Tunisie Numerique world news roundup for July 29

Israeli foreign minister to make the first visit to UAE

Israel’s new foreign minister will head to the United Arab Emirates for the first known visit by a top Israeli diplomat to the Gulf Arab country, the ministry announced Monday.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s trip comes after the two countries normalized relationships last year.

Covid France: Around 20% of all cases now Delta variant

The Delta variant now accounts for approximately 20% of all Covid cases in France, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced this morning (June 29).

Mr Véran told FranceInfo Radio the variant was “gradually becoming dominant” in France “as it does in all countries in the world, as it is more contagious”.

The World Health Organisation has said the variant is now present in 85 countries.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison

Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, has been condemned to 15 months in jail for contempt of court after failing to appear before a corruption inquiry earlier this year.

Zuma, 79, who was the president for nearly nine years until 2018, was not present to hear the South African constitutional court deliver its ruling and sentence.

The judge ordered the former president to hand himself in within five days. If he fails to do so, police will be ordered to arrest him and ensure he is “delivered to a correctional centre,” Judge Sisi Khampepe said.

More than three billion doses of Covid vaccine administered worldwide

More than three billion doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered worldwide, according to an AFP count made Tuesday from official sources.

While the first billion was reached 20 weeks after the start of the first mass vaccination campaigns in December and the second billion in 6 weeks, it took less than 4 weeks to reach the third billion.

Some 40% of the doses administered worldwide (1.2 billion) were administered in China. India (329 million) and the United States (324 million) complete the podium.

Sanofi to invest 400 million euros in an mRNA vaccines facility

Sanofi will fund about 400 million euros ($476.4 million) in the research and development of following-generation vaccines utilising mRNA technologies, which proved their efficiency in the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

The French drug giant and its British counterpart GlaxoSmithKline surprised investors and customers late last year when they announced a one-year delay to the launch of their joint COVID vaccine, based on a more conventional technology.

Record heat forces western Canada province to shut schools, universities

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