Latest coronavirus: ‘Grab a jab’ vaccine campaign underway as South American variant found in UK
People across England are urged to visit hundreds of walk-in vaccination sites this weekend as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said the country was in a “race to the finish line” in its vaccination schedule as summer freedoms loom.
Any adult in England will be able to get vaccinated this weekend without an appointment at hundreds of walk-in Covid-19 vaccination sites, including football stadiums, theaters, supermarket parking lots and shopping malls.
Six cases of the Lambda variant have been identified in the country, all linked to travel abroad.
Germany to step up race vaccinations with Delta variant
Germany will soon have so many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that it will be able to offer vaccines to passers-by in city centers or places of worship as it seeks to vaccinate at least 80% 6 of the population, health officials said. the Saturday.
While demand still exceeds supply in many doctors’ offices, this will turn into a surplus in the coming weeks, Health Minister Jens Spahn said, adding that the country needs to speed up vaccinations to prevent the Delta variant from growing. settle down.
The government will deliver five million doses to regional vaccination centers in the first week of July and drugmaker Moderna Inc will be able to deliver double the doses it originally promised to Germany, Spahn said. during a televised discussion about the coronavirus.
This will mean the country will switch to a more active campaign to encourage those who hesitate to get vaccinated, offering vaccines to passers-by in city centers, or in churches and mosques.
Spahn said there were already hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses produced by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson that were not immediately used in doctor’s offices. Many Germans are in favor of the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer / BioNTech.
Germany has now fully vaccinated more than a third of the total population, while 53% received a first injection, with 852,814 doses injected on Friday alone, the Robert Institute public health agency reported on Saturday. Koch (RKI).
Delta COVID-19 variant begins to dominate in South Africa, scientists say
New coronavirus infections in South Africa appear to be dominated by the Delta variant which was first identified in India, scientists said on Saturday as a third wave swept through the hard-hit African country.
South Africa is the most affected country on the continent in terms of coronavirus cases and deaths, accounting for around a third of confirmed infections and more than 40% of recorded deaths in Africa.
The country’s second wave of coronavirus was caused by the beta variant first detected locally, but the Delta variant now appears to be leading new infections, specialists said.
“A new variant not only appears to be emerging, but it seems to be starting to dominate infections in South Africa,” Professor Tulio de Oliveira of the University of KwaZulu-Natal told a press conference.
“It has completely taken over,” he said, adding that the Delta variant was even more transferable than the Beta variant.
De Oliveira said there appeared to be community transmission of the Delta variant in KwaZulu-Natal province and that scientists were analyzing the data for Gauteng, the province where Johannesburg’s largest city is located.
South Africa recorded another 18,000 infections on Friday, with 215 deaths.
Over 64 million vaccines administered in England
A total of 64,089,251 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and June 25, according to data from NHS England, including the first and second doses, an increase of 310,890 the day before.
NHS England said 36,944,843 were first doses, an increase of 177,515 the day before, while 27,144,408 were a second dose, an increase of 133,375.
Delta variant becomes dominant in South Africa
The variant of the Delta coronavirus, first identified in India, appears to dominate new infections in South Africa, local scientists said at a press conference on Saturday.
South Africa is the most affected country on the African continent in terms of confirmed Covid-19 infections and deaths.
It is in the midst of a “third wave” of infections, registering more than 18,000 new cases on Friday.
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane told the same press conference that it was now likely that the peak of the third wave would exceed the peak of the second wave in January.
Parkrun events return for the first time since March 2020
Runners of all skill levels and ages celebrated the return of the first parkrun events in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic.
The popular 5km run series has been allowed to return after the coronavirus regulations were relaxed to allow up to 500 people to gather for outdoor exercise.
Before the pandemic, around 30 parkrun events took place in Northern Ireland.
While most return events began at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Ormeau parkrun – one of the busiest in the area – did not take place for fear of attracting more than 500 authorized people.
Russian regions short of vaccines
A region in central Russia has suspended vaccinations for two days due to a shortage of doses.
The Kremlin said the issue would be resolved in the coming days after the suspension of operations in Udmurtia.
Russia is facing a wave of COVID cases, with the rapidly spreading Delta variant blamed by authorities.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin recently announced additional health spending of 25 billion rubles (£ 249 million) for the care of COVID patients.
And Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Friday that 21 million of Russia’s 144 million people had received at least one dose of a vaccine.
The country has recorded nearly 5.5 million cases of the virus, with 132,683 deaths.
WE:. FDA Adds Rare Heart Inflammation Warning to Pfizer and Moderna COVID Vaccines
The U.S. drug regulator on Friday added a warning to the literature accompanying the Pfizer Inc / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to indicate the rare risk of heart inflammation after its use.
For each vaccine, the information sheets have been revised to include a warning about myocarditis and pericarditis, the FDA said.
The latest update follows a thorough review of the information and discussion by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which met on Wednesday.
Russia records new high of 21,665 coronavirus cases since January 21
Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Russia increased by 21,665 in the last day, registering the highest level since January 21 of this year, the coronavirus crisis center reported on Saturday.
Overall, coronavirus infections totaled 5,430,753 in Russia. The coronavirus growth rate reached 0.4% in the past day, according to the latest figures.
Coronavirus recoveries in Russia increased by 14,347 in the last day to 4,943.98.
Indonesia records largest increase in cases
Indonesia recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus cases, with 21,095 new diagnoses reported.
The country’s health ministry said 2,093,962 cases have been reported in the country throughout the pandemic.
On Saturday, 358 more deaths were added to Indonesia’s total, with 56,729 deaths now reported in total.
Bolton now has one of the lowest coronavirus rates in Greater Manchester
Bolton’s coronavirus infection rate is now one of the lowest in the Greater Manchester area.
In the seven days leading up to June 21, Bolton recorded 717 new positive cases of Covid-19, which equates to an infection rate of 249.3 new cases per 100,000 population.
This is down from the previous seven days, as of June 14, when the city recorded an infection rate of 274 per 100,000.
According to Bolton News, Bolton is the only borough in the GM area to see its rate drop in the past seven days.
Manchester (399.2), Salford (352) and Bury (333.5) have the highest rates in the GM region.
Blackburn with Darwen (496.3) still has the highest infection rate in the country despite a drop in cases in recent weeks.