Here are some significant developments:
- The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee reported a record number of new daily cases of the Olympic Games-related coronavirus on Friday. At least 19 new infections have been detected, including three athletes who tested positive, just hours before the opening ceremonies.
- A new Hungarian study has found that China’s Sinopharm vaccine offers poor protection against covid-19 in older populations. Researchers said this week that 50% of blood samples from people over 80 showed no protective antibodies to the virus, even after a full cycle of the two-dose vaccine.
- Italy has stepped up pressure on its unvaccinated population, announcing on Thursday that a digital or printed health pass would be needed to access many daily leisure activities, including theaters and indoor dining.
- The Israeli Ministry of Health has released new data suggesting that the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is only 39% effective in preventing infection with the delta variant. Protection against critical illness, however, remained high, at 91%, the ministry said.
- The British government announced Thursday evening that it was exempting more than 10,000 food industry workers and other workers from the Covid-19 isolation rules that have caused staff shortages in supermarkets and disrupted food chains. supply in other sectors such as the hotel industry.
- The United States is at “another pivotal moment” in the pandemic as the more transmissible delta variant tears apart in unvaccinated communities, forcing hospitals to reach capacity in some areas, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers said Thursday. for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States.