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Covid-19 News: We bring you the summary of the most relevant

Covid-19 news

We bring you the summary of the most relevant:

Thursday, May 27

China resists investigating Wuhan lab

China lashed out at the “dark history” of the US intelligence services on Thursday, after President Joe Biden commissioned them to investigate the origins of Covid-19. Washington is reviewing its diplomatic position with China on issues such as trade, technology or human rights, while intensifying efforts to create with its Western partners a diplomatic front against alleged Chinese aggression. Last Monday, The Wall Street Journal revealed that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) sought care at a hospital in November 2019, months before China revealed the Covid-19 pandemic. Its source was a US intelligence report that had not previously been released. (AFP)

Two Sinopharm vaccines are effective: study

Two vaccines against Covid-19 from the Chinese firm Sinopharm proved more than 70% effective against symptomatic cases, but it is not clear how much protection they provide against severe or asymptomatic ones, according to the first detailed published result of a large study in stage. late. A vaccine developed by a Wuhan-based subsidiary of Sinopharm was 72.8% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 at least two weeks after the second dose, according to interim results, a peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Reuters)

Sanofi and GSK begin Phase III trial of Covid-19 vaccine

French firm Sanofi and Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline have started a late-stage human trial for a recombinant Covid-19 vaccine candidate, which they hope can be approved by the end of 2021. The study started by Sanofi and GSK is one of the first. late-stage trials combining tests for enhancers and variants, as drug manufacturers adapt their strategies to deal with an evolving coronavirus. (Reuters)

Wednesday May 26

India variant is already in 53 countries

The Indian variant of Covid-19 has been officially detected in 53 countries, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) published on Wednesday. However, the highest world authority on health has received information from unofficial sources indicating that variant B.1.617 has been found in seven other territories, according to updated weekly epidemiological figures, bringing the number to 60. (AFP )

New shipment of Pfizer vaccines arrives

This morning a new shipment of 585,000 Pfizer vaccines against Covid-19 arrived in Mexico City. The batch was received by the director of Birmex, Pedro Zenteno, at the International Airport of Mexico City. This is the second shipment of vaccines that Mexico receives this week from Pfizer, from its factory located in Cincinnati, United States. With this delivery, the Government of Mexico already has 14.6 million vaccines from this pharmaceutical company.

The Cuban Soberana 02 vaccine concludes its trials.

The Cuban vaccine candidate Soberana 02 ends this Wednesday the third and final phase of clinical trials, which if successful, would make this formula the first vaccine developed in Latin America. This stage of clinical testing concludes with the completion of immunization for all trial participants. Along with the other vaccine called Abdala, Soberana is a candidate to become one of the first two vaccines against Covid-19 fully developed in Latin America. (EFE)

China marks 4 months since the last death by covid in its statistics

China completed four months today since the last time a person died from Covid-19 according to statistics from the National Health Commission of the Asian country. The agency announced 13 new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus detected this Tuesday. Of those 13 cases, one was caused by local contagion in the southeastern province of Guangzhou, the scene of a small outbreak. (EFE)

Tuesday May 25

Moderna vaccine is effective for children between 12 and 17 years old

American biotech company Moderna announced Tuesday that its Covid-19 vaccine is “highly effective” in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, based on comprehensive results from clinical trials. Moderna said that it plans to submit an application for the authorization of the use of its vaccine for this age group in “early June” to “regulators around the world.” Another vaccine, the one from Pfizer / BioNTech, has already been licensed for adolescents in several countries, including the United States. (AFP)

WHO believes it is unlikely that any country will soon achieve herd immunity

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers it highly unlikely that any country or community will soon achieve the high level of herd immunity required to control Covid-19 transmission, not even those that experienced severe outbreaks and where the coronavirus circulated intensively. “Studies indicate that it takes more than 80% of a community to be immunized to interrupt transmission, but information from serological data around the world reveals that no country has acquired this level of natural immunity,” said the director. WHO’s Health Emergency Officer Mike Ryan, reporting on the evolution of the pandemic at the organization’s annual meeting. (EFE)

WHO at risk of paralysis due to funding gap: Ryan

The World Health Organization (WHO) could face a resource crisis due to a funding shortfall that is already hampering its operations, its top emergency expert told health ministers on Tuesday. Mike Ryan highlighted the WHO’s request in February for $ 1.96 billion for its response to the pandemic this year and told the annual assembly that “the funding gap of more than 70% when only the funds received are considered has left the organization in real imminent danger of not being able to maintain core functions for urgent priorities ”. (Reuters)

Monday May 24

So were the Mexicans who died of Covid-19

94% of the Mexicans killed by Covid-19 were workers, housewives and retirees with adverse economic conditions, and half did not finish primary school, revealed a study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) available this Sunday. In addition, 92% of the deaths occurred in public health institutions, with half in the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), while only 2% of the deaths occurred in private hospitals, detailed the report “Impact of the determinants social problems of covid-19 in Mexico ”. (EFE)

Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care ahead of COVID-19 outbreak: WSJ

Three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) sought care at a hospital in November 2019, months before China revealed the Covid-19 pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing a US intelligence report. that had not been previously revealed. The newspaper said the report – which provides new details on the number of researchers affected, the timing of their illnesses and their hospital visits – may add weight to requests for a broader investigation into whether the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could have escaped from the lab. (Reuters)

The head of the WHO wants vaccination of 10% of the inhabitants of each country by September

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) called on Monday for a global effort to ensure that 10% of the population of each country has been vaccinated against Covid-19 before September. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for “a massive push to vaccinate at least 10% of the population of each country between now and September”, in an opening speech before the annual assembly of this UN health agency. (AFP)

Two Covid-19 Vaccine Injections Effective Against Indian Variant

Two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are almost as effective against the rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus first identified in India as they are against the dominant variant in the United Kingdom, British health authorities said on Saturday. The British Health Minister said the data was revolutionary and he is increasingly hopeful that the government will be able to lift more of the restrictions it applied to stop the spread of Covid-19 next month. (Reuters)

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