EMA starts testing corona drug from Astrazeneca
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started testing a corona drug developed by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical manufacturer Astrazeneca. The step is based on “preliminary results of clinical studies”, which indicate the effectiveness of the drug against Covid – 19, the EMA said on Thursday. If the EMA gives the green light, the drug could be approved in a further step in the EU.
The drug Evusheld developed by Astrazeneca, which is also known as AZD 7442 known is based on monoclonal antibodies – artificially produced antibodies that can dock onto certain surface structures of the coronavirus. They are given to people who have already been infected to compensate for weaknesses in the immune system. Monoclonal antibodies work differently from vaccinations that the body does bring to produce its own immune response against pathogens.
Had on Monday Astrazeneca said studies with Evusheld had shown “positive results”. The company referred to a “statistically significant reduction in severe Covid – 19 – Cases and fatalities “in patients with mild to moderate symptoms who received the drug. 856 people participate. 90 Percent of the subjects were considered high-risk patients.
The corona vaccine developed by Astrazeneca is one of a total of four corona vaccines that have EU approval. The test procedure for Evusheld could take several months.
Several pharmaceutical manufacturers are currently working on the development of drugs to mitigate Covid – 19 – History. On Monday, the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche applied to the EMA is testing its corona drug Ronapreve. The EMA had previously stated that it may soon begin testing a corona drug developed by the US manufacturer Merck & Co. (AFP)
Nearly 86 Percentage of corona infections in Africa unnoticed
Nearly 86 Percent of all corona infections in Africa go unnoticed. This was reported by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) on Thursday. This will increase the number of all infections on the continent to 59 Millions estimated – this is seven times more than the over eight million reported cases .
The high one The number of unreported cases can be explained by the fact that health facilities have so far focused on testing people with symptoms of the disease, which has led to extensive underreporting, according to the WHO. “ With limited testing, we are still flying blind in far too many communities in Africa … What we see just might be the tip of the iceberg, “said WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti.
So far, on the continent with 1.3 billion inhabitants only 70 Millions Covid – 19 tests have been reported , according to the WHO. By comparison, the United States would have more than 49 Millions of tests performed while the United Kingdom has less than ten percent of the population of Africa over 280 have performed millions of tests. (dpa)
RKI: Partly very high corona incidences in children and adolescents
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) registers a particularly high number of corona infections among children and adolescents in individual regions of Germany. In eight districts, the seven-day incidence is currently at the 10- until 19 – year-olds with more than 500, the RKI tweeted on Thursday evening for an evaluation in the new Corona weekly report. More detailed information on the counties and their respective numbers were not given, but on a map the counties were colored accordingly.
Nationwide, the seven-day incidence last week was in the age groups under 20 years, however, slightly decreased compared to the previous week, it was said in summary. The values in people over 20, however, rose slightly. The RKI also spoke of 636 reported school breakouts for the past four weeks – due to possible late registrations, however, the past two weeks in particular are not yet to be assessed
For some time now, numerous corona infections have been found, especially in children from school age and in adolescents. The virus is tested regularly at daycare centers and schools. The Covid – 19 – Vaccines are currently from 12 years. The vaccination quota at 12- until 17 – year olds is much lower than that of adults. Children and adolescents are significantly less likely to get seriously ill with Covid – 18 than older people, but there are still open questions about long-term consequences. (dpa)
The pandemic has shown the importance of a strong health system. Nursing is the largest professional group in health care and is needed by every single person.
Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health.
Latvia’s President tested positive for Corona
Latvia’s President Egils Levits has tested positive for the corona virus. According to the presidential chancellery in Riga, the head of state of the Baltic EU and NATO country shows slight symptoms. At Levits, a rapid test was positive on Wednesday evening after returning from a work visit to Sweden. A PCR test on Thursday confirmed the test result, said a spokeswoman for the presidential office. Levits will now work from home. Several planned physical appointments have been canceled.
Levits had previously postponed his Thursday meeting with the new Estonian President Alar Karis, who was coming to Riga for his inaugural visit was. On his first trip abroad as the Estonian head of state, Karis met with the Speaker of Parliament Inara Murniece instead.
The program at Karis’ second travel station also changed due to the corona infection of Levits: His Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö postponed the meeting scheduled in Helsinki because he had gone into self-isolation as a precaution. Niinistö took part in an international forum to commemorate the Holocaust in Malmö in Sweden on Wednesday. According to the Finnish Presidential Chancellery, he met Levits for breakfast.
Levits was one of the first in Latvia to be vaccinated against Corona in front of the camera in February. The 66 – year-olds encourage the 1.9 million citizens of the Baltic state to do the same. In Latvia the vaccination campaign is very slow. At the same time, the infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks – the government in Riga has therefore declared an emergency. It is valid from Monday until 11. January. (dpa)
EU Medicines Agency is examining new Corona – drug
The European Medicines Agency EMA has the test procedure for a new one Corona drug started . The Swedish-British manufacturer Astrazeneca developed the combination preparation Evusheld , which is a disease with Covid – 19 in adults how the EMA announced on Thursday in Amsterdam. Initial test results indicated that the agent was effective as protection against the disease.
The experts are now continuously evaluating data from tests and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the preparation against each other. It is not known when a final result will be available. According to the authority, the manufacturer has not yet submitted an application for approval on the European market. The agent consists of the active ingredients tixagevimab and cilgavimab.
So far, only the drug Remdesivir is a special drug in the EU Corona drug approved.
Approval procedures are currently underway for five preparations. A total of three agents are currently still being examined by the experts. (dpa)
Pacific state of Palau approaching vaccination quota of 100 percent
The tiny Pacific state of Palau is approaching a vaccination rate of 100 percent. More than 99 Percent of the population capable of vaccination are already fully vaccinated against the virus, according to data published on Thursday.
According to the Ministry of Health, around 15. 000 the 18. 000 residents ei ne received complete immunization. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) this is more than 99 Percentage of those residents who are vaccinated can. The IFRC spoke of a “remarkable” pace of the vaccination campaign; Palau could claim the first place in the vaccination quota world ranking for itself.
Palau has long been one of the few countries that does not have a single Covid – 19 – case registered. That only changed when two travelers to Guam tested positive on arrival in August. Since then, there have been a handful of cases at the border, but no significant spread among the population. (AFP)
Women disadvantaged in vaccinations in a number of countries – study criticizes lack of information
Knowledge and access to vaccinations against the coronavirus apparently remain unevenly distributed around the world. This is based on a study that the aid organization Care published on Thursday in Bonn. In 16 countries have therefore had women vaccinated less often and consider the vaccine to be less safe . The consequences are devastating: in South Sudan, for example, only a quarter of those vaccinated are female, 70 Percent of the Corona-positives are women.
Women should be specifically addressed in awareness-raising and vaccination campaigns, demanded Care General Secretary Karl-Otto Zentel. Missing information about Covid – 18 are among the most common causes of a low vaccination rate among women, according to the study. In Iraq, only 30 Percentage of women surveyed said they knew where to register for a vaccination could. One reason many women lack confidence in vaccines is their fear of infertility. Other respondents said that distant health stations or a not granted vaccination permit by male relatives were major hurdles for them.
Worldwide at the same time 70 Percentage of health workers female, it said. “Women are at the forefront of this pandemic,” warned Zentel. In low-income countries, however, many of them worked “in unpaid, informal functions” so they were not among the first to be vaccinated. Overall, less than two percent of people in low-income countries are vaccinated. (KNA)
Tourists from 18 Countries are allowed to return to Bali – but Germans are not
The popular Indonesian holiday island of Bali is now welcoming again fully vaccinated tourists from selected countries – however not from Germany. “According to the instructions of the President, we allow visitors from 19 countries to travel again to Bali and the Riau Islands ” , it said in a statement from the government pandemic commissioner, Luhut Pandjaitan, on Thursday.
The states on the list include India , Japan, New Zealand, Italy, France and Spain . According to the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO), these states have the coronavirus under control, according to Pandjaitan.
The international airport Ngurah Rai in Bali wanted to reopen for international flights on Thursday. Interested holidaymakers must enter Indonesia via Bali or the two airports on the Riau Islands in Batam and Bintan. In addition to a vaccination certificate, you need a negative PCR test and a hotel reservation. First of all, all holiday guests must also be quarantined for five days in the booked hotel.
Because of the spread of the delta variant, the Southeast Asian island state Indonesia had with 270 Millions of residents experienced a severe virus wave in June and July. Sometimes more than 50. 000 New infections reported on the day. However, the numbers have been falling for weeks. Now they are less than 1465 during the day.
Indonesia has long been one of the worst hit countries in the region. A total of 4.2 million cases have been confirmed so far. Approximately 143 000 People are in connection with Covid – 19 died. The important tourism sector has been almost completely on the ground for a year and a half. 2019 more than six million holidaymakers had traveled to the island, which is known for its temples, rice fields and beaches. (dpa)
Infection rate highest in southeast Germany – and in Bremen
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the nationwide seven-day incidence is from 65, 4 on 67, 0 increased. The country with the highest incidence is Thuringia with 109, 7, followed by Bavaria with 96, 7 and Saxony with 92, 5. These are buns of the countries in which the vaccination rate is significantly lower than in the north-west German federal states. The five districts with the highest incidences are on Thursday according to RKI information all in Bavaria.
Bremen is an exception to the trend. There are 80 percent of the total population vaccinated at least once, which is by far the highest vaccination rate of the total population in Germany. At the same time, the seven-day incidence is with 85, 6 well above average. (Reuters)
Australian state Victoria with record numbers
The number of new corona infections in the Australian state of Victoria with the megacity Melbourne continues to rise – although the region on the east coast has been in lockdown for more than two months and has already been more than 60 percent of the population v are fully vaccinated . On Thursday the authorities reported 2297 New infections within 24 hours, an increase of 700 cases compared to the previous day. A record: Never has a state or territory reported so many new infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
If 70 percent of the population have received two doses of vaccine, the regional government still wants to introduce the first easing. This is expected to be the case next week, said regional premiere Daniel Andrews. “We have an agreement with the people of Victoria: you get vaccinated and we will relax. And I do what I say. “ Victoria is in lockdown for the sixth time.
The neighboring State of New South Wales with the Metropolis Sydney , which had long been hardest hit by the current outbreak, had its strict lockdown a few days ago after 106 days ended. There the numbers go down.
Australia with its around 25 million inhabitants has been largely isolated from the outside world since the beginning of the crisis Open country. Fully vaccinated Australians will then be able to travel abroad again. It is still unclear when tourists can return to Down Under. (dpa)
Brazil has more than 100 Millions of people vaccinated
Around ten months after the start of the nationwide vaccination campaign in Brazil are more than 100 Millions of Brazilians completely vaccinated against the coronavirus . This corresponds to 062, 5 percent of the target group over 17 – year-olds, it said in a message from the Ministry of Health Brasília on Wednesday (local time). The mark should continue to rise until the end of October, also because the Ministry of Health will soon announce the arrival of more than 51, 5 million doses of corona vaccines expected.
While major cities like Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo have considered making mask compulsory under to loosen certain conditions, test parties with thousands of visitors and samba groups for the carnival 2022 practice, the Brazilian President wants Jair Bolsonaro did not get further vaccinated . “I see new studies, my immunization is high”, justified Bolsonaro in an interview with the radio station “Jovem Pan”.
The right-wing head of state 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 his government’s corona crisis management is running. Tens of thousands demonstrated against Bolsonaro several times in the past few months. Brazil had the mark of 536 000 Corona deaths exceeded. (dpa)
Little dynamism in the corona infection process
There is little dynamic in the seven-day incidence in Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of the new infections per 100. residents and week on Thursday morning with 67, 0 . For comparison: on the previous day the value at 62, 4 located, one week ago at 62, 6 (previous month: 81,1). The health authorities in Germany reported to the RKI within one day 12. 382 New Corona infections . This can be seen from the numbers that show the status of the RKI dashboard from 04. 14 Play the clock. A week ago the value at 12. 644 Infections located.
According to the new information, throughout Germany within 24 Hours 72 Deaths recorded. A week ago it was 68 there have been deaths. The RKI has counted 4 since the beginning of the pandemic. 342. 640 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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Bavaria’s Christmas markets without masks and 3G
Christmas markets in Bavaria can be without 3G Rule, mask compulsory, but with alcohol served. This provides for a concept jointly agreed on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economics. It was also said that the market area did not need to be fenced off. At the end of September, the state government had decided that Christmas markets should take place this year.
In view of the ongoing pandemic situation, infection protection has priority. Therefore, there will be clear rules in the markets, such as distance requirements and measures to guide visitors. In addition, the organizer is required to provide information to visitors and stand operators as well as the creation of sufficient washing facilities. According to the Ministry of Health, a detailed general hygiene concept for the markets will be presented promptly. (KNA)
UK Vaccination Certificate Issues Troubling Travelers
Due to temporary problems with the UK online vaccination certificate, plans by travelers in the UK were thwarted on Wednesday. As the National Health Service NHS announced on Twitter, the online certificates were temporarily unavailable via the app and website. The PA news agency reported that some travelers had been turned away by the airlines at the airport because they were unable to show their vaccination status. The certificates were later available again, as the NHS announced. (dpa)
WHO proposes Drosten for international advisory board
The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed the Berlin virologist Christian Dros ten proposed as a member of an important new advisory board. The advisory board is to develop guidelines for future studies on the origin of pandemics and epidemics and oversee investigations, as the WHO on Wednesday in Geneva reported. The advisory board is a reaction to the international investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which has long been delayed by China.
The virus popped up in the end 2019 for the first time in Wuhan, China. The foreign experts proposed by the WHO were only allowed to travel to China more than twelve months later, at the beginning of this year. China does not want to allow a further investigation on site. The US government accuses China of withholding information from the experts. Beijing accuses the US and other countries of to abuse the pandemic and the search for the source for political attacks.
The WHO hopes that such studies will be prepared in the future by the advisory board and can then take place without political disputes between governments. (dpa)
Bremen is the first federal state to crack 80 – Percentage mark for first vaccinations
Bremen was the first German federal state to achieve the main target in the German vaccination campaign. As can be seen from data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), are 80 Percentage of Bremen residents at least once against the Coronavirus vaccinated .
Also with 76, 5 percent of fully vaccinated people is Bremen at the top in a national comparison. Saxony has the lowest vaccination rates : According to the data, 58, 3 percent first vaccinated and 55, 6 percent completely immunized.
In Germany, according to the RKI 65, 4 percent of the population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The rate among adults is therefore 76 Percent.
At least once have been vaccinated against the virus according to the information 68, 6 percent of all citizens and 76, 4 percent of adults . More than 54 According to the Federal Ministry of Health, millions of people are fully vaccinated, more than 57 Millions vaccinated at least once.
Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 37, 5 percent get at least one first injection , 37, 5 percent are fully vaccinated.
The RKI works, however Assumes that more adults are likely to be vaccinated than the data suggests. 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. (dpa)
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Highest level at New infections in Latvia
In Latvia the number of new corona infections has increased Peak reached. The health authorities in Riga reported on Wednesday 2236 positive tests within one day. The previous record in the Baltic EU country of 1861 was at 31. December 2020 has been recorded. In the last 14 days were according to official information 993, 4 new infections per 100 000 Inhabitants registered.
In view of the renewed strong spread of the coronavirus, the government in Riga has declared a state of emergency. It has been in effect from Monday to 11. January. Associated with this are restrictions on both vaccinated and non-vaccinated people, which restrict public life and economic activities.
In Latvia just under half of the 1.9 million inhabitants are fully vaccinated against Corona. The government has been trying for months, with only moderate success, to increase the population’s low willingness to vaccinate. A corona vaccination obligation has been established for public service employees and certain occupational groups. The state airline Air Baltic announced on Wednesday that all employees are required to be vaccinated. (dpa)
One-time payment for vaccinated seniors in Lithuania
Lithuania wants to motivate seniors in the Corona crisis with a financial incentive to vaccinate. The parliament in Vilnius voted on Wednesday a one-off payment decided by the government of 100 Euro for newly vaccinated people over 75 years. The project was justified with the low vaccination rate in this age group.
The payment should be made to seniors who are up to have not received a vaccination by September 1st and are fully vaccinated by December 1st . Fully vaccinated seniors who receive another dose of an approved corona vaccine for a booster by April 1 should also be granted financial aid.
In Lithuania, the corona numbers have increased significantly in the past few weeks. In the past 11 days were according to official information 998, 5 new infections per 100. 000 residents registered. In the Baltic state with almost three million inhabitants are 68, 7 percent of the population fully vaccinated against Corona or recovered from it. (dpa)