A high U.S. official advised Wednesday that individuals who obtained the Johnson & Johnson vaccine doubtless are protected in opposition to the delta variant.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNBC that information reveals the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot — a “cousin” of the J&J — is very efficient in opposition to the variant first recognized in India and at present surging throughout the nation.
“While we are still awaiting direct studies of Johnson & Johnson and the delta variant, we have reasons to be hopeful, because the J&J vaccine has proven to be quite effective against preventing hospitalizations and deaths, with all the variants that we’ve seen to date,” Murthy stated.
Murthy’s feedback come as different firms like Moderna announced that their vaccine is effective in opposition to all variants of COVID-19, together with the delta variant, which is assumed to be extra contagious.
The World Health Organization really helpful that even vaccinated folks proceed to put on masks in gentle of the delta variant unfold in current weeks, even as the Centers for Disease Control assures vaccinated Americans that they’re secure from the variant and don’t want to put on masks. Read more here.
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►Fifty-two Italian jail officers have been suspended for his or her alleged involvement in an assault on inmates who had protested the shortage of face masks and virus exams throughout the peak of Italy’s pandemic final yr.
►77% of vaccinated adults have stated everybody of their family is vaccinated, whereas 75% of unvaccinated adults have stated nobody they stay with is vaccinated, in accordance to a recent survey from Kaiser Family Foundation.
►A Washington state lawmaker apologized Wednesday for carrying a yellow Star of David — an emblem compelled on Jews by the Nazis throughout the Holocaust — at a speech over the weekend to protest restrictions carried out throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
►More than 80 teenagers and grownup workers have examined optimistic for COVID-19 after attending a summer time camp in central Illinois that did not require masks indoors or vaccination status.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to announce details Thursday of COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes that can give vaccinated Michiganders an opportunity to win a mixed complete of greater than $5 million in money and 9 school scholarships value $55,000 apiece.
Called the “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes,” the lottery-style raffle might be operated by the state along with Meijer and the Michigan Association of United Ways as an incentive to encourage extra residents to get vaccinated.
Any resident 18 or older who has gotten at the least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine is eligible for the sweepstakes. For teenagers and tweens ages 12-17, there will be an opportunity to win one in every of 9 Michigan Education Trust (MET) Charitable Tuition Program four-year contracts valued at $55,000. The scholarships can be utilized to pay for tuition and necessary charges at a school or college in accordance with MET phrases and situations.
As of Wednesday, simply over 5 million Michiganders ages 16 and up had obtained at the least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which quantities to 61.8% of that inhabitants, in accordance to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard. The state in April endured a surge in instances associated to the alpha variant.
– Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
German vaccine maker CureVac stated Wednesday that its vaccine is 53% efficient in opposition to COVID-19 of any severity in 18-to 60-year-olds. Overall, CurveVac says the shot is 48% efficient, primarily based on 83 instances within the vaccine group and 145 within the placebo group.
The World Health Organization has stated vaccines with an efficacy above 50% are value utilizing, although lots of these already authorised have a far larger price.
CureVac says it has despatched the information to the European Medicines Agency, which is conducting a rolling overview of the vaccine.
CureVac CEO Franz-Werner Haas says the vaccine absolutely protects 18-to 60-year-olds in opposition to hospitalization. He calls it “an important contribution to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the dynamic variant spread.”
The firm says it sequenced 204 case samples to determine the variant inflicting the an infection however didn’t present full particulars on the variants discovered.
The head of the CDC reaffirmed on varied networks Wednesday that absolutely vaccinated Americans still don’t need to wear COVID-19 face masks in most conditions however acknowledged native officers might implement stricter insurance policies.
“Here in the United States, we’re fortunate. We have three vaccines that we know are safe and effective. We have two-thirds of the adult population that is fully vaccinated and really quite protected from the variants that we have circulating here,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated Wednesday morning on NBC News’ “Today.”
Walensky’s feedback come after the World Health Organization this week really helpful even vaccinated folks proceed to put on masks, and Los Angeles well being officers really helpful all folks put on them indoors due to considerations concerning the delta coronavirus variant.
“We are still seeing an uptick of cases in areas of low vaccination, and in that situation we are suggesting that policies be made at the local level. And those masking policies are really intended to protect the unvaccinated. The vaccinated we believe still are safe,” Walensky stated on “Good Morning America.”
The delta variant, which is believed to be extra contagious, accounts for a couple of in 4 COVID-19 instances within the U.S., in accordance to CDC estimates.
– Grace Hauck
Contributing: The Associated Press