- This daily news feed provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and resources to help you stay informed and protected.
- Top stories: Germany recommends COVID-19 booster for 12- to 17-year-olds; 100 million COVID-19 shots rejected due to short shelf life; minimum self-isolation period shortened in England.
1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 320 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.52 million. More than 9.57 billion vaccination doses are managed globally, according to Our World in Data.
Thousands of military health personnel are sent to hospitals in six US states to stop the spread of the disease Omicron COVID-19 variant.
South Korea extends stricter social distancing rules for another three weeks amid concerns over coming wave of Omicron infections – especially prior to the Lunar New Year holiday.
The Philippines’ coronavirus task force is expanding COVID-19 curbs in the capital region and other provinces until the end of January, a spokesman said Friday.
Indonesia has approved Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral pill for emergency use, the country’s food and drug agency said in a statement.
Hong Kong, SAR suspends transit flights for a month from about 150 countries and territories high risk due to COVID-19.
The Chinese city of Shanghai has suspended some tourism activities as part of its effort to crack down on a handful of tourists new local COVID-19 infections.
A World Health Organization (WHO) panel recommended the use of two drugs by Eli Lilly, and GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology for COVID-19 patients.
The minimum COVID-19 self-isolation The period in England will be reduced from seven from seven to five days if someone tests negative twice, Health Minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday.
France has 305,322 . reported new COVID-19 cases, bringing the seven-day moving average of new confirmed cases to nearly 294,000.
The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a coalition of 85 global leaders organized by the World Economic Forum. Its mission: to join forces to support social entrepreneurs around the world as essential first responders to the pandemic and as pioneers of a green, inclusive economic reality.
The COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda outlines 25 concrete recommendations for key stakeholder groups, including financiers and philanthropists, investors, government agencies, support organizations and businesses. In January 2021, its members launched its Roadmap 2021, with which its members will roll out an ambitious series of 21 action projects in 10 work areas. Including access to businesses and policy change to support a social economy.
For more information, see the Alliance website or the “impact story” here.
2. Germany recommends COVID-19 booster for 12 to 17 year olds
The German Vaccination Commission has recommended that all children between the ages of 12 and 17 have a COVID-19 booster shot. It comes as the country reported another all-time high in confirmed daily cases of COVID-19 – 81,417.
Omicron is also the dominant COVID-19 variant in the country, which the Robert Koch Institute of Infectious Diseases now reports accounts for 73.3% of cases nationwide.
With the switch to booster shots, Germany is one of the first countries in the world to make such a recommendation, after the United States, Israel and Hungary.
“The current situation, with a sharp increase in the number of cases due to the Omicron variant and the feared consequences for the health system in Germany, makes it necessary to extend the vaccination campaign,” said the STIKO Vaccination Commission.
The third dose should be an mRNA injection from BioNTech/Pfizer and should be given no earlier than three months after the child has had their second injection, STIKO said in a statement.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has not given any regulatory approval, so Germany would be responsible for any obligations related to the booster for this age group.
3. 100 million COVID-19 shots rejected due to short shelf life
Poorer countries rejected more than . last month 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the global program COVAX mainly because of their fast expiration dates, a UNICEF official said Thursday.
The large figure shows how difficult it is to vaccinate the world despite a growing supply of injections, with COVAX moving closer to delivering 1 billion doses to a total of nearly 150 countries.
“More than 100 million were rejected in December alone,” Etleva Kadilli, director of the Supply Division at UNICEF, told lawmakers in the European Parliament.
The main reason for rejection was the delivery of doses with a short shelf life, she said.
Poorer countries have also been forced to delay supplies because they have insufficient storage facilities, Kadilli said, including a lack of refrigerators for vaccines.
Gavi, the vaccine alliance that co-manages COVAX, said most of the vaccines recently shipped by COVAX had a long shelf life and therefore were unlikely to be lost.