9:22 am: Sexual mutilation should explode due to Covid-19
According to Unicef and UNFPA, “two million more cases of female genital mutilation could occur worldwide” in the next ten years. For its part, France announced the strengthening of protection for the exiles affected by this “scourge”, which affects between 60,000 and 125,000 women in the country.
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9:02 a.m .: AstraZeneca is limited to under 55s in Spain
The Spanish Ministry of Health said Friday it would limit the use of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine to people under the age of 55. Other countries have set age limits for this vaccine as there is no risk assessment in older populations. In France, it is not recommended for people over 65 due to a lack of data.
8:38 am: AstraZeneca effective against the English variant
The vaccine developed by Oxford University and the AstraZeneca group maintains its “similar effectiveness” to the highly contagious variant that appeared in the south of England and has since been found in dozen of countries, said the project’s researchers.
7:29 am: In Africa, the apocalyptic scenario did not occur
The African Union Summit begins online this Saturday and will include two days of video conferences on the fight against Covid-19, vaccine supplies to the continent and the many crises the virus has pushed into the background. A year ago, the arrival of the epidemic in Africa raised fears of an explosion in the continent’s fragile health systems. An apocalyptic scenario that did not materialize. According to the AU Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Africa is currently relatively untouched by the new coronavirus, with 3.5% of cases and 4% of officially registered deaths worldwide.
7:13 am: The impact of global warming on the virus
Global warming may have played a role in transmitting the coronavirus, which is responsible for Covid-19, to humans by providing new habitats for bats, a species suspected of causing the virus, according to a study published on Friday.
6:52 a.m.: Canada justifies using Covax
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday defended Canada’s use of the UN Covax device to help poor countries vaccinate their populations against Covid while he is the only G7 member to do so.
6:50 am: First injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine
Starting this weekend, doses of the third vaccine available in the European Union, that of AstraZeneca, will be injected as recommended by the High Authority for Health (HAS), but primarily to caregivers under 65 years of age.
With 2.6% of the population who received at least one dose (1.773 million people on Friday evening), France is close to the EU average (2.7%).
But only 0.3% of the French population have already received two doses (almost 190,000), less than the EU average (0.8%). According to AFP from official sources, the gap between Italy (1.6%), Spain (1.3%) or Germany (1%) is even greater.
6:48 am: What to expect from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
The American laboratory Johnson & Johnson on Thursday asked the United States to urgently approve its vaccine in a single dose that is believed to be sufficiently effective. However, if this vaccine is considered relatively effective, its ability to resist variants of the virus is not entirely reassuring. We tell you more in this article.
6:46 am: Where is the epidemic in France before the holidays?
The Covid-19 edition is still not weakening in France before the school holidays, which start this Saturday in the academies of Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon and Poitiers.
Thanks to our interactive map, you can display the number of hospital, intensive care or deceased persons since the beginning of the epidemic.
6:45 am: Hello and welcome to everyone on this live stream dedicated to the evolution of the pandemic in France and around the world.