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EU prepares for vaccine deployment as new virus strains spread

Belgian UZ Ruben Hospital staff packs coronavirus vaccine deliveries into ultra-low temperature freezer

The European Union stopped deploying the vaccine on Saturday, but the countries in the block were blocked by a new strain of the more infectious virus that spread from the United Kingdom to France, Spain and even Japan. It was returned. ..

The pandemic has killed more than 1.7 million people and remains widespread in much of the world, but the recent launch of vaccination campaigns raises expectations that 2021 could bring rest.

The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Italy, Spain and France, which were hit hard on Saturday morning, and was ready for distribution to senior care facilities and hospital staff.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said he would urge the Italians to shoot, saying “we will be able to regain our freedom and accept it again.”

Vaccination will begin on Sunday in all 27 European Union countries after regulators approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on 21 December.

Several countries, including France, Spain, Japan, Denmark, Lebanon, Germany, Australia and the Netherlands, have already reported cases of new strains causing confusion through excessive medical services.

A total of more than 25 million infections have been recorded in Europe, with more than 3 million in Russia on Saturday, according to AFP data on Friday.

The UK itself has passed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday and is facing a surge in infectious diseases from new strains.

Number of Covid-19 cases reported in European countries since the onset of the pandemic

Number of Covid-19 cases reported in European countries since the onset of the pandemic

Since Saturday, 6 million people in the south and east have been trapped, bringing the total to 24 million people nationwide.

On December 26th, Austria underwent a third national blockade, closing all non-essential stores, but keeping the ski station open.

The blockade and curfew will continue until January 24th.

New variant

The French Ministry of Health said late Friday that the first French case of a new coronavirus variant was found in a British resident citizen arriving from London on December 19.

They are asymptomatic, self-isolated at their home in Tours, central France, and contact tracing is done for the medical professionals who treated him.

In Spain, four cases were confirmed in Madrid on Saturday.

Antonio Zapatero, deputy director of health for the Madrid local government, said the patient was “not seriously ill” and “needs no caution.”

Thousands of trucks were backed up on the highways in southern England on Christmas day, even after France reopened its border crossing.

Thousands of trucks were backed up on the highways in southern England on Christmas day, even after France reopened a border crossing that had been closed due to a new virus strain.

A new strain of the virus, feared by experts to be more contagious, has prompted more than 50 countries to impose travel restrictions on the UK, where it first appeared.

Thousands of truck bottlenecks in southern England have declined on Saturday after France lifted a 48-hour immigration ban on drivers who tested negative for coronavirus and left Calais Port open on Christmas day. I did.

South Africa detected a similar mutation in some infected individuals, but denied the UK’s claim on Friday, and the strain was more infectious or more dangerous than the one that occurred in the UK.

“Very extraordinary glory”

In Asia, China’s Communist Party leadership has issued a statement praising “extremely extraordinary glory” for the handling of the virus that broke out in Hubei last year, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported.

Tokyo has reported a record 949 new daily cases, with figures across Japan recently surpassing 3,000 per day.

In Thailand, a new outbreak related to the seafood market near Bangkok has infected about 1,500 people.

On Saturday in Australia, there were few signs of a flood of regular Boxing Day sales on the streets of Sydney.

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov argued without evidence that licorice could cure Covid-19

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov argued without evidence that licorice could cure Covid-19

Residents listened heavily to the chief minister’s request to stay home in the face of new virus clusters.

“Even when we entered the store, there were less than 10 people,” shopper Leah Gunawan told The Sydney Morning Herald after queuing sales.

People around the world are urged to respect social distance guidelines as the World Health Organization urges people not to “crush” the “big, tragic sacrifices” they have made to save lives. ..

“Vaccines provide the world with a way out of this tragedy, but it will take time for the whole world to be vaccinated,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes warned Friday.

“Vaccine for everyone”

On Friday in the Vatican, Pope Francis sought a “vaccine for all” in his traditional Christmas message.

“I call on everyone, national leaders, businesses and international organizations to promote cooperation, not competition, and find solutions for everyone … especially in all parts of the globe. The most vulnerable and most needed, “said Pope Francis.

In authoritarian post-Soviet Turkmenistan, where the government claims no cases of coronavirus have been detected, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov argued that licorice roots could treat Covid-19.

Former dentist Verdim Hamedov argued that “licorice blocks the outbreak of the coronavirus,” without quoting scientific evidence.


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