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For over a year now, the Netherlands and the world have been held in control by the coronavirus blown over from China. How soon do we know how to vaccinate our way out of this crisis? Follow the latest news here.

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23.44 – WHO approves Moderna vaccine

The World Health Organization approved Friday the use of the Moderna vaccine against Covid-19 as needed. It is the fifth inoculum that has been put on the list of the WHO in order to be able to be accelerated by countries worldwide. The WHO has set itself the goal of making medicines, vaccines and diagnostics available as soon as possible in emergency situations.

Moderna was already admitted to other more the American and European market. The company has committed this week to increase production capacity in order to deliver three billion doses by 2022. The WHO advisors had already recommended Moderna vaccine earlier this year for use by all age groups from 18 years.

22.11 – CoronaElder will be making notifications again from Saturday afternoon


The Coronamelder app will notify users again from 17:00 on Saturday afternoon if they have been near an infected person. Coronaminister Hugo de Jonge decided on Wednesday evening to disable the notifications for two days due to privacy issues at Google. The notifications stay out a little longer because the Ministry of Health wants to wait until Google‘s secure updates are on Android phones.

The saved messages from the last 48 hours will also be sent.

โ€œ The necessary update to close the leak will be rolled out across all Android phones in a few days,โ€ writes the Ministry on Friday evening. Via the website people can check if the necessary update is on their phone.

19.42 – Cabinet extends bans until 15 May

The Cabinet has decided to extend the flight bans for flights from India, South Africa and the whole of South America until 15 May. This was done after an opinion from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT). The experts indicate that the advice to go into quarantine is poorly observed. There is still no question of quarantine duty.

It specifically concerns a ban on air traffic from South Africa, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela and India. That ban was already in force until 1 May, but it is extended for two weeks. Since last Monday there has been a no-fly zone for India, which is also being extended.

From May 15, the Cabinet hopes to have regulated the quarantine obligation after arriving from a high-risk area politically, although Minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen said that the bans always remain an option for, for example, dangerous corona variants outside the door Keep it.

19.30 – Churches: ‘More visited services did not lead to infection

Church services with more than a hundred visitors to over fifty churches held over the past six months did not lead to corona contamination. This is what the churches concerned state themselves in the EO-radio programme Dit is de Dag and the newspaper het Nederlands Dagblad (ND). Those media questioned over a hundred reformatory churches.

According to the churches that the journalists spoke, they adhered to the RIVM rules of keeping distance and washing hands. โ€œMoreover, according to them, no corona contamination can be traced directly to a church service,โ€ EO and ND argue.

The churches surveyed did allow the ‘large‘ number of people, despite the advice of umbrella organisation Interkerkelijk Contact in Public Affairs (CIO) to keep worship services digital until last week. At least 15 of the 100 Reformatory Churches met with 250 members or more in the past six months. More than three-quarters of the 100 churches spoken by the EO used more than 10 percent of the seats. Although more subdued, almost 90 percent of the churches did sing together while this was severely dissuasive, so saw the EO and the ND.

Only since last week the CIO advises a maximum of 30 visitors, excluding the employees at the service. For large churches with more than 300 seats, the CIO recommends not to occupy more than 10 percent. In addition, all precautions should be taken aroundcorona should be observed.

19.01 – Coronare rules led to ambiguity among enforcers

Extraordinary investigative officials (BOAs) who check citizens for compliance with the coronagerels, found these measures and their enforcement last year very unclear. This is evidenced by an evaluation of I&O Research on the enforcement of the rules of conduct between March and November 2020, during which time the measures were laid down in local emergency regulations. For nearly six out of ten enforcers, it was not clear what rules of conduct were in force.

That even for citizens the rules were not always clear, led to resistance, saw seven out of ten enforcers. The 1.5 meters distance and rules on group formation were the least well observed. โ€œCitizens also had the slightest understanding of compliance with the rules of conduct around group formation,โ€ writes I&O.

Citizens’ reactions gave โ€œa large partโ€ of the enforcers extra workload. In March to May, at the beginning of the coronacrisis, there was still understanding for the enforcers. They received a sufficient amount from the citizens during that period, but in the period between June and the end of November the concept was much less.

Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus sent the investigation to the House of Representatives, and he admits that the โ€œrapid succession of emergency regulations with new – sometimes complex – rulesโ€ have caused problems. Solutions have now been found, says Grapperhaus. For example, the coronal rules are no longer laid down in the local regulations, but in the COVID Act. He‘s going to talk to the enforcers about the report.

17.50 – Already 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19

In the United States, 100 million people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as Jeff Zents, the White House coordinator of the fight against the corona epidemic, said Friday. That’s almost doubling the number in a month. At the end of March, there were 55 million.

โ€œ That means 100 million Americans with a sense of relief and peace of mind knowing that after a long and hard year they are protected from the virus, knowing that their decision to get vaccinated protects not only themselves but also their families, friends and residential environment.โ€

By now, 40 percent of all adults in the US have been vaccinated. According to the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they can safely go outside to resume their activities without a mouthcap.

17.38 – Italy meets the target of half a million vaccinations per day

Italy has vaccinated half a million people against coronavirus in 24 hours. Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, announced that on Friday. This has achieved a target for April. Actually, that was supposed to happen two weeks ago, but that hope was burdened by delays in the delivery of vaccines and the continuing doubts about pricks with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

โ€œ Vaccination is the real way out of these very difficult months,โ€ wrote Speranza on Twitter. So far, around 19.4 million Italians have received at least one first dose; 5.8 million people have now been fully vaccinated, just under 10% of the population. These figures are in line with the European average.

Italy is one of the countries hardest hit by corona. Experts fear that in the coming weeks it will be a problem of continuing to put half a million shots every day. This is mainly caused by a shortage of vaccines. This situation may continue until the end of May.


the beginning of this year, the government expected 57.2 million doses to be delivered by the summer. A scientist of the think tank ISPI estimates the actual number on the basis of current data at only 36 million. Most of it comes from PFIZER/BionTech.

16.00 – Long queues at shops The Hague despite bad weather

Despite the bad weather, the clothing stores as Primark in The Hague are again visited on Friday. Long rows form at the front door of several branches.

15.35 – Turkey approves Russian coronavaccin Sputnik-V

Turkey has approved the Russian coronavaccin Sputnik-V for use. Turkey ordered 50 million doses of the vaccine earlier this week.

In Turkey, people are already vaccinated with the means of Chinese Sinovac Biotech and Pfizer/Biontech. 23 million shots have been made in 13.7 million people, 16 percent of the population have been given at least a shot.

President Recep Erdogan said Friday that he โ€œdoes not acceptโ€ that there will be a vaccine deficiency in his country. This was warned before. Erdogan is expecting major deliveries from Moscow and Beijing soon.

15.27 – Diergaarde Blijdorp participatesat FieldLab experiment

Friday morning 30 April Diergaarde Blijdorp has opened its doors again for a test experiment. There are 4000 corona tested visitors in the park today.

13.30 – Pfizer wants approval of EMA for vaccination from 12 years


Manufacturers Pfizer and BionTech have submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to allow their coronavaccin for children from 12 years of age. It is currently allowed for people from 16 years of age.

Pfizer and BionTech already submitted the same request to the US medicine authority FDA earlier this month. According to the manufacturers, the vaccine against the coronavirus was 100 percent effective during a clinical trial in the United States.

The EEA often takes four to six weeks before it has taken a decision. Children between 12 and 15 years old can be vaccinated with the vaccine in Europe at the earliest from mid-June. Most countries first prick older people, which means that young people do not have their turn in June.

13.08 – Lareb wants more research on thrombosis and embolism after coronaprik

Side effects center Lareb requires more research on thrombosis and embolism after coronavaccinations. It received 399 reports of thrombosis or embolism following coronaprikken inside on nearly 4 million vaccines administered until 14 April. In the group that was pricked with AstraZeneca, the number of notifications is slightly higher than expected.

โ€œ Whether everything is reported, is not known. On the basis of the reports, no conclusion can be drawn about a relationship with the vaccines,โ€ said Lareb, which therefore advises more research.

There are 224 reports after vaccination with PFIZER/Biontech (Comirnaty), 150 after AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and 21 after Moderna. In four reports it is not clear which vaccine was given. Until 14 April, about 2.5 million vaccines from PFIZER/BionTech, 1 million from AstraZeneca and 300,000 from Moderna had been administered.

The reports reported 82 times pulmonary embolism, 62 times deep vein thrombosis, and 127 cases involved cerebral infarction. There were nine reports of the much-discussed combination of low platelet count and thrombosis, all after AstraZeneca.

โ€œ Thrombosis and pulmonary embolism occur in about 1 in 1000 people per year. Due to attention to the serious side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, there is high alertness to thrombosis and embolism. This may have increased the motivation to report the suspicion of side effects,โ€ said Lareb. โ€œThe number of reports of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and cerebral infarction, which occurred within two weeks after vaccination, is in most cases no higher than would otherwise be expected in a similar number of people.โ€

12.00 – Number of youth care clients fell for the first time since 2015

Almost one in ten young people up to 23 years of age received a form of youth care last year. The number of youth care clients declined for the first time since the decentralisation to the municipalities in 2015, as reflected in preliminary figures from the CBS. The agency has not investigated whether the decline is due to the coronacrisis, but calls it โ€œabsolutely obvious.โ€

In 2020, more than 429,000 young people received one or more forms of youth care, more than 14,000 less than in 2019. The biggest decline is seen in the outpatient youth care, where the client lives at home and receives assistance at the location of a healthcare provider. In 2019, 291,500 young people received this form of youth care, and by 2020 there were 276,500.

The number of young people in a closed department or location of a youth care provider also fell significantly by almost 20 percent, from 2,500 in 2019 to 2,000 in 2020.

The number of youth care projects started was more than 12 percent lower in 2020 than in 2019. โ€œEspecially during the first wave of coronacrisis in April and May fewer new routes started than in the same months of 2019,โ€ said CBS. But fewer aid routes were also closed.

09.55 – Russia produces first coronavaccin for animals

Russia produced the first 17,000 doses of a coronavaccin for animals. It protects mammals such as dogs, cats, mink and foxes, which are known to be able to get the coronavirus.

The first doses of Carnivac-Cov are used in Russia. At least twenty organizations from all over the world have shown interest in the drug.

The vaccine was approved in Russia in March and according to that country, the application for approval is currently being prepared in the European Union.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said earlier that it was concerned about contamination between humans and animals. According to Russia, this vaccine helps to avoid such infections. Possible mutations could also be avoided by preventing animals from becoming infected with this vaccine.

08.25 – More worldwide

More than 150 million coronavirus infections have been recorded worldwide since the onset of the coronapandemic. That is what the French press agency AFP has calculated.

The worldwide daily rate has doubled since mid-February. Approximately 821,000 infections are now detected every day. The United States has so far had the most coronation patients with 32.2 million detected infections. Next followed India (18.8 million) and Brazil (14.6 million).

India is currently struggling with a heavy second wave of more than 300,000 new cases reported daily. According to AFP, Asia is therefore the continent where the coronavirus spreads most rapidly. The number of detected coronavirus infections has increased by 28 percent compared to a week earlier.

Africa is the only other continent where the number of infections is increasing, but this is only a 3% increase. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the situation has stabilised. In Europe and the United States, it is a decrease of 18% and 12%, respectively, according to AFP.

According to figures from the French press agency, nearly 3.2 million corona-related deaths are known worldwide.

06.55 – Diergaarde Blijdorp open to 4000 visitors

Diergaarde Blijdorp opens the doors for 4000 visitors on Friday as part of the pilot series Testing for Entrance. The available tickets were sold out in no time, but the Rotterdam Zoo has kept some places for subscribers free.

Blijdorp would also be open next weekend, but that was waived on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Artis and Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen opened as a pilot. According to the government roadmap, the prospect is now that zoos will be able to reopen limited on 11 May without the need for a quick test.

In Admission Testing, visitors are allowed to visit museums, zoos, amusement parks and theatres on designated days, upon presentation of a negative corontest. Once inside, all kinds of safety measures apply, such as keeping sufficient distance and wearing mouthcaps in indoor spaces.

Blijdorp argues that it can also โ€œoffer visitors a safe day out without corona-virusstsโ€, among other things because visitors are mainly outdoors.

06.25 – First cases of Indian coronavariant detected in France

In France, the first cases of the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus have been identified, which currently provides sky-high levels of infection and death in India. That announcement came late on Thursday night from the French Ministry of Health.

The first case, which was established on Thursday, concerns a woman from South-West France who had recently travelled to India, reported by the Ministry. The other two infected persons, from south-east France, were also recently in India.

India has been breaking one grim coronar record after another in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of new infections and some two thousand registered coronadodes a day are now hardly an exception. The hospitals in the country are heavily overloaded and are suffering from large shortages.

Several European countries, including the Netherlands since Monday, are trying to keep the ‘Indian variant’ out of the door by means of a no-fly.