Will 50-year-olds be vaccinated by May?
Daily Helsingin Sanomat asks that question and replies that, at least in the Helsinki metropolitan area, it is increasingly unlikely, as the delivery of various vaccines to Finland may slow down the pace of vaccinations.
Delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Europe has been delayed due to suspected blood clots. In addition, on Wednesday, health authorities announced that the target group for the AstraZeneca vaccine, aged 65 and older, will remain the same.
Eeva Ruotsalainen, An assistant doctor at Helsinki University Hospital told the newspaper that according to the original plan, all people over the age of 16 were expected to be vaccinated by July at the latest.
"If [the Johnson & Johnson vaccine] permanently stops and AstraZeneca is restricted to people over 65, of course postponed by one or two months," he said.
By Anu MustakariChief Physician of the City of Espoo, there were no detailed plans for the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Espoo, and he described the delay "irritating", as the city hoped to use supplies to speed up its vaccination schedule.
Helsingin Sanomat pointed out that on Wednesday in an interview with his teammate, Ilta-Sanomat, Deputy Mayor for Social and Health Affairs of Vantaa Timo Aronkytö said Vantaa wanted to offer vaccinations to 50-year-olds in mid-May and to 40-year-olds before the start of the summer.
Now, however, the situation looks a little different because AstraZeneca is not offered to younger age groups.
The situation is similar outside the metropolitan area. Tampere Aamulehti reports that the vaccination program is reviewed in the Pirkanmaa region, including Tampere.
Jaana Syrjänen, An infectious disease doctor at Tampere University Hospital estimates that the continuation of restrictions on the use of AstraZeneca and the delay in Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine deliveries will mean the same in the hospital area as elsewhere, which is about two months’ setback. .
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia
Tabloids Ilta-Sanomat writes that tensions in Ukraine cast a dark shadow over Europe.
On Thursday morning, the diary says that the escalation of tensions between Ukraine and Russia is also dangerously reflected in the security situation in the Baltic Sea.
Finland is also concerned that NATO forces and air force units have been in Estonia, just a stone’s throw from Helsinki.
It points out that the military movement in the vicinity of Finland is in any case increasing, as Russia will start a major military exercise with Belarus in September, Zapad 2021. Exercises to prepare for Zapad 2021 have already begun in the Baltic Sea.
Ilta-Sanomat went on to say that it is good for Finland to have a president Sauli Niinistö has a working relationship with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Because of this, Niinistö was able to directly express his concern about the movements of Russian troops. He could also offer Finland "good service" To a meeting between Putin and the President of the United States Joe Biden.
Hosting the summit this summer in Finland would be another big feather in Niinistö’s cap, and also a new demonstration of appreciation for Finland. Hopefully, diplomats will be able to work successfully to promote this, Ilta-Sanomat writes
Helsingin sanomat newspaper is one of many papers about street robberies in the capital where the perpetrators are suspected of being minors.
Last Sunday, in the Lauttasaari area of Helsinki, a 16-year-old boy is suspected of robbing three other young people of headphones, among other things.
Just a few weeks earlier, there was a robbery in Kannelmäki where the suspects are wooden underage boys.
Several similar robberies have been reported to police in the metropolitan area.
According to the police inspector Marko Forss The Muggers have approached their victims by carving or knocking out cash and small items, including clothing, in their knuckles. In some cases, the perpetrators have asked the victims the size of the shoe and replaced it with footwear.
Although the nature of the robberies has attracted media attention, Helsingin Sanomat also says that the statistics show that the number of young robberies has not shown a large increase compared to the reports received by the police last year.
Patience in the garden
Iltalehti tells its readers that Thursday should be a bright sunny day in most parts of the country, with the exception of Finnish Lapland, where there may be snow or snow.
Daytime temperatures are expected to range from + 7C to + 12C degrees in the south and west, + 4C to + 8C in the central regions, and about + 5C in the north.
However, the weather is still variable, with rapid temperature fluctuations.
In this sense, Foreca meteorologist Markus Mäntykannas was this advice to Iltalehti readers, "If you’re already planting something in the garden, don’t go for these warm afternoons. Night temperatures can continue to fall well below freezing, especially at ground level."
Source: The Nordic Page