Germany, France, Spain and Italy on Monday suspended use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine over new stories of blood clots, at the same time as a U.S. official stated the vaccine may win U.S. authorization subsequent month.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, informed Reuters that knowledge from the 30,000-person vaccine trial had been being reviewed by unbiased U.S. screens to find out whether or not the shot is secure and efficient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may full its critiques and concern an emergency use authorization subsequent month if all goes effectively, he stated.
Collins stated European regulators have indicated the clotting issues most certainly had been by probability and never associated to the vaccine. And the World Health Organization has urged international locations to proceed utilizing the vaccine, saying there isn’t any proof of a connection to blood clots. The WHO has scheduled a gathering of its security consultants for Tuesday to deal with the subject.
The German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, stated the suspension was a “purely precautionary measure” pending further investigation.
In recent days, several smaller European nations had temporarily halted use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to look into cases of blood clots. AstraZeneca has said there is no cause for concern, that there were fewer reported cases of clotting in those who received the shot than in the general population.
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►Mississippi on Tuesday will be part of Alaska in allowing all adults to get vaccinated. Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted: “Starting tomorrow, ALL new appointments will likely be open to ALL Mississippians. Get your shot associates – and let’s get again to regular!”
►The White House said Medicare will increase what it pays for every COVID-19 vaccine dose administered from an average of $23 to $40 to help get more Americans vaccinated, particularly those in hard-to-reach areas.
►The CDC is assessing new research on whether children wearing masks could be safely seated 3 feet apart rather than the currently recommended 6, a determination that could have a major impact on school reopenings.
►Newly vaccinated residents of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, were treated to a mini-concert final week when famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed whereas ready out his 15-minute post-injection well being monitoring.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 535,400 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 120.1 million cases and 2.65 million deaths. More than 135.8 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 109 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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- Spring breakers with ‘anything goes’ mentality could set off superspreader
- CDC study: Nearly 90% who get first dose complete two-shot regimen
- Texas restaurant owner who took stand on masks faces death threats, vandalism
- 30,000 deaths later, New York City marks anniversary of first fatality
- Facebook launching vaccination appointment software
- With practically 12M pictures given, California will increase vaccine eligibility
- Patients with sickle cell find freedom with vaccine
- Here’s how to find out when your stimulus payment will come
An influx of large numbers of spring break revelers in Miami Beach is creating headaches and the potential for massive coronavirus transmission at a time when the pandemic is still far from controlled.
Because most pandemic restrictions have been lifted in Florida, visitors are coming with an “anything goes” mentality, stated Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, whose police division made 163 arrests within the final seven days.
“It’s like a triple risk: We’ve acquired too many individuals, too many coming with a need to go wild and we’ve the virus,” Gelber said. “It actually poses a multifaceted peril for us.”
The CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has expressed alarm over the risky behavior witnessed in beach towns and a recent increase in travel around spring break. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1.3 million people both Friday and Sunday, setting a new high since the pandemic began.
People who get a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. are nearly certain to return for the second shot, according to the first federal study to look at how many are completing the series.
A report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed an 88% completion rate among the 12.5 million people in the study, conducted from December 14 to February 14. Another 9% of those who got the first dose still had time to get the booster shot within the six weeks the CDC recommends as the maximum span between doses. About 3% did not complete the series in that time frame.
“We think these findings are really encouraging. The fact that most people are completing the two-dose series to be fully vaccinated shows the system’s working,” said Robin Toblin of the CDC, one of the study’s authors.
Support is rolling in for a San Antonio man whose Noodle Tree restaurant was vandalized with racist graffiti days after he spoke out in opposition to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s choice to rescind a statewide masks mandate.
Mike Nguyen appeared on CNN last week, saying his stance was based on the safety of his staff, himself and the community. Since that interview, he said he has faced death threats on social media. On Sunday, he arrived at his restaurant to find “no masks,” “return 2 China” and other hateful messages scrawled in red paint on his storefront.
“I used to be born right here and I’m not Chinese,” Nguyen, whose background is half Vietnamese and half French, told USA TODAY on Monday. “It’s not proper that as an American I am unable to state my opinion with out being attacked.”
The vandalism got here simply days after President Joe Biden condemned the violence Asian Americans have endured all through the pandemic. Neighbors got here to Nguyen’s help, serving to him clear up the mess. Mayor Ron Nirenberg thanked them, saying the hassle “proved that we’re higher than this one hateful act.”
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance and the Asian American Alliance of San Antonio launched a joint statement denouncing the “ugly show of hate.”
Somber words and music were set against a backdrop of images of New Yorkers taken during the pandemic as Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday marked a year since reporting the city’s first fatality from COVID-19, a fearful moment that sent officials rushing to close businesses and schools.
More than 30,000 New Yorkers have died, a bigger total than the number the city lost in World War II, Vietnam, Sept. 11 and Superstorm Sandy combined, de Blasio said. “Everyone we have misplaced, what they did, goes on,” he said. “What they contributed, what they created, the love they gave, goes on.”
The metropolis, the state and the nation are exhibiting indicators of renewal. Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Friday that home vacationers to New York will not be required to quarantine beginning April 1. Dr. Anthony Fauci stated some type of “normality” may return to the nation by the Fourth of July. But Fauci additionally warned on Fox News Sunday that the U.S. should carry restrictions regularly or danger one other wide-ranging lockdown to halt a surge.
Facebook is launching a tool in its COVID Information Center designed to point out when and the place individuals can get vaccinated, and it additionally provides a link to make an appointment. Facebook is partnering with Boston Children’s Hospital, which runs the VaccineFinder.org web site, to supply the software for figuring out locations close by to get the vaccine.
“Improving vaccine access and equity across the country will be a critical step in achieving herd immunity and bringing this pandemic to a close,” John Brownstein, Boston Children’s Hospital’s chief innovation officer and VaccineFinder founder, stated in a press release.
– Kelly Tyko
On Monday, California opened vaccine eligibility to people with certain high-risk medical conditions or disabilities. An estimated 4.4 million Californians meet the state standards, which incorporates extra important staff, individuals who work or reside in jails, homeless shelters and different congregant locations, and people with disabilities and well being situations that put them susceptible to extreme COVID-19.
San Francisco will enable individuals with HIV to get vaccinated, together with individuals who establish as deaf or disabled, native officers stated. The metropolis goes past the state’s eligibility guidelines to cowl developmental, medical, bodily, sensory or behavioral well being disabilities, together with extreme psychological well being or substance use issues, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.
“Getting vaccinations to people with disabilities and who have severe underlying conditions, and people who are in congregate settings, is an important part of our efforts to save lives and protect our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement.
– Palm Springs Desert Sun
As the mother of two children, ages 10 and 11, with sickle cell disease, Mariame Doray has spent the past year being extra careful, knowing that they would be at increased risk of severe disease if they fell ill with COVID-19. So when she heard that Indianapolis’s Martin Center, a service agency that supports people with sickle cell disease, was offering a Saturday vaccination clinic for their patients and their family members in concert with Community Health Network, she signed up.
“Now I feel better going to work,” she said, gesturing to the sticker on her shirt that attested to her newly acquired vaccination status.
Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that can lead to a host of symptoms, including heart problems, stroke, organ damage, reduced life expectancy and pain. About 95% of people diagnosed with these conditions are Black. Sickle cell disease patients were added to the Indiana vaccine availability lists in February, along with people with some other high-risk conditions. Read more here.
– Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star
You can now discover out when your subsequent stimulus fee is predicted to hit your bank account or get mailed. The IRS up to date the “Get My Payment” software on its web site with information on the third spherical of stimulus checks Saturday, company spokesperson Karen Connelly confirmed to USA TODAY. Check for your status here.
The third round of payments will be based on a taxpayer’s latest processed tax return from either 2020 or 2019. That includes anyone who used the IRS non-filers tool last year or submitted a special simplified tax return.
– Kelly Tyko
Contributing: The Associated Press