London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a “major incident”
He made the decision because the number of Covid-19 cases in London exceeded “1,000 per 100,000”, putting increased pressure on the National Health Service (NHS), where the number of patients increased by 27% between December 30 and January 6.
“We are declaring it a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at a crisis point. “If we don’t take immediate action now, our NHS could be crushed and more people will die,” Hahn said in a statement.
Moderna, meanwhile, has become the third Covid-19 vaccine approved by UK regulators. The government has agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses in addition to its previous order of 7 million, the British Ministry of Health announced on Friday.
However, this is happening as the UK registered 1,162 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, the highest death toll since the first peak in April.
The daily death toll from coronavirus in Germany has reached an all-time record – 1,188 deaths in the past day. The previous record was 1,129, set on December 30 last year.
The German Ministry of Health said on Friday that it would receive more than 60 million doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine through the EU. In addition, another 30 million doses are available nationwide. It will receive 50 million doses from Modern Germany from the EU alone, with additional doses being agreed at national level.
This means that BioNTech / Pfizer and Moderna Germany alone have the potential to receive at least 140 million doses of vaccine this year.
Spanish Health Minister Salvador Ila warned on Friday that the country will have difficult weeks ahead as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
On Thursday, the country exceeded two million cumulative cases of Covid-19, doubling in just the past 11 weeks, according to current CNN, based on data released by its health ministry.
Long called as an alien for not enforcing a full-scale blockade of the coronavirus like its European neighbors, Sweden moved in a more conventional direction on Friday when its parliament voted in favor of an act that would allow tighter restrictions.
This will include a ban on public gatherings, if necessary, and in practice gives the government the legal right to impose a “lock” of any degree.
The European Union continues its efforts to provide vaccines to its Member States. On Friday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU would extend its contract with Pfizer / BioNTech for “up to an additional 300 million vaccines” in 2021 – doubling the number of doses of this vaccine.
Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) expects AstraZeneca to submit a “conditional application for placing on the market” for its Covid-19 vaccine “next week”, the regulator said in a statement on Twitter on Friday.