Austria’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, described the EU’s vaccination deployment as “too slow” as he announced that his country and Denmark would work with Israel on protecting their citizens against new coronavirus variants.
The move by the two member states to form a vaccine manufacturing partnership comes as the latest figures show that 7.5% of the EU population have received a vaccine dose compared with 52% in Israel and 31% in the UK.
“We must prepare for further mutations and should no longer be dependent solely on the EU in the production of second-generation vaccines,” Kurz said.
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There is an outbreak of a South African coronavirus variant B.126.96.36.199 in the North-West quarter of Copenhagen. All citizens close to the outbreak should be tested at the weekend.
This is the message from health and care mayor Sisse Marie Welling (SF) in a press release sent out by the City of Copenhagen on Friday evening.
“For all intents and purposes, the South African variant must not be allowed to spread in Copenhagen,” is her urgent message.
The proportion of people infected with B.1.1.7 increased from 4% in early January to 45% in the second week of February. And B.1.1.7 now accounts for over 60% of the total infection.
As predicted by mathematical model calculations, B.1.1.7 has now been taken over as the most widespread variant in Denmark. Now, results from a Danish study show that B.1.1.7 also seems to carry a 64% greater risk of hospitalizations (95% safety interval 32-104%).
Due to greater infectivity, the proportion of those infected with the B.1.1.7 variant has been steadily growing and is today dominant in Denmark.
There is good reason to take the virus variant B.1.1.7 seriously. Calculations of the variant made by the expert group for mathematical modeling at the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) have since the turn of the year predicted that an undercurrent of infection with the more infectious variant would take over and drive the epidemic in Denmark during February.
Those predictions have proven to hold true. The proportion of people infected with B.1.1.7 increased from 4% in early January to 45% in the second week of February. And B.1.1.7 now accounts for over 60% of the total infection.
Now, the results of a registry-based study conducted by SSI show that people infected with B.1.1.7 have an estimated increased risk of hospitalization compared to people infected with other SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of 64% (95 safety range 32-104%).
“We do not know the explanation for the fact that B.1.1.7 increases the risk of being admitted. But our figures point in the same direction as several other studies from the UK, which show that B.1.1.7 may have more serious courses, ”says Tyra Grove Krause, Acting Technical Director at SSI.
SSI: “The expert group has all the way counted on a so-called scenario 0, where you do not open further. And where teachers are tested twice a week with an antigen test.
“Even without reopening, the development of virus variant B.1.1.7 and the opening of 0.-4. class lead to slightly increasing infection rates and new admissions in mid-April, ”says doctor Camilla Holten Møller from the expert group.
If, in addition, all graduation classes are opened, according to the group’s calculations, this will lead to a marked increase in the number of infections and the number of new admissions in mid-April.
The report also includes scenarios for 50% attendance in the graduating classes in primary and lower secondary schools and in the upper secondary and adult educations, as well as an infection-reducing effect by repeated antigen tests of 25% and 50%, respectively.”
International lineage with variants of biological significance E484K, Q677H, F888L and a similar suite of deletions to B.1.1.7.
Countries reported 2
Countries with sequences 10
Sequence count 102
Countries: Denmark 35, United Kingdom 32, Nigeria 12, United States of America 7, France 5, Ghana 4, Australia 2, Canada 2, Jordan 2, Spain 1
The North Jutland Region of Denmark is to vaccinate one third of a hospital ward staff at a time instead of a half. The slowdown is due to more employees reporting in sick after they have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, writes TV2 Nord.
‘Approximately 20 percent of those vaccinated experience mild side effects from the vaccine. There is nothing unusual about that. ”
“A small percentage will also experience side effects that require a few days of sick leave. In that sense, it is also normal, “says Søren Hjortshøj [Hospital].
Also in Sweden, hospital employees have become ill after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. As a result, two regions have temporarily suspended their use of the vaccine. One region is Sörmland, where about 100 out of 400 vaccinated hospital staff have experienced side effects such as fever.
The UK B.1.1.7 variant was detected in 28.5 percent of the samples in Denmark sequenced up to Friday 12th February 2021 from the first week of February 2021.
For comparison: in the week before, the share was still 20.3 percent, at the turn of the year it was only 2.1 percent.
The SSI estimates that B.1.1.7 will probably be the dominant virus variant in the course of February 2021.
“561 people with this variant have now been detected in Denmark. A total of 7.4% of all sequenced samples in week 2 were found positive for B.1.1.7 compared to 4% of all positive samples in week 1. The proportion of B.1.1.7 cases among sequenced samples varies from approx. 2-10% in different regions highest in Region Zealand and Southern Denmark, lowest in Region North Jutland.”
At the end of November, 3.9% of study participants had antibodies to neon coronavirus in their blood samples. This means that our best estimate of the proportion of the population that had been infected with covid-19 up to the beginning of December is 3.9%.
The calculation is subject to an uncertainty ranging from 3.3% to 4.6%. This corresponds to between 160,000 and 230,000 people in Denmark in the age group of 12 years and older having been infected with covid-19.
The study shows that the proportion of the population who have antibodies is increasing. The proportion of infected in this round of the study had almost doubled since the last round, which was in mid-August. At that time, 2.1% (with an uncertainty of 1.8% -2.6%) of the participants had antibodies.
The first case of another covid-19 variant has been found in Denmark. This is the virus variant B.1.351 / 501Y, which was originally detected in South Africa .
The Danish covid-19 case of B.1.351 / 501Y was found on Zealand and is associated with a trip to Dubai. The variant has both the 501Y mutation, which is associated with greater infectivity, and the 484K mutation, which may lead to a decrease in the sensitivity to the protective antibodies in patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection.
At the same time, the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) has found four covid-19 cases with another virus variant, which only has the E484K mutation in the Spike protein, which as mentioned before may be associated with reduced sensitivity to the protective antibodies.
At Aalborg University, Professor Mads Albertsen heads a research group that has followed the British mutation since it was discovered in December.
“If it is 74 percent more contagious , then we get an infection curve that rises very sharply again, and therefore we get many more dead. It is the horror scenario that it is so much more contagious , because then we get a pandemic, which is very difficult to control”