People ought to really feel comfy getting the AstraZeneca vaccine, even when well being authorities flip up a hyperlink to “very rare” blood clots, a high World Health Organization knowledgeable mentioned Wednesday.
Dr. Kate O’Brien, who heads WHO’s division of immunizations and vaccines, mentioned the U.N. well being company and the European Medicines Agency try to analyze whether or not the vaccine has anything to do with the clots. The potential facet impact has prompted some European nations to briefly droop use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. A WHO panel is reviewing the information.
“I think the reassurance to the public is that regardless of whether or not the committee ultimately assesses that there may be an association between these events and the vaccine, that in any event, these are very rare events,” O’Brien mentioned at a information convention.
Many U.S. specialists are also bullish on the AstraZeneca vaccine, though it has not but been licensed for emergency use right here. Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, warned that the suspensions create a notion that vaccines are harmful.
“The only way out of this pandemic is by vaccination,” he mentioned.
With that in thoughts, Massachusetts will open up vaccination appointments to all adults efficient April 19, Gov. Charlie Baker mentioned Wednesday. Mississippi and Alaska are already vaccinating anybody who indicators up; Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine mentioned his state will achieve this inside two weeks, and Connecticut is beginning April 5.
Also within the information:
►All vaccination websites and testing areas had been closed statewide Wednesday upfront of the extreme climate that would additionally jeopardize vaccine exercise in Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama.
►California Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned he’s getting ready for a likely recall election fueled by backlash to pandemic restrictions: “We will fight it. We will defeat it.”
►More vaccine is on the way: The White House says that greater than 22 million vaccine doses shall be distributed within the subsequent seven days, a brand new excessive that will ship the day by day common over 3 million for the primary time.
►The first main wave of stimulus checks ought to turn out to be accessible in financial institution accounts throughout the nation – as much as $1,400 per individual, a household of 4 might see $5,600.
►More than 15% of U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated and 28% have had at the least one dose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29.5 million confirmed coronavirus instances and greater than 536,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The world totals: More than 120 million instances and a couple of.66 million deaths. Nearly 143 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and greater than 111 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: Outdoor seating isn’t always safer than indoor dining. Some constructions could also be comparatively protected, others may very well be worse, trapping aerosols inside.
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- Disneyland to reopen April 30, however just for Californians!
- Virus variants unfold accelerating throughout nation
- St. Patrick’s Day celebrations muted once more this yr
- Stimulus checks roll out at this time; some will purchase meals, others shares
- Vatican says J&J vaccine OK – if it’s the only one available
- Duke reports highest number of positive cases in a single week
Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park are planning to officially reopen to state residents on April 30, with restricted capability, Disney mentioned in a statement. Disney will handle attendance by a brand new park reservation system that requires all friends to acquire a reservation for park entry upfront. A park reservation and legitimate admission for a similar park on the identical date shall be required for friends ages 3 and up.
Reservations shall be restricted and topic to availability “and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines,” the assertion mentioned.
Cases of coronavirus variants are exploding throughout the United States, with greater than 1,000 new instances reported in a five-day span, a USA TODAY evaluation of CDC information reveals. The United States now has 4,855 recognized variant instances, up 27% in lower than every week. The variants the CDC tracks – principally one first seen within the United Kingdom, but in addition ones traced to South Africa and Brazil – can unfold extra simply, dodge some therapies and immunities, or all three. Some variants additionally seem more likely to kill their victims, researchers say.
The nationwide tally of recognized variant instances has already doubled in March, at the same time as all coronavirus instances have been falling throughout a lot of the nation.
– Mike Stucka
Muted, digital celebrations marked St. Patrick’s Day in New York City on Wednesday, together with a modest parade minus the floats, outsized balloons and marching bands. Mayor Bill de Blasio joined parade leaders and several other dozen National Guard troops in marching up Madison Avenue.
“This morning’s parade may have looked a little different, but the spirit of our Irish community shone through all the brighter,” de Blasio tweeted.
One of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades is held in Savannah virtually yearly since 1824. But not final yr and never this yr. Mayor Van Johnson mentioned he noticed 1000’s out celebrating, many flocking downtown. But he mentioned he doesn’t remorse permitting companies to remain open.
“Our economy needed a shot in the arm, but we also needed people to be safe,” he said. “There is a curfew order that is signed waiting for me to date it that I will implement without a moment’s hesitation if things get out of hand.”
The stimulus money rolling into financial institution accounts at this time will put meals on the desk and pay lease for a lot of Americans struggling financially due to the pandemic.
But many younger buyers plan to make use of their reduction funds to snatch up stocks, based on a latest survey from Deutsche Bank. Half of respondents between 25 and 34 years outdated plan to spend 50% of their COVID-19 reduction funds on shares, the research confirmed, which revealed the report in February. It surveyed 430 customers of online dealer platforms between Feb. 5 and 9.
Marlon Watkins, who misplaced his job final spring, bought one other one within the fall. “It was a wake-up call,” Watkins said. “Now I’m back on my feet and want to invest so that I’m prepared for the next time something like this happens.”
– Jessica Menton
Catholics might be somewhat confused by reports on differing messages about the acceptability of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to a cell line from an abortion being used in its production.
The differences have been resolved and Catholic teaching is clear: Catholics have a moral duty to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by being vaccinated. However, if given the choice, they should avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Should they choose not to be vaccinated, they have a moral obligation to mask, socially distance and “do their utmost” to avoid becoming infected or infecting others, the Vatican said. Read more here.
– Elizabeth Weise
Duke University, already operating under lockdown to combat a rise in coronavirus infections, on Tuesday reported 231 cases from last week, almost as many as the school had the entire fall semester.
“This was the highest number of positive cases reported in a single week,” the school said in a statement. “The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine.”
The school issued a “stay in place” order Saturday, requiring students living in Duke-provided housing to remain in their residence hall room or apartment at all times except for essential activities related to food, health or safety. Students living off-campus are required to stay there, with a few exceptions.
Rush events by unaffiliated fraternities appear to be the main culprit for the outbreak.
“This (stay-in-place) action is necessary to contain the rapidly escalating number of COVID cases among Duke undergraduates, which is principally driven by students attending recruitment parties for selective living groups,” the college mentioned.
Contributing: The Associated Press