LIVE Study: Vaccines May Work Against Corona for Years

For over a year now, the Netherlands and the world have been under control by the coronavirus overwhelmed from China. Countries are awakening from lockdowns and restrictive measures, although the measures sometimes return due to changes. What‘s happening today? Follow the latest news here.

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Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna corona vaccines put the immune system to work for such a long time that, according to US researchers, it could provide protection against the virus for years. Provided that doesn’t mutate in a way that bypasses vaccines.

โ€œA very, very good sign,โ€ Washington University immunologist Ali Ellebedy calls the results of the research against The New York Times. He and his team published their findings in the renowned scientific journal Nature.

The study was not very big, but it was intensive for the participants. Fourteen people volunteered to puncture their lymph nodes, in which immune cells are prepared to effectively recognize and help fight viruses. The subjects underwent punctures several times, up to fifteen weeks after their first puncture.

The research revealed that the center where so-called B memory cells receive their ‘training’ after those fifteen weeks was still very active. Research leader Ellebedy is delighted about this, as other vaccinations are known that this particular and important effect often becomes less powerful after a week or two.

Immunologists from other universities are also delighted to respond to the findings. Deepta Bhattacharya of the University of Arizona estimates, based on the study, that a possible follow-up shot, a booster, will only be needed if certain coronavariants will emerge that the vaccines are not working properly against. There will be no question of simply decreased immunity, the immunologist tells The New York Times. โ€œI just don‘t see that happening.โ€

0:02 – Care spending in 2020 by 475 euros per person up by corona

Households, insurers, and government have spent considerable more money on healthcare mainly due to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. They spent an average of 6660 euros per person, 475 euros more than in 2019, and not only care for corona patients led to additional costs, but also for example the purchase of face masks and the bonus for healthcare professionals. The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports that.

The extra healthcare expenses were mainly done by the government. She spent 340 euros more on this last year per person. Through the Health Insurance and Long-Term Care Act, 190 euros were spent more per Dutchman. The bills people had to pay for care themselves went down just 40 euros. This is partly because they were less attending specialists like the physiotherapist and dentist.

Healthcare costs increased not only because of the treatment of COVID patients and expenses on protective equipment, but also through additional care for the homeless and homeless, for example. In addition, healthcare providers were compensated for lost turnover because much regular care had been delayed or expired. These support schemes were estimated to be 4.1 billion euros. Also, the bonus healthcare workers received for their first wave deployment and the many corona tests led to a high cost.

In total, 116 billion euros were spent last year on health and well-being. That’s โ‚ฌ8.9 billion more than in 2019, and the spending of nursing, care and specialist medical care providers rose most.

21.49 โ€” Security deliberation talks about keeping distance in mid-August

Mayors‘ security deliberation comes back together with Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Security) in mid-August to talk about what needs to be done with the 1.5 meter rule. The abolition of this measure falls within the last step of the opening plan.

The consultation with the 25 Mayors of the Security Regions will also meet online on 12 July to discuss what to do if a new outbreak occurs regionally or locally. According to the Minister, customization needs to be applied in such a case. โ€œSo that the rest of the country gets as little as possible.โ€ How the mayors and the cabinet want to deal with that, they decide in a few weeks.

Whether those local outbreaks are coming, keeps guessing. โ€œWe don’t know. We can‘t rule it out. We need to be able to respond quickly,โ€ says Andrรฉ Rouvoet, chairman of dome club GGD GHOR who usually takes part in the deliberation. โ€œThe pandemic is still going on. There are quite a fewuncertainties. How are the variants of the virus and how do the vaccines work against themโ€, warns chairman of the deliberation Hubert Bruls, also mayor of Nijmegen.


example, when an outbreak in a nursing home, customization is simple, he says. Then everyone goes into quarantine. For fast spreading trouble spots, local measures must be taken and the government maintains national control.

20.16 – Grapperhaus: Abuse testing incredible sin

It’s incredible shame that people abuse testing for access. That‘s what Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said Monday prior to the Security Council, the mayors of the 25 security regions consultations. โ€œYou’re letting others run a risk. That‘s extremely unwise. You shouldn’t do that.โ€

The entry test did not go well this weekend. The Minister of Justice and Security concludes. For example, people were able to pass tickets to each other in multiple places and not everyone was checked. According to Grapperhaus, it is primarily the responsibility of the organizers and hospitality establishments to do this right. โ€œThat‘s the deal. If things don’t go well, they should attract themselves.โ€

According to the mayors of the deliberation, people must adhere to the rules in the coming period. โ€œWatch out is the key word,โ€ says Sybrand van Haersma Buma van Leeuwarden.

20.00 – Health Council advises Tuesday on prick from 12 years

The Health Council comes up on Tuesday with the long-awaited advice on whether or not to vaccinate against corona of healthy teenagers aged 12 to 17 years.

Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said she was more in favour. When young people are pricked, the risk of infection in particular school classes is reduced. Thus society is โ€œprotected as best as possibleโ€ from the virus, thinks the reigner.

Pediatricians were not at first, because corona‘s risks for healthy youthful people are small themselves. However, Monday’s Volkskrant shows that some have changed their views: they are now advising teenagers aged 12 to 17 to vaccinate against Covid-19. The advance of the more contagious Delta variant makes this necessary, said Kรกroly Illy, OMT member and chairman of the Dutch Society of Pediatrics.

16.47 – Over 200 applications for events at guarantee desk

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has so far received 205 requests at the event guarantee desk. According to a spokesperson, the applications account for a grant of 235.4 million euros in total.

On 18 June, the counter opened where event organizers could apply for a guarantee scheme in case the event could not take place due to a ban by the state government. If there is no ban at the time of the event, the right to grant under this scheme will expire. Grants requested, but not distributed, will then return to the pot.

Applications include twenty concerts and 150 festivals. The RVO spokesperson cannot say exactly what events are about. There is also โ€œno unambiguous definition of what is big or smallโ€ in terms of the size of the events. The average number of visitors to all events together is 13,000, if only the festivals are counted is 17,000.

15.58 – Report of hack

Stichting Open Nederland, the organization behind Access Testing, will report after last Friday‘s hacking attempt. A spokesperson reports that. As a result of the incident, emails containing the test results later arrived. Access Testing controls coronation access tests on behalf of the government. A total of 95 test sites across the country.

From Friday night 00.00, people were allowed to go back to nightclubs, provided they were able to show negative test results, vaccination proof, or proof of recovery. But for many people their test results came in late Friday. According to the foundation, the delay is due to a hacking attempt, which is being reported against now.

NH Nieuws and the Gelderlander also write that visitors who had not actually had a valid test result were offered a negative result โ€œfor compensationโ€ or โ€œto get rid of itโ€ without knowing what the results of the test were. โ€œWe don’t recognize that image,โ€ says the foundation spokesperson. โ€œBut we do take these messages seriously. That‘s why we are talking about this with locations that we have received these types of signals about.โ€

14.44 – De Jonge: Testing for entry did not go flawless this weekend

The last weekend did not go well with access testing at nightclubs, for example, admits demissionary coronaminister Hugo de Jonge. There were reports that visitors came towere able to get in with someone else’s ticket. There were also long waiting times at Access Testing, where people can have an access test. Some even received negative test results to compensate for waiting times without undergoing a test, NH News reported last weekend.

According to De Jonge it was โ€œa very nice weekend under the lineโ€, but he admits that it โ€œdidn‘t go as flawless at all points.โ€ He stresses that only people with a negative test or vaccination certificate are allowed to enter. โ€œYou should be able to assume that the one next to you is safe on the dance floor.โ€ If that guarantee is not there, he believes it is no longer possible to keep โ€œbehind the gateโ€ no longer 1.5 metres away.

Admission tickets allow occasions to open again without the need for 1.5 metres away. Visitors will show through the CoronaCheck app that they have undergone an access test, or have already been vaccinated. As of July 1, you will also get a ‘green tick‘ in the app if someone has recently recovered from corona.

The minister says he talks with the Open Netherlands Foundation, who is responsible for Access Testing. It should also be better maintained that porters not only check the QR code from CoronaCheck, but also check the identity of the visitor. Otherwise, people with someone else’s code can enter. โ€œIt‘s going to be better next weekendโ€, De Jonge assures. If last weekend’s problems led to infections, he couldn‘t say.

13.27 – If it’s not urgent, wait asking GP for puncture proof

If you don‘t need immediate proof that your GP has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, wait to request that evidence. And if you do need such proof, ask your GP by email. The National General Practitioners Association (LHV) makes that call.

Since last week, the Coronacheck app has been in the air. This allows people to prove that they have been vaccinated, for example if they want to travel abroad. This app extracts the information from the systems of the GGDs and the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), among others.

But not everyone is in that administration. Some people didn’t want their data to be shared and others have not yet arrived in the central system. For those people, an โ€œexception routeโ€ has been devised. If they have been vaccinated by the GP, the GP will be able to produce proof of that. That‘s possible next Thursday.

12.03 – CoronaCheck System Vaccination Certificates Still Fall There are still

problems with vaccination certificates for people who have had their first corona prik and have undergone corona infection. This group should be able to get a green check mark in the CoronaCheck app, but that doesn’t always work well, please let the ministry know in response to reports from Demissionary Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said Friday that the issues should be resolved this weekend are.

According to the Ministry, there has been โ€œhard workโ€ in recent days to fix the problems, but only partially succeeded. The Ministry suspects that the problem occurs in people who received their first shot from the GGD somewhere between April and early June. The biggest problems appear to be encountered in the processing of data from this group. How many people are affected by this is still unclear.

With a vaccination certificate, people have been able to visit places since this weekend where it is not possible to keep 1.5 metres away. For example, those with a green check mark in the app can go back to nightclubs and nightclubs. Those who do not have a vaccination certificate can also provide proof of a negative test. So far more than 200,000 people have done so far. Two million people made a vaccination certificate.

There have been more issues around the app. For example, not all vaccination data has been properly processed, because they are recorded in a system that the app is unable to access. From now to July 1, information from many people will be introduced. It was also very busy on the servers around the introduction of vaccination certificates. Many users received an error message because the systems were overloaded. They had to come back later. Meanwhile, according to the Ministry, the crowds have declined again

The test certificates did not go well either. Access Testing, which performs corona tests that can be used in the CoronaCheck app, caused delays. According to the organization, those problems were caused by a hack.

7.15 โ€” Australia is increasingly locked due to new resurgence corona

More and more states in Australia are taking corona-virus measures due to a virus revival. Approximately 18 million out of 25 million inhabitantscurrently face limitations ranging from re-compulsory wearing masks to a total lockdown, which has been in force for two weeks in Sydney and surrounding areas for two weeks since this weekend.

โ€œI think we‘re going into a new phase of this pandemic with the more contagious Delta variant,โ€ Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg said to Australian news channel ABC. According to him, the country is facing a ‘critical phase‘ in the fight against Covid-19, and a special commission, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, meets Monday to discuss the situation. A national lockdown is not excluded.

Eighteen new local infections were reported on Monday in the state of New South Wales, which includes Sydney. A day earlier, there were thirty more. In total, 130 cases have now been recorded since an initial infection was detected almost two weeks ago by a limousine driver who had transported the crew of an overseas airline.

โ€œWe have to take into account that the numbers go up and down and we need to be prepared for the figures to rise substantially,โ€ New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said to reporters in Sydney. โ€œWith this variant, we see nearly 100 percent transfer within households.โ€

The northern city of Darwin went in lockdown Sunday for two days because of someone who was infected with the Delta variant. The state of Queensland has once again introduced compulsory face masks and limited the number of guests that can be welcomed at home in several areas, including the state capital of Brisbane. This kind of action has also been taken for the capital Perth in Western Australia. Restrictions remain in place in capital Melbourne of the state of Victoria and the national capital Canberra.

6.50 โ€” For the time being last corona meeting of mayors

The 25 mayors who together form the Security Consultations will meet for the last time in Utrecht for a special corona meeting on Monday. Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus is present and possibly coronaminister Hugo de Jonge. According to a spokeswoman for deliberation, it’s no longer necessary to meet every week, now that so many corona measures have been relaxed. But the mayors keep in touch with each other so that they can quickly intervene if necessary.

Hubert Bruls, chairman of the deliberation and mayor of Nijmegen, will look back at the many meetings dedicated to fighting the virus. Since corona broke out in the Netherlands at the end of February 2020, the presidents of the 25 safety regions have been together almost every week. Over the past few months this has happened digitally, but most of the time the mayors had a physical meeting in Utrecht. Almost always attended the government on behalf of the Cabinet.

The deliberation discusses the first experiences on Monday after the many easings that apply from Saturday. They also look ahead to mid-August, if the distance rules might disappear too. According to Bruls, the deliberation is โ€œon guard.โ€ Mayors don‘t want a local virus outbreak to spread. โ€œIf the country should be in lockdown again, it’s a huge boom,โ€ says Bruls.

6.32 โ€” British Defence Secretary and Defence Summit in Quarantine

The British Defence Secretary and much of the United Kingdom Defence Summit must be quarantined after the head of the British Armed Forces tested positive for Covid-19 last week. British government confirmed, British media reported.

Minister Ben Wallace and the top men of the Royal Navy, Air Force and Strategic Command are alarmed by the health authorities and must be in home isolation for ten days.

They all had close contact with General Nick Carter (62) on Thursday at a military academy meeting in Shrivenham. After the event, Carter tested positive for the virus. At the meeting, the corona rule would have been respected for sufficient distance, but still those involved are seen as โ€œclose contact.โ€

The minister and the other staff will continue to work from home for the next ten days.

6.30 โ€” Germany wants to prevent UK travelers from the EU

Germany wants to prevent British travel to EU countries even longer, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. That‘s what the British newspaper The Times reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposes to designate Britain as a โ€œcountry of concernโ€ because the highly contagious Delta variant is so widespread, according to the newspaper.

The plans will be discussed by senior European and national officials in a special EU political committee.crisis response. Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal would see nothing in the plans. โ€œMany countries will think it’s their own decision and not a decision to be made in Berlin,โ€ a British government source says to the newspaper.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson receives Merkel in his country house Chequers on Friday. Britain plans to reveal plans next month to allow fully vaccinated people to travel unrestricted to all countries except those with the highest COVID-19 risk.

In the UK, Saturday, the highest number of corona infections has been established in a day since February 5. Health authorities reported 18,270 positive test results. 23 deaths were reported. Many people have already been vaccinated in Britain, but the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is also about it. People who have been vaccinated once are not well enough protected against this coronamutant.