Britain locks down again when EU stumbles on vaccines

Boris Johnson said Britain’s existing “extreme” measures were not sufficient to delay the virus

A new blockade in the UK and Scotland was announced on Monday, even when the UK began deploying the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. This could be a game changer in fighting this disease all over the world.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has followed in the footsteps of the delegated Scottish administration, saying that England, Britain’s largest country, will be shut down from Wednesday, perhaps in mid-February.

The latest viral movement aims to contain a serious wave of infection by a new strain of coronavirus, which is believed to spread faster.

“Most of the countries have already taken extreme steps, so we need to do more together to manage this new variant during vaccine deployment, Johnson said in a television speech. That’s clear. “

Similar to the first March-June blockade of last year, new moves include school closures and a ban on leaving home for all but exercise and mandatory shopping.

When the UK distributed the first shots of 530,000 shots from Oxford University and AstraZeneca, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave a coronavirus jab from US-based moderna, despite holding a special meeting. Did not approve. See you again on Wednesday.

The EMA has already stated that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is unlikely to get European approval in January.

World map showing the number of deaths from Covid-19 as of 1100 GMT on January 4

World map showing the number of deaths from Covid-19 as of 1100 GMT on January 4

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations are approved for use in the EU, with over 1 million in the UK, US and Israel, 200,000 in Germany and hundreds in France.

“It’s clear that such a complex effort will always pose difficulties,” European Commission spokesman Eric Mama told journalists.

In Germany, where Angela Merkel’s government has been accused of relying on a Brussels-led vaccination procurement program, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said, “It was clear from the beginning that supply would be restricted.” He blamed the lack of production. Bottleneck capacity.

Meanwhile, in France, a suspect in his early twenties was detained on suspicion of helping organize 2,500 New Year’s Eve rave in the eastern part of Brittany, which was disbanded by police two nights later.

One organizer who hosted 2,500 rave in Brittany, France was detained

One organizer who hosted 2,500 rave in Brittany, France was detained

“A little normal life”

There are great expectations for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. This vaccine does not need to be stored at the ultra-low temperatures required by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna alternatives.

This could mean increased access to less wealthy parts of the world in the fight against the coronavirus. The coronavirus infects more than 85 million people and kills more than 1.8 million people.

Johnson said 75,000 people have been killed by the virus in the UK so far and hope to fire at tens of millions in the next three months.

“Vaccines mean everything to me. In my opinion, it’s the only way to get back to normal life,” said 82-year-old Brian Pinker, who first received the AstraZeneca jab at Churchill Hospital in Oxford. “.

In Beijing, thousands were lined up for vaccination as Chinese authorities competed to inoculate millions ahead of the Chinese New Year mass travel season in February.

82-year-old Brian Pinker first received an Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus shot

82-year-old Brian Pinker first received an Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus shot

China has already given about 4.5 million unproven emergency vaccines this year, most of them to health care workers and other state officials heading to work abroad, officials said.

In Kenya, after millions of school children underwent temperature checks, they wore masks and returned to class, beginning to fill the education gap between March and 10 months.

“I’m happy that the kids are back in school,” said his mother, Hilda Musinbi. “We have a lot of fear because we really don’t know if the other kids in the school are infected with the virus, or even the teachers are infected with the virus.”

Stumbling on US vaccine deployment

Elsewhere, U.S. officials rejected President Donald Trump’s claim on Sunday that more than 350,000 deaths were exaggerated as he defended the deployment of a vaccine stumbling block in the world’s most devastated countries. did.

Some people in the United States were able to get vaccinated in their cars

Some people in the United States were able to get vaccinated in their cars

With more than 20 million known cases in the United States, the Trump administration faces intense criticism of dealing with a pandemic that has hit the US economy.

To date, 4.2 million people vaccinated against Pfizer and Moderna are well below the official forecast of 20 million by the New Year.

More than 13 million vaccines have been distributed nationwide, but efforts to inoculate health care workers and vulnerable people are hampered by logistics problems and overkill in hospitals and clinics.

Anthony Fauci, a top U.S. expert, said, “I understand that there were some glitches,” and it was difficult to “start a large-scale vaccine program and try to get off with your right foot.” He added.

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