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Will the vaccine be a real breakthrough?

Scientists around the world are hastily working on a coronavirus vaccine. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday that he expects the vaccine to be ready by “early next year.” The press, however, doubts that the virus will be defeated easily and quickly — and that we will soon heal as before, without any restrictions.

Perhaps we are waiting in vain?

It may be that, even with the vaccine, there will still be a need for certain restrictions, such concerns are expressed by The Irish Independent:

“Even if we develop a vaccine that is 70 percent effective and 80 percent of older people get it, it would still mean that only 56 percent of them will be protected from COVID. … If the vaccine protects only half of us all, then among people over 80, the death rate will still be about seven percent. So will the vaccine be the watershed moment so much talked about today? … Do we need to keep us in a lockdown situation until next summer, if later it turns out that the vaccine still does not allow us to completely abandon quarantine? This issue needs to be discussed.”

Overboard patients at risk

The ongoing clinical trials, unfortunately, say nothing about whether the tested substances will help people from special risk groups, writes the Times of Malta:

“Those who need protection the most, that is, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems (such as patients undergoing chemotherapy), are not included in the current third phase of clinical trials. This is common practice when recruiting volunteers for clinical trials. … But this means that the conclusions to be drawn regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine may not necessarily be valid for populations excluded from the studies. … Ultimately, the effectiveness of a vaccine can only be determined when the entire population is vaccinated. Thus, trials of a coronavirus vaccine could take years and years.”

Brussels tightens quarantine again…

In Brussels, due to the coronavirus infection COVID-19, quarantine measures have been tightened and the curfew has been extended.

This was stated by the Minister-President of the Brussels Region Rudy Vervoort on October 24, reports RTBF.

According to him, the country has galloping rates of infection, and the risk of collapse of the country’s hospital system is at stake in this.

At the same time, he admitted the lack of understanding and indignation of citizens due to the restrictions. The new measures will begin to apply from Monday until at least November 19.

In particular, a ban on all amateur sports competitions is being introduced, training will be allowed only for children under 12 years old.

All sports facilities will be closed, including ice skating rinks, fitness centers, and swimming pools. Cultural centers, theaters, cinemas, museums, exhibition halls will also be closed. A ban is introduced to gatherings of more than 4 people.

Recall that the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in Europe is of serious concern. The UK and all EU countries except Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, and Greece are included in the category of countries with an alarming situation.

As previously reported in Europe, in connection with the increase in the number of coronavirus infections, quarantine is being tightened in a number of countries.

In Italy, thousands of protests against lockdown escalated into clashes with police

In Italy, the Campania region, which has imposed a tight quarantine with a curfew, has erupted protests against the restrictions. Thousands of people took to the streets because of disagreement with the measures taken by the authorities.

According to Express, people chanted “freedom, freedom”. Protests covered Naples, Salerno, Nocera, and other cities in the region.

Demonstrators threw flares and flash-noise projectiles at the police, who responded with tear gas. There were unconfirmed reports that protesters stormed local government buildings.

Since the beginning of October, the number of new cases of coronavirus in Italy has increased sevenfold. The Campania region has a curfew from 23:00.

Recall that due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, European countries continue to tighten quarantine restrictions. For example, in Denmark from October 26, it will be possible to gather in groups of no more than ten people.

Andrzej Duda contracted the coronavirus

Polish President Andrzej Duda has contracted the coronavirus. The state of health of the politician is normal.

This was announced by its speaker Blazhei Spikhalsky on Twitter.

“Ladies and gentlemen, on the recommendation of President Andrzej Duda, he was tested for the presence of coronavirus. The result was positive. The President is fine,” he said.

Andrzej Duda is under medical supervision.

The Danish authorities banned the sale of alcohol after 22:00

The Danish authorities are tightening measures to combat the spread of coronavirus infection. This is how a limit was introduced on the number of participants in any public event. No more than 10 people can get together. In addition, it is illegal throughout the country to sell alcohol after 22:00.

At the same time, the limit for meetings can be extended to four weeks, if the situation in the country returns to normal. But the ban on the sale of alcohol will be in effect at least until January 2. Until that time, masks were prescribed in all public places.

In the country, the number of people infected with coronavirus infection exceeded 38 thousand. 697 people died.