Europe entering ‘plausible endgame’ for pandemic, says WHO – follow live

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WHO’s Europe director says continent entering a “plausible endgame” to the pandemic, adding this does not imply the pandemic is over

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Europe is entering a “plausible endgame” to the Covid-19 pandemic, said a top official of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In a statement at a media briefing on Thursday, WHO’s Europe director Hans Kluge said the continent was entering “a plausible endgame for the pandemic – not to say that it is now all over – but to highlight that in the European region, there is a singular opportunity to take control of the transmission.”

Dr Kluge said that upcoming spring “leaves us with the possibility for a long period of tranquility and a much higher level of population defense against any resurgence in transmission.”

This would be possible only through “a drastic and uncompromising increase in vaccine-sharing across borders," 彼は言った.

The remarks come even as the health agency said the BA.2 sub-variant has been found in five African countries, a development which scientists said is “concerning” as the variant proves difficult to identify.

Regulators in the UK have approved Nuvaxovid — the Covid vaccine developed by US-based vaccine maker Novavax — for use in adults.

With the approval, Nuvaxovid becomes the fifth Covid vaccine authorised in the UK, 規制当局は言った.

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Austria’s parliament approves vaccine mandate

The upper house of the Austrian parliament on Thursday approved its Covid-19 vaccine mandate, paving the way for its implementation.

The law was passed in an overwhelming mandate of 47 に 12.

An earlier vote on 20 January in the lower chamber of parliament had led to the passing of the law.It will now be sent to president Alexander van der Bellen for his assent.

法律の下で, all adults above 18 will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid.

Once the mandate goes into effect, authorities will write to every household to inform them of the new rules.

Police will start checking people’s vaccination status during routine checks from mid-March.

Those who cannot produce proof of vaccination will be asked to do so in writing and will be fined up to €600 (£505) if they don’t.

Not all of the country’s states, しかしながら, have decided to follow the federal government’s lead.

Vienna mayor Michael Ludwig said on Thursday that the capital will continue requiring proof of vaccination or recovery to enter restaurants.

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India’s Covid death tally crosses 500,000

India has become the third country in the world to record over 500,000 Covid deaths in the pandemic.

Federal government data from Thursday showed the cumulative infection tally stood at more than 41 百万, 含む 500,055 fatalities.

India is now the third country, after the US (896,557) and Brazil (630,301) ここで以上 500,000 people have succumbed from Covid.

Health experts in India have, しかしながら, maintained that the country’s death toll, after last summer’s devastating second wave driven by the Delta variant, was much greater.

The Indian government has dismissed reports of undercounting deaths, saying the country has a robust system of birth and death records.

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Russia plans to ease restrictions as Covid cases surge

President Vladimir Putin has said that his government is mulling easing some pandemic restrictions, even as Russia sees record-breaking surge of infections driven by the Omicron variant.

In an online meeting with Russia’s top business association Business Russia on Thursday, Mr Putin assured its members that the government is not planning any lockdowns.

“The general assessment is that even restrictions for those who come into contact can be lifted in the nearest future, I mean to give people the opportunity to continue working in peace," 彼は言った.

"そう, no lockdowns are planned.”

木曜日に, the country’s state coronavirus task force reported 155,768 新しい感染症, a daily tally 10 times greater than a month ago, when about 15,000 new cases were recorded each day.

The task force also reported 667 死亡者(数.

Barring a six-week lockdown in 2020, Russia has not enforced any lockdowns during the pandemic.

10月中 2021, the government had asked people to stay at home and work remotely for about a week

<p>(FILE) Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that his government is mulling easing some pandemic restrictions</p>

(FILE) Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that his government is mulling easing some pandemic restrictions

Sravasti Dasgupta4 2月 2022 06:38
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Novovax becomes UK’s 5th authorised Covid vaccine

Regulators in the UK have approved Nuvaxovid — the Covid-19 vaccine developed by US-based vaccine maker Novavax — for use in adults.

声明の中で, UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Thursday that the vaccine has been approved or adults for a first and second dose as it met the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.

MHRA’s chief executive June Raine said it was approved following “a rigorous review of the safety, quality and effectiveness” of the vaccine.

With the approval, Nuvaxovid becomes the fifth Covid vaccine authorised in the UK, 規制当局は言った.

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US to cover cost of over-the-counter Covid tests through Medicare

The Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Thursday that people who are enrolled in the US government’s Medicare programme will get over the counter Covid tests for free from spring.

Under the new coverage, beneficiaries will be able to access up to eight over-the-counter Covid-19 tests per month for free.

Medicare is a federal programme that provides healthcare payment coverage for people aged 65 以上, and younger people with permanent kidney failure.

<p>Patient samples are prepared for testing by scientists at the Glasgow Lighthouse Covid-19 testing facility (ジェーンバーpウ/ PA)</p>

Patient samples are prepared for testing by scientists at the Glasgow Lighthouse Covid-19 testing facility (ジェーンバーロウ/ PA)

Sravasti Dasgupta4 2月 2022 06:06
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BA.2 sub-variant found in five African countries

The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron has been found in five African countries, a World Health Organisation (WHO) scientist said on Thursday.

“BA.2has been reported in five countries, that is Botswana, ケニア, マラウイ, Senegal as well as South Africa,” Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi said in an online media briefing.

“We are very concerned," 彼女は付け加えた.

The scientist explained that BA.2 was proving hard to identify because it was not always picked up by the S-Gene Target Failure criterion, used to distinguish the original Omicron from other variants.BA.2 does not have the same missing target gene as the original Omicron variant and scientists are monitoring it the same way they have tracked prior variants, including Delta.

This was done by tracking the number of virus genomes submitted to public databases such as GISAID.

My colleague Colin Drury explains why the BA.2 variant has sparked concerns

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Trudeau rules out military response to Canada truckers protest

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has said that a military response to the ongoing truckers protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates is “not on the cards right now”.

Mr Trudeau said one must be “very, very cautious” about deploying troops on Canadian soil.

While he said that any formal requests for assistance from the City of Ottawa or Ontario will be considered, no such request has been made to the federal government yet.

The prime minister’s statement comes after Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly said this week that all options are on the table, including calling in the military to disperse protesters blocking the highway.

<p>A truck convoy blocks the highway at the U.S. border crossing as demonstrators protesting against COVID-19 vaccine mandates </p>

A truck convoy blocks the highway at the U.S. border crossing as demonstrators protesting against COVID-19 vaccine mandates

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Europe entering ‘plausible endgameto pandemic

The World Health Organisation’s Europe director said on Thursday that the continent is entering a “plausible endgame” to the pandemic.

In a statement at a media briefing, Hans Kluge said the continent is entering “a plausible endgame for the pandemic – not to say that it is now all over – but to highlight that in the European region, there is a singular opportunity to take control of the transmission.”

Dr Kluge said that as winter subsides in the coming weeks, the spring “leaves us with the possibility for a long period of tranquility and a much higher level of population defense against any resurgence in transmission.”

This would be possible only through “a drastic and uncompromising increase in vaccine-sharing across borders," 彼は言った.

Stressing on vaccinations, Dr Kluge said it is essential for vaccines to be provided to everyone across Europe and beyond.

<p>FILE - Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe at the World Health Organization (WHO)</p>

FILEHans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe at the World Health Organization (WHO)

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