Live – Covid-19: WHO begins investigation into origin of pandemic in Wuhan

In the Wuhan P4 laboratory, February 23, 2017

In the Wuhan P4 laboratory, February 23, 2017

Vaccination, re-containment, epidemic assessment, virus mutation … Find the latest information on the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The news of this Friday

The Novavax vaccine would be 89% effective, the US biotech firm said in a statement. This figure is taken from phase 3 clinical trials involving more than 15,000 people in the UK. However, the vaccine would also be less effective against the South African variant, identified as more contagious.

These results could put the Novavax vaccine on the path to authorization in several countries. It is backed by $ 1.6 billion in funding from the U.S. government as part of a 100 million dose deal. It is also currently being tested in the United States and Mexico and should have further results around mid-February.

Un thirds of H&M are closed due to the pandemic. That is nearly 1,800 out of 5,000. The Swedish ready-to-wear giant has revealed an annual net profit divided by ten because of the effects of the pandemic. This heavyweight in clothing achieved a net profit of 1.24 billion crowns, penalized by a net decline of 20% in its turnover.

Nocibé, for its part, announced on Thursday the closure of 20% of its stores in Europe. The German perfume group now wants to focus on online sales. In all, 500 stores out of the 2400 on the continent are affected. 2,500 jobs are threatened, including around 350 in France.

The GDP falls by 8.3%. For the French economy, the recession is massive in 2020. According to an initial estimate from INSEE, GDP fell by 8.3%. A record drop since World War II but, nevertheless, not as bad as expected by the Institute. Find the Liberation article on the subject.

Covid-19. The government is preparing the spirits for new health restrictions, including a possible third confinement, after having noted that the curfew at 6 p.m. was not enough in the face of the more contagious variants of the Covid-19 virus. Prime Minister Jean Castex ends his consultations on new measures on Friday, through discussions with social partners. Emmanuel Macron could announce these measures this weekend or Monday, which will be the subject of a debate and a symbolic vote in Parliament next week, AFP learned from several politicians who participated in meetings with Thursday. Prime Minister Jean Castex.

AstraZeneca. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) decides on Friday on authorization in the European Union vaccine produced by AstraZeneca while the 27 criticize its delivery delays and the German vaccination commission has not recommended for over 65s. Based in Amsterdam, the EMA has scheduled a virtual press conference at 3 p.m. (French time).

WHO. Released Thursday from 14 days of quarantine, the experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) finally began Friday in Wuhan their field investigation into the origin of Covid-19, which should lead them in particular to sensitive sites. Investigators will be fine at the now famous Wuhan Institute of Virology – equipped with high-security P3 and P4 laboratories – which handled coronaviruses in particular. From the start of the pandemic, the establishment was the subject of hypotheses, taken up by the administration of former US President Donald Trump, according to which the virus could have escaped before contaminating the planet. A theory that is not based for the moment on anything tangible.

Germany. Germany is considering a drastic reduction in air traffic with the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa and Portugal, countries it considers to be the most affected by the new variants of the coronavirus, announced the Minister of the Interior. A project will be presented on Friday by the government.

Study. Covid-19 could alter the quality of the sperm of men who contracted it, according to a German study published on Friday, involving a small number of patients and whose conclusions will have to be confirmed by other work.

Sport mask. A mask intended for sports practice is about to be designed. Long awaited by the industry, it is not a guarantee of reopening of the rooms. Our investigation.

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