Covid-19: the United States doubles its vaccine orders

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New reports, new measures, highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

The United States has ordered 200 million additional doses of vaccine to immunize the majority of the population “By summer”. To not miss any of the latest highlights related to Covid-19, Le Figaro takes stock of the latest news from this Friday 12 February.

Despite a downward trend in cases, “the overwhelming majority of European countries remain vulnerable“WHO Europe said Thursday, warning against”a false sense of security”Because of the still low number of vaccinated.

  • Germany will close borders

Germany will close its borders, with a few exceptions, with the Czech Republic and the Austrian region of Tyrol, which record high rates of infection with highly contagious variants, announced Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

  • United States: 200 million additional doses

Joe Biden has announced the purchase of 200 million additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, which should allow the United States to have enough doses by the end of July to immunize the vast majority of the population. These additional doses – 100 million from Moderna and 100 million from Pfizer – are in addition to the 200 million doses already ordered from each company.

SEE ALSO – Covid-19: Joe Biden announces the massive purchase of vaccines to catch up with the delay taken by his predecessor

  • Melbourne confined, the Australian Open behind closed doors

A new five-day confinement, to try to stem the appearance of a variant of the coronavirus, was ordered Friday in Melbourne in the middle of the Australian Open, but the tennis tournament can continue behind closed doors.

  • Ontario: postponed vacation

Ontario, the most populous province in Canada and the most affected by the pandemic, is pushing back the spring school vacation by one month to try to stop community transmission of the coronavirus, the Minister of Education announced Thursday.

  • Pactole for AstraZeneca in 2020

British pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca’s net profit more than doubled in one year to $ 3.2 billion, and sales climbed 9%, thanks in part to strong demand for drugs against the disorders caused by the virus, such as asthma. Associated with the University of Oxford, AstraZeneca is one of the first to have developed a vaccine against Covid-19.

  • A drug would reduce the risk of death

An anti-inflammatory drug, tocilizumab, reduces the risk of death in hospitalized patients with severe Covid-19, according to the results of the large UK clinical trial Recovery. “For 25 patients treated with tocilizumab, an additional life would be saved», Say those responsible for the trial.

  • Dubai increases its sanitary capacity

Dubai had to “increase»Its health capacities, recruiting foreign workers and adding beds for coronavirus patients, at a time when the epidemic is on the rise in the emirate despite the vaccination, according to an official. During the winter holidays, some 500,000 tourists flocked to luxury hotels in the emirate, a rare destination open to tourism, causing cases to resume.

  • Africa: 40% increase in deaths in one month (WHO)

Deaths due to Covid-19 in Africa “increased by 40%In one month, the WHO alarmed Thursday, worrying about the fate of a continent confronted with new more contagious variants.

  • Sports competitions canceled in Norway

The World Cup stages scheduled for Norway in March in different disciplines (alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, combined, biathlon) have been canceled due to the pandemic, the International Ski and Biathlon Federations said.

  • More than 2.35 million dead

The pandemic has killed more than 2.35 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019. After the United States (475,040 dead), the most bereaved countries are Brazil (236,201), Mexico (169,760), India (155,360) and the United Kingdom (114,851).


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