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Coronavirus live ticker: +++ 04:54 GPs receive significantly fewer Biontech doses +++

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+++ 04:54 GPs receive significantly fewer Biontech cans +++

The general practitioners will only receive half of the vaccines they want in the next week, warns the North Rhine Pharmacists’ Association. “It looks like the doctors will only get around 50 percent of the pre-ordered Biontech vaccines in the next week, sometimes even less than the originally guaranteed 30 vaccine doses,” says Thomas Preis, head of the North Rhine Pharmacists’ Association, the “Rheinische Post”. “The doctors in private practice are obviously saving at the expense of the vaccination centers and public vaccination teams. They receive 1.5 million vaccine doses and doctors’ practices only 2.5 million,” explains Preis, referring to the federal figures. “It is very annoying that the doctors’ practices do not even receive the originally promised 30 vaccine doses due to the high number of allocations to public vaccination centers.” If the general practitioners have ordered the Moderna vaccine, they will receive it: “3.9 million ordered Moderna doses can be delivered in full,” continues Preis.

+++ 04:08 RKI reports 76,414 new infections and 357 deaths – incidence at 438.2 +++
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities reported 76,414 cases in 24 hours as of Friday morning. Exactly one week ago there were 52,970 new infections recorded. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence of 438.2 – also a maximum. For comparison: the previous day the value was 419.7, a week ago it was 340.7 (previous month: 113.0). According to the new information, 357 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 201 deaths. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered on Friday at 4,775,300. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 100,476.

+++ 03:53 WHO: Vaccinations have saved half a million lives in Europe +++
The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that the corona vaccinations have saved the lives of at least half a million people in Europe alone. The WHO European Office in Copenhagen published a report yesterday, Thursday, according to which a total of 470,000 lives have been saved in the age group over 60 in around 30 European countries since the start of the vaccination campaign. The age group under 60 is not included in the estimate. Based on the figures, the WHO estimates that almost 160,000 lives were saved in England and around 39,000 in France. Data were not available for the survey for 20 countries in the region, including Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey. The study shows that the vaccines do what they promise: “They save lives by offering a high level of protection against severe disease and death,” says WHO European Director Hans Kluge.

+++ 03:10 Czech President Zeman after a positive corona test in the hospital +++
In the Czech Republic, President Milos Zeman is taken to hospital after a positive corona test. The 77-year-old will be treated there, his work program has been suspended, his office said. Zeman was supposed to appoint the previous opposition leader Petr Fiala as the new prime minister on Friday. Zeman had been released from the hospital just hours earlier for other treatment.

+++ 02:33 Chief pediatrician: Do not overestimate the value of child vaccinations +++
According to medical specialists, corona vaccinations for children from the age of five will only play a comparatively minor role in the fight against the pandemic. The president of the professional association of paediatricians, Thomas Fischbach, told the newspapers of the Funke media group that he warned politicians against “relying too much on vaccinations for five to eleven year olds in the fight against Corona”. Fischbach emphasizes: “It would be wrong to increase the pressure on this group because it is not a driver of the pandemic.” These are still the unvaccinated adults. Infected children, on the other hand, are less contagious and very rarely become seriously ill with Covid-19 themselves. That is why the pressure on unvaccinated adults must “increase considerably,” says Fischbach. He affirmed that paediatricians are in favor of compulsory vaccination for adults. Fischbach demanded that the future federal government should “go boldly ahead on this issue and introduce such a compulsory vaccination instead of constantly opening up secondary theaters of war due to a lack of courage”.

+++ 02:06 activists want to sue Germany – vaccination patents not suspended +++
Human rights activists want to sue Germany, Norway and Canada over the stalling negotiations over the suspension of patents for corona vaccines. The three countries have “repeatedly blocked the only step demanded by the vast majority of the world: the abandonment of the rules on intellectual property in the WTO,” said several non-governmental organizations in Geneva yesterday. The activists also blame Britain. “Throughout the pandemic, the British government has put the interests of the big pharmaceutical companies above the need to save lives around the world,” criticized Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now. The organizations Movement Law Lab, Oxfam, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders are also involved in the campaign. India and South Africa proposed a temporary suspension of patent protection for vaccines last October in order to accelerate the production of corona vaccines in developing countries and to counteract the unequal distribution of vaccines. Several dozen countries are supporting the project, including the USA and China. The suspension of patents is rejected by Germany, among others.

+++ 01:42 Bolsonaro: economy collapses with further lockdown +++
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro warns of massive economic consequences if a new lockdown is imposed in the country. Then the economy would definitely collapse, says the far right politician. He has repeatedly played down the corona pandemic and dubbed the illnesses as a minor flu. In Brazil, more than 613,000 people have been shown to have died with or from the corona virus so far. Only in the USA are there more corona deaths.

+++ 01:18 Habeck open to general vaccination requirements – implementation will be problematic +++
The Greens chairman Robert Habeck is open to a general vaccination requirement in the fight against the corona virus, but also sees problems. On a political-ethical level, he would affirm a general vaccination requirement in view of the drama of the pandemic; Otherwise the damage to society as a whole would be too great, says the designated Vice Chancellor of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “On the practical level, however, I also have to say: You can’t just do it like that, but the legal issues and the implementation must be well thought out.” “Even if a general compulsory vaccination were to apply tomorrow, it would be too late to break the fourth wave,” said Habeck. At the moment it does not help to focus on compulsory vaccinations, but you have to gain time for the booster vaccinations.

+++ 00:42 France announces border controls +++
France announces increased border controls to contain the corona virus. “We will strengthen it with several measures,” said Minister of Health Olivier Veran of the TF1 channel. Details on this would be determined in the next 24 to 48 hours. The government had previously taken tightened measures to counter a fifth wave of infections.

+++ 23:51 report: Thuringian AfD boss Höcke infected with corona virus +++
The Thuringian AfD state and parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke is said to have been infected with the corona virus. According to research by MDR Thuringia, this emerges from state parliament and security circles. When asked, parliamentary group spokeswoman Lydia Funke says that the AfD does not comment on issues relating to the health of employees. Co-party spokesman Stefan Möller also does not comment on request. On Wednesday, Höcke did not take part in the special plenary session in the state parliament on the pandemic situation. Höcke himself had declared the corona pandemic to be over in the MDR Thuringia summer interview 2020. In the past few months, the AfD in the Thuringian state parliament had repeatedly spoken out against strict rules to contain the pandemic.

+++ 23:22 British stop part of air traffic to Africa +++
Due to a worrying new variant of the coronavirus in southern Africa, the British government is restricting air traffic from several countries in the region. In addition, there is a strict hotel quarantine obligation for those arriving. The British Health Minister Sajid Javid announced that South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be affected by the new regulation. There are indications that the variant with the designation B.1.1529 may be even more contagious than the Delta variant and that the available vaccines are less effective against it, according to Javid. Air traffic from the six countries should cease from Friday noon. From Sunday on, returnees are required to be in hotel quarantine. So far, no cases with the new variant have been identified in the UK. However, according to the PA news agency, around 500 to 700 people from South Africa alone arrive in the country every day.

+++ 22:55 Vaccination model pupil Portugal imposes restrictions +++
Despite the high vaccination rate, Portugal is also reintroducing corona restrictions in view of the increasing number of infections. All air travelers who wanted to come into the country would have to show a negative test on arrival, said Prime Minister Antonio Costa at a press conference. This also applies to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. Also for visits to night clubs, bars, major events and nursing homes, completely immunized persons would have to show a negative test. Inside, it is again mandatory to wear masks. Portugal is one of the countries with the highest vaccination rate in the world.

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