Covid-19: WHO, European Council and around 20 countries call for an “international treaty on pandemics”


UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

The leaders of twenty countries, the President of the European Council and the head of the WHO called on Tuesday March 30 to develop a “international treaty on pandemicsTo face future health crises. While France has 4,974 intensive care patients on Monday – beyond the peak of the second wave observed on November 16 – the United States is accelerating vaccination. Canada has announced that it is suspending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine while it is time to assess the risks, and Cuba has started to vaccinate its population.

Le Figaro takes stock, this Tuesday, March 30, on the latest information concerning the Covid-19 epidemic.

  • Pandemic Treaty

The leaders of twenty countries, the President of the European Council and the head of the WHO called on Tuesday March 30 to develop a “international treaty on pandemicsTo face future health crises.

Their proposal is presented in a forum signed by the leaders of countries spread over five continents, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, or even South Korean presidents Moon Jae-in. , South African Cyril Ramaphosa, Indonesian Joko Widodo and Chilean Sebastian Piñera.

  • 4974 patients in sheave, the peak of the second wave is exceeded

There are currently 4,974 Covid-19 patients in intensive care in France, more than the peak of the second wave of the epidemic, according to daily figures published on Monday March 29 by the public health agency France. The peak of the second wave was reached on November 16, with 4,903 Covid patients in shifts. At the peak of the first wave, in the spring of 2020, that number was around 7,000. 362 people died in 24 hours, and 2,099 patients were hospitalized. A total of 28,322 people are in hospital, including 4,974 in intensive care.

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The European Parliament will be ready to ratify the European health passport during its plenary session from June 7 to 10, the chairman of the parliamentary committee responsible for the file said on Monday March 29.

The European Commission, which proposed this “digital green certificate“On March 17, said on Monday that it provided for entry into force”by June», Without further details. This document is intended, with a view to the summer season, to facilitate travel for Europeans who can thus certify that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, have passed a negative PCR test or are immunized after having been infected.

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  • Biden speeds up vaccination

US President Joe Biden announced on Monday March 29 an acceleration of the vaccination campaign in the United States while urging vigilance: “The war against Covid-19 is far from won“.

Confirming the dramatic rise in recent weeks, the White House tenant promised that 90% of American adults would be eligible for the vaccine by April 19.

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  • AstraZeneca: suspicions in Canada

Health authorities in Canada announced Monday, March 29, that they are recommending that provinces suspend the use of AstraZeneca vaccines against Covid-19 in people under the age of 55, the time to assess the risks.

The report by World Health Organization (WHO) and Chinese experts on the origins of Covid-19 favors the hypothesis of transmission of the virus to humans via an animal infected with a bat and dismissed the thesis of a leak from a Chinese laboratory, against a background of suspicion of a lack of independence.

Experts do not rule out the hypothesis of transmission by frozen meat – a path favored by Beijing -, judging that this scenario is “possible“.

  • Record of daily contaminations in Venezuela and Argentina

Between Sunday and Monday March 29, in Venezuela, 1,288 new infections were recorded for a total of 157,943 cases, said Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in a speech broadcast by state television. A record of daily Covid-19 cases for the country facing a second wave of coronavirus, “more virulentAccording to the authorities.

Argentina recorded 14,014 new Covid-19 contaminations on Monday, March 29, a highest since the end of October, while an official report confirmed the community circulation of the Brazilian and Californian variants.

The country has recorded 2,322,594 cases and 55,611 deaths due to Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic, including 163 reported in the past 24 hours, according to health authorities.

  • No deaths in London in 24 hours, a first in six months

Across the Channel, the figures of the Covid-19 pandemic are hopeful. Sunday March 28, according to the Public Health England (PHE) agency, no death of a patient with Covid-19 was recorded, reports the BBC website. At the height of the crisis in April 2020, around 230 coronavirus-related deaths per day were recorded in the UK capital.

  • Johnson & Johnson in Europe from April 19

The vaccine against Covid-19 from the American laboratory Johnson & Johnson will be delivered to Europe from April 19, the company told AFP on Monday March 29.

Cuba began vaccinating 124,000 healthcare workers on Monday, March 29, with Abdala, its second anti-Covid vaccine candidate, in large-scale phase 3 clinical trials in populations at risk, according to local authorities.

  • Nearly 2.8 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 2.78 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to an AFP report from official sources on Monday March 29.

The United States is the country with the most deaths with 549,892 deaths, ahead of Brazil (313,866), Mexico (201,623), India (161,843) and the United Kingdom (126,592).

These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

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