UPDATE REGULATIONS – New Measures, New Reports and Highlights: An update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
Vaccination campaigns are ongoing around the world. In France, children 12-18 years old will be able to get vaccinated from June 15, and since the start of the first vaccination campaigns in December 2020, more than two billion doses of Covid vaccine have been administered worldwide.
- Higher Health Authority publishes opinion on adolescent vaccination
In France, the Supreme Health Authority (HAS) on Thursday recommended a phased start of vaccination of adolescents against Covid-19. But if she recommends“Open very fast” vaccination for children 12-15 years old with weaknesses or living in an environment of vulnerable people, she recommends to wait until adults are vaccinated. “Sufficiently developed” before extending it to this age group.
However, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, announced on the eve of the expansion of the vaccination campaign to all 12-18-year-olds from June 15.
Italy, the European country hardest hit by the pandemic after the UK, also opened vaccinations Thursday for all ages 12 and older. An Italian pharmaceutical agency has given the green light to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15, who represent 2.3 million people.
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- Emmanuel Macron against compulsory vaccination “at this stage”
Emmanuel Macron does not want to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory “at this stage”– the president explained on Thursday, assessing that “Membership is growing” all alone.
“For the French, when something is mandatory, antibodies appear. People, when we give them freedom, we convince them. If we tell them “this is necessary”, they will say “wow, what is he doing to us?” So I think the number of participants is growing. “– assessed the head of state.
- Two billion doses of vaccines
Since the start of the first vaccination campaigns in December 2020, more than two billion doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered globally, according to the AFP tally, discontinued Thursday at 9:00 am GMT.
At least 2,019,696,022 doses have been administered in 215 countries or territories. Although the billion-dollar dose was administered five months later, on April 24, it took less than a month and a half to double the rate.
- Young people risk a generational disaster
The Covid-19 pandemic has seriously impacted the rights of children around the world, and young people are at risk of infection. “Catastrophe of generations” if governments don’t act, the nongovernmental organization KidsRights annual study said Thursday.
Millions of children are denied access to education due to health-related restrictions, although this is known to have long-term consequences for their physical and mental health, the Amsterdam-based child rights organization warns.
- Tokyo Olympics, possibly behind closed doors
The Olympic Games, postponed last year due to the pandemic, will take place. “100%”, – assured the chairman of the organizing committee of Tokyo 2020, Seiko Hashimoto, despite the stubborn resistance of the Japanese public 50 days before the event.
She also confirmed that the Olympics, scheduled from July 23 to August 8, could be the first in history to take place behind closed doors if excluding local spectators is deemed necessary to prevent infections. The organizers have already decided to ban any public from abroad.
- Spain: opening of nightclubs
Spanish nightclubs will remain open until 3 a.m. in regions where the incidence of Covid-19 is less than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. In August 2020, the Spanish government ordered the closure of nightclubs across the country.
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- According to WHO, Africa is not ready for the third wave
The world organization warned on Thursday the World Health Organization, which has been hit by a renewed rise in Covid-19 cases, and Africa, where vaccine supplies have been largely suspended, is not ready to face the third wave of the pandemic.
“Many hospitals and clinics in Africa are far from prepared for a sharp increase in the number of seriously ill patients.”, warned Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director, adding in an online press conference that “The third wave threat is real and growing.” According to the WHO, Africa has more than 4.8 million officially reported cases and 130,000 deaths, or 2.9% of the world’s cases and 3.7% of deaths.
- More than 3.69 million dead
Since the end of December 2019, the pandemic has killed at least 3,693,717 people worldwide, according to a report obtained by AFP from official sources at 10:00 GMT on Thursday. After the United States (595,833), the countries with the most deaths are Brazil (467,706), India (337,989), Mexico (228,146) and Peru (184,942).
These figures, based on daily reports from national health authorities, tend to be underestimates. They exclude upward revisions made a posteriori by some statistical organizations. Taking into account the excess mortality directly or indirectly associated with Covid-19, WHO estimates the real damage. “Two to three times higher.”