(Washington) The vaccination against the emerging corona virus, which has already been administered to half of adults in the United States, will expand on Monday to include all citizens, while in India, New Delhi residents are being held for a week to contain an outbreak of cases threatening to overwhelm hospitals. .
The massive vaccination campaign underway in the United States continues at a rapid pace despite the Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspension on Tuesday after six cases of women with severe blood clots were discovered, including one fatal.
The lead federal agency said Sunday that about 50.4% of Americans over the age of 18 have been able to benefit from at least one dose of the vaccine, and 32.5% have been fully vaccinated, including those aged 65 and over. The country’s public health.
In total, more than 131.2 million people have received at least one injection and authorities plan to allow all citizens to be vaccinated starting Monday.
Johnson & Johnson’s suspension will not affect the pace of the campaign, as it represents only a small portion of the vaccines used. President Joe Biden confirmed on Tuesday that “there are enough vaccines for every American, and that is indisputable.”
While thanks to vaccination, life is gradually resuming its course in the United States, in India, authorities in New Delhi impose a week of confinement from Monday evening in an effort to contain the outbreak of COVID 19 cases and ease the pressure on hospitals.
“If we don’t impose a lockdown now, we are facing a bigger disaster,” said local government chief Arvind Kejriwal, describing the health system as “at the breaking point.”
India on Monday set a new record for new infections: 273,810 cases over 24 hours, beating the 200,000 mark for the fifth straight day.
Shops will be closed and travel will be restricted to essentials in the capital of 20 million people.
Shortly after the government announced, queues formed near liquor stores in the capital, reminiscent of the sights already seen before the nationwide lockdown in 2020.
Due to the outbreak of the epidemic, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled his official visit to India, which was scheduled to take place at the end of April.
The situation remains precarious in Europe, even if some countries, under the pressure of angry public opinion, are preparing to ease health restrictions somewhat.
This will be noticeably the case this week, to varying degrees in Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia, Slovakia, Monaco, Portugal and Denmark.
Thus, on Monday, Portugal entered the third phase of the gradual dismantling that began a month ago, with the reopening of shopping centers and within cafes, restaurants, theaters, high schools and universities.
In Greece, the mandatory seven-day quarantine is lifted for travelers residing in the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates, if they have received two doses of the vaccine or the result of the Corona virus test is negative.
Nevertheless, the country is experiencing the peak of the epidemic with dozens of deaths and more than 1,500 cases of coronavirus every day. Residents remain subject to strict confinement, and travel between departments is only permitted for “substantial” reasons.
A “bubble” between Australia and New Zealand
Cautious easing is also in the Pacific as the “bubble” goes into effect on Monday allowing Australian and New Zealand citizens to travel without quarantine between the two countries, both of which have good track record in facing the pandemic.
Families, separated since the border closed nearly 400 days ago, are impatiently sealed before embarking on the search for their loved ones: “I will scream, cry, kiss, be happy, all these feelings at the same time,” Denise O. Donoggio testified before her trip to Sydney airport.
The two countries have been discussing this “bubble” for more than a year. But its launch has been delayed several times due to the emergence of new sources of pollution in one country or another.
New Zealand in particular is also relying heavily on this initiative to save the winter sports season is about to begin. Air New Zealand plans to increase its flights to Australia from four flights per week to around 20.
Several countries in Asia and the Pacific are working on similar “bubble” projects.
Taiwan and the Pacific archipelago of Palau opened one earlier this month, once again hoping to support the tourism industry hit hard by the pandemic.
Take off the masks
For its part, despite still very high death numbers and the highly contagious “Brazilian” variant, Rio de Janeiro reopened its bars and restaurants in early April and is preparing to do the same with its beaches on Monday.
The pandemic has killed more than 373,000 people in just over a year in Brazil, which has a population of 212 million, a toll largely undervalued according to experts.
In Canada, the government will deploy reinforcements to Ontario, the most populous province, to help it deal with the deadly third wave of COVID-19.
The epidemic has killed more than 3 million people worldwide (at least 3020,765 deaths), according to a report prepared by Agence France-Presse from official sources on Monday at 6 a.m.