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France to announce COVID-19 booster injections for all adults
France is expected to announce COVID-19 booster injections will be made available to all adults along with stricter rules on wearing face masks and tighter health card checks to curb a new wave of infections , French media reported. Health Minister Olivier Veran is due to hold a press conference at noon on Thursday.
The time between full vaccination and a booster would be reduced to five months instead of six, and PCR tests for unvaccinated people will only be valid for one day, BFM and Le Figaro said. Booster injections will gradually become a requirement of a valid health title, required in France to enter restaurants, cafes, cinemas and museums, among other public places.
Nonprofits call on WTO to overthrow ‘vaccine apartheid’
More than 130 civil society groups, largely from developing countries, are calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to cancel a ministerial conference next week and instead focus on approving a waiver to intellectual property for COVID-19 vaccines.
Group coordinator Deborah James acknowledged a postponement was unlikely, but said some developing countries demand that a waiver trump other WTO priorities, including the fisheries negotiations and agriculture.
COVID-19 cases increase 23% in the Americas
New cases of COVID-19 jumped 23% in the Americas last week, mostly in North America where the United States and Canada are reporting higher infection rates, the Pan American Health Organization said. (OPS), warning that the region could face a relapse like in Europe.
In Central America, by contrast, there was a 37% reduction in new infections. In South America, almost all countries except Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela are reporting an increase in the incidence of COVID-19. The biggest jumps were in Ecuador and Paraguay, PAHO said.
Singapore and Malaysia to open land border
Singapore and Malaysia will open a quarantine-free lane next week at their land border crossing, one of the world’s busiest, for people vaccinated against COVID-19, the two countries said. The ground route of travel in the first phase will apply to citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country they are entering, to allow people to visit families in the other side of the border, Singapore’s prime minister’s office said in a statement. The track will be gradually enlarged.
Long-term COVID risk not lower after breakthrough infection
COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in protecting against serious illness, but they do not protect against “long VOC” in those infected despite vaccination, new data shows. For six months, researchers followed 9,479 vaccinated people diagnosed with COVID-19 and about the same number of infected patients who had not been vaccinated.
Compared to unvaccinated patients, people with so-called breakthrough infections were “at a much lower risk of serious complications from COVID-19” such as the need to be admitted to an intensive care unit, requiring respiratory assistance or developing a blood clot in the legs or lungs, said Maxime Taquet of the University of Oxford.
(Compiled by Karishma Singh; edited by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)