Distrust of vaccine efficacy, increasing controls around the world

At a time when new health restrictions are emerging around the world, the boss of Modern Pharmaceuticals Laboratory expressed his disbelief on Tuesday about the effectiveness of current vaccines against the omigran variant of the corona virus.

Amid panic, World Health Organization (WHO) President Tetros Adanom Caprais called on Tuesday to remain “quiet” and asked member states for a “rational” and “proportional” response. Variation.

Realizing that “all nations are concerned about the protection of their citizens,” he said, “many member states are taking common and brutal measures that are not resourceful or effective among themselves, and this will only aggravate the disparities between nations.”

In an interview with the Financial Times, Stephen Boncel, the leader of Moderna, predicted. “Significant decline in the effectiveness of current vaccines against Omicron” It is estimated that it will take several months to create a new one. “All the scientists I spoke to […] Word

Various manufacturers, including Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech and Novavax, have expressed confidence in the ability to develop a new vaccine against Kovit-19. Russia has also announced that it will launch a version of its Sputnik V specifically targeting Omigron.

According to AFP, the Govt-19 epidemic has killed at least 5,206,370 people since its outbreak in China in late 2019.

Universal screwdriver

First reported in South Africa last week. This new strain was found on all continents, From Canada to Italy, via Japan, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Many states have stopped traveling to South Africa, established preventive measures, and, for the rich, urged their people to get a booster shot.

In the United Kingdom, the worst-hit country (nearly 145,000 people died), it became mandatory again on Tuesday to wear a mask in traffic and in stores. All arriving passengers should undergo PCR testing and isolate themselves until the end.

As of this weekend, London does not accept non-British people from 10 African countries (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Ezwatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola).

Europe, facing a new wave of epidemics, appears to be the continent most affected by Omigron.

The Netherlands reported that 14 passengers arrived from South Africa carrying Omigran. But the variation was already in circulation in the country on November 19, a week before the announcement of South Africa’s variation, according to Dutch officials.

France filed its first case on Tuesday, On Reunion Island, it is now recommended that 5-11 year olds be vaccinated at risk for an acute form of Govt disease. Approved by the European Regulatory Commission Vaccine for 5-11 year olds A few days ago.

In Germany, which is experiencing a real eruption, the Constitutional Court considers the partial control measures taken by the government since the outbreak to be fair and proportionate, paving the way for further tightening of impending restrictions. Future President Olaf Scholes has said he supports compulsory vaccination.

In Asia and Japan, “all entry of foreign nationals” has been banned since Tuesday, three weeks after some restrictions were relaxed. The government on Tuesday confirmed Omicron’s first case against a man returning from Namibia.

Israel (confirmed case) is also closed Its doors to strangers, From Sunday.

Do not “panic”

Since the appearance of Delta, the variant of Covit-19 has never been of much concern, now dominating, and already highly contagious.

“There are reasons to worry about this new variation, but there is no reason to panic,” US President Joe Biden said Monday.

The United States, the world’s most miserable country, has banned travelers from eight South African countries from entering the rest of the world in early November with Covit-19 (nearly 780,000 people killed).

The WHO considers the “probability of transmission of Omicron worldwide” to be “high”, although many unknowns remain: the severity of the infection, the effectiveness of existing vaccines, and the symptoms.

To be sure, to date no deaths associated with Omicron have been reported.

Rapid rise

In South Africa, most new infections are already linked to Omigran, and the government predicts a rapid rise.

These data have great potential for the spread of this variant and remind us of the urgency of vaccination globally, which has the same potential to control the epidemic, while vaccination is very rare in Africa.

Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, warned that the variance could weigh on the economy and inflation, stressing “negative risks to jobs and economic activity.”

On Tuesday, global stock markets and oil fell sharply in the face of Omicron’s improvement.

China acknowledged that Omigron would complicate the organization of the Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4-20, 2022), but reaffirmed its confidence in their success.