Curevac withdraws first vaccine candidate

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 is changing public health needs, said Curevac boss Franz-Werner Haas.


The means of the first generation CVnCoV on the other hand, will be withdrawn from the ongoing approval process, it said .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)

Kardinal Marx hat die Relevanz der Kitas betont.
Cardinal Marx emphasized the relevance of daycare centers. Image: IMP

Cardinal Reinhard Marx acknowledges the importance of daycare centers in the corona pandemic

According to the Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the corona pandemic has shown the “extraordinary importance of daycare centers”. Daycare centers are important for children, parents and families, said Marx on Tuesday during a video exchange with Catholic daycare experts, according to the announcement. Children are helped in day care centers on their way to develop into personalities. Without a group, without a community, this is not possible.

Especially for children from a difficult environment, visiting daycare is important in order to make progress, said Marx. The head of the education department of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Sandra Krump, emphasized the special importance of emergency care and the pedagogical attention of the educators to the children, especially after these after the Lockdown phases could return to their facility. (epd)

Eine Frau lässt sich im sächsischen Aue in einem
A woman is given an injection in a “drive vaccination” in Aue, Saxony. Image: 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 66, 6 percent of all citizens, and 79, 4 percent of adults. More than 54 Millions of citizens are fully vaccinated, according to the Federal Ministry of Health.

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.

More than a million people in Germany have already received a booster vaccination. The RKI gave the value on Tuesday with 1. 44. 188 at. (dpa)

2020 gave it 69 Percent fewer passengers in long-distance buses

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 somewhat more heavily affected by the declines: According to the information, they were omitted on domestic traffic 4.8 million passengers (minus 68 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, among other things, to travel warnings and border closings,” said the statisticians.

The transport performance, i.e. the distance traveled by all passengers, was also calculated. This has changed compared to the year before the crisis 2019 also to 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 occupancy rate is calculated from 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 coronavirus. Image: / Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro finds questions about corona deaths boring

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro can ask questions too no longer hear the corona dead. He does not want to ask questions about the threshold of over 188. 000 Covid-related deaths 19, he announces at a public appearance 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. 0 11 People died of or 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. Living in Brazil 210 Millions of people; the country is 24 times the size of Germany.

Bolsonaro has the coronavirus from Initially played down and protective measures and restrictions rejected. 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 cloths hung up. (Reuters, dpa)

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Sociologist: Around half of those who oppose the vaccination have political motivation

According to the Göttingen sociologist Berthold Vogel 48 until 58 Percentage of anti-vaccination cases politically motivated. That is “not primarily an expression of medicine cher 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 not accept offers for immunization in the future either, according to the social researcher.

“Nevertheless, I am convinced that we can reach the rest and decisively 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 among politically motivated anti-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.

As a third group, Vogel defined workers with insecurity Traffic jams. “You 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 sent British Prime Minister Boris Johnson bad testimony for his handling of the coronavirus displayed. 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.

MEPs not only criticized the Government imposed curfews on their own people too late – they also pointed out that 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 “, it says in the report.

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

Great Britain is with almost 138. 000 Corona deaths in 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 had only been 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 lift lockdown after two months

After two months, the lockdown in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) with the Australian capital Canberra repealed on Friday. This is possible because meanwhile 72 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 up to five Meeting people in their homes, it was said. Restaurants, hairdressers and swimming pools as well as many other facilities can also reopen if strict distance rules are observed.

in mid-August in 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 pursued a zero Covid strategy for a long time and was successful in the fight against the pandemic for a long time due to extremely strict rules. However, due to the spread of the delta variant, lockdowns have increased in several regions in recent months. (dpa)

Urlauber am Strand von Phuket in Thailand Corona test for 12 Euro in Munich Image: dpa / Peter Kneffel

The federal government already paid more than five billion euros 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. More Services like taking smears cost 2.4 billion euros. In addition, the federal government paid around 044 million euros for tests in facilities for integration assistance 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 permit. 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 Phuket Beach in Thailand Image: AFP / Jack Taylor

Thailand opens to vaccinated people from safe countries

Good news for long-distance travelers: Thailand opens its borders to Quarantine-free vacation 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, they 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 one for me too the most painful experience of my life, making decisions that reconcile saving lives with saving livelihoods had to, ”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 – since April, however, the state has experienced his heaviest wave so far. 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 dynamism in the infection process

With the seven-day incidence there is little dynamism in Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of the new infections per 100. 000 Resident and week on Tuesday morning with 65,8th at. 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.

Germany-wide according to the new information within 24 Hours 88 Deaths recorded. A week ago it was 90 there have been deaths. The RKI has counted 4 since the beginning of the pandemic . 318. 355 detected 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 the Airport Frankfurt. Image: Boris Roessler / dpa

Lufthansa pays part of the Corona aid back 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 billion euros and that has now been concluded.

We are very grateful that the 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 received a total of 2.5 billion euros from the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) through two silent participations . 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 48 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 could not agree on one 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 federal states agree that the meanwhile in many federal states Regulated 3G verification requirement as a prerequisite for access to companies, facilities or other offers with direct customer contact not only for customers, visitors or other external persons, but also for employees shall apply. “(dpa)

WHO recommends booster vaccination for immunocompromised patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) 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 might only react to the standard vaccination to a limited extent. Therefore they are subject to a “ high risk of severe Covid – 19-Illness“, explained the WHO Expert Group on Immunizations (Sage). 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 calls for RKI report on corrected vaccination numbers

In view of corrected vaccination numbers, Bavaria’s head of department, Klaus Holetschek (CSU), calls for the next time the minister of health posted a report from the 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 in Germany are probably more recorded in the reporting statistics than before. It is to be assumed that among the adults up to 84 Percent at least once and up to 80 percent are fully vaccinated , according to a current RKI report with reference date 5. October. 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. President Lothar Wieler invited to clarify this. “That will certainly be a lesson from the pandemic overall that we have not so far in my opinion with the data bases were successful and there is an urgent need for improvement may have, ”added Holetschek. (dpa)

EU Commission approves aid for trade fair cancellations in Germany

Organizers of trade fairs and According to a decision by the EU Commission due to the Corona crisis , exhibitions may be 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 watchdogs already had a 642 – Million dollar rescue package for the German trade fair and congress industry approved. She has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. (dpa)

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

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.

The condition is that the persons concerned have a negative PCR test on their arrival and that they do so again after entering the country get tested , 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 has severely affected the tourism sector, which is important for the Thai economy. (AFP)

EU Medicines Agency examines 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 agent consisting of two active ingredients (casirivimab and imdevimab), which was co-produced by the US manufacturer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, people from 12 years who are infected with the coronavirus and are at high risk of severe Have course. 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 of 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 all the data presented and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the preparation against each other. With a The 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)

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