Health Minister Carl Lauterbach has taken it for granted that a fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be needed, while top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci warns that big parties are not safe even for those who have been vaccinated.
With the Omicron variant being detected in most countries, a significant number of cases of the new coronavirus continue to be recorded, as well as deaths due to COVID-19.
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has taken it for granted that a fourth dose of vaccine against Covid-19 will be needed, and estimates that a new wave of the pandemic, due to the “Omicron” variant, is now inevitable.
“We are preparing intensively for this,” Lauterbach told a news conference, noting that the federal government has already ordered 80 million BioNTech / Pfizer vaccines adapted to Omicron, which will be delivered in April or May.
In addition, Moderna vaccines will be available for you to choose from, he said.
“I personally and as a scientist believe that we should take it for granted that a fourth vaccination will be necessary to treat the virus,” he said.
Earlier, the President of the Family Doctors, Ulrich Weigelt, had stated that in the summer, at the latest in the autumn, a second dose of vaccine will be needed.
Meanwhile, the confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Germany increased by 44,927 in the previous 24 hours, reaching 6,923,636, according to data released today, Thursday, by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s epidemiological surveillance body.
The deaths of 425 patients due to complications of COVID-19 have increased the death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic in the country to 109,749 dead to date, according to the same source.
Leading US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has warned that attending large concentrations of more than 40 people is not considered safe for those who have been vaccinated, even those who have had a booster dose.
“There are a lot of parties with 30, 40, 50 people, where you do not know everyone’s vaccination history. in the White House.
Cases in the United States increased by 25% compared to the previous week, reaching 149,300 daily, on average, said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rosell Wallenski.
It is estimated that 73% of cases across the country are due to Omicron.
Meanwhile, health care workers and “high-risk, overcrowded areas” will have to boost their Covid-19 vaccine by Feb. 1, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said as part of the measures. are taken to inhibit the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California, the most populous state in the United States, exceeds the national average in terms of the percentage of fully vaccinated, with 65.5%. However, less than 30% of the population has taken the booster dose to date.
The Maltese health authorities announced on Wednesday that 582 cases of SARS-CoV-2, an unprecedented number, had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, while two more patients had died due to complications of COVID-19, both men, aged 52 and 53.
The previous case record (401) was recorded in March 2020.
So far, no case of the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus has been detected on the island.
The pandemic in Malta has so far reached 473 deaths out of a total of some 43,000 recorded infections.
The number of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital increased to 47 (+7 in 24 hours), with four being admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
The Mexican Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that 198 patients had died of COVID-19 complications in the past 24 hours and 3,319 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed.
Officially, Mexico counts 298,359 deaths out of a total of 3,940,401 infections since the outbreak of the new coronavirus broke out in its territory.
Georgia’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health announced Wednesday that 2,739 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed in the past 24 hours and that 52 patients had died from complications of COVID-19.
Officially, the death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic from its outbreak in the former Soviet republic on February 26, 2020 has reached 13,221 dead out of a total of 916,477 registered infections.
Until yesterday, according to the Ministry of Health, 24 cases of the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus had been detected in the country.
The Malaysian Ministry of Health announced that in the 24 hours until midnight yesterday Wednesday 29 patients succumbed to complications of COVID-19 and 3,519 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed.
The death toll from the pandemic of the new coronavirus in the Asian country of 33 million people reached 31,221 dead out of a total of 2,728,203 infections, according to official data.
The Iranian Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that another 44 patients had died in the past 24 hours due to complications of COVID-19 and 2,103 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed.
Among the cases were four of the Omicron variant, with the total doubling to eight from Sunday until now.
The Turkish Ministry of Health announced yesterday Wednesday that 19,095 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed in the previous 24 hours after 352,438 tests, with the registered infections reaching a total of 9,228,835.
The deaths of 179 patients due to complications of COVID-19 increased the death toll to 80,957 dead until yesterday, March 11, 2020, when the new coronavirus epidemic broke out in Turkish territory.
Austria will impose stricter entry regulations from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway from Christmas, in an effort to stem the tide of the Omicron variant.
According to government announcements, those arriving in Austria from one of the above countries are required to remain in quarantine for ten days. Those who have already received the booster vaccine and have an additional negative molecular test are exempted from the obligation.
Even stricter rules are expected to be imposed indoors from December 27, restricting indoor gatherings without pre-arranged seats to 25 people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 (Rule 2G) and will wear a protective mask FFP2.
The Federal Ministry of Health of India announced today Thursday that in the previous 24 hours 7,495 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed and 434 patients died due to complications of COVID-19.
With 478,759 deaths out of a total of 34,765,976 recorded infections since the outbreak of the new coronavirus in its territory, the subcontinent of 1.3 billion inhabitants records the third heaviest death toll in the world in the US, and behind the B the second highest number of cases, after the US, according to official data.
The so-called active cases are now 78,291 (+101 in 24 hours).
Infections from the new Omicron variant have reached 236. Of these, 104 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering, always according to the ministry.