Biotech company Curevac makes new attempt for corona vaccine

Eine Frau lässt sich im sächsischen Aue in einem
A woman is given an injection in a “drive vaccination” in Aue in Saxony. Picture: Robert Michael / dpa

75, 9 Percent of adults in Germany fully vaccinated

In Germany are 65, 3 percent of the population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The rate among adults is 75, 9 percent, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Tuesday. Have been vaccinated against the virus at least once 68, 6 percent of all citizens, and 79, 4 percent of adults. More than 54 Millions of citizens are according to the Federal Ministry of Health fully vaccinated.

Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 43, 3 percent get at least one first injection, 37, 2 percent are fully vaccinated.

The RKI assumes, however, that probably more people among adults are vaccinated than the data suggest. In a report at the beginning of October it was said that the quota for once and completely vaccinated persons had decreased 18 years up to five percentage points higher.

Over a million people in Germany have already received a booster vaccination. The RKI gave the value on Tuesday with 1.0 044. 188 at. (dpa)

German biotec company Curevac announces first vaccine candidate

The Tübingen biotech company Curevac is giving up its first corona vaccine candidate. The company announced on Tuesday that it would now focus on the second-generation corona vaccine in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Clinical trials should begin here in the next few months. The pandemic is developing into an endemic, which means that public health needs are changing, said Curevac boss Franz-Werner Haas.

In contrast, the drug of the first generation CVnCoV will be withdrawn from the ongoing approval process, it said . This also ends the preliminary contract with the European Commission. Curevac is examining to what extent the commitments entered into in this context can also be transferred to the second-generation vaccine candidates. The decision was not well received by the stock market. The shares gave just under 15 percent after. (Reuters)

2020 there was 70 Percent fewer passengers in long-distance buses

The The pandemic has put a significant strain on the long-distance bus business. The number of passengers in regular bus services went down in the year 2020 around 70 Percent back to almost 6.5 million passengers, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday in Wiesbaden.

International trips were slightly more affected by the declines: According to the information, domestic traffic accounted for 4.8 million passengers (minus 69 percent) and on cross-border traffic 1.7 million passengers (minus 74 percent) . “The stronger declines in cross-border traffic are likely to be due to travel warnings and border closures,” said the statisticians covered track. This has changed compared to the year before the crisis 2019 also at 70 Percent reduced to almost 1.9 billion passenger kilometers. The average occupancy rate of the spaces per long-distance bus was also 44 Percent below the previous year’s value (54 percent). According to the information, the degree of occupancy is calculated based on the ratio of the passenger-kilometers to the transport offer. (dpa)

Der brasilianische Präsident Jair Bolsonaro leugnet weiter die Gefahr, die vom Coronavirus ausgeht.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to deny the danger posed by the corona virus . Image: / Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro finds questions about corona deaths boring

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro can no longer hear questions about the corona deaths. He does not want to ask questions about the threshold of over 188. 000 Covid-related deaths 19, he says during a public appearance on a beach in Guaruja in the state of Sao Paulo . “In which country did no people die? Tell me!” he answers a reporter to a question about the corona deaths . “I didn’t come here to be bored.” According to official information, in Brazil 601. 011 people on or died with the coronavirus.

After the USA and India, the largest and most populous country in Latin America also has almost 22 Millions of cases most infections. In Brazil Life 210 Millions of people; the country is 24 times the size of Germany.

Bolsonaro played down the coronavirus from the start and rejected protective measures and restrictions. He also doubts the sense of vaccinations and has emphasized several times that he himself has not yet been vaccinated against Corona. A parliamentary committee of inquiry into the corona crisis management of his government is running.

Tens of thousands demonstrated against Bolsonaro several times in the past few months. On Friday, on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro – organized by the non-governmental organization “Rio de Paz” – symbolically 600 white towels hung up. (Reuters, dpa)

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Sociologist: Around half of those who oppose the vaccination are politically motivated

According to the Göttingen sociologist Berthold Vogel, 50 until 60 Percentage of anti-vaccination cases politically motivated. That is “not primarily an expression of medical concerns, but a fundamental protest against democracy and its institutions,” said Vogel the Evangelical Press Service. This group, probably a little more than half of those who have not yet been vaccinated, will receive offers r do not accept immunization in the future either, so the social researcher.

“Nevertheless, I am convinced that we can reach the rest and significantly increase the vaccination rate with outreach vaccinations and 2G,” said the director of the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI).

From Vogel’s point of view, there is a large overlap with politically motivated vaccination opponents with “grassroots” and AfD supporters. Current research findings have shown a clear correlation between a low vaccination rate and a high percentage of votes for the AfD. Rather, the majority of the politically motivated opponents of vaccinations belong to the middle class and are well qualified “.

From Vogel’s point of view, the so-called “late vaccinations” make up about a fifth of those who have not yet been vaccinated. “I count people living in isolation in this group. They lack the social environment that encourages them to vaccinate, ”said the sociologist. These people did not refuse the vaccination for health reasons either. In the absence of social pressure, they simply did not feel confronted with the decision.

Vogel defined workers with insecure traffic jams as the third group. “They are often very worried about contacts with authorities. Many also perceive vaccination as a social risk, ”explained Vogel. Experience of many municipalities has shown that these people are ready to be vaccinated if their fears are taken away from them beforehand. (epd)

Der britischer Premier Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Image: AFP / Christopher Furlong

Parliamentary report accuses Johnson of serious errors

A parliamentary report gave British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a bad one Certificate for his handling of the coronavirus issued. Delaying a lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic last year was “one of the greatest public health failures” in the History of the country, it said in the investigation report published on Tuesday. The government’s “wrong” approach cost lives.

The MPs not only criticized the fact that the government had issued curfews too late for its own people – they also pointed out that Great Britain had tightened its border controls very late. Accordingly, the government had initially underestimated the coronavirus and worked with the wrong models. The government course “would have been more strongly questioned by everyone must “, says the report.

The MPs had heard numerous witnesses for their report, including the controversial ex-advisor to Johnson, Dominic Cummings , who for the disregard of quarantine rules after his Covid illness himself was criticized. An independent public investigation of the government’s corona policy should not follow until next year.

Great Britain is almost 138. 000 Corona deaths one of the worst affected countries by the pandemic in Europe. While numerous European governments began 2020 had already sealed off their borders and issued lockdowns, Johnson was only able to bring himself to do so at the end of March. Shortly thereafter, Johnson himself landed in intensive care with a corona infection, numerous of his cabinet colleagues and advisors became infected. Among his advisors had long circulated plans for a controlled “contamination” of the population. (AFP)

Australiens Premier Scott Morrison (Archivbild)
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (archive image) Picture: dpa / AAP / Lukas Coch

Canberra wants to unlock lockdown after two months

After two months, the lockdown in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) region with the Australian capital Canberra canceled on Friday. This is possible because meanwhile 70 percent of citizens are fully vaccinated , announced the regional government on Tuesday. On Monday, the lockdown in the state of New South Wales with the metropolis of Sydney had already ended – after 106 days. The region around Canberra is located on the east coast and is surrounded by New South Wales.

In the ACT, groups of up to 25 People outdoors and by It was said that up to five people could meet in their homes. Restaurants, hairdressers and swimming pools as well as many other facilities can also reopen if strict distance rules are observed.

In mid-August, the ACT with around 430. 000 residents confirmed a corona case for the first time in a year. A lockdown, initially imposed for seven days, was extended several times due to the increasing number of infections. On Tuesday the authorities booked 27 new cases.

Australia with its 25 had million inhabitants has long pursued a zero covid strategy and has long been successful in the fight against the pandemic due to extremely strict rules. However, due to the spread of the delta variant, lockdowns have increased in several regions in recent months. (dpa)

Coronatest für 15 Euro in München
Corona test for 15 Euro in Munich Image: dpa / Peter Kneffel

Federal government already paid more than five billion for tests

The corona tests have already cost the federal government more than five billion euros. As figures from the Federal Social Security Office show, the health fund had billed over 5.2 billion euros by mid-September . The federal government paid 1.4 billion euros for antigen tests alone. On Monday, out of “fairness” to taxpayers, the government abolished the free citizen tests. First the “Rheinische Post” had over the figures reported.

The federal government spent 1.1 billion euros on laboratory diagnostic services. Other services such as the smear test cost 2.4 billion euros. In addition, the federal government paid around 44 million euros for tests in rehabilitation facilities and in shelters for the homeless.

Since Monday the citizen tests are no longer free. Politicians want to increase the pressure on unvaccinated people to get vaccinated. Exceptions apply to all groups who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and who can prove this, or for whom a vaccine is not yet available. (AFP)

Urlauber am Strand von Phuket in Thailand
Vacationers on the beach of Phuket in Thailand Picture: AFP / Jack Taylor

Thailand opens to vaccinated people from safe countries

Good news for long-distance travelers: From November 1st, Thailand will open its borders to quarantine-free holidays for fully vaccinated people from at least ten countries – including Germany . This was announced by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a televised address on Tuesday. Other countries that are on the list for their low corona incidence are Singapore, China, and the United States. Vacationers would only need to do one PCR test before leaving home and another when arriving in Thailand, Prayut said. After that you could travel freely to all parts of the country.

From December 1st, further countries are expected to be added to the list . Then the serving of alcohol in restaurants, which has been banned for months due to a severe corona wave, will probably be allowed again.

“It was also one of the most painful experiences in my life for me to make decisions through which to save life had to be reconciled with saving the foundations of life, ”stressed Prayut. The tourism sector, which is extremely important for the country, has been almost completely on the ground for more than a year and a half. Since then, many people have lost their income .

Last year Thailand was still considered a model country in the fight against the pandemic – but since April the state has experienced its worst wave to date. The number of infections in the country with 70 Millions of inhabitants are slowly sinking. On Tuesday the authorities reported around 8371 New infections and 84 Deaths in connection with Covid – 19. (dpa)

Little dynamic in Infection events

In the Seven-day incidence in Germany t there is little momentum. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of the new infections per 100. 000 residents and week on Tuesday morning with 65, 8 . For comparison: on the previous day the value at 66, 5 located, one week ago at 63, 6 (previous month: 80, 2). The health authorities in Germany reported to the RKI within one day 4971 New corona infections . This can be seen from the numbers that show the status of the RKI dashboard from 04. 19 Play the clock. A week ago the value at 04927 Contagions located.

According to the new information, throughout Germany within 24 Hours 88 Deaths . A week ago it was 90 there have been deaths. The RKI has counted 4 since the beginning of the pandemic . 318. 355 proven infections with Sars-CoV-2. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. (dpa)

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Ein Lufthansa-Flugzeug fliegt über dem Flughafen Frankfurt.
A Lufthansa plane flies over Frankfurt Airport. Picture: Boris Roessler / dpa

Lufthansa pays back part of the Corona aid to the state

Lufthansa has repaid part of the Corona state aid. A silent deposit over 1.5 billion euros had been completely replaced, the airline announced on Monday. The money comes from a capital increase, the 2, 162 brought in billion euros and which has now been concluded.

We are very grateful that Deutsche Lufthansa AG has been stabilized with tax revenues in the most difficult times, “said Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr. “ We are increasingly optimistic about the future .” More and more countries are opening their borders and the demand for air travel is growing daily.

Lufthansa had two silences from the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) Deposits get a total of 2.5 billion euros . The remaining billion should be repaid by the end of the year. A loan from the state development bank KfW in the amount of one billion euros was already in February 2021 has been repaid early. (Reuters)

Latvia declares a health emergency due to corona infections

Due to a sharp increase in corona infections, Latvia declared a three-month health emergency on Monday. According to the new rules public buildings may only be entered with protective masks , all Public service employees must by . November be vaccinated . Most recently, more than a thousand new infections were registered daily among the 1.9 million inhabitants of the Baltic Republic.

Anyone who is not vaccinated will no longer be allowed to enter a supermarket in Latvia . Only shops for daily needs are allowed to open on weekends. All Latvians are called upon to work in the home office . Prime Minister Krisjans Karins wrote on Twitter that he was calling on his compatriots “not to meet, not to visit and to limit their contacts”.

Just 47 Percent of Latvians are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus . This is one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, only in Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia is the vaccination rate even lower. (AFP)

No uniform test requirement for employees with customer contact

The federal and state governments did not agree on a uniform procedure for issuing a corona test obligation for employees in companies with public traffic . The Conference of Health Ministers decided on Monday in its switching conference that Paragraph 28 in the Infection Protection Act as the legal basis for this . “On this legal basis, a test submission obligation for employees with direct customer contact can be issued by state law ,” it says unanimously Decision that has been submitted to the German Press Agency.

In the original draft it was said: “The countries agree that the 3G verification requirement now regulated in many federal states as a prerequisite for access to companies, facilities or other offers with direct customer contact should not only apply to customers, visitors or other external persons, but also to employees. “(dpa)

WHO recommends booster vaccination for immunocompromised patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a corona booster vaccination for immunocompromised patients. People with “moderately to severely damaged” immune systems should be offered a booster vaccination , the WHO said on Monday in Geneva. This applies to all vaccines recommended by the WHO.

People with a weakened immune system could only partially rely on the standard Vaccination respond. Therefore they are subject to a “ high risk of severe Covid – 19 – Disease , “explained the WHO Expert Group on Immunizations (Legend). However, the WHO did not speak out in favor of a so-called booster vaccination for all population groups. (AFP)

Bayerns Ressortchef Klaus Holetschek (CSU)
Bavaria’s head of department Klaus Holetschek (CSU) Image: Imago Images / Sven Simon

Holetschek requests RKI report on corrected vaccination numbers

In view of corrected vaccination numbers, Bavaria’s head of department Klaus Holetschek (CSU) calls for a report from the health ministers in the next switch Robert Koch Institute (RKI). “ We need clarity and truth in the question of the data ,” said Holetschek on Monday after discussions with his colleagues in the department.

According to a new RKI evaluation, the corona vaccinations are in Germany probably further recorded than previously in the registration statistics. It is to be assumed that among the adults up to 80 Percent at least once and up to 80 percent are fully vaccinated , according to a current RKI report dated October 5th. This would correspond to five percentage points higher vaccination rates than according to official reports from the vaccination centers.

Holetschek now wants to know from the RKI how the data got into the system , where there were any deficits, whether it was due to a lack of data from company doctors, for example, or something else That is why they invited RKI President Lothar Wieler for the next switch to clarify this. “That will certainly be a lesson from the pandemic overall that we have not had a lot of data so far in my opinion were successful and there is an urgent need for improvement, ”added Holetschek. (dpa)

EU Commission approves aid for trade fair cancellations in Germany

Organizers of trade fairs and exhibitions are allowed, according to a decision by the EU Commission due to the Corona crisis , with up to 150 Millions of euros are supported . The Brussels authority approved a corresponding aid measure from Germany on Monday. The money should be used to offset costs incurred in organizing events if these are canceled due to corona measures became.

Specifically, it is about Events that occurred between October 1st 2021 and the 30. September 2022 were planned . “The measure is open to organizers of all sizes who are active in Germany ,” it said. Since no more than the actual loss is compensated and only damage that is related to hygiene restrictions is compensated, the Commission sees no risk of competition being distorted.

The EU competition authorities already had a 641 – Million dollar rescue package for the German trade fair and convention industry approved. She has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. (dpa)

Thailand opens borders from November 1st for vaccinated air travelers from abroad

Thailand opens its borders from November 1st for fully vaccinated air travelers from abroad. Tourists from ten countries that are considered to be low-risk countries will initially be admitted, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha explained on Monday. In addition to Germany, this includes the USA, China, Great Britain and Singapore . In December, the regulation is to be extended to other countries.

Condition is that the Show those affected a negative PCR test on arrival and have themselves tested again after entry , said Prayut. “After that, they can travel as freely as Thai people”. Vaccinated tourists are currently quarantined in a hotel for at least seven days. An exception is the island of Phuket, where vacationers are allowed to move freely and can travel to other regions after a week.

Prayut admitted that the decision could lead to an increase in corona infections . But it is important to give the people in Thailand an economic perspective again . The corona pandemic severely affected the tourism sector, which is important for the Thai economy. (AFP)

EU drug authority is examining approval of corona drug

The European Medicines Agency Ema is examining the approval of another corona drug. The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has submitted an application for approval of its antibody therapy Ronapreve announced the Ema on Monday in Amsterdam.

With the two active ingredients (casirivimab and imdevimab) Agent, which was co-produced by the US manufacturer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, is intended to people from 12 years treated who are infected with the coronavirus and are at high risk of severe disease. In addition, according to the manufacturer, the agent can also be used in people who have an acute risk of infection , for example because they are with a Infected people live in one household.

Only recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had the Cocktail from casirivimab and imdevimab for the prevention of severe Covid – 19 – Disease recommended in infected risk patients . In Germany, this antibody combination is already used in special cases for corona patients.

The Ema experts now evaluate and weigh all the data presented Advantages and disadvantages of the preparation against each other. A result is expected in two months. The experts had already checked the manufacturer’s research results before the manufacturer submitted an official application. This shortens the approval process.

So far, only the drug Remdesivir has been approved as a special corona drug in the EU. A total of five products are currently being approved. (dpa)

65, 3 percent fully vaccinated – around 1 million booster vaccinations

In Germany are 65, 3 percent of the population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus . The rate among adults on Sunday was 75, 8 percent, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Monday. Have been vaccinated against the virus at least once 68, 5 percent of all citizens, and 79, 3 percent of adults. Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 43, 2 percent get at least one first injection , 37, 0 percent are fully vaccinated.

The RKI assumes, however, that among adults probably more people are vaccinated than the data suggests Vaccinated from 17 years should be up to 5 percentage points higher. A booster vaccination has already been given to over a million people in Germany . The RKI gave the value on Monday with 1. 19. 344 at. (dpa)

World Bank: Poorer countries miss recovery from Corona crisis

According to the World Bank, poorer countries hardly benefit from the economic recovery from the Corona crisis. The upswing is “dramatically unequal” , and developing countries are still facing major challenges, warned World Bank President David Malpass on Monday Start of the joint annual meeting of the organization with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Because the poorer countries lack vaccines and the financial leeway to support the economy, inequality between groups of countries is growing .

“The per capita income in industrialized countries should 2021 grow by almost 5 percent, but only 0.5 percent in poor countries, ”said Malpass. For many developing countries, it will take years before income levels return to pre-pandemic levels. The pandemic led to a “tragic reversal” of the trend for developing countries and poverty reduction .

According to the World Bank the debt of poor countries increased 2019 around 12 percent on 860 Billion dollars. The debt slows down the development of many poorer countries and must be brought to a sustainable level, said Malpass. “ We need a comprehensive approach to the debt problem , including debt reductions, faster restructuring and improved transparency.”

For the annual meeting of The IMF and World Bank bring together finance ministers, central bankers and representatives from the financial sector and development cooperation. The conference, which lasts until Sunday, takes place in a hybrid format, i.e. partly in Washington and partly online . The German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz , Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann and the head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, also want to take part in some deliberations . (dpa)

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