Largest vaccine manufacturer asks the world for patience
The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer has indicated that there could be delays in exports of corona vaccines. The head of the Indian company Serum Institute, Adar Poonawalla, wrote on Twitter: «Dear countries & governments, As you await COVISHIELD deliveries, I humbly ask you to be patient.
The Serum Institute was directed to prioritize the great needs of India while balancing the needs of the rest of the world. We give our best.”
Among other things, the company produces the AstraZeneca vaccine under the name Covishield at affordable prices. It will therefore play an important role in fighting pandemics, especially in poorer countries.
Lucerne government wants to open outdoor areas of restaurants
The Lucerne government welcomes the Federal Council’s proposal to gradually relax the national Covid-19 measures from March 1, 2021 and basically agrees with the thrust. She advocates a uniform approach across Switzerland. However, the government does not agree with the proposed opening steps for restaurants.
The government council requests that at least the outdoor areas of restaurants – subject to strict protection concepts – may be opened from March 1, 2021. He also calls for the number of severe disease courses to be given greater consideration in future when determining the further easing steps.
Canton of Nidwalden for faster relaxation in gastronomy
In principle, the Nidwalden Government Council welcomes the Federal Council’s proposed approach with the gradual opening. From his point of view, however, the easing of the catering industry is not going too far.
In its statement to the federal government, the Nidwalden government council wrote that the protection concepts and the epidemiological situation would allow the catering industry to return to normal operations as early as March 1, 2021. If restaurants cannot open as a whole, they should at least be allowed to use their outdoor areas.
The terraces of takeaway offers, which are already open in individual ski areas, should remain open for orderly consumption in the view of the Nidwalden government council.
UN Secretary-General denounces “vaccine nationalism”
UN Secretary General António Guterres has denounced the failure of the world to distribute the first available vaccines fairly – even to poorer countries.
“Equal treatment with vaccines is ultimately a question of human rights,” said Guterres at the start of the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. “Vaccination nationalism denies these rights.” Only ten countries have used 75 percent of the vaccines available, and more than 130 countries have not yet received a single dose.
The Secretary General’s conclusion: “Failure to ensure equitable access to vaccines is yet another moral bankruptcy that sets us back.”
Federal Minister of Justice expects more freedom for vaccinated people
The German Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) expects that people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus will have more freedom than those who have not been vaccinated. “I can very well imagine hoteliers or restaurateurs saying that access is possible for those who have been vaccinated,” Lambrecht told the TV channels RTL and ntv.
However, it limits the availability of data on the transmission of infections after
Vaccination is currently not enough. “If we know that the vaccination actually means that one is no longer infectious, then there is no longer any reason to restrict basic rights,” adds the SPD politician. However, access to a restaurant must then also be possible for people who had a negative rapid test.
I can very well imagine hoteliers or restaurateurs saying that access is possible for vaccinated people.
Zanzibar: “Holidays as if there were no pandemic”
The government officially declared Zanzibar as corona-free. This means that there are no rules such as keeping your distance or wearing a mask, tourists from Switzerland do not have to be quarantined after returning from Zanzibar.
The freelance journalist Adrian Kriesch was there in January.
The result: “You can go on vacation there as if there was no pandemic.” A corresponding number of charter flights would currently fly there.
The State Chancellery announced that restaurants as well as professional cultural and sporting events should be possible again as early as March 1, subject to compliance with protective concepts.
The Schwyz government council also recommends that the Federal Council make further easing steps not only dependent on the number of people who tested positive for the coronavirus, but also on the number of tests carried out. Because more people without symptoms are to be tested, the Schwyz government council expects the number of cases to rise, but this does not automatically mean a worsening of the epidemiological situation.
UK Vaccination Minister: Vaccination appears to prevent transmission
Vaccines appear to be effective in preventing the transmission of Covid-19, the UK vaccines minister said ahead of a government announcement about a way out of the lockdown.
“Suffice it to say the signs are good,” Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News when asked if the vaccines were effective in reducing infections. «We would not be in this place this morning to be able to say that we will reopen the schools on March 8th and … that we will see the rule of six people and two families seeing each other outdoors when the school holidays start on March 29th … if we weren’t confident that the vaccination program is actually beginning to bear fruit. ”
The British government plans to present precise data on the effectiveness of its vaccination campaign this Monday afternoon. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also present a plan to ease corona measures. According to a previous announcement from the government, all schools in England are to open again from March 8th. From the end of March on, social contacts and recreational sports should be possible again, at least outdoors.
Schleswig-Holstein wants to vaccinate school staff soon
The German state Schleswig-Holstein wants to offer school staff a vaccination in the coming weeks. Teachers, social workers and educators at schools as well as daycare workers should be vaccinated as a priority, says Education Minister Karin Prien on Deutschlandfunk.
Once these people have been admitted to group two of those entitled to higher vaccinations, it should be possible to start vaccinating in the next few weeks. As planned in Baden-Württemberg, the active ingredient from Astra-Zeneca should be used for this, says the CDU politician.
A few hundred people at the canceled Basel «Morgestraich»
The people stood together in small groups, some of them were in costumes.
With very few exceptions, those present adhered to the ban on drums and whistles; At 4 a.m. sharp, piccolos and drums could have been heard occasionally, but at 5 a.m. it was quiet again, said SRF regional correspondents.
The Basel canton police were present, but reluctant.
Economiesuisse criticizes corona crisis management
According to Christoph Mäder, President of the economic umbrella organization Economiesuisse, Switzerland’s vaccination management in the corona pandemic is a single disappointment.
In a country that regards itself as highly technological, it could not be so difficult to provide a functioning IT tool for registrations reasonably timely, said Mäder in an interview with the daily newspaper “Blick”.
The absolute worst case scenario at the beginning of the crisis was the discussion about the usefulness of masks. To this day he could not understand how one could say that masks are useless. That did great damage to credibility and trust. This also applies to the hacking between the federal government and the cantons. In addition, one hesitated far too long with broad testing.
The most important of the weekend
- In the cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Aargau and Zurich, the police broke up illegal parties and meetings of over a hundred people. This with reference to the Covid regulation.
- Many cantons want restaurants to be able to serve guests at least on the terraces as early as March. Graubünden, Ticino, Uri, Freiburg and Thurgau announced this on Sunday. On Saturday, the cantons of St. Gallen and Appenzell Ausserrhoden had already spoken out in favor of additional opening steps for March 1st.
- Israel has introduced facilities for citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from illness. With a green pass they can visit fitness studios, hotels, theaters or sporting events.
The health, legal, ethical and social consequences of such certificates are currently not clear, she clarifies in a policy brief published on Twitter.
The ticker with the events of the last week can be found here.
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