Pfizer for Summer season Olympics vaccination; CVS walk-ins; Everest

According to a new analysis by the University of Washington School’s Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME), the actual death toll from COVID-19 across the country is likely to be over 900,000, more than 50% higher than the most widely used numbers in the country Medicine.

Data collected by Johns Hopkins University based on deaths reported as COVID-related puts the death toll in the US at approximately 580,000. According to IHME data, the global death toll is 6.9 million, more than double that of Johns Hopkins.

According to a new analysis by the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine, a new COVID-19 has caused approximately 6.9 million deaths, more than double the official number. IHME noted that COVID-19 deaths are significantly underreported in almost all countries. The updated analysis shows the US has had more COVID-19 deaths to date than any other country, totaling more than 905,000. By region, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia were hardest hit in terms of total deaths. This figure only includes deaths directly caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, not deaths caused by the disruption to health systems and communities caused by the pandemic.

“As terrible as the COVID-19 pandemic appears, this analysis shows that the actual toll is significantly worse,” said Dr. Chris Murray, Director of IHME. “Understanding the actual number of COVID-19 deaths not only helps us assess the scale of this global crisis, it also provides valuable information for policy makers developing response and recovery plans.”

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► Initial analysis of Phase 2/3 testing of Moderna vaccine in adolescents aged 12-17 years showed vaccine effectiveness of 96%, the company said. The vaccine was “generally well tolerated” without any serious safety concerns having been identified.

The variant of the coronavirus, first discovered in New York City, does not appear to lead to more severe infections, according to a study published by the CDC on Wednesday.

►CVS Health announced on Wednesday that it is accepting walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccines at pharmacy locations across the country.

►California officials say a bar owner who sold undercover agents counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards is now facing multiple crimes charges.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Broadway shows will resume on September 14th and tickets will go on sale on Thursday.

📈 Today’s numbers: There are more than 32.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 579,200 deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. The grand total: over 155 million cases and 3.2 million deaths. More than 321.5 million vaccine doses have been distributed and 249.5 million administered in the United States, according to the CDC. More than 107.3 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.

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Pfizer vaccinates Olympic athletes for Tokyo Games

Pfizer and BioNTech will make their COVID-19 vaccine available to Olympic athletes participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, the two companies announced on Thursday. Dispensing of the first doses is expected to begin in late May to ensure participating athletes and staff receive a second dose prior to their arrival in Tokyo. The Summer Olympics are expected to begin on July 23. The Paralympics start about a month later. The games were scheduled for last summer but were postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

“The return of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a monumental moment of unity and peace in the world after a busy year of isolation and devastation,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. “We are proud to play a role in delivering vaccines to athletes.” and national Olympic delegations. “

Social climbing: Everest climbers are discouraged from visiting other camps

Everest ER in Nepal reports that its doctors have been meeting with Mount Everest expedition leaders in recent days to help fight respiratory diseases. Climber Pawel Michalski posted on Facebook that more than 30 people evacuated to Kathmandu tested positive for the corona virus.

According to Everest ER, climbers are encouraged to wear masks in their camps as well. Expedition leaders are encouraged to send members with respiratory diseases to Everest ER for further assessment, in order to isolate and monitor sick camp members. Michalski said that every base works in “closed mode”.

“We live like islands scattered across the Arctic Ocean,” he wrote.

Pfizer BioNTech vaccine against two main variants

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is effective at protecting against serious diseases caused by two rapidly spreading varieties in the US, according to two studies published Wednesday. The vaccine protects against serious diseases caused by both the variant first identified in the UK and the variant first discovered in South Africa, as the studies show. One was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the other in The Lancet.

There were 20,915 cases of the British variant in the US, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. In April, CDC director Rachelle Walensky announced that it had become the dominant strain in the US, and in January, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the variant could be 30% more deadly than previous versions of the disease. However, the Lancet study showed that in Israel, where the variant accounted for nearly 95% of all coronavirus cases, the two doses provided greater than 95% protection against COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death.

India under siege, Southeast Asia fighting waves

India has already reported more cases this year than in all of 2020, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. India exceeded that mark on Tuesday, reporting more than 412,000 cases on Wednesday. India reported 10.27 million cases in all of 2020; So far this year there are 10.81 million. On average this year, India has added one case every second. The current pace is closer to five cases per second.

Meanwhile, the great COVID-19 crisis in India is spreading beyond its borders to other Southeast Asian countries, and infections are increasing across the region. In Thailand, a surge that began in April has led health officials to vaccinate thousands of people in Bangkok’s largest slum in Bhutan, which borders India. Laos has also reported an increase in infections in recent weeks, mainly due to virus variants but also failure to comply with mitigation measures.

– Mike Stucka

States that lifted restrictions early experienced short-lived booms

States that lifted business restrictions at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic benefited from a pickup in economic activity, but those gains were limited or short-lived as other states often caught up within a month, according to a study by Moody’s Analytics. The aggressive states have achieved a longer-lasting employment advantage, but even in this critical category, the other states have narrowed the gap, as Moody’s analysis shows.

“I don’t see that the states have created so much additional growth through aggressive reopening,” says Moody’s economist Adam Kamins. Read more here.

– Paul Davidson

Formerly gloomy CDC projections are now “pretty hopeful” for the summer

Hospital stays and deaths should decline sharply by July if the nationwide immunization program remains strong and population containment efforts are followed, according to a federal report released on Wednesday.

Ignoring mitigation efforts like masks and social distancing in some situations, however, could lead to a significant spike in “severe COVID-19 results”, even with improved vaccination coverage, the CDC report said.

“High vaccination rates and adherence to public health prevention measures are essential to control the pandemic and prevent an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in the coming months,” the report said.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, said variants remain a “wild card” but that the vaccines seem to work well against them so far.

“Models that once projected really grim news now offer reasons to be pretty hopeful about what the summer might bring,” Walensky said at a White House briefing. “The sooner we vaccinate more and more people, the sooner we will all get back to normal.”

The US supports the repeal of intellectual property rules for COVID-19 vaccines

The Biden government will support efforts to waive intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines. This is an important step in efforts to end the pandemic as it continues to rage in India and other parts of the world. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the decision in a statement Wednesday while the World Trade Organization spoke about easing global trade rules to allow more countries to manufacture more vaccines.

“This is a global health crisis and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures,” Tai said in the statement. “The government is a firm believer in the protection of intellectual property, but supports the waiver of this protection for COVID-19 vaccines in the service of ending this pandemic.”

She also warned that it would take some time to reach the required global “consensus” to waive protection under WTO rules, and US officials said this would not have an immediate impact on global supplies Have COVID-19 shots. The pharmaceutical industry has spoken out against the lifting of patent protection.

Contributor: The Associated Press

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