EU to authorize variant vaccines faster

12:09 p.m .: Japan approves a first vaccine … five months before the Olympics

Japan on Sunday gave its first green light to a vaccine against the coronavirus, that developed by Pfizer, paving the way for the launch of a vaccination campaign five months before the opening of the Summer Olympics.

Japan is set to start administering the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine to 20,000 healthcare workers as of Wednesday, before expanding vaccination to other healthcare workers and the elderly from April, using others as well. coronavirus vaccines.

11:22 am: A doctor, the first Lebanese vaccinated against the Covid in Beirut

A doctor on Sunday became the first Lebanese to receive the anti-Covid vaccine in Beirut, kicking off the vaccination campaign in a country plagued by serious health, economic and political crises.

Mahmoud Hassoun, the head of the intensive care unit at Rafic Hariri hospital, the main public establishment mobilized in the fight against the coronavirus, was administered the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. “We hope this will be the beginning of the end of this epidemic in the country,” he said.

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10:58 am: EU to authorize variant vaccines faster

“We have now decided that a vaccine improved by a manufacturer to fight against new variants (…) will no longer need to go through all the stages of authorization,” said the Commissioner for Health on Sunday. German daily Augsburger Allgemeine. In recent weeks, the European Commission has been widely criticized for the slow start of vaccination campaigns in EU countries, due both to certification procedures for the first vaccines deemed too long compared to the United Kingdom or in the United States, but also concerning vaccine orders.

9:26 am: Three days of confinement in Auckland after the discovery of a new outbreak

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday ordered a three-day confinement in Auckland (north) after the discovery of a new source of Covid-19 contamination. It is therefore 1.7 million inhabitants who will be required to stay at home from midnight Sunday evening. Schools and businesses will remain closed Monday, with the exception of businesses deemed “essential”. The coronavirus outbreak was detected over the weekend in the country, where three members of the same family have tested positive, including a woman working for a catering company serving international flights.

9:24 am: Variants identified in Guyana and Saint-Barthélemy

Variants of Covid-19 have been identified in Saint-Barthélemy and Guyana, the day after the location of the first cases in Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin, the authorities announced. The so-called English variant has been identified in two people in Saint-Barthélemy, the prefectures said in a statement. In Guyana, “four first cases of variants have been detected”, one of the people having “died last week”. Samples will be subjected to sequencing to know with certainty the type of variant involved.

9:21 am: “We should do our utmost to prevent its dissemination”

Rémi Salomon, president of the Medical Commission for the Establishment of Public Assistance – Hospitals of Paris (APHP) wonders about the measures taken by the government to curb the spread of variants in France: “A more contagious variant for which vaccines seem less effective, we should do everything possible to prevent its dissemination it seems to me … “he wrote on Sunday on the social network Twitter.

8:04 am: Germany wants to keep variants outside its borders

Germany partially closes its borders with the Czech Republic and Austrian Tyrol this Sunday in an attempt to contain the spread of variants of the coronavirus. “Fixed checkpoints” at the borders concerned are thus set up, like the one installed at Kiefersfelden (Bavaria), on the border with Austria. A large system of a thousand police officers is mobilized to ensure these checks. The Deutsche Bahn railway company has suspended its connections with these areas.

These border measures are not to the taste of the European Union, which fears as in spring 2020 the temptation of “every man for himself” of the countries of the bloc in the face of the pandemic.

7:59 am: Emmanuel Macron evokes the need for “rapid international collective action”

In the columns of the Sunday Journal, Emmanuel Macron calls for a global initiative to stop the emergence of variants of the coronavirus: “We are now engaged in a fight against variants, which is a real race against time. Without rapid, effective and united international collective action, we are taking the risk that the virus escapes us, ”he said. And to recognize that access to the vaccine is unequal: “African countries rightly challenge us on their access to vaccines. The ACT-A initiative will have made it possible to secure more than 2 billion doses of vaccines at a much better price than if each country had negotiated them separately, that in itself was a success. But we still have to step up the efforts, because every week counts. “

7:46 am: Nearly 2 million people have had a first injection of vaccine in France

As of February 13, 2,248,531 people have received the first injection of vaccine (i.e. 3.4% of the total population and 4.2% of the major population) and 639,899 people have received the second injection and are therefore officially “vaccinated. “against Covid-19.

7:42 am: The Sanofi vaccine not before 2022

The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sanofi, in partnership with the American Translate Bio using messenger RNA technology, will not be ready this year, said the CEO of the French pharmaceutical group in an interview with the Journal du dimanche. Last December, Sanofi said it was targeting a potential authorization for this vaccine in the second half of 2021 at the earliest, following positive preclinical trials.

“This vaccine will not be ready this year, but it could prove useful later, especially if the fight against the variants were to continue,” Paul Hudson said in the Sunday Journal without giving any other details.

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7:25 am: “We want more data”: WHO investigators put pressure on China

The United States and experts from the World Health Organization on Saturday pressured China to provide more data, as the WHO investigation in Wuhan into the beginnings of the pandemic s’ is completed without final conclusions.

“We want more data. We have asked for more data,” said Peter Ben Embarek, who spent a month with his team in Wuhan, where the coronavirus responsible for the epidemic was discovered in December 2019.

6:49 am: Washington and WHO put pressure on Beijing

The United States and experts from the World Health Organization on Saturday pressured China to provide more data, as the WHO investigation in Wuhan into the beginnings of the pandemic s’ is completed without final conclusions. “To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data on the first days of the epidemic,” asked the White House.

6:45 am: In the North, the English variant out of control

In the region of Dunkirk (North), it is the progression of the English variant that worries. “The epidemic evolution of Covid-19 on the territory of Dunkirk has deteriorated sharply in recent days,” the North Prefecture wrote on Saturday. The obligation to wear a mask in public space has been extended to the entire metropolis and the authorities have postponed the arrival and departure of classes in nursery and elementary schools in order to avoid crowds. Colleges and high schools operate “in mixed mode (face-to-face / distance)”.

6:42 am: The Moselle is currently avoiding re-containment

In Moselle, a department affected by the South African variant, schools remain open and there is no local confinement for the time being. Current measures appear “to date sufficient”, authorities said on Saturday.

What to remember from Saturday

No re-containment in Moselle, or closure of schools, despite the presence of the South African variant.
In the North, it is the English variant that worries, mainly around Dunkirk “where the situation has suddenly deteriorated”, according to the prefecture.
A first case of serious reinfection by the South African variant of the coronavirus has been made public by the hospitals of Paris (AP-HP).
Vaccines will not end the pandemic if all countries do not receive doses quickly and fairly, experts warned on Saturday.

6:40 am: Hello and welcome to this live dedicated to the Covid-19 epidemic in France and around the world.


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