New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
Recall of different vaccines
People who have received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine may benefit from receiving a booster dose of a different, messenger RNA vaccine, according to preliminary results from a US study published Wednesday.
This study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was eagerly awaited in the United States because it focuses on the possibility of “mixing” the vaccines – that is, using a different vaccine for the booster dose. only for the initial series – which is not allowed at the moment in the country.
Persistently congested global ports
The congestion affecting ports worldwide and which recently forced several container ships to divert from England to European ports will last another 6 to 9 months, the British Ports Association (BPA) said on Wednesday.
This situation, linked to global traffic disruptions caused by the pandemic, has lasted “for over a year” and the blockage is not specific to the United Kingdom, the situation being “much worse in China and the United States” , according to BPA.
Quebec: postponement of compulsory vaccination for caregivers
Quebec, whose health network is battered by a staff shortage, is giving workers in this sector one more month to be vaccinated, otherwise they will be suspended without pay, the provincial health minister announced on Wednesday. Canadian. The government thus wishes to “give a last chance to the unvaccinated”, who now have until November 15 to become immunized against Covid-19.
Brazil: Bolsonaro gives up being vaccinated
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that he will ultimately not be vaccinated against Covid-19, after claiming for months that he would be “the last Brazilian” to be immune.
Costa Rica: vaccination required in bars
The government of Costa Rica announced on Wednesday that a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 will be required from December 1 at the entrance to restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, as well as in gyms and enclosures sports.
Towards an extension of the health pass in France
The controversial bill extending until July 31, 2022 the possible use of the health pass in France was presented Wednesday in the Council of Ministers. With this measure, the government’s objective is to encourage the 26.5% of French people who have not yet had their two doses to be vaccinated.
Weddings prohibited in Congo
The Congolese authorities announced on Wednesday the ban on all wedding ceremonies throughout the territory of the Congo, in order to stop the spread of the epidemic.
“Civil, religious, customary marriage and dowry ceremonies are suspended for 45 days,” the Minister of Communication said on public television.
More than 4.8 million dead
The pandemic has killed at least 4,861,478 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources, Wednesday at midday.
The United States is the most bereaved country with 719,452 dead, followed by Brazil (601,574), India (451,189), Mexico (282,773) and Russia (219,329).
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two to three times higher.