The University of Virginia and Indiana University are becoming a member of a rising listing of universities requiring vaccinations. At least 389 schools throughout that nation have required vaccinations for at the very least some college students or college, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
IU college students, college and workers might be required to get vaccinated to return to campus in fall 2021, the university said Friday. First doses are required by July 1 whereas these returning to campus should be totally vaccinated — together with two weeks after the ultimate dose — by Aug. 15 or earlier than they arrive on campus.
UVA college students might be required to supply proof of vaccination by July 1 however can request medical or non secular exemption to the requirement, according to a Thursday statement.
Vaccination for workers is “strongly encouraged” however not but required, the assertion mentioned. University leaders mentioned they are going to monitor worker vaccination charges and seek the advice of with public well being consultants as they take into account whether or not to require staff to get vaccinated at a later date.
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►For the primary time since March 2020, the 7-day common for deaths from COVID-19 within the U.S. has fallen beneath 500, White House coronavirus response senior adviser Andy Slavitt tweeted Friday.
►Two Republican lawmakers within the Nevada statehouse had been punished Thursday for not complying with restrictions in place to stop the unfold of coronavirus.
►Pennsylvania marked a milestone on Thursday, with 50% of adults statewide now thought of totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
►Actress Salma Hayek revealed to Variety that she battled a near-fatal case of COVID-19. “My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad,” mentioned Hayek, 54. “I said, ‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home.’”
►There isn’t any proof to help that the COVID-19 vaccines trigger short-term listening to loss, in accordance with a study published Thursday.
►The Department of Homeland Security says the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will stay restricted by at the very least June 21, with only trade and essential travel allowed until then. The restrictions had been set to run out Friday.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 33 million confirmed coronavirus circumstances and 588,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The world totals: More than 165.6 million circumstances and three.43 million deaths. Nearly 352 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and 279.4 million have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 126.6 million Americans have been totally vaccinated — 38.1% of the inhabitants.
📘 What we’re studying: To shield Americans and assist the world, the U.S. wants to start out giving extra COVID-19 vaccine away extra rapidly, experts say.
- California will drop social distancing guidelines in June
- WHO report estimates greater than 3 million excess deaths from COVID-19 in 2020
- New York, Maryland provide lotteries for vaccinated residents
- Tinder, Bumble, different relationship apps to supply enhance to vaccinated singles
- EU, Pfizer pledge vaccines to low and center earnings nations
- COVAX strikes deal to buy 200 million Johnson & Johnson doses
- Europe records 60% drop in infections
- Roughly 60,000 vaccine doses spoiled since December in Texas
California now not will require social distancing and can permit full capability for companies when the state reopens on June 15, the state’s prime well being official mentioned Friday.
State well being director Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned that dramatically decrease virus circumstances and growing vaccinations imply it’s protected for the state to take away almost all restrictions subsequent month.
“Something very important happens on June 15 In California,” Ghaly mentioned. “We are now at a point, given our metrics that we’ve been watching, that California is at a place where we can begin to talk about moving beyond the blueprint,” the state’s color-coded, four-tier system that that has restricted actions primarily based on every county’s virus prevalence.
Limits on how many individuals might be inside companies at anybody time, “which have been a hallmark” of the protection plan, will disappear, he mentioned. “Physical distancing, there will no longer be restrictions for attendees, customers and guests in business sectors.”
— The Associated Press
More than 3 million excess deaths in 2020 may have resulted from COVID-19, in accordance with preliminary knowledge offered in a World Health Organization report released Thursday. This quantity is greater than 1 million greater than preliminary world estimates reported to the group.
“With the latest COVID-19 deaths reported to WHO now exceeding 3.3 million, based on the estimates produced for 2020, we are likely facing a significant undercount of total deaths directly and indirectly attributed to COVID-19,” according to a statement on the report.
The million excess deaths embrace COVID-19 deaths that weren’t accurately identified and reported, in addition to “deaths attributable to the overall crisis conditions,” the report says.
The pandemic has, for instance, “increased deaths from other causes” because of disruptions to the well being care techniques and fewer individuals searching for care. Some nations solely report COVID-19 deaths that happen in hospitals or the deaths of people that have examined optimistic already. Many nations additionally can’t precisely report explanation for dying because of under-resourced well being information techniques, the report says.
Health authorities are persevering with to supply incentives for residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine as U.S. vaccination rates slow, requiring companies to work more durable to get photographs in arms.
The newest efforts are lotteries in New York and Maryland for vaccinated residents, following the same program in Ohio the place vaccinated residents are eligible for $1 million prizes and faculty scholarships.
On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the $5 million “Vax and Scratch” program, which affords lottery scratch tickets to anybody who will get a COVID-19 vaccine at choose state-run vaccination websites subsequent week.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also announced a “$2 million Vax Cash promotion”. Every Marylander 18 and over who will get vaccinated might be entered right into a every day drawing to win $40,000 from the Maryland State Lottery — culminating in a $400,000 drawing on July 4.
“If you’ve not been vaccinated yet, the sooner you do so, the sooner you get your shot, the more lottery drawings you will be eligible for,” the governor mentioned.
Dating apps are making it simpler for singles to search out others who’ve been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, the Biden administration announced Friday in what will be the first time the White House promoted digital matchmaking.
The administration says new options — together with badges and different premium options — launching over the subsequent a number of weeks by Tinder, Hinge, Match, OkCupid, Bumble, BLK and different relationship websites will assist President Joe Biden attain his purpose of getting at the very least one shot within the arm of 70% of adults by July 4. More than 60% of U.S. adults have had at the very least one shot, in accordance with the federal government.
Beginning May 24, daters can add an “I’m Vaccinated” profile badge and be featured inside OkCupid’s “Vaccinated Stacks,” a brand new matching system that lets customers search by vaccination standing. Vaccinated individuals may also obtain a free “Boost” to maneuver their profile to the entrance of a dater’s stack.
On Tinder, vaccinated customers get elevated to premium content material resembling a “Super Like” possibility to assist them stand out amongst potential matches. Members also can add “I’m Vaccinated” or “Vaccines Save Lives” stickers to their profile.
White House coronavirus response senior adviser Andy Slavitt applauded the initiatives at a Friday press briefing, saying “It’s incredibly important to reach young people where they are in the effort to get them vaccinated.”
“We have finally found the one thing that makes us all more attractive: a vaccination,” he added.
— Maureen Groppe
Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, said on Twitter that the corporate has a brand new settlement with the European Commission to supply 1.8 billion doses to decrease and middle-income nations.
Meanwhile, the European Union has pledged 1.3 billion vaccines to decrease and middle-income nations, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Friday. The pledge contains 1 billion Pfizer vaccines, 200 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 100 million Moderna vaccines.
“We must step up efforts to give access to vaccines to low and middle income countries,” von der Leyen said on Twitter. “We will do our part.”
The GAVI Vaccine Alliance has signed an settlement to buy 200 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses for the COVAX vaccine-sharing program, according to a Friday statement.
The U.N.-backed COVAX program seeks to ship free vaccines to 92 lower-income nations and assist higher-income nations with out offers with producers to get entry to vaccines.
GAVI mentioned the purpose is to provide the Johnson & Johnson doses in 2021. The alliance mentioned it’s also discussing with Johnson & Johnson on a possible provide of 300 million further doses in 2022.
COVAX additionally has agreements with seven different vaccines and vaccine candidates, together with the AstraZeneca, Pfizer advert Modern vaccines.
Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, mentioned the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine might be helpful for areas with “difficult infrastructure.”
“Since the earliest days of the pandemic, we have been steadfast in our goal to facilitate equitable access to our COVID-19 vaccine,” Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson mentioned within the assertion. “No one is safe from COVID-19 until everyone is protected, and our partnership with Gavi is the single greatest step we have taken to ensure our single-shot vaccine is accessible to everyone, everywhere.”
Despite a recent drop in coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations, Europeans should remain cautious because the threat of the coronavirus remains present, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
Europe has recorded a 60% drop in new coronavirus cases over the past month, said WHO regional director Dr. Hans Kluge. The news comes as the European Union eased travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors and any traveler from countries where COVID-19 is under control.
“Where vaccination rates in high-risk groups are highest, admissions to hospitals are decreasing and death rates are falling. Vaccines are saving lives, and they will change the course of this pandemic and eventually help end it,” Kluge mentioned.
The European Union’s executive arm on Thursday finalized a third vaccine contract with Pfizer and BioNTech through 2023 for an additional 1.8 billion doses of their COVID-19 shot to share between the bloc’s countries except for Hungary, which opted out of the deal.
About 60% of the COVID-19 vaccine doses that have spoiled since Texas’ vaccination program began in December were wasted in the past two weeks, according to an analysis of state data.
According to a Houston Chronicle analysis of the roughly 60,000 vaccine doses spoiled since December, about 36,000 had been misplaced prior to now two weeks, indicating plummeting demand for the vaccine in Texas.
The number of wasted doses through spoilage of the highly perishable vaccine was still a minute fraction of the state’s vaccine allotment. The state is currently administering an average of about 144,000 vaccinations daily. Even so, that was less than half of the 290,000-vaccination-a-day peak last month.
Just one in three Texans were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday, mostly with the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, while 42% have received at least one dose.
More than 51,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Texas during the 15-month pandemic out of the more than 3.2 million positive test results reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Contributing: Tamela Baker, the Herald-Mail; The Associated Press