STOCKHOLM: The head of the EU’s disease control group has warned that the novel coronavirus could survive indefinitely even as global infections nearly halved last month and when vaccine spreads spread rapidly in parts of the world. the world.
In an interview, ECDC chief Andrea Ammon urged European countries in particular not to waive protection from a virus that “looks very human-friendly” and could be called upon by experts. turn vaccines over time, as is seasonal flu.
“So we should be prepared for him to stay with us,” said Ammon, head of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Following the latest wave of pandemic disease that began in China more than a year ago, optimistic trends as a database showed that the rate of new Covid-19 infections has dropped by 44.5 percent worldwide. world over the last month.
More than 107 million people have been infected worldwide and nearly 2.4m have died from Covid-19.
But disease experts have warned that vaccines will not end the pandemic unless all countries receive doses quickly and equitably.
Writing in an open letter published in the medical journal Lancet, the authors of a vaccine collection in richer countries said, “it could be years before the coronavirus is brought under global control.” The warning came when Moderna, the U.S. vaccine maker, said it was seeking approval from regulators worldwide to add 50 percent more coronavirus vaccines to each of its filters as way to increase current supply levels quickly.
In Britain, a sharp decline in diseases and the acceleration of vaccines have prompted some ruling Conservative Party to push for building home – stay rules in early March.
Much of the country entered a lockout in early January to prevent the more portable version of Covid-19 first identified in the UK.
Despite this, the British government issued a warning, a watchdog came out elsewhere, including Italy, Portugal and Australia.
In Australia, more than six million people in Melbourne and the surrounding area were under a five-day coronavirus emergency lockout.
“It’s rough. This is going to be a rough few days for everyone, ”said tennis star Serena Williams, as she responded to the catch times after her latest victory at the Australian Open.
As long as play continues to go under restrictions, fans will no longer be allowed and players will have to limit themselves to biosecurity “bubbles”.
The tax on sport, entertainment and economies remained huge.
The Tokyo Olympics are expected to open in July after several delays.
But the organizers of the games are already battling public questions about hosting the big international event this summer.
European Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen has urged the 27 EU member states to accelerate a key part of the bloc’s $ 900-billion plan to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
The UK – which has left the EU and has the highest viral death toll in Europe after a sharply criticized initial response to the pandemic – said the economy had last year’s highest rate 9.9pc.
Finance Minister Rishi Sunak acknowledged the impact was a “real shock” and warned: “We should expect the economy to get worse before it gets better.”
Hungary, meanwhile, said it was the first EU country to start using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
The country broke ranks with the EU last month by becoming the first bloc member to endorse Sputnik V, ordering the delivery of two million doses over three months, enough to vaccinate a million people.
Russia registered Sputnik V in August, months ahead of Western competitors but before large-scale clinical trials began, which left some experts unsupervised.
Published in Dawn, February 14, 2021