COVID-19 Updates: Pandemic Death Toll May Be 2 to 3 Times Higher Than Reported

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  • The United States currently has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths in the world..
  • Globally, there have been more than 165 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3.4 million associated deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University..
  • In many countries, a surge of COVID-19 cases meant that some people died before they were able to be tested for the disease, so their deaths were not officially linked to the pandemic..
  • People in India recover from COVID-19 only to die from ‘black fungus’ According to CNN, doctors in India began raising the alarm in early May about a rise in mucormycosis, a rare and potentially deadly infection..
  • Many people with a mucormycosis infection also have COVID-19, or have recently recovered from it, whose immune systems were weakened by the virus or who have underlying conditions, particularly diabetes..
  • COVID-19 vaccines currently used in Europe appear able to protect against all currently circulating variants that are causing concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director Hans Kluge said on May 20, reported Reuters..
  • According to Reuters, Kluge said the WHO regional office was cautiously optimistic to see COVID-19 cases in the region declining..
  • COVID-19 vaccine data on kids expected by fall, says CDC director Health officials expect to have more data regarding COVID-19 vaccination and younger children by late fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said May 19, reported Fox News..
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that a viral vector vaccine uses a harmless version of a different virus, called a “vector,”.
  • “However, the mRNA vaccines may have an advantage over the adenovirus-vectored vaccines if annual boosters are needed,”.
  • “The development of host antibodies to the adenovirus-vector may limit these vaccines’ usefulness if such annual boosters are needed to maintain longer term protection,”.
  • adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, reported CNN..
  • White House COVID-19 Response Team senior adviser Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith told CNN that more People of Color are being vaccinated, marking “encouraging national trends.”.
  • India records highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in a single day India has set a new global record during the pandemic for the number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day..
  • At least 4,529 deaths were reported in India today, bringing the country total COVID-19 death toll to more than 280,000, according to The Associated Press..
  • A top medical organization in Japan has backed calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics, saying hospitals are already overwhelmed as the country fights a surge in COVID-19 cases with less than 3 months from the start of the games, reported Reuters..
  • Over 600,000 children 12–15 were vaccinated last week COVID-19 vaccinations are picking up for those under age 16 with more than 600,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 getting vaccinated last week..
  • The United Kingdom previously reopened with fanfare only to face another strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases surged..
  • But there are no COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in children under 12 in the United States, meaning that they need to continue masking..
  • All unvaccinated people age 2 and older “should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household,”.
  • “We know children over age two can safely wear masks to protect themselves and others from transmitting the COVID-19 virus,”.
  • It will likely be at least a few more months until a vaccine is approved for children under 12, and Pfizer says it won’t be ready to ask for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its COVID-19 vaccine in that age group until September..
  • Fauci stops short of saying schools should require vaccines for students Dr. Anthony Fauci urges parents to vaccinate their kids against COVID-19 — but stopped short of saying the shots should be required to attend school, reported CBS News..
  • When the state of Georgia made COVID-19 vaccinations available to children as young as 12 yesterday, Atlanta residents Jenny and Jeffrey Brower pushed to schedule an appointment for their twin 13-year-old girls, reported Reuters..
  • Providers in their state, along with Delaware and Arkansas, were offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15 just a day after U.S..
  • According to Reuters, more than a dozen states, including Texas, Idaho, Arizona, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Minnesota, said they would wait for the go-ahead from an advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before administering the vaccine to children under 16..
  • Washington state hit by 4th wave of infections As COVID-19 outbreaks recede in many parts of the United States, the Pacific Northwest is an outlier, still fighting against a late spring surge that filling hospitals in the areas around Seattle and Portland, reported NPR..
  • WHO technical lead for COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, said the agency will provide more details today in its weekly situation report on the pandemic, but added that the variant, called B.1.617, was found in preliminary studies to spread more easily than the original virus, reported CNBC..
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as age 12..
  • “Today action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic,”.
  • “Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations.”.
  • Mutation of highly contagious Brazilian COVID-19 variant identified in Florida A new mutation of the highly contagious Brazilian COVID-19 variant has emerged in Florida, health officials said..
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nearly 6.9 million deaths across the world, more than double the number officially recorded, estimates a new analysis from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), reported Reuters..
  • According to Reuters, the IHME is an independent health research organization that provides comparable measurement of the world health problems and has been cited in the past by the White House..
  • The IHME says COVID-19 deaths go unreported as many countries only record those that occur in a hospital setting, or in people with confirmed infection..
  • “In other countries, such as Ecuador, Peru, and the Russian Federation, the discrepancy between reported deaths and analyses of death rates compared to expected death rates, sometimes referred to as ‘excess mortality,’ suggests that the total COVID-19 death rate is many multiples larger than official reports,”.
  • In the United States, the IHME analysis estimated COVID-19-related deaths of more than 905,000, reported Reuters, while official figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on May 5 estimated 575,491 deaths due to COVID-19..
  • Pfizer and BioNTech to seek full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccine In a new announcement, Pfizer and BioNTech stated they will seek full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their COVID-19 vaccine..
  • India cases surge again, breaking global record India struggle against the pandemic continues, with the country reporting today another record in COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours with more than 414,000 cases, reported The Washington Post..
  • Health experts are finding that people may have a higher risk of developing diabetes after recovering from COVID-19..
  • When Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly research team told him how often diabetes affected survivors of COVID-19, he thought the data must be wrong and asked his colleagues to crunch the numbers again, reported Bloomberg..
  • COVID-19 wasn’t just more dangerous for people with diabetes, it also triggered the disease in many who didn’t have it before..
  • They found COVID-19 survivors were about 39 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes in the 6 months following COVID-19 compared to users of the VA health system that didn’t have COVID-19..
  • Moderna says booster shot is effective against COVID-19 variants Drugmaker Moderna announced on May 5 that the company booster shot could be effective against some COVID-19 variants..
  • According to a Moderna press release, human trials showed that those given a third shot after receiving their 2-dose vaccine had an increased immune response to the COVID-19 strains initially identified in South Africa and Brazil..
  • “Our mRNA platform allows for rapid design of vaccine candidates that incorporate key virus mutations, potentially allowing for faster development of future alternative variant-matched vaccines should they be needed,”.
  • The Biden administration is now in favor of waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to fight the pandemic..
  • Just a small fraction of the world population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with most vaccinations occurring in wealthy countries..
  • “The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,”.
  • India is now second only to the United States in total cases with more than 20 million COVID-19 cases reported..
  • Biden said his administration would now focus on sending vaccines to pharmacies and other smaller outlets rather than the massive vaccination sites that have characterized the rollout..
  • AstraZeneca, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines 87% effective after first shot, South Korean data shows One dose of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine was nearly 87 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among those ages 60 and older, according to real-world data released by South Korea on May 5..
  • According to Reuters, data by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) shows the Pfizer vaccine was 89.7 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 at least 2 weeks after a first dose was given, and the AstraZeneca shot was 86 percent effective..
  • Dr. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, told NPR he believes that India may be detecting just 3 to 4 percent of total COVID-19 cases..
  • Children account for over 20% of COVID-19 cases The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that while the number of U.S..
  • children getting COVID-19 is lower than the highs set at the start of 2021, children now account for more than one-fifth of new COVID-19 cases in states releasing data by age, reported NPR..
  • Rosstat, the Russian statistics agency, said Russia recorded around 250,000 deaths related to COVID-19 from April 2020 to March 2021, reported Reuters..
  • Russia official COVID-19 task force said last week that the authorities had recorded more than 4.8 million cases nationwide since the start of the pandemic, reported Reuters..
  • county records 0 COVID-19 deaths Los Angeles County reached a major milestone after it recorded zero COVID-19 deaths in a 24-hour period, according to the Los Angeles Times..
  • Reaching herd immunity may be unlikely Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent vaccine hesitancy will keep herd immunity out of reach, reported The New York Times..
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation top adviser on COVID-19, acknowledged this shift in experts’ thinking, reported the Times..
  • As EU member states start to issue vaccine certificates, the European Parliament made an announcement in a press release that put guidelines on these certificates..
  • In the press release, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) also agreed that a new “EU COVID-19 certificate”.
  • “However, EU COVID-19 certificates will neither serve as travel document nor become a precondition to exercise the right to free movement,”.
  • According to MEPs, holders of an EU COVID-19 certificate should not be subject to travel restrictions that include quarantine, self-isolation, or testing..
  • Skipping second vaccine dose could prolong pandemic, study finds The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that nearly 38 percent of U.S..
  • Researchers also said this could be a more serious problem for marginalized racial and ethnic groups that have historically had higher attrition rates for multidose vaccines..
  • They found that Black and Latinx respondents were much less likely than white respondents to believe COVID-19 vaccines provided strong protection after the second dose, and significantly more likely to be unsure..
  • “These findings suggest that there is a real need — and opportunity — for the medical community to provide fuller guidance and greater contextual explanations to vaccines, about how life can change after vaccination as we gradually return to normalcy,”.
  • More than 360,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in India in a single 24-hour period, marking another global record for daily cases in a country..
  • Indian COVID-19 vaccine found to neutralize virus variant from India Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that India homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, called COVAXIN, has been found to neutralize the B1.617 variant, which was first identified in the South Asian nation, reported CNN..
  • According to a press release from drugmaker Bharat Biotech, COVAXIN is 100 percent effective against severe COVID-19 disease, with an impact on reduction in hospitalizations..
  • “This (B1.617 variant) is something where we’re still gaining data on a daily basis, but the most recent data was looking at convalescent sera of COVID-19 cases and people who received the vaccine used in India, the COVAXIN,”.
  • Child with COVID-19 dies in Hawaii Health officials in Hawaii confirmed the state first COVID-19 death attributed to a child in a press release yesterday..
  • According to the Hawaii Department of Health, he developed COVID-19 symptoms shortly after arrival and was taken to a hospital, where he later died..
  • According to a Department of Health spokesperson, both parents tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding the flight from the U.S..
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19..
  • Child dies of COVID-19 complications in Minnesota Minnesota Department of Health officials say they’re “deeply saddened”.
  • to confirm a school-aged child under the age of 10 has died due to complications from COVID-19, reported CBS Minnesota..
  • Minnesota governor expressed his concern about the death and a reminder that even with the vaccine, the pandemic is ongoing..
  • “As vaccines help us turn the page on COVID-19, we can’t forget that this deadly disease is still present in our communities.”.
  • Dr. Brooke Moore, pediatric pulmonologist for Children Minnesota Hospital, told CBS that most children who get COVID-19 won’t develop symptoms, and if they do, they will experience mild to moderate illness, but around 10 percent of cases are severe..
  • Israel examines cases of heart inflammation Israel officials say they’re examining reported cases of heart inflammation in people who had the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine..
  • The rate of daily COVID-19 vaccinations given in the United States fell below 3 million for the first time in weeks on Thursday, according to data from the CDC..
  • The United States is currently reporting almost 62,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, based on a 7-day average of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, reported CNBC..
  • Johnson COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as more reports emerge of rare but severe blood clots in women given the shot..
  • The CDC is looking to its advisers to help determine the true magnitude of this risk — and how to balance it against the need to protect millions still developing COVID-19 every day..
  • population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, with roughly 26 percent fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
  • Pregnant people vaccinated with mRNA vaccines not at high risk for side effects A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that pregnant people who received an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy did not appear to have worse outcomes than those who weren’t vaccinated..
  • They found that mRNA vaccination protects pregnant people against COVID-19 and its complications during pregnancy, and emphasize that emerging evidence shows SARS-CoV-2 antibodies could be transferred to the fetus after vaccination in the third trimester..
  • President Joe Biden said today that the United States would reach more than 200 million COVID-19 shots administered since the start of his administration..
  • Pfizer identifies fake COVID-19 vaccines abroad Pfizer said the first confirmed instances of counterfeit versions of its COVID-19 vaccine have been identified in Mexico and Poland, reported The Wall Street Journal..
  • According to the Journal, vials seized by authorities in separate investigations were tested by Pfizer and confirmed to contain bogus vaccine..
  • “We have a very limited supply, a supply that will increase as we ramp up and other companies enter the vaccine space..
  • So far, no counterfeit vaccines have been discovered in the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security, reported the Journal..
  • However, the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines and high demand could prompt people to seek doses outside official channels, particularly in countries like Mexico and Brazil..
  • COVID-19 cases are high in these countries, and there a history of counterfeiting prescription drugs, industry and security experts told the Journal..
  • According to CNN, in the past 7 days the United States reported more than 67,000 new COVID-19 cases daily on average, according to Johns Hopkins University data..
  • Experts say COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States are being distributed at an impressive rate, with all Americans 16 and older able to get the shot..
  • Rapid, at-home COVID-19 test available this week Rapid COVID-19 tests will be available to consumers this week without a prescription..
  • Abbott Laboratories’ BinaxNOW coronavirus self-test kits will be shipped to the three national chain retailers and also available online..
  • Another rapid test made by Australia-based Ellume will be available at CVS stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for $38.99, but it can also be purchased online or at most CVS stores in other states by the end of May..
  • Fauci prediction that the one-shot vaccination would resume comes as the United States reached the milestone of having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the arms of roughly half the adult population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
  • All adults in all 50 states now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine All adults in the United States are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, something public health experts say is a major step toward ending the current pandemic, reported The Hill..
  • According to The Hill, people 16 and older in every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are eligible to receive one of the available COVID-19 vaccines as of today..
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 5,800 people out of 77 million vaccinated people developed COVID-19, reported CNN..
  • White House to track variant spread The Biden administration announced today that it setting up a $1.7 billion network to track the spread of coronavirus variants..
  • It will also create partnerships with six universities to conduct research and develop technologies to combat COVID-19..
  • The chief executive officer of Pfizer said Thursday that people may need to get a third COVID-19 vaccination within 12 months of being full vaccinated..
  • Blood clots rare in Moderna, Pfzier vaccines A new study reports that the number of blood clot cases is about the same for the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and AstraZeneca vaccines..
  • The researchers said about 4 in 1 million people who get the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will develop blood clots..
  • India reports 1-day record in COVID-19 cases India reported a record 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 today, becoming only the second country after the United States to reach this sobering single-day toll, reported The Washington Post..
  • In an effort to contain the COVID-19 surge, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced curfew-like restrictions on the movement of people in the state from April 14 to May 1, reported The Indian Express..
  • The initial trial began in February using AstraZeneca and then Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in the two doses administered to participants..
  • The purpose of the trial is to determine the effectiveness of mixing vaccines and whether there are any side effects..
  • Regular exercise may reduce risk of COVID-19 A new study conducted by Kaiser Permanente reports that being consistently active is strongly associated with a reduced risk of experiencing severe COVID-19..
  • Researchers found that people who got at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity — exercise guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services — showed significantly lower rates of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death due to COVID-19..
  • Researchers pointed out that regular exercise also reduces the risk of systemic inflammation, a main contributor to the lung damage caused by COVID-19..
  • Leaving middle seats open on airplanes may reduce COVID-19 risk Researchers report that keeping middle seats vacant on larger airplanes can reduce the spread of COVID-19..
  • Today in a press briefing, health officials stressed that they want to prepare healthcare professionals to recognize the signs of rare but serious side effects, and that they’re still investigating whether the vaccine caused these side effects..
  • This side effect has not been seen in people who have received the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna..
  • Record high COVID-19 hospitalizations for children in Michigan Children aren’t immune to COVID-19, reported the Detroit Free Press..
  • According to the Detroit Free Press, this is the message doctors at several of Michigan children hospitals want people to hear as that state confronts another massive surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations..
  • According to state data, 49 children were hospitalized April 12 with either confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19..
  • COVID-19 pandemic growing ‘exponentially,’ says WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday, April 12, that the trajectory of the pandemic is now “growing exponentially,”.
  • According to a new but not yet peer-reviewed study conducted in Israel, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine might not offer sufficient protection against the coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa..
  • Researchers examined whether people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and got an infection were likely to contract one of two coronavirus variants compared with people who were not vaccinated..
  • According to the study findings, vaccinated people who contracted an infection at least a week after the second vaccine dose disproportionately contracted the variant first detected in South Africa, B.1.351..
  • “These results overall suggest that vaccine breakthrough infection is more frequent with both VOCs (viruses of concern), yet a combination of mass-vaccination with two doses coupled with non-pharmaceutical interventions control and contain their spread,”.
  • Record-high vaccinations, but unvaccinated young adults at risk A record-high 4.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in 1 day, according to data published April 10 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported CNN..
  • CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warns that for the third straight week, new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing..
  • She added that, nationwide, more Americans ages 18 to 64 have gone to emergency departments for COVID-19 complications, and these trends are magnified in the Upper Midwest..
  • COVID-19 surge seen in Michigan On average the state is seeing more than 7,000 new cases daily, far higher than the average of around 1,500 cases seen in February, according to The New York Times..
  • Gretchen Whitmer has said she will extend workplace COVID-19 restrictions for at least 6 months due to the increase in cases..
  • Whitmer said she will ask the federal government for more vaccines as the virus is spreading rapidly, but she has not said she will enforce new shutdowns in the state..
  • COVID-19 cases trending upward, and nearly 80,000 new infections reported yesterday, health officials warn about the spread of multiple, more transmissible coronavirus variants, some of which have caused outbreaks in states such as Michigan and California, reported The Washington Post..
  • Pfizer to seek EUA for COVID-19 vaccine for children Currently, no COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children under age 16..
  • But that could soon change as Pfizer and BioNTech have asked the Food and Drug Administration to expand their emergency use authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine to include children as young as 12..
  • New data released by the companies has reportedly shown that the vaccines appear to be effective and safe in younger children..
  • Scientists work toward development of COVID-19 pill We now have vaccines that prevent most cases of COVID-19, and we even have drugs that help with the most severe symptoms of the disease, reported STAT..
  • Experts are now focusing on a creating a COVID-19 treatment that doesn’t need to be given via an injection or infusion..
  • adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported NBC News..
  • However, even as vaccinations are picking up, new coronavirus variants are spreading rapidly in the United States, and COVID-19 cases are again ticking upward..
  • Online scammers push phony vaccine cards Scammers are offering false and stolen vaccine cards for sale as businesses and states consider using proof of COVID-19 vaccination to relieve pandemic restrictions, reported The New York Times..
  • These critically important vaccine cards began showing up for sale on popular websites like Facebook, eBay, and Twitter beginning in late January, reported The New York Times..
  • Saoud Khalifah, founder of Fakespot, a service that offers tools to detect fake listings and reviews online, told The New York Times..
  • Profiteers have pressed ahead as airlines and other companies have recently said they may require proof of COVID-19 immunization so that people can safely travel or attend events, reported the Times..
  • government and health experts in the country rushed to defend the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford following concerns over a possible link to blood clots, reported CNBC..
  • “This is to ensure vaccines are performing as expected, to identify any new side effects that may arise, and to ensure the benefits continue to outweigh the risks,”.
  • That threshold may be reached due to both increased vaccinations and the fact that people who previously had COVID-19 will likely have some immunity against reinfection..
  • Mental health or neurological symptoms are diagnosed in up to 34 percent of people who have had COVID-19, according to research published yesterday in The Lancet Psychiatry..
  • Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 236,000 people, mostly Americans, who recovered from COVID-19..
  • According to the researchers, these COVID-19 survivors typically received a psychiatric or neurological diagnosis within 6 months of their original coronavirus infection..
  • Psychiatric or neurological symptoms were more severe in people who were hospitalized for COVID-19, but they were also common in people treated for COVID-19 in outpatient settings..
  • Researchers also found that people who had recovered from COVID-19 had a significantly increased risk of brain hemorrhage, stroke, and dementia..
  • “Our study provides evidence for substantial neurological and psychiatric morbidity in the 6 months after COVID-19 infection,”.
  • Nearly half of new COVID-19 cases come from these 5 states It includes New York, which had the highest number of new infections across the nation last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, reported the New York Post..
  • President Joe Biden said today that the administration will now allow anyone over 16 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 19..
  • The news comes as many states have already started to allow anyone over 16 to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination..
  • “We are not going to have enough vaccines, the way we are going, into the arms of enough Americans over the course of the next 6 to 10 weeks with this surge that we are going to stop it,”.
  • Biden administration steps up worldwide effort against pandemic The administration has appointed a veteran diplomat to run its global COVID-19 response, and pledges to support more equitable production and distribution of vaccines, reported The Washington Post..
  • “Since we know that the domain affected is the part that the virus uses to enter the body, and that the California variant is already potentially more resistant to some vaccine antibodies, it seems to reason that there is a chance that the Indian variant may do that too,”.
  • Game-changing COVID-19 vaccine enters clinical trials A new COVID-19 vaccine is entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam that could change how we fight the pandemic, reported The New York Times..
  • It the first vaccine to use a new molecular design widely expected to create more potent antibodies than the current generation of vaccines..
  • A key advantage is that the new vaccine can be mass-produced in chicken eggs like other flu vaccines made in factories around the world..
  • According to The New York Times, if the new vaccine proves safe and effective, drugmakers could potentially produce well over a billion doses of it a year..
  • Dr. Bruce Innes of the PATH Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, which has coordinated the development of NVD-HXP-S, told the Times..
  • They advise people who are fully vaccinated can travel without getting a COVID-19 test and do not need to self-quarantine after arriving in a new destination..
  • FDA authorizes changes to Moderna COVID-19 vaccine The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two changes to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that could provide extra doses from each vial, reported The Associated Press (AP)..
  • may have signs of long-haul COVID-19 A new report finds that as many as 1 in 7 people living in the United Kingdom have symptoms associated with “long-haul COVID-19.”.
  • Office for National Statistics found that as many as 13.7 percent of people in the United Kingdom had signs of long-haul COVID-19, including fatigue, muscle pain, and difficulty breathing..
  • The mix-up prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to delay shipments of the vaccine, according to Fox Business..
  • Reportedly, employees at Emergent BioSolutions, a production facility in Baltimore, mixed up two vaccine dosages..
  • officials said the vaccine spoilage wouldn’t affect plans to provide sufficient vaccines to immunize every adult by May, Fox Business reported….

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