1 million French people made an appointment for a vaccine after Macron’s address
1 million French people made an appointment for a vaccine after Macron’s address

Nearly 1 million French people have booked an appointment for a vaccine after last night’s address by the president.

Emmanuel Macron announced that immunization or a negative test would be required in a week to enter a restaurant or cinema.

Social life in the first place – this is shown by the 920 thousand reservations for the first needle in just one day.

To boost the motivation of the unvaccinated, Macron also announced that PCRs will no longer be as free as before. And gave health workers until September 15 to be immunized. An obligation that not everyone accepts.

“We are becoming a dictatorship, we are being forced to do things we don’t want to do,” said Sandra Barona, a caregiver at a nursing home.

Authorities are trying to stimulate vaccination to avoid a fourth wave of the virus in the fall.

Do not cross the line – 9 signs that you have a problem with alcohol
Do not cross the line – 9 signs that you have a problem with alcohol

The initial phase of addiction is easy to ignore

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if alcohol consumption is within normal limits or has already crossed the line and is approaching addiction. We offer you an expert opinion on what to watch out for so that alcohol does not become a real problem.

The initial phase of addiction is easy to ignore and later becomes much more difficult to deal with. Experts point to nine signs that alcohol is becoming a problem for you. If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, it may be time to take action.

1. Drink more than you planned

If you regularly promise not to drink more than a few glasses at a party, but you can’t control yourself and stop in time, it’s time to think. This is an early warning signal.

2. Increase the dose

The “usual” dose of alcohol no longer affects you as it used to. You need to drink a lot more to achieve the desired effect. Your brain adapts to alcohol over time and may become less sensitive to its effects.

3. Sometimes you crave a drink

There are times when you crave a drink so much that you can’t think of anything else until you drink something. This strong need or urge can be caused by people, places, things, emotions or hours of the day that remind you to drink.

4. The hangover disrupts your plans

Of course, this can happen to anyone, but if you come from time to time with a hangover, cancel appointments, miss appointments or stay up late for school for a drink the day before, this becomes a problem.

5. Your entertainment is based on alcohol use

In your free time you are not very attracted to non-alcoholic entertainment and meetings with non-drinkers and you can not imagine a weekend without a glass of wine. If so, it’s time to change something in your habits.

6. You are familiar with the symptoms of withdrawal

As the effects of alcohol disappear, you may have trouble sleeping, shivering, irritability, anxiety, depression, nausea or sweating. Alcohol changes your brain chemistry and when you drink a lot for a long period of time, your brain tries to adapt. If you suddenly stop drinking, your brain needs to adapt again, causing these withdrawal symptoms.

7. Your loved ones are worried

Drinking has caused you problems with family or friends. Hide alcohol or drink secretly so as not to upset loved ones. This is a common symptom of the early stages of addiction and a signal to change your habits.

8. You get into dangerous situations

Alcohol has put you in risky situations such as driving, swimming, fighting, dangerous sex or walking in a dangerous area. Even if nothing bad happened, it is a warning sign.

9. You don’t look well

Puffiness and bags under the eyes, dull skin and “wrinkled” appearance may be associated with dehydration or high stress on the liver caused by alcohol consumption.

Each of these signs can signal an alcohol problem. It’s time to start thinking about reducing alcohol or not at all.

It may be worth seeking help from a doctor or psychologist.

Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked Say No to Drugs volunteers in Milano
Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked Say No to Drugs volunteers in Milano

The Drug-Free World volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano reach out to youth with the Truth About Drugs campaign.

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano teamed up with Milan Transportation Association (ATM) to promote the value of an active, drug-free lifestyle. 

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano bring the truth about drugs to their city.
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano bring the truth about drugs to their city.

ATM’s BikeMi, the city’s bike-sharing program, offered these Drug-Free World volunteers the use of bicycles free of charge to promote their Truth About Drugs initiative.

The day’s activities launched from the Church courtyard at Viale Fulvio Testi, 327. Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked the volunteers for bringing this important message to the community and signed their “Say No to Drugs” Honor Roll in support of the initiative.

Councilor signs pledge
In the courtyard of the Church of Scientology Milano, Councillor Giulio Gandolfi signed the “Say No to Drugs” Honor Roll.

Twenty volunteers took off from the Church by bicycle, wearing their signature teal Truth About Drugs T-shirts and caps. They rode through the city, handing out Truth About Drugs booklets in high-traffic areas in support of this year’s UN Office on Drugs and Crime theme for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: “Share Facts on Drugs: Save Lives.” 

Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. The Foundation’s Truth About Drugs campaign consists of drug education materials and activities that popularize drug-free living.

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The drug prevention bike tour ended at Castello Sforzesco, a popular destination for tourists and residents, where volunteers handed out Truth About Drugs booklets.

Scientology Churches provide drug education specialist training, sponsor chapters of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and work with local educators, police, churches and nonprofits to reach youth on this vital subject. 

To make these materials available to anyone wishing to tackle the drug crisis, the Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, California, produces and ships out Truth About Drugs booklets, DVDs and education packages free of charge to parents, educators, law enforcement, community groups and nonprofits for their drug prevention activities.

The Church of Scientology Milano is an Ideal Scientology Church, dedicated in 2015 by Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. In addition to providing ideal facilities to service Scientologists on their ascent to higher states of spiritual awareness and freedom, the Church sponsors humanitarian programs and serves as a home for the community and a meeting place of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

Source: https://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/taking-to-the-streets-to-promote-active-and-drug-free-living.html

Boosting the EU’s capacity to anticipate and respond to health crises
Boosting the EU’s capacity to anticipate and respond to health crises

News | European Parliament

MEPs outline how the EU should strengthen crisis prevention, preparedness and response when addressing future serious cross-border health threats.

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 67 votes in favour, 10 against and one abstention, a draft negotiating position for a new regulation on tackling serious cross-border health threats. The text will be voted by all MEPs during September’s plenary session.

 

Enhanced cooperation and transparency of joint procurement

The COVID-19 crisis revealed further work at the EU level is needed to support cooperation between member states, in particular border regions, say MEPs. They call for clear procedures and increased transparency for EU joint procurement activities and related purchase agreements. Joint procurement should be used to strengthen the negotiating position of participating countries, improve the security of supply and ensure equitable access to medical products, MEPs add.

 

A transversal vision of health

In the approved text, MEPs call for a “One Health” multi-sectoral approach that, in order to tackle future public health threats, needs to recognise human health as connected to animal health and the environment. In addition, MEPs want to ensure that, alongside monitoring communicable diseases, the monitoring of the impact of these pathogens on non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancer, diabetes and mental illness, is also part of EU public health policy.

 

Better representation of stakeholders and involvement of Parliament

A newly established Health Security Committee, comprising national representatives to discuss political and technical topics, should also involve relevant EU agencies, such as the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Agencies’ representatives, as well as representatives of the European Parliament, should attend committee meetings as observers, according to MEPs. Their text calls for wider consultation of public health experts, international organisations and healthcare professionals.

 

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“With this report, we strengthen the Commission proposal, allowing the EU to better prevent and respond to any kind of future public health threats. Beyond infectious diseases, the Union is currently not protected enough against environmental, food, biological, chemical or other threats”, said Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (Renew, FR). “Our priority must be to guarantee health solidarity by reducing health inequalities within member states and beyond Europe.” she added.

 

Background

As part of building a European Health Union, the Commission proposed on 11 November 2020 a new health security framework fit for future health challenges, based on lessons learnt from combatting the coronavirus, which includes a proposal for a regulation on serious cross-border threats to health.

Oxford: A third dose of AstraZeneca protects even more
Oxford: A third dose of AstraZeneca protects even more

A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Oxford University and AstraZeneca has elicited a strong immune response, Reuters reported, citing a study by scientists.

The authors of the study emphasize that so far there is no evidence that a third dose is needed to boost the immune response, especially given the lack of vaccines in some countries.

A study by the University of Oxford found that a third dose of the vaccine boosted immune protection with antibodies and T-cells, with the second dose being delayed by up to 45 weeks and also triggering a strong immune response.

The British government has announced that it is considering a plan for a vaccination campaign in the autumn to strengthen protection, after three-fifths of the country’s adult population has already been immunized with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Oxford Vaccine Group Director Andrew Pollard said the evidence that the vaccine protects against the now-widespread variants of the new coronavirus for some time means that a booster third dose is unlikely to be needed.

“However, we must be able to strengthen the defense if this proves necessary … but we have no evidence that this will be necessary,” he told reporters.

“For now, with the high level of protection among the UK population and no evidence that it is being lost, it is not acceptable to give a third dose in the UK while other countries have not been vaccinated at all,” he said.

Previous studies have shown that the vaccine, invented at Oxford University and licensed by AstraZeneca, is more effective if the second dose is taken on the twelfth week after the first, instead of four weeks after it.

The study, announced Monday before its official release, was conducted among 30 people who received a late second dose and 90 people who received a third dose. All participants are over 55 years old.

The results alleviate concerns that vector vaccines such as AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson may lose their effect if annual immunizations are needed because of the risks that the body reacts against the vector that imports the genetic information into the vaccine.

“There were some concerns that we would not be able to use this vaccine with a booster vaccination regimen, and the study data definitely do not indicate this,” study author Teresa Lamb of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University told Reuters.

Turkey is administering a third dose of vaccine from 1st Jully
Turkey is administering a third dose of vaccine from 1st Jully

People over the age of 50, as well as health personnel in Turkey, will be able to book a vaccination schedule from Thursday to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Fahretin Koca said last night.

After the meeting of the Scientific Advisory Council for Coronavirus in the country, Koja stressed the importance of vaccination to achieve national immunization against COVID-19.

This is because the Chinese Sinovac vaccine has a shorter duration of action against Covid-19. It is assumed that 6 months after the first two doses, the level of antibodies begins to decrease. At the beginning of the immunization campaign in January, Turkey had only this vaccine and it was given to the elderly and healthcare workers.

Turkey is entering a new phase of normalization today, removing almost all restrictions related to COVID-19, including the night curfew and the ban on leaving home on Sunday, which have been in force for a year.

The government and President Erdogan have decided to lift the restrictions amid a steady decline in daily virus cases and the progress of the vaccination process.

Cafes and restaurants now have the right to serve people without a limit on the number of guests indoors and outdoors. The only condition will be that the music is stopped at midnight. For now, the nightclubs will only be open until midnight. This restriction has been widely criticized on social media, and a number of experts say it has nothing to do with measures against the coronavirus.

On this issue, Health Minister Kodja said: “We want to remove all restrictions. This ban will also be lifted over time. “

All public places and cinemas that had closed due to coronavirus measures will reopen.

Festivals, youth camps and open-air concerts will be allowed without restrictions on spectators, while there will be special rules for indoor venues.

In addition, Health Minister Fahretin Koca announced on June 29th that sports matches could be held with a limited number of fans and in accordance with COVID-19 safety measures.

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are allowed, subject to the rules of social distancing, and people and group dancing are prohibited. Ceremonies in wedding halls will be subject to the “one person at least 6 square meters” indoor rule, although the number of guests will not be limited. Outdoor picnic areas will be open, with a limit of four people per square meter and social distance between people.

The requirement to wear masks indoors and outdoors remains.

Koca also informed that the Delta variant of COVID-19 has been found in 26 provinces of the country.

“The total number of cases with this option registered in Turkey is 224, 134 of which are in Istanbul,” the minister said.

As for the vaccination campaign, the minister noted that 25 percent of the population over the age of 18 has already been vaccinated.

Turkey now has enough vaccines to carry out immunizations, he added.

To date, the country has administered over 49 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Over 34 million people received the first, while over 15 million people received both doses.