Global coronavirus updates:
On Wednesday, the US government presented an ambitious proposal to make the Covid-19 vaccine available to all Americans free of charge whenever it is proven to be safe and successful, but a senior public health official made it clear that the universal vaccination would not begin until far into the next year.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that a vaccine could be in three to four weeks, but on Wednesday the president of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress that it would take six to nine months for the nationwide rollout to be approved.
Cases have risen 29.7 million cases worldwide, with more than 6.6 million cases in the United States and more than 5 million in India. The death toll worldwide stands at 939,456.
Turkey begins phase 3 trials of Chinese vaccine Sinovac Biotech
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said phase 3 trials of the country’s two-stage Chinese Sinovac Biotechs vaccine had begun, with three Turkish health staff getting the vaccine. Koca said the experiment would be extended to 1,200 participants on Wednesday, and 10,000 afterward.
He said trials were already beginning for a Pfizer vaccine and more were on hold, adding that he hoped that by the end of 2020, universal immunizations would begin.
Hawaii allows travelers to quarantine with a coronavirus test
On Wednesday, Governor David Ige of Hawaii said that travelers arriving from outside the state could circumvent a 14-day quarantine rule if they screened COVID-19 negative. Travelers would need to take the exam within 72 hours of reaching the islands before their departure.
A research centre for COVID-19 coronavirus is pictured in a parking lot at Ebbsfleet International Station, Ebbsfleet, south-east London, April 27th, 2020.
Ige said that under an agreement with the ministry, pharmacy operator CVS and health care provider Kaiser Permanente would conduct the checks. Ige expected to begin a pre-trip research program on August 1 earlier this year to have to delay it as COVID-19 cases in the Americas and Hawaii is growing.
There was also a shortage of test equipment which caused delays. Another launch date has also been postponed for 1 September. Airlines can assist in educating passengers of this provision.
Germany declares three European capitals in danger
Three European capitals and several coronavirus regions have been declared at risk by Germany. On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry announced that due to the high number of COVID-19 infections, the Austrian capital, Vienna Budapest, in Hungary and the Dutch area including Amsterdam, had been added to the risk list.
Also on the list were some regions of France, Romania, Croatia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Travelers coming from these locations in Germany must undergo a mandatory quarantine and take a coronavirus examination.