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22.29 – Doubt about AstraZeneca in Canada
Due to the problems with the coronavaccin AstraZeneca in Europe, the drug has now arisen in Canada. There will be a new analysis of the benefits and risks based on age.
Experts of a national committee for inoculations advise not to prick the vaccine in people under 55 years of age, report Canadian media. The steps follow reports from Europe on some cases of severe blood clots and bleeding following Astrazeneca vaccination, mainly in young women. In Canada, such incidents have not been reported.
In the Netherlands, among others, AstraZeneca administration was briefly interrupted after the Danes and Norwegians had reported problems. The European Medicines Agency reviewed the symptoms of the disease and concluded that there is a possible link between the vaccine and the serious blood problems. But the risk of serious consequences by Covid-19 is much higher. The reported problems occur extremely rarely, according to EMA.
21.55 – Biden: 90 percent adult Americans can get prick
Within three weeks, 90 percent of all adult Americans are eligible for coronavination, announced US President Biden. He said earlier that by April 30, if he rules 100 days, 200 million Americans must have been vaccinated.
The American vaccination program is now at full speed and is being expanded, which means that more and more Americans can get coronaprik faster. The figure of 200 million is a doubling of Biden‘s original aspirations. More than 52 million of the approximately 330 million inhabitants have already been fully vaccinated.
Yet the war against Corona is far from won, warned the president. He pointed to the “reckless behavior” he saw on TV over the past few weeks. For example, the images of partying students in Miami gave rise to a lot. He therefore fears of new infections. Biden called on local authorities to reintroduce the duty of mouth cap.
20.02 – Security deliberations are counting on concrete opening plan in two weeks’
The Security Council of the 25 mayors who are chairmen of a security region is counting on a concrete plan for the reopening of society in two weeks‘ time. The mayors would like to see a roadmap with reliable information on easing. “We have nothing to do with a roadmap that needs to be adjusted in the event of a setback. It must be clear now,” said Hubert Bruls, chairman of the deliberation and mayor of Nijmegen.
The Security Council criticised the Cabinet’s roadmap for easing at the beginning of this month. The mayors have come up with many adaptations, taking greater account of the social and social consequences of the corona measures. The alternative plan will be discussed with Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus and coronaminister Hugo de Jonge these weeks. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and a few more directors will probably be joining the deliberations next week.
The mayors are optimistic about the rate of vaccination. According to them, vaccinations are now well under way. “The forecast is excellent and now we have to keep the pace. The vaccination rate in the country should now really play a major role in decisions about lockdown measures,” says Bruls.
19.00 – Non-mobile home residents vaccinated as of next week
General practitioners are going to vaccinate people who live at home, but are not mobile enough to come to a vaccination site. This is done at home with the vaccine from AstraZeneca, reports the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM).
It‘s about 70,000 people in total. “These are, for example, elderly people who cannot be transported to a vaccination site,” says RIVM. Also, people from the “medically high-risk group” with neurological disease and respiratory problems are eligible. For example, it concerns people with ALs or Duchenne’s disease.
18.30 – First prick protects 80 percent in PFIZER/BionTech and Moderna
When a person receives a single shot of PFIZER/BionTech or Moderna‘s corona vaccine, the risk of coronavirus infection is already reduced by 80 percent. The second inoculation increases the protection to 90 percent. That concludes the American version ofthe National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied the effect of the vaccines on 3950 subjects.
Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network Acute Zorg, argues that the second prick should be postponed further in the Netherlands. The first prick is enough to reduce the number of hospitalizations. When people get their second shot later, the released doses can be used to give others their first inoculation, so that they too build up protection against the coronavirus. Most vaccines should be administered twice, with a few weeks between the first and second prick.
PFIZER/BionTech and Moderna vaccines work in the same, new way. They use the genetic code of the protuberances of the coronavirus, the so-called Messenger RNA (mRNA). That code is contained in small fat balls, which are injected. Some cells go through the instructions of the genetic code themselves produce the protein of the protrusions, after which the immune system produces antibodies, and the intruder later recognizes, is the thought.
18.00 – Koopmans and Gommers receive Machiavelli Prize
Professor of Virology Marion Koopmans and Chairman of the Dutch Association for Intensive Care Diederik Gommers received the Machiavelli Prize for Communication in The Hague on Monday.
The laureates received the award for “their unrelenting commitment to making science about the coronavirus accessible to a wide audience,” the jury said earlier. “Enthusiastically and tirelessly, they know time and time again to distinguish facts and fables about the virus in an understandable language,” said the college.
Chairman Marja Wagenaar of the Machiavelli Foundation called the winners on Monday a “hold for many people who no longer see the forest through the trees” and described them as “open, honest and heartwarming.” She also called Koopmans “fearless”, because of her attitude despite the “less pleasant reactions and that is an understatement.”
Koopmans was silent about the price, she said. Gommers thought it was an “incredible honor, it feels really good.”
It’s the 32nd time the prize has been awarded. Last year, journalism collective Bellingcat won the award.
13.00 – ‘Happy Monday’ in England: lockdown further relaxed
England took a big step in easing the lockdown on Monday. The English no longer need a valid reason to leave their home. Some media talk about a ‘Happy Monday’ (happy Monday).
The United Kingdom is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic. The country has reported the highest death toll in Europe with more than 126,000 deaths, but is now a leader in vaccination. Over 30 million British people have already had a first dose of a coronavaccin.
That vaccination campaign seems to have an effect. In the capital London, for the first time since 14 September, no new deaths have been reported, Sky News reports. A local doctor warned that people should not charge themselves rich too early. “We were in the same situation before last fall. After that, the number of infestations and deaths rose again in the winter.”
The British Government now dares to gradually ease the lockdown in England. People are now allowed to meet outside in groups of up to six people or an unlimited number of people from two households. In addition, outdoor sports venues can be reopened, such as tennis and golf courses.
Many British gratiously took advantage of the easing of these measures. In some cases, they can meet with family and friends for the first time in months. On a golf course near Derby, players gathered to hit a ball a minute after midnight.
Some far-reaching measures still remain in force. For example, English people are not allowed to receive guests indoors, although exceptions are possible. The plan for the relaxation of the lockdown consists of several steps. They relate only to England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are about their own planning.
At the next step in the easing plan, all stores will reopen. Catering companies may serve customers in the outdoor space. The exact date is not yet fixed, but it is not expected to happen before 12 April. The final step is the lifting of all restrictions on social contacts. That could happen after 21 June.
11.35 – In week time 6423 fines were issued for curfew
last week. Police fined 6423 people for violating the curfew. That‘s over 500 more than the week before, when the police issued 5906 curfew fines. Police ended 50 illegal parties last weekend.
The number of fines for theThe number of warnings issued by the police to people who ignored coronameasures is similar to previous figures. Last week, 204 people received a warning, 217
the week before, and curfew starts from Wednesday at 22:00 instead of 9:00. The end time remains 04.30 hours.
11.25 – ‘WHO report: virus to human presumably via two animal species‘
WHO experts who have investigated the origin of the coronavirus in China believe that the virus has passed from one bat to another animal and from there to man. It is very unlikely that it accidentally jumped in a laboratory in Wuhan. This is stated in a WHO report seen by the French press agency AFP.
The experts believe that they have not been able to work sufficiently freely in Wuhan and want to do more research. At the end of 2019, the Chinese authorities tried to keep facts about the surfaced virus secret and addressed whistleblowers. When an epidemic occurred in Wuhan, reference was made to a market where animals were sold. Since then, it is believed that the virus came from a bat and passed to man. The WHO experts believe in their report that this was not done directly, but through another animal.
They call this “the missing link” because it is not known what kind of animal it would be. The team of WHO experts returned last month after research in China. No research report has yet been published. At their press conference after the visit to China, they said on 9 February that they, together with their Chinese colleagues, were not yet able to draw any clear conclusions. They said they were working on hypotheses and assessing the likelihood of those assumptions.
In the view of the researchers, it is also possible that the virus has passed from bat to human, and it is not entirely possible to exclude the virus from the Chinese research laboratory in Wuhan. It is also possible that the virus got to humans through frozen meat, because the virus survives in the freezing cold. The Chinese authorities attach great importance to this ‘frozen estheory‘.
Since the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan, the WHO has been accused of not wanting to face the fact that the Chinese authorities are still not giving transparency. According to the chief of the human rights organisation HRW, the WHO does not want to say anything critical about China, such as the previous attempts to keep secret that the virus passes from human to human beings or the lack of much important information from the early days of the virus in the Wuhan region.
10.48 – Belgium ceases, but no consequences for vaccine transport
Many Belgian buses, metros, trams and trains stop on Monday. Many large companies and supermarkets also run at least half power. The unions stopped to enforce wage increases.
Employers say they can’t afford more than 0.4% of storage in the coming years. But the unions don‘t settle for that. Many companies are struggling in the coronacrisis, they admit, but there are also plenty that benefit from it. The parcel deliverers and the supermarkets for example.
The factories of Audi and Volvo, for example, are down on Monday. Trains run on a limited schedule. However, rail traffic to and from the Netherlands, for example, should experience little nuisance.
Action is also being taken at the cargo department of Brussels Airport in Zaventem, an important hub in the distribution of coronavaccines. But “of course, we are not going to block the transport of vaccines,” says a trade union leader.
7.00 – Pharmaceuticals want a place in OMT
The pharmaceutical sector wants a seat in the Outbreak Management Team (OMT). Marc Kaptein, medical director of Pfizer Netherlands and chairman of the Dutch Society for Pharmaceutical Medicine (NVFG), says to the AD that future pandemics could be better combated. OMT-chairman Jaap van Dissel sees little salvation in the idea.
The NVFG President emphasises in the interview that it concerns experts from the sector and not people with commercial positions. “I think our sector deserves a stronger voice. We have so much knowledge in our house. Of course we have financial interests, but there must be a sleeve that can be adjusted.”
Kaptein argues that pharmaceuticals in the coronacrisis have shown that they are worthy of society’s trust, by providing effective corona vaccines within a year. It bothers him that during the coronacrisis the cabinet sought advice from “a whole spaghetti tangle” to organizations, but that the NVFG was not involved in anything. “That hasin any case led to a delay in the vaccination campaign. ‘
The OMT chairman, RIVM boss Jaap van Dissel, says that a place in the team “is not a prize you can win. Moreover, I think you should be careful to throw everything at the head because of this pandemic.” Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge notes that the vaccination campaign, in which pharmaceuticals play an important role, is not the responsibility of the OMT.
However, Kaptein maintains his position. “I think the OMT is composed of RIVM, experts and the chairmen of professional associations that play a role in the fight against infectious diseases, such as general practitioners, pediatricians and microbiologists. We as NVFG could also be part of that.”
6.55 – Australian Brisbane locks
The Australian city of Brisbane goes into lockdown for three days after four new local corone infestations have been identified Monday morning, the government of the state of Queensland announced. The state is concerned that the British variant of the coronavirus is getting around in the city, where seven cases were detected at the beginning of this month. The new infections are also of the British variant.
The temporary lockdown will take effect Monday at 17.00 local time. People are allowed to leave the house only if they have to perform essential work, to do shopping, to perform care tasks or to exercise. Schools have to close their doors.
In the rest of the state of Queensland, where more than 5 million people live, residents have to wear masks in public again and no more than 30 people can gather at home. “We need to do this now to avoid a longer lockdown,” said Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
6.45 – ‘Fer fewer German coronavirus infections reported
The number of new coronavirus cases in Germany is significantly lower than one day before. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of the RIVM, registered 9,872 new coronavirus infections on Monday morning. One day earlier 17,176 new cases were reported, compared with about 20,472 on Saturday.
In the past 24 hours, another 43 people died from the effects of Covid-19, and the coronavirus has now claimed 75,931 lives in Germany.
Germany is facing a strong revival of the coronavirus, mainly driven by the so-called British variant. However, the government in Berlin and the leaders of the Länder increasingly disagree on how to curb the outbreak. The lockdown runs in Germany until 18 April, but the decision to reduce the number of social contacts around the Easter days with measures was withdrawn by Merkel on Wednesday after a storm of criticism.
According to the Chancellor, more restrictions are needed to stop the coronavirus on time, for example, further limiting the number of permitted contacts, setting a curfew and betting on working at home
6.30 – Chile sets elections from
The Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has asked Congress to postpone the election of the convention to draw up the new constitution until May. This is due to the large increase in the number of coronavirus infections. In April, elections are planned for a so-called convention consisting of 155 citizens, who will draw up the new constitution.
Last October, the large majority of Chileans opted for a new constitution, which must be drafted by citizens. The current constitution dates back to the time of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, which was in power from 1973 to 1990. In a referendum, some 78 percent voted in favour of changing the constitution.
In total, the coronavirus has already been detected in over 977,000 Chileans. The coronapandemic has already killed more than 22,000 inhabitants.