Ugur Sahin, CEO of German BioNTech, said today that existing technologies can be used within 6 weeks to develop new vaccines against new variants of the new coronavirus discovered in the UK.
After the British government announced that the new variant of the new coronavirus may be 70% more infectious than the original virus, and increased the epidemic prevention level to the fourth level of “closing the city”, more than 50 countries around the world have announced the prohibition of British flight passengers or Cargo entry.
Due to concerns that citizens of member states will return home for the holidays and detention and that the cargo backlog will become serious, the EU has begun to urge member states to resume flights and cargo with the UK as soon as possible.
Due to concerns that children are more likely to be infected with the new strain of the virus, the British government cabinet is discussing plans to close schools until early February.
Vaccines against new strains can be developed within 6 weeks
Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNTech in Germany, said that existing technologies can be used to develop new vaccines against new variants of the new coronavirus discovered in the UK within 6 weeks.
Ugur Sahin said that their analysis showed that the new crown vaccine jointly developed by the company and Pfizer, which has been approved and vaccinated in large quantities in the UK, is effective against new strains.
Ugur Sahin said that the company is confident that using mRNA technology can develop new vaccines against new strains, and it can be completed within six weeks.
After the British government announced that the new variant of the virus may be 70% more infectious than the original virus, and increased the epidemic prevention level to the fourth level of “closing the city”, more than 50 countries around the world have announced that they banned the entry of British flight passengers. . Some countries have also blocked cargo from the UK.
Britain has vaccinated 500,000 people with Pfizer
Oxford vaccine will be approved next week
The latest data from the British health department stated that since the MHRA approved the new crown vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech earlier this month, more than 500,000 British residents have been vaccinated.
At the same time, a British government source said that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will approve the new crown vaccine jointly developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca on December 28 or 29 next week.
According to the plan, after the Oxford vaccine is approved, it will be able to provide free vaccination services in major hospitals, vaccination centers or primary family doctors’ clinics across the UK from the first week of the new year. This means that as many as 20 million most vulnerable residents in the UK may be vaccinated before the end of March, thereby relaxing some of the lockdown restrictions.
In response to many people’s concerns about whether the current COVID-19 vaccine has an anti-epidemic effect on new variants, the latest test research report of the British Genomics (COG-UK) Alliance stated that there is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine is ineffective against new variants. Or the immune effect of new variants has been reduced.
EU urges member states to resume UK flights/cargo as soon as possible
Due to concerns that citizens of member states will return home for the holidays and detention and that the cargo backlog will become serious, the EU has begun to urge member states to resume flights and cargo with the UK as soon as possible. At present, all EU countries planned to suspend entry of passengers from the UK.
The European Commission stated today that due to the large number of cargo trucks trapped on both sides of the border between Britain and France, a large number of EU citizens hope to return to the EU home from the UK for a holiday but are stranded in airports and ports. Before the situation worsens, the EU wants members The country resumes basic passenger and cargo transportation with the United Kingdom as soon as possible.
French officials said that reopening the border to allow goods from the UK to cross the border depends on whether truck drivers can be screened for the coronavirus.
Which countries/regions have banned flights to the UK?
European countries that prohibit entry of passengers on British flights:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland ,Turkey.
British travelers who test negative for the virus may enter: Cyprus, Greece.
Allow nationals from the UK to enter: Greece, Portugal, Spain.
In other parts of the world, all flights from the United Kingdom are prohibited: Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Israel, Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan , Uzbekistan, etc.
British travelers who test negative for the virus can enter: the United States, Macau (21-day quarantine), Liberia.
Children are more susceptible to new strains than before
Professor Wendy Barclay, a member of the Nervtag Advisory Group on the Latest and Rapidly Pandemic Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag) of the British government and the head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London, said that preliminary surveillance data show that the new strain of the new coronavirus may cause children and young people More susceptible to infection.
This preliminary analysis is compared with the common new coronaviruses that have been circulating before. The viruses circulating in the spring, summer and autumn of this year can easily resist viral infections for children with normal immune resistance. However, scientists’ current follow-up studies have found that the infection of the new strain in children may be “as sensitive” to infection in adults.
She also said that there is no clear evidence that the symptoms of children infected with the new variant are more severe, and there is no more fatal situation.
Professor Wendy Barclay added: “Children may be infected by the new strain of the virus just like adults, but it will not be more serious.” She emphasized that it is still in the initial stages of testing and research.
British schools may delay the start of the new semester
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said today that after the Christmas and New Year holidays, students will “finally” return to the classroom, but she refused to rule out the possibility that the school will continue to be closed until February and the start of school will be delayed.
Normally, after the Christmas and New Year holidays, students will start school on the first Monday of January, but many schools in the UK have postponed the start date to January 11.
Another source in the British government said that the cabinet is discussing plans to close schools until early February due to concerns that children are more likely to contract the new strain of the virus.
Yesterday, the British Prime Minister’s Office, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Education respectively expressed their hope that through the virus screening of all school-age populations, students can start school on time.
But the labor unions in the education sector and experts in the medical sector have urged the government to postpone the start of the new year.
The latest statistics show that the infection rate of college students living in dormitories is significantly higher than that of students renting in ordinary houses.
The latest visual chart of the UK epidemic
The number of deaths in the UK this year is 81,000 higher than before
The latest official statistics show that since the epidemic, the number of deaths in the UK has been 81,000 higher than in previous years.
According to statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), in the week of December 11, 14,000 people died in the UK, which was 15% lower than the previous week but 13% higher than the same period last year. Among them, 3,062 cases were related to the new crown infection, slightly lower than the previous week.
The stranded cargo truck drivers are having fun
Due to the French blockade prohibiting entry of freight trucks from the United Kingdom, at least 1,500 trucks are currently stranded near the entrance of the Channel Tunnel or coastal ports in Kent in southeast England. The UK is currently in emergency negotiations with France, trying to find a way to resume traffic as soon as possible. For example, virus screening of truck drivers on the left and right.
The truck drivers who are waiting anxiously, in addition to solving the necessary problems in life, have fun in hardship.
Finally, I hope that the United Kingdom, France, and the European Union can solve the traffic problem as soon as possible, and at the same time reach a trade agreement as soon as possible to reduce the setbacks of truck drivers and passengers, and restore the life that has been disrupted by the epidemic to some normal.