aWith more than 200,000 new cases of Covid-19 recorded during the past 24 hours, the country of 1.3 billion people passed Monday, the second most affected country in the world in terms of the number of cases before Brazil, according to the daily number doubled Pollution since the beginning of April.
Indian doctors are particularly concerned about the number of patients under the age of 45 having more severe symptoms compared to last year.
We’re also seeing children younger than 12 and 15 showing symptoms. Khasraf Bagan, a consultant at PD Hinduja National Hospital in Bombay, told AFP last year, almost no child has shown any symptoms.
The outbreak comes as the country is struggling to keep up with the pace of vaccination due to lack of doses: only 114 million shots have been given so far.
In Japan, where vaccination is progressing at a slow pace (1.1 million people have received one dose out of 126 million), the second man in the main party in power has raised the prospect of canceling the Tokyo Olympics, which opened the ceremony is supposed to take place within 99 days.
Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party (Conservative) declared, “We will have to cancel (the games, editor’s note) without hesitation if they can no longer be organized.” “If the infection is spreading because of the Olympics, I don’t know what it’s for.”
Even if other officials immediately downplayed the comments, Japanese public opinion is increasingly hostile to the event, wary of a fourth wave of pollution.
France exceeds 100 thousand dead
France, in the midst of the third wave, recorded 300 new deaths on Thursday, surpassing the barrier of 100,000 dead, which casts doubt on the country’s reopening from mid-May.
Government spokesman Gabriel Atal warned that with more than 5,900 Covid-19 patients treated in intensive care units, the highest level since the spring of 2020, “the third wave is no longer behind us.”
And when the first 200,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were just delivered, the US manufacturer’s announcement that it would postpone deployment in Europe was not helping the Paris business.
The laboratory, which was scheduled to deliver 55 million doses to the European Union in the second quarter, announced Tuesday that it would “delay the publication” of its single-dose vaccine after a report on blood clots prompted the United States to suspend its use.
The European regulatory body, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), is studying these cases and plans to talk about it next week.
Meanwhile, Belgium decided to postpone the vaccination, which was due to start on Friday, and South Africa suspended it. France will reserve it for people over the age of 55.
Most of the European Union countries had already imposed restrictions on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the potential for blood clots, and Denmark announced on Wednesday that it is definitely giving up.
The two vaccines that are currently problematic use the same technology, using an adenovirus as a vector.
On the other hand, Pfizer-BioNTech Lab announced the acceleration of deliveries to the European Union. About 50 million doses of the US-German duo tentatively planned for the fourth quarter will be delivered in April.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also announced the opening of formal negotiations with a tandem to request 1.8 billion additional doses of “second generation” vaccines, with the aim of combating the current variables and the future of the Corona virus.
Cambodia “on the verge of death”
Vaccination remains the main weapon against Covid-19 that has killed at least 2974651 people worldwide, according to an AFP report from official sources Thursday.
But severe disparities persist around the world, prompting Nobel Prize winners and former heads of state or government to call on US President Joe Biden on Wednesday to rally support for a proposal to temporarily raise vaccine patents.
Such a comment is “a vital and necessary step to end the epidemic,” according to the estimation of the 170 signatories to the Open Letter, including former French President Francois Hollande, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown or the former head of the British government. Liberian Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
If thanks to the vaccination of its population, the UK was able to reopen its balconies of unnecessary cafes and shops this week in England, Cambodia is “on the verge of death,” as Prime Minister Hun Sen warned Thursday, urging residents to respect the confinement set up in the capital Phnom Penh .
In Brazil, the second most bereaved country in the world after the United States where more than 360,000 people have been killed, Doctors Without Borders on Thursday denounced an “immune catastrophe” due to the chaotic management of the COVID-19 crisis by the authorities.
“The lack of political will to act appropriately in the face of this epidemic is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Brazilians,” the NGO said.