New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The United States is approaching the threshold of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, at a time when many indicators, foremost among which the rhythm of vaccinations, offer real glimmers of hope.
“It’s terrible”, “we have not known anything like this for over 100 years, since the 1918 pandemic,” reacted immunologist Anthony Fauci on Sunday, adviser to US President Joe Biden.
“I believe we are going to get closer to normal by the end of this year,” said Biden, visiting a Pfizer vaccine factory.
Schools and daycares reopened Monday, after two months of closure, in much of Germany despite fears of a third epidemic wave linked to the British variant. However, classes resume under drastic sanitary conditions, with classes alternating in half-groups and organized to avoid meeting other students.
Free tests and self-tests at one euro are also expected from March 1, promised the Minister of Health.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to present a very gradual exit plan from confinement in England on Monday afternoon, in the hope that it will be the last, with schools reopening on March 8 to begin.
The UN Secretary General lamented Monday that the pandemic is being used by some countries, which he did not name, to suppress “dissonant voices” coming from journalists, lawyers, activists, and even health professionals.
Antonio Guterres also denounced “vaccine nationalism”: “alone, ten countries have shared more than three-quarters of the doses of vaccine against Covid-19 administered to date,” he noted.
Sanofi will produce in France the vaccine against the Covid-19 of its American competitor Johnson & Johnson in the second half of the year, as it is preparing to do for that of Pfizer-BioNTech, the French pharmaceutical group announced on Monday.
Sanofi also launched on Monday a new so-called “phase 2” clinical trial for its main candidate vaccine against Covid-19 developed with the British GSK, after the disappointment of the first version in the fall.
Five new players of the XV of France have tested positive, including captain Charles Ollivon, the French Rugby Federation announced on Monday.
Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Romain Taofifenua, Charles Ollivon and Brice Dulin will therefore not be able to face Scotland on Sunday in the Six Nations Tournament.
The pandemic has killed more than 2.46 million people worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Monday at 11:00 GMT. The United States is the country with the most deaths (498,901), ahead of Brazil (246,504), Mexico (180,107), India (156,385) and the United Kingdom (120,580).
These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.