DIRECT. Covid-19: no consensus on the lifting of patents on vaccines, says WTO

The essential

  • The tests are no longer free in France, except under special conditions.
  • 1,180 classes are currently closed due to Covid-19.
  • From November 8, it is the end of the entry restrictions to the USA for vaccinated travelers.
  • New Caledonia is confined again this weekend.
  • Reunion falls the mask on the public highway.
  • The Moderna vaccine has been temporarily banned from booster doses.

Follow the events of the day live:

9:20 a.m. A committee of experts recommends a second dose of Johnson & Johnson in the United States. A committee of U.S. medical experts voted unanimously to recommend authorization of a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine. The move could help ease feelings of uncertainty among some of the 15 million Americans who received a first dose but wondered if it would be enough to protect them, especially with the emergence of the Delta variant. Johnson & Johnson presented their study, conducted in the United States, showing that the efficacy of its vaccine against symptomatic forms of Covid was increased by 70 to 94% after the injection of a second dose, two months after the first.

8:50 am. Contamination on the rise in Belgium. Daily contaminations in Belgium are up by almost 30%, hospitalizations and deaths are also increasing. Between October 6 and 12, an average of 2,438 people were infected with Covid-19 every day, according to figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute. From October 6 to 12, nearly 11 people died per day on average from the virus, up 28% from the previous seven-day period. The death toll now stands at 25,747 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.

8:20 am. Tensions in Martinique on the sanitary pass. A demonstration by health personnel against the sanitary pass was punctuated by scenes of jostling, shouting, and some clashes in Martinique in front of the CHUM emergency room. The management, while calling for calm, “strongly condemned the violence perpetrated today following the implementation of the health pass on its various sites”. It calls for “a return to reason and a calming down of the social climate in order to guarantee the continuity and safety of hospital care”.

8 hours. Showdown between the mayor and the police over vaccines in Chicago in the United States. Between the mayor and the Chicago police, the showdown is engaged: up to half of the city’s police officers could be placed on unpaid leave in case they refuse to reveal whether they have been vaccinated against the Covid- 19, when the city is breaking crime records. But police union chief John Catanzara called on its 13,000 members not to let it go and to keep their immunization status to themselves.

7:30 am. Antigen tests for travelers to England. Travelers vaccinated against Covid-19 arriving in England will be able from October 24 to perform an antigen test on the second day after their arrival, which is less expensive and faster than a PCR test, announced the British government.

7:15 am. Denmark will offer a booster dose to all vaccinated. In Denmark, where the restrictions to fight the pandemic were lifted in early September, the health authorities will offer everyone a third dose of anti-Covid vaccine, said the Minister of Health.

7:10. No consensus on the lifting of patents on vaccines, according to the WTO. No consensus could be found on the thorny issue of the temporary lifting of patents protecting anti-Covid vaccines, just seven weeks from a WTO ministerial meeting, the organization said. The TRIPS Council (Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights Affecting Trade) met Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the issue, deemed crucial to increase production and combat vaccine inequality by some, and a risk for the model economics of the pharmaceutical industry for others. As the World Trade Organization works by consensus, there can be no agreement until all 164 member states agree. Further consultations are scheduled for October 26.

7:05 am. The pandemic has killed at least 4,878,719 worldwide since the end of December 2019. The United States is the most bereaved country with 721,567 dead, followed by Brazil (602,099), India (451,814), Mexico (283,574) and Russia (221,313). 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.

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