Until June 7, 190 countries and 30 territories with COVID-19 cases are reported, the confirmed cases amount to 174 million 232 thousand 190 (+ 298 thousand 817) with 12 million 823 thousand 785 active cases and 3 million 748 thousand 29 deaths (+ 7 thousand 37) for a fatality of 2.15 (=).
In the Americas region, 69 million 625 thousand 783 confirmed cases (+ 112 thousand 910) are reported, 39.96% of the total cases reported in the world, with 8 million 644 active cases and 1 million 819 thousand 412 deaths ( + 2,895) for a fatality of 2.61 (=).
UK raises COVID-19 testing in Delta variant affected areas
The areas of England most affected by the Delta variant of COVID-19 will receive a greater “aid package”, with more tests, to contain the spread of the disease, said Tuesday the British Minister of Health, Matt Hancock.
In recent weeks the infections of the Delta variant, identified for the first time in India, have increased especially in Manchester and other areas of northern England.
More than a million people in the EU have already received their health certificate
More than a million people in Europe have already received digital health certificates, and this should facilitate travel within the EU this summer, European Commissioner Didier Reynders announced before the European Parliament.
The documents, which certify that the carrier has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, has tested negative or is immune after infection, have already begun to be issued in nine countries, the official said. At the moment these certificates are issued in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Spain.
Celebrities ask the G7 to donate vaccines
Some 30 celebrities, including UNICEF goodwill ambassadors such as the pilot Fernando Alonso, the former soccer player David Beckam or the singer Billie Eilish, asked the G7 countries (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, United States United States and Japan), which meets over the weekend in the United Kingdom, to share COVID-19 vaccines with the poorest countries.
The signatories are Ramla Ali, Fernando Alonso, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, José Manuel Calderón, Sofia Carson, Gemma Chan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Olivia Colman, Billie Eilish, Pau Gasol, Whoopi Goldberg, David Harewood, Chris Hoy, Angelique Kidjo, Téa Leoni, Lucy Liu and Juan Manuel López Iturriaga. Also signed were Ewan McGregor, Alyssa Milano, Andy Murray, Liam Neeson, Liam Payne, Katy Perry, Sergio Ramos, Claudia Schiffer, Teresa Viejo and Pink.
Sports and entertainment celebrities urge the heads of state of the G7 countries to ensure a “fair and equitable supply” of vaccines to low- and middle-income countries, urging them to allocate at least 20% of their income to these nations. supply of vaccines between June and August, which is equivalent to 150 million doses.
China prepares to vaccinate children from 3 years of age against COVID-19
China is preparing to vaccinate children from the age of three against the coronavirus, thus becoming the first country in the world to immunize the youngest, announced a spokesman for the Sinovac laboratory, which produces one of the three authorized injectables. in the country.
“It was approved [el uso de] the Sinovac vaccine these last days for the three to 17 years ”, he declared to the AFP agency, without specifying when the first doses would be administered. The pharmaceutical company has completed clinical trials of its Coronavac immunizer in children and adolescents, the results of which must be published by the British journal The Lancet, he added.
In addition to Sinovac (two doses), China approved the use of Sinopharm (two) and Cansino Biologics (one) products. The drugs in the first two also received approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) for use in adults. In other parts of the world, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom and the United States have approved the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine from the age of 12.
The Asian giant, where COVID-19 appeared at the end of 2019, has already administered almost 800 million doses, so far only to those over 18 years of age. Beijing, which practically eradicated the epidemic in its territory since May 2020, hopes to be able to vaccinate at least 70% of its population by the end of the year, that is, one billion inhabitants.
Mass petition to the WTO to negotiate vaccines at low prices
A petition for universal access to low-cost anticovid vaccines, signed by 2.7 million people and supported by more than 40 organizations, was sent to the World Trade Organization (WTO), when the possible suspension of the patents on those medical products.
The petition has the support of organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International or Avaaz, united in the so-called People’s Alliance for Vaccines, the WTO said in a statement.
These organizations “are helping to raise awareness about access to vaccines and its important role in achieving a solution to the crisis arising from COVID-19,” said the head of WTO public relations, Bernard Kuiten.
The WTO is again holding meetings this week to continue discussing a possible suspension of patents on vaccines, treatments and other anticovid tools, requested since October 2020 by India and South Africa, which have been joined in recent months by more than 60 developing countries.
These WTO member countries maintain that the suspension of patents would open the possibility of producing more vaccines against the coronavirus, thereby solving the current bottlenecks in production, and avoiding new waves of the pandemic such as those that have recently suffered areas in development like India or Latin America.