► Jean Castex calls on French people over 55 to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca
The French must have more confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine so that the vaccination goals against Covid-19 are achieved, Jean Castex warned on Saturday,: “Above 55 years old, the authorities are all unanimous, in France as elsewhere, that there is no danger. (…) I urge you to get vaccinated with all vaccines, especially with AstraZeneca. “
Since the start of vaccination with AstraZeneca, these are “30 cases, including 9 deaths” rare thromboses which occurred in France, on more than 3,855,000 doses administered on April 29, according to the French Medicines Agency (ANSM).
With 25.1 million injections in total (first doses and boosters) as of Friday, including a record day Thursday at more than 600,000 doses, nearly a third of the adult population (33.3%) has received a first dose and 14.5% two doses.
► The army sends reinforcements of caregivers to Guyana
The Ministry of the Armed Forces has dispatched 35 caregivers to reinforce Guyana to help deal with the Covid-19 epidemic, he announced on Saturday, May 8. A team of 35 soldiers, doctors, nurses, orderlies from the Army Health Service (SSA) and the Army Medical Regiment (RMED) arrived on Friday, the statement said. The medical equipment will be dispatched in the following days. “These efforts will make it possible to operate 5 resuscitation beds”, who will be able to welcome the first patients “From May 10”, according to the ministry.
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These reinforcements come at a time when the epidemic situation remains worrying in Guyana, where the Brazilian and English variants circulate, and that the intensive care unit of the Cayenne Hospital Center is under great tension.
► The Pope calls for universal access to vaccines
Pope Francis on Saturday supported the proposal to lift patents on vaccines against Covid-19, in order to accelerate the dissemination of vaccines to poor countries, in a video message at the concert “Vax Live”.
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The Argentine pope condemned “The narrow nationalism which prevents, for example, the internationalization of vaccines”, and mentioned “A spirit of justice that mobilizes us to ensure universal access to vaccines and the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights”. He condemned “The virus of individualism” that makes us “Indifferent to the suffering of others”.
► The EU and France ask Washington to stop “Block” vaccines
The European Union passed the buck to the United States on the lifting of patents on Covid vaccines on Saturday, calling on Washington to do so “Concrete proposals” and end the ban on the export of vaccines. “We must be ready to discuss this subject as soon as concrete proposals are put on the table”, reacted Charles Michel, the President of the Council, which represents the Member States. “On the issue of intellectual property, we do not think that, in the short term, this can be a magic solution”, he warned, however.
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The EU believes that producing and exporting vaccines from existing factories is the best way to quickly meet global demand. She says she is the only one “Democratic region” of the world to massively export vaccines, while the British and Americans have chosen to reserve their production for their own populations. Likewise, the French president recalled that out of 110 million doses produced in Europe, the EU had exported 45 million and kept 65 million. At the same time, he lamented, “100% of vaccines produced in the United States of America go to the American market”.
► Angela Merkel reiterates her opposition to the lifting of patents
Angela Merkel on Saturday reiterated her opposition to lifting patents on anti-Covid vaccines and called on the United States to open the ” market “ to enable exports of vaccines and their components. “I wish that now that a large part of the American population has been vaccinated, we can have a free exchange of components and also an opening of the vaccine market.”, said the German Chancellor at a press conference after an informal summit of European leaders.
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“The European Union has always exported a large part of its production to the world and so this should also become the rule, so to speak”, argued Angela Merkel.
► More than 4,000 dead in one day in India
The pandemic has killed at least 3,272,332 people around the world since its onset at the end of 2019, according to the WHO. More than 156,790,180 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed.
On Friday, 13,882 new deaths and 844,761 new cases were recorded worldwide. The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their latest reports are India with 4,187 new deaths, Brazil (2,165) and the United States (826).