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#All updates in #Central #European #Time (CET).

03:28 #Cuba will apply its own vaccines, “#Sovereign” 1 and 2, in six months

#Cuba will be able to inoculate its entire population with its own vaccine against the new coronavirus, in the first semester of 2021, said an important #Health director.

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The country is able “to immunize the #Cuban population against the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the first half of 2021,” said #Vicente Vérez #Bencomo, director of the #Finlay #Vaccine #Institute (IFV), quoted on #Tuesday by the newspaper. #Granma officer.

Vérez made the statement before #Cuban #President #Miguel Díaz-Canel during a visit to the IFV, where the two vaccine candidates against COVID-19 are being prepared: #Soberana01 and #Soberana02.

The “sovereigns have advanced in the clinical trial in an important way, 01 is ending #Phase 1 and 02 is entering #Phase 2,” reported Vérez.

03:00 #New strain spreads throughout the world and #Latin #America reaches 500,000 deaths

The new and worrying variant of coronavirus discovered in the #United #Kingdom was detected this #Tuesday (12/29/2020) for the first time in the #United #States and in #Latin #America, a region that in turn exceeded 500,000 deaths from the pandemic on #Tuesday.

#According to a count based on official reports, until 9:50 p.m. GMT this #Tuesday, #Latin #America and the #Caribbean added 500,818 deaths from coronavirus, being the second most mourning area in the world after #Europe, which accumulates 559,334 deaths.

The strain discovered in the #United #Kingdom led this #European country to a new daily record of coronavirus cases on #Tuesday and #South #Africa to impose a series of new measures, amid worldwide fears that the end of the year festivities will provoke new spikes of infections.

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The #European #Union health agency warned that the new strain carries a high risk of more hospitalizations and deaths, not because the infections are more serious but because it spreads more easily.

02:17 #Kamala #Harris receives vaccination before cameras and urges to trust immunization

US #Vice #President-elect #Kamala #Harris received the COVID-19 vaccine live on television on #Tuesday, urging the public to trust that inoculation process.

#Harris, wearing a preventive mask, received the first of his two injections of the vaccine made by the #American firm #Moderna in front of cameras at the #United #Medical #Center, a clinic located in an area with a significant #African #American population in the capital, #Washington.

The choice of the hospital where #Harris received the vaccine brought to light the plight of the affected local black community.

#Black communities across the country have seen disproportionately high levels of deaths and illness related to the COVID-19 pandemic. #This is at a time when surveys have indicated that they are among the most reluctant to be vaccinated.

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01:23 #Venezuelan baseball reports second outbreak in one of its clubs

#An outbreak of the new coronavirus forced a second #Venezuelan baseball team, the #Navegantes del #Magallanes, to suspend the games that were scheduled for this #Tuesday and #Wednesday, the league reported.

“The #Board of #Directors of the #Venezuelan #Professional #Baseball #League -LVBP- and the eight teams that make it up address the public opinion to notify the suspension of the #Navegantes del #Magallanes games on #December 29 and 30, after to know the results of the last PCR test of this club, “he said in a statement.

#On #December 20, the league applied the same measure to the #Aragua #Tigers, deferring four of their matches, after reporting an indefinite number of infections.

00:08 #Holland: #Expert criticizes vaccination strategy

A respected scientist in the #Netherlands lashed out at the government’s strategy towards the coronavirus vaccination campaign, denouncing that the country has not been able to start it while other #European nations are already in the process.

#Roel #Coutinho, former director of the #Center for #Infectious #Diseases at the #National #Institute of #Health, said that the #Dutch plan, according to which vaccines will not start until #January 8, is “a shame.”

“#Each week that passes is important,” said the scientist in an interview with the television program #Nieuwsuur.

#Postponing the vaccination campaign means that “the excessive burden on the national health system will continue. #And this affects not only those who have COVID, but many other people, who cannot be admitted to hospitals or who must accept the postponement. of its operations ”, indicated #Coutinho.

gs (efe, afp, ap, reuters)





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