pandemic update

Highlights, new measures, new reports: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– Trump promises vaccine in October

Donald Trump affirmed Wednesday that the United States would have from October a vaccine against Covid-19 widely distributed in the population, despite the contrary opinions of health experts and the attacks of his opponent Joe Biden who judges him ” disqualified “to manage the pandemic.

– Rich countries have reserved half of future doses of vaccines

A group of rich countries representing 13% of the world’s population has pre-purchased half of future doses of Covid-19 vaccines, according to a report released Wednesday by the NGO Oxfam.

The United States as early as May, then the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan and other countries signed multiple contracts guaranteeing in advance the production and delivery of doses if the clinical trials in progress were conclusive. The Americans will even have doses delivered as early as October, in order to be ready to distribute them within 24 hours of a possible health authorization.

– More than 936,000 dead

The pandemic caused by the new coronavirus has killed more than 936,000 people worldwide since the end of December, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources on Wednesday at 11:00 GMT.

More than 29.6 million cases of contamination have been diagnosed.

The United States is the most bereaved country with 196,661 dead, followed by Brazil (134,106), India (82,066), Mexico (71,678) and the United Kingdom (41,664).

– 10,000 new cases in France in 24 hours

France has recorded nearly 10,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past twenty-four hours, close to its record level since the launch of large-scale tests in the country, Public Health France announced on Wednesday.

– The north of France “risk zone” for Berlin

Germany on Wednesday placed a new French region in a risk zone, Hauts-de-France (north), as well as the two European capitals Vienna and Budapest due to an upsurge in Covid-19 cases.

– Threatened human capital

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to the closure of schools, threatens to erase the significant progress made over the past decade in education and health, especially in the poorest countries, deplores the World Bank on Wednesday.

– South Africa reopens its borders for “certain countries”

South Africa’s borders will be able to reopen on October 1, with restrictions for “certain countries” whose rates of coronavirus infection remain “high”, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Wednesday evening.

– Underrated nurses

Nurses have paid a much heavier price for the pandemic than official statistics show, which record just over 1,000 deaths, out of just 44 countries, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said on Wednesday.

– Reconfinement envisaged in Madrid

The region of Madrid, epicenter of the rebound of the epidemic in Spain, announced Wednesday that it plans to contain areas of the city or region with the largest increase in the number of contaminations.

– Italians’ disenchantment with the EU

Opinions on how governments have handled the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic vary widely across Europe, according to a poll released Thursday, which found Italians to be particularly tough on the European Union.

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