In a major relief to many travelers, Germany has announced to lift the entry ban and also ease travel restrictions from India and four other countries, where the Delta variant is widespread.
German Ambassador to India Walter J. Lindner said, “Promised to work hard on easing travel restrictions for travelers from IND and update you immediately. And voila: from tomorrow on GER is removing entry ban and easing travel rules for 5 countries where the Delta variant is widespread, including IND! Details soon on website….”
On Monday, Germany’s health agency said it would lift a ban on most travellers from the UK, India and three other countries hit by the Delta variant of Covid-19.
Pfizer shot stops severe illness in Israel as Delta variant spreads
According to government data, Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine was less effective at keeping people from getting the coronavirus in Israel in recent weeks.
But the vaccine continues to provide a strong shield against severe Covid-19.
The health ministry said that the vaccine protected 64% of people against the illness between June 6 and early July, down from a previous 94%.
The reduction was observed as the delta variant was spreading in Israel. The delta variant first emerged in India and is spreading across the world.
As per the Health ministry, despite the indications of increased infections, the data also showed the shot is protecting people from severe illness. Its effectiveness at preventing hospitalization fell to 93%.
On the other hand, governments are working hard to vaccinate all the people as early as possible.
Israel had one of the world’s most effective coronavirus inoculation drives. About 57% of the population is now fully vaccinated.
Wuhan virus sequences removed from database: US
Adding to concerns over secrecy surrounding the outbreak of Coronavirus across the world, the US officials confirmed that the details of the genetic makeup of some of the earliest samples of coronavirus in China were removed from an American database where they were initially stored at the request of Chinese researchers.
In a statement on Wednesday, the US National Institutes of Health said that the data, first submitted to the U.S.-based Sequence Read Archive in March 2020, were “requested to be withdrawn” by the same researcher three months later in June.
The agency said that the reason cited at the time for withdrawal was that the sequence information had been updated and was being submitted to another database.
It added, “Submitting investigators hold the rights to their data and can request withdrawal of the data. NIH can’t speculate on motive beyond the investigator’s stated intentions.”
Covid-19: Is vaccine booster shot necessary?
With many delays in the vaccine supply and campaigns, several countries are looking out for vaccine booster shots. But, health experts say it is too early to say these booster shots will be required.
World Health Organisation’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan has said there is not enough information to either confirm or dismiss the requirement for a booster shot after vaccination against Covid-19.
“We do not have the information that’s necessary to make the recommendation on whether or not a booster will be needed,” Soumya Swaminathan told Bloomberg.
“The science is still evolving,” the WHO chief scientist was quoted as saying.
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