Biden promises enough vaccines for all adults by the end of May | Coronavirus

We set out to have enough vaccines available for all adults in the United States by the end of Maysaid Mr. Biden, who spoke three weeks ago of a deadline at the end of July.

He greeted a significant progress, but that does not mean that all American adults will be vaccinated on that date.

We need people who inject into people’s arms, into millions of American arms, he added.

The United States, the country most bereaved by the pandemic with more than 516,000 dead, have already administered 78 million doses to 15% of their population.

Mr Biden made the announcement during a brief address in which he confirmed an agreement between pharmaceutical giants Merck and Johnson & Johnson to increase production of the latter’s vaccine.

This is the kind of business-to-business collaboration we saw in WWII, he said, adding that the Johnson & Johson vaccine production centers would now operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine has obtained an authorization for emergency use in the country at the end of last week, for adults from 18 years old. It has two significant logistical advantages: it can only be administered in a single dose and can be stored at refrigerator temperatures.

The first doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are being prepared for shipment by an employee of the McKesson distributor on March 1 in Shepherdsville, Ky.

Photo : Getty Images / AFP/TIMOTHY D. EASLEY

Johnson & Johnson has currently committed to ship 100 million doses to the United States by the end of June.

The European Medicines Agency has also announced that it will meet on March 11 to determine whether it authorizes the deployment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the European Union.

Relaxations in Texas and Mississippi

Earlier, Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott announced the end of mandatory masks and the reopening of businesses from March 10, believing that the second most populous state in the United States now had the means to protect its coronavirus population.

<q data-attributes="{"lang":{"value":"fr","label":"Français"},"value":{"html":"Il est maintenant temps d'ouvrir le Texas à 100% “,” text “:” Now is the time to open Texas to 100% “}}” lang = “fr”>Now is the time to open up Texas 100%, he said during a visit to a restaurant.

The obligation to wear a mask had been in place since July 2020 and businesses had been limited to 75% of their capacity since October.

He justified his decision by the medical advances in vaccines and antibody treatments, even if COVID-19 has not disappeared.

Nearly 44,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas since the outbreak began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

For nearly six months, too many Texans have been denied the opportunity to work, too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills, added Mr Abbott, advocating freedom inhabitants to determine their own fate.

Companies can limit the reception capacity of their premises or set up their own health protocols, underlines the governor’s decree.

Restrictions at the local level can be reinstated if the occupancy rate of hospitals increases, but they cannot go beyond the 50% capacity limitation in companies.

In the process, the state of Mississippi also announced the end of the mandatory mask and the total reopening of its economy, from Wednesday.

Our numbers of hospitalizations and positive cases have collapsed, and vaccines are being distributed quickly, it is time!, tweeted the governor of this southern state, Republican Tate Reeves.

These decisions come despite warnings from the American health authorities against any slackening in the face of the pandemic.

On Monday, the director of the American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, said very concerned about reports that more and more states are lifting precisely the measures we have recommended to protect people.

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