Santa is considered a key worker. The British government is approaching the approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The death toll in Russia is rising.
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The British government has announced an “important first step” in obtaining the AstraZeneca “approved for introduction” vaccine, formally referring the company’s experimental vaccine candidate to the regulatory body for medicines for evaluation. The British-Swedish drugmaker is developing the vaccine in collaboration with the British University of Oxford.
If it receives regulatory approval, Britain will be one of the first countries in the world to receive it, according to the country’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHSC).
AstraZeneca expects to have up to 4 million doses ready for the UK by the end of the year, with another 40 million by the end of March, it added.
The news came at a critical time for the company, which repulsed criticism for the lack of transparency behind its data.
Northern Ireland began a two-week lock on a “switch” in an attempt to reduce infections before Christmas. Schools will remain open, but some businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors have been forced to close.
Meanwhile, the regions in England they can see that their coronavirus risk category is escalating before Christmas as part of the mid-December review period. The national blockade will end on December 2, after which London will be placed in the risk category of level 2 “High Alert”, while cities, including Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and Bristol, will be placed in the category of “Very High Alert” by level 3.
The Irish government must announce its plan to break the fifth-level restrictions that have closed businesses and banned social gatherings since October.
According to state television RTE, restaurants and pubs are likely to reopen on Monday, but household gatherings are expected to be allowed until December 18th. He also announced that hairdressers will reopen on Wednesday and people will be able to travel within their county and attend religious services.
Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told RTE this week that the government is considering allowing three households to gather for up to two weeks during Christmas. “We know people will do it anyway, so it’s better to provide it in a safe way,” he said.
Meanwhile, Santa Claus will be exempt from restrictions on coronavirus during the holiday period.
He added that children should not stay up at night to greet Santa, as he will still be obliged to social distance.
Germany scored a grim milestone on Friday when it registered its $ 1 million coronavirus case. Once considered a symbol of hope in the European chaos Covid-19, the country is struggling to cope with a second wave.
This comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that restrictions on the country’s coronavirus and partial blockade of the country would continue until December 20 and could be extended until 2021. “It is up to us. We are not powerless, “she said in the German Bundestag on Thursday.
In the last 24 hours, data published by the Robert Koch Institute show 22,806 new cases registered, with a total of 1,006,394 cases of coronavirus in Germany.
Germany has also registered its highest death toll in the day since the pandemic began. There have been 426 virus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 15,586 deaths.
The records also reached Russia, with 27,543 new cases registered on Friday, with a total of 2,215,533 registered since the start of the pandemic.
According to data from the coronavirus response center in the country, this is the largest number of cases ever registered there in one day – 2,000 more than the previous record. Another 496 deaths were reported, resulting in a total of 55,558 deaths.
For Moscow alone, 7,918 new cases are reported. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Thursday extended some new restrictions in the city until January 15th. As the worst-hit city, the capital also broke its own record on Friday.
It is important to keep in mind that official death figures in Russia can grossly underestimate the real tax, excluding people suspected of having Covid-19 after death and even those with pre-existing conditions who have been found to be fatal due to the infection, an investigation by CNN revealed.
Health Minister Salvador Ila has officially outlined Spain’s three-phase strategy for introducing vaccines, creating fifteen categories of the population to determine who will have an advantage in receiving a vaccine.
At the top of the list are the elderly and people with disabilities who live in residences and the staff who care for them. Ila estimates that 2.5 million people will be vaccinated in the first phase, which will run from January to March.
The second phase will include other Spaniards over the age of 64 and those in higher-risk groups. Those who live or work in closed communities, as well as people vulnerable because of their social situation, will also be prioritized, he said, and the population will start receiving the vaccine in June for free and voluntarily.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the country has recently had one of the lowest levels of infection in Europe, and cases are rising at an “alarming rate”, the health ministry said on Thursday.
According to the health ministry, the number of cases “has risen sharply and new infections have been registered in all hospital areas” between November. 16-22. A total of 2,541 new cases were reported during this period, an increase of 906 from the previous week.
The rate of infection is particularly high in the Greater Helsinki area, he added.
The Ministry of Health confirmed that new restrictions and recommendations should be introduced, but did not provide details on the proposed measures. To date, the country has reported a total of 22,652 cases and 388 coronavirus-related deaths.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has hinted that many of Italy’s red zones “will turn orange or yellow, as the latest Covid-19 observation report, to be released later Friday, hopes to reveal that the R-number of the country has been reduced to 1.
Speaking to Italian news on Channel 5 on Thursday, Conte said that “this would mean that the citizens of these territorial communities can benefit from less restrictive and less punitive measures.” But he warned that sacrifices still needed to be made to avoid a third wave in January: “We cannot disappoint. Italians are aware that it will be a different Christmas. ”
Daily deaths in Italy continue to be reported at staggering heights, with 822 deaths registered on Thursday. However, for the first time in seven weeks, the number of patients in the intensive care unit decreased.