Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
Don’t travel, says the WHO
Progress against the pandemic remains “fragile” and international travel should be avoided, warns the European director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Hans Kluge.
But he adds that all vaccines authorized by the WHO are effective against “variants of the COVID-19 virus that have appeared so far”.
EU health pass
European Parliament and European Union (EU) member states reach agreement paving the way for a COVID-19 ‘green certificate’ that will help open up travel to Europe for the key summer season.
Black fungus epidemic
States across India are ordering emergency measures to counter an outbreak of the rare deadly ‘black fungus’ infection among people with coronavirus.
France expands Jab deployment
All adults in France will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations from May 31, two weeks earlier than initially expected, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced.
Lockdown challenge fails
The European Court of Human Rights dismisses as inadmissible the allegation by a member of the European Parliament that the imposition of a COVID-19 lockdown was comparable to a house arrest.
AstraZeneca, J&J for volunteers
Denmark, the first European country to abandon AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines, is making both vaccines available to volunteers.
Moderna, AstraZeneca for Japan?
A Japanese government panel recommends approval of Moderna and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines, amid criticism of the slow start to vaccinations just two months away from the Olympics.
The Central African Republic begins its vaccine deployment with doses of AstraZeneca from the COVAX program for the poorest countries. Cases have exploded since the start of the year.
Sweden at the top of European affairs
For the first time this year, the incidence rate of coronavirus cases in Sweden has exceeded European Union (EU) figures, to 577 cases per 100,000 population, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. But the associated deaths are among the lowest.
The Italian government approves a 40 billion euro support program for its struggling economy, devastated by the pandemic. It includes 100 million for the struggling airline Alitalia.
Back to IMF headquarters
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it will gradually return to in-person staff work at its Washington headquarters starting June 1, as the United States (United States) brings the COVID-19 outbreak under control .
The Eiffel Tower to reopen
The Eiffel Tower will reopen on July 16 after several months of closure due to the pandemic.
Armani Fashion Shows Live
More than a year after the switch to virtual catwalks, Italian fashion house Armani is announcing the return of the public live, starting with its Men’s Spring / Summer collection next month.
3.4 million dead
The pandemic has killed at least 3,419,488 people worldwide since the virus first appeared in late 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.
The United States (US) is the most affected country with 587,874 deaths, followed by Brazil with 441,691, India with 287,122, Mexico with 220,850 and Great Britain with 127 694. – AFP