Poland refuses to accept and pay for new vaccine deliveries

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Home mask requirement in Spain expires Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson suspends sales forecasts for vaccine, Warsaw refuses to accept and pay for new vaccine deliveries… Le Figaro Provides an update on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday, April 19th.

Warsaw refuses to accept and pay for new vaccine deliveries

Poland has refused to receive and pay for new anti-Covid vaccines, Health Minister said on Tuesday, noting that his country still has 25 million unused doses.

We applied for force majeure at the end of last week and informed both the European Commission and the main vaccine manufacturer (Pfizer, editor’s note) that we also refused to receive and pay for these vaccines.Adam Niedzielski said in the TV news broadcast on TVN24. “This will lead to a legal conflict. Actually it’s already happening“Noting that the contract for the vaccines was signed,” he added.Between commission and producersand that his country is not a direct party to this convention.

According to him, Poland, a country of 38 million people, still has 25 million doses of the vaccine, while 67 to 70 million people have been ordered. Currently, about 51% of Poles are fully vaccinated, 59% have received a single dose, and the vaccination rate has dropped sharply, according to Ministry of Health data.

Mask requirement indoors in Spain expires on Wednesday

The Spanish government on Tuesday approved a decree ending the requirement to wear masks indoors, except in transport, hospitals and nursing homes. Spain is thus one of the last restrictions in force since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic more than two years ago.an appropriate epidemiological context“a consequence”very high vaccine coverage“At the end of the Cabinet announced Health Minister Carolina Darias. “We are moving towards a return to normal before the pandemic“The Prime Minister welcomed Pedro Sanchez on Twitter.

However, according to the decree, which was approved on Tuesday and will take effect Wednesday morning as soon as it is published in the Official Gazette, masks will continue to be mandatory in health centers, hospitals, nursing homes and public transport.

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After airlines, Uber is making mask optional in the United States as well

Uber announced on Tuesday that drivers and passengers in the United States are no longer required to wear masks in their vehicles, following the example of American airlines making it optional to wear hygienic masks on their planes on Monday.

If you don’t feel comfortable, you can always cancel your trip.Uber emphasizes on its site that health officials recommend wearing a mask at all times in case of personal risks or high levels of Covid-19 transmission in the area.

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Johnson & Johnson suspends sales forecast for Covid vaccine

Pharmaceutical group Johnson & Johnson (J&J) suspended its forecast for sales of vaccines against Covid-19, whose demand is lower than that of Moderna and Pfizer serums, on Tuesday, while publishing its quarterly results. On Wall Street, in electronic trading before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, J&J’s move was 0.37% to $177.00.

In the fourth quarter of last year, the American giant expected revenues of between $3 and $3.5 billion in 2022 for its adenoviral vector vaccine. By comparison, Pfizer is targeting approximately $32 billion in revenue this year from the sale of its messenger RNA vaccine developed in conjunction with BioNTech. Moderna estimated that the sale of the Spikevax vaccine in March would earn it $21 billion.

J&J’s Janssen vaccine, in addition to being less popular than its competitors, has experienced a number of hiccups in some patients, including the occasional blood clot formation.

Covid’s box office rises with 10 dead in Shanghai

The city of Shanghai announced seven new deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths in China’s economic capital to 10 since the beginning of the month when companies like Tesla continued to operate.

With supply chains blocked due to restrictions, companies have had to halt production in the 25 million metropolitan area after the quarantine was imposed. “Local authorities continue to follow a policy unlike the rest of China and many countries that have chosen to live with the virus and lift restrictions,” he said.zero covidFacing the worst epidemic outbreak in China since the emergence of Covid-19 at the end of 2019.