How to convince some minorities of the need to get vaccinated? That’s the problem the UK has run into, where certain groups are opposed to being immunized for religious or cultural reasons. The other outstanding question is whether the available vaccines will be sufficiently effective against the variants.
The UK vaccinates on full blast against COVID-19. More than 12 million people have received the first dose, and authorities expect everyone over 50 to be immunized by May. However, he is wondering whether a third booster injection or even an annual vaccine will be necessary to ensure effectiveness against virus variants.
Another problem is the opposition that some communities are showing for religious or cultural reasons.
“I was very surprised that some nurses advised people not to get vaccinated says Michael Dawes, a physician at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. But what struck me the most was hearing a nurse say: my pastor said no. That infuriated me and I said, ‘Give me your pastor’s number and let me talk to him.’
AstraZeneca vaccine offers limited protection against the South African variant
A study has shown that AstraZeneca’s vaccine offers limited protection against the South African variant of the virus, in particular, in light and moderate forms of the disease, although the creators of the vaccine claim that it does serve to prevent severe cases.
With these data in hand, South Africa has decided to suspend its use.
Hungary approves Russian Sputnik vaccine
In Hungary, the health authorities have authorized the Russian Spuntnik V vaccine, which is a first for the European Union. According to Budapest, they have 40,000 doses and has ordered two million more, which you will receive in the next three months.
The Hungarian government took this step after criticizing the slowness of the vaccine procurement process by Brussels.
“We have finished the examination of the Sputnik vaccine and the result is very good says Cecilia Müller, head of the National Center for Public Health. All available and licensed vaccines are effective, efficient and safe. “
The Venice carnival watered down by the pandemic
This year, Venice at carnival does not look like Venice. No sign of the three million tourists who come to the Italian town at this time each year.
“Venice will be reborn, as it has done so many times throughout its history. We are convinced and optimistic,” says a costume seller.
Rain has been added to the effects of the virus to spoil this celebration with many centuries of history. The events can be followed online.