The pandemic exit plan is trapped

While this is a major obstacle to recovery, now is not the time for governments to throw away their supplies, writes Ivana Kottasová. Experts say it is possible, and even very likely, that the shot will effectively prevent serious illness and death.

Some countries that rely on vaccination may need to relocate to their destination. Instead of trying to achieve herd immunity, the focus may be on preventing as many deaths as possible, even if the virus is still circulating.

Much is being done about the success of this single, non-profit-based vaccine. The organizers of a program called COVAX to deliver vaccines to low- and middle-income countries have announced that more than 337 million vaccines will be distributed by the end of June, of which AstraZeneca will receive 336 million doses. They say they are now waiting for expert recommendations.

Many rich nations are also counting on AstraZeneca as they compete to be vaccinated before even more dangerous new versions appear. The United States, which reports the lowest rate of infection in three months, relies on the drug manufacturer’s 300 million doses, as does the European Union. The United Kingdom has ordered 100 million doses.


Q: Can people decide which vaccine to take?

A: In most countries where multiple vaccines are available, people simply get what they get – at least for now, while supplies are limited.

Pfizer vaccine needs special, extremely cold storage – much colder than normal freezers, so people can only live in countries that can support cold supply chains. Even in these countries, Pfizer may be limited to people living in areas where such freezing facilities are available.

The Moderna vaccine can be shipped and stored at normal refrigeration temperatures, which may be better adapted to rural areas or places that are not close to ultra-cold storage.

In the United States, AstraZeneca is still in the process of applying for an emergency license and is therefore not yet available. It is already being introduced in the UK and approved in the European Union.

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One of the strongest women in Europe. A vaccine can spit out big plans for the continent

It is likely that in a few weeks most of the world had never heard the name Ursula von der Leyen. The President of the European Commission is not a job that enjoys the reputation or greatness of a national leader. So when the head of the committee shows up in the media, something very wrong has most likely happened, Luke McGee writes.

The EU’s unified spitting with the UK and drug maker AstraZeneca has brought von der Leyen and his management style into the spotlight due to the limited amount of Covid-19 vaccines. In this context, the Commission has proposed export controls for vaccine manufacturers and has even raised fears of a return to sectarian cross-border violence by threatening to impose restrictions between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Facebook is trying to fix the anti-vaxxer problem. Again

After years of fighting to curb misinformation about vaccinations, Facebook is once again reviewing its policies to make them more stringent. The company announced Monday that it will “extend” its efforts to remove false claims on the platform as well as Instagram from Covid-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the epidemic, Kaya Yurieff writes.

The announcement was made a day after CNN Business reported that Instagram continues to highlight anti-vaxxer accounts in search results, while Facebook groups restricting vaccinations are still easy to find. The findings have raised concerns among public health experts, given that the United States is at the center of the largest vaccine to date to treat a coronavirus epidemic.

President Joe Biden is testing domestic flights

People intending to travel on domestic flights in the United States will soon be required to present a negative Covid-19 test before boarding aircraft. Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed in an interview with “Axios on HBO” on Sunday that the Biden administration is considering the measure, but did not provide further details.

“There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now,” Buttigieg said. “What I can say is it will happen with the help of data, science, medicine, and the people who actually need to do it.”

The discussion follows a CDC rule that went into effect at the end of January, requiring a negative Covid-19 test for international travelers, U.S. citizens, and residents entering the United States.


"Now it's about vaccination for me," says Sara Jablow, who was vaccinated early for her job and who is interested in dating. "I’m pretty clear on this: I believe in science, and if someone doesn’t care (the vaccination) ... I’m done."
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Restaurants are beginning to reopen in parts of the United States, even as Covid-19 continues to broadcast at high speeds. Last Friday, Los Angeles announced that its restaurants will be able to reopen outdoor dining with limited and 50% capacity. Chicago has reopened the rules that encourage physical distance and masks. New York has announced that restaurants will open with a 25% capacity just for Valentine’s Day. It’s still safer to avoid eating indoors, but Dr. Anthony Fauci says it’s possible if “done carefully”.

“If you eat indoors, you do it separately, where there are no people sitting right next to each other,” the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases told CNN’s Don Lemon. “Good airflow” is key, he said. You can read more about indoor dining here.

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“I think it’s very important that we start supporting and redefining the concept of trying to protect pregnant women from research, and really reviewing that concept because maybe we can better protect pregnant women by allowing them to do research. participation and by providing safe limits to the clinical trial. “ Dr. Emily S. Miller, obstetrician and member of the COVID-19 Working Group of the Maternal and Fetal Medical Society

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Dr. Miller about whether pregnant women should get the Covid-19 vaccine. Now listen.