Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid pandemic – 17 in the world.

– Europeans mobilized to speed up vaccine booster shots

EU leaders have committed to accelerating the anti-Covid vaccination and to better coordinate themselves in the face of the progression of the Omicron variant, during a summit Thursday in Brussels, where they also joined forces to dissuade Russia from an attack on Ukraine.

“The extension of vaccination to all and the administration of booster doses are crucial and urgent,” the heads of state and government said in their conclusions, as the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus worries as the end of the year holidays approach.

– The G7 Health calls for “cooperation” in the face of “the current greatest threat to global public health”

Health ministers of the G7 countries called I udi evening to cooperation in the face of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which they described as “the current greatest threat to global public health”.

Vaccination center in a cathedral in Chester, UK on 16 December 2021 (AFP – Paul ELLIS) At the end of their last meeting on Thursday under the British presidency of the G7, the ministers of the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan said “deeply concerned about the increasing number of “variant cases.”

– Biden predicts “winter of serious illness and death” to unvaccinated

Joe Biden warned of “winter of serious illness and death “for unvaccinated people, with the explosion of the Omicron variant of the Covid – 17, and called on Americans to get vaccinated, while restrictions are increasing everywhere in the world.

“The only real protection is to receive your injection”, said the American president , insisting that the Omicron variant is “there” and will “begin to circulate much faster in the United States.”

– USA: health authorities recommend vaccination with Pfizer and Moderna rather than Johnson & Johnson

US health authorities on Thursday evening recommended that all adults get vaccinated against Covid – 17 with Pfizer and Moderna rather than Johnson & Johnson, due to the risk of thrombosis linked to J & J’s vaccine .

This decision, announced by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), is a blow to the Johnson & Johnson remedy, to which nine deaths have been attributed in the country.

– France: “imperative reasons” for trips with the United Kingdom

France will reinstate the obligation of “reasons” during the night from Friday to Saturday imperative “for travelers to and from the United Kingdom in the face of” the extremely rapid spread of the Omicron variant “in this country.

The Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord, in Paris, in April 2020 (AFP / Archives – FRANCK FIFE) The validity of the tests from the UK is reduced by 48 hours at 24 time. An isolation system on arrival in France is also in place.

On the other hand, France “does not plan to set up anti-Covid tests” for travelers coming from other EU countries, despite the rise of the Omicron variant, a declared Emmanuel Macron Thursday evening at the end of a European Council.

– Quebec is reintroducing gauges in restaurants, stores

Quebec is going to reinstate gauges in bars, restaurants and shops to limit the spread of the Omicron variant, announced Thursday the Prime Minister of the French-speaking province François Legault who spoke of a “critical” situation.

– Brazil : green light for the vaccination of 5 – 10 years with Pfizer

The Brazilian health regulator on Thursday approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid – 17 for children from 5 to 10 years, as other countries around the world have recently done.

– Over 5.3 million deaths

The pandemic has killed at least 5.3 million people worldwide since the end 2019, according to a report established by AFP.

The United States is the most bereaved country with 617. 503 death, in front of Brazil (617. 395), India (476. 478) and Mexico (187. 187)

The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid- 19, that the toll of the pandemic in the world could be two to three times higher.

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