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Distrust of the AstraZeneca vaccine and supply problems are driving the vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus, which continues its deadly progression, especially in India with a record of contaminations

On Thursday, several countries announced to limit injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine the day after reports confirming a link to rare but serious cases of blood clots: the Philippines suspended its use for those under 60, Australia for those under 50

Already the day before, Italy and Spain had chosen caution, announcing that the vaccine from the Anglo-Swedish laboratory was reserved for over 60s, while Belgium now intends it for over 55s and the United Kingdom. United to over 30s

The region of Castile and Leon, in northwestern Spain, has completely suspended its use, as has Denmark, while several other countries of the European Union had already decided to no longer administer this vaccine below a certain age, such as France and Germany

These decisions were taken despite the call of the European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides to the 27 Member States of the EU to “speak with one voice”, in order not to nourish the mistrust against this vaccine on which Brussels expects to carry out its campaign, lagging behind the United States or its British neighbor

Germany announced on Thursday that it wanted to discuss possible deliveries of its Covid-19 Sputnik V vaccine with Moscow, without waiting for the green light from Brussels

“I explained on behalf of Germany to the Council of Health Ministers of the EU, that we would discuss bilaterally with Russia, first of all to know when and what quantities could be delivered” , said Minister of Health Jens Spahn, according to whom the European Commission refuses to negotiate on behalf of the Twenty-Seven the purchase of Sputnik V

European Commissioner Thierry Breton was very reserved on the usefulness for the EU to resort to Chinese or Russian vaccines, believing that they will not help the EU “to achieve (its) objective of immunity (of the population) by summer 2021 “

The EU is not alone in worrying about its campaign failures: Australia failed to meet its target of four million doses administered (it is at one million) while the Indonesia denounced on Thursday delays in the delivery of more than 100 million doses of AstraZeneca, mainly due to export restrictions observed by India

The latter country, which is home to the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer (SII), has decided to prioritize immunization of its own population, while it is experiencing a record of contaminations Over 126000 new infections have been recorded in the last 24 hours However, only 87 million doses have been administered so far for a population of 1.3 billion inhabitants and according to local media, several states are facing a shortage of serum, such as Maharashtra where the megalopolis Bombay is located.

The state’s health minister warned on Wednesday that stocks could run out within three days “We have to tell people that since the vaccines have not arrived, they have to go home,” Rajesh Tope said.

At least 708.4 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to a count made Thursday by AFP from official sources

But strong inequalities remain between “high income” countries as defined by the World Bank, which concentrate almost half of the doses administered, and “low income” countries, where only 0.1 % of doses

Africa remains “on the margins”, with only “2% of vaccines administered in the world,” lamented Thursday the director for Africa of the World Health Organization (WHO) Matshidiso Moeti Amnesty International has denounced the “virtual monopoly” of rich countries on vaccines in the face of a pandemic which has claimed more than 2.89 million lives worldwide, according to an AFP report

In the United States, vaccination “is in full swing,” said President Joe Biden, assuring that from April 19 all American adults would be eligible

The most bereaved country with nearly 560000 dead, the United States has more than three million daily injections on average over the last seven days

However, the number of daily infections has started to increase again and remains at a very high level (more than 74000 new cases Wednesday)

Countries such as Argentina, India, Qatar, Cuba and Tunisia have announced a strengthening of the restrictions in force in the hope of halting the increase in contamination Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will be reconfigured from Thursday

In Brazil, more than 4000 people died from Covid-19 on Tuesday and more than 3800 Wednesday

The benchmark public health institute Fiocruz said on Tuesday that containment “absolutely necessary” to cope with the saturation of hospitals But far-right president Jair Bolsonaro ruled it out

Poland announced 954 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday, a daily record Iran has passed two million confirmed cases

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