There is little dynamics in the seven-day incidence in Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) indicated the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week at 65.4 on Wednesday morning. For comparison: the previous day the value was 65.8, a week ago it was 62.3 (previous month: 81.9). The health authorities in Germany reported 11,903 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. According to the information, 92 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours.
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants – the most important value for a possible tightening of the corona restrictions – was indicated by the RKI on Tuesday at 1.70 (Monday: 1.58). A national threshold value from which the situation can be viewed critically has not been given for the incidence of hospital admission, partly because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas time. (13.10.2021)
US wants to open land borders with Canada and Mexico for vaccinated people
The US government wants to lift the entry restrictions at the land borders with Canada and Mexico for people who have been vaccinated against corona. The easing should come into effect in November and include ferry crossings, the Department of Homeland Security said. Anyone who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can use it to travel to the US for non-essential purposes, such as visiting friends and family or for tourism.
In a next step, the scheme will also be extended to necessary travel from the beginning of January 2022; in these cases, too, full vaccination protection is a requirement upon entry. Until then, affected people such as truck drivers, students and health professionals would have enough time to get vaccinated. The US had already announced last month that it would lift the months-long entry restrictions on international air traffic for vaccinated people from the EU, Great Britain and other countries, among others. (13.10.2021)
Only a few vaccinated patients with no previous illness in intensive care units
According to doctors, almost no patients in the corona intensive care units in Germany have been vaccinated against Covid-19 without a previous illness. “Most of them are not or not fully vaccinated,” said Gernot Marx, president of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), the editorial network in Germany. The vaccinated minority is largely made up of elderly patients whose second vaccination has long since passed. “These people, as a rule, also suffer from serious chronic diseases.”
According to the Federal Ministry of Health, about every tenth patient treated in intensive care for corona in August and September was fully vaccinated. This is apparent from a response from the ministry to a request from the left-wing member of the Bundestag, Sahra Wagenknecht.
The Divi chairman described the capacity for spare beds in the intensive care units as currently relatively stable. “We are currently in a plateau phase, we are stagnating at about 1,300 Covid intensive care patients. The situation is under control,” said Marx. “We can now act and have an average of two free intensive care beds per location.” (13.10.2021)
Due to its low effectiveness
Biotech company Curevac is withdrawing its first vaccine candidate from the approval process at the European Medicines Agency (EMA). As the company announced in Tübingen on Tuesday, it was assumed that EMA approval would not be granted until the second quarter of 2022 at the earliest.
There was no formal approval application for the vaccine candidate CVnCoV, CVnCoV was still in the so-called rolling procedure for approval. In late June, Curevac announced that its first-generation vaccine candidate was less effective than some other vaccines. At the beginning of July, the biotech company Tübingen assumed that the EMA would approve the vaccine despite its low effectiveness.
According to a final analysis, the Curevac preparation had shown an effectiveness of 48 percent against Covid 19 disease in all age groups. This makes it significantly less effective than other vaccines overall. The company wants to focus on the development of another Covid-19 vaccine together with its British partner Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK). (12.10.2021)
Vaccine breakthroughs have increased in recent months
About every tenth patient treated in intensive care for corona in August and September was fully vaccinated. This is apparent from a reply from the Federal Ministry of Health, which was sent at the end of September, to a request from the left-wing member of the Bundestag, Sahra Wagenknecht. The papers of the Funke media group were the first to report on it.
From February to mid-September, a total of 11,419 corona patients received intensive care. 210 of them (1.84 percent) assumed a vaccination breakthrough. In the period from mid-August to mid-September, 1186 corona patients were treated in intensive care units, 119 of whom were believed to have had a breakthrough vaccination. This corresponds to 10.03 percent of the cases. In the most recent recorded period from early September to early October, the RKI counted a total of 938 vaccine breakthroughs requiring intensive care treatment, which corresponds to a 16.52 percent share of all intensive treatments due to Covid-19. 145 people with a breakthrough died within four weeks, all but one over the age of 60.
The Robert Koch Institute emphasized: “It is expected that more vaccine breakthroughs will be registered over time as more people are vaccinated and Sars-CoV-2 is currently spreading again. This increases the chances of being fully vaccinated. come into contact with the virus.” The president of the intensive care medicine association DIVI, Gernot Marx, said patients with severe and deadly courses of corona had not been vaccinated in almost all cases. In addition, the vaccine breakthrough mainly affects people whose “immune system has been weakened by chemotherapy or long-term cortisone treatment. or who are over 80 years of age.” (12.10.2021)
The federal government paid about five billion euros for free tests
According to the Ministry of Health, federal spending on free corona citizen tests is more than five billion euros. By mid-September 2021, the health insurance fund had already invoiced 5.2 billion euros, reports the Rheinische Post from a statement from the ministry.
For the majority of citizens, the opportunity to take the free corona test ends this week. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers agreed that the offer of free “citizen tests” funded by the federal government since early March should end without symptoms. Because free vaccinations are available to everyone, taxpayers no longer have to take over the testing costs permanently, it was said.
But there are also some transitional rules. Children aged 12 to 17 and pregnant women can test for free at least once a week until December 31. The reason is that a general vaccination recommendation from the Permanent Vaccination Commission (Stiko) has only recently become available – so there should be more time for a vaccination.
Tests are generally free for people who cannot be vaccinated, including children under the age of 12 and those who have just turned 12 in the three months prior to the test. Among other things, it remains free for people who need a test to end a quarantine due to a corona infection. (12.10.2021)
Thailand opens borders for vaccinated people from Germany
From November 1, Thailand will open its borders to quarantine-free holidays for fully vaccinated people from at least ten countries – including Germany. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced this in a televised speech. Other countries on the list due to their low incidence of corona are Singapore, China and the United States. Vacationers only need to take one PCR test before leaving home and another when they arrive in Thailand, Prayut said. After that, they could travel to any part of the country. From December 1, more countries are expected to be added to the list. Then serving alcohol in restaurants, which has been banned for months due to a severe corona wave, will probably be allowed again.
“It was also one of the most painful experiences of my life for me to make decisions that reconciled saving lives with saving livelihoods,” Prayut emphasized. The tourism industry, which is hugely important to the country, has been almost completely on the ground for over a year and a half. Many people have no income since then.
Last year, Thailand was still considered a model country in the fight against the pandemic – since April, the state has experienced the worst wave to date. The number of infections in the country of 70 million inhabitants is slowly decreasing. On Tuesday, authorities reported some 9,400 new infections and 84 deaths related to Covid-19. (12.10.2021)