Development Cooperation Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) warns of increasing backlogs in poor countries when it comes to corona vaccines. “Rich countries bought additional vaccines from the global market to enable third-party vaccinations, while more than 90 percent of Africans did not even get the first vaccination,” the Funke media group CSU politician said, according to a preliminary report. We must prevent the poorer countries from being further disadvantaged. Müller confirmed: “We must not get into a situation where the rich countries buy out the market and hoard vaccines, while there is nothing left for the poor countries.”
The goal of the international vaccine initiative Covax to have two billion vaccine doses available to people in poor countries by the end of the year can no longer be achieved, Müller said. To date, only more than 300 million doses of vaccine have been distributed by Covax. Vaccine shipments to Africa are expected to be 25 percent lower than expected by the end of the year. This is mainly due to a lack of stocks.
The vaccine donations from the rich countries must now be done quickly, Müller demanded. EU countries have promised 248 million cans, but have only given 20 million cans so far. “Worldwide there are 100 million cans that are almost expired and need to be vaccinated quickly,” the minister warned.
Müller also made the manufacturers responsible, who would have to change their supply policy. “It would be absolutely unacceptable if vaccines were kept extra scarce. Or contractually promised doses were postponed to Covax to deliver to wealthier countries instead,” he emphasized. “Manufacturers should finally prefer Covax for deliveries.” (26.09.21)
Incidence increases slightly
In the case of the seven-day incidence in Germany, there was hardly any dynamics compared to the previous day. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) indicated the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week at 61.4 on Sunday morning. For comparison: the previous day the value was 60.6, a week ago it was 70.5.
The health authorities in Germany reported 7,774 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago, the value stood at 7337 infections. According to the new information, 28 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 38 dead. (26.09.21)
Berlin techno club Berghain reopens
Berlin’s nightlife is getting back one of its internationally celebrated highlights. The Berghain wants to open again. On its homepage, the techno club, which is located in a former district heating plant, announced a first “club night” for the Saturday of the following weekend (October 2). Also on the following Saturdays, the techno club wants to open its entrance, which is regularly besieged by long lines. If you want to enter, you must be vaccinated against Corona or have recovered from Covid-19 (2G). “We are looking forward to our first club night after almost 19 months,” the page said. “Let’s kick the bass, see you on the dance floor!”
In August, the Berlin Administrative Court overturned the general ban on commercial dance events in closed spaces. It argued that against the backdrop of the corona pandemic, unlimited openings were still not allowed, but events only for vaccinated and recovered people. (25.09.2021)
Masks must be mandatory in the car’s first aid kit
In the future, it will be mandatory to bring face masks in the car. The Federal Ministry of Transport has noted the inclusion of the two face masks in the design to amend standard sheet DIN 13164, supported by the Federal Association of Medical Technology, and welcomed the planned implementation of the standard change as soon as possible. A spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Transport has made this known to the Evangelical Press Service on request. The Federal Department of Transport plans to then adopt the change in standards with the next change in road traffic permit regulations, it said. First she had Rheinische Post message about this. The scheme is expected to come into effect next year.
Accordingly, the masks should be added to the prescribed contents of the first-aid kit in cars, trucks and buses, the paper wrote. Anyone who subsequently did not add two masks to the first aid kit risked a fine. Until now, according to the fine catalogue, five euros has been owed if the first aid kit is incomplete. (25.09.2021)
In Hamburg, full clubs and dancing without a mask are possible again at 2G
After long restrictions in the corona pandemic, Hamburg is dropping its masks: in clubs, bars, restaurants, cultural and sports facilities participating in the so-called 2-G model, there are no more restrictions on the number of morning visitors or visitors since midnight on Saturday. participant of an event.
So where only vaccinated and convalescent people are allowed in, you can party, dance, watch movies and theater or join in the thrill of sports competitions without a crack and mask to the last seat. However, more contact details need to be collected and hygiene concepts adhered to. A corresponding containment ordinance by the Senate was issued Friday.
In addition, sellers at weekly markets are not obliged to wear a mouth cap. However, it continues to apply to customers as in supermarkets. In addition, negative corona test certificates may only be used by the employer of unvaccinated persons for professional purposes, for example no longer for a cinema visit. At sports events, the flow of visitors at the entrances and exits must be equalized. If the events take place indoors, air filter systems must be present. (25.09.2021)
Stiko recommends parallel corona and flu vaccinations
Vaccinations against corona and flu can now take place by appointment on the advice of the Permanent Vaccination Committee (Stiko). It is recommended from October. The condition is that the flu vaccine is a dead vaccine. Inactivated vaccines contain inactivated viruses or components of the viruses. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the flu vaccines approved in Germany for children and adults are usually such preparations.
Vaccination reactions may be more common with concurrent vaccinations than with separate administration, the report said. Extensive experience with non-Covid-19 vaccines to date has shown that the immune response and side effects are generally comparable to that of a solo dose. According to the Stiko, no results have been published for Germany on the simultaneous use of approved corona vaccines and other dead vaccines. However, unpublished data from the UK showed only a slightly increased body response when using Covid-19 and flu vaccines simultaneously.
So far, the Stiko is not advocating a general corona booster vaccination for seniors – although the elderly can already get it in Germany. However, for people with immunodeficiency, a booster dose with an mRNA vaccine is recommended. De Stiko is currently working on the study situation for a booster vaccination of other population groups. A decision must be made in the coming weeks. De Stiko is more cautious with its recommendation than the Conference of Health Ministers. It had decided at the beginning of August that a booster could be used from the age of 60 – at the earliest six months after full vaccination and after “individual consideration, medical advice and decision”. (24.09.2021)
Majority against lifting all corona measures
According to an online survey by the opinion research institute Yougov commissioned by the German Press Agency, the majority of Germans are against a rapid end to all corona demands. 61 percent of respondents spoke out against an immediate lifting of all restrictions. In contrast, 33 percent would be in favour.
“In Germany, about 62 percent of people have recently been fully vaccinated,” the question was asked. “Should all restrictions to fight the corona pandemic in Germany now be lifted?” 33 percent categorically rejected this, 28 percent answered “rather no”. 19 percent are in favor of repeal, 14 percent voted “rather yes”. The strongest opposition to an immediate termination of all disabilities was found in the elderly.
According to the German Ministry of Health, almost 64 percent of people have now been fully vaccinated against the corona virus. Denmark recently lifted all corona restrictions with an 83 percent vaccination rate.
The head of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Doctors, Andreas Gassen, has called for an end to all corona restrictions by October 30. The federal government rejected this. “The debate about dropping all measures completely ignores the concerns of the populations that cannot be vaccinated, and in particular all children under the age of 12,” said Federal Director of the Child Protection Association, Daniel Grein, of the editorial network Germany (RND). “In any case, children’s concerns have received too little attention in the pandemic.” The current debate is consistent with this experience. He thought a “Friday Day” was too risky. “The long-term consequences of Covid disease – especially in children – are not yet known. Therefore, it is cynical to want to expose children to this risk in an uncontrolled way.” (24.09.2021)
Côte d’Azur no longer on the list of corona risk areas
From Sunday, with the exception of some overseas territories, France will no longer be listed as a corona risk area by the federal government. The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur area, which is popular with tourists, is the last French region in Europe to be removed from the risk list, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Friday. This means that all quarantine rules for travelers from this region no longer apply.
The EU country Slovenia, on the other hand, is now classified as a high-risk area. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated or has recovered and is traveling from there must be quarantined for ten days from Sunday. An exemption is only possible after five days in the event of a negative test. Slovenia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will host a summit in the Western Balkans in early October, which will also include Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). As of Sunday, the small Balkan country is the only EU member classified as a risk area.
Other new risk areas are Ethiopia and Burundi in Africa and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. Japan and the West African Senegal are also removed from the risk list.
Countries and regions with a particularly high risk of contamination are classified as risk areas. But it is not only the infection figures that determine this. Other criteria include the speed at which the virus is spreading, the burden on health care or a lack of data on the corona situation. (24.09.2021)