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Corona pandemic in Germany : Biontech vaccine is said to be 75 percent effective against the Indian variant

Biontech: vaccine has 75 percent effectiveness against Indian variant

According to Biontech boss Ugur Sahin, the vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer is likely to have an effectiveness of 70 to 75 percent against the variant of the virus, which was first detected in India. The tests this week would have focused on this variantsays Sahin on Turkish television. (Reuters)

Indian variant ensures faster increase in the number of cases in Great Britain

The variant of the virus, first detected in India, is spreading faster in the UK. Public Health England reports 3424 detected new cases with the mutation B.1.617.2, an increase from 2111 compared to the previous week. On Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt spoke of 2,967 other cases in which the variant had been found.

That is why the number of infections is increasing overall. The country reports 2,874 more cases, the highest number since April 19. Seven other people died related to the virus, according to government data. 37.25 million people in Great Britain received their first vaccination, including now 38-year-old Prince William. (Reuters)

EU countries and the EU Parliament agree on a Covid-19 certificate

In good time before the summer season, the EU countries and the EU Parliament have the details a Europe-wide certificate for the detection of corona vaccinations, tests and survived Covid-19 diseases agreed. This was announced by the Portuguese Presidency in Brussels on Thursday evening. This increases the chance of making further travel easier in the EU. (dpa)

Corona vaccination open to all adults from May 31 in France

The Corona vaccination will be available to all adults in France from May 31st. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this on Thursday when he visited a vaccination center in Gagny near Paris. In addition, from Monday all people who work in certain systemically important professions could have themselves vaccinated in special vaccination centers at times reserved for them. These include, for example, teachers, bus drivers and police officers.

The opening of vaccination to all adults was originally planned for mid-June. "We are on the right track more than ever"said Castex about the pandemic situation in the country. As of Wednesday evening, a good 32 percent of the total population in France had received at least one first corona vaccination. This corresponds to around 41 percent of all adults. (dpa)

The Constitutional Court rejects further urgent applications against the Corona emergency brake

The The Federal Constitutional Court has rejected further urgent applications against the federal corona emergency brake. The court announced on Thursday in Karlsruhe that it was about contact restrictions and the closure of schools, cultural institutions and parts of the retail trade. Whether the regulations are compatible with the Basic Law must be clarified in the main proceedings. (dpa)

Abitur celebration with 300 people in Heidelberg dissolved

With their Graduation ceremony have about 300 young people in Heidelberg triggered a police operation. As the authority announced on Thursday, the young people also had each other at the celebration, which was already forbidden due to the corona pandemic not adhering to the distance requirement and mask requirement. The city security service ordered the dissolution of the celebration on the Neckarwiese. The party guests were asked to leave the premises with loudspeaker announcements. Nevertheless, some of the "drunk and debatable" partiers did not want to leave. The meadow was finally cleared by the police and stewards. (dpa)

Lower Saxony lifts compulsory testing for retailers

Lower Saxony lifts the test requirement for the Retail in regions with a seven-day incidence below 50 from Tuesday after Pentecost. This emerges from the draft of a short-term relaxation of the country's corona restrictions. After tough struggle, a compromise was reached within the state government on Thursday to respond to the retailer's pressure for further easing. For the visit to the outdoor catering, the test obligation remains for the time being. (dpa)
In Germany only a few have been fully vaccinated so far. In order to still be able to travel more easily, some try to get their second vaccination earlier.

Aida wants to resume cruises in the Mediterranean

The cruise line Aida Cruises intends to start offering cruises in the western Mediterranean again from July 10th. The company announced that it should also be possible to go ashore in some Spanish ports on the two one-week routes.

The port of departure and destination is therefore Palma de Mallorca. Depending on the route, among other things Barcelona, ​​Málaga, Ibiza and Alicante. If the corona event allows it, ports in other countries could also be added later, it said. According to Aida, trips can be booked from June 4th.

Aida canceled all Mediterranean cruises in April due to the pandemic. Only around the Canary Islands was a cruise liner with a reduced number of passengers in use. (dpa)

European Parliament supports the suspension of vaccine patents

The European Parliament has for a temporary suspension of the corona vaccine patents pronounced. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs called on the EU to do so Support initiatives by India and South Africa in the World Trade Organization (WTO). They also require pharmaceutical companies to provide "knowledge and data" on vaccine production via the WTO.

The new WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala warned against excessive expectations. "Surrendering intellectual property rights will not be enough", she said before the trade committee of the European Parliament. An expansion of production possibilities in developing and emerging countries is necessary, the transfer of technology and production know-how and a reduction in export restrictions on vaccines. (AFP)

Austria: Weapons found in opponents of corona measures

During a raid, she has Police in Austria seized weapons and ammunition from opponents of corona measures. The men had talked in a chat group about explosives and the purchase of weapons, said the Ministry of the Interior in Vienna. The ministry did not disclose the number of suspects for the time being.

The members of the group talked about the building of cluster bombs and the use of Molotov cocktails against police officers, among other things. Violent actions are said to have been planned at a demonstration last Saturday. (dpa)

Stiko chairman skeptical about the lifting of the vaccination prioritization

The Chair of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, sees the Abolition of the prioritization of the corona vaccinations in June skeptical. She is in places where People with higher priority are still waiting for a vaccination appointment"Not in the sense of the Stiko", Mertens told the portal "Zeit online" on Thursday. He feared that many general practitioners' offices "collapse under the onslaught of those willing to vaccinate" become.

The fixed sequence for corona vaccinations should end on June 7th. Mertens also attributed the decision by the federal and state governments to public pressure: "Vacation time is coming up, plus the election campaign." There are now more and more examples in which political decisions and scientifically based recommendations diverge.

Things are now being decided that have little to do with a scientific approach.

Thomas Mertens

German championship of athletics in front of 2000 spectators

On Thursday, the state government of Lower Saxony allowed the German athletics championships to take place in Braunschweig on two out of three days in front of 2,000 spectators at the beginning of June. Requirements for admission to the Eintracht Stadium are a negative corona test, a complete vaccination or recovery from a corona infection.

The German championships will take place for the second time in a row in the Eintracht Stadium from June 4th to 6th. In 2020 no spectators were allowed there. This year, the limited return of visitors applies at least on Saturday and Sunday.
The city of Braunschweig had submitted the corresponding application. The hygiene concept was developed together with the German Athletics Association. (dpa)

Hungary withdraws from the EU treaty for further Biontech vaccination doses

Hungary will be not in the joint EU purchase of 1.8 billion additional doses of corona vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer participate. As the only Member State to have Hungary declares its exit and is "therefore not covered by the treaty", said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on Thursday after a video conference of the responsible EU ministers. "All other Member States will have the opportunity to buy vaccines under the new treaty." The EU Commission announced on Thursday morning that it had concluded the long-announced purchase agreement "on behalf of all member states".

However, Hungary has been going its own way for a long time when it comes to corona vaccines. It bought vaccines from Russian and Chinese production that were not previously approved in the EU and used them to vaccinate its population in addition to vaccines ordered via the EU. (AFP)

Number of intensive care patients with Covid-19 continues to decline

The number of Covid 19 patients undergoing treatment in intensive care units in Germany continues to decline. 3594 of these patients are currently still being cared for in clinics, as stated in the report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) with data from the Divi intensive care register from Thursday. That is a decrease of 114 compared to the previous day. At the height of the third wave in hospitals at the end of April, more than 5100 Covid-19 patients were being treated at the same time in intensive care units. Since the beginning of May the trend has been down. The proportion of patients who are invasively ventilated is currently given as 63 percent. A trend reversal is now also becoming apparent in the number of intensive care units that report a restricted operational situation. (dpa)

WHO: vaccines probably also protect against all mutations in Europe

According to the World Health Organization WHO, the corona vaccines currently used in Europe also seem to offer protection against all circulating mutations of the virus. "All coronavirus variants that have emerged so far react to the available, approved vaccines," says WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge. With view on Indian variant B.1.617 he adds that health authorities should remain vigilant. At the same time, Kluge emphasizes that vaccinations and control measures would help to curb the spread. "We're still learning about the new variant, but it is able to spread quickly." The Indian mutation has now occurred in at least 26 of the 53 countries that the WHO counts as part of the Europe region. In theory, it could spread so rapidly that it would replace the currently dominant variant B.117 in Europe, which appeared for the first time in Great Britain. (Reuters)