108 dead, 20,518 people hospitalized in 24 hours

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Shenzhen issued containment to protect economy, Valneva lab vaccine availableprobably in May“Pfizer licenses the production of generic anti-Covid treatments… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday, March 18.

108 dead, 20,518 people hospitalized in 24 hours

According to the daily report of Public Health France, 108 people died from Covid on Friday, March 18. 20,518 patients are currently hospitalized, including 1,182 patients admitted in the last 24 hours. 1674 patients are being treated in intensive care units.

Health officials leave government at 4th dose

People over the age of 65 should be offered the fourth dose of anti-Covid vaccine.more at risk“French health authorities on Friday are separating themselves from the government, which has opened up to anything over the age of 80.

The High Authority for Health (HAS) spoke in a press release.A second booster dose for people over 65 years of age who are most at risk for the severe form of the disease and who want it“. The idea of ​​a second booster dose is often referred to as “fourth dose“There has been talk for several months in the face of the rise of the Omicron variant, which is particularly contagious and partially resistant to current vaccines.

The vaccine from the French laboratory Valneva is available “probably in May »

The first French anti-Covid vaccine on the market soon? The serum, developed by the Valneva laboratory based in Saint-Herblain near Nantes, must be delivered to Europe, including France.probably in May“, explained Franck Grimaud, managing director, on Thursday evening at Franceinfo.”We hope to receive final registration by the European Medicines Agency by the end of April.said “for”first deliveries to Member States after a few weeks“.

Shenzhen in China issues limitation to protect economy

Faced with a coughing economy, China is releasing the pressure: The tech metropolis Shenzhen (south) ordered a partial lifting of the anti-Kovid restriction on Friday, particularly at one of the world’s largest and vital trade ports. The decision of the city of 17.5 million people, located at the gates of Hong Kong, was made the day before by President Xi Jinping “shrink» The impact of prevention measures on the Chinese economy.

China is experiencing its worst epidemic outbreak in almost two years, with several thousand new daily positive cases spreading to nearly 20 provinces, or two-thirds of the country, in recent days. In response, the authorities imprisoned tens of millions of people in the country of 1.4 billion people. On Friday, the Ministry of Health reported 4,365 infections the day before, of which 105 were in Shenzhen. The southern city, which brings together thousands of factories of big names in technology, was completely quarantined on Sunday after the detection of Kovid-19 cases related to the epidemic, which continues at full speed in Hong Kong.

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asks the modern TOUS to allow second dose of booster against Covid-19

Moderna announced on Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Medicines Agency (FDA) to authorize an additional booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine for all adults. The petition expressed concernsAdults aged 18 years and older who received their first booster dosethe company said in a statement.

The announcement comes days after Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Tuesday that they’re seeking approval for a second dose of supplements, but only for people 65 and older. Moderna welcomes all adults over the age of 18.offer flexibility“to the health authorities who will have to determine”proper useThe company said this dose is for the elderly or those with comorbidities, for example.

Pfizer licenses production of generic anti-Covid treatments

American laboratory Pfizer announced that it has signed license agreements with thirty-five laboratories under the auspices of the United Nations, allowing them to produce a generic and less expensive version of the Covid-19 treatment.

As part of the agreement reached with the American laboratory in November, the Pharmaceutical Patent Pool (MPP), an international organization supported by the United Nations and headquartered in Geneva, licensed 35 laboratories to produce oral therapy.nirmatrelvir» to supply 95 poor countries against Covid-19. These agreementsIt will give needy patients around the world access to oral therapy for Covid-19“Welcome Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.

Of the 35 labs associated with this initiative, 19 are Indian and 5 are Chinese, MPP said. Other licenses are split between Bangladesh, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Serbia, South Korea and Vietnam.

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Samoa bordered after first case of local contamination

The Pacific island nation of Samoa closed its borders on Friday and is poised for a nationwide lockdown after the first local case of coronavirus transmission was detected. “Except for essential services, all schools (…) such as churches and other services will remain closed.Speaking to the nation on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said public gatherings would also be banned. A 29-year-old woman tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday as she prepared to travel to Fiji on the main island of Upolu, according to the prime minister.

Thailand: End of mandatory pre-travel screening tests

The Thai government announced on Friday that Thailand will exempt international travelers from taking a negative Covid-19 test before boarding a flight to the country. Covid-19 task force spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin said that from April 1, the requirement to show a negative test within 72 hours will be waived and vaccinated visitors will be tested upon arrival in Thailand.

Travel restrictions have kept Thailand largely immune to the coronavirus in the early stages of the pandemic, but have put a crucial tourism industry for the country’s economy into crisis. Thailand is currently recording around 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 a day as the Omicron variant spreads across the country, but officials hope that number will drop before they can make a breakthrough.post pandemic“From July.

Netherlands: Opponent of anti-Kovid measures remains behind bars

An influential opponent of the anti-Covid-19 measures suspected of inciting crime in the Netherlands will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks, the prosecution said on Friday. Willem Engen, a dance teacher at the head of the Viruswaarheid group, which opposes health measures, was arrested in Rotterdam on Wednesday after more than 22,000 people filed complaints against him.

The 45-year-old has been involved in several lawsuits against the Dutch government since the start of the pandemic and has become one of the most influential opponents of anti-Kovid measures. The suspect posted the following on social media:incites others to commit crimes or encourages others to commit crimes‘ said the prosecutor.He will remain in custody for the next two weeks.‘, he added in a press release.