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News blog Covid-19 Novavax applies for EU approval for corona vaccine

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Another vaccine manufacturer has submitted an application for approval to the European Union. The preparation is a dead vaccine. All information in the news blog.

The corona pandemic has had Germany and the world firmly under control since 2020. The number of new infections is currently high, especially in Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia. More than 50,000 new infections were reported within one day, in some districts the incidence is already over 1,000, and throughout Germany it is more than 300. With vaccinations, progress is slow. Around 68 percent of the population are currently fully vaccinated.

A fifth vaccine against Covid-19 could soon be approved in the European Union. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Wednesday that it would accelerate the examination of the approval application for the vaccine from the US biotech company Novavax. A decision could be made within a few weeks “if the data presented are sufficiently reliable and complete to demonstrate the efficacy, safety and quality of the vaccine.”

It would be the first protein-based vaccine against Covid-19 to be approved. In the crucial phase 3 study with 30,000 patients, the vaccine showed an overall effectiveness of around 90 percent. But the intended approval dragged on because Novavax had to contend with production problems. The vaccine received emergency approval this month in the Philippines and Indonesia. The US approval application is planned for the end of the year. The EU has secured up to 200 million cans from the company.

So far, four vaccines against Covid-19 have been approved in the European Union, two of which are mRNA vaccines (Biontech and Moderna) and two are vector vaccines (AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson).

Saxony has officially reached the corona overload level for its hospital beds. This means that stricter rules and contact restrictions will apply from Friday. With a seven-day incidence of 742.2, Saxony has by far the highest value of all federal states.

Saxony: Many hospitals are at their limits.  (Archive image) (Source: imago images / xcitepress)Saxony: Many hospitals are at their limits. (Archive image) (Source: xcitepress / imago images)

As an overload level, 1,300 beds occupied by corona patients are set in the normal wards of the hospitals in the Free State. If the value is reached on three days in a row, stricter regulations come into force on the day after the next. On Wednesday 1,520 occupied beds were reported, on Tuesday there were 1,524 and on Monday 1,391.

From Friday onwards, members of a household may only meet with one other person; Vaccinated, convalescent or children up to the age of 16 do not count. The 2G model will also be expanded: From Friday, only those who have been vaccinated and recovered will have access to swimming pools, saunas, indoor sports, hairdressers, brothels, amusement arcades, indoor catering, discos, cosmetic or tattoo studios and indoor events.

From Monday, stricter rules will apply again. The state government wants to put a new protection ordinance into force on Friday, which, among other things, extends 2G to shopping. Supermarkets and drug stores are to remain exempt from this.

The situation is worsening in the south of the state. Apparently more and more patients have to be moved north. But the Red Cross fears that places will soon run out there too. Read more here.

The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has asked the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) to link their recommendation for booster vaccinations with a prioritization. “If we open the booster for everyone without restrictions, we will put the prioritization in the hands of the practices. With 30,000 medical practices, that means 30,000 different prioritizations,” Lauterbach told the editorial network Germany (Wednesday). His demand for booster vaccinations from the age of 18: “The Stiko should clearly determine which group is next.”

Karl Lauterbach: The SPD politician is calling for vaccinations to be prioritized even for third-party vaccinations.  (Source: dpa / Kay Nietfeld)Karl Lauterbach: The SPD politician is calling for vaccinations to be prioritized even for third-party vaccinations. (Source: Kay Nietfeld / dpa)

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