China approves the use of the Sinovac vaccine for the age group 3-17
China has approved the use of the anti-Covid Sinovac vaccine also on children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 17, while so far it has only been authorized for people aged 18 and over. This was stated by the president of the producer Sinovac Biotech, Yin Weidong, on the Chinese state TV CCTV, adding that the preliminary results of the experiment show good efficacy on minors and reduced risk of side effects. Yin added that Chinese health authorities will determine when to start administering to minors, based on his vaccination strategies.
Hospitals are filling up with children sick with Covid: the American alarm
Since April, a worrying increase in cases among adolescents aged between 12 and 17. Out of 204 cases registered in three months, almost a third required hospitalization and of these 5 per cent the use of the ventilator. No one has died but the increase is in contrast to data from other age groups, where the numbers are decreasing or stable. The trend could be linked to the spread of variants, but it makes the vaccine of the very young even more urgent.
The data of the world
The pandemic has killed more than 3,704,000 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by the AFP from official sources Friday mid-day. After the United States (596,996 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (470,842), India (340,702), Mexico (228,362) and Peru (185,380). These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. Excluding upward revisions made by certain statistical bodies. Taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the real budget is “two to three times higher”.
The case of Brazil
Brazil continues to be one of the countries most affected by the Covid pandemic: yesterday 37,936 new cases and 1,454 deaths were added, bringing the total deaths to over 470,000 and that of the infected to 16,841,408, as reported by the Ministry of Health. In one week, Brazil recorded 11,797 deaths, which represents a daily average of 1,685 deaths and which keeps the country as the second with the highest number of deaths due to Covid-19, behind only the United States. As for infections, Brazil has recorded 449,478 new infections in the last seven days, an average of 64,211 cases per day. The coronavirus death rate was 224 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, while the incidence was 8,014 infected people in the same proportion.
Despite the average number of cases and deaths showing some stability, the medical and scientific community has warned of the imminent arrival of a third wave of pandemic in the coming weeks, at a time when Brazil is experiencing greater flexibility in restrictive measures from part of the states and municipalities. The ministry also reported that over 15.2 million infected people have already fully recovered from the disease, while 1.13 million patients remain under medical treatment. According to official data, 45.5 million people have so far received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and 20.8 million the second in a country with about 212 million inhabitants.
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Chile approves second doses of AstraZeneca but with new limits
Chile has decided that people vaccinated with AstraZeneca should receive their second dose, but health officials have set a new age limit: the health ministry said a 31-year-old man developed thrombosis seven days after his first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine and an investigation was opened. The government has thus raised the minimum age of men eligible for this vaccine to 45.
Australia: Cases on the rise
Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, reported a small increase in COVID-19 cases, just five, but it was enough to raise the alarm. Also because, at the same time, local health authorities have detected a new highly infectious variant of the Delta COVID-19 virus for the first time in Melbourne. The Delta variant, which has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the four most worrying COVID-19 variants is most easily spread and likely caused the latest devastating outbreak in India.
Cafes and restaurants in Belgium will be able to serve their customers indoors from Wednesday, thanks to progress in the fight against the epidemic, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday, also announcing an extension of the hours. The establishments will now be able to open in the morning from 5:00 to 23:30.
In Serbia the production of the Russian vaccine
Serbia began production of the Russian Covid-19 vaccine in a laboratory in Belgrade on Friday. It is the first European country in this case besides Russia and Belarus.
In Argentina over 80,000 dead
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced on Friday the start of production in Argentina of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine during a virtual conference with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Argentina crossed the threshold of 80,000 deaths linked to Covid-19 on Friday since the beginning of the pandemic.