Britain plans to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop an “infection radar” system. The system will help identify new corona virus strains quickly and better diagnose emerging diseases worldwide. “The world should not be surprised again by a virus that spreads uncontrollably among us. We need to develop a disease surveillance system that is fit for the 21st century,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. WHO Director-General Tetros Adanom Caprais said he was pleased with the collaboration because it was a strong example of UK pathogen surveillance and deployment. (21.05.2021)
Second Corona wave: Argentine government orders severe locking
In view of the second wave of the corona epidemic, the Argentine government has issued stricter exit restrictions. President Alberto Fernandez announced in a video message Thursday that a curfew will be imposed in particularly affected areas of South America from 6pm to 6am until the end of the month. Even during the day, Argentines are only allowed to move closer to their residence. Only essential stores can open. Social, religious and sporting activities are prohibited. Schools and kindergartens are closed.
“We are currently experiencing the worst moment since the outbreak,” Fernandez said. “Apart from the opinion of each individual, we must acknowledge the gravity of the situation and join forces to escape this catastrophe.” The government also expanded a number of assistance programs for workers, families and businesses.
In fact, the second corona wave hit Argentina hard. On Thursday, the South American country recorded 35,884 new infections a day – one of the highest levels since the outbreak began a year ago. In the past few weeks, the number of new infections per day has exceeded 25,000. About 3.4 million people in Argentina have been proven to be infected with the corona virus, and more than 72,000 patients have died in connection with Govit-19. The use of intensive care units is over 70 percent. (21.05.2021)
The EU countries and the EU Parliament adopt the COVID-19 certificate
In good time ahead of the summer, EU countries and the EU Parliament have agreed on the details of corona vaccines, tests and certification across Europe for the detection of Govt-19 diseases. The Portuguese president made the announcement in Brussels on Thursday evening. This increases the opportunity to further facilitate travel in the EU. Portugal currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.
Until recently, there was a controversy over the extent to which EU countries could determine travel facilities and restrictions. Now the compromise provides that it does not interfere with the sovereignty of member states, but additional restrictions such as negative tests, vaccination or isolation for cured individuals should only be introduced if an infectious situation requires it. It is not yet clear when European certification will be introduced in individual countries. The Federal Ministry of Health is currently considering making the electronic vaccination certificate available “in the second half of the second quarter” at the beginning of the week, the latest being by June 30.
It is already possible to enter the country without being isolated in many countries. In Greece, for example, the requirement for a completed vaccine or PCR test is 72 hours or less. As of Wednesday, the isolation requirement for entry into Austria no longer applies to Germans, but at least one test with a negative result should have been made. In Italy, there is no obligation to isolate yourself – but a negative corona test result is required when the authorities arrive. (20.05.21)
Austria eliminates the need for vaccines for general practitioners
In Austria, the government in Vienna announced that the priority of age groups for corona vaccination in physician practices had been eliminated. Health Minister Wolfgang Maxstein said in Vienna on Thursday that general practitioners can now freely decide who wants to be vaccinated. However, the minister clarified that there would still be a recommendation to proceed according to age. Priority in vaccination centers should fall soon, but it is at the discretion of the federal states. In Austria, about 40 percent of the currently vaccinated population aged 16 and over has received the first vaccine, which is 34 percent of the total population.
President Sebastian Kurz also announced that the government would decide in a week whether to remove the mask requirement. In Austria, practically all branches have reopened since Wednesday. Access tests and well-known health rules play an important role in this.
In Germany, from June 7, there will be no priority groups for corona vaccines, regardless of vaccine type. In some federal states, such as Baden-W்டrttemberg and Bavaria, this previously applies. (20.05.2021)
The European Union has signed an agreement with Biotech for 1.8 billion vaccine doses
The EU announced an agreement with Biotech / Pfizer to purchase an additional 1.8 billion corona vaccine, so it is in effect. This was announced by the head of the commission, Ursula van der Leyen, in Brussels on Thursday. He announced almost two weeks ago that the talks were over. After that the objection deadline was still there and they have now expired.
The deal runs until 2023. 900 million cans have been firmly ordered, and 900 million options. 70 to 80 million children in the EU must be protected against Govt-19, and vaccines for adults must be renewed. The contract amount is estimated at 35 billion euros. For the current vaccination campaign, the EU has already signed two structural agreements with Biotech / Pfizer for 600 million vaccine doses, which will be delivered from the end of 2020. (20.05.2021)
EU Parliament supports suspension of patent on corona vaccine
The European Parliament has spoken out in favor of suspending the patent for corona vaccines. It said in a resolution that the EU should support such demands. This also applies to Govt treatments and patents for treatment equipment. The parliamentary presidency announced on Thursday that a majority of MPs had voted in favor of the decision. The decision of the parliament is not the official position of the EU. The EU Commission is responsible for negotiations at the level of the World Trade Organization, which requires the mandate of the States.
By temporarily removing the patent protection for the Covit-19 vaccine, manufacturers around the world will be able to produce the vaccine without a license fee. Critics say the barrier is not patents, but productivity, knowledge and raw material supply. While poor countries and US President Joe Biden are in favor of suspending the patent, the EU is skeptical. In the short and medium term, the release of the patent will not bring about an additional dose of the vaccine, said EU Commission President Ursula van der Leyen.(20.05.2020)
European Court of Human Rights dismisses action on curfew order
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that a corona curfew lasting several weeks is permissible. The curfew order was issued by the plaintiff, M.E.P. A Strasbourg court on Thursday ruled in the Roman case that Christian-Vasile Derheck did not represent house arrest. Prohibition corresponds to the right to liberty. The judges unanimously ruled that the action was unacceptable.
Romania imposed a curfew from March to mid-May 2020 to control the spread of the virus. However, in exceptional cases they were allowed to leave the residence, the ECHR explained. Thus the plaintiff was able to leave his house at any time of the day for various reasons. It is not monitored individually, but rather it is a common activity for the entire population. In addition, the plaintiff did not abandon all of his social contacts or spend time in crisis shelters.
As documented in Article 5 (1) of the European Convention on Human Rights, these actions are about the right to freedom. It is above all determined in determining imprisonment and other imprisonment. In contrast, Section 2 of the Fourth Additional Code of Conduct protects the right to freedom of movement, that is, to move freely within a country. However, this freedom was not exercised by that man, which might reduce the barriers to a successful trial.
280,000 new infections in India
India reported 276,110 new infections in a single day. This means that the number is approximately stable since it fell below the 300,000 threshold for the first time since Monday, April 21st. Meanwhile, the second wave recorded more than 400,000 new infections daily in India. The death toll from the virus rose to 3,874 in 24 hours, more than 287,000, according to the Ministry of Health. The previous day alone, a global high of 4,529 deaths had been reported. With more than 25.7 million infections, the South Asian nation has the second highest number of infections worldwide after the United States. However, experts fear there are a large number of unregistered cases. The South Asian country’s health system is overburdened and supported with international assistance.
According to the RKI report, the B1,617 variant found in India is more prevalent in Germany, but still at a lower level: the RKI writes at a lower rate of two per cent, compared to 1.5 per cent in the previous week. It is divided into several subtypes. Overall, the ratio of B.1.617 is lower than in Great Britain, which is currently said to be found in six per cent of the samples tested. (20.05.2021)
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