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Sumary of COVID-19 Updates: India Tops 200,000 Deaths:

  • 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 149 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3.1 million associated deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University..
  • 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..
  • Reuters also reported that the southern Indian state of Karnataka has ordered a 14-day lockdown starting tomorrow, April 27, joining the western industrial state of Maharashtra, where lockdowns will run until May 1..
  • 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..
  • A study published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that open middle seats can reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus by 23 to 57 percent..
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging a pause on the use of the Johnson &.
  • 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..
  • Dr. Rudolph Valentini, a pediatric nephrologist at Children Hospital of Michigan and group chief medical officer for the Detroit Medical Center, told the Detroit Free Press..
  • 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..
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom, B.1.1.7, accounts for nearly 20,000 cases in all 50 states, becoming the new dominant variant..
  • 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..
  • The coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom, B.1.1.7, is now the most dominant variant in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
  • 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..
  • According to the network, a spokesperson for Stanford Health Care said the Stanford Clinical Virology Lab has identified and confirmed one case of the emerging variant through genomic sequencing..
  • “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..
  • “As I mentioned, that the reason nothing from that plant has gone into anyone that we’ve administered to.”.
  • COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in 2020 COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the United States last year after heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
  • In total, more than 552,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic last year..
  • Clinical trial results of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine find it 100 percent effective and well tolerated in children 12 to 15 years old, the drugmaker said today, reported CNN..
  • Pfizer plans to submit this data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as soon as possible for expanded emergency use authorization of the vaccine..
  • “We share the urgency to expand the authorization of our vaccine to use in younger populations and are encouraged by the clinical trial data from adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15,”.
  • vaccine rollout improving significantly, the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is again on the rise after falling significantly from January highs, reported Yahoo!.
  • Hold on to that COVID vaccine card Millions of adults who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 have little proof beyond the paper card they get when getting their first dose, reported the Wall Street Journal..
  • Also, there no standard proof of COVID-19 vaccination like the yellow fever cards required for entry to many countries where that disease is prevalent..
  • CDC chief scared where country is headed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are rising in the United States again, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday..
  • According to a joint World Health Organization (WHO) and China study on the origins of COVID-19, the most likely scenario is that transmission of the coronavirus occurred from bats to humans through another animal..
  • The discovery of COVID-19 cases before the outbreak in the Chinese market suggests the pandemic may have begun elsewhere, according to the AP..
  • The report also notes there could have been milder COVID-19 cases that were undetected, and that could be a link between the market and previous cases..
  • In real-world setting, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines provide over 90% protection In a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines can provide 90 percent protection against coronavirus infections, The Washington Post reported..
  • In initial studies, the vaccines were providing about 94 to 95 percent protection against contracting a symptomatic infection..
  • But people with asymptomatic infections were not tested, so it was unclear how protective the vaccines were against infections with no symptoms..
  • Johnson vaccine After receiving emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Johnson &.
  • Johnson-owned Janssen Pharmaceuticals is now the third company to make a COVID-19 vaccine available in the United States, reported the American Medical Association (AMA)..
  • AMA Chief Health and Science Officer Dr. Mira Irons and AMA Board Member Dr. Sandra Fryhofer were interviewed on an episode of the “AMA COVID-19 Update”.
  • While J&J vaccine has 66.3 percent effectiveness overall and 74.4 percent effectiveness in the United States, it has “100 percent efficacy against hospitalization and death from the virus,”.
  • According to Fryhofer, a large body of evidence that includes an Ebola vaccine already tested in children and pregnant people, and approved in Europe, supports the technology used for this vaccine..
  • “The adenovirus vaccine uses a modified cold virus — an adenovirus called Ad26 — as the viral vector and several genes have been removed from this virus,”.
  • President Joe Biden announced today he plans to reach the goal of 200 million vaccines administered in his first 100 days in office..
  • The United States has reached yet another pandemic milestone with more than 30 million people developing COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak..
  • AstraZeneca becomes controversial after missteps AstraZeneca has likely produced a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in only 9 months, a significant achievement that could help end the pandemic, reported CNN..
  • regulators have questioned the accuracy of AstraZeneca vaccine data, saying it didn’t include the most recent data..
  • India detects double mutant coronavirus variant As India struggles to contain a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the country health officials report the discovery of a new mutant strain of the coronavirus..
  • In what could be a game-changing development in the fight against COVID-19, drugmaker Pfizer has announced early stage clinical trials of an experimental oral antiviral drug to treat COVID-19..
  • “Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic requires both prevention via vaccine and targeted treatment for those who contract the virus,”.
  • “Given the way that SARS-CoV-2 is mutating and the continued global impact of COVID-19, it appears likely that it will be critical to have access to therapeutic options both now and beyond the pandemic.”.
  • Pfizer is also working on an intravenous antiviral therapy for COVID-19, which is currently being tested in a clinical trial involving hospitalized patients..
  • Right now, the only FDA-approved antiviral treatment for COVID-19 available is remdesivir, produced by drugmaker Gilead..
  • Flu shot associated with less severe COVID-19, study finds Researchers at Michigan Medicine say they’ve found an association between receiving the flu shot and fewer, less severe COVID-19 cases, reported Fox News..
  • “It particularly relevant for vaccine hesitance, and maybe taking the flu shot this year can ease some angst about the new COVID-19 vaccine,”.
  • “Instead of a concerning connection between COVID-19 and the flu shot, our publication provides more confidence that getting your flu shot is associated with staying out of the hospital for COVID-19.”.
  • Germany faces third wave of COVID-19 due to variants Germans are facing a new surge in COVID-19 cases, and government leaders say that new variants may be to blame..
  • At least three people in Hawaii who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted an infection with the new coronavirus..
  • While the vaccines are partly effective against symptomatic cases in trials they have been fully protective against severe COVID-19 that resulted in hospitalization or death..
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), current vaccines are between 66 and 95 percent effective..
  • Doctors say the vaccine doesn’t prevent infection, but it does lower the risk of hospitalization and severe symptoms..
  • Dr. Melinda Ashton, chief quality officer with Hawaii Pacific Health, told KITV4 that this is an example of why traveling may increase infection risk..
  • Dr. Julius Pham, chair of the COVID-19 committee at Queen Medical Center, told KITV4 that he believes falling COVID-19 hospitalization numbers are a clear sign that vaccines protect against hospitalization..
  • Ohio, West Virginia will permit people 16 years and older to be vaccinated COVID-19 vaccine providers who have trouble filling appointments this week can open time slots to Ohioans ages 16 and older, Gov..
  • “While there are many places where there is a great demand for the vaccine, we do have some providers who are having a hard time filling appointments,”.
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against sickness and eliminated COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths across all age groups, according to a late-stage study in the United States, the company announced today, reported the Associated Press (AP)..
  • “These results are great news as they show the remarkable efficacy of the vaccine in a new population and are consistent with the results from Oxford-led trials,”.
  • Andrew Pollard, PhD, professor of pediatric infection and immunity, and lead investigator of the Oxford University trial of the vaccine, said in a statement..
  • “We can expect strong impact against COVID-19 across all ages and for people of all different backgrounds from widespread us of the vaccine,”.
  • Another COVID-19 surge is unlikely, but pandemic isn’t going away, expert says Mass vaccinations and naturally acquired immunity from people who have already had a coronavirus infection will likely prevent a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases in the United States, said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, reported CNN..
  • In the United States, more than 82 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with that number rising every day..
  • And nearly 30 million people have had COVID-19 and recovered, with tens of millions more having contracted the coronavirus without a confirmed test, giving them some level of natural immunity..
  • Still, Gottlieb cautioned the United States will continue to see COVID-19 cases and deaths, particularly as a virus variant first identified in the United Kingdom spreads..
  • President Joe Biden announced that 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States in his first 58 days in office..
  • During the transition period Biden had pledged that 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses would be given in his first 100 days..
  • Children should be vaccinated against COVID-19, says Fauci Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said people are too focused on the thought of herd immunity against the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, reported CNN..
  • baby born with coronavirus antibodies When 36 weeks pregnant, a South Florida healthcare worker was given her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine..
  • “The quality, quantity, and durability of protective immunity elicited by natural infection with SARS-CoV-2 are poor relative to the much higher levels of virus-neutralizing antibodies and T cells induced by the vaccines currently being administered globally,”.
  • New COVID-19 surge could be on its way, expert says Health officials have repeatedly warned about this surge as states’ leaders have eased restrictions, with several lifting mask mandates, reported CNN..
  • according to a surveillance system that is about 25 years old, said Lynnette Brammer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported the AP..
  • However, experts told the AP that measures to fend off the coronavirus, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and virtual schooling, were big factors in preventing a potential ‘twindemic’ of flu and COVID-19..
  • Moderna vaccine may be approved for children ages 12-18 by fall There is no evidence that it unsafe for children to receive Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the company president said Wednesday, reported NBC News..
  • “We certainly have not seen anything concerning in any of our prior work that would suggest we can’t use the vaccine in children,”.
  • According to NBC, Moderna is also testing its vaccine in adolescents 12 to 18 years old in a separate study that began in December..
  • Moderna is beginning vaccine trials that include children Moderna pharmaceutical company has begun vaccine trials on children between the ages of 6 months to 12 years..
  • The trial is based in the United States and Canada and will evaluate how well the COVID-19 vaccines work in children..
  • Worldwide distribution of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine remains unaffected by the jab suspension in much of Europe following reports of blood clots in some people shortly after vaccination, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, reported The Washington Post..
  • “We are aware of some further European countries pausing the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to reports of blood clots in people who have been vaccinated,”.
  • “While the European Medicines Agency is investigating these events, it has reinforced its view that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is successful in protecting against COVID-19 and should continue to be used in the rollout,”.
  • According to the Post, WHO continues to caution against suspending access to vaccines and has also noted that no evidence links these events to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine..
  • The Netherlands and Ireland have joined several other countries in temporarily suspending use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after reports of abnormal blood clotting in several people, reported NPR..
  • The Dutch government said on March 14 that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine would not be used in the country until at least March 28, and officials in Ireland said earlier that day that they had temporarily suspended the shot as a precautionary measure, reported NPR..
  • About 117,000 doses have been administered in Ireland, most doses given to frontline healthcare workers, reported NPR..
  • Some with ‘long COVID’ say vaccines help their symptoms Some former patients still experiencing long-term health issues due to COVID-19 have reported that their symptoms were temporarily eased after receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to a UK report, reported the New York Post..
  • Anecdotal reports suggest that a significant number of patients with long-haul COVID-19 may find symptoms, which include fatigue, headaches, and brain fog, eased after vaccination..
  • He mixed hard numbers on vaccine distribution with appeals of unity and his belief in the power of the United States to overcome any challenge..
  • This does not mean they will be able to get the vaccine by then, just that they will be eligible for an appointment..
  • to partner with India, Australia, and Japan to increase vaccine supply To help stop the pandemic, the Biden administration has announced that it will partner with other countries to increase vaccine supply globally, according to The New York Times..
  • The United States will partner with India, Australia, and Japan in an effort to provide vaccine doses to other developing countries..
  • Russia and China have already started to ship out or donate their COVID-19 vaccines to other developing countries..
  • Don’t be fooled by low numbers, warns health expert COVID-19 numbers may be on the decline in the United States, but with tens of thousands of deaths expected over the coming months, experts are warning people not to drop their guard yet, reported CNN..
  • said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children Hospital of Philadelphia, CNN reported..
  • The United States is recording at least 56,200 new COVID-19 cases and at least 1,430 virus-related deaths each day, based on a 7-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data, reported CNBC..
  • clears one-shot vaccine for authorization as global deaths top 2.5 million The European Union drug regulator has recommended approval of Johnson &.
  • Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, potentially adding another weapon in the fight against this disease, reported CNBC..
  • According to CNBC, if approved by the EU and once supplies are delivered, the vaccine could significantly help Europe struggling immunization program..
  • deaths more than 118 million cases globally about 2.6 million total deaths The COVID-19 mask mandate in Texas officially expired today, with Gov..
  • “With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,”.
  • Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed,”.
  • COVID-19 drug combo cuts risk of hospitalization, death by 87%, study finds A combination of two Eli Lilly antibody drugs cuts the risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization and death by 87 percent, the drugmaker announced today in a press release..
  • Dr. Daniel Skovronsky, Eli Lilly chief scientific officer and president of Lilly Research Laboratories, said in the company statement..
  • According to Eli Lilly, the findings draw from a BLAZE-1 phase 3 cohort study involving 769 participants with mild to moderate COVID-19..
  • “The consistent results observed in multiple cohorts of this trial over several months, even as new strains of COVID-19 have emerged, indicate bamlanivimab with etesevimab maintains its effects against a range of variants, particularly those circulating in the U.S.,”.
  • Biden administration announces plan to buy another 100 million J&J vaccine doses President Joe Biden has announced that his administration will buy another 100 million Johnson &.
  • These additional doses will ensure that there are more than enough vaccine doses for every adult in the United States..
  • Findings from a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective against a virus variant first detected in Brazil, raising hopes that continuing vaccination efforts will help curb COVID-19..
  • The variant, known as P.1, has rapidly spread across Brazil since it was first detected there in early January, and it may be capable of reinfecting people who have already recovered from COVID-19, reported The Washington Post..
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), P.1 has been detected in 15 people across nine U.S..
  • Public health experts warn that these more transmissible variants could drive another surge in COVID-19 cases, especially as state officials lift restrictions across the United States..
  • may achieve vaccine surplus within 2 months Two months from now, the United States may have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to fill a 55,000-gallon swimming pool..
  • Crucial that people maintain COVID-19 precautions, expert says With a safer future just a few months away, it crucial that people in the United States keep practicing COVID-19 safety precautions and following health officials’ advice, Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC, told CNN….

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