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- The Netherlands now has its own masks factory: ‘Also for the next pandemic’
- The travel industry sees foreign holidays again during the summer
17.30 – WHO approves Chinese corona vaccine Sinopharm worldwide
The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved for the first time a Chinese corona vaccine, that of state-owned Sinopharm, for worldwide use. This is a so-called emergency approval, which allows the drug to be deployed more quickly than after a longer procedure for ‘normal’ use.
Sinopharm is recommended for anyone 18 and older. Two injections are required. The drug is already widely used in China.
For example, the approval allows UN organizations to purchase and distribute Sinopharm.
16.40 – Zuyderland hospital again admits corona patients
The hospitals of Zuyderland in Sittard and Heerlen have been admitting corona patients again since Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. “But it is very close to the wind,” said a spokesman for Zuyderland.
Both hospitals announced a total admission stop on Thursday morning, which was replaced by an admission stop for corona patients on Thursday afternoon. The hospitals were completely full at that time.
At 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, Zuyderland ended the admission stop for Covid patients. “There is some room again,” said the spokesman. Zuyderland was confronted with a sudden influx of 35 new corona patients on Wednesday evening. As a result, there were 116 Covid patients in Zuyderland, the highest number since the start of the second wave. 29 of them were in intensive care. And that while at Zuyderland there is actually only room for 60 corona patients in accordance with national agreements, the so-called fair share.
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16.10 – Macron: US and British are not allowed to block export vaccines
French President Emmanuel Macron is calling on the Americans and British to stop blocking the export of corona vaccines. The ‘Anglo-Saxons’ must end the export blockade to strengthen global ‘vaccine solidarity’, Macron believes.
To distribute the vaccine, “we must not block the raw materials and the vaccines themselves,” said the president upon his arrival at a European summit in Porto. But “today the Anglo-Saxons are blocking many of these ingredients and vaccines.” Right now, 100 percent of vaccines produced in the United States are destined for the American market, Macron emphasized.
From Franse president Emmanuel Macron.
13:35 – British people in their thirties also receive alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine
The UK age limit for the AstraZeneca vaccine is being raised. The scientific committee overseeing the UK vaccination program is now recommending that people in their thirties be offered a different corona vaccine. Now that only happens with younger people.
The age limit is set due to blood clots in adults vaccinated with the vaccine from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company. This rare side effect mainly occurs in younger people. It is therefore only administered to people from a certain age in more countries.
The UK committee says the advice reflects the low number of infections in the UK and the availability of other vaccines. According to Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy medical officer, the change will not slow down the rate of vaccination. All adults are still offered a first corona pepper by July, he says.
More than 50 million corona pricks have been put in since the UK vaccination campaign began in December. According to the latest figures, two thirds of the adult population has already received a first dose. One third has already had two injections and is therefore maximally protected in case of infection with the corona virus.
13.15 – European Commission ‘close to’ signs large vaccine order Pfizer
The European Commission expects to complete the intended purchase of 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech corona vaccine very soon, possibly as early as Friday. A committee spokesperson denies that the European order is being blocked by France, as the German daily newspaper Die Welt writes. “There is unanimous support from Member States for the contract and our approach,” he said.
The new vaccines will be ordered for delivery mainly in 2022 and 2023, as a boost after injections already taken and as protection against new variants. The new vaccines for children may also be eligible. Until now, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has only approved vaccines for adults, but the agency is currently investigating whether the Pfizer vaccines are also safe and effective for young people. According to the spokesperson, a ruling on this is expected from EMA in June.
According to Die Welt, based on statements by diplomats, France would have wanted to stop the order for unclear reasons, possibly because Paris wants a greater role for French pharmaceutical companies, the anonymous sources suggested. The French European Commissioner Thierry Breton (Industry) would also have doubts, according to the newspaper, but according to the spokesman “no discussions have taken place” within the committee.
11.30 – ‘Secretary of State did not do enough against corona in detention’
State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol (Justice and Security) has not done enough to prevent a Colombian woman in immigration detention from having to be quarantined twice because of corona. As a result, the woman’s detention took unnecessarily long. The State Secretary must therefore pay her 880 euros in compensation, according to the administrative law department of the Council of State.
Since March last year, there have been temporary travel restrictions for people from countries outside the EU who want to travel to the Netherlands. These restrictions are intended to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
With a view to public health, a woman from Colombia was not allowed to enter the Netherlands upon arrival at Schiphol. She was subsequently placed in immigration detention, with the intention that she would fly back to Colombia within two weeks. But the return trip was postponed because her roommate in detention turned out to be infected with the corona virus. The woman therefore had to be quarantined for ten days herself.
After this quarantine, she came to another roommate who was also tested positive for the corona virus. That is why the Colombian had to quarantine for another ten days. Ultimately, she spent 25 days in detention until her departure from the Netherlands.
The Council of State believes that Broekers-Knol should have made extra efforts after the first quarantine period to prevent the woman from being quarantined again, so that she could return to Colombia as soon as possible.
State Secretary for Justice and Security Ankie Broekers-Knol
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6:02 am India registers another record increase in corona infections
India has again registered a record number of corona infections in one day. On Friday, it reported a further 414,188 new cases in the last 24 hours.
India has already registered a total of about 21.49 million corona infections. The number of corona deaths increased by another 3,915 in the last 24 hours. In the country with approximately 1.37 billion inhabitants, a total of at least 234,083 deaths were caused by Covid-19. Experts think the true death toll is much higher.
5:13 am France postpones European vaccine order from Pfizer
France is delaying a European order for 1.8 billion Pfizer / BioNTech corona vaccines, Die Welt reported on Friday. The German newspaper relies on European diplomats. The order of the 1.8 billion vaccines is planned for the next two years.
Die Welt writes that the reason for the delay is unclear. Diplomats argue that the reason for the doubt is Paris may be that France wants a bigger role for French pharmaceutical companies.
The German newspaper reports that in recent consultations on vaccines, French representatives blocked decisions by asking technical questions and asking for clarification.
As a result of the global demand for corona vaccines, governments of EU member states fear that they may be late with new orders. “France would be responsible for that disaster,” a diplomat told Die Welt.
04:22 am Tourism sector Curaçao: lack of relaxation incomprehensible
The Curaçao tourism sector is deeply disappointed with the relaxation of the corona measures as announced this week. The chairman of Curacao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA), Hans Slier, said on Thursday that the government has done ‘a fantastic job’ in recent months to get the number of infections under control again. But now that it is under control, the tourist industry expected that it would also be made more attractive for tourists to come to Curaçao again. According to the chairman, it is ‘incomprehensible’ that this did not happen.
Cautious relaxations were implemented on the island last Monday, including a shortening of the curfew from 7 PM to 9 PM. But Slier criticizes the fact that people are still only allowed to go to the beach between half past four and eight o’clock in the morning and that the registration number still applies, so that motorists are only allowed to take to the street twice a week.
Relaxation of these measures would certainly have contributed to the arrival of more tourists. The chairman also complained about the measures that apply to tourists to not only hand over a negative PCR test upon entry, but also to take an antigen test after three days. He calls all those tests unacceptable.
He also states that tourists at Schiphol and in Miami, due to all the regulations and problems with online payment of an entry document, dozens of travelers have missed their flight to Curaçao. According to CHATA, the tourism industry in Curaçao has been severely affected by the corona pandemic much more than other sectors. Currently about 50 percent of the workers in the tourism industry are unemployed. These are approximately 16,000 people.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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