Vaccines set world leaders abuzz with post-COVID arrangement
- The number of total infections in France dropped by half on Monday
- Arrangements are afoot across nations after successful vaccine trial results
- Three vaccines have announced over 90% efficacy against coronavirus
The recent news of coronavirus vaccine breakthrough has lifted some of the glum torpor that had its sway over the world leaders, who have now begun to give their thoughts to the future as the worst seems to have run its course.
France President Emmanuel Macron is set to address the public on Tuesday night as the country is seeing a drop in the number of coronavirus cases.
Macron is expected to loosen the lockdown measures in the country considering the abatement in the cases. He is expected to lift the restriction in a calibrated three-part approach, understandably, to avoid a fresh flare up.
Monday brought good news for France, which witnessed a drop by half in the total number of coronavirus infections-- the number dropped to 20,155 cases from 40,439 on Sunday.
A top boss of a major airline has also aired his views on the norms of international air-travel in the post-COVID world.
According to an AFP report, Australia's Qantas has announced that international travelers need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to fly-- becoming the first airline to suggest such rules could become common across the industry.
"Whether you need that domestically, we will have to see what happens with COVID-19 in the market but certainly, for international visitors coming out (to Australia) and people leaving the country, we think that is a necessity." Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told Channel Nine, as quoted in the AFP report.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson too has his work out as the country emerges from a second four-week lockdown on December 2.
In the wake of the vaccine news, Johnson had warned that the “scientific cavalry” may be arriving but "Christmas cannot be normal and there's a long road to spring."
The Downing Street had earlier said that it will not be a normal Christmas, but the government will work towards allowing people to meet each other.
So far, three vaccines have announced satisfying trial results and are soon to enter production mode after the necessary reviews and vetting.
The vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, and Moderna have claimed to have over 90% efficacy, while the one developed by University of Oxford-AstraZeneca announced their vaccine with 70% efficacy on average.
Britain is already in process of acquiring 40 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by the end of 2021. It is in the process of acquiring 355 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from as many as seven vaccine makers.
The US, one of the worst –hit countries, is still facing a relatively tougher time with Thanksgiving just two days away, and people defying travel restrictions with abandon.
Citing Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for security checks in the country, AFP reported that last weekend emerged as the busiest since the start of the pandemic with more than three million people passing through US airports, according to the.
"Our pleas for help have fallen on selfish deaf ears," tweeted Cleavon Gilman, an emergency doctor in Arizona, where he said hospitals were "overwhelmed" with COVID patients, it wrote.