Covid cases worldwide exceed 130 million according to data released by Johns Hopkins University, while confirmed deaths exceed 2.8 million since the start of the pandemic. And in Italy the latest balance – relating to Saturday, April 3 – of 21,261 new cases and 376 deaths (here the bulletin with the data and the bulletins that show the situation since the beginning of the pandemic: here those of 2021, here those of 2020). Here is the map of the contagion in the world.




8.07 am – Vaccines, Baltimore plant blocked
The U.S. government has ordered AstraZeneca to stop manufacturing the coronavirus vaccine at the Baltimore plant where doses of Johnson & Johnson’s serum were produced last month that failed quality checks. The news, anticipated by CNN, was confirmed by the company, which is now looking for an alternative production site. Johnson & Johnson will continue production at the Emergent Biosolutions factory. The suspected deterioration led to the blocking of 15 million doses of the serum. The doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine distributed so far in the US have all been produced in the Netherlands and none of the ampoules manufactured by Emergent Biosolutions have reached the market. A company source told CNN that the blockade will not affect the achievement of the target of 100 million doses delivered to the United States by the end of May.

8.00 – The situation in Brazil
The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc in Brazil, which has now exceeded 330,000 deaths (330,193), according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Brazil remains the second most affected country in the world after the US, which currently has 554,779 victims. In total, the official victims of Covid are 2,846,136 in the world.

April 4, 2021 (change April 4, 2021 | 08:24)

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