Delays in vaccinations from Johnson & Johnson will have an effect on subsequent week
The U.S. government allotment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses is expected to decrease 85% next week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Only about 785,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses are due to be launched in states and other jurisdictions next week, compared with five million doses this week.
The drop in supply is due to the company having to discard 15 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine last month because the batch did not meet quality standards.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine dose distribution will remain constant, with 4.7 million first-time doses from Pfizer and 3.5 million first-time doses from Moderna allocated to the states.
The drop in J&J doses has forced at least one state official to revise some distribution plans. Connecticut recently learned that the expected shipment of 20,000 J&J doses will decrease to 6,000 in the next week and to 2,000 the following week, disrupting plans for targeted vaccinations for college students.
By now, more than a third of Americans have received at least one shot, and more than a quarter of American adults are now fully vaccinated. This is based on data released through the CDC on Thursday. Just under a fifth of all Americans have been fully vaccinated.
A USA TODAY analysis shows that 47 percent of the people in Palau and 45 percent of the people in New Hampshire are at least partially vaccinated. On the flip side, about 14% of Americans are in Micronesia, with Mississippi being the lowest state at less than 27% partially vaccinated.
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Locations in North Carolina stop Johnson & Johnson recordings after side effects
North Carolina health officials announced Thursday that they had stopped giving Johnson & Johnson doses at a Raleigh mass vaccination site and clinics in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill after experiencing side effects, including fainting, in at least 26 people.
Four people have been taken to hospitals for further investigation and the state and federal health authorities are investigating the matter. In Colorado, 11 people saw side effects on Wednesday after receiving a J&J shot. Two of these people were taken to hospital.
CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said side effects were known to some people who received the vaccination shots in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina. These reactions include dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, and rapid breathing.
“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective,” she said. “Many people have no side effects after COVID-19 vaccines, but some people have pain or swelling at the injection site or have a fever, chills, or headache. These usually don’t last long and are signs that your body is offering protection. “
Couples in their 90s meet again after more than a year to celebrate their 72nd birthday
Virginia Byrne, 95, spent more than a year separated from her husband Jack, 94, due to coronavirus restrictions as he lives in a memory care facility.
The couple met on March 19 at the assisted living facility where Jack lives in St. Louis, Missouri to celebrate 72 years of existence.
“The lights of my life came back on because I was able to be this close to my husband for the first time in over a year,” Virginia Byrne told ABC. “It was a wonderful moment. I could hardly let go. ”
Variant cases more than tripled in some states
The CDC reported nearly 3,400 cases of coronavirus variants late Thursday, showing that some states had more than tripled their numbers of dangerous mutated viruses just in the past week.
The United States now has 20,412 known variant cases, and seven states, including Georgia, Colorado, and California, have reported at least 1,000 cases. A week ago, only two states had reached this mark. Seven states have now reported at least 1,000 cases; a week ago only two had hit this mark.
Meanwhile, Michigan and Minnesota each reported more than 600 cases of variants on Thursday, with Minnesota nearly tripling the number of known cases of variants this week alone and Michigan increasing 83% this week.
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1 in 3 COVID-19 survivors diagnosed with study results of brain or mental disorders
In a massive study conducted during the pandemic, it was estimated that 1 in 3 COVID-19 survivors would be diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric illness within six months of infection.
The study, published Tuesday in The Lancet Psychiatry, used more than 230,000 electronic health records from COVID-19 patients, mostly in the United States, and looked at 14 different brain and mental health disorders.
34 percent of survivors were diagnosed with at least one of these conditions, with 13 percent of these people being their first neurological or psychiatric diagnosis. Mental health diagnoses were most common in patients, with 17% diagnosing anxiety and 14% diagnosing mood disorders.
Although neurological diagnoses were less common, they were more common in patients who were critically ill during COVID-19 infection. For example, 7% of patients admitted to the intensive care unit had a stroke and 2% were diagnosed with dementia.
– Adrianna Rodriguez
If the UK is a sign of this, vaccines may be able to mitigate the effects of the spring surge in the US
The CDC’s announcement on Wednesday that the highly transmissible variant of coronavirus, first identified in the UK, is now the dominant strain in the US has ominous implications, but recent developments in the UK offer a glimmer of hope.
Researchers at Imperial College London found that COVID-19 infections decreased by about 60% in March as national lockdown measures slowed the spread of the virus. People aged 65 and over were the least likely to be infected because they benefited most from the vaccination program, which initially focused on the elderly.
The study also found that the relationship between infections and deaths varied, “suggesting that infections may have resulted in fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths since the start of widespread vaccination.”
In the US, although infections have increased 14% in the past two weeks, the rate of hospital admissions has only increased 5%, and reported deaths – which are usually about four weeks ago – are down, according to the New York Times 31% down tracker.
In the US, only the UK ranks below large countries in terms of the number of vaccine doses given per 100 people (55-51). In comparison, France is a little under 19 years old. The US has given at least one vaccine to 75% of the population aged 65 and over who is most susceptible to the virus.
This suggests the spring surge that so many health experts fear won’t be as brutal as the winter, which was capped in January by a record of more than 95,000 deaths.
“It is almost a race between vaccinating people and this surge that is apparently about to increase,” said President’s adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, opposite CNN on Wednesday.
Contributor: The Associated Press