Corona vaccination for children has Sarah Gilbert questioned. Politicians should make a cost-benefit analysis, said Gilbert in an interview with "Welt" and other European media. The Delta variant, for example, is very contagious, so that people get sick with a mild course despite two vaccinations. Serious cases and deaths are rare. "So if the transmission cannot be prevented and children neither become seriously ill nor die, then the question arises: Is vaccination worth it?"
At the same time, Gilbert made it clear that vaccination could be useful for some children. “The virus is dangerous for a very small number of children. Countries should consider vaccinating them, ”Gilbert said.
At the end of May, the EU Commission officially approved the vaccination of children aged twelve and over with the vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer. For Germany, however, the Standing Vaccination Commission has so far only recommended vaccination for children and adolescents with certain previous illnesses who have an increased risk of a severe course.
Booster vaccinations will not be necessary for the general population, according to the immunologist Gilbert. “The effectiveness declines faster, especially in older people. As the immune system ages, the response to antibodies is no longer as good. So if we need boosters, it will be for the older population. I do not expect that this will be necessary for the general population. "
Biden: Platforms like Facebook would kill "people" with Fakenews
Misinformation on social media about coronavirus and vaccinations are responsible for the deaths of many people, according to US President Joe Biden. When asked by a reporter what message he had given the spread of misinformation for platforms like Facebook, Biden said, "They're killing people." The pandemic in the US has become a "pandemic among the unvaccinated," said Biden on Friday in the garden of the White House.
The US government makes misinformation on social networks jointly responsible for the wait-and-see or negative attitude of many Americans towards the corona vaccines. In the USA, the number of new infections has recently risen again rapidly in areas with a lower vaccination rate, driven by the particularly contagious Delta variant. The vaccination campaign, on the other hand, is only making slow progress. According to the CDC health authority, a good 185 million people have so far received at least the first corona vaccination - this corresponds to around 56 percent of the entire population.
It was only on Thursday that the US government's chief health officer, Vivek Murthy, warned the White House of the effects of misinformation. "Today we live in a world in which misinformation is an immediate and insidious threat to the health of our nation." During the pandemic, for example, misinformation meant that people would not have worn masks. Now people would choose not to get vaccinated because of this. Modern technology companies have made it possible for “misinformation to poison our information environment,” he complained. ()
Decision on US entry restrictions expected
US President Joe Biden is expected to comment on the corona-related entry restrictions for people from Germany and other European Schengen countries in the coming days. Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue, said Biden on Thursday after a meeting with the CDU politician in Washington. How soon the travel restrictions can be lifted is currently being discussed. He will be able to answer the question in the coming days, said Biden. "I'm waiting to hear from our people in our Covid team when this should happen."
Merkel said she had exchanged ideas with Biden about the delta variant of the corona virus. That is a new challenge. A sustainable decision must now be made that will not be taken back after a short time.
The EU had already urged member states last month to gradually lift restrictions on travelers from the US and several other countries. Germany then allowed entries from the USA, among others, "for all permissible purposes of residence, including tourism". In the opposite direction, i.e. for entry into the USA, strict requirements still apply. ()
First corona case in the Olympic Village in Tokyo
A week before the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, there is the first corona case in the athletes' village. This was confirmed by the organizing committee on Saturday. OC managing director Toshiro Muto did not want to provide any personal information, such as their nationality. Nor could he say whether the person had been vaccinated. All necessary measures would be taken to protect against spreading so that everyone in the athletes' village could feel safe, it said. In addition, there are so far five athletes who have tested positive for the corona virus when they entered Japan. The athletes and their companions are isolated from the population in the athletes' village and have to follow strict rules of behavior and hygiene. The organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have repeatedly assured that the games would be "safe" for everyone.
Spahn announces more international corona aid
According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, Germany will increase its international aid in the pandemic. During a visit to the World Health Organization in Geneva, he pledged a further 260 million euros for the WHO to fight pandemic. "In addition, Germany will probably be able to deliver more than the announced 30 million vaccine doses," said Spahn after a meeting with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The third element is support in setting up vaccine factories in Africa, for example. One is in positive talks with companies like Biontech and Curevac. "We will have an overcapacity of mRNA vaccines in 2022," said the minister.
In Geneva, Spahn therefore again rejected requests for the corona vaccine patents to be released. “The goal of supplying the world can be achieved without patent approval.” The efforts made by companies in developing the vaccine must also be recognized. "If we saw that the companies did not cooperate in setting up production, the government would act differently - but they do cooperate," he emphasized with reference to Biontech and Curevac. "It's about technology transfer - the only question is how."
The WHO Director General, on the other hand, advocated a limited release of the patents. "The market has failed here," said Tedros about the development of the vaccines. He appealed to corporate social responsibility.
The federal government will dispense more than 80 percent of the vaccine doses donated through the international vaccination alliance Covax, said Spahn. He cannot say how many doses of vaccine it will be at the moment - but the first million doses should be delivered in August. However, the federal government would like to know where Covax delivers the vaccine doses, he said in a discussion about the pandemic in Geneva.
US government: Facebook must do more to combat false information about Corona
According to the US government, social networks such as Facebook must do more to counteract false information in connection with Corona and the vaccination against the virus. Facebook must remove posts that violate the guidelines and are incorrect faster, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Some posts would stay online for days. "It's too long, information is spreading too quickly," said Psaki. In the USA, too, the corona numbers have recently risen again. At the same time, vaccination progress is stalling in the country.
"Millions of Americans are still not protected against Covid-19, and we are seeing more infections among the unvaccinated," warned US government chief health officer Vivek Murthy. "Today we live in a world in which misinformation is an immediate and insidious threat to the health of our nation." During the pandemic, for example, misinformation meant that people would not have worn masks. Now people would choose not to get vaccinated because of this. Modern technology companies would have made it possible for “misinformation to poison our information environment”.
The Balearic Islands report a record of new infections within 24 hours
The Balearic Islands, with Mallorca as the Germans' favorite holiday island, have recorded more new infections within a day than ever since the outbreak of the pandemic. The health authorities of the Spanish Mediterranean islands announced that 24 infections with the corona virus were recorded within 795 hours. That is 115 cases more than the day before. The highest number to date was previously registered on January 19, at 776. The region with almost 1,2 million inhabitants temporarily had the highest values in all of Spain in terms of population.
The regional government stressed that "the situation in the hospitals is under control". Since in the Balearic Islands, as in all of Spain, it is mainly younger people who are currently infected and the course of the disease is usually milder, the situation is considered relatively relaxed. Only 26 patients with Covid-19 were in intensive care units on the four islands. The occupancy rate of the intensive care beds remained at twelve percent. Around 50 percent of the residents of the Balearic Islands are fully vaccinated.
According to the Balearic authorities, the seven-day incidence was 265. For comparison: In Germany this value is currently eight. The number of infections has been climbing across Spain since the end of June. The federal government therefore recently classified the entire country as a risk area.
WHO emergency committee warns of hasty corona easing
The World Health Organization's Emergency Committee has warned against the premature end of important protective measures. "The use of masks, keeping your distance, hand hygiene and special ventilation of indoor spaces remain the keys to reducing the transmission of the coronavirus," said the committee in Geneva.
The committee also warned against rash decisions with regard to major events. The local infection process and the spread of virus variants must always be taken into account.
The committee recommended that the “emergency of international concern” declared by the WHO on January 30, 2020, should be maintained. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus followed the advice. Associated with this is increased monitoring of the global infection rate and easier access to help for poorer countries. The committee meets roughly every three months to reassess the situation. This was the 8th meeting since the first infections became known in China.
17 million children miss routine vaccinations due to pandemic
Because of the Corona crisis, millions of children are not or insufficiently protected against other infectious diseases. The number of children who did not receive a single dose of vaccine against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus or whooping cough rose by 3,5 million to more than 17 million worldwide last year. This was reported by UN organizations on Thursday in Geneva. In addition, the number of missed partial vaccinations grew.
The UN children's aid organization Unicef and the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the money and staff for such routine vaccinations were used in many places to combat the pandemic. Parents were confronted with closed health facilities. In addition, some had not had their children vaccinated because they were worried that they could contract the coronavirus in the process. According to Unicef and WHO, curfews were another hurdle.
Routine vaccinations fell particularly sharply in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent. Falling numbers were also observed in Latin America, but there had been a negative trend there even before the pandemic. The situation remained relatively stable in Europe, much of Africa and in East Asia. Many countries have made progress to catch up on missed vaccinations since last year, said Katherine O'Brien, who heads WHO's vaccination division. But some children will probably never be reached again, she said. Thus, the risk of outbreaks of measles or polio has also increased. Therefore, targeted catch-up actions are necessary. "We must act now to protect these children."
Record number of new infections in the UK
A few days after the European Championship final in London, Great Britain recorded 42 new infections within one day, the highest value since January 302. According to official data, there were still 15 36 new infections on Tuesday. According to the data, 660 other people died in connection with the coronavirus, up from 49 the previous day. The more contagious Delta variant of the virus is rampant in the UK. The number of new infections has been increasing since mid-May, while the number of deaths remains lower than in previous corona waves. Almost all corona restrictions should fall in England next Monday.