Covid-19: United States opens vaccination to adolescents


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 tourist season returns to Greece and health recommendations are reduced for people vaccinated in the United States: the airs of the end of the tunnel this Friday in the face of the coronavirus epidemic in the world. To not miss any of the latest highlights related to Covid-19, Le Figaro takes stock of the latest news from this Friday, May 14.

  • United States: end of the mask for vaccinated people

US President Joe Biden on Thursday greeted May 13 a “big day” in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic after the announcement of the lifting of the recommendation to wear a mask for vaccinated people. In addition, adolescents aged 12 to 15 can be vaccinated in the United States against Covid-19 since Thursday, after the extension of the authorization of the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech for this age group.

SEE ALSO – Vaccinated Americans “happy” and “delighted” to say goodbye to the mask

  • Greece: launch of the tourist season

Greece launches the tourist season on Friday with the return of freedom of movement after seven months of confinement. “We leave behind the dark clouds of fear and insecurity», Proclaimed the Greek Minister of Tourism Harry Theocharis, opening the summer season Thursday evening from the ancient temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, near Athens. The only condition now to travel to Greece, a country whose economy is very dependent on tourism: to be vaccinated or to present a negative Covid test.

  • “Impossible” to organize the Olympics, according to a union of Japanese doctors

It is “impossible” to organize the Tokyo Olympics safely while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage, a union of Japanese hospital doctors said on Wednesday in a message to the government. “We strongly oppose the holding of the Tokyo Games at a time when people around the world are fighting against the novel coronavirus”, say the doctors for whom “It is impossible to hold safe Games during the pandemic”.

  • Vaccines: China for the lifting of patents

China declared itself on Thursday in favor of a proposal from the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the lifting of patents on anti-Covid vaccines. A time opposed to this idea, the United States came as a surprise earlier this month when the Biden administration finally reversed its position. The lifting of patents on vaccines is a measure demanded at the WTO by many developing countries to increase production and access to vaccines against Covid-19.

  • United Kingdom: concern about the Indian variant

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday expressed his concern at localized outbreaks in England of the variant of the coronavirus which appeared in India. However, he was reassuring about the continuation of the deconfinement calendar in England. Most of the remaining restrictions are expected to be lifted on June 21.

SEE ALSO – The Indian variant “is likely to be a variant of concern”, warns WHO

  • Ventilation: scientists for a “paradigm shift”

Nearly 40 scientists from around the world called Thursday for “a paradigm shift” by calling for the establishment of ventilation standards in buildings, in order to better fight in the future against respiratory infections such as Covid-19, transported by air. “In the 21st century, we need to lay the foundations to make sure that the air in our buildings is clean (…) as we expect from the water that comes out of our taps”, they wrote in a text published by the prestigious journal Science.

  • Brazil: first match with an audience since March 2020

6,000 paying spectators will be able to attend the final of the football tournament in the Brazilian state of Maranháo (north) on Sunday, where tickets will be on sale to the public for the first time since March 2020 and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic . Spectators must have been vaccinated or present a negative test.

  • More than 3.3 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 3,333,603 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Thursday at 10:00 GMT. After the United States (584,464 deaths), the countries with the most deaths are Brazil (430,417), India (258,317), Mexico (219,590) and the United Kingdom (127,640).

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