New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Africa: far from vaccination targets (WHO) –
Nearly 90% of African countries will not meet the goal of vaccinating one tenth of their population by September if they do not urgently receive at least 225 million doses of vaccine, the Organization warned on Thursday. World Health Organization (WHO).
Africa has officially registered nearly five million cases of Covid-19 and is under imminent threat of a 3rd wave.
– USA: donation of 500 million doses –
The United States has announced the donation of 500 million anti-Covid vaccines to poor countries, described as a “historic step” in the fight against the pandemic by US President Joe Biden.
These doses of Pfizer / BioNTech will be distributed to nearly 100 countries through the Covax system, set up to ensure equitable distribution.
French President Emmanuel Macron, for his part, on Thursday called on pharmaceutical companies to give poor countries 10% of the doses of anti-Covid vaccines sold and wanted the G7, which starts on Friday in the United Kingdom, to endorse the target of 60% Africans vaccinated by the end of March 2022.
– Insufficient vaccination in Europe –
The level of vaccination in Europe is insufficient to avoid a resurgence of the pandemic, the European branch of the WHO warned Thursday, also calling to avoid the “error” of the rise in cases in the summer of 2020.
In the 53 territories of the European region as defined by the WHO, 30% of the population has received a first dose of vaccine and 17% is fully vaccinated.
Within the European Union, more than 100 million people are now fully vaccinated (with two doses or a single dose vaccine), or 22.6% of the population, according to a count made by AFP from official sources Thursday at 3:00 p.m. GMT.
– EU: Parliament for the lifting of patents –
The European Parliament, in disagreement with the European Commission, voted on Thursday for a temporary lifting of patents protecting vaccines against Covid-19 in order to develop their production, at the end of a vote which divided MEPs.
– EU: defective products in number –
Tens of millions of defective products linked to protection against Covid-19 – masks, gels, tests – have been seized for more than a year in the EU thanks to an investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf ), this organization announced Thursday.
– Longer life for the J&J –
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine can now be stored for four and a half months instead of three in the United States, the US pharmaceutical company said Thursday.
This modification was urgently requested in the country, because it offers a reprieve to hundreds of thousands of doses which threatened to expire shortly, for lack of finding a taker.
– Limited vaccination for young Germans –
The German Vaccination Commission (Stiko) recommended Thursday to limit the vaccination against Covid-19 of young people aged 12 to 17 to those already suffering from pathologies and who may thus develop serious forms of the new coronavirus.
– More than 3.7 million dead –
The pandemic has killed more than 3,764,250 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources Thursday at 10:00 GMT.
After the United States (598,765 dead), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (479,515), India (359,676), Mexico (229,353) and Peru (187,479).
These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations.
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