These are the latest salvoes in the dispute between the EU and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company after AstraZeneca drastically reduced the number of doses of Covid-19 vaccine it said it could deliver to the bloc in early 2021. The European Commission subsequently took action. that give member states the ability to restrict the export of doses outside the EU, in certain situations, powers that Italy invoked on Thursday
Amid the disagreement, French President Emmanuel Macron questioned the effectiveness of the Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people over 65, much to the dismay of health experts. Some European countries also set an upper limit on the age of injection recipients, citing a lack of information from clinical studies on its effects in older people.
On Thursday, the leaders of Austria and Denmark announced plans to launch a joint research and development fund with Israel towards possible future production of coronavirus vaccines.
Other EU nations have turned to Russia and China to fill vaccine supply gaps with unilateral purchases. On Monday, Slovakia granted emergency authorization for Moscow’s Sputnik V vaccine, following a delay in the supply of injections from Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
Slovakia is the second EU country to independently grant Sputnik V authorization after Hungary, which began rolling out the vaccine in February. Hungary is also the first EU country to launch China’s Sinopharm vaccine, which has not been approved by the bloc’s vaccine regulator, the European Medicines Agency.
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Q: Is Testing for Covid-19 Still Important?
“While the public may view vaccination as a priority right now, and it is a priority, widespread testing is still essential for infection control,” Romney Humphries, medical director of the Medical Center’s Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, said Thursday. from Vanderbilt University. . “This will help us track the actual impact. Are we really seeing a reduction in cases?” she said.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY
The United States Shouldn’t Lift Restrictions Until New Daily Infections Drop Below 10,000, Fauci Says
The last time the United States saw fewer than 10,000 new daily cases was almost a year ago, on March 22, 2020. The number has not fallen below 50,000 daily cases since mid-October, and the seven-day average was Wednesday. It was more than 64,000, report by Madeline Holcombe, Theresa Waldrop and Lauren Mascarenhas.
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Dr Peter Drobac, a global health expert at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business, told CNN that the pandemic had made clear “how critical leadership is and how dangerous it is to have leaders who are unwilling. to admit the problem and bring people together to respond. ” Mixed messages or rejection around basic interventions like wearing masks helped fuel the rapid spread of the virus in the US and Brazil, leading to many preventable deaths, he said.
China approves the sale of traditional medicine products to treat Covid-19
China approved the sale of three traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products to help treat Covid-19, the country’s National Medical Products Administration announced on Wednesday. Herbal products come in granular form and have their origins in “ancient Chinese recipes,” it said in a statement. They were developed from traditional Chinese medicine remedies that had been used early in the pandemic and were “evaluated by many academics and experts on the front lines.”
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Kids ages 9-11 in the US who spend more time in front of the screen are more likely to develop binge eating disorder one year later, the study found, with social media being the main culprits.
Every hour spent on social media was linked to a 62% increased risk of binge eating disorder one year later, while every hour spent watching television or movies was linked to a 39% increased risk, the study found. study.
“These are portraits of people who are just taking a break between patients at work or taking a breather. And I wanted to capture that moment and that emotion in their eyes.” – Jayashree Krishnan, artist from Seattle.