Paris: Here are the latest developments in the Corona virus crisis:
– half a billion Covax –
The Covax scheme, which aims to provide more equitable access to vaccines, has now provided more than 500 million doses worldwide.
– Novex decision ‘within weeks’ –
Europe’s drug regulator says US pharmaceutical company Novax has applied to the European Union for permission for its vaccine, a decision that could be made “within weeks”.
– Sweden vaccine pass –
Sweden – which has adopted a relatively mild touch virus – will introduce a vaccine pass to more than 100 people for public internal events on December 1.
– Burkina Faso will reopen its borders
A government spokesman says Burkina Faso is about to reopen its land borders – closed from March 2020 – and will allow road and rail travel from December 1.
– Spain promotes booster –
Spain says it will expand its booster shot program to increase the resistance of people over the age of 60 and health professionals to the recurrence of corona virus.
– Teleworking and wearing masks in Belgium –
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Cruz has announced that people will be required to wear masks in public and that those who can work from home should do so at least four days a week from Monday.
– Portugal considers new initiatives of Cuved –
Portugal says it is considering new measures for the corona virus as cases and hospital admissions continue to rise, even with one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
– Uber resumes sharing –
Uber relaunched its Kit Price Ride sharing service in the United States last year after being suspended due to epidemics.
– FedEx shuts down Hong Kong base –
Freight company FedEx is closing its crew base in Hong Kong – the world’s busiest international cargo hub – and relocating pilots due to the city’s strict quarantine measures.
– Times Square Party returns –
New York City will allow the crowd to return to Times Square on New Year’s Eve in 2022 after last year’s silent celebrations.
– Ireland works at home –
Ireland is urging people to return to work from home and is expanding its booster vaccination campaign as cases and hospital admissions increase.
– More than five million killed –
Corona virus has killed at least 5,115,601 people since the outbreak in China in December 2019, according to official figures compiled by AFP on Wednesday 1930 GMT.
The United States has the highest number of coyote-related deaths at 765,913, followed by Brazil at 611,478, India at 464,153, Mexico at 291,241 and Russia at 259,084.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the overall death toll could be two to three times higher, given the additional deaths associated with CoVID-19.