A few days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, a large majority of Japanese do not believe in the organizers’ guarantees that the games will be “safe”. According to a survey published Monday by the Japanese daily “Asahi Shimbun”, 68 percent of the approximately 1,500 telephone respondents said that playing it safe was not possible due to the ongoing corona pandemic. Only 21 percent think it is possible. 55 percent are therefore against the games that are taking place. 33 percent agree.
Two South African football players and a supervisor of the team tested positive for the virus in the athletes’ village the last weekend before the start of the summer games. It was the first corona cases in the athletes’ village, where German athletes already live. IOC President Thomas Bach recently claimed that the village with its thousands of inhabitants was “zero risk”.
The corona emergency applies to the Tokyo metropolis for the fourth time during the entire Olympic period. The number of infections in Tokyo recently rose to the highest daily level in six months.
First corona cases among athletes in Olympic Village
Almost two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8), two athletes in the Olympic Village tested positive for Corona. This was confirmed on Sunday by the organizers of the Summer Games. A third person who does not reside in the residential complex also tested positive. A 14-day quarantine was immediately ordered for everyone. An IOC member has also been infected.
An official from abroad had previously tested positive in the Olympic Village, which will be home to 6,700 people during the Games. The local organizing committee did not provide any information about the disciplines of those affected or their nationalities. In addition, seven more cases were confirmed on Sunday, including five local employees and a journalist.
The matches are scheduled for next Friday and will run for two weeks. Due to the pandemic, no spectators are allowed at the Tokyo competition venues. The Summer Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020, were postponed for a year due to the pandemic. (18.07.21)
British health minister feels mild corona symptoms
British Health Minister Sajid Javid has tested positive for the coronavirus despite vaccination. Javid shared that in a video message on Twitter With. He felt a little battered and then took an antigen test – it turned out to be positive. Now he is waiting for the results of a PCR test.
“I am grateful to have received two doses of the vaccine and so far my symptoms have been very mild,” Javid said. He called on people to get vaccinated too. In Great Britain, the number of new infections has been rising enormously for weeks. The 7-day incidence was last reported on July 11 at around 345. More than 50,000 new infections were recorded on July 16 alone. This is partly attributed to the strong expansion of the delta variant.
Nevertheless, all corona measures in England will be lifted on Monday. The government says the successful vaccination program has weakened the link between infections and hospitalizations and deaths. However, those skilled in the art are particularly critical of the exemption from the mask requirement. Up to 100,000 new infections are expected in the UK every day in the coming weeks. (17.07.2021)
Astra-Zeneca developer questions childhood vaccination in general
The lead developer of the Astrazeneca vaccine, Sarah Gilbert, has questioned the benefits of corona vaccination for all children. Politicians should do a cost-benefit analysis, Gilbert said in an interview with “Welt” and other European media. The Delta variant, for example, is very contagious, so that people still get sick with a mild course despite two vaccinations. Serious cases and deaths are rare. “So if transmission cannot be prevented and children do not become seriously ill or die, the question arises: is vaccination worth it?”
At the same time, Gilbert made it clear that a vaccination can be useful for some children. “The virus is dangerous for a very small number of children. Countries should consider vaccinating them,” Gilbert said.
At the end of May, the European Commission officially approved the vaccination of children aged twelve years and older with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine. For Germany, however, the Permanent Vaccination Commission has so far only recommended vaccination for children and adolescents with certain previous illnesses who are at increased risk of a serious course.
Booster vaccinations will not be necessary for the general population, according to immunologist Gilbert. “Efficacy wears off faster, especially in older people. Because the immune system ages, the response with antibodies is not as good anymore. So if we need boosters, it’s for the older population. I don’t expect this for the general population becomes necessary.” (17.07.2021)
Biden: Platforms Like Facebook Would Kill “People” With Fakenews
Misinformation on social media about the coronavirus and vaccinations are responsible for the deaths of many people, according to US President Joe Biden. When asked by a reporter what his message was about the spread of misinformation for platforms like Facebook, Biden said, “They’re killing people.” The pandemic in the US has become a “pandemic among the unvaccinated,” Biden said in the yard of the White House on Friday.
The US government is making misinformation on social networks partly responsible for the wait-and-see or negative attitude of many Americans towards the corona vaccines. In the US, the number of new infections has recently increased rapidly in areas with lower vaccination coverage, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. The vaccination campaign, on the other hand, is progressing slowly. According to the CDC’s health authority, more than 185 million people have received at least the first corona vaccination so far – equivalent to about 56 percent of the total population.
It wasn’t until Thursday that Vivek Murthy, the US government’s chief health officer, warned of the consequences of misinformation in the White House. “We live in a world today where misinformation poses an immediate and insidious threat to the health of our nation.” During the pandemic, disinformation led to people not wearing masks. Now people would choose not to get vaccinated because of this. Modern technology companies have allowed “misinformation to poison our information environment,” he lamented. (17.07.2021)
US travel restrictions decision expected
US President Joe Biden is expected to comment in the coming days on the corona-related entry restrictions for people from Germany and other European Schengen countries. Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue, Biden said Thursday after meeting the CDU politician in Washington. It is currently being discussed how quickly the travel restrictions can be lifted. He will be able to answer the question in the coming days, Biden said. “I’m waiting to hear from our people on our Covid team when this should happen.”
Merkel said she had exchanged views with Biden about the delta variant of the coronavirus. That’s a new challenge. A sustainable decision must now be made that will not be reversed in the short term.
The EU had already urged member states last month to gradually lift restrictions on travelers from the US and several other countries. Germany then allowed entry from the US, among other things, “for all permitted purposes of stay, including tourism”. In the opposite direction, ie for entry into the US, strict requirements still apply. (16.07.2021)
First corona case in Tokyo Olympic Village
A week before the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, there is the first corona case in the athletes’ village. The organizing committee confirmed this on Saturday. OC director Toshiro Muto did not want to provide any personal information, such as their nationality. He also could not say whether the person had been vaccinated. All necessary measures would be taken to prevent the spread, so that everyone in the athletes’ village could feel safe. In addition, there are so far five athletes who have tested positive for the corona virus upon entering Japan. The athletes and their supervisors are isolated from the population in the athletes’ village and must adhere to strict rules of conduct and hygiene. The organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have repeatedly assured that the games would be “safe” for everyone. (17.07.2021)