In Germany, anti-restriction protests took place across the country.
The Tunisia and theEthiopia start their vaccination campaign
■ In Brazil, Lula receives a first dose of vaccine
The ex-president of Brazil also calls on the population to “avoid gatherings” as the country faces a second particularly virulent epidemic wave.
Speaking for the first time in public since recovering his political rights on Wednesday, the former president sharply criticized the president’s disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic – which has killed more than 275,000 in Brazil – by the president far-right Jair Bolsonaro, lambasting the government’s “foolish decisions”. “All people who are forced to work, who cannot stay at home, must be vaccinated, it is the government’s duty to guarantee vaccines”, added today the former trade unionist, founder of the Workers’ Party. .
■ Germany: anti-restriction demonstrations despite the risk of a third wave
Several anti-restriction protests have brought together thousands of people in several cities in Germany, despite the risk of a third wave pointed out by health authorities. In Munich, the police announced that they had dispersed a demonstration bringing together several thousand people near the seat of the Bavarian parliament. Some 2,000 people, according to the police, also demonstrated in Düsseldorf (west), where a parade of a hundred motorhomes crossed the city to protest against the measures.
In Dresden (Saxony), hundreds of people, including far-right and anti-vaccine activists, demonstrated, according to local police, not far from the parliament of the state-region. Most of the demonstrators did not wear masks and did not respect distances. Gatherings were announced during the weekend in other cities in Germany, such as Kiel, Hanover or Magdeburg.
The restrictions remain severe in Germany, with the closure for months of bars, restaurants, cultural and sporting places or even stores deemed non-essential. Angela Merkel and the leaders of the 16 regional states are due to take stock and negotiate possible new measures on March 22.
■ In Jordan, anger after seven deaths caused by a lack of oxygen in intensive care
Seven patients, in intensive care in a hospital near Amman, died following an oxygen supply failure, causing great emotion in the country and the anger of the king in full resurgence of the epidemic in Jordan. Health Minister Nazir Obeidat tendered his resignation, which was accepted by Prime Minister Bicher al-Khasawneh. The latter then told reporters that the hospital director had been dismissed from his post.
Jordan announced this week the extension of the curfew in force since February 24 as well as the closure of public gardens, schools and universities, sports clubs and hammams, in the face of the resurgence of the epidemic in the country. The kingdom of 10 million people has recorded more than 464,000 cases of infection, including 5,200 deaths, according to the authorities. Since the launch of its vaccination campaign in January, 65,000 people have received at least one dose of the German-American vaccine Pfizer / BioNTech or the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm.
■ Faced with an increase in cases, Ethiopia starts vaccinations
The second most populous state in Africa (about 110 million inhabitants) received last week 2.2 million doses manufactured by the Indian Serum Institute, as part of the Covax initiative which aims to facilitate access from poor countries to vaccines. Ethiopia intends to vaccinate 20% of its population by the end of the year, starting with health workers.
Ethiopia has so far recorded 172,571 cases, the highest number in East Africa and the fifth continent-wide. The country has recorded 2,510 deaths. In the past month, cases and deaths have both increased by 11% per week on average, according to Africa CDC, the African Union’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In East Africa, Kenya as well as Rwanda and Uganda recently started their vaccination campaign.
■ Tunisia launches its vaccination campaign one month late
At the El Menzah vaccination center in Tunis, around 300 nurses, doctors and resuscitators in Covid-19 services in the capital were vaccinated in the morning. Tunisia received 30,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine on Tuesday.
“With the launch of vaccination, we are passing a very important milestone in the fight against this pandemic. We can finally see the end of the tunnel ”, assures Doctor Abdelmoumen Samir, member of the cell to fight against the coronavirus.
Tunisia, which has 11.7 million inhabitants, is the latest Maghreb country to launch its vaccination campaign. Morocco, Algeria but also Egypt started their campaign at the end of January.
■ European Union: five states want to discuss the distribution of vaccines
Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Latvia are calling for talks “as soon as possible” between the 27 EU leaders on the huge disparities in vaccine distribution in the EU, according to a letter released today. hui.
On Friday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accused certain member states of the European Union (EU), without naming them, of having negotiated “contracts” with laboratories behind the scenes, criticizing an unequal distribution of Covid vaccines between countries .
A senior EU official, who confirms receipt of the letter from the five, recalled that a summit of 27 EU leaders is scheduled for March 25 and 26 and that “the coordination of the fight against the pandemic was the first item on the agenda ”.
■ Vaccine: AstraZeneca announces further reductions in delivery to the EU
Faced with production difficulties, the group had decided to use its production sites outside the EU to deliver the 27 but “unfortunately, export restrictions will reduce deliveries in the first quarter” and “probably” in the second. , according to a spokesperson for the group. Deliveries would be reduced to 30 million doses at the end of March, against 120 million announced last month.
Much criticized for the slowness of deliveries in Europe and the delays of the AstraZeneca group, the European Commission, which has negotiated the contracts on behalf of its 27 member states, expects a rise in deliveries in the second quarter. They could reach the average rate of 100 million doses per month from April to June all vaccines combined, or 300 million for the entire quarter. The European Commission is targeting 70% of Europeans vaccinated by the end of the summer.
■ More than half of adults in Switzerland want to be vaccinated
According to a survey published by the See, 56% “definitely” or “rather” want to be vaccinated.
Among 18-34 year olds, 48% answer wanting “certainly” or “rather” to be vaccinated, according to the survey carried out by the Link polling institute, which questioned 1172 people in early March. This rate rises to 55% among 35-50 year olds and 73% among people aged 51 to 79.
Differences emerge between linguistic regions. Less than a quarter of people (23%) surveyed in French-speaking Switzerland want to be vaccinated. Against 41% in Ticino and 43% in German-speaking Switzerland.
■ The demonstration in tribute to a young Londoner killed canceled
The organizers of a demonstration in tribute to Sarah Everard, a young Londoner kidnapped and killed on her way home, give up maintaining the event scheduled for today in London in the face of police refusal, due to anti-coronavirus rules .
The movement seized justice on Friday to challenge the refusal of the London police to let the event take place, to no avail.
■ In Martigny, demonstrations against health measures
Yesterday, around 6 p.m., around thirty people went to a shopping center in the Valais town to do their shopping without a protective sanitary mask. On seeing the police, half of them immediately put on their masks, while the other fled. Several fines were issued to the group’s pay. Investigations are underway to identify and denounce the organizers.