England and Scotland reconfigure, France reflects on vaccination strategy

06:35: Still no European decisions on the Moderna vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced that it will not vote on the approval of the Moderna vaccine on Monday night, and discussions will resume later this week.

“The EMA’s discussions on the Moderna vaccine against Covid-19 will not be completed tonight. They will continue on Wednesday,” the European regulator in Amsterdam said in a statement.

The EMA approved the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on 21 December, which the European Commission immediately gave the green light for and which to this day is the only vaccine approved in Europe.

The Moderna vaccine, approved since December 19 by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA), is taken in two doses, every few weeks, as the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. But Modern’s formula can be stored at -20 ° C, not -70 ° C like the Pfizer.

06:30: Advanced vaccination in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has decided to promote the start of the vaccination campaign within two days until Wednesday.

This country is the last in the EU to start vaccinating. This inertia is, as in France, the subject of criticism. On Tuesday, Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge will answer for these delays in front of parliament.

6:20: Lebanon reconfigures itself

The Lebanese authorities have announced a new containment until the end of January, following an outbreak of cases of Covid-19 pollution during the holidays and a saturation of hospitals.

Since the pandemic began, more than 192,000 cases have been registered in the country, including around 1,500 deaths.

6:15: Over 1.84 million died

The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 1,844,000 people worldwide, according to a report released by official sources on Monday at the end of the day.

The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 353,131 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Then come Brazil with 196,561 dead, India with 149,649 dead, Mexico with 127,213 dead and Italy with 75,332 dead.

06:10: Remote work, one day a week on site for volunteers from Thursday

Maybe a relief for some. Employees in telework will be able to return to the company once a week if they “feel the need” and with an agreement from the employer, according to the health protocol that will be in force from Thursday, we were told Monday night from union sources.

Since the end of October, the occupational health protocol has imposed mandatory telework as a rule, and specifies that it must be “increased to 100% for employees who can perform all their tasks remotely”. A rule that can be stressful for some employees who suffer from isolation.

06:09: Why we have to fear “more contagious” varieties

Warning, danger of death: presented as more contagious than the previous virus strains, the two British and South African variants can also prove to be much more deadly. Explanations in this article.

06:07: England and Scotland redefine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday night announced the “containment” of the whole of England to fight against the spread of the new variant of the more contagious coronavirus. This new containment, as strict as the one that was put in place in the spring, ensures the closure of schools and must last until at least mid-February.

The country became the first country on Monday to administer the vaccine from the British laboratory AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford to the population, accelerating its vaccination campaign, which was launched in early December. But in the face of the number of new cases (more than 50,000 in several days), the British government had no choice but to opt for re-arrest.

06:05: In France, the controversy over vaccination continues

The controversy is still sharp in France due to the slow vaccination campaign that started eight days ago, and which so far has only affected a few hundred people. A work and immunization monitoring meeting was held on Monday afternoon with Emmanuel Macron, the head of government and the relevant ministers.

The health authorities will also carry out a daily assessment of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 from this Tuesday 5 January.

06:05: Total containment in Scotland and England, a more contagious British variant, reopening of bars and restaurants postponed: follow the development of the pandemic in France and around the world this Tuesday 5 January.

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