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#Cineworld planira otvoriti sva kazališta do početka srpnja



Britanski kino-operater Cineworld Group Plc (CINE.L) izjavio je u utorak (16. lipnja) da će se neka od njegovih kazališta ponovno otvoriti u posljednjem tjednu lipnja, te da očekuje da će se sve otvoriti do srpnja poboljšanim sanitarnim postupcima na svim mjestima, piše Tanishaa Nadkar.

Tvrtka koja je prošlog tjedna odustala od ugovora u iznosu od 1.65 milijardi dolara za kupnju kanadskog Cineplexa (CGX.TO), očekuje se ponovno otvaranje u Sjedinjenim Državama i Velikoj Britaniji 10. srpnja. Dionice u kompaniji, koje su do sada pale oko 64% u godine, vidjeli su se otvaranja 10% više, prema pokazateljima predmarketa. Cineworld, koji je zatvorio kina zbog ograničenja koje predvodi koronavirus, rekao je da je ažurirao svoj sustav rezervacija kako bi osigurao socijalno distanciranje u svojim auditorijumima, zajedno s prilagođavanjem rasporeda filmova za upravljanje redovima i izbjegavanje gomile u predvorjima.

Cineworld, koji u svijetu ima oko 9,500 ekrana, s više od 7,000 u Sjedinjenim Državama, također je prošlog mjeseca osigurao dodatnih 110 milijuna dolara od zajmodavaca i odricanje od zajma, kako bi mu pomogao u preživljavanju zastoja. Triler redatelja Christophera Nolana Načelo održat će se u kinima 31. srpnja, prva nova snimka blokade u mjesecima za kina koja trebaju svježe filmove za privlačenje publike nakon zatvaranja.


Najnovije o širenju koronavirusa u svijetu




The global coronavirus death toll surpassed 2 million, as nations worldwide try to procure multiple vaccines and detect new COVID-19 variants. See COVID-19: MacroVitals ovdje for a case tracker and summary of news, write Devika Syamnath and Charles Regnier.


* Some EU nations are receiving fewer than expected doses of vaccines as Pfizer slows shipments, while Turkey and China race ahead with inoculations.

* People worldwide are generally likely to say yes to getting a vaccine, but would be more distrustful of shots made in China or Russia than those developed in Germany or the United States, an international poll showed.

* Britain is tightening border controls to block new variants of COVID-19.

* Russia will fully reopen schools from next week as the national case tally passed the 3.5 million mark.

* Greece will loosen some lockdown restrictions, officials said, while France’s cumulative death toll neared 70,000.

* Catalonia postponed a parliamentary election scheduled for Feb. 14 until May 30 as cases surged.


* Philippine senators questioned the government’s preference for the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine after latest data showed it has a lower efficacy rate.

* Nepal granted approval for AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD vaccine, following a meeting with neighbouring India, a major manufacturer of the shot.


* The UK variant of the coronavirus could become the dominant variant in the United States by March, the U.S. CDC warned.

* The World Health Organization (WHO) refrained from advising proof of COVID-19 vaccination or immunity as a condition for international travel.

* Some U.S. nursing home residents are facing delays for vaccines despite extreme risk.

* The first modest batches of vaccines are expected to go out under the COVAX scheme for poorer countries in the first quarter of this year, the top WHO scientist said.

Bliski istok i Afrika

* South Africa’s mining companies will support the government in the roll-out of vaccines as the nation battles a surge in infections, the industry body said.

* Millions of vaccine doses secured by the African Union will be allocated according to countries’ population size, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

* The Lebanese parliament passed a law to pave the way for vaccine deals.


* The European Commission is working on a vaccine certificate, dubbed “Vaxproof”, that could help restore cross-border travel, EU officials said.

* Canada said Pfizer’s decision to temporarily cut shipments of some COVID-19 vaccines was unfortunate but should not hit its inoculation programme.


* Stocks and oil prices fell on Friday pressured by intensifying lockdowns and weak U.S. retail sales data, while the dollar was on track to post its strongest week in over two months. [MKTS/GLOB]

* U.S. retail sales fell for a third straight month in December as renewed measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 triggered job losses, further evidence that the wounded economy lost considerable speed at the end of 2020.

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EU zaostaje u naporima na cijepljenju



Consider this: on the day the UK announced it had given the coronavirus jab to 1.5m of its citizens, there were some EU member states yet to vaccinate a single one of their citizens, piše Martin Banks.

These included the Netherlands, which has always prided itself on its health-care system but neighbouring Belgium also pretty much matched the Dutch in terms of rolling out (or not) the vaccine.

Yes, this is the self same Belgium where the vaccine  developed by Pfizer with its German partner BioNTech – the first vaccine to be approved for use in the world – is actually being produced.

Tens of thousands of the Pfizer vaccine have been pouring out of Puurs, a small town located in the Belgian province of Antwerp.

That is the good news.

The bad news is that hardly any have actually found themselves  to Belgian citizens.

On the day the UK said 1.5m Brits had had the Pfizer jab, little old Belgium was still to formally launch its vaccination campaign.

As a UK newspaper columnist once said: 'You could not make it up.'

Unlike a lot of the “issues” that have taken up our time in recent years (Brexit, the economic crisis….) this one – the pandemic – really does matter.

It is, literally, a matter of life and death and that is why the response to it also matters.

So, what exactly is going on?

Well, let us be clear: the UK was very fast out of the blocks in getting the vaccine out to its people. What is also painfully clear is that the EU – or, perhaps we should say its member states (now  numbering 27 after the UK withdrawal, lest we forget) – has been painfully slow in its roll out.

It could be argued this is partly due to the fact that te EU 27 were all forced to wait for the European Medicines Agency to give approval before any roll out could start.

The newly 'independent' UK has its own authorization authority, as most EU member states do. But because it is no longer tied to the EU,the UK was able to give approval to the vaccine much quicker than the EMA evidently was. It was, subsequently, also able to start the roll out much sooner.

But there is more to it than that. The UK, whatever you may think of Brexit, has made a damn good job of the roll out, thus far.

It has even made a point of drawing on its war time experience as part of its determination to get as many of its citizens vaccinated with one or more of the approved vaccines, and as soon as possible.

And Europe? Well, thus far, the performance by EU member states has been lamentable by comparison.

Two vaccines have now been approved by the  EMA, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and another developed by Moderna.

But millions of people all over Europe, including in Belgium where the Pfizer jab is being produced, are complaining about the slow roll out.Imagine how galling it must have been for Belgians to see packages of the vaccine being despatched from the Flemish factory and shipped, via the English Channel, to the UK while they (the Belgians) were still waiting for a single Belgian to be given a jab.

The European commission makes a point of saying it has done its bit in agreeing the contracts with pharma firm like Pfizer and, more recently, Moderna (with more likely to follow soon).

A commission spokesman told this site it had “done the deals” and it was now up to member states to agree with each pharma company how many vaccines they want and the handle the distribution of these to their peoples.

It is, some might argue, a fair point.

Public health is, after all,  primarily a national competence. But it is also clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the relatively limited powers assigned to the Union by the Treaty on the functioning of the EU and the 2013 legal framework for cross-border health threats.

Typically, the “blame game” is underway but the fact is that Europe’s 450 million population desperately need to know that these vaccines are going to become available to them quickly.

Right now, the EU and its member states are being badly embarrassed by the UK (and some other countries too, like Israel) and it/they very urgently need to inject some much needed urgency into their vaccine roll out efforts.

If this is what a country (the UK) can do when it has exited the “constraints” of the European Union, it really makes you fear for the future of the EU.

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Druga godina pandemije "mogla bi biti i teža": Tko je Ryan




Druga godina pandemije COVID-19 možda će biti teža od prve s obzirom na to kako se novi koronavirus širi, posebno na sjevernoj hemisferi jer kruži više zaraznih inačica, objavila je u srijedu (13. siječnja) Svjetska zdravstvena organizacija (WHO), pišu Stephanie Nebehay u Ženevi i John Miller u Zürichu.

"Ulazimo u drugu godinu ove godine, moglo bi biti i teže s obzirom na dinamiku prijenosa i neke probleme koje vidimo", rekao je Mike Ryan, glavni službenik SZO-a za hitne slučajeve tijekom događaja na društvenim mrežama.

Broj mrtvih u svijetu približava se 2 milijuna ljudi od početka pandemije, a zaraženo je 91.5 milijuna ljudi.

WHO je u svom najnovijem epidemiološkom ažuriranju objavljenom preko noći, rekao da je nakon dva tjedna prijavljivanja manje slučajeva, prošlog tjedna prijavljeno oko pet milijuna novih slučajeva, što je vjerojatni rezultat pada obrane tijekom blagdana u kojem su ljudi - i virus - okupio se.

„Svakako smo na sjevernoj hemisferi, posebno u Europi i Sjevernoj Americi, vidjeli takvu vrstu savršene oluje u sezoni - hladnoća, ljudi koji ulaze unutra, pojačano društveno miješanje i kombinacija čimbenika koji su pokrenuli povećani prijenos u mnogim, mnogim zemljama, - rekao je Ryan.

Maria Van Kerkhove, tehnička voditeljica SZO-a za COVID-19, upozorila je: "Nakon blagdana, u nekim će se zemljama situacija znatno pogoršati prije nego što se poboljša."

Usred sve većeg straha od zaraznije varijante koronavirusa koja je prvi put otkrivena u Britaniji, a sada je utvrđena u cijelom svijetu, vlade diljem Europe najavile su u srijedu pooštravanje, dulja ograničenja koronavirusa.

To uključuje zahtjeve za kućnim uredom i zatvaranje trgovina u Švicarskoj, produljeno talijansko izvanredno stanje COVID-19 i njemačke napore na daljnjem smanjenju kontakata među ljudima koji su do sada krivi za neuspjeh u naporima da se koronavirus stavi pod kontrolu.

"Bojim se da ćemo ostati u ovom uzorku vrha i korita i vrha i korita, a možemo i bolje", rekao je Van Kerkhove.

Pozvala je na održavanje fizičkog distanciranja, dodajući: "Što dalje, to bolje ... ali pobrinite se da se držite na udaljenosti od ljudi izvan vašeg neposrednog domaćinstva."

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