According to a media report, the Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party have agreed to adopt a temporary solution to the Corona requirements by the end of March 2022. This was reported by the Liberation Network in Germany. The parties to the traffic lights had earlier indicated that the so-called epidemiological situation on a national scale should not extend beyond November 25. Instead, Section 28a of the Infection Protection Act, which describes potential interventions by states and federal municipalities in the event of a pandemic emergency, should be changed. This also includes mask requirements as well as hygiene and distance rules. (26.10.2021)
Germany’s infection rate has risen again – to 113
The coronavirus is again spreading rapidly in Germany, and the seven-day infection rate has risen again. On Tuesday noon, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced a value of 113.0 new infections in the past 24 hours, turning into 100,000 people. On Monday, the nationwide infection value was 110.1. According to the RKI, 128 more people died within a day as a result of the corona infection.
The differences between the federal states are enormous: the highest incidence values are currently found in Thuringia (235.7), Saxony (191.7) and Bavaria (186.7). At the end of the table are the federal states of Saarland (53.2), Schleswig-Holstein (58.0), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (62.2) and Lower Saxony (62.5), where the number of infections – converted to population size – is only about a quarter of the numbers in Saxony or Thuringia. (26.10.21)
The EU authority allows the booster vaccination with Moderna
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has made it possible to obtain a booster vaccine with the Corona vaccine from the manufacturer Moderna. The agency said a booster vaccine with Spikevax can be given to people over 18 years old six to eight months after the second dose. In adults, for whom protection decreased, antibody values increased, according to experts, due to the booster.
EMA experts examined data from studies conducted by the manufacturer. According to the EMA’s recommendation, a booster vaccination or a booster vaccine contains only half of the normal vaccination dose. The risk of possible side effects corresponds to that of the second dose of Moderna. A decision on booster vaccination will be made by national authorities, the EMA confirmed. Experts had previously enabled booster vaccination with the preparation from manufacturers Pfizer and Biontech. (26.10.2021)
The US government announces new entry rules
The White House has published details of the new entry rules, which have now been relaxed somewhat in light of the advanced vaccinations against Corona. It was already clear: From November 8, foreigners can return to the United States if they are fully vaccinated against the emerging coronavirus with internationally recognized preparations. The White House has announced the acceptance of vaccines that have received approval or emergency approval from the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. This currently applies to preparations from Biontech / Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
It added that travelers will have to prove their vaccination status to the airline in question before boarding the plane to the United States. Full vaccination against the Corona virus is a prerequisite. Accordingly, subjects are considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after receiving their last required injection. The White House has confirmed that a mixture of two different vaccines will be accepted here as well — provided the preparations are approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.
There are only a few exceptions to the vaccination requirements for international travelers, for example for children or people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. US citizens are exempt from the vaccination requirement to enter anyway. According to the US government, travelers generally must submit a negative corona test for no more than three days in addition to their vaccination certificate. For unvaccinated people who are subject to permitted exemptions, the age of testing must be no more than one day. She added that airlines will also have to keep the contact information of passengers so that they can notify them of possible cases of corona.
The easing comes after more than a year and a half of widespread entry bans for people from several countries, including residents of the European Union and the United Kingdom. Then US President Donald Trump ordered it in March 2020, at the beginning of the Corona epidemic. With a few exceptions, entry from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland – as well as for foreigners from India, China, Brazil, South Africa and Iran – is prohibited.
On the other hand, the European Union already asked member states in June to gradually lift restrictions on travelers from the United States and several other countries. Then Germany again allowed entry from the United States, among other countries, also for tourists. This means Americans can return to Germany from June 20 if they can prove they have been vaccinated, survived COVID-19, or tested negative for COVID-19. Germany and other EU countries had also hoped for relaxation in return from Washington, but had to wait a long time. This caused some frustration among Europeans. The ban on entry has not only separated families and friends so far. Business and tourism have also been plagued. (26.10.2021)
China sends Lanzhou City to lockdown
In response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, China has imposed a strict curfew in Lanzhou, a city of four million people. City residents in Gansu Province were asked on Tuesday not to leave their apartment complexes unless there is an emergency or to buy groceries. Inputs and outputs must be monitored. China reported a total of 29 new locally transmitted infections on Tuesday, six of them in Gansu Province.
The Chinese government is pursuing a strict „zero virus strategy”. With curfews, mass testing, contact tracing, quarantine and strict entry restrictions, the country is largely under control of the coronavirus. However, there are always smaller outbreaks, which must be controlled with great effort. (26.10.2021)
Intensive care doctors expect more Covid-19 patients
Intensive care doctors expect an increase in the number of Corona patients in hospitals in the coming weeks. The head of the German Interdisciplinary Society for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (Divi), Gernot Marx, told newspapers that depending on the season and with the aim of increasing accidents, he believed „the number of Covid patients in intensive care units will increase.” From the Funke Media Group. „We’re at the beginning of fall and winter. The virus can spread better in closed rooms again.” (26.10.2021)
Lauterbach highly recommends booster vaccination
SPD health expert Carl Lauterbach is calling for more booster vaccinations for at-risk groups. „In light of the increasing number of cases, including among the elderly, a new vaccination campaign to use booster vaccines in this age group is now absolutely necessary,” Lauterbach told Funke Media Group newspapers. The background to this is the high seven-day infection rate in Germany. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the figure was triple digits again at the weekend for the first time in nearly six months and rose to 110.1 new infections per 100,000 residents at the start of the week.
Gernot Marx, president of the German Multidisciplinary Society for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), said he said „booster vaccines play a very important role in the fight against the epidemic”. This applies to both patients and hospital staff.
Eugen Brych, a board member of the German Patient Protection Foundation, complained about the „slow course” of third-party vaccinations. „The statutory health insurance associations are responsible for ensuring that after a good three months, only 12 percent of those over the age of 70 have received a third offer of vaccination,” NOZ’s Brich said. „Now, the abolition of vaccination centers and mobile teams, precisely because of pressure from health insurance physicians, has largely been cancelled.” (26.10.2021)
Germany donated 17.6 million cans of Astra Zeneca
According to a media report, Germany has so far provided 7.6 million vaccine doses against Corona from the manufacturer Astra Zeneca that are available to other countries bilaterally. In addition, there are another ten million doses handed over by the federal government to the World Health Organization as part of the „Kofax” vaccine initiative, reports the German Liberation Network (RND). „This means that there is no longer any stock of Astra Zeneca in stock by the federal government,” a spokesperson for the Federal Department of Health told the RND. Vietnam received the most doses directly (2.6 million), followed by Ukraine (1.5), Egypt, Ghana (both 1.5) and Namibia (0.2). The federal government had promised to provide 100 million doses of vaccine from various manufacturers to other countries for free. Most of the distribution is via Kofax. (26.10.2021)
Stiko chief rejects Kimmich’s criticism
The chair of the Standing Committee on Immunization (STICO), Thomas Mertens, dismissed the concerns of national footballer Joshua Kimmich due to the lack of long-term studies on vaccines. Bayern professional Kimmich admitted, Saturday, that he has not yet been vaccinated against Corona. He had „some personal concerns, particularly regarding the lack of long-term studies”.
If a vaccine is released for use in humans, there are accompanying studies examining exactly whether serious side effects can occur when it is used, Mertens said in an interview with German news agency DPA. „You have to keep in mind that seven billion doses of people have now been vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine,” he said. „It is clear that ten-year observational studies cannot be done when a vaccine has been used for about a year.” This applies not only to every other vaccine that is used for the first time, but also to every new drug.
„In addition to the consent studies, we know from the accompanying studies that there were only a few side effects, and all of them occurred very soon after vaccination,” said Stiko’s president. Scientists agree that side effects that occur late after vaccination „do not occur or have been extremely rare with individual vaccines.”
The federal government still hopes that national footballer Joshua Kimmich will make a decision on the vaccination against Corona and indicated comprehensive information. Government spokesman Stephen Seibert said all questions were, of course, well-founded. However, there are „clear and convincing answers” from national and international experts on aspects such as the type and effect of vaccines or the potential outcomes of vaccination.
Seibert said he therefore hopes „Joshua Kimmich will let all this information work on him again and then perhaps decide in favor of vaccination.” „Because as a person looked up to by millions, then he would be the most important role model.” (25.10.2021)