UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The vaccination campaign in the United States is accelerating again, and all adults who wish will be able to be vaccinated there as of April 19. This situation contrasts with Europe, where the AstraZeneca vaccine continues to raise questions.
- Vaccines: All Americans eligible by April 19
President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday April 6 that all American adults will be eligible for the vaccine by April 19, ten days ahead of the previous target. The European Union, meanwhile, did not meet the target of vaccinating 80% of people over 80 by the end of March, but according to the European Commission, accelerating vaccine deliveries will allow the EU to achieve “collective immunity” this summer.
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- AstraZeneca: EMA reserves its conclusions
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Tuesday it was still evaluating whether AstraZeneca / Oxford’s vaccine is linked to the formation of rare blood clots, which have been reported in several countries. In France, the family of a 63-year-old man, who died in March of “multiple thromboses” after having received a first injection of the vaccine, filed a complaint against X for “manslaughter”.
- Oxford University suspends AstraZeneca trials on children
The University of Oxford announced on Tuesday that it was suspending trials on children of the Covid-19 vaccine that it developed with the Anglo-Swedish laboratory AstraZeneca, pending the opinion of the British regulator.
- The Stade de France transformed into a vaccination center
The Stade de France, temple of the Football World Cup in 1998, has been transformed since Tuesday into a large vaccination center, where 10,000 people should be able to receive an injection every week.
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- Vaccination in Chile: 56.5% effectiveness after two doses
The current anti-covid vaccination in Chile, mainly based on the Chinese Coronavac vaccine, has shown an efficacy of 56.5% against infections two weeks after the injection of the second dose, but no significant effect after the first, according to a study released Tuesday.
- Relaxation of restrictions in Hungary
Hungary will ease containment measures from Wednesday after Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that a quarter of the population had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
- The White House rejects the idea of a federal vaccine passport
The White House said on Tuesday it would not impose a health passport on Americans to show they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, while stressing that the private sector was free to move forward with the idea.
- Trudeau calls “to hold on” for “a few more weeks”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday urged Canadians weary of the pandemic to “hold on for a few more weeks”, while the current vaccination campaign “takes effect” in the face of the proliferation of variants of the virus.
- A new positive Italian football international
The Covid-19 contamination that appeared in the Italian football team during the last international break continues to spread with the announcement on Tuesday of the positive test from Juventus midfielder Federico Bernardeschi. The player – the sixth or seventh international azzurro tested positive since this gathering – is “Asymptomatic” and was placed “In isolation”, announced the Turin club.
- Record of more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours in Brazil
Brazil crossed for the first time on Tuesday the threshold of 4,000 deaths from Covid-19 in a single day, with 4,195 deaths recorded in 24 hours, a new record, according to the latest official report from the Ministry of Health.
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- More than 2.86 million dead
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 2.86 million people worldwide, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Tuesday at midday. The United States is the country with the most deaths (556,486), ahead of Brazil (336,947) and Mexico (204,399).