COVID-19 | European scientists investigate the efficacy of mixing the doses of different vaccines

One scientists in the UK are trying to see if using different doses of vaccines could be more effective against COVID-19. In a study, which will begin this February, they will analyze what happens if a person receives a first dose of Pfizer and the second AstraZeneca. More than 800 volunteers will participate in the trials.

“We want to recruit our participants this February to get some results in June or July, probably. Observing the levels of antibodies. That is our goal, and we would also like to be part of the second vaccination campaign that will take place in the coming months.” explained Matthew Snape, a researcher at the University of Oxford leading the study.

In contrast, a survey conducted last month revealed that a quarter of the inhabitants of France, Germany and the United States could refuse to be vaccinated. The document reveals that the reluctance to the vaccine is due to a lack of confidence in governments

Spain | A cumulative incidence in decline

The Spanish Ministry of Health has notified 29,960 new positives of COVID since Wednesday and a decrease in the accumulated incidence to 783 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, 32.5 points less than yesterday. In addition, 432 more deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 60,902, of which 1,883 have been registered in the last seven days.

According to Health, the pressure in the ICU remains practically the same and stands at 44.36%, with 4,823 patients admitted (13 less than yesterday). The total number of infections so far rises 2,913,425.

The director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, said at a press conference that the evolution of the pandemic “is favorable”, although he stressed that the cumulative incidence is “well above the final goal, which is obviously zero. or the intermediate objectives, which are around 50, 100, 200 and 250, as the maximum risk threshold “.

Viktor Orbán: “We care where the vaccine comes from”

In Hungary, the government has bought vaccines from Russia, China and the West. The first shipments from Russia have arrived under police escort as part of a three-month agreement for two million doses. The Hungarian authorities were one of the first to approve the Sputnik V vaccine within the EU.

“The acquisition of vaccines is not a political question for the government. We do not care whether the cat is black or white, we just have to catch the mouse. We use Western, Russian, Chinese, American and also British vaccines,” said the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Encouraging figures in Portugal

Portugal again today registered a reduction in the main indicators of the covid-19 pandemic, with 7,914 infections and 225 deaths, and has four consecutive days of falls in the number of active cases.

After leading the world “rankings”, the confinement decreed on January 15 and the additional restrictions approved since then are beginning to be noticed in the country, where 13,482 people have died since March. This Thursday 225 deaths were reported, the fourth consecutive day of falls and significantly below the record of 303 daily deaths that was reached last week. Infections also fell and are less than half that of just a week ago, when the record figure of 16,000 infections was exceeded.

The Portuguese Ministry of Health has appointed a military officer, Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, as the new coordinator, who today promised to “tighten” control even though the cases of undue vaccination detected in the country.