Drug dealers have staged a new strike Vaccine deals, EU travel policies expand and Japan fights a new sacrifice. Here’s what you need to know:
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Pharmaceutical manufacturers agree to supply vaccine doses to needy countries
Pfizer and Bioentech promised earlier today They are expected to deliver one billion doses of the covid vaccine to lower-middle-income countries later this year and another one billion after 2022. It is not yet clear whether the grant will go through the Kovacs initiative, which has struggled to gain momentum, especially as exports from India have overtaken its largest supplier. Behind the dose supply. To fill the gap, GAVI, one of the organizations behind the Kovacs, agreed today Buy 200 million doses Of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
This week, President Biden also announced that the United States would provide grants Its vaccine surplus is high. In addition to its earlier commitment to send 60 million doses of AstraZeneca abroad, its administration will send 20 million dose shots approved for use in the United States by the end of June. Even as vaccine rates have dropped in the United States, many countries around the world are struggling with dose protection. Vaccine equity question Always in relief relief.
The European Union eases its travel restrictions when it comes to leading the summer holidays
This week, the European Union made several key changes to its Covid travel policies in preparation for the summer holidays. Wednesday, 27 member countries Agree to simplify limitations For people who have received an approved vaccine or from a country that is considered safe. This is because the B1.617 variant of the UK’s growing level was first identified in India Not currently on this list. The EU also agreed Digital Certification System This will enable people who are not likely to have covid – because they have tested negative or been vaccinated – to travel more freely in the area.
On the stateside, government officials are reported to be present Possibility weight Changing U.S. travel policy around Kovid. For the moment, though, There will be limitationsThe Homeland Security Department said it would be in place by at least June 21, including restricting unnecessary travel from Canada and Mexico.
With the arrival of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Japan extends its state of emergency
Japan today Emergency extends For the third week in a row and in the hope of reducing the latest outbreak of the virus in the country, two more vaccines have been approved from Moderna and AstraZeneca. The state of emergency now applies to 42 percent of the country’s population. So far, the vaccine rollout has been alarmingly slow: only 4 percent of the population has received one or more doses. Tokyo is nine weeks away from the Summer Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee says Games will move forward Even if the emergency is effective. However, polling shows that about 60 to 80 percent of the population Anti-hosting Games.
There are cases elsewhere in Asia Also increaseEven in countries where the numbers were negligible at once. In the north, Hong Kong and Singapore have changed their travel policy, Malaysia has imposed new locks and many people across the region have returned to their homes.
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What will happen to the masks and other supplies that were targeted during the epidemic?
A year ago, when much-needed products were in short supply and imports stagnated, manufacturers in the United States quickly transformed into making masks and other critical items. Now, with the recovery of the economy and the return of cheap imports, these companies Fighting to defend their new business. Last week, members of the newly formed American Mask Manufacturers Association wrote a letter to the White House asking for help because low-cost masks and suffocators from China are now returning to the United States. Without government support, the group predicts that half of its collective production capacity will be lost within 60 days.
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