BUDAPEST, Hungary – The Hungarian government will offer citizens the option of receiving a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting in August, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
The third injection will be available to everyone, regardless of their age, medical condition or the vaccine they received initially, Orban said in a public radio interview. The government recommends, but does not require, that the third dose be given at least four months after the second, and doctors may choose to provide patients with a different vaccine than the one previously received.
“There is no reason to fear a third dose of the vaccine. If people don’t have to fear it and their sense of security increases if they receive it, then why would we prevent them from choosing this option? Said Orban.
Hungary is the latest country to offer booster shots as some jabs fail to offer full COVID-19 protection to all recipients. In May, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced that they would offer a third injection to some people who have received Sinopharm from China over concerns over insufficient development of antibodies, which protect against the virus.
In Hungary, which also uses the Sinopharm vaccine, some have also expressed concern that they will not be fully protected against COVID-19 and have demanded third doses.
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka has received 1.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine from the United States through the UN-supported COVAX facility.
This was the second expedition to Sri Lanka by the global COVAX effort after a delivery from AstraZeneca in March.
Sri Lanka gave 36% of its population its first dose of the vaccine while 13% received both doses.
Its vaccination campaign was delayed by the cessation of shipments of AstraZeneca from the Indian producer. She then turned to Sinopharm, Sputnik V and Pfizer to vaccinate its population.
Sri Lanka has confirmed 279,059 coronavirus infections with 3,611 deaths.
TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that Canada may begin allowing fully vaccinated Americans to Canada from mid-August for non-essential travel and should be able to accommodate fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September.
Trudeau spoke to leaders of Canada’s provinces and his office released a reading of the appeal. He noted that if the current positive trajectory in immunization rates and Canada’s public health conditions continue, the border may open.
“Canada would be able to accommodate fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September,” the text said. “He noted the ongoing discussions with the United States on plans to reopen and indicated that we might expect to begin allowing fully vaccinated United States citizens and permanent residents to Canada from mid-August for non-essential travel. ”
Trudeau noted that Canada continues to lead the G20 countries in terms of immunization rates, with about 80% of eligible Canadians receiving a dose and over 50% of eligible Canadians fully immunized. He said the number of cases and serious illnesses continued to decline.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean officials are pushing for tighter pandemic restrictions beyond the hard-hit capital region as they fight a record spike in coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum in a meeting on the virus on Friday called on all local governments outside the greater Seoul area to simultaneously enforce four-person limits on gatherings after 6 p.m. to slow the spread viral.
The allowed social bubbles are even smaller in Seoul and neighboring Gyeonggi Province and Incheon, where authorities enforce the most stringent “level 4” restrictions that ban gatherings of three or more people after 6 p.m. visitors to hospitals and nursing homes and close nightclubs and churches.
Lee Ki-Il, deputy health care policy minister at South Korea’s health ministry, said national government officials will discuss Kim’s proposal with local governments and may announce a decision during the weekend.
Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 1,536 new cases of the coronavirus, the 10th consecutive day out of more than 1,000. The country’s number of cases now stands at 175,046, including 2,051 deaths.
HONOLULU – Hawaii Governor David Ige said Thursday he would maintain the requirement that people wear masks indoors as the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 is fueling a spike in cases.
Ige told a news conference that the number of new cases in Hawaii has exceeded 100 in three of the past five days. This contrasts with the past two months, when the seven-day average of new arrivals hovered around 50.
The governor has said the overwhelming number of people contracting the coronavirus are unvaccinated, and he urged those who are eligible to be vaccinated.
Hawaii has one of the highest vaccination rates among the 50 US states. So far, 65% of the population has received an injection and 58.9% have been fully immunized.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The capital of the United Arab Emirates has announced a sudden overnight lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the rest of the country remains open to tourism.
State News Agency WAM announced Thursday evening that the lockdown would begin Monday and last from 12 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. It comes just before the long Eid al-Adha vacation in the United Arab Emirates, which also begins on Monday.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee euphemistically described the lockdown as part of the “national sterilization program”. The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhs, used the same term during the 2020 shutdowns at the start of the pandemic.
Abu Dhabi hit a hard line after Dubai reopened to tourism a year ago, requiring PCR testing for those crossing the border. Dubai, like other emirates, has remained open to boost tourism and business even though new coronavirus cases reported daily remain around 1,500 a day despite a mass vaccination program.
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County will once again require indoor masks even when people are vaccinated.
In the meantime, the University of California system announced Thursday that it will require coronavirus vaccinations for students, faculty and staff to return to campuses this fall.
The movements are driven by a sharp increase in cases of the virus, many of which are the highly transmissible delta variant.
Muntu Davis, LA County public health official, said the mask requirement would go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. Davis said the county recorded more than 1,000 new cases every day for a week and that there is now “substantial community transmission.”
As of Thursday, there were 1,537 new cases and hospitalizations topped 400.