The popular press agency Reuters just noted that Austria is placing millions of people not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in lockdown as of Monday to deal with a surge in infections to record levels and the growing strain on intensive-care units. This is what the government said on Sunday.
It’s important to mention the fact that Europe is the epicenter of the pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns.
Reuters notes the fact that Austria has one of the continent’s highest infection rates, with a seven-day incidence of 815 per 100,000 people. read more
“We are not taking this step lightly but it is necessary,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told a news conference while announcing the new measure.
Under this new measure, the unvaccinated can only leave their homes for a limited number of reasons like going to work or shopping for essentials.
“In reality we have told one third of the population: you will not leave your apartment anymore apart from for certain reasons. That is a massive reduction in contacts between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated,” Schallenberg said.
Pfizer vaccine integrity issues
Not too long ago, it’s been revealed that Pfizer makes headlines again after some new data involving allegedly poor practices at a contract research company helping to carry out Pfizer’s covid vaccine trial raise questions about the data integrity and the regulatory oversight.
BMJ begins their piece by saying that in the autumn of 2020, Pfizer’s chairman and chief exec Albert Bourla released an open letter to billions of people all over the world who were hoping to see normality again in the world.
“As I’ve said before, we are operating at the speed of science,” Bourla wrote, explaining to the public when they could expect a Pfizer vaccine to be authorised in the United States.
Stay tuned for more news.