The green light for British experts assisting Boris Johnson’s government with pandemic indications to extend the administration of third booster doses of Covid vaccines also to the age group of 40 and over. That was announced today in a briefing by two academic government advisers and the head of the UK Medicines Agency (MHRA). The country has already provided 12.6 million third doses (reserved to date for the more than 50, the most vulnerable and health personnel) and according to experts this has ensured an “extra 90% protection” for those over 60 from infection.
China aims to vaccinate all children aged 3 to 11 against Covid-19, numbering around 160 million, by the end of the year: More than half, 84.39 million, have already received the first dose, while 49.44 million have completed the National Health Commission announced, Yesterday, the full session of the session, according to People’s Daily. While some countries are hesitant about vaccinations for young people before more data is available, Beijing has decided to speed up the pace of vaccinations. The country has already vaccinated more than 75% of its 1.4 billion people, most of whom are adults and the elderly.
In Russia over the past 24 hours, 38,420 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,211 deaths from the disease were recorded: this was reported by the National Corona Virus Operations Center, which was acquired by TASS. According to official data, 9,109,094 cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the country since the beginning of the epidemic, out of about 146 million people.
A strict lockdown has been imposed on unvaccinated people since midnight in Austria. About two million unvaccinated Austrians can now leave their homes on their own for work, basic necessities and physical activity. The government announced tight controls with a fine of 500 euros for citizens and 3,600 euros for exhibitors. The restrictions do not include children under 12, pregnant women, and those who cannot get the vaccine. Pupils who participate in mass screening in schools are also exempted. Those who receive the first dose by December 6 and have a negative 48-hour PCR smear leave the lockdown. For the Vienna nightlife, just vaccination is no longer enough, but you also need a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The government is divided over further measures to curb the fourth wave of coronavirus in Austria, which currently has 848 cases. The curfew for vaccinated people proposed by Health Minister Wolfgang Mikstein, at least for now, has also been rejected by Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.
The ruling majority in France “does not want” to shut down the French who are not vaccinated with COVID-19, as is the case today in Austria, even if “all hypotheses are on the table”: said the leader of the La République en Marche group Christophe Castaner. “We do not wish that, and we must do everything to prevent the need to tighten the French protection tools,” Castaner told France 2 “Dozens of European countries – added the former interior minister – are very nervous about this issue, with an epidemic recovery, and France is not protected from a new wave.” On the hypothesis of the new forms of closure, Castaner stressed that “the goal and the way we followed were vaccination and booster”, and “620,000 appointments” were set for the third dose after the last speech of Emmanuel Macron on television. And he concluded, “All hypotheses are still on the table because we are facing a virus that surprises us and can surprise us.”