Further patients benefit from drug against Long COVID


After the Department of Ohthalmology at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen announced their global breakthrough in early July 2021 of successfully treating a Long COVID patient (aged 59), two further patients are now on the road to recovery thanks to the drug BC 007. The team at the Department of Ophthalmology has used the approach to treat two more patients. A 51 year old man from the Allgäu region and a 39 year old woman from Middle Franconia both received the active ingredient BC 007 intravenously in an infusion lasting 75 minutes, and were then kept in the hospital for monitoring for a further three days. They have continued to attend outpatient appointments to monitor their health ever since. Both patients have already reported significant improvements in their performance and quality of life, and this has been corroborated in medical tests.

Following the pattern seen in the patient who was treated first, BC 007 also caused Long COVID symptoms in these patients to subside shortly after it was administered. ‘After someone contracts COVID-19, special autoantibodies start to circulate in their bloodstream. These then turn on the body itself and may damage certain structures within the body or affect circulation,’ explains ophthalmologist PD Dr. Dr. Bettina Hohberger. The drug BC 007 was developed several years ago, originally for patients with severe heart disease, but could now potentially be used in the fight against Long COVID. ‘In both patients currently being treated, we can see that BC 007 neutralises the harmful autoantibodies and retinal micro circulation, in other words blood flow in the smallest blood vessels in the eye, improves. We can prove that this is the case using optical coherence tomography angiography, or OCT-A for short. In addition, both patients experienced a reduction in their clinical Long COVID symptoms,’ confirmed Bettina Hohberger.

Germany will offer Africa up to 70 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses, Merkel says


Germany will make up to 70 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine available to African countries this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, more than doubling a previous pledge to donate 30 million.

“Germany will make available not only 30 million doses of vaccines but it will be as much as 70 million doses,” Merkel told a news conference after a summit with African leaders on the G20’s Compact with Africa initiative.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said African leaders told the summit “it is not fair that Africa has vaccinated only 2% of the their 1.3 billion population and yet the more developed countries in the north have vaccinated up to 60%.”

“All of us in that meeting felt that Africa needs to be given the opportunity and the right to produce vaccines,” he said at the joint news conference with Merkel.

Merkel said she was confident that there could be a “transfer, step by step, of the technology” to allow production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.

Britain gives virologists hope


The fact that almost all corona restrictions will be lifted in the UK in mid-July is causing international heads to shake. But apparently the consequences of the easing are not as serious as feared. The German virologist Schmidt-Chanasit sees this as confirmation of the vaccination campaign.

For the Hamburg virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, the development in Great Britain after the relaxation of the corona measures gives hope despite the high incidence. “Developments in Great Britain show that one cannot simply say: ‘If we lift almost all measures, everything will get out of hand’. We are now seeing exactly the opposite.” The situation there cannot be transferred one-to-one to other countries. “But that gives hope that one can achieve something through the vaccinations, that despite the abolition of almost all measures, one sees falling numbers of cases and no overloading of the health system.”

On July 19, the British government withdrew almost all Corona restrictions as part of a “Freedom Day” and instead appealed to citizens to take responsibility for themselves – despite the sharp rise in the number of cases. At the time, 88 percent of adults had received a first vaccination. Almost 68 percent had already been vaccinated twice. The infections had decreased in the following days and only recently increased again comparatively slightly.


‘Milestone’: More than half of German population fully vaccinated

More than half the population of Germany is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Wednesday.

“41.8 million Germans (50.2 percent) now have full protection, while 61.1 percent have received at least one shot. The more people who get vaccinated, the safer we will be in autumn and winter,” Spahn wrote on Twitter.

He said it was “another milestone” for the country’s inoculation campaign.

Every second person in Germany has been vaccinated at least once


According to Health Minister Spahn, 50.1 percent of the German population received their first corona vaccination. Almost every third person in Germany is fully protected against Covid-19. Because of the delta variant, however, you should continue to exercise caution.

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn is satisfied with the development of the vaccination campaign: At 50.1 percent, more than half of the population in Germany has now been vaccinated against Covid-19 at least once. That corresponds to 41.5 million people, said Spahn at the weekly Corona briefing in Berlin. 29.6 percent would already have full protection with a second vaccination – almost every third person in Germany.

The status of the first and second vaccinations are “two milestones for Germany,” emphasized the CDU politician. The prospects for the coming weeks also make him confident: there are so many vaccine deliveries to be expected that all other vaccinees will actually receive an offer by the end of July.,SafdaRO

Germany takes US, Canada off travel risk list, most others from July


Germany no longer classifies some regions, including the United States, Canada and Austria, as areas of a high coronavirus risk, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said on Friday.

The RKI listed 19 countries and regions that are “no longer considered risk areas” thanks to their low coronavirus infection rates.

Countries that have been removed from the travel risk list include Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Cyprus, Kosovo, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine and the US.

Some regions in Portugal, Norway, Croatia, Greece and Switzerland are also no longer considered risk regions by Germany.

Travelers entering Germany by plane must provide a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery before their departure, whether or not they spent time in a risk area, the RKI said.

The decision takes effect on June 13.

Germany allows everyone to sign up for their vaccination


From June 7, everybody in Germany will be able to register for a coronavirus vaccine. So, is a fair and just system, with priority lists for high-risk groups, being replaced by a free-for-all.

“Our vaccination campaign is continuing at full speed and we are beginning to see the impact that it is having.” Those were the words of Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn.

The encouraging vaccination rate led the minister to conclude that the time is now right to break with the system of strict priority lists. In concrete terms, that means that from June 7 anybody can apply for vaccination — as long as they are twelve or older.

Around 20% of Germany’s population of 80 million are fully vaccinated, 45% have had one jab.

Germany has prioritized people who are at a high risk of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms. This includes the elderly, but all people with medical “preconditions” such as cancer, high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes. And health care workers or others who work in professions where they are exposed to high levels of contact with others and therefore infection. In all, more than 37 million have a right to priority treatment for vaccination.

Germany to offer Covid jabs to all adults from June 7th


Germany will ditch its Covid vaccine priority list and start offering jabs to all adults from June 7th, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Monday, as the country’s inoculation drive picks up pace.

The move means anyone aged 16 and up will be eligible for a vaccine in Germany, scrapping the existing priority criteria based on age, jobs and pre-existing medical conditions.

“We have agreed to lift the priority system on June 7th… in doctor’s practices, among company doctors and in vaccination centres,” Spahn said after talks with Germany’s 16 regional health ministers.

After a stuttering start, Germany’s jabs campaign has kicked into high gear in recent weeks as vaccine supplies increased and general practitioners joined the effort alongside vaccination centres.

Germany last week hit a fresh record when it vaccinated more than 1.35 million in a single day.

Overall, 37 percent of adults in Germany, Europe’s most populous country, have now had their first jab. More than 11 percent are fully vaccinated.

Daily record: 1.35 million vaccinations in Germany


Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn reports a new daily record for vaccinations in Germany. Accordingly, around 1,353,453 doses of corona vaccine were inoculated on Wednesday. This means that almost 36 percent of all Germans have been vaccinated at least once and 10.6 percent are even fully protected.

According to Spahn, by the end of May the focus will no longer be on the first vaccination, but on the second vaccination. This is necessary in order to achieve full vaccination protection for those who have already been vaccinated once. The first vaccinations would then come to the fore again in June, says the CDU politician.According to the RKI, there had already been three days in the past few weeks before the new daily record was set on which more than a million injection syringes were used. In total, about 38.6 million vaccine doses were administered up to and including Thursday. The vaccination rate varies depending on the federal state. The Saarland has the highest quota of at least first vaccinated persons at 40.4 percent. At 31.1 percent, Saxony is slightly behind the other federal states.

Germany – one in three people has now been vaccinated for the first time


Germany’s vaccination campaign is making progress: According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, one in three people has now been vaccinated for the first time. According to him, if the prioritization falls in June, it will take until July before everyone who wants to be vaccinated has received a first shot.

In Germany, around a third of the population is vaccinated against the coronavirus. According to the Robert Koch Institute, a total of 557,612 people received a corona vaccination at the beginning of the week – around 110,000 more than on Monday last week. While 381,100 received the first injection, it was already the second for 176,512. This means that the vaccination rate across Germany is now 33.3 percent. Around one in ten (9.6 percent) is now fully immunized.

As Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Deutschlandfunk, two thirds of people over 60 are now vaccinated. That leaves around five to six million people in this age group who could be vaccinated in the coming weeks.