The president of the United States, Joe Biden, promised this Tuesday that his country will have enough vaccines against covid-19 for all adults before the end of May, two months earlier than previously calculated.
In a speech at the White House, Biden said that the fact that there are already three licensed covid vaccines in the US, those of Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, allows advancing his promise. According to the president, they are on the right track “to have enough vaccines for all adults by the end of May”, and not at the end of July, as he predicted in February.
The coronavirus pandemic has left nearly 300,000 cases and more than 7,000 deaths worldwide during the last 24 hours and already exceeds 114.4 million infections on the planet and 2.53 million deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University, one of the main centres for disease monitoring. The agency has indicated through its website that 64.6 million people have recovered to date from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The United States is the most affected country in total figures, with 28.6 million cases and 514,522 deaths, ahead of India, with 11 million infections and 157,248 deaths, and Brazil, with almost 10.6 million accumulated positives and 255,720 deaths, respectively. Mexico is the third country with the most deaths from covid-19, with 186,152, although it appears as the thirteenth in the number of infections.
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In Spain, despite the drop in the cumulative incidence of the coronavirus in most communities, Health continues to call for prudence and to maintain the measures and restrictions to control the pandemic in those territories where the number of infections is still alarming. Since last week, the Public Health Commission of the Interterritorial Council (CISNS) has been working on the preparation of a document of measures to be adopted “in a shared way” to consolidate the fall in the positivity that Spain has maintained for days, as revealed by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.
However, globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned this Monday that, for the first time in seven weeks, cases of coronavirus in the world have increased, something that the director-general of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called the news:
disappointing but not surprising
Except for Africa and the Western Pacific, all regions registered an increase in infections last week, something that, according to Tedros, could be due to the relaxation of public health measures, the continuous circulation of variants and people, who fall the guard.
The Government of Aragon has confirmed 141 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, corresponding to the results of 2,017 diagnostic tests, known this Monday, March 1, and has 367 beds occupied by patients with coronavirus, 76 in the ICU and 291 in the plan.
A total of 29,408 older people have died in residences due to covid-19 or compatible symptoms, according to a report with the aggregated data sent by the autonomous communities to the IMSERSO on the situation of the residential centres in their territory.
The Secretary of Public Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Josep Maria Argimon, confirmed this Tuesday that the British variant of the coronavirus is already predominant in Catalonia and represents 60% of new cases.
The Balearic Government will require negative coronavirus tests from Thursday in its ports and airports to all travellers who come from autonomous communities with a cumulative rate of cases per 100,000 inhabitants greater than 100, so those that remain excluding those of Extremadura, Murcia and La Rioja.
The President of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, has asked for “maximum concern” with the coronavirus data registered yesterday, Monday since they are “very worrying”, and has assured that Asturias could be “before the beginning of regrowth and a new expansion in the number of infections”.
Health has remained this Tuesday without active cases among health professionals after the four affected that there were last week have been discharged. This has been explained by the Government of La Rioja in a statement, in which it highlights that since the beginning of the pandemic this community has remained below the national average in the number of coronavirus infections among its health workers.
Greece suffered a strong rebound in covid cases on Tuesday and with 2,353 new infections registered the highest number of infections since last November 22, which experts attribute mainly to the spread of the British mutation.
According to data published this Tuesday by the National Public Health Organization, the total number of cases since the outbreak of the pandemic a year ago amounts to 194,582, and the number of deaths to 6,557, after 23 deaths in the last 24 hours.
A woman receives the first dose of the vaccine from the Moderna pharmaceutical company. (EFE)
Malaysian authorities have approved the use of coronavirus vaccines developed by pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Sinovac to deal with the pandemic. As confirmed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Jairy Jamaluddin, “the Drug Control Authority has granted conditional registration to several vaccines against covid-19 after their evaluation by the National Agency for Pharmaceutical Regulation (NPRA) “.
A nurse prepares to administer the vaccine in Malaysia. (EFE)
The Government of Sri Lanka announced on Tuesday that it will bury those who died from coronavirus on a remote island, after last week the obligation to incinerate all victims of covid-19, a practice that had been widely criticized for going against the Islamic tradition.
Poor but healthy: how one of the best ‘low cost’ health care has faced the covid Lola García-Ajofrín. Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Germany is studying to start the reopening of economic activity, despite the stagnation of the incidence of the covid and the problems in the vaccination campaign, fueled by the pandemic fatigue of social and political tensions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (EFE)
The Government of Melilla has agreed to relax as of Tuesday the restrictions in shops, meetings in public spaces and in religious temples that were established since last January 26 and keeps them in hospitality, travel, non-essential activities and curfew.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada have released clinical data to support their authorizations for the use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the company Moderna.
This publication, as reported by the EMA, shows the shared commitment of both organizations to ensure that the public has “as much information as possible” to make decisions about vaccination. In fact, they are the only two jurisdictions in the world that publish this complete information.
Those under 55 years of age who become infected with covid-19 will receive a single dose of the vaccine
The occupation of the ICUs by people affected by Tuesday covid stands at 38.5 per cent, with 208 people admitted by this pathology is critical, two points less than yesterday, approaching 35 per cent of occupancy set by the Board to begin de-escalation, with the opening of indoor hotels, shopping centres and gyms in the Community.
Preliminary results of a study conducted by Public Health England to evaluate the effectiveness of the first doses of vaccination against coronavirus in “real life” during the vaccination campaign in England reveal that the Oxford vaccine – AstraZeneca, ChAdOx1, is associated with a significant reduction in symptomatic positive SARS-CoV2 in people 70 years of age or older.