Covid-19: vaccination obligation for caregivers in England, medical costs of unvaccinated dereimbursed in Singapore

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed at least 5 million lives worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP) from official sources, Tuesday, November 9.

England has said it will introduce compulsory vaccination for caregivers, while Singapore has warned that unvaccinated people will pay their medical bills.

  • England to introduce compulsory vaccination for caregivers in spring

The British government announced on Tuesday the introduction of the obligation to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for the approximately 627,000 caregivers of the National Health Service (NHS) in England from 1is April. Those who do not work in contact with patients or cannot be vaccinated for health reasons will be exempt.

Health Minister Sajid Javid clarified that “90% of NHS staff have received at least two doses” vaccine, even if in some hospitals, “The figure is closer to 80%”. Employees of nursing homes in England had been asked to be fully vaccinated against the disease before Thursday.

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  • Singapore: the unvaccinated will pay their medical expenses

Singapore will stop paying the medical costs of patients with Covid-19 who have refused to be vaccinated, the authorities of this city-state in Southeast Asia have announced.

Singapore’s health system, which is facing its worst wave of contamination since the start of the pandemic, with between 2,000 and 3,000 new cases per day and a few deaths, is under pressure. “People who are not vaccinated represent a significant majority of those who need intensive care and contribute disproportionately to the strain on our health infrastructure”, justified the Ministry of Health.

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  • WHO warns of possible syringe shortage in 2022

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday of a possible shortage of syringes in 2022, if their production does not keep up with that of doses of Covid-19 vaccines. “The deficit could be 1 to 2 billion”, Lisa Hedman, WHO senior adviser on access to medicines and health products, told reporters. This shortage could particularly affect African countries, had already alerted the WHO at the end of October during a regional meeting.

More than 7.25 billion doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been administered worldwide, nearly double the number of usual vaccinations carried out each year, thus increasing the need for syringes. This equipment includes in particular 0.3 milliliter syringes used for the administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, for which the market is tight and very competitive.

According to Lisa Hedman, a lack of syringes could cause a delay in these routine vaccinations and, therefore, have an impact on public health ” for the coming years “ if a generation of young people does not receive the normal childhood vaccines. It could also result in the inadvisable reuse of syringes and needles, which are supposed to be single-use.

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  • New Zealand: protest against restrictions

Several thousand people demonstrated on Tuesday in New Zealand against the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, mobilizing a large deployment of police in Wellington. Some 3,000 people, including dozens of motorcyclists, most of them not wearing masks, crossed the capital’s city center to join the New Zealand Parliament.

The government has adopted a severe response to the virus, with strict lockdowns and border closures. Residents of Auckland, the country’s largest city, have been confined to their homes since mid-August and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this week these restrictions will be maintained until the end of November. New Zealand has recorded a death toll of 31 from Covid-19 for a population of 5 million.

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Covid-19: vaccination obligation for caregivers in England, medical costs of unvaccinated dereimbursed in Singapore

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