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Coronavirus worldwide: China wants to bring vaccine to almost 40 African countries

David Gutensohn

Verdict: Lockdown in Romania was not a detention

The lockdown in Romania at the start of the pandemic is, according to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) not to be equated with house arrest. A corresponding complaint was rejected. The complainant had not been deprived of his freedoms.

A Romanian MEP from the Eurosceptic faction of the right-wing conservatives had complained. According to him, the 52-day lockdown between March and May 2020 was imprisonment. The court found that the lockdown was a general measure and was not directed against the man personally.

Angelika Finkenwirth
Denmark allows AstraZeneca vaccinations

The people in Denmark can voluntary get vaccinated with the preparations from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson that are not used in the national vaccination program. A corresponding additional ordinance signed by Health Minister Magnus Heunicke has now come into force. However, a prerequisite for such a vaccination from a private provider is a previous one Consultation with a doctor and a express consent. The vaccinations are free.

The offer is particularly attractive for Danes between the ages of 25 and 39who are the last to go in the current vaccination campaign. Only BioNTech / Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are used in the campaign in Denmark.

Denmark had removed the use of AstraZeneca from the vaccination program in mid-April after reports of rare cases of blood clots related to the vaccination. The product from Johnson & Johnson has not yet been used in Denmark.
Angelika Finkenwirth
EU orders large quantities of BioNTech vaccine

The announced EU contract with BioNTech / Pfizer for the purchase of up to 1.8 billion more cans The vaccine has been signed and is therefore in force, as announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Almost two weeks ago she announced that the negotiations were over. After that there were still objection deadlines, which have now expired.

The contract runs until 2023. 900 million cans are firmly ordered, with another 900 million an option. The 70 to 80 million children in the EU are to be protected against Covid-19 and vaccinations for adults are to be refreshed. The contract volume will be up to 35 billion euros estimated.

For the current vaccination campaign, the EU has already signed two framework agreements with BioNTech / Pfizer for 600 million vaccine doses, which have been delivered since the end of 2020.
Max Skowronek
China: 40 African countries are to receive vaccination doses

According to its own information, China wants to provide vaccines to around 40 African countries. As announced by the Director of the Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wu Peng, one wants to either donate the vaccine or give it away at low prices.
According to four Chinese manufacturers, at least 2.6 billion vaccine doses could be produced this year. According to the AP news agency, China has so far promised to deliver around 500,000 vaccine doses to more than 45 countries.

In the middle of the week, the United Nations Security Council called for vaccines to be available quickly in African countries. So far, the continent has only received two percent of the vaccine doses administered worldwide, it said in a joint statement.
Carsten Luther
Japan's export economy is normalizing

Japanese foreign trade is recovering from the slump in the first corona wave about a year ago. Even more: in April exports rose by 38 percent compared to the same month last year, the fastest they have been in over a decade - mainly because of the higher demand from China and the USA. However, the development looks stronger than it actually is, as it relates to the extremely low level a year ago. Nevertheless, the data show that foreign trade is normalizing.

Exports to China, Japan's largest trading partner, rose 33.9 percent in April compared to the same month last year. In particular, systems for chip production, hybrid cars and copper scrap were in demand. Exports to the United States even increased by 45.1 percent. Cars, auto parts, and marine engines in particular were shipped to the United States.
Carsten Luther
Colombia opens its borders, Panama will close again immediately

In the Hope for a revival of the economy does Colombia have the Borders with four of its five neighboring states reopened despite pandemic: Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil - just not Venezuela. Not everyone was happy about it. Panama closed the common border with Colombia again shortly afterwards. Ecuador doesn't want to go along with it either.

Panama's foreign ministry said the decision of the neighbor jeopardizes progress in containing the pandemic and in securing the border. It was therefore decided to temporarily close the land, sea and river borders for travelers from Colombia from Thursday. Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced one Reopening of the border can only be decided jointly. The land borders should remain closed for the time being due to the pandemic.
Alexander Eydlin
Harry and Meghan announce Corona aid project in India

The former British Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have announced an aid project with which they want to help on site in view of the Corona situation in India. Together with the non-governmental organization World Central Kitchen, the couple want set up a relief center in the Indian metropolis of Mumbaito help those in need.

"Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives, millions are infected, and there is great concern that the crisis is worse than it is reported," said a statement on the website of Archewell, the couple's nonprofit.

There has been one in India in the past few weeks there has been a massive increase in the number of infections and deaths, the numbers have only been falling for a few days. Reason are political and religious mass events as well a corona mutation, which is probably more contagious than the variant of the virus that has so far been widespread in India.

According to official figures, there have been 276,110 new infections in the country in the past 24 hours alone. On Monday, the number fell below 300,000 for the first time in almost a month. India's Ministry of Health also reported 3,874 new deaths. A maximum of 4,529 deaths had only been recorded the day before.

Since the pandemic began, more than 283,000 people have died in the country and more than 25 million have become infected. However, experts assume a very high number of unreported cases.

In India, the pandemic is developing into a humanitarian catastrophe. Oxygen bottles have run out in many hospitals in the past few weeks, and Covid 19 patients could not be ventilated. Here a doctor reports on the situation on site:
Alexander Eydlin
Partial opening of Ballermann in Mallorca

The Ballermann party mile in the Mallorcan capital Palma, which is particularly popular with German tourists, is partially reopening. The Beer King, a popular beer garden on the party mile, is taking off after a long lockdown today resume operations.

As of Sunday, Mallora, like the other Balearic Islands, will lift the test requirement for vaccinated domestic tourists. "The Balearic Islands are the safest tourist destination in the Mediterranean," said the Prime Minister of the Francina Armengol region. However, the mandatory test remains for entry from abroad.

The Balearic Islands are still the region with the strictest corona rules in Spain. There is still a night curfew, the indoor areas of restaurants must remain closed at least until Sunday. The local incidence was most recently 18 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week and is thus significantly lower than in all German federal states. In Spain it is only lower in Valencia.


Tina Grudge
New vaccination record achieved in the USA

In the United States are meanwhile more than 125 million people fully vaccinatedas announced by the CDC. A total of 349 million doses were delivered and about 277 million administered. Around 159 million people have been vaccinated at least once. There are 328 million people in the United States.