These days, the pressure is increasing on the Federal Council to decree the resumption of certain activities. Monday, even the cities stepped up to demand the opening of the terraces.
■ India approves Sputnik V
India approves Russian vaccine Sputnik V against Covid-19, a major local drug manufacturer announced on Tuesday. “We are very pleased to have obtained the authorization for the emergency use of Sputnik V in India,” said GV Prasad, co-chair and general manager of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. “Vaccination is the most effective tool in our fight against Covid-19,” he said.
Sputnik V is the third vaccine to gain approval from Indian authorities, alongside Covashield, a locally produced version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and Covaxin, an Indian vaccine developed by national company Bharat Biotech.
Under agreements already reached, 852 million doses of the Russian vaccine, supported by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, will be produced in India.
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■ One million victims
The AFP agency established Monday evening that Europe has crossed the threshold of one million dead from Covid-19.
The 52 countries and territories of the region – including as far as Azerbaijan and Russia – have a total of at least 1,000,288 deaths (for 46,496,560 cases), ahead of Latin America and the Caribbean (832,577 deaths), United States / Canada (585,428 deaths) and Asia (285,824 deaths).