Italian woman got four, not six, Pfizer shots: health body

A 23-year-old woman who was mistakenly injected with too many shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was given four, rather than six doses, Italian health authorities said Tuesday.

12/5/2021 4:00:00 AM

Health authorities initially said the woman received 6 doses, but corrected their mistake on Tuesday. They added that the discovery that it was 4 was 'important' because Pfizer has previously run tests on the simultaneous injection of 4 doses.

A 23-year-old woman who was mistakenly injected with too many shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was given four, rather than six doses, Italian health authorities said Tuesday.

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This is the first in a series of stories about the impact of India’s Covid-19 crisis on the Indian and Chinese economies and the global initiative to restructure supply chains. Apple’s efforts to diversify its production from China to India are being hit by the Covid-19 crisis there, with infections and factory shutdowns prompting analysts to question whether the country can become a smartphone manufacturing and export superpower. According to a report by Taiwanese news agency CNA on Saturday, Foxconn confirmed that 10 Chinese engineers at its plant in the Indian city of Chennai had been infected with Covid-19. Meanwhile Wistron Corporation, another key player in Apple’s manufacturing chain, closed its plant in south India for five days after a spate of Covid-19 cases, according to the CNA report.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “We can confirm that a small number of employees who worked at one of our facilities in India have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus,” said Foxconn in a statement on Monday. Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme face Indian dilemma “We are working to provide the employees and their families with the support they need … we have been working closely with local government and public health authorities in India to address the challenges that we and all companies are facing in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.” Despite wider government efforts to halt the spread of Covid-19, it has not yet imposed any manufacturing lockdowns. “Many Covid restrictions are being initiated [on a] daily basis and many things are being severely impacted, including demand and supply”, said Bakshi Hardeep Vaid, a professor at the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology. India has become the second-largest market for smartphones since 2019, amid a raging tech war between the US and China, with companies including Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi setting up manufacturing operations in the country. In a bid to turn the country into an export and manufacturing hub, India’s government last year increased import taxes on smartphones and launched the US$6.65 billion Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for hardware makers. Three of Apple‘s top contract manufacturers, Foxconn, Wistronn and Pegatron, have announced plans to invest a total of almost US$900 million in India in the next five years to tap into the PLI, according to sources quoted by Reuters in September last year. “For Apple the objective [of local manufacturing] was twofold: one is to lower the cost difference due to import duties and secondly, it is also a hedge for Apple,” said Kiranjeet Kaur, senior research manager at IDC. Amid the ongoing US-China trade war, focusing production solely on China would increase risks for the iPhone maker, she added. However, India’s ambitions to become the “new China” in phone manufacturing are now being blunted by one of the world’s worst outbreaks of Covid-19, with daily deaths from the virus surging past 4,000 for the first time on Saturday, according to government data. IDC’s Kaur expects smartphone makers to be hit by the Covid-19 surge during the second quarter and possibly longer if there are more waves of infections. Market research firm TrendForce forecast on Monday that Covid-19 would reduce India’s smartphone production by a total of 12 million units in the second and third quarter. This could result in a 7.5 per cent year on year decrease in smartphone production in India for the whole year. India holds up wireless approvals for China-made devices The short-term impact of community lockdowns has also weakened consumer demand, with Bloomberg Intelligence last week reporting that smartphone shipments could fall 25 per cent in the second quarter. Aside from the impact on Apple and Samsung’s supply chains, Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo and Vivo – all of which have been expanding in the country in recent years – have also been hit by India’s Covid-19 wave of destruction. As such, Kaur says China will remain an important manufacturing hub for Apple, at least in the short term, given the possibility of lower production in India and strong demand for iPhones. In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, the world’s largest manufacturing complex for iPhones, Foxconn recently raised bonus pay for new recruits, signalling strong production activity. Foxconn has four plants in China while in India the company makes iPhones in two plants. China contributed 68 per cent of global handset production in 2020, with India at around 15 per cent, according to research firm Counterpoint, which estimates a figure of 19 per cent for India in 2021. Apple has been shifting production out of China, its second biggest market, slowly but steadily, but Covid-19 has stopped this and Apple’s production in China in 2020 returned to 2017 levels, according to a May report by Counterpoint. Thanks to a developed production infrastructure, a deep labour pool and supportive local government policies, China remains critically important to the global electronics supply chain. iPhone 12 launches in China to strong demand But IDC’s Kaur says that the costs of Chinese production may increase and in the future, Apple may continue to look to other markets to increase production, whether it’s Vietnam for iPads or India for iPhones. In November last year, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that Foxconn would be moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple in a bid to diversify production and minimise the impact of the US-China trade war. Additional reporting by Che Pan More from South China Morning Post:India’s Covid-19 surge dashes hopes of world reopening at once: Chinese expertApple supplier Foxconn raises bonus for new assembly line workers as iPhone production heats upChina’s world-factory status gets boost as coronavirus ravages India and other developing Asian countriesThis article Apple’s attempt to diversify manufacturing to India is being stymied by New Delhi’s coronavirus crisis first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.

2 days agoSouth China Morning PostBurglar escapes upscale Hong Kong flat with HK$2.7 million in valuables, cash after struggle with female tenantA 48-year-old Hong Kong woman struggled with an intruder she found in her upscale Mid-Levels flat before daybreak on Tuesday but failed to stop him from fleeing with about HK$2.7 million (US$348,000) in valuables and cash. As of midday, a citywide manhunt was still under way for the burglar and an accomplice who helped him climb onto the first floor of the 20-storey Piccadilly Mansion on Po Shan Road shortly before 4am. According to police, the burglar scaled the building up a drainpipe and climbed into the victim’s fourth-floor flat through the window of a toilet while his accomplice acted as lookout on a nearby hillside.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The break-in came to light when the tenant was woken up by the sounds of the burglar ransacking her 2,499 sq ft flat. “The struggle erupted when she … found a black-clad burglar in the study room,” a police source said. “The culprit managed to run off during the scuffle and ran into a toilet connected to the study room, from which he climbed out the window to escape.” Police arrived after receiving a call from her at about 4.07am. Officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made. According to police, the two suspects are about 1.7 metres tall. Jewellery and watches initially estimated to be worth HK$2.7 million were stolen along with nearly HK$4,000 in cash. Detectives from the Central criminal investigation unit have checked security camera footage to gather evidence. Hong Kong police arrest three during bungled burglary in New Territories On May 2, two mainland Chinese men believed to be behind a series of burglaries in the New Territories were among three people arrested at the Tuen Mun scene of a bungled break-in during which two police officers drew their guns. Officers are investigating whether the two mainland suspects had ties to a notorious rural gang operating in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Both were surnamed Wei, according to police, a name shared by many villagers there. According to police, 63 mainlanders who entered Hong Kong illegally were arrested in connection with various crimes last year, up 53.7 per cent from the year before. In 2020, police handled 2,095 reports of burglary across the city, down 12.5 per cent from 2,394 cases in 2019.This article Burglar escapes upscale Hong Kong flat with HK$2.7 million in valuables, cash after struggle with female tenant first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021. headtopics.com

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