Vaccination campaigns are spreading around the world and giving hope for the control of the pandemic. More and more countries are starting to inject doses against Covid-19, like, recently, the Philippines. At the same time, mistrust of vaccines is declining, according to a study, especially in France where 59% of respondents say they are ready to receive a vaccine or have already done so against only 40% last December.
The French have not yet come out of the measures in force to curb the epidemic, and particularly the curfew. While the situation is worrying in several territories which are subject to increased control, President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning called on the population to “hold out” a little longer, at least four to six weeks.
In total, the epidemic has killed at least 2,526,075 people worldwide. The United States remains the most affected country with 512,984 deaths, followed by Brazil, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.
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- Macron asks to “hold” another “4 to 6 weeks” before easing
Emmanuel Macron called on Monday to “hold” another “4 to 6 weeks” before being able to loosen certain constraints in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, during an exchange with young people in a training center for industrial trades in Stains ( Seine-Saint-Denis).
Arrested by a young man who asked him to postpone “until 7 pm the curfew, because it is hard”, the head of state urged him with a smile to “hold out for a few more weeks”. “Four to six weeks,” he added, during a visit to the L’Industreet site.
- Entertainment professionals want a “change of method”
Several organizations representing entertainment professionals (theater, music, cinemas, etc.) on Monday called on the State to “change methods” to “deconfinate culture”, one year exactly after the first announcements of restrictions on shows due to of the coronavirus epidemic.
These organizations, including the Scam, the SNSP (union of public scenes), the SMA (union of current music), the National Union of private theater, demand the continuation of negotiations “for the gradual reopening of cultural establishments”, in order to ” give real visibility to professionals on the recovery schedule “so that they” can prepare for it “.
- Ghanaian president receives first injection of Covax vaccine
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the first person in the world to receive an injection of the Covid-19 vaccine funded by Covax, the device that aims to provide access to these vaccines to low-income countries.
The 76-year-old president, whose country received the world’s first delivery of Covax vaccines last Wednesday, received a first injection of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, according to images broadcast live by Ghanaian national television.
“It is important that I lead by example and show that this vaccine is safe by being the first person to receive it, so that everyone in Ghana feels comfortable getting the vaccine,” said the head of the state in a discourse.
- Vaccine adherence on the rise
The population’s support for the Covid-19 vaccine is on the rise in several countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States or even the very skeptical France, according to an international study published by the cabinet Kekst CNC. The study conducted in six countries (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, United States and Sweden) shows a clear upward trend everywhere compared to the end of 2020.
Thus, in France, 59% of respondents say they are ready to receive a vaccine or have already done so against only 40% last December. The increase is even more spectacular in Sweden, with 76% of responses in favor of this question against 51% in September 2020. It is in the United Kingdom that the membership rate is highest, with 89%, instead of 65% last September.
- Covid-19 risks starving the poorest countries
Several British associations specializing in international aid have warned of the risk of an increase in famine and the humanitarian crisis in certain fragile countries, such as Yemen, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Parts of Yemen and South Sudan are already on the brink of famine, which also threatens Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said in its latest report. , which brings together 14 British associations including the British Red Cross, Oxfam and Save the childen.
“People living in dangerous places due to conflict, violence and climate disasters are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic as best they can, but fate is against them,” said Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, during a United Nations virtual conference devoted to Yemen.
- Launch of the vaccination campaign in the Philippines
The Philippines began administering the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 on Monday, with priority categories being healthcare workers, the military, the police and senior government officials.
Key aides to President Rodrigo Duterte were among the hundreds to receive the first doses of the vaccine, believing it to be a moral duty. Despite doubts about the effectiveness of CoronaVac, the vaccination campaign began in six hospitals in Manila the day after the arrival of 600,000 doses offered by Beijing.
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