Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc reported positive results in an intermediate study, offering optimism that the delayed Covid-19 vaccine could be released by the end of the year.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the next step out of the blockade must be taken “with a great deal of caution” as further restrictions on coronavirus are lifted on Monday. India has increased vaccines for its population of 1.3 billion and Taiwan will ban foreigners from entering. Covid’s daily cases in Thailand have reached a record high.
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India plans to increase vaccination (16:32 HK)
India has expanded vaccination for its 1.3 billion population as it prepares for a new wave of infections, said Baijayant Panda, vice president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party.
“The biggest bet, of course, that we are making is that our vaccination launch has been greatly expanded,” said the BJP leader, known as Jay Panda, in an interview with Bloomberg TV Asia on Monday. “At the end of the year, we have hope have a majority of vaccinated Indians. “
Travel balloon for delays in Hong Kong, Singapore (16:19 HK)
THE air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong has been delayed because Singapore is fighting an increasing number of unrelated cases linked to the most aggressive and transmissible strain of coronavirus known as B.1.617.
A new announcement is expected by June 13, the Hong Kong government said in a statement on Monday.
Thai daily cases reach record high (15:55 HK)
Daily Covid Cases from Thailand rose to a record with outbreaks in prisons, construction camps and densely populated areas in the country’s capital showing no signs of slowing down, increasing pressure on authorities to accelerate the slow vaccination campaign.
The country reported 9,635 new infections on Monday, the biggest increase in a single day since the start of the pandemic, with 6,853 cases coming only from prison clusters.
Johnson calls for caution amid tension in India (15:54 HK)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the next step out of the blockade must be taken “With a great deal of caution” as further restrictions on coronavirus are lifted on Monday.
The government is concerned that the highly transmissible strain of the virus that originated in India could lead to a huge increase in cases, and is accelerating the launch of the vaccine for people over 35 this week in an attempt to contain the new variant.
Loss of registration of Ryanair’s posts (15h09 HK)
Ryanair Holdings Plc posted a record annual loss, although it says that the balance is likely to be balanced this year, as vaccination programs allow for a gradual reduction in restrictions on coronavirus transport
Reserves have increased significantly in recent weeks, pointing to a strong recovery in the second half, although future visibility remains “close to zero”, the Irish company said in a statement on Monday.
Growing Singapore cases linked to the India variant (15h05 HK)
The variety in India has become more prominent among the growing number of unrelated Singapore cases, in a sign that the hidden transmission chains of the variant have been around for some time.
Of the 17 unlinked cases identified on Sunday, six patients whose ages range from 29 to 57 tested preliminarily positive for the strain known as B.1.617, according to updated data from the Ministry of Health published overnight.
Taiwan prohibits foreigners from entering (14h42 HK)
Taiwan will prohibit the entry of foreigners without residence from May 19 to June 18, according to the statement by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website.
Taiwan will also ban passengers in air transit from May 19 to June 18. Taiwan added 333 local Covid-19 cases on Monday, including 158 cases in the city of Taipei and 148 in the city of New Taipei.
UK Kwarteng expects to reopen on June 21 (2:25 pm HK)
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng hopes that the UK will be able to complete the final step of reopening its economy on June 21, as planned.
“I totally hope that we will be reopened on the 21st of June. I think it is very likely to happen, ”Kwarteng told Sky News on Monday.
Sanofi, Glaxo Vaccine Works Well in Study (13:30 HK)
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc reported positive results from a redo of an intermediate stage study for the Covid-19 vaccine, putting the delayed injection on the way for possible release by the end of the year.
The volunteers showed a similar immune response to people who recovered from the coronavirus, he told Sanofi on Monday. Those who had already been infected had a greater response after just one injection, which led companies to decide to test a second formulation to launch on the market as a booster.
Expansion of the EU vaccine backwards in Africa (12h14 HK)
The European Union will support an expansion of vaccine production in Africa with President Ursula von der Leyen to support proposals for strategic vaccine production centers, the Financial Times reported, citing unidentified European officials.
Contributions may include direct aid from the EU, as well as funding from the European Investment Bank and national development agencies, said the FT. The EU also wants to help build regulatory capacity, including the creation of the African Medicines Agency.
Indonesia to start private vaccines (12h09 HK)
Indonesia’s private vaccination program will begin with 484,400 doses of Sinopharm vaccines, said Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, president of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry known as Kadin, in a text message on Monday.
The first phase will prioritize the manufacturing sector at 20 sites across the greater Jakarta area, with Kadin estimating that 20-26 million workers will be inoculated.
The country previously suspended the use of a particular batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine pending an investigation into its side effects as a precautionary measure to test its toxicity and sterility.
China Vaccines Nearly 14 Million People a Day (11:00 HK)
China is vaccinating almost 14 million people per day, a record for the country after detecting its first new cluster in months with a handful of cases in eastern Anhui province and northeastern Liaoning.
Many nations in Asia, including China, are struggling to combat vaccine hesitation. Some people have been drawn to a sense of complacency due to the region’s initial success in containing the virus, while others simply do not trust the safety or efficacy of available vaccines.