108 dead in 24 hours, 97,579 new cases

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108 dead in 24 hours, 97,579 new cases

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new results and highlights: Le Figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shenzhen releases containment to spare the economy, Valneva laboratory vaccine availableprobably in may“, Pfizer grants licenses for the manufacture of generic anti-Covid treatments… Le Figaro provides an update this Friday, March 18 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

108 dead in 24 hours, 20,518 people hospitalized

108 people died of Covid this Friday March 18, according to the daily report of Public Health France. 20,518 patients are currently hospitalized, including 1,182 who arrived in the past 24 hours. 1,674 patients are treated in critical care units.

The laboratories recorded 97,579 cases of contamination in 24 hours. The daily average over seven days, which smoothes the daily jolts, is increasing, it stood at 82,356 on Friday against 78,759 the day before.

Health authorities separate from government on 4th dose

The fourth dose of anti-Covid vaccine must be offered to people over the age of 65.more at risk“, Estimated Friday the French health authorities, distinguishing themselves from the government which opened it to all over 80 years old.

The High Authority for Health (HAS) spoke out in a press release for “a second booster dose for people over 65 who are most at risk of a severe form of the disease and who want it“. The idea of ​​a second booster dose, generally referred to as “fourth dose“, has been mentioned for several months, in the face of the rise of the Omicron variant which is particularly contagious and partly resistant to existing vaccines.

The vaccine from the French laboratory Valneva available “probably in may »

Soon a first French anti-Covid vaccine on the market? The serum developed by the Valneva laboratory, based in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, should be delivered to Europe, including France, “probably in may“, declared Thursday evening its general manager Franck Grimaud on Franceinfo. “We hope to be able to have the final registration by the European Medicines Agency at the end of April.“, he said, for “first deliveries to Member States a few weeks later“.

In China, Shenzhen releases containment to spare the economy

Faced with the coughing economy, China is releasing the pressure: the technological metropolis of Shenzhen (south) ordered the partial lifting of anti-Covid confinement on Friday, in particular in its port, one of the largest in the world and vital for trade. The decision of the city of 17.5 million inhabitants, located at the gates of Hong Kong, comes as President Xi Jinping called the day before to “minimize» the impact of prevention measures on the Chinese economy.

China is experiencing its worst epidemic outbreak in almost two years, with several thousand new daily positive cases in recent days, spread over around 20 provinces, or two thirds of the country. In response, the authorities confined tens of millions of people in the country of 1.4 billion inhabitants. The Ministry of Health on Friday still reported 4,365 infections the day before – including 105 in Shenzhen. The southern city, which brings together thousands of factories of big names in technology, had been placed in total confinement on Sunday after the detection of cases of Covid-19, linked to the epidemic which is raging in Hong Kong.

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Moderna asks EUnited States to authorize a second booster dose against Covid-19

Moderna announced on Thursday that it has asked the US Medicines Agency (FDA) to authorize an additional booster dose of their Covid-19 vaccine for all adults. The petition filed concernsadults 18 years of age or older who have received a first booster dosethe company said in a statement.

The announcement comes days after that of Pfizer and BioNTech, which said on Tuesday they had requested approval for a second booster dose, but only for people 65 and older. Moderna chose to include all adults over the age of 18 to “offer flexibility” to the health authorities who will have to determine “proper useof this dose, for example for the elderly or those with comorbidities, the company said.

Pfizer grants licenses for the manufacture of generic anti-Covid treatments

The American laboratory Pfizer has concluded licensing agreements under the aegis of the United Nations, with thirty-five laboratories, allowing them to manufacture a generic and less expensive version of its treatment against Covid-19, he announced.

Under an agreement reached with the American laboratory in November, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) – an international organization supported by the United Nations and based in Geneva – granted licenses to 35 laboratories which will produce an oral treatment, the “nirmatrelvir», against the Covid-19, to supply 95 poor countries. These agreementswill give needy patients around the world access to oral treatment for Covid-19“, welcomed the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla.

Among the 35 laboratories associated with this initiative, 19 are Indian and 5 Chinese, said MPP. The other licenses are divided between Bangladesh, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Serbia, South Korea and Vietnam.

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Samoa confined after first case of local transmission

The Pacific island nation of Samoa closed its borders on Friday and is preparing for a nationwide lockdown after the first case of local coronavirus transmission was detected. “All schools will remain closed, (…) as will churches and other services, with the exception of essential servicesPrime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said in an address to the nation on Thursday evening, adding that public gatherings will also be banned. A 29-year-old woman tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday on the main island of Upolu as she prepared to travel to Fiji, according to the prime minister.

Thailand: end of mandatory screening tests before travel

Thailand will exempt international travelers from presenting a negative Covid-19 test before boarding a plane bound for the country, the government announced on Friday. From April 1, the requirement to show a negative test within 72 hours will be waived and vaccinated visitors will simply be tested upon arrival in Thailand, said Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Covid-19 task force. 19 of the kingdom.

Travel restrictions kept Thailand largely immune to the coronavirus in the early stages of the pandemic, but they plunged a tourism industry crucial to the country’s economy into crisis. Thailand is currently registering around 25,000 new Covid cases a day as the Omicron variant spreads across the country, but authorities are hoping that number will drop so it can move into a phase.post-pandemic” from July.

Netherlands: an opponent of anti-Covid measures remains behind bars

An influential opponent of anti-Covid-19 measures in the Netherlands suspected of having incited to commit criminal offenses will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks, the prosecution said on Friday. Willem Engen, a dance teacher at the head of the group Viruswaarheid (Truth about the virus) opposed to health measures, was arrested on Wednesday in Rotterdam after more than 22,000 people signed a complaint against him.

The 45-year-old has been involved in several court cases against the Dutch government since the start of the pandemic and has become one of the most influential opponents of anti-Covid measures. The suspect shared posts on social media that “leads others to commit criminal offenses or induces others to do so“, said the prosecution. “He will remain in custody for the next two weeks“, he added in a press release.

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