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More than 300,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States, where more than 200,000 cases in 24 hours were identified on Monday. An unprecedented vaccination campaign has started in the country but the end of the nightmare is still far away.
The United States crossed, Monday, December 14, the dramatic threshold of 300,000 people who died of Covid-19. The number of 300,000 equates to the population of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. And the epidemic, far from slowing down, is exploding in the country: more than 200,000 cases in 24 hours were again recorded on Monday.
Marking in a serious tone this “dark course”, President-elect Joe Biden estimated that “urgent work” awaited him when he took office on January 20: “Take control of this pandemic and vaccinate the nation against this virus. “
In New York, a nurse, Sandra Lindsay, on Monday became the first American to be vaccinated. Other caregivers, in Pennsylvania, Iowa and California, have been vaccinated across the country. Wishing to set an example, the head of the Pentagon Christopher Miller, also received an injection, in front of the cameras.
“The vaccination campaign will first concern health personnel”
“The tunnel is long”
The American vaccination campaign, the largest in its history, is aimed primarily at the most exposed caregivers and retirement homes. Nearly three million doses must be distributed by Wednesday, with the goal of vaccinating some 20 million Americans by the end of December and 100 million by the end of March.
But faced with this hope, the authorities fear that the Americans will lower their guard. “It’s light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is long,” warned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who reiterated he may have to re-confine New York if hospitals are threatened with saturation. .
Well-respected immunologist Anthony Fauci warned that you should expect to have to wear a mask and respect distancing for months to come. If “we convince people to get vaccinated (…) and we arrive (at collective immunity) at the end of spring, beginning of summer, then by the fall we can approach a certain degree of relief … and some form of normalcy, “he said on MSNBC.
Curfew in France
Canada was the other major country to launch vaccination with the Pfizer / BioNTech antidote on Monday, while Abu Dhabi started injecting with the vaccine from Chinese drug giant Sinopharm.
Across the Atlantic, the France was preparing to come out of a second one and a half month confinement on Tuesday, which will give way to a curfew, except for Christmas Eve. However, the lifting of the restrictions will not concern theaters, performance halls, cinemas, museums, or even stadium stands, which will remain closed.
The pandemic is spreading again at full speed in Europe, where the European Medicines Agency is due to issue an opinion on the authorization of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine by the end of December. Germany is pressuring EU authorities to speed up the process, according to German media.
Containment in the Netherlands
As in the United States, the authorities fear a new push in favor of the Christmas holidays and several countries have announced new containment measures, Germany and the Netherlands in the lead.
In England, a pioneer in the launch of vaccinations, London and certain regions of the south-east were preparing on Monday to go to the third level of alert, with the closure of hotels, pubs and restaurants, due to an “exponential” increase in cases of Covid-19. The new outbreak could be linked to a mutation in the virus, authorities said. However, they considered it “highly improbable” that this new variant would not respond to the vaccine.
The pandemic has killed at least 1.6 million people worldwide to date, with 72 million cases diagnosed, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources. Behind the United States come Brazil with more than 181,000 dead, India (143,000), Mexico (113,900) and Italy (64,500).