With the impending repeal of all Corona rules in England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on people to exercise caution. "We are temptingly close to the last milestone on our schedule from the lockdown," said Johnson, according to a message from Monday night. "But the plan to restore our freedoms must be accompanied by a warning." The number of new infections will continue to increase due to the easing. "Therefore, when we confirm our plans today, our message is clear: caution is of the essence," said Johnson.
On this Monday afternoon, the premier finally wants to announce the lifting of the remaining corona rules in England on July 19 - despite an enormous increase in new infections due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. This should return the largest part of the British country to normal in a week. Night clubs can reopen, and guests in pubs can enjoy their pints close together. There are no longer any audience restrictions for events. Distance rules and the obligation to wear a mask then also fall - against the advice of scientists and despite criticism from trade unions, mayors and opposition politicians. In response to public pressure, several members of the government have called on people to keep wearing masks in crowded places, such as on public transport and in shops. But that is purely voluntary. Johnson had announced the easing a week ago, but also a final test.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron will announce in a speech on Monday evening how his government will respond to the expanding delta variant of the Coronavirus wants to meet. There is talk of compulsory vaccination for staff in hospitals and care facilities. There could also be new restrictions in the catering industry in order to avoid a broad lockdown.
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Olympic city Tokyo again in a state of emergency
Accompanied by complaints about vaccine shortages, the corona emergency came into force again in Tokyo for the duration of the Olympic Games. Restaurants have not been allowed to serve alcohol since Monday and, like large department stores, have to close at 20 p.m. A maximum of 5000 spectators are allowed for sports and cultural events, provided that half of the space is not exceeded. Citizens are called upon to stay at home if possible.
On the eve of the fourth emergency in Tokyo, which will run until August 22, Japan's governors lamented chaos in the country's vaccination process due to a lack of vaccination doses. They accused the government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of creating confusion in the extremely late vaccination process. The state had put pressure on local governments to speed up vaccinations with the aim of making vaccinations available to every citizen by October or November. But now there is suddenly a lack of vaccination doses, which is why more and more places no longer have to accept or cancel further vaccination appointments.
Critics complain that much of the Japanese population will not be vaccinated at the start of the Olympic Games on July 23. Out of concern about the virus spreading Japan's Olympic makers excluded viewers from almost all competitions. However, many Japanese fear that the games could turn into a super-spreader event. However, those responsible and the International Olympic Committee keep claiming that everything is "safe".
Israel offers first booster vaccinations
In Israel, adults with compromised immune systems can now get a booster vaccination. The third injection after two vaccinations with the Biontech Pfizer vaccine, for example, will be given to people who have undergone an organ transplant or who have a disease that causes a drop in immunity, said Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. The vaccine from Moderna is intended for this, since the one from Biontech / Pfizer is running out.
The government is considering the issue of a booster vaccination for the entire population, but nothing has been decided yet. With the spread of the Delta variant, the number of new infections in Israel has risen again. The country has recently tightened the quarantine regulations for travelers: Even vaccinated and convalescent people must be in isolation for 24 hours after arrival or until their corona test results are available. The Israeli vaccination campaign started in December and caused an international stir. More than 61 percent of the population have been vaccinated for the first time, around 56 percent twice. Pfizer and Biontech also want to ask the authorities in the USA and Europe in the next few weeks to approve these booster vaccinations. They justify this with an increased risk of infection after six months.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet said the virus would "be with us for a long time". With the help of a "corona routine" you have to find a way to live in your shadow without excessive restrictions.
Cuba allows in-house developed vaccine Abdala
Cuba has granted emergency approval to the corona vaccine Abdala, which it developed itself. As the state center for the control of drugs and medical devices (Cecmed) announced, the vaccine showed an effectiveness of 92,28 percent in the third test phase. This makes Abdala the first vaccine against the coronavirus to be developed and approved in Latin America.
“A light at the end of the tunnel in this long race against the pandemic,” Cuba's President Miguel Díaz-Canel commented on the decision on Twitter. Cuba has a lot of experience in vaccine development. So far, however, the study results on Abdala have not been independently verified.
Abdala is a so-called subunit vaccine made from processed proteins of the pathogen. Three doses are given for full vaccination protection. In addition to Abdala, Cuba is currently developing other vaccines against Covid-19, including the Soberana 02 vaccine.
EU: Vaccine supplied to 70 percent of adults
By the end of this weekend, the European Union claims to have delivered sufficient vaccine to the EU states to ensure that "at least 70 percent of the adult population" is fully vaccinated in July. By this Sunday "around 500 million cans would have been distributed in all regions of Europe," said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday. There are around 366 million people over the age of 18 in the EU.
The pandemic has not been defeated. "But we are prepared to continue delivering vaccines - also against new variants," said von der Leyen. She appealed to the member states to do everything possible to ensure that the vaccinations progress. The deliveries made and planned up to and including this Sunday include around 330 million vaccine doses from the supplier Biontech / Pfizer, around 100 million from Astra Zeneca, 50 million from Moderna and 20 million from Johnson & Johnson, according to a commission spokesman.