New measures, new reports and highlights: An update on the latest developments in the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
– The pandemic, according to WHO, “far from over” –
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that the Covid-19 pandemic is “not over”, cautioning against the idea that the Omicron variant is benign.
– Brazil: complete record of daily contamination –
Brazil recorded a new record of Covid-19 contamination in 24 hours with 137,103 cases, according to the latest report provided by the health ministry on Tuesday. This country of 213 million residents regrets a total of 23.2 million cases and 621,517 deaths.
– No complications with mRNA vaccines –
The two most widely used Covid vaccines made with messenger RNA technology (Pfizer, Moderna) pose no risk to mothers or babies, the agency said Tuesday, a study of pregnant women found. European Medicines (EMA) ).
In France, another study reported that these vaccines did not increase the risk of serious cardiovascular problems (myocardial infarction, stroke or pulmonary embolism) in people under the age of 75.
– France: stirred up the education minister-
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blancar, who has already been strongly contested by teachers reprimanding him for managing Covid-19 at the school, found himself further vulnerable on Tuesday with the revelation that he was in Ibiza. were in eve of the start of school holidays.
That’s where he unveiled new health protocols for schools a day before the start of the school year.
Officials announced on Tuesday that the daily number of new cases of Covid-19 contamination in France has averaged more than 300,000 over the past seven days.
– In South America, 1,3000 trucks were stopped from the Kovid test –
More than 1,300 heavy cargo vehicles from Argentina were blocked in the Andes at the main border crossing with Chile on Tuesday, due to systematic COVID screening tests conducted on truckers, we learned from transporters.
The Argentine Road Freight Federation said the blockade at the Paso Cristo Redenter post at an altitude of more than 3,100 meters began two days ago, after Chilean authorities strengthened their health controls with antigenic tests. ,
– $300 million to fight the pandemic –
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the British charitable foundation Welcome announced on Tuesday that they will each invest an additional $150 million in the fight against COVID and the prevention of future pandemics.
The funds will go to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), which co-pilots the mechanism to distribute vaccines specifically to the poorest countries.
– United States: a masked denial in the Supreme Court –
A United States Supreme Court justice was severely criticized on Tuesday for refusing to wear a mask during hearings, a view that reflects the poor climate within the venerable institution.
– over 5.5 million dead –
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 5,543,637 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP on Tuesday afternoon from official sources.
Overall, the countries with the most deaths are the United States (853,720), Brazil (621,517), India (486,761) and Russia (322,678).
The WHO estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than what is officially recorded, taking into account the higher mortality rates directly and indirectly linked to COVID-19.
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