Covid-19 – Update on the pandemic in the world

The highlights and the latest developments in Covid-19.

Medical staff in a clinic in Rome.

AFP

New balance sheets, new measures in a few points.

The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine 95% effective

The vaccine developed by the Pfizer / BioNTech alliance is 95% effective in preventing Covid-19, according to full results from their large-scale clinical trial, the companies said on Wednesday.

Pfizer will apply for marketing authorization “within a few days” from the US Drug Agency (FDA).

Last phase of a vaccine in Spain

Spain has authorized the launch of the last phase of a clinical trial of a vaccine, developed by the American group Johnson & Johnson, which will also be tested in eight other countries.

This phase three trial will be carried out in nine Spanish hospitals, first on volunteers who do not present any particular risk of developing severe forms of Covid-19, then on patients at risk.

Switzerland: the army as reinforcements

The Swiss government has announced increased military reinforcement to hospitals in the country saturated by the second wave of Covid-19, as well as financial assistance to individuals, businesses and sports clubs plagued by economic difficulties.

Demonstration dispersed in Berlin

Water cannons and tear gas: a demonstration by opponents of the restrictive measures imposed by the pandemic was stopped by police in central Berlin.

This rally came as the two Chambers of Parliament (Bundestag and Bundesrat) adopted a reform which includes in national law a battery of measures to fight against the spread of the virus, such as respect for social distancing or wearing a mask. .

Containment in Australia

The state of South Australia, whose capital is Adelaide, has announced a six-day lockdown. Residents are required to stay at home, while schools, restaurants and factories must close.

Over 1.33 million dead

The pandemic has killed more than 1.339 million people worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Wednesday midday.

Some 55.6 million cases have been officially counted, of which more than 35.6 million have been cured.

The United States has the most deaths (248’707), ahead of Brazil (166’699), India (130’993), Mexico (99’026) and the United Kingdom (52’745) .

Europe is currently the continent with the most new contaminations, America the one where the pandemic is accelerating the most.

France: “Far from deconfinement”

“We are not at all in deconfinement, we are even far from it. We are talking about a possible adaptation of the confinement from December 1 if the health situation allows it, ”warned the spokesperson for the French government, Gabriel Attal.

The French Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, asked the actors of the distribution to “postpone” the promotional operation “Black Friday”, scheduled for November 27.

Portugal will extend the state of emergency

Portugal is struggling to stem the second wave of the epidemic, recognized the government, which is preparing to extend the state of emergency and its health restrictions for two more weeks.

Belgium: containment gives results

“All indicators are down”: the containment measures imposed at the end of October in Belgium to fight against the spread of the pandemic are showing results, announced the health authorities.

China wary of imported frozen foods

China, which has contained the epidemic since the spring, has reported two cold chain employees sick with Covid-19 in Tianjin (north), amid growing mistrust of imported frozen food .

Masks in question

A Danish study published on Wednesday suggests that wearing a surgical mask has only a small effect in protecting against Covid-19, but many scientists point to its limits and stress that it does not lead to a solid conclusion .

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Posted: 11/18/2020, 8:32 p.m.

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