Europe is worried, the United States considers itself “ahead”

AFP, published on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:07 p.m.

The day when the President of the European Council warned that “the next few weeks will remain difficult in the field of vaccines”, the American president announced Thursday that his country was “several weeks ahead” on its vaccination program.

With more than 2.5 million deaths from Covid-19 officially recorded worldwide since the start of the pandemic, European leaders gathered in a video conference called for “maintaining firm restrictions”.

In total, 2,500,172 deaths have been identified, for 112,618,488 declared cases, according to a count made Thursday by AFP from official reports.

Faced with such figures, European leaders have called for accelerating vaccination campaigns to face the “additional challenges” posed by the spread of more contagious variants.

“The epidemiological situation remains serious, and the new variants pose additional challenges. We must therefore maintain firm restrictions while stepping up our efforts to speed up vaccine shipments,” said the heads of state and government of the Twenty. seven, following a videoconference summit.

– “Optimist”

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, warned that “the next few weeks” would remain “difficult in the field of vaccination”.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, however, said she was “optimistic” about her goal of vaccinating 70% of the EU’s adult population by “the end of summer”, thanks to the sharp increase expected in laboratory deliveries.

“If we look at the figures (of deliveries), we are optimistic about our ability to reach our goal” of vaccinating some 225 million Europeans, she said.

A few hours later, President Biden congratulated himself on the fact that the United States was “several weeks ahead” of its vaccination program. He had promised when he took office a hundred million doses administered in a hundred days.

“I’m here today to say we’re halfway there, with 50 million doses in just 37 days since I became president,” he said. “It’s several weeks early.”

However, “this is not the time to let our guard down,” he added, asking the Americans to continue to respect barrier gestures.

Two vaccines are currently authorized in the United States, those from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna. Each has promised to deliver 300 million doses before the end of July, enough to vaccinate almost the entire American population.

In Brazil, the threshold of 250,000 deaths was crossed Thursday, exactly one year after the first case of contamination appeared in the country, today the second most bereaved in the world by the pandemic, after the United States.

For his part, the director of the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), Hans Kluge, called for people suffering from symptoms for a long time to be heard.

His request comes at a time when health authorities are focused on vaccination campaigns to try to stem the pandemic.

The issue of “Covid long” is “a clear priority for the WHO, and of the utmost importance. It must be for all health authorities,” insisted Mr. Kluge during a press conference, deploring that these long-term symptoms are too often met with “disbelief or a lack of understanding”.

– 50% English variant in France –

In France, the English variant, more contagious, “now concerns about half of the people” contaminated by the Covid, has also announced Prime Minister Jean Castex, which raises fears of an epidemic explosion.

He announced that twenty departments were placed under “enhanced surveillance” due to increased circulation of the epidemic, and could be subject to local containment measures from the weekend of March 6 if the situation continued to deteriorate. degrade.

In the United Kingdom, on the other hand, the situation is improving. British health authorities decided on Thursday to lower the alert level relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, the risk of saturation of hospitals having “receded” in this country, subjected to severe confinement since early January.

From five, its maximum, the alert level increases to four, said in a joint statement the medical chiefs of the four constituent nations of the country (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland).

– Bangladesh vaccinates its prostitutes –

In the Netherlands, sex workers warned Thursday that they would demonstrate outside parliament next week to denounce the continued closure of brothels, while restaurants and cafes are scheduled to reopen without permission.

For its part, Bangladesh has started administering doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to sex workers in the largest brothel in this country, a huge maze of shacks where around 1,900 prostitutes live.

This South Asian country, which has so far injected the AstraZeneca vaccine into nearly three million people aged 40 and over, has cleared it for prostitutes of all ages in the city of Daulatdia (West ).


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