Covid cases worldwide exceed 124 million according to data released by Johns Hopkins University, while confirmed deaths exceed 2.7 million since the start of the pandemic. And in Italy the latest toll of 21,267 new cases and 460 deaths (here the bulletin with the data and here all the bulletins showing the situation since the beginning of the pandemic: here those of 2021, here those of 2020). Here is the map of the contagion.
8.15 am – Rings: There are still unvaccinated doctors
The doctors all had to be vaccinated by January 31st while now there are still unvaccinated doctors: the president of the National Federation of Dental Surgeons’ Orders, Filippo Anelli, spoke on Radio Anch’io. Now that the new vaccination plan will be presented, it would be appropriate according to Anelli that in each center there is one of the 160-200 thousand doctors and dentists who have given availability: Our presence would be appropriate because the vaccine has two characteristics: the first is the one that the doctor assesses on the basis of the state of health of the citizen whether or not he can undergo the vaccine; the second issue – he concludes – is the treatment of even rare complications with immediate interventions.
8.14 – Russia, the restrictions will be lifted by 9 May
The Moscow authorities plan to lift the ban on organizing mass events imposed to contain the infections of Covid-19 by the end of April so as to be able to organize the gathering of the immortal regiment and the Victory Parade on 9 May. The news, which appeared in the daily Rbk, would have been provided by sources close to the presidential administration. For now, we assume that the march will take place as usual, but final decisions will be made as we approach this date and based on the epidemiological situation, one of the sources said. The Rbk source also said that on April 26 Moscow could host an Orthodox Easter festival with mass celebrations.
8.00 – AstraZeneca, US study rate revised downwards
AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine effective at 76% against symptomatic cases of the disease: the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company announced it, after an update of its data regarding the clinical study carried out in the United States, Peru and Chile. AstraZeneca has therefore revised down the effectiveness rate of his vaccine, and the response of the pharmaceutical group accused of having published incomplete data in recent days. Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of AstraZeneca, said however that the reassessment shows that the data is consistent with the numbers reported previously, which spoke of an efficacy rate of 79%: The results of the primary analysis of the phase III studies ( of the vaccine) in the United States confirmed that (its) efficacy is consistent with data announced Monday. The company also stressed that its vaccine was 100% effective in preventing severe Covid-19 cases, as previously announced. AstraZeneca pledged on Tuesday to provide recent data within 48 hours to US health authorities, who had criticized the outdated data on its Covid vaccine.
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