A World Health Organization official said only public health measures, not vaccines, can prevent a further outbreak of COVID-19 cases when the first vaccines are given in Britain.
The UK has started rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the first Western country to start vaccinating its population against infection with the novel coronavirus.
Turkey could start administering China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month, once the analysis of national licenses is completed, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a national newspaper.
And Japan is announcing a new $ 708 billion economic stimulus package to accelerate recovery from the country’s deep recession due to coronaviruses.
Here are the latest updates:
WHO says vaccine immune barrier ‘still far away’
A World Health Organization official said only public health measures, not vaccines, can prevent a new outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
“Vaccines are a great tool, they will be very useful, but the effect of the vaccine in providing some sort of immune barrier is still a long way off,” Dr Margaret Harris said in response to a question at a Geneva briefing for find out if the vaccines would come in time to avoid a third wave of cases in Europe.
“The steps you need to take to prevent a surge, surge, surge or whatever you want to call it are public health measures,” she added.
Japan sends military nurses to Hokkaido to deal with coronavirus: media
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has ordered the country’s self-defense forces to send nurses to a city in northern Hokkaido prefecture that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, media said.
Kishi has ordered two teams of five Self-Defense Force nurses to be sent to hospitals in Asahikawa city, state broadcaster NHK said.
Poland bought more than 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine: PM
Poland has purchased more than 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from six producers, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
“We are safe – and the time has come for a big challenge, which is the implementation of the national COVID-19 vaccination program,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Bio Farma: provisional data from Sinovac vaccine show up to 97% effectiveness
Indonesian state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma said interim data from trials it was conducting on vaccines produced by Chinese company Sinovac showed up to 97 percent effectiveness.
“Our clinical trials team found, within a month, that provisional data shows up to 97% for its effectiveness,” Iwan Setiawan, a spokesperson for Bio Farma, said at a press conference.
He did not say whether the interim result was from an advanced clinical trial, but another spokesperson for Bio Farma later told Reuters news agency the company was still collecting data on the effectiveness of the ongoing phase 3 trial.
Britain’s Hancock hopes to start lifting spring COVID curbs
UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has said he hopes life will return to normal from the spring of next year, after the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine began on Tuesday.
“Because we were able to launch this vaccination program earlier than anywhere else in the world, we will be able to bring this date forward a bit. I have high hopes for the summer of 2021 and hope we can lift the spring restrictions, ”Hancock told the BBC.
Hong Kong to limit restaurants, close gyms and beauty salons
Hong Kong said the city would again ban eating in restaurants after 6 p.m. (10 a.m. GMT) and close all gyms and beauty salons, to curb the rise in coronavirus cases in the densely populated financial center.
Chief Executive Officer Carrie Lam said the government will also consider additional relief measures for industries affected by the latest restrictions that will take effect on Thursday, after being applied and lifted several times this year.
“The situation is very worrying. This wave is more complicated and more severe than the last wave. Confirmed cases are widespread, ”Lam told reporters at a weekly press briefing. “If we don’t strictly control it, the risks will be greater. This time, we will deploy suppression measures aimed at limiting pedestrian traffic in the streets. “
UK Minister says he will receive the COVID-19 blow if necessary
UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has said he will receive the COVID-19 vaccine when appropriate.
“I can’t wait to have it, I’ll have it when it’s appropriate,” Hancock told LBC radio.
When asked if London would soon be moved to the first tier of coronavirus restrictions, he said the number of cases was increasing in parts of London and Londoners would have to abide by current rules.
Fauci warns of post-Christmas COVID-19 outbreak in US
Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert, has warned that the upcoming holiday season could be even worse than Thanksgiving in terms of the spread of the coronavirus.
Fauci told CNN that, because the traditional Christmas season is an extended period that extends into the New Years, the prospects for the virus spreading when people travel “may be even more aggravated than what we’ve seen. at Thanksgiving. “
After millions of people ignored expert advice and traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday in November, Fauci predicted that Americans would behave recklessly again during the Christmas and New Years holidays.
Turkey could start Chinese vaccination against COVID-19 this month: report
Turkey could start administering China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month, once the analysis of national licenses is completed, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, as quoted by the newspaper Sozcu.
Koca said shipments of the Coronavac vaccine from Sinovac will arrive after December 11. The vaccine, which has undergone Phase 3 trials in Turkey and other countries, will require another two weeks of testing and analysis, according to the newspaper.
In November, Turkey signed a contract to purchase 50 million doses of Coronavac, which will be delivered in batches between December and February.
Britain’s Johnson thanks health workers after COVID vaccine launch
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the launch of a COVID vaccination program and thanked health workers, scientists and people who had volunteered for the tests.
“We’re going to beat this together,” Johnson said in a social media post, and urged the public to continue to follow guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
British grandmother first to receive Pfizer vaccine outside of trial
Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old British grandmother, became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of a trial after its rapid clinical approval, Reuters reported.
Keenan received the vaccine at his local hospital in Coventry, central England, Tuesday morning at 6:31 GMT, a week before his 91st birthday.
“I feel privileged to be the first person to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” Keenan said.
India reports smallest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since July
India has reported 26,567 new coronavirus infections, according to data from the Ministry of Health, the smallest daily increase since July 10, according to a Reuters tally.
Daily cases have been on the decline in India since peaking in September. The country has 9.7 million cases, the second most in the world after the United States.
Deaths increased by 385, the health ministry said, with a total of 140,958 dead.
Western state of Australia removes quarantine requirements for more travelers
The state of Western Australia has started allowing travelers from Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) to enter without having to self-quarantine for the first time in eight months, the latest sign the country is returning to a kind of normality.
Passengers on a Qantas flight have arrived in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, from Sydney to moving scenes of families reunited after months of separation.
The move comes as Australia’s two most populous states have seen few to no new cases in recent weeks, and underscores Australia’s success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 1.5 million people in the world.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rise by 14,054: RKI
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased from 14,054 to 1,197,709, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases.
The reported death toll increased from 423 to 19,342, according to the count.
Japan unveils $ 708 billion in new stimulants for COVID-19 recovery
Japan has announced a new $ 708 billion economic stimulus package to accelerate the recovery from the country’s deep recession due to coronaviruses, while targeting investments in new areas of growth such as green and digital innovation.
The new package will include around 40 trillion yen ($ 384.54 billion) in direct tax spending and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and boost the adoption of digital technology, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said. during a meeting with leaders of the ruling party.
Policymakers around the world have triggered a wall of monetary and fiscal stimulus to prevent a deep and prolonged recession as the coronavirus closed international borders and sent millions of people out of work.