ensure equitable access to vaccines to fight the pandemic.

– France: first step in the reduction –

A week after the start of the school year, French schoolchildren and high school students also began to return to their classrooms on Monday, which also sees the end of travel restrictions, the first step in the gradual deconfinement of the country.

– Reopening of the 24-hour subway in New York in mid-May –

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a 24-hour subway reopening on May 17 and a lifting of the capacity restrictions imposed on businesses and cultural venues on May 19, particularly in “stores, cinemas, restaurants , museums “, which today oscillate between 33% and 75%.

– Over $ 2 billion raised by Argentina –

The exceptional “solidarity” tax on great fortunes introduced by Argentina to combat the economic consequences of the pandemic, settled by nearly 80% of wealthy taxable households, brought in more than $ 2 billion, said Monday the government.

– More than 3.2 million dead –

The pandemic has killed at least 3,203,937 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Monday at 10:00 GMT.

The United States is the country with the most deaths (577,489), ahead of Brazil (408,622), Mexico (217,233), India (218,859) and the United Kingdom (127,538).

These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

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