The global pandemic of the COVID-19 epidemic has not been effectively controlled. Recently, a variety of mutant new coronaviruses have been discovered around the world, which has caused people to worry. As for the mutant virus reported by the British government this month, Germany has made some new discoveries.
According to a report by Die Welt, Germany on December 28, a study by the Hannover Medical School (MHH) in Germany found that the hospital had detected a “B117” virus variant from a sample of a previously deceased new coronavirus patient, a variant found in the UK The new coronavirus, which means that this virus may already exist in Germany in November.
At the same time, because the epidemic situation is still severe, some people in Germany believe that the mandatory blockade that ended on January 10 next year is still not enough, and the blockade should be extended at that time to stop the spread of the epidemic.
Die Welt quoted news from the Health Department of Lower Saxony, Germany, saying that the Hannover Medical School found a variant of the “B117” virus during a retrospective examination of the infection cases in November. This discovery came from a deceased patient and his Wife’s sample. According to reports, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals, Charité Hospital in Berlin, also confirmed this preliminary finding.
The Health Department of Lower Saxony revealed that the patient’s daughter had been to the UK in mid-November and may have contracted the virus there. With the exception of this deceased patient, his wife and daughter have recovered. According to the investigation, no further infection occurred in these cases.
According to the report, this also means that since November, the mutant new coronavirus newly discovered in the UK may have been present in Germany. According to previous reports, the mutated new coronavirus from the United Kingdom was first discovered in Germany on December 24. The confirmed patient was a female visiting relative who flew to Frankfurt from London.
On December 14, British Health Secretary Matthew Hancock confirmed and reported for the first time when reporting the new coronavirus epidemic in the House of Commons that a mutant new coronavirus has been found in the UK. At that time, at least 60 local governments confirmed this mutation, and the total number of reported cases exceeded 1,000. example. He also revealed that British scientists are conducting research on this and have reported it to the WHO.
At the WHO’s new coronavirus routine press conference on December 21, Maria Van Kerkhove, technical director of the organization’s health emergency project, said that by studying the characteristics of the case and the virus gene sequence, the researchers found that it was named “B117” A retrospective analysis of cases in the southeast of England was carried out, and it was found that this variant already existed in some cases in September.
At present, countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Nigeria, and other countries have discovered or suspected of discovering different types of mutated new coronaviruses. The virus variants discovered in the United Kingdom have been introduced into Germany, France, Japan, and other countries. This type of virus has even appeared in Japan. The “human-to-human transmission” phenomenon of the virus.
At the same time, since mid-to-late October, Germany’s new coronavirus epidemic has rebounded rapidly, and the highest values of various data have been constantly refreshed. On December 9, when talking about the epidemic and blockade, German Chancellor Angela Merkel not only pleaded with the public to comply with the epidemic prevention measures in tears but was also very emotional at one time.
The German government has announced that it will implement compulsory blockade measures from December 16 to January 10 next year. However, in the face of the fierce epidemic and the threat of mutated new coronavirus, the blockade by the beginning of January next year seems still not enough.
According to Die Welt, the governor of Saarland, Germany, Tobias Hans proposed to extend the mandatory lockdown. He believes that the current infection data is deceptive and does not represent the true situation.
“The crowd seems to be much smaller during Christmas,” Hans said. “But I am very worried that people will go out to celebrate the New Year, and urgent measures must be taken to stop it.”
According to data released by the German disease prevention and control agency Robert Koch Institute on December 28, there were 10976 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus and 348 new deaths in Germany that day; so far, Germany has a total of 1,651,834 confirmed cases and a total of 30,126 deaths.
Germany starts ordering 2022 vaccines, local leaders suggest approval of Chinese vaccines
German Health Minister Jens Spahn revealed on Saturday (30th) that the country has now begun to order the 2022 vaccine, because the spread of the variant new coronavirus may require an increase in the dose in the future.
According to Reuters news on the 31st, Spann said in a video conference for medical staff on the 30th that Germany is currently ordering 2022 vaccines, and at least some of them must be obtained first because no one knows whether there is a need to increase the number of vaccine injections in the future, or In order to maintain immunity to the new coronavirus, vaccines must be purchased in advance as a preventive measure. Spann said that 2.3 million people out of the 83 million German population have received the first dose of vaccine, but because vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Modena, and other vaccine manufacturers suddenly announced reductions in production, European governments faced a shortage of vaccines. Both are quite a headache. The German government has set up a new vaccination task force, and it is also expected to convene federal and local government representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and EU representatives for a vaccine meeting on the 1st.
Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, stalled during the second blockade in November. Many Germans envied the faster vaccination rates in Britain, Israel, and other countries. The German federal government has continuously received criticisms of too slow vaccination progress. German media described the government vaccine program as a “scandal.” Public opinion surveys show that people’s satisfaction with the government’s epidemic prevention has dropped to 49%, the lowest point since the epidemic.
Before the meeting of the new vaccination working group, some powerful regional leaders in Germany also expressed dissatisfaction with the federal epidemic prevention and control measures. The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, put forward a new proposal that requires the federal state to allow the state to have more say in the supply of vaccines to the groups most in need. Soder said, “We need an emergency vaccine economy system, and the country must formulate clear rules,” he called on the authorities to consider approving Chinese and Russian vaccines for use in other European countries.
According to reports, as of the 30th, Germany had 13,321 new cases and 794 deaths in a single day, with a total of more than 2.21 million confirmed cases and 56,000 deaths. Although the number of cases per 100,000 people has dropped by 3 in the past 7 days to 91 cases. The government stated that the number must be less than 50 cases to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. In addition, the German Ministry of the Interior said that due to the growing domestic concerns about the mutant virus, it is currently preparing to impose restrictions on the entry of passengers from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
The U.S. and Russia reach an agreement on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
On January 26, US President Biden had a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin for the first time after taking office. The Russian Kremlin stated that the two sides agreed to extend the arms control agreement “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and the US White House also said that the two sides will work on extending the treaty.
Russian Satellite News Agency quoted the Kremlin News Service on the 26th as saying that Putin and Biden reached an agreement on extending the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” during a telephone conversation. The source said: “In the near future, both parties will complete all necessary procedures to ensure that this important international mechanism for mutual restriction of nuclear weapons continues to take effect.”
Reuters reported on the 26th that the White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s statement. However, the White House issued a statement saying that the leaders of the United States and Russia agreed to let their working groups urgently start work on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The United States and Russia signed the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. After the US-Russia “China-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” expired in 2019, the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” became the only arms control treaty between the two countries. The treaty will expire on February 5, 2021, but the validity of the treaty can be negotiated between the two countries It will be extended at most 5 years later. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the treaty for one year but ultimately failed to finalize the details.
U.S. COVID-19 patient dies hours after vaccination
A person infected with the new coronavirus in California, USA, died a few hours after being vaccinated with the new coronavirus on the 21st. The cause of death has not been identified, and it is not clear whether the deceased was vaccinated with Modena or Pfizer.
According to Fox News, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in California announced on Saturday (23rd) that a resident who tested positive for the new coronavirus in December 2020 will be vaccinated on January 21, 2021. Received the vaccine, but died a few hours later.
The sheriff’s office said that at present, many local, state, and federal agencies are actively investigating the case. It is too early to talk about the cause of death, and the results of the investigation are still pending.
According to the report, it is still unclear whether the vaccine for the deceased was Moderna or Pfizer.
According to previous reports, a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 22nd showed that as of January 10, a total of 4,041,396 people in the United States had received the first dose of the covid vaccine developed by Modena in the United States, and a total of 1,266 cases of adverse effects were reported Reaction events (adverse reaction rate is about 0.03%), including 10 allergic reactions. Previously, the center reported that as of December 23, 2020, a total of 1,893,360 people in the United States had received the first dose of Pfizer’s covid vaccine, and a total of 4,393 adverse events were reported, including 21 allergic reactions.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past month, an average of 423 people died of new coronavirus every day in California. The state has currently recorded 36,362 deaths.