Russia has released a third vaccine in the fight against the coronavirus. The first 120,000 doses of the Covivac vaccine should be delivered as early as next month, said Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Moscow on Saturday.
The active ingredient was developed at the Chumakov Research Center for Immunobiological Preparations of the Russian Academy of Sciences. According to this, 20 million cans should be produced by the end of the year. Extensive clinical studies are not yet available. According to the information based on interim results, the effectiveness should be more than 90 percent.
The tests have not yet been completed, it said.
The active ingredient is now registered in around 30 countries. It is not yet approved in the European Union.
The re had been many criticisms of this. “We are constantly increasing the pace of vaccine production,” said Mishustin. More than ten million cans of Sputnik V have already been manufactured. In addition, 80,000 doses of the second Russian vaccine Epivac Corona were available. According to earlier information, the active ingredient should be used in Russia next month.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikowa, Sputnik V is manufactured at seven locations. Three more are in preparation. She demanded that even more people over 65 years of age should be protected from disease with the vaccines. So far, the 68-year-old Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin has not yet had himself vaccinated against corona. Since the beginning of the year, the number of new infections in Russia has fallen to around 12,900 on Saturday within one day.
WTO calls on Britain to dispose of vaccines earlier
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has called on Britain to distribute vaccines to poorer countries earlier. “I do not think that we should wait for excess vaccines until other people are vaccinated,” said the new WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the broadcaster BBC. “I think donations have to come now.
The reason is simple: It is in the interests of richer and poorer countries to have equal access.”
At the G-7 summit on Friday, the participating countries agreed to invest more in the Covax initiative, which should give poorer countries fairer access to vaccines.
French President Emmanuel Macron campaigned for rich countries to deliver four to five percent of their vaccine doses to poorer countries as quickly as possible. Following the meeting, he also suggested that Europeans and Americans deliver 13 million doses of vaccine to African nurses as quickly as possible. Chancellor Angela Merkel was basically ready to hand over some of the German vaccine contingent.
The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously announced the generous distribution of vaccines – but only when the British are vaccinated. Almost 17 million people in the UK have already received their first corona vaccination.
The rich countries have so far secured two-thirds of the vaccine doses, even though they only make up 16 percent of the world’s population. Only 0.5 percent of vaccinations worldwide have so far taken place in the poorest countries.
Argentina’s health minister fired after vaccination scandal
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has fired his health minister following a scandal over preferential treatment for political allies in vaccinating against the coronavirus. “At your express request, I am submitting my resignation as health minister,” wrote the previous head of department Ginés González García in a letter to the head of state published on Friday. State Secretary Carla Vizzotti is to take over the ministry, as the presidential office announced.
The scandal was triggered by the pro-government journalist Horacio Verbitsky, who told a radio broadcast that after a phone call with González García he had been summoned to the Ministry of Health to be vaccinated. Due to his age, job and personal risk, it would not have been his turn yet. In total, the ex-minister is said to have reserved 3,000 vaccine doses for personal use.
The powerful union boss Hugo Moyano with excellent connections in government circles and the demimond is said to have been vaccinated together with his wife and 20-year-old son.
In Argentina, the Russian vaccine Sputnik V is mainly used, and the first doses from the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca have recently arrived. So far, just 390,000 of the 45 million Argentines have been vaccinated. Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, a good two million people in the South American country have been shown to have been infected with the virus. 51,000 patients have died in connection with Covid-19.
World Bank wants to quickly secure vaccine supplies for poor countries
The World Bank bought $ 12 billion in vaccines as part of a program and is now working with governments in poor countries to fill gaps in supply.
Czech request for help to Germany is getting closer
The president of the western Karlovy Vary region, Petr Kulhanek, asked about the bed capacities in the German neighboring districts in Bavaria and Saxony. You want to be prepared in the event that there are no longer enough beds in the Czech Republic to care for all Covid-19 intensive care patients.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš had so far resisted a request for help. But now he has agreed to the preparations. Just a few days ago, the Deputy Minister of Health Vladimir Cerny affirmed that the neighboring countries will only be asked for help when 90 percent of the capacities of all Czech hospitals have been exhausted. This threshold has now almost been reached. On Friday, 14 percent of the intensive care beds nationwide were still available.
The y are sometimes transported over long distances by ambulance and rescue helicopter.
The Visegrad countries Poland and Hungary have meanwhile also offered help.
In the Czech Republic there is a stricter mask requirement in trade and traffic from Monday. In shops, public transport and hospitals, at least one particle filtering respirator or nano protective mask must be worn. Health Minister Jan Blatný announced on Friday. He recommended wearing an FFP2 or FFP3 mask. Two surgical masks on top of each other are also allowed.
The re have been more than 1.1 million confirmed infections and 18,913 deaths since the pandemic began.