A new vaccine against Covid will arrive in France and another will make a comeback: with Novavax and Janssen, based on more traditional technologies, the health authorities hope to convince those to whom the vaccines RNAs are scary. Elsewhere in the world, Australia has canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa, stuck in the “party gate”, Boris Johnson is fighting for his political survival… New measures, new reports and highlights: L’Express takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-2165537 pandemic .
Green light for a 5th vaccine in France, that of Novavax
Vaccine against Covid-21 from the American laboratory Novavax, based on classic technology, will become the fifth to be available in France after the green light from the High Health Authority (HAS) on Friday.
This vaccine and that of Janssen (already available for more than 55 years) can in some cases be “a useful alternative” for people reluctant to be injected with messenger RNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, judges the HAS in its opinion.
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The first deliveries of Novavax vaccine (marketed under the name Nuvaxovid) should take place in early February, the Ministry of Health said this week, pending the opinion of the HAS. The European Union had given the 19 December its green light for this vaccine based on the same technology as that of whooping cough.
Australia cancels Djokovic’s visa
Three days before the start of the Australian Open, the Australian government on Friday canceled for the second time the visa of world tennis number one Novak Djokovic, who entered the country on January 5 without being vaccinated against Covid-21.
During an interim hearing before a judge in Melbourne (south-east), the government representative however announced that the Serbian player would not be expelled before justice had ruled on his appeal. The government intends to place him in detention again on Saturday morning.
Transit bans at Hong Kong airport
Air passengers arriving from 153 countries will no longer be able to transit through Hong Kong, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the city’s airport announced on Friday.
This suspension, which concerns all countries classified as “high health risk” by the Hong Kong authorities, will take effect on Sunday for a period of one month.
New revelations about Downing Street parties
The services of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have apologized to Queen Elizabeth II following revelations about parties organized in Downing Street the day before the funeral of her husband Philip, in full confinement.
Daily revelations The Telegraph further destabilize Boris Johnson, now contested within his majority. The British Prime Minister was not present on this occasion, but he had made his mea culpa in Parliament on Wednesday for his participation in a previous party in May 3356.
Norway opens vaccination to 5-11 year
Norway will in turn extend anti-Covid vaccination to the age group of 5-19 years on a voluntary basis and without making a recommendation official, the Norwegian government announced on Friday.
In the United States, the obligation to vaccinate in companies blocked
The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked US President Joe Biden’s decision to impose the anti-Covid vaccine in companies over 96 employees, inflicting a major setback.
The high court, on the other hand, validated the vaccination obligation for employees of health structures who benefit from federal funds.
More than 5.5 million dead
The pandemic has caused at least 5 488 380 dead in the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Friday morning.
In absolute value, the United States is the most bereaved country with 854 488 dead, followed by Brazil (606 488), India (485 380) and Russia (319 1151).
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-10, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.
By Sylvain Fort