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Russian experts complete evaluation of EpiVacCorona vaccine for use in people over 60 NOVOSIBIRSK. KAZINFORM The Russian Health Ministry’s experts have completed the evaluation of the EpiVacCorona COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology for use in elderly people, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters on Friday.
France rules out weekend lockdowns for Paris PARIS. KAZINFORM Amid widespread criticism that weekend lockdowns were a harsh measure, the French government has backtracked on its proposal to confine Paris and other big cities at risk, instead choosing to shut down large commercial spaces to slow down the circulation of the COVID-19 virus.
New virus cases hovering around 400, potential upticks worrisome amid pandemic fatigue in S. Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases continued to hover around 400 on Friday amid the country's vaccination push, with a potential resurgence in spring still worrisome amid prolonged pandemic fatigue and an increase in more contagious COVID-19 variants, Yonhap reports.
Over 50 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be produced in Russia by May MOSCOW. KAZINFORM - The total volume of vaccines against the coronavirus released into circulation in Russia will amount to more than 50 mln doses by May, interim head of the directorate on organizing state control of quality of medical products of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare Alla Trapkova reported on Thursday, TASS reports.
Brazil sees highest daily COVID-19 death count: 1,910 BRASILIA. KAZINFORM - Brazil saw the biggest number of deaths reported on a single day since the beginning of the pandemic on Wednesday (Mar. 3)—1,910 fatalities caused by complications from COVID-19, which raised the country’s total death toll to 259,271. There are also 2,867 deaths under investigation, Agencia Brasil reports.
COVID-19 infections rise again in France as gov't mulls easing rules from mid-April PARIS. KAZINFORM A total of 3,810,316 people in France have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after 26,788 positive cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, the biggest daily increase since Feb. 24, official figures showed on Wednesday.
Covid positives won’t be allowed to go to grocery and drug stores in Slovakia BRATISLAVA. KAZINFORM - People who’ve tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 will no longer be allowed to go to the nearest grocery or drug store as of Monday, March 8, according to a new decree of the Public Health Authority (UVZ), TASR reports.
S. Korea's COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up amid safety woes SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea is accelerating its COVID-19 vaccination campaign one week after its first vaccine rollout, and more people are expected to receive their first shots despite controversies over recent reports of deaths, Yonhap reports.
SpaceX’s Starship prototype explodes minutes after landing in Texas NEW YORK. KAZINFORM - US’s SpaceX successfully landed the Starship spacecraft, designed for Martian missions, Wednesday; however, the spacecraft exploded several minutes after the landing. The event was livestreamed on YouTube, TASS reports.
São Paulo’s daily death count sees record high BRASILIA. KAZINFORM - São Paulo stands atop the ranking of Brazil’s pandemic figures. In 24 hours, the state reported 468 deaths—the highest since the country was surprised by the first fatality caused by COVID-19, a year ago. A total of 60,014 patients have been reported killed by the disease, Agencia Brasil reports.
Some people need more time to develop immunity after coronavirus vaccination — expert MOSCOW. KAZINFORM Some people need more time to develop immunity after coronavirus vaccination, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing’s Central Research Institute of Epidemiology Alexander Gorelov told Channel One.