Although the United States and other countries have pushed for a vaccination program against COVID-19, infections are increasing faster than ever around the world.
5,363,616 new cases were reported in the week ended Saturday, today’s analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States shows. At that time, nearly nine cases were reported every second. Patient growth is being driven by a dramatic increase in India, where more than 1.5 million people are now reported weekly. Just over a month ago that figure was around 200,000.
The United States, which opened Monday̵7;s vaccination rights to all adults, Brazil and Turkey, are among the other countries reporting more than 400,000 cases per week. USA TODAY analysis shows that all four countries have India.
Deaths from COVID-19 are still below the peak of more than 100,000 per week. There are currently an estimated 83,000 deaths per week, with about eight deaths every minute.
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► Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her state may experience a drop in infections after leading the nation’s daily COVID-19 rates for several weeks. State health officials said Friday that the seven-day average positive rate fell in recent days to 17.1 percent, but still higher than the December peak of 14.4 percent.
► The United States reports that 32% of adults are fully vaccinated and more than 50% of the adult population in the United States have received at least one vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
►Pfizer / BioNTech said they will supply another 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the EU this year. The EU executive committee took the option to purchase additional drugs, bringing the total number of shots to be delivered to the EU in 2021 to 600 million.
►Public schools in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest district, reopened on Monday for the first time as teaching has gone wild amid an epidemic over the past year.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 31.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 567,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide gross: more than 141.7 million and 3 million deaths, the CDC states that nearly 264.5 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 211.5 million vaccines.
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FDA shuts down production of J&J vaccine at troubled Baltimore facility.
The Food and Drug Administration has halted production of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine at its Baltimore facility, raising questions about the company’s ability to deliver 100 million doses. That pledged to the US government by the end of June.
Last week, the FDA inspected J & J’s contractor Emergent BioSolutions Inc.’s Baltimore facility, with quality control issues, destroying 15 million single-dose vaccines on Friday, according to the unit. Work has asked Emergent not to resume the production and quarantine of all vaccine materials produced there.
Johnson & Johnson said it intends to fulfill its commitment of 100 million volumes – about 18 million have been delivered and “is a prediction of potential impacts in a timely manner.” Delivery of our vaccines “
The use of the J&J vaccine has been suspended nationwide to study its possible link with rare blood clots. But dangerous
All American adults are eligible to receive the vaccine.
All U.S. adults are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
New Jersey, Massachusetts and Oregon are among the few states to offer vaccines to all adults on Monday, the deadline set by President Joe Biden. The White House has now turned its attention to persuading Americans to jab.
“We have some good news,” Biden said in a video posted on Twitter. “Everyone is eligible for the vaccine today. We have enough, you have to be protected, and you have to protect your neighbors and family.
“Then please go get vaccinated.”
Experts say the anxiety about being fired is common to expect and can be corrected with studies and precedents, experts say.
“People who have questions deserve an answer. That’s fair, and that’s with us,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group.
Britain banned travel from India, where a sharp increase in the case shut the capital city down.
The UK will ban most travel from India from Friday for fears of the new coronavirus. UK residents are permitted entry. But 10 days of quarantine required, Health Minister Matt Hancock said 103 cases of the variant first discovered in India, known as B.1.617, in the UK were found, most of which were linked to international travel.
The widespread infection has led authorities to order a week-long shutdown in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to prevent the collapse of the public health system. Indian officials said they would extend vaccination eligibility to anyone over the age of 18 starting May 1. India is a major producer of the vaccine. But the crisis has slowed the export of vaccines abroad. The country provides 120 million doses per population of nearly 1.4 billion people.
The virus is now spreading in India faster than any other period of the epidemic, said Bhramar Mukherjee, a biostatistics scientist at the University of Michigan who tracks infections in the world’s second-most populous country. It is ranked second in the world after 31.6 million cases of the United States.
Israel is close to normal, schools have turned their masks outside.
Israel has lifted the outdoor mask mandate and fully opened a new education system in easing the latest restrictions following a massive vaccination drive.
Approximately 56% of Israel’s population is fully vaccinated, which is the highest percentage in the world, according to the New York Times database.This number is much higher – 81% – for those 16 and older. Pfizer
The new daily infections in Israel have dropped from a peak of around 10,000 per day in January to fewer than 200, and hospitalizations are low. Still need to use masks in indoor public areas.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccination could be canceled this week, Fauci said.
Discontinuation of a single injectable Johnson & Johnson vaccine will likely be canceled by Friday, although some restrictions may be needed, Dr. Anthony Phazi said Sunday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS’s “Face the Nation”: “You don’t want to jump over yourself and decide you know the whole spectrum of this, which is one of the reasons why. They are paused and why? Hopefully by Friday we will know. “
Fauci, who sent his message to NBC’s “Meet the Press”, said he suspects the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will “cancel” the J&J vaccine and allow only two doses of the vaccine developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pfizer and Moderna
“Everything’s on the table,” Fauci said. “My prediction is that we will continue to use it in some form. I seriously doubt they just canceled it. I don’t think that will. I think there should be. Certain warnings or limitations or risk assessments. “
States started a halt on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last week after federal health officials recommended it stop. Temporarily “with extreme caution” due to the presence of a rare blood clot. But dangerous
France will start their international journey next month.
France will begin removing travel restrictions on international travel with the United States and other non-EU countries starting next month, French President Emmanuel Macron told CBS News.
Macron told “Face the Nation” that officials in Paris are working to develop a method for “European French citizens But also US citizens “vaccinated to travel more freely by this summer, Macron said he spoke with the White House about possible plans to lift travel restrictions between France and the United States.” Although negotiations are still in the early stages.
Macron said the journey is, in principle, open. “For US citizens who are vaccinated with special cards”, the introduction of a vaccine certificate or so-called passport is required for travel in France.
– Matthew Brown
Contributing: The Associated Press
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