Daily infections with the Corona virus have reached two million worldwide.
While most countries in the world are heading towards tightening, Pfizer announced the possibility of reaching a vaccine for Omicron by next March.
The world witnessed the registration of about two million injuries during the past 24 hours, with more countries recording record rates, while countries revealed economic effects caused by the outbreak of the mutated Omicron, and other countries also put the measures taken to limit the epidemic into practice.
Official data showed on Monday that France recorded nearly 94,000 new cases of COVID-19, which pushed the 7-day average of new infections to a new high of 269,614 cases, the 14th consecutive day of rise.
And in Italy, Prime Minister Mario Draghi put new pressure on the unvaccinated Monday, saying they caused "most of the problems" in the country with a strong outbreak of the Omicron mutant.
According to the new measures that took effect Monday, those who are not vaccinated against "Covid-19" are not allowed to go to restaurants, cinemas, swimming pools, sports clubs or use public transportation, while schools have reopened.
Italy was the first European country affected by the Corona virus in early 2020 and recorded one of the highest death rates, with the death of 140,000 people.
Demonstrations in Germany against compulsory vaccination (Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced, on Monday evening, that he had contracted the Corona virus, in light of the outbreak of a fifth wave of the epidemic in his country.
Lapid said, in a tweet on his Twitter account, "It was confirmed that I was infected with Corona, I feel relieved that I received the vaccine, go get the vaccine, and wear masks, we will overcome this together."
The official Israeli channel, Kan, said that Lapid attended the weekly cabinet session, which was held on Sunday, and that it is likely that Corona tests will be conducted for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the rest of the ministers who participated in the meeting.
For his part, Mexican President Andras Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he had contracted the Corona virus, for the second time since the outbreak of the epidemic began nearly two years ago.
In the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised on Monday against traveling to Canada due to the high number of Covid-19 infections.
On the other hand, the European Union countries agreed on Monday to end travel restrictions that they previously imposed on the southern African region.
And the French government, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, announced in a tweet on Twitter that the members of the European Union agreed to lift the emergency period and allow the resumption of air travel with South African countries.
The government stressed that travelers still need to adhere to specific health requirements to enter the European Union.
And the European Union decided last November to ban flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to stop the spread of the omicron mutant, which was first discovered in Botswana and South Africa.
Pfizer announced that a vaccine against Omicron will be ready in March (Reuters)
On the other hand, Pfizer CEO Albert Borla said Monday that there is a need for a vaccine targeting the mutated Omicron strain of the Corona virus, and that his company can produce one such by next March.
Burla said that Pfizer and its partner Biotech are working on both a version of the vaccine targeting Omicron and one that includes the previous vaccine and one that is resistant to the rapidly spreading strain.
Burla added that the "Covid-19" vaccines may end up becoming annual for most people and that some of the most vulnerable groups may be eligible to receive them periodically in a period of time less than a year.Keywords: