Covid-19: Pfizer wants to authorize its vaccine for 12-15 year olds, AstraZeneca net profit jumps

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.

3.16 million deaths worldwide, a seated test concert planned in Marseille on May 29, record of unemployed in Brazil … Le Figaro takes stock this Friday, April 30 on the latest information related to the Covid pandemic.

  • More than 150 million cases worldwide, 3.16 million deaths

More than 150 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded worldwide. A figure pulled up by the explosion in the number of contaminations in India, where 2.5 million cases have been detected in the past seven days. The pandemic has killed at least 3,168,333 people, according to an AFP report. The United States is the most affected country in death tolls with 575,194 deaths, followed by Brazil (401,186), Mexico (216,447), India (208,330), and the United Kingdom (127,502). Among the hardest hit countries, Hungary is the one that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population.

  • Several cases of Indian variant detected in France

Three cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 were detected in total in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, a couple in Lot-et-Garonne and a man in Bordeaux, announced the Regional Health Agency, citing a situation “under control“. In Bordeaux, ten cases “risky contactsHave been identified among which four are positive for Covid. The complete sequencing carried out in Lyon will tell on Monday whether or not they are carriers of the variant.

»SEE ALSO – Covid-19: three cases of Indian variant discovered in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region

  • Expanded vaccination in France

The Minister of Health indicated that the vaccination against Covid-19 would be extended “from saturday“To all French adults”fragile”, Among which obese people but also those suffering from diabetes, hypertension, renal or cardiac insufficiency and cancers, that is to say approximately 4 million people. All adults in France will be able to be vaccinated from June 15, said the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, on Twitter on Friday.

  • College and high school students return on Monday, not always full-time

After the schoolchildren this week, Monday it will be the turn of middle school and high school students to find their way back to their school, a recovery that still raises many questions, both in terms of education and health. After two weeks of distance learning, interspersed with two weeks of leave, however, not all will resume full-time. The high school students will be in half-gauge, with an alternation of face-to-face and distance classes. For colleges, the start of the school year will be face-to-face, except for 4th and 3rd year students of the fifteen departments most affected by the pandemic, who will also return to the half-gauge.

  • The first seated test concert in Marseille planned for May 29

The National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) announced on Friday that it would plan to conduct its first test concert in Marseille on May 29, sitting and without testing at the entrance, to measure the risk of contagion. This concert-test should allow scientists to know whether the preventive measures put in place allow for a risk of contamination “identical to that to which the population is exposed in daily life“.

  • Pfizer and BioNTech seek authorization of their vaccine for 12-15 year olds in the EU

The German laboratory BioNTech and its American partner Pfizer announced on Friday that they had filed an application for authorization of their vaccine for young people aged 12 to 15, paving the way for approval in June. Based on a clinical study showing “100% efficiency“For this age group, they asked, according to a statement, a”extensionOf the authorization granted so far for people over 16 years of age. Such a process usually lasts between four and six weeks.

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  • AstraZeneca net profit jump

The Swedish-British pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca announced on Friday that it had doubled its net profit over one year in the first quarter, a period during which sales of its Covid-19 vaccine reached $ 275 million. The laboratory, which reveals for the first time a turnover on its vaccine, generated a net profit of 1.56 billion dollars over the first three months of the year.

  • Brazil: 14.4 million unemployed, a record

Brazil recorded a new record of 14.4 million unemployed from December 2020 to February 2021, or 2 million more job seekers in a year, according to official data released on Friday. The unemployment rate stands at 14.4%, against 11.6% over the same period a year earlier, when the pandemic arrived in Brazil, with a first case recorded in February 2020.

  • The pandemic continues to accelerate in Asia

Globally, the number of new cases during the past 7 days (more than 821,000 per day on average, an unprecedented level) increased by 4% compared to the previous week. But this global increase is once again mainly due to Asia (+ 28%), and more precisely to India, which recorded nearly 350,000 new cases per day on average. Overwhelmed, the country alone has accounted for more than 40% of new global cases.

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  • Possible holding behind closed doors for the Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics could take place behind closed doors due to the pandemic, the president of the organizing committee told AFP on Friday with less than three months of the event postponed to this summer, vowing by JO “sure“. The Games will only be a success if the organizers protect “completelyThe athletes and the Japanese population, she added.

  • French Grand Prix on motorbike without spectators

The French motorcycle Grand Prix will be held without spectators on May 14, 15 and 16 at Le Mans, event organizers announced on Friday following government announcements on Thursday. It will be necessary to wait in France on May 19 for sports establishments to be able to accommodate 800 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors.


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