EU plans to take delivery of 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of September, digital certificate for travelers agrees
The European Union, which is slow to vaccinate its 450 million citizens against COVID-19, plans to receive 1 billion doses of vaccine by the end of September, which will propel it beyond its goal of inoculating at least 70% of its population late. summer.
The document also did not include the German CVAC CureVac,
or the French Sanofi SNY,
who are also developing vaccines and pushing for authorization. The EU has also signed contracts with these companies, which means that if they succeed in obtaining an emergency authorization, the 27 Member States will have even more supply.
The news came as EU leaders at a summit agreed to introduce a digital COVID-19 certificate proving vaccination on July 1, a measure they hope will allow tourism to restart strongly. this summer.
The EU has said it will open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from other regions. The certificate, which will include a scannable QR code that will be linked to digital signatures on EU servers, will indicate whether an individual has been fully vaccinated or is immune to COVID after contracting the virus, AFP reported.
EU leaders have also pledged to share vaccines with other countries, a pledge first made at a G-20 summit in Rome last week. The EU has ordered up to 4.4 billion doses of the vaccine over the next two years and said it will share up to 100 million doses by the end of the year.
It comes a day after the World Health Organization kicked off its annual meeting with scathing criticism of richer countries for allowing a “scandalous injustice” in COVID-19 vaccines. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that a small group of countries that manufacture and purchase most of the available vaccines “control the fate of the rest of the world”.
Tedros continued Tuesday on this theme on social networks.
U.S. health officials and the State Department on Monday warned Americans against travel to Japan due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, which is preparing to host the Olympics in just two months. , reported The Associated Press.
Twin Alerts do not prohibit US citizens from visiting the country, but they could impact insurance rates for travelers and may take into account the decisions of Olympic athletes and spectators on whether to participate or to attend the games, which must begin. in July.
“Travelers should avoid all travel to Japan,” the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new COVID-19 update. “Due to the current situation in Japan, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19 and should avoid all travel to Japan.”
Japanese investigations have consistently shown that many people fear hosting the event during a pandemic, but Prime Minister Yoshide Suga is committed to moving forward.
The vaccination campaign in the United States continues with CDC vaccine tracking showing that 130.6 million people are now fully vaccinated, or 39.3% of the population. Almost 164 million Americans have received at least one dose.
Among Americans 65 and older, 40.5 million people are fully vaccinated, or 74% of that group. Almost 47 million people in this age group received a first stroke, covering 85.4% of that population.
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In other news:
• Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a law prohibiting private businesses and public entities, including schools, from requiring proof of COVID vaccination to provide services, according to local media. The number of COVID-19 cases in Alabama, like the rest of the country, has declined in recent months. According to BamaTracker, which collects data on the outbreak in the state, the 7-day daily average of cases was 200, the lowest number reported since April 8, 2020, near the dawn of the pandemic.
• Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine was effective in children ages 12 to 17 in a new study, a finding that could pave the way for a second injection in adolescents, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The vaccine elicited immune responses in children that were comparable to those seen in a study of adults last year. There were no cases of symptomatic COVID-19 among those vaccinated, suggesting 100% vaccine efficacy in adolescents, although overall very few children among the 3,700 children in the study fell ill. Based on the results, Moderna plans in early June to ask regulatory authorities in the United States and other countries to allow its vaccine to be used in children between the ages of 12 and 17.
• A breath test that aims to detect COVID-19 in less than a minute has received provisional clearance from health authorities in Singapore, National University of Singapore (NUS) said in a statement, Lina Saigol of MarketWatch. Breathonix, the NUS spinoff company that developed the rapid test, said it was now working with the Singapore Department of Health to run a technology deployment trial at one of the city-state’s border points with Malaysia. The breath test will be performed in conjunction with the current and mandatory rapid test for COVID-19 antigen.
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• Oxygen shortages are wreaking havoc in dozens of countries struggling with soaring COVID-19 cases and threatening “total collapse” of health systems, the Guardian reported. The paper cited a Bureau of Investigative Journalism analysis which found 19 countries including India, Argentina, Iran, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador and South Africaa, are most at risk after seeing a huge spike in demand since March. These countries have vaccinated less than 20% of their population.
• Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, reinstated COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday as authorities scrambled to find the missing link in a new outbreak, prompting New Zealand to pause a ” travel bubble ”with the State of Victoria Reuters reported. Amid concerns that the cluster, which has grown to nine cases in two days, could trigger a major outbreak, Victoria has imposed social restrictions and made face masks mandatory in hotels, restaurants and other indoor locations. The outbreak occurs after a period of about three months without any cases.
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The global tally of diseases transmitted by the coronavirus rose above 167.4 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll has exceeded 3.47 million.
The United States continues to dominate the world in the total number of cases with 33.1 million and deaths with 590,698, although cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining as more and more Americans move on. get vaccinated.
India is second in the world with 26.9 million cases and third with 307,321 deaths, although those numbers are vastly underestimated given the lack of testing.
Brazil is third in cases with 16.1 million and second in deaths with 449,858.
Mexico is fourth in deaths with 221,695 and 2.4 million cases.
The UK has 4.5 million cases and 127,986 deaths, the fifth in the world and most of Europe.
China, where the virus was first discovered at the end of 2019, has recorded 102,892 confirmed cases and 4,846 deaths, according to its official figures, which are widely considered massively underreported.
What does the economy say?
House price increases continue to accelerate, reflecting the large imbalance between supply and demand for housing in the United States, reported Jacob Passy of MarketWatch.
The house price index in 20 major cities rose at an annual rate of 13.3% in March, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller House Price Index. On a monthly basis, home prices increased 1.6%.
“The strength of the market is widely distributed: all 20 cities have grown and all 20 have gained more in the 12 months ending March than they had gained in the 12 months ending February,” Craig J. Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P DJI, said in the report.
The separate national index, which measures house prices across the country, posted a similar gain of 13.2% over the past year, equivalent to the highest annual gain since December 2005.
“The growth in house prices from the previous year reached more than twice the growth rate seen in the first quarter of 2020, just before the effects of the pandemic hit housing markets,” Lynn Fisher, deputy director of the FHFA’s research and statistics division, said in the report.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA,
and S&P 500 SPX,
were stable on Tuesday after losing the first gains.