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COVID-19 WRAP | Covid-19 variants of concern detected in SA

May 8, 2021 – 22:21

Concerning Covid-19 variants found in SA

The health department confirmed on Saturday evening that two variants are present Worrying problems have been identified in the country.

According to Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize confirmed to the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) that two other worrying variants than the B.1.351 already dominating in South Africa have been discovered.

From the B.1.1.7- Variant, which was first discovered in the UK, there were 11 cases, while the B.1.617.2 variant, which was first discovered in India, four cases were found.

May 8, 2021 – 19:05

Italy plans to lift the quarantine restrictions for some travelers from mid-May

Italy plans to lift the quarantine restrictions for travelers from European countries, the UK and Israel To revive the tourism industry, said Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Saturday.

The quarantine requirement for people arriving from the US from June could be lifted, Di Maio said after meeting Health Minister Roberto Speranza to ease restrictions on countries to discuss with high vaccination values. .

“We are working to lift the ‘mini-quarantine’ for people from European countries, the UK and Israel if they have a negative swab, have proof of vaccination or are recovering from it have Covid within the last 6 months. The same applies to the USA “, he wrote in a post on Facebook

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8. May 2021 – 16:00

In the hope of attracting tourists back, Greece will reopen the beaches after the closure.

With widely spaced sun loungers and regular disinfection, Greece reopened its organized beaches on Saturday The popular Mediterranean holiday destination is easing the containment of Covid-19 in preparation for the return of foreign visitors in the next week .

Tourism accounts for about a fifth of the Greek economy and employment, and – after last year’s worst year in the industry – the country can look forward to another lost summer hardly afford.

“We put our hopes in tourism,” said Nikos Venieris, who manages the sandy beach in the seaside suburb of Alimos, just outside the capital, Athens, where social distancing measures remain in place .

“We are one of the places along the Athens Riviera … that receives a lot of tourists so the number overseas visitors will play a big role in our finances,” he added added.

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May 8, 2021 – 2:00 pm

Indian states impose stricter bans as Covid deaths hit record highs.

India reported the highest number of Covid-19 fatalities in one day on Saturday

The Indian Ministry of Health reported 4,187 in the last 24 hours Deaths, bringing the death toll to nearly 240,000. The Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment estimates that India will have 1 million Covid deaths by August.

The number of cases rose by 401,078 on Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 21.9 million.

Medical experts say the actual number of Covid-19 cases and deaths is likely far higher than the official figures.

Tamil Nadu, known for its auto manufacturing including BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan and Renault, said it would move from a partial to a full lockdown on Monday and close public transportation and state liquor stores.

The neighboring state of Karnataka extended a full shutdown late Friday. The state capital of Bengaluru is an important technology center that houses large offices for companies such as Google, Amazon and Cisco.

India has yet to impose a national lockdown, as it did during its first wave last year, but around half of all states have imposed a full shutdown.

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May 8, 2021 – 13:48

France’s Macron : The US should restrict vaccine exports

French President Emmanuel Macron called on the US government on Saturday to lift export restrictions on Covid-19 vaccines and components for the vaccines.

At a European Union summit in Portugal, Macron said at a press conference that rich nations must open up their vaccination capacities to help less developed countries.

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May 8, 2021 – 13:30

Pakistan receives the first Covid-19 vaccine doses under COVAX-UNICEF

Pakistan received its first batch of 1.2 million on Saturday UNICEF reported in a press release about Covid-19 vaccine doses as part of its COVAX quota:

“Pakistan today received its first shipment of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines (SII-AZ AZD1222) from the COVAX facility,” it said.

COVAX, a global program to provide vaccines mainly to poor countries, has recently been hit by supply problems.

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May 8, 2021 – 12:10

EU signs new Pfizer contract for 1.8 billion Covid-19 vaccines

The European The Union signed a new contract with Pfizer-Biontech the receipt of 1.8 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the period 2021-2023 to request The European Commission announced on Friday that it will cover vaccinations, donations and the resale of cans.

“We are pleased to announce that @EU_Commission has just signed a contract for a guaranteed 900 million doses (+900 million options) with @BioNTech_Group and @Pfizer for the period 2021-2023 “, said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen Twiter. “Different contracts and different vaccines technologies will follow,” she said.

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May 8, 2021 – 11:40 AM

Some Americans hesitate to throw off masks outdoors despite the simplified rules.

New guidelines from US health officials mean more and more Americans can go out exposed. Some are not ready for this yet.

May 8, 2021 – 10:32

Vaccine tourism: South Africans cross the border into Zimbabwe for Covid-19 jab < / span>

Zimbabwe is seeing a boom in vaccine tourism as foreigners enter the country for a fee against Covid-19. Given that several African countries are still facing slow vaccinations against Covid-19, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said last month that visitors to Zimbabwe could get the sting if they were willing to pay.

May 8, 2021 – 09:37 AM

New Zealand resumes Australia’s “travel bubble” as the Sydney Covid-19 threat subsides

New Zealand becomes lift its partial suspension of a “travel bubble” with Australia from midnight on Sunday as fears of a Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney subsided.

May 8, 2021 – 9:15 am

AstraZeneca is weighing in search of full, non-urgent U.S. approval for Covid-19 shot

AstraZeneca Plc may skip U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s request for an emergency approval for its Covid-19 vaccine and pursues the more time-consuming one instead Using a full-fledged vaccine The Wall Street Journal reported the license to sell the shot Friday.

Such a move would further delay the rollout of the British drugmaker’s shots in the Unite states, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

When asked about the Wall Street Journal report, AstraZeneca did not comment directly, saying in an emailed statement that “It will be our FDA filing for AZD1222 pushed further. ” “It is important to note the sizeable size of the file – in addition to the US trial data, the submission will also include analysis and pharmacovigilance from all previous studies on Real-World Data,” the company added.

Last week, AstraZeneca said it was working as soon as possible to collect data on its Covid-19 vaccine in order to apply for US approval. The company said it plans to apply for US approval in the coming weeks.

The White House said in late April that the US would start sharing up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine with other countries over the next few weeks.

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot developed by Oxford University has led to reports of rare blood clots with low platelet counts becoming more common in younger adults. Some countries have recommended that the shot should only be given to the elderly.

Reuters

May 8, 2021 – 09:10

WHO approves Sinopharm vaccine as a potential boost for the COVAX pipeline

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday approved a Covid-19 vaccine from the state-owned Chinese drug maker Sinopharm for an emergency in Beijing’s quest for a bigger role in vaccinating the world.

The vaccine, one of the two main Chinese coronavirus vaccines given to hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere. is the first country developed by a non-western country to be supported by the WHO.

It is also the first time that the WHO has granted emergency approval to a Chinese vaccine for infectious diseases. Earlier this week, separate WHO experts had raised concerns about the quality of the data the company had provided on side effects.

A WHO emergency list is a signal to national regulatory authorities that the product is safe and effective.

May 8, 2021 – 9:00 am

India sees a daily increase in Covid-19 deaths as the number of cases increases

India reported a record one-day increase in Covid-19 deaths on Saturday as the number of cases rose by more than 400,000 for the third day in a row.

The Indian Ministry of Health reported 4,187 deaths in the past 24 hours the death toll to just under 240,000.

The number of cases rose by 401,078, bringing the total number of pandemics to 21.9 million

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