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EU vaccination campaign catching up with the US - von der Leyen

The European Covid-19 vaccination campaign is gaining speed and catching up with that of the United States, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said today.

"We aim to have offered a jab to 70% of all adults by the end of July ... this is almost the same target as the one the US has set," she told a conference.

Critics of the EU vaccination campaign should keep in mind that the EU has exported 220 million jabs, almost as many as it has used for its own citizens, Ms von Leyen said in a snipe at the US and the UK.

"Others are keeping their entire vaccine production all to themselves, but the EU will reach its vaccination targets without sealing itself off from the world."

It comes as the European Commission said it signed a third contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc for an additional 1.8 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

The contract reserves the doses on behalf of all European Union member states, between the end 2021 to 2023, the statement added.

The contract requires that the vaccine production is based in the EU and that essential components are sourced from the EU.

Yesterday, Pfizer announced that it will begin using its west Dublin facility as part of its supply chain for its Covid-19 vaccine.

The company will begin making a component of the vaccine at its Grange Castle site by the end of the year.

This will be an mRNA substance to aid the manufacture outside of Ireland.

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Now we have concerns about the "Indian Variant". It still seems uncertain how effective the vaccines are against it!

As I said previously, if you vaccinate a large population in which the disease is still widespread, a "vaccine resistant" strain will almost inevitably emerge.

The population of the UK must find it strange that, apparently, thousands of people have been able to fly to and fro from South Asia to "see family" etc. when we were not even allowed to travel to the next County! Many of us have not seen close family for more than a year!

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-24/india-reaches-grim-co ... /100161344

India reaches grim COVID milestone passing 300,000 deaths


India has now recorded more than 300,000 deaths, overwhelming the nation's health system and cemeteries. (Reuters: Samuel Rajkumar)
India has now recorded more than 300,000 deaths, overwhelming the nation's health system and cemeteries. (Reuters: Samuel Rajkumar)

India's death toll from COVID-19 has passed 300,000, the third country to reach that many fatalities behind the United States and Brazil.

Key points:

India has become the third country to record 300,000 COVID-19 deaths
Health officials recorded another 222,315 new cases in the previous 24 hours
On Sunday, the state of Punjab said Moderna had rebuffed its attempt to secure a direct deal for more vaccines

The country's health ministry on Monday recorded 4,454 deaths over the previous 24 hours.

This takes the official death toll to 303,720.

Another 222,315 new infections were reported in the same time period, with 26.75 million being recorded since the start of the pandemic.

India is struggling through its current wave of the virus, which has overwhelmed hospitals and stretched vaccine supplies.

The surge of infections has led to at least one state trying to secure new deals with a vaccine supplier.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened vaccinations to all adults from May 1 and allowed states to make their own arrangements to supplement stocks they received from the federal government.

But India is facing a shortage of vaccines, with domestic production amounting to about 80 million doses a month.

The northern state of Punjab said that Moderna "refused" to send vaccines to the state government, citing a company policy that allows it to deal only with Mr Modi's federal administration and not with state authorities or private parties.

Moderna did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

India's vaccine program is overwhelmed as new infections surge across the country.(Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images)
India's vaccine program is overwhelmed as new infections surge across the country.(Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images)

Punjab, with a population of more than 27 million, has had to stop vaccination for some categories of eligible people because of a lack of doses, having received only about 4.4 million shots from the federal government, the statement said.

In the statement, Punjab official Vikas Garg said that the state government had also made approaches regarding the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik vaccines but had yet to receive any response.

Some other Indian states, including Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, have said they also have insufficient supplies to inoculate those aged between 18 and 44.

The world's largest vaccine-producing nation has fully vaccinated a little more than 41.6 million people, or only 3.8 per cent of its 1.35 billion population.

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We are being told that the vaccines are effective against the Indian variant. Now India is suffering from this "black fungus" which apparently has a 50% mortality. The "black death" strikes again! Horrible!

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-27/victoria-covid-cases- ... /100169172


Victoria to enter a COVID-19 lockdown as cases from Melbourne outbreak grow

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The Victorian government has announced a seven-day lockdown today in a bid to curb the state's growing coronavirus outbreak.

Key points:

The seven-day lockdown will start at midnight and apply to the whole state
Victorians will only be allowed to leave their homes for five reasons
Ten thousand primary and secondary contacts have been linked to the cases

The state's outbreak has now reached 26 cases, with 11 new cases recorded overnight.

One of the cases is now in intensive care in hospital and on a ventilator.

Acting Premier James Merlino said contact tracers had identified 10,000 primary and secondary contacts linked to the outbreak.

The circuit-breaker lockdown will be in place until 11:59pm on June 3.

Mr Merlino said there would be only five reasons people would be allowed to leave their homes:

Food and supplies
Authorised work
Care and caregiving
Exercise for up to two hours with one other person
Getting vaccinated

Schools will close for the duration of the lockdown, but childcare and kindergartens will be open.

Cafes and restaurants can offer take-away only, and public and private gatherings will not be allowed.

The vaccination program will also expand in Victoria to include anyone aged 40 years and over.

People are already reporting they are unable to get through on the coronavirus hotline to book a vaccine appointment.

Mr Merlino said the virus was spreading at an alarming rate, prompting the lockdown.

"In the last day, we've seen more evidence that we're dealing with a highly infectious strain of the virus, a variant of concern which is running faster than we have ever recorded," he said.

"The time between catching the virus and passing it on is tighter than ever so for some of those cases I've mentioned … the serial interval, that is, how long it takes between the onset of symptoms in the first and secondary case, is averaging just over a day.

"So unless something drastic happens, this will becoming increasingly uncontrollable."
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There are more than 70 exposure sites, including the MCG and Docklands stadium.

Exposure sites added last night included cafes and businesses across Melbourne's south-east and the Mornington Peninsula.

Exposure sites had previously been largely spread across the city's north and west.

Testing capacity is being ramped up across the state as the growing exposure sites affect tens of thousands of people.

There were 40,411 test results received in the 24 hours to midnight.

That marks among the highest days of testing in Victoria since the pandemic began, with more than 41,000 test results reported on August 9 last year and more than 42,000 on July 26.

On Wednesday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said factors which would influence a decision on further restrictions included the volume of new cases, the number and type of exposure sites they generated and how long they had been in the community.

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-25/greater-melbourne-cov ... /100163830

Which states and territories have imposed borders or travel restrictions on Victoria?


States and territories across Australia have imposed travel restrictions on people who have visited coronavirus exposure sites in Greater Melbourne.

A full list of the exposure sites can be found on Victoria's Department of Health website.

Click on the links below to jump to the latest restrictions for the region, as applied by each state and territory.

Victoria
New South Wales
South Australia
Queensland
Tasmania
Western Australia
Australian Capital Territory
Northern Territory
New Zealand

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Victoria

Victoria has been placed in lockdown, meaning there are only five reasons to leave your home:

Shopping for necessary goods and services
Authorised work or permitted education
Exercise for up to two hours with one other person
Caregiving, compassionate or medical reasons
To get vaccinated

A 5-kilometre limit will be in place for travel away from your home for shopping and exercise.
New South Wales

Anyone travelling to NSW who has been in Victoria after 4:00pm on Thursday must follow Victoria's stay-at-home measures.

That means arrivals must remain at their home or place of residence in NSW for the seven-day lockdown.

People will only be permitted to leave for the same reasons that apply to the Victoria lockdown.

For NSW residents living along the Victorian border, the seven-day stay-at-home requirement will only apply to people who have been outside the border region in Victoria since 4:00pm on Wednesday.

Border communities are defined by the map which was used for the previous "bubble" arrangements.

Anyone who has attended a venue of concern in Victoria must not travel to NSW.

South Australia

South Australia has introduced a hard border preventing anybody from entering the state from Greater Melbourne from 6:00pm central standard time on Wednesday, May 26.

The only people allowed into SA from the affected area from that point on are essential travellers and returning South Australians, who will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Anybody who has already travelled to South Australia from Greater Melbourne since May 20 will need to get a COVID-19 test on days one, five and 13.

People entering SA from the Bendigo local government area will be allowed in but they must get tested on days one, five and 13.

Queensland

Queensland has declared Victoria a hotspot.

From 1:00am on Friday, anyone who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days will have to go into hotel quarantine upon entering Queensland.
Read more about Australia's vaccine rollout:

How serious are the risks of blood clotting from the AstraZeneca vaccine?
Why is the Astrazeneca vaccine approved for over 50s?

Tasmania

From 2:00pm Thursday, people are unable to enter Tasmania if they've been in Victoria in the 14 days prior.

Under the Tasmanian government's decision to declare Victoria a high-risk area, people will only be allowed into the state from Victoria if they are approved as an essential traveller.

Western Australia

Western Australia's border has been closed to people in Victoria in what WA Premier Mark McGowan described as a return to a "hard border".
Australian Capital Territory

Travellers from Victoria who are not residents of the ACT will be banned from entering the ACT after 11:59pm on Thursday, unless they have an exemption.

ACT residents who leave Victoria on or after 11:59pm on Thursday must travel directly to their residents and follow stay-at-home requirements until at 11:59pm on June 3.

Returning residents aged 12 and over must also wear a mask if they leave their premises for any essential purposes.

The ACT government's approved essential purposes for leaving home during the stay-at-home period are:

To undertake essential work if they cannot work from home or remotely
To shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies
To attend to medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements, looking after the vulnerable
To attend a facility to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, where the individual is eligible for a vaccination in the ACT, an appointment has been booked, and the individual is not in isolation or in quarantine
To exercise outdoors, limited to one hour per day (masks are not required for vigorous exercise outdoors)
For essential animal welfare purposes (e.g. to feed pets or livestock that live elsewhere)

Anyone who has been in the City of Whittlesea in Melbourne in the past 14 days must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative test.
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Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has declared Greater Melbourne and Bendigo COVID-19 hospots, meaning anyone arriving from those areas will undergo mandatory quarantine.

The declaration also means anyone who has been in the affected areas in the past two weeks, going back to May 12, needs to get a COVID-19 test and remain in isolation until a negative result is returned.

New Zealand

New Zealand has paused its travel bubble with Victoria while the source of the infections announced in Melbourne is investigated.

The pause starts at 7:59pm on Tuesday and is expected to last for a minimum of 72 hours.

Anyone in New Zealand who has been at an exposure site in Greater Melbourne should contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 as soon as possible for advice on isolating and testing.

Anyone in Australia who has visited an exposure site is ineligible to travel to New Zealand within 14 days of visiting that site, even if they have a negative COVID-19 test.

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Really annoyed to hear today on the Biased Broadcasting Corporation news- the newsreader was interviewing someone about Boris's forthcoming visit to Hungary (their PM apparently has a habit of making "politically incorrect" pronouncements). When something came up about the UK's successful vaccination programme, (compared to many EU countries), she jumped in with words to the effect that "you realise this was nothing to do with the UK leaving the EU". Incredible!

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COVID-19 - Some International/Asian News Headlines


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Malaysia
Malaysia
Japan
Japan
Taiwan
Taiwan
Laos
Laos
WHO undercount
WHO undercount
Indonesia
Indonesia

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COVID-19 International News Headlines


https://www.euronews.com/hot-topic/covid-19


Germany
Germany
Nepal
Nepal
India
India
Spain
Spain
WHO Healthcare workers' deaths
WHO Healthcare workers' deaths
France
France
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

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We certainly have our fair share of fools in Victoria!


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People were pepper sprayed and handcuffed after clashes with police at an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday.

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-29/vietnam-detects-new-coronavirus-variant/100176522

Vietnam detects a 'very dangerous' hybrid coronavirus variant that spreads quickly


The health minister says the new variant is a hybrid of the UK and Indian strains.(Reuters: Kham, File)
The health minister says the new variant is a hybrid of the UK and Indian strains.(Reuters: Kham, File)

Authorities in Vietnam have detected a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants and spreads quickly by air, the country's health minister says.

Key points:

Vietnam's Health Minister says the new variant is a combination of the UK and Indian strains
Nguyen Thanh Long says it is "very dangerous" and is more transmissible
He says the new variant is responsible for a spike in cases in the South-East Asian country

After successfully containing the virus for most of last year, Vietnam is grappling with a spike in infections since late April that accounts for more than half of the total 6,713 registered cases.

So far, there have been 47 deaths.

"Vietnam has uncovered a new COVID-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in India and the UK," Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said in a statement.

"The new variant is very dangerous," he added.

The South-East Asian country had previously detected seven virus variants: B.1.222, B.1.619, D614G, B.1.1.7 — known as the UK variant, B.1.351, A.23.1 and B.1.617.2 — the "Indian variant".

Online newspaper VnExpress said Mr Long had described the new variant as a hybrid of the Indian and UK variants.

Vietnam's health minister says the new variant is more transmissible than other known types.(AP: Hau Dinh)
Vietnam's health minister says the new variant is more transmissible than other known types.(AP: Hau Dinh)

"The new one is an Indian variant with mutations that originally belong to the UK variant," Mr Long was quoted as saying, adding that authorities would soon announce the name and detailed characteristics of the newly discovered variant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified four variants of SARS-CoV-2 of global concern.

These include variants that emerged first in India, in Britain, in South Africa and in Brazil.

Officials at the WHO did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the new variant identified in Vietnam.

Laboratory cultures of the new variant, which is much more transmissible than the previously known types, revealed that the virus replicated itself very quickly, Mr Long was quoted as saying.

He said that could explain why so many new cases had appeared in different parts of the country within a short period of time.

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WHO renames COVID-19 variants of concern using Greek letters


The major coronavirus variants of concerned have been commonly referred to by the country where they were first identified. (Reuters: Pascal Rossignol)
The major coronavirus variants of concerned have been commonly referred to by the country where they were first identified. (Reuters: Pascal Rossignol)

Coronavirus variants with clunky, alphanumeric names have been assigned letters from the Greek alphabet in a bid to simplify discussion and pronunciation while avoiding stigma.

Key points:

The WHO says the scientific names can be hard to say and remember
The acronym VOC was considered for "variants of concern" but was thought to sound similar to an English swear word
Some scientists had adopted their own simplified names

The World Health Organization revealed the new names amid criticism that those given by scientists — such as the so-called South African variant, which goes by multiple names including B.1.351, 501Y.V2 and 20H/501Y.V2 — were too complicated.

As such, the four coronavirus variants considered of concern by the UN agency and known generally by the public as the UK, South Africa, Brazil and India variants have now been given the letters alpha, beta, gamma, delta according to the order of their detection.

Other variants of interest continue down the alphabet.

"While they have their advantages, these scientific names can be difficult to say and recall, and are prone to misreporting," said the WHO, explaining the decision.

The choice of the Greek alphabet came after months of deliberations in which other possibilities such as Greek gods and invented, pseudo-classical names were considered by experts, according to bacteriologist Mark Pallen who was involved in the talks.

But many were already brands, companies or alien names.

Another idea to refer to variants of concern as VOC1, VOC2 et cetera was scrapped after it was pointed out they resembled an English swear word.

Historically, viruses have often been associated with the locations from which they are thought to have emerged, such as Ebola which is named after the Congolese river.

But this can be damaging for the places and often inaccurate such as with the so-called "Spanish flu" pandemic of 1918, the origins of which are unknown.

"No country should be stigmatised for detecting and reporting variants," WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said.

Before the new WHO scheme, some scientists had adopted their own simplified nomenclature for variants such as a February paper using bird names.

However, it was criticised on the grounds that this could imperil birds and people with names such as Robin or Robyn.

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Another idea to refer to variants of concern as VOC1, VOC2 et cetera was scrapped after it was pointed out they resembled an English swear word.
:? like, which one............. :?: :?: :?:

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Forget the politics, Australia has done a remarkable job of keeping COVID-19 largely at bay. It is of course saddening that anyone here has died as a result of contracting COVID.

If the Federal government continues to screw up the vaccination program, we are at significant risk of a disastrous wave of infection on a scale not yet seen in Australia. Let's hope that the current cluster in Victoria is contained and does not grow much larger.

In highly sensitive workplaces, such as aged care, the government has admitted that it has no clue as to the number of staff in this sector who have received their 1st, or even both, doses of the vaccine. Why has only a proportion of people in cohorts 1a and 1b (the most vulnerable in our society) been vaccinated before allowing people in the next cohort levels to be eligible for vaccination? Mind-blowing incompetence. Of those in disability care (a part of 1a) there are still 90% in some areas who have not seen any vaccines delivered to care facilities. That shouts "stuff you."

Wordsmithing is not helpful and downright misleading and all at a time when transparent leadership is needed. The Federal government's own figures include people who have only received their 1st dose as having been 'vaccinated'. This is deliberately misleading on behalf of the government.

Someone can only be classed as having been vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving both doses of COVID vaccine because this is when the body has reached near, or at, peak immunity. You can't be partly vaccinated; you are either vaccinated or you are not :!: Only two doses of the available vaccines confer sufficient immunity for someone to be considered vaccinated. If 1 dose did the trick you wouldn't need the 2nd.....

For a so-called 1st world country we a doing a very poor job of managing this vaccination program. Medicines sans Frontiers would do a better job in the remotest parts of the Congo than is being done here.

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For a so-called 1st world country we a doing a very poor job of managing this vaccination program. Medicines sans Frontiers would do a better job in the remotest parts of the Congo than is being done here.
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The vaccine roll-out over here has been a bit of a disaster. Only people who have received an sms with a reference number are entitled to be vaccinated i.e. only those in the medical fields (which includes anyone working in a medical facility), medical students and people over 60. The problem is that they have just let people without the authorised reference number jump the queue, with the result that the vaccination rates in the medical fraternity and the elderly population is lagging way behind what it should be. South Africa started vaccinating on 18th February but by 29th May the rate of vaccination was only 1.5 per 100 people, placing the country in lowly 26th place i.t.o. African roll-out.

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Victoria's COVID lockdown likely to be extended over rapid spread of the virus


Brett Sutton called the virus a "beast" and said people would die if it was left unchecked.(AAP: Luis Ascui)
Brett Sutton called the virus a "beast" and said people would die if it was left unchecked.(AAP: Luis Ascui)

Victoria is strongly considering extending the seven-day lockdown, due to end at 11:59pm on Thursday, amid growing fears about rapid transmission in settings never seen before.

Key points:

Health officials and government ministers held talks about extending the lockdown
Health experts say the Indian variant is easily transmissible through the air in crowded indoor settings
There are four or five cases where strangers had been infected by "fleeting contact"

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Tuesday night that the virus was moving "faster than any other strain we've dealt with."

"We're seeing transmissions in settings and circumstances we've never seen before," he said.

His comments came as a new positive case was identified in a Victorian who had travelled to New South Wales and back again, prompting a whole raft of new exposure sites.

For the first time, health officials have seen four or five cases where people were infected via casual contact with strangers.

Victoria's COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said the interactions were "very fleeting contact" and quite different to what we're used to seeing.

Normally transmission in Australia has happened in workplaces, at big social events, or in the home.

Not with this outbreak though.

Now people are getting sick just from breathing the same air as an infected person.

"What we're seeing now clearly is people who are, they're brushing past each other in a small shop, they're going around a display home, they're looking at phones in a Telstra shop," Mr Weimar said.

"This is, relatively speaking, relatively fleeting contact. They don't know each others' names. And that's very different to where we've been before."

Melburnians had stopped wearing masks when the virus was circulating in the community.(ABC News: Jarrod Fankhauser)
Melburnians had stopped wearing masks when the virus was circulating in the community.(ABC News: Jarrod Fankhauser)

Why the more rapid spread?


So what's changed? It's the threat posed by the highly infectious COVID-19 Indian variant found in Melbourne.

The "Indian variant" B.1.617 was first detected in India last October and has since spread to more than 40 other countries, including Australia.

Experts have identified three subtypes: Cases in Victoria's latest cluster are infected with the first sublineage, B.1.617.1.

While there is still much to learn about the variants one thing is certain: it's much, much more infectious.

Dr Sumar Majumdar, an infectious diseases and public health expert at the Burnet Institute, said the Indian variant was able to spread more eaily through the air.

Health experts are concerned about the spread of the virus in shops and markets, where people come into close contact.  (ABC News: Peter Healy )
Health experts are concerned about the spread of the virus in shops and markets, where people come into close contact. (ABC News: Peter Healy )

And people who don't know each other are becoming infected.

"They've gone into a space and then very quickly were breathing air from somebody else … and got infected," he said.

"So the question is really, how good was the ventilation in these places."

And of course no-one was wearing masks at the time — so that crucial layer of protection was missing.

Early on in the pandemic, we were told you were at risk of being infected by COVID after spending face-to-face time in a room with someone you knew.

But as evidence mounts about aerosol transmission of the virus, the settings of most risk have changed.

'Need that ring of steel'


The pandemic is worse today than it was a year ago and more variants are emerging on a regular basis, professor Raina McIntyre, from the Kirby Institute, said.

"So the stakes are much higher, and they (variants) will come in through quarantine," she told Afternoon Briefing.

"We really need that ring of steel and that includes addressing every possible preventable aspect to the virus leaking out and causing outbreaks."

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Professor MacIntyre agreed that the biggest risk was breathing in contaminated air in poorly ventilated settings.

"Small things like keeping your car window open if you are travelling with others, or opening a window at home even though it's cold, will make a big difference," she said.

Dr Majumdar said the World Health Organization had recently issued new advice about aerosol transmission — people should avoid the three C's: crowds, close-contact settings, and confined spaces.

"If you're in places where you think it's confined or poorly ventilated, it's not a safe setting," he said.

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There are concerns some variants could be more resistant to vaccines.(ABC News: Ryan Smith)

That advice will be especially important because it appears as though the serial interval — the time it takes between when a person becomes infected to then becoming infectious — is getting much shorter than the four days it used to be.

"I've noticed that the Victorian government have said it looks like a day, which is of great concern and suggests that of course, this lockdown was inevitable," said professor Mary-Louise McLaws, an advisor to the WHO.

Dr Majumdar said it was more important than ever for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

All of these concerns will be weighing heavily on the minds of Victoria's public health officials as they try to decide which is the safest path forward to end the outbreak.

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The United Kingdom has the fifth-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world.(Reuters: Toby Melville)

The United Kingdom has recorded zero COVID-19-related deaths for the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020, but there are fears the country could be heading for a third wave as infections increase.

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It is the first time the UK has had zero COVID-19 related deaths since March last year, before the country introduced a strict lockdown
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There are fears Britain is heading for a third wave of the pandemic, with new cases on the increase due to the Indian variant

On Tuesday Public Health England announced that in the previous 24 hours there had been no deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test – the first time the UK has not recorded a coronavirus death since March last year.

Tuesday's figure does come after a national public holiday on Monday, which has skewed data previously as some deaths may be reported late and added to other days' tallies.

Britain has had one of the worst COVID death tolls alongside one of the biggest economic downturns, and with 127,782 deaths it sits at fifth for overall when it comes to overall global deaths.

Tuesday's figure marks a major milestone for the UK and comes off the back of a successful vaccination program, which has seen 65 million doses administered to nearly 40 million people, which is nearly 75 per cent of the country's adult population.

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What is the Kappa variant and how dangerous is it?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is evolving, with new and more infectious variants taking hold.

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Mutations in the spike protein on the surface of the virus can make it easier for it to attach and enter human cells
The more the virus spreads, the greater the chance a dangerous mutation will occur

Last week, Victoria entered a seven-day lockdown due to another COVID-19 outbreak.

That has now been extended for at least another seven days in Melbourne.

But what makes this outbreak different from others is the spread of a "highly infectious" variant that was first detected in India in October last year.

There are currently four coronavirus variants of global concern that have been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), each first detected in India, Brazil, South Africa and the UK.

Authorities in Vietnam have also identified a "dangerous" new hybrid variant that is a mix of the types first detected in the UK and India.

But how do these variants occur and what makes some more contagious than others?

What are variants?


The SARS-CoV-2 virus genome is made up of almost 30,000 nucleotides — molecules that contain instructions for the amino acids that make up its proteins.

New WHO names for variants:


B.1.1.7: Alpha
B.1.351: Beta
P.1: Gamma
B.1.429: Epsilon
B.1.526: Iota
B.1.617.1: Kappa
B.1.617.2: Delta

But as with all viruses, this genetic code isn't set in stone.

When the virus infects a cell, it generates thousands of copies of itself and sometimes makes errors in the process.

Most of these mistakes — or mutations — are harmless and don't lead to huge changes in how the virus infects and spreads through the population.

But sometimes these genetic changes can help the virus stay one step ahead, leading to variants that are more contagious and easily spread.

"A variant is a genetically different version of the virus than the one that came before," said Ian Mackay, a virologist at the University of Queensland.

"The result of these mutations is they can transmit a little more effectively."

Why are they more contagious?

Mutations can lead to changes in any part of the virus, but tweaks in its spike proteins are the changes researchers are most concerned about.

These spike proteins help the virus latch onto and invade the cells of its host.

The B.1.1.7 variant — known as Alpha — that originally emerged in the UK has three key mutations in its spike protein, coloured red.(Getty Images: Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library)
The B.1.1.7 variant — known as Alpha — that originally emerged in the UK has three key mutations in its spike protein, coloured red.(Getty Images: Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library)

Variants with significant mutations in their spike proteins are listed as "variants of concern" by WHO, as they are associated with increased transmissibility and severity, and could have an impact on immunity.

"Those mutations can make the spike protein bind more tightly to the receptors of human cells, so you may get a better rate of success than you would if it didn't bind as well," Professor Mackay said.

"That might mean that more cells get infected in that person than happened with the previous variant."

The B.1.617 variant that was first detected in India has two defining mutations in its spike protein: E484Q and L452R.

These mutations help the virus infect cells more easily and dodge the immune system's antibody response.

The B.1.617.1 sub-lineage of the Indian variant — also known as Kappa — that is circulating in Victoria has an additional mutation in its spike protein called Q1071H.

The more infectious B.1.617.2 sub-lineage that is surging in the UK — also known as Delta — contains more mutations in its spike protein, but lacks the E484Q mutation found in Kappa.

Instead, it has T478K, another mutation that has been associated with high infection rates, particularly in Mexico and the United States.

How much more contagious are they?

While there is still not a lot of data on the Kappa sub-lineage, the spread of its more infectious counterpart in the UK can give us an idea of how it may spread, said Raina MacIntyre, who specialises in global biosecurity and infectious diseases at the University of New South Wales.

Delta is up to 50 per cent more transmissible than the B.1.1.7 variant — also called Alpha — first identified in the UK in December last year, Professor MacIntyre said.

On top of that, Alpha is already between 50 and 100 per cent more transmissible than the D614G variant that dominated in 2020.

"That means it may be much harder to control," she said.

Professor MacIntyre also said that the Indian variant is now the most common type to escape hotel quarantine, accounting for over 20 per cent of all strains sequenced in Australia.

What about other mutations?

While spike mutations have gained the spotlight, other mutations may also give SARS-CoV-2 variants an advantage.

Other errors in the genetic sequence can help the virus make more copies of itself inside human cells.

"The virus just replicates more actively and more aggressively," Professor Mackay said.
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But he also said there was more to learn about the effects of these mutations and whether they helped the virus stay one step ahead.

"It's still an open question as to how those other mutations interact and what role they play in creating variants that are more transmissible."

How many more variants will we see?


While it's difficult to predict how many new SARS-CoV-2 variants we can expect to see in future, one thing's for sure: the virus, like all pathogens, will continue to evolve.

The more the virus spreads, the more it has a chance to mutate into more contagious variants.(Getty Images: SOPA Images/Contributor)
The more the virus spreads, the more it has a chance to mutate into more contagious variants.(Getty Images: SOPA Images/Contributor)

Mutations occur randomly, but keeping an eye on how quickly they happen can give us an idea of whether these genetic changes will give rise to a variant, said Sebastian Duchene, a genomic epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne.

For instance, the UK's Alpha variant accumulated around 20 mutations over three months — far more than the average rate of one or two mutations per month, Dr Duchene said.

"It had to move a lot faster for that period of time to accumulate mutations."

In other words, the more people the virus infects, the greater chance it has of acquiring a mutation that gives it an advantage, according to Professor Mackay.

"With the sheer number of people that this virus has jumped from, there have been lots of opportunities for the virus to mutate into new and better versions," he said.

And while early studies suggest current vaccines are still effective against these variants, controlling their transmission is our best bet for preventing new variants from emerging, says Benjamin Howden, a microbiologist at the University of Melbourne.

"It's the nature of pathogens that they continue to evolve and generate new mutants," Professor Howden said.

"The more people are infected, the greater the probability of more variants emerging."

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I had my second jab today along with something like 330,000 other people. That makes me one of 49.5% of the UK population to have had both doses. :D

No side effects to either dose although I did feel tired the day after the first one (but I think that was more to do with walking 6½ miles as it was the first day leafleting for the local elections!). :mrgreen:

I'd strongly encourage ANYONE who has any doubts to take the vaccine when offered. Generally reporting little more than mild side-effects (nobody I know has had serious issues) and far far preferable to a serious case of the virus (or to passing a mild dose to a more vulnerable person). :idea:

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Australians can can rest easy. We have a bunch of clueless government knuckle heads running the COVID response. From the PM down.

Due to the bungling incompetence of our combined Governments, not even 2% of our population is fully inoculated as of June 2021.

You need about 75% coverage to feel relatively safe.

Is there any first world country on the planet so badly prepared?

The boofheads in charge have no idea even NOW how few aged care staffers are inoculated - they clearly should have been in wave #1.

No meaningful and national records are kept.

They have wildly committed mega $$$ BILLIONS of taxpayer money in buying warehouses full of vaccines, they never bothered to get delivery guarantees on, as they are totally clueless, so of course we still have not seen most of them. Savvier Governments have edged us out. We will still pay the bills when they finally arrive.

Even NOW in June 2021 there is zero central record linked to Medicare cards, of who has been tested, and the results of that, and who has been jabbed - and when. No-one has a clue.

EVERY test and EVERY jab is linked for payment to our Medicare card, yet 15 months later, no-one has had the brains to tag the tests and jabs to a central checkable database, strictly linked to the COVID provisions.

The Federal Health Minister at this moment would not have a CLUE when I had tests, results of same, and when I had jabs. Despite the Feds paying for it all. It is the biggest Federal botch up in this century and someone must be accountable. No-one is talking to anyone else. 100,000 Bureacrats all running about writing reports.

A Troop of Boy Scouts could have run this better.

The Boneheads in charge keep changing the story, moving the target, lying through their teeth in interviews and press releases for a year, and just making things up. It has been an unmitigated disaster roll out.

The entire bunch should be replaced.

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He has failed everyone - miserably. UNLIMITED money (of ours) to spend to protect us all, 100,000s of staffers and medicos to mobilise to sort this, and he has overseen a totally bungled mess, and still only 2% of Australia have been fully inoculated.



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Australians can can rest easy. We have a bunch of clueless government knuckle heads running the COVID response. From the PM down.

Due to the bungling incompetence of our combined Governments, not even 2% of our population is fully inoculated as of June 2021.


You have done really well in keeping case numbers down, the quick response in closing the borders and locking down hotspots is in many ways the envy of the world. Certainly much better than the UK's initial response in that respect.

Maybe because of that and the relatively tiny number of cases and deaths in Australia, the importance of vaccination has been somewhat overlooked.

Hopefully work is being done to address that and catch up with the vaccination programme before case numbers start to spike out of control.

The importance of vaccination cannot be overstated. Currently in UK, the case number are running at around 3,000 new cases per day, but these are now mostly in younger age groups who generally have a much milder illness. Our daily deaths are down to single figures, reflecting that the older and more vulnerable have been fully vaccinated. In my age group (50-60) current vaccination rates are around 90% and in older people it's even higher.

I hope the authorities in Australia wake up to this and take action to win the race between vaccination and infection.

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Gavin-h makes a very good point about passing the virus on to someone else. Many people have COVID and don't even know about it, but can pass it on to others who then may end up suffering. I picked it up from my father-in-law. At 83 years old he has had COVID twice (I picked it up second time round) but all he had was some tiredness and very mild flu symptoms.
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I had COVID in January and was really ill for a couple of weeks. I had my first jab last Friday and was down with severe fluish type symptoms for about a day and milder symptoms the next day. It is still a no-brainer: as far as I am concerned people should take the vaccine at the first opportunity. The chances of any life-threatening side-effects are very small compared with the risk of picking up COVID and having complications.
I'm glad you're still here to "tell the tale" unlike so many unfortunate souls who have lost their lives to this awful virus.

Stay well and keep taking the jabs!!!

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The disgraceful picture regarding the lack of vaccinations for people working in aged care becomes clearer.

"The Commonwealth decided that aged care workers would be placed in 1a (cohort to get the vaccination) along with aged care residents which put them amongst 1st to receive the vaccination. However, somewhere along the way, the Commonwealth dropped aged care workers from the 1a cohort. In fact, when they let the contracts for aged care (facility) vaccinations, aged care workers weren't even mentioned in the contract."

Professor Kathy Eager, Australian Health Services Institute, speaking on ABC Radio Brisbane (this morning.)

Prof. Eager was called to give evidence at the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care and is very eminent in her field. You could hear the disbelief in her voice as she described how the private contractors delivering the vaccination contracts to aged care facilities are not required, under their contracts, to vaccinate the people working there :!: :!: :evil:

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Well Sydney is back in lockdown for two weeks as of 6:00pm tonight (just over 1 hour ago as I type this).

I’ve been working from home for two days seek and, as I live in a so called “red zone”, that has changed in the last week to five days a week.

Bit the bullet two weeks ago and got the jab. I was worried about side effects but nothing at all so far. The next jab will be in 8 weeks time, hopefully that’ll be just as easy.

There should really be a 12 week gap between jabs for the AstraZeneca, but I’m hopefully off to the Royalpex 2021 exhibition in New Zealand in early September so my doctor OK’d an earlier jab.
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Millions of Australians are ending the weekend under new COVID-19 restrictions after authorities imposed a snap lockdown in the Northern Territory and tougher measures in Western Australia.

It came as 30 new cases were reported in New South Wales as a large part of the state entered the first full day of lockdown.

Health authorities are concerned about the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, especially in one case where a flight attendant exposed travellers in three states to the virus.

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Our health minister Matt Hancock forced to resign for "canoodling" with an aid and breaking distancing rules!

Having said that- vaccination programme is going very well. The problems for Countries which have kept out the virus up to now, but are not well vaccinated, are now, unfortunately, showing themselves.

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I got my second shot or Moderna today. So far I feel fine as I have heard the second dose can result in more extreme side-effects.

Now in Canada, 75% of the population of 36+ Million have had at least one shot, and a little more than 20% have been fully vaccinated with two shots.

A mass vaccination clinic at the Scotia Bank Centre (where Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors play) set a North American record yesterday with 26,000 + vaccinations at one site in one day.
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The Chairman of one of my companies (who is disabled), her carer and her son went from Casablanca to Dubai for a short 8 day break. Whilst they were away the Moroccan Government placed Dubai on their Red List meaning that they had to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days on their return. They arrived at 15.35 this afternoon and were herded with 200 other passengers into what seemed like converted shipping containers where the doors were chained shut. They had their passports taken from them and in 38 degree heat there was no drinks food or sanitary arrangements made. They were kept there like cattle for 8 hours.

When they eventually were taken to their pre-booked and paid for quarantine hotel they found themselves in cockroach infested dirty rooms which they cannot change and are locked in for 10 days. A police guard sits at every landing and their meals are left outside their rooms.

I was in constant contact from the comfort of my London apartment and it showed that some countries were unprepared when it came to the provision of accommodation.

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Whilst Dubai is anything but a 3rd world country with excellent hotel conditions, It appears that same description does not apply to Morocco or is that an over generalisation?
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A slight over-generalisation. We have two villas in Marrakech and you couldn't wish for a better place. Our staff are wonderful and have been with us for years. Unfortunately when it comes to dealing with officialdom you are back in the France of 1900. A Moroccan lawyer told me last week that too many of their laws come from the French Protectorate period and need amending but anything like that in Morocco takes years..... and years,,,,,,and years!

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Vaccination of all adults possible by end of August - Reid

Around 120,000 one-dose Janssen vaccines will be distributed over the next week, as pharmacists begin administering the vaccine to people aged 18-34, the HSE Chief Executive has said.

Speaking to RTÉ's This Week programme, Paul Reid said he could see pharmacies playing a "key role" in the vaccine roll-out in the coming weeks and months.

With this roll-out in pharmacies and the potential for one million extra mRNA vaccines to be purchased from Romania, Mr Reid said that it may be possible to vaccinate the entire adult population by the end of August or the start of September.



The single dose vaccines are a game changer. Janssen and Astra Zeneca vaccines are to be made available to younger age groups in Ireland, currently used on 60 to 69s, with opt-in.

The 1M vaccines being purchased from Romania are as a result of vaccine hesitancy in that country. Denmark has also purchased 1M vaccines from Romania.

Currently in Ireland, 50% are fully vaccinated and a further 20% partially vaccinated.

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Cill Dara wrote:
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Vaccination of all adults possible by end of August - Reid



Currently in Ireland, 50% are fully vaccinated and a further 20% partially vaccinated.
The chart above is showing only 20.3% if Ireland's population being fully vaccinated. Perhaps a typo?
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Uppercanadian wrote:
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Cill Dara wrote:
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Vaccination of all adults possible by end of August - Reid



Currently in Ireland, 50% are fully vaccinated and a further 20% partially vaccinated.
The chart above is showing only 20.3% if Ireland's population being fully vaccinated. Perhaps a typo?
The chart above is dated June 9th for Ireland and probably incorrect.

The numbers I quoted are current and rising fast.

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ahh, I see that now. I am thankful Ireland is making rapid progress.
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UK dominates current COVID hotspot map for Europe

WHO data for the European region makes Tayside in Scotland the current worst hotspot for cases with 677 per 100,000 over seven days.

Lothian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Fife and Lanarkshire are other Scottish areas in the top 10.

The North East of England is the third worst hotspot with a seven-day incidence of 570, while the North West is eighth with 395.

Nur-Sultan City in Kazakhstan, Chui in Kyrgyzstan and Algarve in Portugal are the only non-UK areas on the list.

https://news.sky.com/story/covid-news-live-latest-boris-john ... 9-12349015

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Clive Palmer peddles misinformation … again




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Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer has distributed flyers throughout Australia urging people against getting a COVID-19 vaccination as part of a campaign labelled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as "misleading" and "posing a threat".

Among Mr Palmer's many claims are those that have previously been debunked by RMIT ABC Fact Check, including that 210 Australians died due to coronavirus vaccines.

Fact Check reported that Mr Palmer had misrepresented data from a TGA report showing that while 210 Australians had died following their vaccinations, the cause of death for all but one was found to be unrelated to the vaccine.

Another claim featured in the flyer suggests that animal trials of prospective COVID-19 vaccines had led to "50 per cent of animals" dying.

Similar claims have been shared widely online after a Texas state senator promoted the furphy during a hearing on mandatory coronavirus vaccinations in May.

According to the Republican state lawmaker, Bob Hall, vaccine trials in the US had skipped the animal testing phase due to widespread deaths among animals in the program.

But this claim has been widely debunked by fact checkers at Health Feedback, AP News, PolitiFact, FullFact, FactCheck.org and Reuters.

"All three COVID-19 vaccines authorised for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration were tested in animals and in clinical trials on humans before receiving authorisation," Health Feedback concluded.

As for Mr Palmer's claim that 50 per cent of animals involved in trials for the COVID-19 vaccines now available in Australia had died, Fact Check could find no evidence to support the assertion.

A spokeswoman for AstraZeneca told Fact Check that Mr Palmer's claims did not align with the results of the company's vaccine trials.

"All clinical trials for the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were conducted overseas," her statement read. "Oxford University has confirmed that no animals died during the pre-clinical trials."

In Australia, the TGA requires testing on animals before a vaccine can be registered for use in humans.

"The use of animals in research is a small but vital part of the process of bringing new medicines to patients," the AstraZeneca spokeswoman continued.

"Although advances continue to be made in non-animal alternatives, some animal studies remain necessary to establish the safety and efficacy of new medicines before they reach patients."

In the US, all coronavirus vaccines approved as an emergency vaccine, including Pfizer's vaccine, were tested on animals such as rabbits, mice, rats, hamsters and monkeys.

Moderna and Pfizer were also permitted to test their vaccines on human trial participants concurrently with animal tests.

Chris Magee, the head of policy and media at the UK-based not-for-profit organisation Understanding Animal Research, explained to FullFact that the death of animals in pre-clinical trials for any of the vaccines would have brought the human trials to a halt.

"The fact that they were not [halted] indicates the animals did not die unexpectedly," Mr Magee said.

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Government here planning to remove all restrictions as rates of infection soar. This seems madness to me!

Ministers coming out saying that wearing a mask in crowded places (e.g. transport) should be a "choice". This totally ignores the fact that wearing a mask mostly protects others from you! So the "responsible" wearers will not be protected from the non-wearers! Also the track and trace app. likely to ask millions to self isolate! People are just switching it off. What a shambles.

What happens to their great plans when the variant resistant to the vaccination comes along?

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EU has delivered doses to fully vaccinate 70% of adults, von der Leyen says

The European Union has delivered enough coronavirus vaccine doses to member states to reach a target to fully vaccinate at least 70% of adults in the bloc, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has said.

Ms von der Leyen, who had tweeted on 9 May that the EU was on track to meet its goal of inoculating 70% of adults by summer, urged EU countries to increase vaccinations and said about 500 million doses would be distributed across the union by tomorrow.

"The European Union has kept its word. This weekend we have delivered enough vaccines to member states to be in a position to vaccinate fully at least 70% of the EU adults this month," Ms von der Leyen said in a video statement.

"But Covid-19 is not yet defeated. We are prepared to deliver more vaccines, including against new variants," she said.

Ms von der Leyen faced sharp criticism at the start of 2021 for failing to ensure companies delivered contracted vaccines.

The EU has a longer-term goal of having enough vaccines to immunise its entire eligible population by the end of September, and said in May it was confident of having enough vaccines to reach that target.

Ms von der Leyen added in her latest statement that the EU was prepared to deliver more doses, including vaccines which act against new variants.

The EU, which is coordinating vaccine purchasing for its member states, has been largely relying on the jab developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, but is also purchasing anumber of other vaccines.

The Commission said last week EU countries had ordered nearly 40 million additional doses of the vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson.

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French President Macron succeeded to have 900'000 vaccine appointments taken overnight after he announced that, starting 21 July, restrictions on access to public places will be enforced. One week to allow a speedy debate and vote of the necessary law.

The number of new first vaccinations reached a low point these past weeks in France whereas Delta variant became an exponentially threat lately, especially catched by teenagers and young adults.

In two steps, from 21 July to early August (first in places hosting more than 50 people / then all places receiving visitors or clients), access to long distance public transportation and public leisure/commercial locations will be restricted to people who will have a "sanitary pass" (completed vaccination, or proof of less than 48h negative PCR test).

In Autumn, PCR tests won't be paid by Social Security (French public social insurances) unless prescribe by a doctor. The expression "confort tests" was told frequently by French journalists on Monday to speak about people refusing vaccination but testing regularly.

On 15 September both health and non health workers of medical facilities and care homes will have to prove they are vaccinated, or face unpaid leave, be fired in the extreme cases. At the same time President Macron promised to organise a massive campaign of vaccination of middle and high school students in September.

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