[EN DIRECT 23 MARS] All the developments of the pandemic

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Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for nearly a year.

Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.

The balance sheets


Case: 123 719 955

Dead: 2,724,465


Case: 938 719, whose 303,051 in Quebec

Death: 22 716, whose 10 614 in Quebec


8:34 am | AstraZeneca to provide recent data to US regulator within 48 hours

The AstraZeneca laboratory on Tuesday pledged to provide recent data within 48 hours to the US regulator overseeing clinical trials, which criticized potentially “outdated” data on its COVID vaccine.

In a statement, the group said it used data dating back to before February 17 for the results published Monday of clinical trials in the United States.

He said he wanted to get in touch “immediately” to provide the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB, trial monitoring committee) “with an analysis with the most up-to-date efficacy data possible”, with the intention of “Provide primary analysis results within 48 hours”.

Used in many countries including the European Union, the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has not yet been approved in the United States, where authorities had requested more data on phase III trials conducted on American territory.

8:28 am | United Kingdom: one year after the first containment, a minute of silence in memory of the dead of COVID-19

The most bereaved country in Europe, the United Kingdom observed a minute of silence on Tuesday to pay tribute to its 126,000 dead from the coronavirus pandemic, one year to the day after the first containment was put in place.

This sad anniversary was marked across the country as a mass vaccination campaign, one of the most advanced in the world, offers the hope of a way out of the strict restrictions put in place in early January, for the third times.

At noon London time, the country froze in silence, in Parliament, outside hospitals and elsewhere, to greet the dead and frontline caregivers.

[EN DIRECT 23 MARS]  All the developments of the pandemic

As part of this “Day of Reflection”, the British are also invited to light a light – candle, cell phone or flashlight – on their doorsteps tonight as national monuments such as London light up. Eye in London or Cardiff Castle in Wales.

7:44 am | France: Macron puts pressure on vaccination, open to everyone over 70

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Tuesday to vaccinate “as much as possible”, “every day”, “morning, noon and evening”, because vaccination is “the heart of the battle” against COVID-19.

“We are fighting to get doses […] We will change dimension from April ”and“ there are no weekends and public holidays for vaccination, ”added the French head of state after visiting a vaccination center and a pharmacy in the north of France.

The Head of State also announced the expansion of vaccination against COVID-19 to people aged 70 to 75 without comorbidity, before an acceleration of the vaccination campaign in the country.

7:43 am | Reinfection cases are on the rise in the Czech Republic.

[EN DIRECT 23 MARS]  All the developments of the pandemic

Cases of re-infection with COVID-19 have jumped in the Czech Republic, the National Institute of Public Health in the country announced on Tuesday, which currently has the highest per capita death rate from the virus in the world.

The number of reinfection cases identified since the start of the pandemic has increased sharply, to 1,400, as of February 28, while only 158 cases were recorded at the end of January and 56 at the end of 2020, according to the data. of this institute.

“The rate of reinfection is increasing due to the large number of cases of COVID-19 during the fall wave,” said this establishment in a statement.

The EU country of 10.7 million people has recorded more than 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic and nearly 1.5 million cases.

7:04 am | Russian President Vladimir Putin will be vaccinated in the evening on Tuesday with one of the three sera developed by his country, but the event will remain private, the Kremlin spokesman said.

[EN 5 MINUTES] Vaccinated, but still infected.

[EN DIRECT 23 MARS]  All the developments of the pandemic

6:00 am | The heads of Russian and Chinese diplomacy on Tuesday lambasted the policy of the West in terms of vaccines against the coronavirus, defending themselves from any “opportunism” and ensuring that they seek only “to save lives”.

5:00 am | Significantly slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec SMEs have nevertheless managed to face the crisis by adapting and ensuring the succession of this sector, this is what the Network’s Quebec Entrepreneurial Index reveals. Mentorship released Tuesday.

4:25 | The AstraZeneca laboratory was able to use “obsolete” data during its clinical trials in the United States on the vaccine against COVID-19, according to a statement released Monday evening by an American institute.

3h55 | The Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche unveiled on Tuesday promising clinical trial results for the experimental cocktail of treatments combining the drugs casirivimab and imdevimab, on which it is collaborating with the American laboratory Regeneron for non-hospitalized patients.

3h20 | Papua New Guinea received its first batch of coronavirus vaccines on Tuesday, as the country faces a serious outbreak that threatens its fragile health system.

0h00 | The hunt for employees is open in the restaurants and bars of Montreal, to the point where some owners launch out in the higher bidding of wages to attract or retain qualified personnel.

[EN DIRECT 23 MARS]  All the developments of the pandemic

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