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Sumary of COVID-19 Updates: Outbreak Hits the Yankees:

  • 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..
  • 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..
  • Dr. Michael Anderson, chief medical officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, which has hospitals throughout Washington, told NPR..
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as age 12..
  • “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.”.
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • “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,”.
  • Biden aims to get 70% of adults partially vaccinated by July 4 President Joe Biden announced changes to the country vaccination program in an effort to reach 70 percent of adults in the United States by July 4..
  • 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..
  • According to NPR, experts link this trend to several factors, but chief among them is high vaccination rates among older adults..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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,”.
  • 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..
  • “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,”.
  • 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.”.
  • 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..
  • Johnson COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as more reports emerge of rare but severe blood clots in women given the shot..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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,”.
  • 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..
  • “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..
  • 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)..
  • 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.”.
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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,”.
  • “It particularly relevant for vaccine hesitance, and maybe taking the flu shot this year can ease some angst about the new COVID-19 vaccine,”.
  • 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,”…

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