- The UK government has rejected claims that officials followed an immunity strategy on the herd.
- According to a study by Public Health England, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have been shown to work against this strain.
- Thailand discovered its first case of the variant first reported in South Africa, two days after India.
The UK government has rejected claims by former chief aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that officials followed a herd immunity strategy in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that poorly vaccinated areas in the United States could become hot spots for a coronavirus mutation first detected in India and are stepping up surveillance of the variant highly transmissible.
Meanwhile, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have been shown to work against this strain, according to a study by Public Health England.
Singapore has preliminary confirmed 22 new cases of locally transmitted covid-19 infection as of 12:00 on Sunday, three of which cannot be located, according to a health ministry statement.
The country will close two malls after new cases are linked to the properties, as the health minister said more specific tests will be carried out and surveillance operations will be carried out to curb outbreaks.
The UK denies Cummings’ claims
The UK government has backed claims by former chief aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that officials followed a strategy of immunity to the herd in the early days of the pandemic. Dominic Cummings posted a series of tweets on Saturday criticizing the UK’s response.
Germany contemplates restrictions
CDC on the variant clock
Philippines investigates online vaccine sales
New cases in India lower cases in more than a month
Thailand detects cases of variants first found in South Africa
The country reported 3,382 new cases and 17 fatalities during the day, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 129,500 with 776 deaths.
Two million doses of Pfizer are expected to be available in Australia each week from early October, which would mean anyone interested could get their two vaccines by the end of the year, according to the newspaper, which cites the Australian Medical Association.
Samsung Biologics, of South Korea, has signed an agreement with Moderna on vaccine production, Yonhap news agency reported. Under the agreement, Samsung Biologics will provide contract manufacturing organization services to Moderna for its mRNA vaccine and some of the doses will be produced in South Korea.
Malaysia will restrict trade operations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 25 to curb a recent increase in Covid-19 cases, according to Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Approximately 80% of government officials and 40% of private sector employees will work from home, affecting 7 to 8 million workers.
The Japanese government hopes to end the delivery of coronavirus vaccines for the elderly in all municipalities before July 4, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.
Singapore will close two shopping malls in the western part of the island for two weeks from Sunday after 10 recent cases were related to properties.
The ministry will also offer free trials of Covid-19 to those visiting malls from May 10-14.
Of the doses, 204,000 will arrive Sunday morning through purchases through Covax, while 843,000 will arrive Monday from the United States.
The British pharmaceutical giant is talking to the UK and other governments about building facilities to bring vaccine development and production to the ground before the next crisis, said Roger Connor, its head of vaccines. Laboratories would offer a range of vaccine technologies to fight the deadly viruses of the future, he said in an interview.
A report from a meeting of the agency’s security group on May 17 said most cases of myocarditis found “appear to be mild” and may not be related to vaccinations. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle that is often found after an infection.
Brazil passed 16 million cases on Saturday, the weekend when infections and deaths rose, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
Vaccines were reported to be effective in variants from India
The results are likely to boost the UK government’s plan to end its blockade on June 21, although cases of the variant have risen rapidly.