PARIS – Nearly a million people in France have made an appointment for a vaccine in a single day, as the president has stepped up pressure on everyone to get vaccinated to save the summer vacation and the French economy.
An application that centralizes France’s vaccines and other medical appointments, Doctolib, announced Tuesday morning that 926,000 people had made an appointment on Monday, a daily record since the country rolled out coronavirus vaccines in December. Those under 35 represent 65% of new appointments.
President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that vaccination would be mandatory for all healthcare workers by September 15, and considered the possibility of extending the requirement to other parts of the population. With the resurgence of infections in France, it was expected in recent days that Macron would announce some sort of vaccination requirement, resulting in a new request for an appointment.
About 41% of the French population has been fully vaccinated, although the pace of vaccination has slowed as the summer holidays approach.
Health Minister Olivier Veran welcomed the renewed interest in the vaccine, declaring on BFM television on Tuesday: “Thousands of lives have been saved”.
More than 111,000 people with the virus have died in France.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia on Tuesday closed a mass vaccination center after more than 200 medical staff and volunteers tested positive for the coronavirus.
Science Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said it was difficult to determine whether the infections occurred at the center, while stressing that swift government action had brought the cluster to a halt.
He urged those vaccinated at the center from Friday to self-isolate for 10 days in case they develop symptoms.
Khairy, who is in charge of the national immunization program, said he ordered tests for 453 workers in central Selangor state after two volunteers contracted the virus. Khairy said the 204 who tested positive had a low viral load, which means the amount of the virus in their bodies was low.
The center was closed for deep disinfection and all of its workers were isolated. Khairy said the center would reopen on Wednesday with a new team of medical workers.
Despite a strict lockdown since June 1, the pandemic had worsened in Malaysia with a total of confirmed cases exceeding 844,000 and more than 6,200 deaths. But vaccination has accelerated, with nearly 11% of the population vaccinated.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Red Cross says a wave of coronavirus infections with the delta variant is overwhelming hospitals in Southeast Asia and overtaking vaccinations.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has also warned that a growing global immunization divide is slowing Southeast Asia’s efforts to fight the pandemic.
Thailand reports nearly 10,000 new infections per day, more than four times per month, while deaths have also reached record highs. Infections in Vietnam topped 2,000 a day, nearly 10 times more than at the start of June.
According to COVID-19 Our World in Data from the University of Oxford, Thailand has only fully vaccinated about 5% of its population, Vietnam less than 1% and Indonesia 5.5%. In contrast, wealthier countries like the UK have fully immunized more than half of their population.
Asia-Pacific Red Cross director Alexander Matheou said in a statement Tuesday that richer countries have a constant supply of vaccines, but most Asian countries struggle to access sufficient doses. to ensure the safety of their populations. He applauded richer countries for making generous vaccine pledges and donations to Asia, but urged to speed up delivery.
SEOUL, South Korea – The streak of more than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases in South Korea has reached one week as health officials scramble to slow a viral wave that has crippled Seoul’s thriving nightlife and brought an end to it in professional baseball.
Authorities said on Tuesday that more than 800 of the 1,150 new cases are in the greater capital region, where authorities have closed nightclubs and banned private social gatherings of three or more people after 6 p.m.
There are signs the virus is spreading beyond the Seoul metropolitan area as the country enters its summer vacation. Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and South Chungcheong Province are among the main cities and regions that have reported dozens of new infections.
South Korea added more than 13,000 cases this month alone, bringing its total for the pandemic to 170,296, including 2,046 deaths from COVID-19.
SYDNEY – Australia has recorded a third death from COVID-19 this year.
New South Wales state public health chief Kerry Chant on Tuesday declined to say whether the 70-year-old man had been vaccinated. He died on Monday in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, where the current Sydney cluster started last month.
The New South Wales state government said the 3-week lockdown in Sydney would likely be extended on Friday.
A 90-year-old woman from southwest Sydney died on Saturday, a day after testing positive for the coronavirus. An 80-year-old man died on April 12 after being infected in the Philippines.
Australia had never recorded a death from COVID-19 since October 19.