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AstraZeneca vaccine fuels hope for new death record in the United States


#Covid: new death record in the #United #States, #AstraZeneca vaccine fuels hope

The #United #States came close to 4,000 dead from #Covid-19 in 24 hours on #Wednesday, setting a terrible record in the twilight of 2020, while the world awaits the new year with one hope: that vaccines, allow eradication of #Covid-19.

The most bereaved country in the world since the start of the pandemic, the #United #States on #Wednesday counted 3,927 deaths over the last 24 hours according to figures from #Johns #Hopkins #University, which refer to it.

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#With 189,671 new cases of #Covid-19 in 24 hours, the #United #States is also fast approaching the mark of 20 million contaminations, after having passed 19 million on #Sunday.

#On #December 31, 2019, the first case of a novel coronavirus, still mysterious, was reported to the #World #Health #Organization (WHO) by #China.

#Since then, this virus has infected more than 82 million people and caused nearly 1.8 million deaths worldwide, according to an AFP count.

The holiday season, conducive to travel, may further aggravate the spread. The authorities, worried, are not ready to renounce the containment measures, or have already extended them as in #Germany, #Ireland or #England.

The #United #Kingdom, one of the countries most affected in #Europe by the pandemic with more than 72,500 dead, is facing a surge in contaminations attributed to a variant of the virus, presenting according to a #British study a contagiousness greater than 50% to 74% .

#To get out of this crisis, the authorities are banking on the vaccination campaign launched in early #December which received a boost with the authorization given on #Wednesday by the #British #Medicines #Agency (MHRA) to the vaccine developed by the #British group #AstraZeneca with the #University of #Oxford.

– #Long-awaited vaccines –

#Prime #Minister #Boris #Johnson hailed “truly fantastic” news and “triumph for #British science”. “#We are now going to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” he said on #Twitter.

The vaccine will be used from #January 4 in the #United #Kingdom, which has ordered 100 million doses.

A few hours later, #Argentina followed suit, granting an emergency authorization for one year for this vaccine.

#On the other hand, an authorization in #January within the #European #Union of the #AstraZeneca vaccine seems unlikely, estimated the #European #Medicines #Agency (EMA).

#And the #Americans do not plan to approve it until #April, according to #Moncef #Slaoui, one of the people in charge of the vaccination campaign in the country.

#This vaccine was eagerly awaited there for practical reasons: much cheaper than those already distributed in the country, it can be stored at the temperature of a refrigerator, between two and eight degrees #Celsius, which facilitates a large-scale vaccination.

A vaccine developed by the #American giant #Johnson & #Johnson could, on the other hand, be approved in #February in the #United #States. #It is also eagerly awaited, as it requires a single injection unlike those approved so far.

#For now, two vaccines (#Pfizer / #BioNTech and #Moderna) are authorized in the #United #States and nearly 2.8 million people have received a first injection, far from the target that was stated by the #Trump administration.

The #British variant of the virus has also just been identified in the west of the country, with two first cases officially detected in #Colorado and another in #San #Diego, a large city in southern #California. #But the famous #American immunologist #Anthony #Fauci assured “not to be surprised” or particularly worried, believing that the mutation was already circulating “probably in other #States”.

#For its part, #Algeria has announced that it will acquire a first batch of the #Russian vaccine #Sputnik V, which according to the authorities of the largest country in the #Maghreb has few logistical constraints and an advantageous price.

– “#Huge” challenges –

A relatively spared time, #Germany is now struggling to contain the virus: it also recorded a record on #Wednesday, suffering for the first time more than 1,000 daily deaths.

#And the “historic” coronavirus crisis is set to continue into 2021, #German #Chancellor #Angela #Merkel warned #Thursday in her #New #Year’s greetings. “The challenges posed by the pandemic remain immense,” she insisted.

The restrictions in force, including the closure of schools, non-essential businesses, bars and restaurants, should therefore be extended beyond #January 10.

#Health #Minister #Jens #Spahn, however, congratulated himself on the success of the vaccination campaign, adding that 60,000 #Germans had already been vaccinated.

#This is not the case in #France, where politicians and doctors, including geneticist #Axel #Kahn, regretted an excess of caution in the vaccination campaign, considered too slow compared to other #European countries.

The #French government, faced with skepticism from part of the population over vaccines, took “time for explanations”.

#In #Italy, the return to normal is also long overdue. #Prime #Minister #Giuseppe #Conte has ruled that the impact of vaccination will be felt when 10 to 15 million of his fellow citizens have been vaccinated. “I don’t think this can happen until #April,” he said at his #New #Year’s press conference.

#And a year after the virus appeared in #Wuhan, central #China, a study found that the number of cases in this gigantic city would be ten times greater than the toll announced so far by #Beijing, or nearly one. half a million people.

#Here again, hopes are based on vaccination: the #Chinese laboratory #Sinopharm has announced an effectiveness of 79% for one of its anti-Covid vaccines, which should be distributed in #China and in developing countries.

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