Today, Saturday, a Chinese city approved an experimental vaccine against the emerging corona virus (Covid-19) and put it on the market at a price of about $ 60, and in Europe a new series of strict measures entered into force in the hope of stopping the second wave of the epidemic.
In eastern China, Jiaxing has begun providing the experimental “Sinovac” company vaccine to vaccinate essential employees and other vulnerable groups.
The Jiaxing Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that two doses of the “Coronavac” vaccine will cost 200 yuan (29.75 dollars) per dose, and that vaccinations for major groups, including medical workers, have begun.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been vaccinated with experimental vaccines, in experiments that reached the last stage, as part of an emergency vaccination program that began last July.
The “Sinovac” vaccine has reached the last-phase trials in Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey, and the company said that an interim analysis of the third-phase trial data may be released in November at the earliest.
With the increase in infections in the old continent, a new series of strict measures entered into force today in the hope of stopping the second wave of the epidemic.
In London, as of Saturday, residents of any place inside the country are prohibited from mixing with people from abroad, noting that more than 15 thousand new infections were recorded yesterday in the United Kingdom, with the largest number of deaths in Europe (43 thousand and 400 deaths)
In France, residents of 12 large cities, including the capital Paris and its suburbs, have entered a curfew that will remain in place for at least 4 weeks, with the virus spreading again in the country, which recorded more than 25,000 infections on Friday within 24 hours.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a personal call to her citizens to reduce social mixing, and not travel except in the narrowest borders, after the federal and state governments faced difficulty in reaching an agreement on methods to contain a second wave of infection with the virus.
Although infection rates in this country were lower than in most parts of the continent, they accelerated and reached a daily record high of 7,830 on Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases.
On the other hand, a spokeswoman for the Austrian Foreign Ministry said that the tests confirmed the infection of Minister Alexander Schallenberg, and that the infection may have been transmitted to him during a meeting with his counterparts in the European Union on Monday.
Schallenberg’s infection raises the possibility that the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting was an event of heavy contagion.
Yesterday, Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes said that she would isolate herself after she had suspected symptoms of Corona.