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11:00 | Asia currently has the highest number of infections in the world
The largest increases were in South Asia, which reported a 36% increase in the number of infections and a 46% increase in the number of deaths compared to the previous week, due to the large increase in positives in countries like India. All regions registered increases in the number of deaths except Africa, which, according to the organization’s data, decreased deaths by 20% compared to the previous week.
Meanwhile, the infection situation in Europe improved after 5 consecutive weeks of increases, registering 2% fewer cases than in the previous week, although it was the fourth consecutive week of increases in the number of deaths on the European continent.
The European countries that registered the most cases in the last week were Turkey, with 265,937, an increase of 43% compared to the previous week, and France, with 244,607, a slight decrease of 4% after the closure of schools and the tightening of preventive measures.
Globally, India registered the highest number of new cases in the last week (513,885, an increase of 38%), followed by Brazil (505,668 new cases, an increase of 5%) and the United States (with 444,756 in the last week , 5% more than the previous one).
The pandemic has failed to completely sadden the Indians who celebrate the Holi Festival, as here in Chennai on March 29, 2021.
12:00 | India’s slowdown on vaccine exports puts its production in a tight spot
The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest manufacturer of COVID vaccines, will need financial help from the Indian government due to its export restrictions, its CEO said. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month halted exports of AstraZeneca vaccines made by SII as the country of 1.3 billion people experiences a new wave of infections.
The pressure has put the SII’s production capacity “under a lot of stress,” the company’s CEO Adar Poonawalla told NDTV late Tuesday. The company now needs additional funding of Rs 30 billion ($ 408 million) to increase its capacity and has requested financial assistance from the government, according to the CEO.
“This was never initially budgeted or planned, because we were supposed to export and get funding from countries, but now that that is not happening, we have to find other innovative ways to increase our capacity,” Poonawalla said. IBS, which produces more than two million daily doses of Covishield – the local name for AstraZeneca’s vaccine – supplies the vaccine at a subsidized price in India much lower than it charges for exports.
13:00 | European Commission allocates more money for research on variants of the coronavirus
The European Commission (EC) will allocate 123 million euros to support “urgent” research on new variants of coronavirus. The funds, which come from the Community science program Horizon Europe, are part of the Commission’s “global action” to prevent, mitigate and respond to the effects of variants, in accordance with the new European biodefense preparedness plan. , the HERA incubator “.
“We continue to mobilize all the means at our disposal to combat this pandemic and resolve the difficulties posed by the variants of the coronavirus,” the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said in a statement.
In that sense, the European Commission has launched new calls “that complement previous efforts to develop treatments and vaccines, by organizing and conducting clinical trials to advance the development of promising treatments and vaccines against SARS-CoV -2 / COVID -19 “.
These will serve to drive large-scale Sars-CoV-2 groups and networks both regionally and “beyond the borders of Europe” that “should rapidly advance knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 and its emerging variants” .
In addition, Brussels intends to encourage the development of more therapeutic treatments or promising coronavirus vaccines, accelerate data sharing and provide rapid research support and expertise, to tackle SARS-CoV-2 variants and be prepared for future epidemics.
“These emergency calls will address the threat in the short and medium term and, simultaneously, prepare for the future,” added the European Commission, which is confident that these initiatives will contribute to the creation of the European Authority for Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies. (HERA), which would allow the EU to better anticipate and address future pandemics.
Calls will open for submissions on April 13 and the deadline for submission is May 6, 2021.
13:30 | Africa has only received 11 million vaccines for its 1.3 billion people
Africa, which has about 1.3 billion inhabitants, has only administered 11 million vaccines against covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, warning of the existing “inequalities” in access to the drug.
“Of the 548 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine that have been administered worldwide, only 11 million doses, that is, 2% of distributed stocks, have been administered on the African continent, where Almost 17% of the world’s population lives, “said WHO Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti.
In a message published on the occasion of World Health Day, which is celebrated this Wednesday, Moeti stressed that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the “existing inequalities between countries.”
To date, the continent has registered about 4.3 million cases of the disease, of which just over 114,300 ended in deaths and about 3.8 million are discharged patients, according to the latest data published by the Centers for Africa Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
14:00 | Merkel proposes a new closure for Germany, but short and unified throughout the country
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in favor of a new closure of German public life, of short duration but with unitary standards of action for the entire country.
The statement by Merkel’s spokeswoman supposes support for the proposal of the leader of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Armin Laschet, in favor of a new closure of public life throughout the country and while progressing in the vaccination campaign.
Laschet proposed moving a meeting between Merkel and regional leaders to this week, an issue that, however, has not gone ahead. The next meeting between the Chancellor and the “Länder” is scheduled for next Monday, April 12. The measures to be adopted in the face of the pandemic, whose implementation until now corresponds to the “Länder”, should be addressed there.
Restoration, leisure and culture have been closed since November, closure to which non-essential shops joined in December. At the beginning of January, a relief of these restrictions was contemplated, with the reopening of museums and some stores, but then that process was stopped due to the new spike in infections.
As of April 7, in Germany there are 110.1 infections per 100,000 inhabitants
Germany reported 9,677 positives for coronavirus and 298 deaths on Wednesday, in addition to reducing the cumulative incidence, according to the day’s data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
On April 5, the last day with figures, at least one dose of a covid vaccine had been administered to 12.7% of the population (10.5 million people). 5.5% (4.5 million) have received the complete guideline.
jov (efe, dpa, oms, afp, ema, rki)