Epidemic update

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest development of the Kovid-19 epidemic worldwide.

– Long-term virus “among us” –

The world must prepare to stay “with us” for a long time despite the vaccine for coronovirus, Andrea Amon, director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned on Friday. In an interview with the AFP, it called for maintaining sanctions for this time in Europe.

– “All assumptions” on the table (WHO) –

WHO Director-General Tedros Adnom Ghebius said on Friday that “all hypotheses remain on the table” after a month-long mission of experts engaged by the organization in China to explain the genesis of the epidemic.

These experts point out that the virus may run from the city’s Institute of Virology, as claimed by the Trump administration, during its press conference in Wuhan on Monday. He cited a “highly inappropriate” hypothesis that did not justify further investigation.

Dr. “There are some questions about whether some assumptions have been dropped, and after discussing with team members I would like to confirm that all assumptions remain on the table,” Tedros said.

– More than 50,000 dead in Argentina –

Argentina on Friday crossed the limit of 50,000 deaths associated with Kovid-19 and has more than two million cases of contamination by coronaviruses, the Ministry of Health announced.

– United States: CDC to reopen schools –

The US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) on Friday issued new guidelines to reopen schools as soon as possible, offering a detailed plan to limit the spread of Kovid-19.

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– Canada: Immunization will accelerate –

The vaccine campaign against Kovid-19 in Canada will be able to accelerate in March, with increased doses to compensate for the recent delays, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

– Hungary uses Sputnik V –

Hungary became the first country in the European Union to use the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronovirus on Friday, Director-General of Health Cecilia M├╝ller announced.

– Italy: ban extended –

The Italian government on Friday decided to extend the ban on travel between regions of the country by ten days, which was to end on 15 February.

– Starting vaccination in Zimbabwe –

The Health Ministry announced on Friday that Zimbabwe would begin its Kovid-19 vaccination campaign next week. It will be the first country in southern Africa to have its residents vaccinated.

– Modern wants to increase the capacity of its bottles –

American biotechnology company Moderna said on Friday that it had requested various health authorities around the world to increase the capacity of their vials of vaccine against Kovid-19 by 50%, to speed up immunization campaigns by classes.

– Over 161 million doses –

According to a count carried out by the AFP on Friday from official sources, more than 161.2 million doses of Kovid’s vaccine have been administered in at least 91 countries or territories.

Israel, the most advanced country in proportion to its population, has already given doses to 44% of its population (28% have received both doses). The United States, the absolute first, administered 46.4 million doses of 10.5% of its population.

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– More than 2.36 million dead –

According to a report set up by AFP on Friday from official sources, the worldwide epidemic has killed more than 2.36 million people since late December 2019.

After the United States (480,567 dead), the most bereaved countries are Brazil (237,489), Mexico (171,234), India (155,360) and the United Kingdom (115,529).

The number of victims is globally underestimated. It is based on daily reports from national health officials, but does not include postdivisions amended by statistical organizations.

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