Saturday, December 4, 2021

Russia reports record number of COVID deaths for fifth consecutive day

Russia reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths on Saturday for the fifth day in a row as the country prepares for a week-long job closure and re-imposition of the partial lockdown next week.

The Russian National Coronavirus Task Force reported an all-time high of 1,075 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic, pushing the country’s death toll to 229,528, the highest in the country. Europe.

Daily deaths from coronavirus in Russia have been on the rise for several weeks due to low vaccination rates, neglect of precautions and government hesitation about tightening restrictions. The task force reported that only about one third of the 146 million people in Russia are vaccinated, putting a strain on the country’s health system.

Earlier this week, Putin said that employees will observe “non-working days” from October 30 to November 7, during which they will still receive paychecks. According to him, the period, in which four days out of seven are public holidays, may start earlier or be extended in some regions.

The introduction of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in Namibia was delayed Saturday by the country’s health ministry after a regulator in neighboring South Africa raised concerns about its safety for people at risk of contracting HIV.

The regulator said it will not approve an emergency vaccine application at this time because some research suggests that the delivery system, known as the vector used to vaccinate people with the Sputnik V vaccine, could make men more susceptible to HIV.

The vaccine manufacturer, Gamaleya Research Institute, said Namibia’s delay was not based on scientific evidence.

FDA scientists said on Friday that the risks of vaccinating children 5 to 11 years old with COVID-19 are much less than the risk of a rare case of heart inflammation called myocarditis.

The announcement comes as a panel of external experts is expected to vote on Tuesday whether to recommend FDA approval for the vaccine for the young age group.

If the agency allows emergency immunizations, vaccinations may be available in the United States in early November.

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An independent advisory committee from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review the matter on November 2 and 3.

US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Friday released data showing their COVID-19 vaccine is safe and 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in children aged 5 to 11.

Pfizer said the trial was conducted in 2,268 children aged 5 to 11 who received two injections of a 10-microgram dose of the vaccine, which is one third of the dose for children 12 and older.

Pending emergency clearance, the White House this week announced plans to deliver sufficient childhood doses of vaccine to all 28 million children, ages 5-11, who currently reside in the United States.

Meanwhile in the UK, government science adviser Stephen Reicher warned on Saturday that the country is “slowly closing” and called for tougher measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 as new infections continue to rise.

His warning came the day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued to reject calls for renewed restrictions on COVID-19, saying there is no indication that these steps will be necessary in the coming months, despite the fact that the UK is currently seeing a sharp spike in COVID. -19 infections.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to London’s vaccination center, Johnson said the current surge in infections is high but still within the parameters predicted by experts.

Johnson urged people to get vaccinated if they have not already done so, as well as those who are eligible for booster vaccinations. The British government has approved booster shots for everyone over 50.

The World Health Organization reported that the UK averaged over 47,000 infections per day on Friday in the week, up 18% from the previous week, making the UK one of the highest rates of new infections per day in Europe. the only part of the world in which there was an increase in the incidence. new cases last week.

Some of the information for this report came from the Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse.

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