🇫🇷#Parlezvousfrançais ? Si en France on "jette l’éponge" pour abandonner, au Japon il s'agit de la serviette ! Cette expression vient des tournois de boxe : le soigneur jette l’éponge pour signifier l’abandon du boxeur. Au Québec aussi on jette la serviette pour s'avouer vaincu. pic.twitter.com/xnCpADDcI2
Que ce soit en matière d’IA, d’aviation, d’agriculture ou encore de développement économique, le Québec et le Japon sont des partenaires essentiels, surtout en cette période incertaine. Merci au Consul Général du Japon, Monsieur Osamu Izawa pour cette rencontre. 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/8ltMrca9Pv
Here is a to-scale superposition the Shinkansen main line on the USA. Its *entire* rail length would be almost exactly that of a single hypothetical Montreal-Atlanta line. They are adding a direct Tokyo-Osaka link (black) for the low price of $80bn. It will be done in 2045. https://t.co/6BxEhTKBg9pic.twitter.com/cmB6hwkezD
J’ai eu ce mercredi le plaisir de rencontrer Monsieur Osamu Izawa, Consul général du Japon à Montréal. Nous avons abordé les possibilités de soutien aux initiatives mutuellement avantageuses pour le Japon et le Québec. Merci 🇯🇵⚜️ pic.twitter.com/qRLeKuEz1B
Now Online for free. Freiras de Nagasaki (Les sœurs de Nagasaki) de Alain Vézina. Documentary about Quebec nuns who survived the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki. French with Portuguese subtitles. Uranium Film Festival Rio 2021 https://t.co/qMWbVDdz7W & https://t.co/jr8IIiW9Ko
— International Uranium Film Festival (@URANIUMFESTIVAL) May 21, 2021
— la base entrepreneuriale HEC Montréal (@labaseHEC) May 8, 2019
Quebec’s Beauce region is contrarian, dubbed “Quebec’s Japan,” it has built a thriving economy on entrepreneurship. In starting his own party, Maxime Bernier shows he will go his own way. Polls suggest his PPC will not win seats in this election. #elxn44https://t.co/PyD96pKtkP
De la part du famille du Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa, nous souhaitons à Annie-Claude les meilleures chances dans son prochain projet qui sera au Japon. Viens nous voir quand tu reviendras au Canada et tu seras toujours la bienvenue au BW+ !!! #BWsmilespic.twitter.com/Jg4EeYud2C
#ThrowbackThursday No spooky Halloween parties this year sadly! Let's stay safe at home and play (horror) games or watch some (scary) movies. But we still have a few photos from the past years for you, featuring #KWSfamily members in Brighton, Manila, Montreal and Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/TJE2gUrkSu
Haley Daniels and COC President Tricia Smith both made history in their respective Olympic disciplines. Haley competed in the women's canoe slalom event debuting at Tokyo 2020 while Tricia was among those who competed in the inaugural women’s rowing events at Montreal 1976. pic.twitter.com/042kRSG5Go
Skateboarding has made its Olympic debut and Canada has sent three athletes: Micky Papa and Matt Berger in the street event and Andy Anderson in the park event. @AndiPetrillo breaks down how the sport is pivoting into the Olympic sphere ⬇️https://t.co/kJBnBReTAI
I love the Olympic Games. The first I remember is Montreal. Tokyo hosting could have been amazing (think of the Rugby World Cup) This is so sad – but probably inevitable. The very best to all athletes. https://t.co/DRDp5pT3YY
This is the latest installment of our Iconic Home Designs series, exploring classic house types in global cities. This year we're extending our global reach, with articles coming up on Beirut, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Orleans, Accra, Baltimore and Montreal.https://t.co/flOr0Dbc46
600 CENTRALES AU CHARBON! La Chine, l'Inde, l'Indonésie, le Japon et le Vietnam, construiront 600 centrales au charbon pour produire 300GW d'électricité! (Hydro-Québec 37GW). Qui pense que les mesures pour changer le CLIMAT vont changer quelque chose! https://t.co/nLJKhPu5nr
Implementing the Tokyo or Montreal protocols: https://t.co/QMXvssNWR9 That requires training and a restraint kit or at least restraints (easier said than done). It’s not the first time duct tape has been used for that purpose, since not all airlines have such equipment. pic.twitter.com/WU0nsER4d2
"Broke-Ass City: I’d want to make sure I’m not taking resources away from any of the people who live there, but I’m currently dreaming of Mexico or Montreal, Tokyo or Tunisia, New Orleans or New York." https://t.co/wJDMIadt98
"LA, Montreal, Tokyo, London, Seoul, Helsinki. These are the places that come to mind when we think of game development, right? It will soon be time to add Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to that list."https://t.co/ecMOUKfcWn
En medio de fuertes aplausos, fue recibido el grupo de deportistas y entrenadores que arribó ayer a La Habana, tras competir en los Juegos Paralímpicos Tokio-2020, encabezados por la tricampeona, Omara Durand, y el joven saltador Robiel Sol#SomosCubahttps://t.co/3d46hRgXfX
ICYMI: A 34,000-ton cargo ship split in half off the coast of northern Japan. The Crimson Polaris was nearing the end of its voyage when it ran aground & splintered apart. The 21-member crew was airlifted off the ship to safety, but the vessel left an oil spill 3 miles long. pic.twitter.com/cj0aLgsMJp
At Tokyo Olympics where Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is just one shot back, the thunderous atmosphere is missing. The fairways would likely have been jammed with fans if Japan’s golf-loving public would have been free to roam the property. By @dfeschukhttps://t.co/JdAAzE4Je1
The tsunami of inspiration and absurdity, of hope and heartbreak, of the power of human triumph, swamps everything else — even as Japan’s fourth pandemic wave rises outside the walls, @bruce_arthur writes. #Opinionhttps://t.co/RTStv8EKHn
#Tokyo2020 brought exactly what health experts feared. Spiraling #COVID19 cases in Japan. Japan's medical system under extreme strain. Numerous Olympians & Olympic officials getting Covid (& at a time when we do not yet fully understand long-term effects) https://t.co/QGip8fNQb3
The #Tokyo2020 medal project collected approximately 6.21 million used phones from across Japan to create the hardware. Using accredited contractors, the phones were then picked apart to extract gold, silver and bronze from their parts. https://t.co/gd3ztKg5RP#TokyoTakeTwo
The decision from Formula One to call off the Japanese Grand Prix for a second consecutive year follows the cancellation of rounds in Australia, China, Canada and Singapore #SportsBiz#F1https://t.co/VJV80E3FbV
The new film, People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan, sees the MCs and DJs of @KuruptFM and their hapless manager heading to Japan after one of their tracks gains popularity on a gameshow in the country https://t.co/eO0vlzpdpC
On 24 August, the next Games will begin and Paralympians arriving in Japan have been warned that they cannot get complacent. The state of #COVID19 emergency in Tokyo will still be ongoing https://t.co/n9l7cguw7Z
Torrential rain lashed much of Japan today, flooding roads and buildings in the western part of the country, while three people were feared dead after a landslide in central Nagano prefecture. https://t.co/hDtu8PWZqm
A member of Japan's Olympic gold medal-winning softball team will have her medal replaced with a fresh one following an outcry on social media, after the mayor of her hometown chomped down on the original | https://t.co/EBrU97ePjIpic.twitter.com/PfM4SqI30s
#UPDATE President Joe Biden on Friday nominated career diplomat Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China and former Chicago mayor and Democratic party heavyweight Rahm Emanuel to head the embassy in Japan https://t.co/amcchUzSfC
VIDEO: 🇫🇷 The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the last French athletes to return from Tokyo arrive at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport with the Olympic flag, synonymous with the handover from Japan to the next Games in Paris in 2024 #Olympicspic.twitter.com/2NnKMsf0vY
Japanese authorities issued the highest level emergency rain warnings in Hiroshima, Kyushu and Nagasaki as "unprecedented" levels of rain triggered landslides. More heavy rain is forecast over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/62Vp56vLUH
Japanese authorities issued the highest level emergency rain warnings in Hiroshima, Kyushu and Nagasaki as "unprecedented" levels of rain triggered landslides. More heavy rain is forecast over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/62Vp56vLUH
Olympics organizers confirmed 24 new cases among people who came to Tokyo for the Games, including three foreign athletes, bringing the total number of cases linked to #Tokyo2020 to 193. https://t.co/XHqKNOVCJm
The Tokyo Olympics kicks off this week, despite protests by locals, a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city, and a growing number of infections in the Olympic Village. But health advisors say they are not worried. pic.twitter.com/b2y3fDBcHM
Japan’s prime minister has been forced to make a U-turn just as his government was about to confirm the appointment of an associate of the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to lead the country’s first digital agency https://t.co/IJmxgVDiyZ
My latest tries to connect the dots, from the South China Sea to the Taiwan Strait to the Korean peninsula and Hong Kong, via Washington, Beijing, Tokyo and (now) Moscow https://t.co/1xVe43I4bI via @financialtimes
President Joe Biden officially nominated Rahm Emanuel as his ambassador to Japan Friday, capping off months of speculation that the former Chicago mayor would be tapped for the prominent foreign post. https://t.co/Tt72jAVdJ6
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is infusing a scholarship program he created at the City Colleges of Chicago with a $100,000 donation — and he pledges to keep contributing every year https://t.co/fUepeydrFK
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is having regular conversations with Joe Biden and his top advisers about economic policy, the selection of a running mate and the political machinations of taking on President Donald Trump. Here's what we know. https://t.co/nIDdOfmqVb
Rahm Emanuel's new book might not win over his detractors, but it may complicate their hate, writes @borrelli, who caught up with Emanuel to discuss his post-Chicago mayoral career https://t.co/ubxyFxJAKi
Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Karen Lewis: "When she’s on the other side, she’s as wily and smart and strategic and funny and thoughtful as they come. The truth of the matter is, we are much, much more similar than dissimilar.” https://t.co/BC1HVON9Xn
Karen Lewis clashed fearlessly with Rahm Emanuel, calling him a liar and a bully and worse, to his face. She dealt him the first public defeat of his mayoral career when she outmaneuvered him in the 2012 teachers strike, inspiring teachers nationwide. https://t.co/VyeT1gK3dU
“People in the establishment — people you know and I know — made a Faustian bargain with an authoritarian figure. Nothing he is doing today he didn’t tell you about four-and-a-half years ago. Nothing,” former Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. https://t.co/m31Ve9wLc0
“Donald Trump’s kind of posture his whole life has been, `Either I win or it’s been stolen. It’s his grievance politics. This is who he is,” former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Sun-Times. “It’s all about him and nothing to do with the country.”https://t.co/Jo3V5OFqko
Without naming Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her predecessor had an “opportunity” to confront the public health issue impacting Chicago’s drinking water supply, but did not — ‘‘for whatever reason.” https://t.co/Fwv9unCRf5
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is “still learning” what Rahm Emanuel already knew about legislative lobbying, but she’ll get what she needs during the spring session to avoid a massive property tax increase, retiring Senate President John Cullerton predicted Friday. https://t.co/OmyyiJ79oX
EDITORIAL: Part of the explanation for the decline in murders in Chicago could be Emanuel’s decision to increase the number of detectives or Johnson's idea to create data centers throughout the city. https://t.co/AZujSJu8VK
“Michael Bloomberg is running for president. Finally, a Democrat with a plan to pay for Medicare for all. He’s going to put it on his Visa card," Rahm Emanuel said at a D.C. dinner. https://t.co/cUFFdhzCEI
President Joe Biden is nominating longtime former senior State Department official Nicholas Burns to serve as his ambassador to China and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as his envoy to Japan. https://t.co/DzLldxnK5g
President Joe Biden is nominating former senior State Department official Nicholas Burns to serve as his ambassador to China and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as his envoy to Japan. https://t.co/IbeRVwbVpX
Delighted to meet Mr Watanabe of JA to receive fresh Fukushima peaches. I tried the peaches when I went to Fukushima to watch Australia play Japan in softball, and they were lovely. I was thrilled to try some from a vending machine – it was a novel experience! pic.twitter.com/ICgDROSBXk
Thousands of young Australians have studied and worked in Japan under the @NewColomboPlan. Japanese companies Mitsui & Co and Mitsubishi Corporation have played an important role in the program, providing invaluable experience for young Australians. Find out more 🎥 pic.twitter.com/yBIeyQ78fB
Red seaweed + 🐮/🐑 = 90% less methane emissions! Australian researchers found that when red seaweed is mixed with stock feed it can reduce cow and sheep methane production. This has fuelled a new industry in #SouthAustralia. Learn more here: https://t.co/OrOrVFfYZd
The Melbourne International Film Festival @MIFFofficial has moved online this year for Australia-wide viewing, and features a great range of Japanese cinema. You will be able to enjoy ten Japanese films until August 22! View the full program: https://t.co/hExODoKNqG
»The descendants of Japanese pearl divers in the Torres Strait are coming together for Obon, Japan's day of the dead, to remember the contribution of their forebears to an industry that claimed hundreds of lives.« https://t.co/eounBNJmOD
The Chinese government's overreaching — on human rights, economic, and security issues — has helped to transform the Quad from a loose alliance among the US, India, Japan and Australia into a more coordinated effort to confront Chinese excesses: @MrKRuddhttps://t.co/N7e130vRM7pic.twitter.com/2v8MbQcKTX
We welcome discussions on the importance of peace & security in the Taiwan Strait by senior officials from the #US🇺🇸, #Australia🇦🇺, #India🇮🇳 & #Japan🇯🇵 during the #Quad meeting. #Taiwan🇹🇼 will keep working with the democracies in building an inclusive, resilient & healthy region. https://t.co/MpCPBiWAwc
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) August 13, 2021
A few key takeouts from my interview with Nobuo Kishi: Australia should take more of a leadership role in south-east Asia and the Pacific, pacifist constitutional debate likely to re-emerge after the election, and Abe, his brother, is fighting fit. https://t.co/aNxXQYBoIU
"Canada was not invited to participate in the Quad, a partnership involving the U.S., Japan, India and Australia intended as a security response to the growing threat from China in the Indo Pacific region."#cdnpolihttps://t.co/oIueWWmz3v
The 🇯🇵 Government has announced the extension and expansion of the State of Emergency until 12 Sep, covering 13 prefectures including Tokyo & Osaka, covering the duration of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Follow trusted news sources to stay informed of the latest developments. pic.twitter.com/Oo6xeL2hwV
"Ishikawa bringing the heat early for Japan." "It's Australia vs. Ishikawa at the moment, and Ishikawa is winning." "And incoming.. is.. guess who? The man who seems to be absolutely everywhere at the moment. Ishikawa"
A very successful discussion on the virtual mode was organized by KIIPS on QUAD on 7th August 2021, where eminent Scholars from India, USA, Japan, Australia, Canada and Poland were part of the panel. pic.twitter.com/xde7zIgNfk
Thread thread by @JorisJDR about a Ruddy Turnstone we flagged in South Australia, which has been reported in Japan! Birds like WUL contribute to our understanding of wader migration and population estimates. Looking forward to seeing WUL again soon! https://t.co/FmIGfKGNm1
show of solidarity from 25 countries at the Canadian embassy in Beijing today for Canadian businessman Michael Spavor’s verdict (incl US, UK, Australia, Japan, Lithuania, France etc). Spavor was sentenced to 11 years on espionage charges, a fine of 50,000 yuan and deportation pic.twitter.com/OadTKu9p65
Furusato patterns from pilgrimage by Elysha Rei Mapping a journey of matrilineal heritage in Japan 20Aug -9Sept DownstairsGallery, Scrumptious Reads, Red Hill Qld Artist Talk & Demo: Sun12 Sept 9am Kid's Kirigami Workshops: Sun 22Aug 10am-11.30am&12.30pm-2pm pic.twitter.com/liFxy9VwWn
An insightful piece by my former thesis superviser @JainPurnendra. Will Suga meet this challenge? Will Japan return to a 'Karaoke Democracy'? Kono Taro would be an interesting alternative to Suga, given his familiarity with Australia. https://t.co/ttMphoBNzI, via @LowyInstitute
On Wednesday, New Zealand PPI, Japanese machinery orders, Japanese merchandise trade, Australian wage prices, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand policy announcement, UK CPI, UK PPI, Eurozone HICP and Canadian CPI reports are scheduled. pic.twitter.com/X4S0UOQzcN
#TS21 involved participating forces from Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. #AusNavy military police were involved in manning checkpoints near Bowen, Queensland, during the bilateral training activity. 👮♂️🤝🚢 pic.twitter.com/egQVxNIcGo
Joint Statement by the Embassies and High Commissions of Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Accredited to the Republic of Zambia: pic.twitter.com/RPlZisyjTE
https://t.co/710Gc7OHJL My reflection on the Olympics as a mushroom cloud. Nagai Tokusaburo wrote to us last year: "People prefer fun festivals. In the midst of that, it is a shame that the opportunity to draw the whole world’s eyes to the Nagasaki atomic bombing was lost"
#OTD in 1943 USS Bowfin (SS-287) set off for her first war along the Australian coast to Darwin. On Sept. 25th USS Bowfin, USS Billfish and USS Bonefish attacked a Japanese convoy, effectively sinking tanker Kirishima Maru north of French Indochina. pic.twitter.com/7f2JIB2TuT
'Activists commemorate 30th anniversary of first “comfort women” testimony'. 84 groups from Korea, Australia, Germany and other countries, "under the slogan "I am Kim Hak-sun," urged the Japanese government to issue an official apology". @HankyorehNewshttps://t.co/XajJQeUh7U
Victory in the Pacific. Sunday 15th of August 2021 is the 76th anniversary of the end of the war with Japan, VP Day. Take time to reflect on the service, sacrifice and loss by our women and men. Consider visiting a local war memorial to pay respects. We Will Remember Them. pic.twitter.com/KOSfGzIfB9
When thinking about Australian security, there is a tendency to look to the north. Yet during the Second World War Australia's leaders were fearful that Japan would bypass the north and directly attack Australia's industrial core, my latest article in History Australia @NSC_ANUpic.twitter.com/WMh1swpsCv
Canada's Denis Shapovalov says in a Twitter post he made the decision to pull out of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics for safety reasons "due to the current situation" amid the high number of COVID-19 cases and low vaccination rate in Japan. https://t.co/d0uJnUSKnN
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have set a limit of 50 per cent of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Olympic venues. The decision contradicts the country's top medical adviser. https://t.co/B0M9rgI6CI
A Toronto woman is hoping to make waves at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Sarah Douglas is part of the nine-member team representing Canada in sailing. She spoke with CBC News Toronto at 6 host @dwightdrummond about what inspired her to get into the sport. pic.twitter.com/X4b8l5raKT
Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, is ranked 27th in the world in show jumping and has a good chance to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. https://t.co/0JtQAmnq9v
Athlete activism has led the International Olympic Committee to adopt new rules allowing competitors at the Games in Tokyo to express their views on issues before their events, but not on the field, on the medal stand or during other ceremonies. https://t.co/IH8Z99PMmr
Alcohol will be banned at the Tokyo Olympics in a bid to control the coronavirus, organizers said. The decision came after an outcry from the Japanese public, which is deeply skeptical of hosting the Games.https://t.co/PomPPpDmMg
Australian softball players were the first athletes to arrive in Japan before the Tokyo Olympics. Their routine of coronavirus tests, hotel confinement and playing Nintendo offers a preview of a Games like no other.https://t.co/wiynpJBjFE
About 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers for next month’s Tokyo Olympics have quit, the chief executive of the Games’ organizing committee said, amid rising worries about the Games happening during the pandemic. https://t.co/8UPvtKyxEA
The Tokyo Olympics are under new pressure. Public health experts have suggested the Games’ safety plans put athletes and others at risk, and the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, an Olympics partner, called on Japan’s prime minister for cancellation.https://t.co/rObgfoYLde
83% of people polled in Japan said they did not want Tokyo to host the Olympics this summer. Opposition to the Games comes as growing areas of the country have been placed under a state of emergency because of surging coronavirus cases. https://t.co/IWWjmCHbDF
The Ever Given has begun its journey out of the Suez Canal more than three months after it ran aground, clogging up one of the world's most vital trade arteries and disrupting global supply chains. https://t.co/LGYiROhAis
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has held the giant ship and its crew in a lake between two stretches of the waterway since it was dislodged on March 29, amid a dispute over a demand for compensation by the SCA.
The owners and insurers of the #EverGiven container ship that blocked the #SuezCanal said a formal settlement had been agreed in a compensation dispute, and the vessel would be allowed to sail on July 7.https://t.co/WYsOf37uf7
While machine-made paper has largely replaced washi throughout the country, the painstaking process of making the paper by hand is still practiced in a handful of cities and towns https://t.co/DPTWRwXA8m
Congrats to @tcddublin student athlete John Tanguay who has been officially selected for the @usrowing@Paralympics team 👏🏼 John is part of a mixed four coxswain crew that will represent the US at the Tokyo Paralympics
As US-China competition deepens, @POTUS has sought to repair many of the broken relationships with its Asian allies. What does this look like when it comes to US-Japan relations? @jbmllr@MLInstitute gives his critical view on our latest issue.https://t.co/uLqvuXtfpE
Japan is taking a big bet on hydrogen, and planning to shift a big chunk of their power to hydrogen. This is part of the country's plans to be carbon-free within the next 30 years, and it could revolutionize the global energy market. Via @WSJhttps://t.co/Kzjtfcl2bt
China’s defence spending has increased by 620% since 1990. ‘Greater Japanese activism is a defensive, responsible reaction to Japan’s worsening threat environment,’ write @profLind and Elbridge Colby. Read more: https://t.co/TIBEUvtWxX
With trade being central to the UK’s ambitions for ‘Global Britain’, a dedicated ministerial track is one obvious way to mark global trade as a key priority. ‘It is up to the UK to prove the format is worth keeping beyond 2021,’ argues @MPetsinger:https://t.co/fNgi5dXbVs
Shimadzu Corporation and Shionogi & Co., Ltd. announced the conclusion of a basic agreement on business partnership for wastewater surveillance for viruses in the field of infectious diseases including the novel coronavirus. https://t.co/QRMcBXYTfZ#shimadzu#covid19
Two Americans are standing trial in Tokyo on charges they helped ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while on bail. Michael and Peter Taylor are suspected in the escape plot in which Ghosn was spirited away in a music equipment box on a private jet. https://t.co/gdTUchtPN5
A top Japanese official says relations with Taiwan are non-governmental and practical that recognizes China as the sole legitimate government. “Japan's position is to maintain working relations with Taiwan at the nongovernment level.” (Corrects quote.) https://t.co/g0daZNYUsD
ANALYSIS-Japan's yen set to suffer a while longer as BOJ baulks at tapering: The developed world's most dovish central bank and companies keen to put cash to work overseas have combined to make Japan's yen one of the world's worst performers this… https://t.co/um72TLmwvh NASDAQ
All the below links are in English. Excerpts are on our own.
Youth, Delta variant behind UK COVID surge (06/17/2021) | @CIDRAP
… In total, 135 of 108,911 swabs tested positive for COVID-19, for a weighted prevalence of 0.15%, up from 0.10% of swabs collected from Apr 15 to May 3. Northwest England had the highest prevalence (0.26%), while the country’s southwest region had the lowest (0.05%). Residents of socioeconomically disadvantaged areas were at nearly double the risk of testing positive, compared with those in less-deprived areas.
Young people are behind the surge, with a 5-fold higher rate of COVID-19 test positivity among children 5 to 12 years (0.35% prevalence) and adults 18 to 24 (0.36% prevalence) than in those 65 or older. People younger than 50 were 2.5 times more likely to be infected than older people (prevalence, 0.20% vs 0.08%), although the researchers noted that infections seem to be growing at a comparable rate in both age-groups. …
In early February, the link between COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations started to lessen, apparently due to vaccinations, only to reemerge in late April. When the researchers stratified data by age, however, they found that those 65 and older still had a lower association between infections and hospital admissions.
“We can take a lot of comfort in the fact that there does appear to be very good protection in the older age groups, where virtually everyone has been doubly vaccinated,” senior study author Paul Elliott…
… Delta has become dominant in the country, rising from 60% of positive COVID-19 tests at the beginning of the study to 90% by the end. …
… it’s very difficult to predict the duration of the exponential phase,” lead author Steven Riley… noting that extending coronavirus vaccination to younger people in the next month should slow the surge. …
… Riley adds, “Even though we are seeing the highest infection prevalence in younger people who are less susceptible to COVID-19, if this growth continues it will drive up infections in older, more vulnerable people, as the vaccines are not 100% effective and not everyone has been fully vaccinated. This would lead to more hospitalisations and deaths, and risks straining the NHS …
… a team led by University of Oxford researchers evaluated whether vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, or antibodies derived from COVID-19 survivors could neutralize the Delta variant’s B1617.1 and B1617.2 sublineages.
The researchers found substantial reductions in the ability of the AstraZeneca/Oxford and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to inactivate the Delta variant, although the viruses weren’t broadly able to escape neutralization.
The ability of the Pfizer vaccine to neutralize the Delta variant dropped 1.34-fold between 4 and 10 weeks after the first dose, at which time the ability was nearly lost. “Recently in the UK some reduction in Pfizer-BioNTech effectiveness has been detected at 10 weeks, presumably as a result of waning immunity, leading to the recommendation that the second vaccine dose interval should be reduced from 12 to 8 weeks in those over age 50,” the authors said.
The researchers noted previous studies that found lower vaccine effectiveness against mild to moderate COVID-19 in countries in which Beta (B1351) was dominant, as well as against the Alpha (B117) variant first seen in England, although protection against severe illness was maintained.
Overall, convalescent sera was 4-fold less effective against B1617.1 and 2.7-fold less effective against B1617.2 than against an early strain from Wuhan, China. Still, convalescent sera containing antibodies against the Beta variant first seen in South Africa and the Gamma (P1) variant first identified in Brazil were the least able to inactivate Delta.
Data showed that the Delta variant’s affinity for ACE-2 was slightly enhanced compared with that of the Wuhan strain as well.
“Individuals previously infected by these variants may be more susceptible to reinfection by B.1.617.2,”…
The authors said that the true number of SARS-CoV-2 variants probably has been underestimated and that more variants of concern will continue to emerge. …
…”As the population develops immunity, by either natural infection or vaccination, pressure is mounting to select mutations that allow the virus to more effectively find an infectible host through increased transmissibility, or to evade the acquired immune response and cause reinfection.”…
UK Covid infections rise as Delta variant dominates (18/06/2021) | @BBCNews
… a single dose of vaccine reduces a person’s chances of catching coronavirus and needing hospital treatment by about 75%, even with Delta circulating in the UK.
And among people who had received the recommended two doses, the chances of catching and being hospitalised by coronavirus was reduced by more than 90%.
Of 806 people infected with the Delta variant who ended up hospital in England between 1 February and 14 June 2021:
527 (65%) people were unvaccinated
135 (17%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine
84 (10%) were more than 14 days after their second dose
As of 14 June, there have been 73 deaths in England of people who were confirmed as having the Delta variant and who died within 28 days of a positive test, and of these:
34 (47%) were unvaccinated
10 (14%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine
26 (36%) were more than 14 days after their second dose
Experts call for more sequencing after new ‘Delta plus’ variant identified (16/06/2021) | @Independent
… Referred to variously as the “Nepal variant”, the “Delta plus” variant or Delta AY.1, early data show this new lineage (B.1.617.2.1) allows the Covid virus to better resist antibody therapy treatments because it includes the K417N mutation – first found in the Beta variant that emerged in South Africa. …
From the data submitted by various labs across the world, we know the variant has been seen in Canada, Germany, Russia, Nepal, Switzerland, India, Poland, Portugal, Japan and the US. …
…the emergence of “Delta plus” and other new variants showed the need for regular genome sequencing to keep track of how the Covid virus is progressing.
He said the variant was “not a major concern immediately”. …
Five things we know about the Delta variant (and two things we don’t) (15/06/2021) | @gavi
Two weeks after receiving a second dose, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appeared to provide 79% protection against infection with the Delta variant, compared with 92% protection against the Alpha variant…
…the number one symptom reported by app users with a confirmed infection has been headache, followed by sore throat, a runny nose, and fever. “Cough is rarer and we don’t even see loss of smell coming up in the top ten anymore…
What are the India, Brazil, South Africa and UK variants? (06/06/2021) | @BBCNews
… There are a few “India” variants, but one called B.1.617.2 appears to be spreading more quickly in the UK.
Surge testing is being deployed in some areas, including Bolton and Blackburn, to identify infections – but it may not be stopping the spread.
Second jabs for all over-50s (and the clinically vulnerable) in England are now being brought forward to protect more people, faster. Second doses will come eight weeks after the first, rather than 11-12 weeks.
Latest research suggests the Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are highly effective against the variant after two doses, but protection from one dose appears to be reduced. …