Australia’s prime medical officer on Monday urged countrymen who’ve obtained an AstraZeneca COVID shot to “not delay” getting the second dose – regardless that the vaccine has been linked to more deaths than COVID in Australia this year.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly, after a National Cabinet assembly, reiterated the advantages of vaccination and inspired Australians to remain vigilant for signs of COVID-19. He informed Australia’s ABC community that the advantages of the AstraZeneca vaccine in combating COVID-19 “far outweighed” the dangers of creating a really uncommon blood clotting syndrome.
Two ladies in Australia have died from the blood clots. The solely COVID fatality this year was an 80-year-old traveler who died in April after being contaminated abroad and recognized in resort quarantine. Last week authorities beneficial that the AstraZeneca vaccine be given solely to folks 60 or over; folks 50-59 had been inspired to get the Pfizer vaccine as a substitute.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia, a rustic of 25 million folks, has recorded simply over 30,000 infections and 910 deaths.
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►Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Monday that New York had 10 new deaths. At the peak of the outbreak, practically 800 New Yorkers a day had been dying.
►Fully vaccinated Canadian residents who check destructive for COVID-19 can be exempt from two weeks of quarantine when returning to the nation as of July 5, officers stated Monday.
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- Study reveals mRNA vaccines don’t lower sperm rely
- US deaths dip beneath 300 per day as pandemic’s grip eases
- Biden administration unveils particulars for sending 55M vaccines abroad
- Blood scarcity postpones surgical procedures at some New England hospitals
- Borders with Mexico, Canada to stay closed via July
- Delta variant may gasoline autumn surge throughout US
- Afghanistan battling deadly third surge
- A Barbados resort offers guests and locals onsite COVID-19 testing
Seeking to dispel fears, researchers on the University of Miami performed a study to assess men’s fertility after COVID-19 vaccination and located no destructive results on their sperm.
From Dec. 17, 2020, to Jan. 12, 2021, they recruited 45 wholesome volunteers ages 18 to 50 who had been scheduled to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, in line with the research revealed in JAMA Network.
The contributors had been prescreened to make sure that they had no earlier or underlying fertility points. Semen samples had been taken earlier than the primary vaccine dose and roughly 70 days after the second, which is about how lengthy sperm takes to regenerate.
Scientists analyzed semen quantity, sperm focus, sperm motility and whole sperm rely and located no important lower in any of those parameters in contrast with the samples taken earlier than the COVID-19 pictures.
“It was an unknown area that was making guys nervous to get the vaccine,” stated research co-author Jesse Ory, urology fellow in infertility/andrology on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
– Adrianna Rodriguez
COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped beneath 300 a day for the primary time for the reason that early days of the catastrophe in March 2020. The drive to place pictures in arms additionally approached an encouraging milestone Monday: 150 million Americans absolutely vaccinated. The coronavirus was the third main explanation for dying in the U.S. in 2020, behind coronary heart illness and most cancers, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But CDC information means that more Americans now are dying each day from accidents, persistent decrease respiratory ailments, strokes or Alzheimer’s illness than from COVID-19.
The Biden administration introduced plans Monday to ship 55 million COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad, a part of its pledge to donate 80 million pictures to different nations by the top of June. The U.S. will distribute about 41 million – about 75% – via the U.N.-backed world sharing COVAX initiative, which incorporates sending 14 million doses to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 16 million to Asia and about 10 million to Africa to be shared in coordination with the African Union, in line with a reality sheet offered by the White House.
The remainder of the 55 million doses can be despatched on to particular nations fighting a pandemic surge, together with Colombia, Argentina, Haiti, different Caribbean group nations, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza and Ukraine.
The U.S. has already begun transport 25 million doses of the 80 million President Joe Biden vowed to ship overseas by the top of the month. The president joined G-7 leaders final week to announce a pledge to supply more than 1 billion further COVID-19 vaccines globally, 500 million of which can come from the U.S.
– Courtney Subramanian
Some New England hospitals are rescheduling surgical procedures, citing a scarcity of blood fueled by the pandemic. Periodic, localized blood shortages aren’t unusual, however this scarcity is “unprecedented in its scope,” stated Dr. Claudia Cohn, chief medical officer for the American Association of Blood Banks. Officials level towards numerous elements together with the standard summer time drop in blood donations at a time when surgical procedures are rising due to procedures that had been postponed in the course of the pandemic.
“We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medication at UMass Memorial Health, informed the Boston Globe.
U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will stay closed “to reduce the spread” of COVID-19 via the top of July, the Department of Homeland Security introduced on Twitter on Sunday. The company, in conjunction with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, originally closed the United States’ northern and southern borders to leisure travelers in March 2020 at first of the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have been prolonged on a month-to-month foundation ever since, and had been beforehand prolonged to July 21.
“Access for essential trade & travel” remains to be allowed, in line with the DHS.
About 45% of the U.S. inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and circumstances are declining in a majority of states. But the unfold of the extremely contagious delta variant among the many unvaccinated may pose a brand new menace, public well being officers warn. The delta variant, first recognized in India, now accounts as much as 10% of circumstances in the United States.
The delta variant may set off a surge in the autumn if solely 75% of the nation’s inhabitants is vaccinated, former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb stated Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Afghanistan is racing to ramp up supplies of oxygen as a deadly third surge of COVID-19 worsens, a senior health official told The Associated Press. The government is installing oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where up to 65% of those tested in some areas are positive, health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigir Nazari said. By World Health Organization recommendations, anything higher than 5% shows officials aren’t testing widely enough, allowing the virus to spread unchecked. Afghanistan carries out barely 4,000 tests a day and often much less.
Afghanistan’s 24-hour infection count has also continued its upward climb from 1,500 at the end of May when the health ministry was already calling the surge “a crisis,” to more than 2,300 this week.
A resort in Barbados created a first-ever COVID-19 lab within a hotel in the Caribbean. Paul Doyle, the owner of The Crane Resort, worked with Barbados Public Health Laboratory and the World Health Organization to receive guidance and acquire the equipment for onsite testing.
For some guests traveling internationally, returning home requires a negative COVID-19 test. There are some hotels and properties that offer testing at the location but rely on offsite lab processes, resulting in a longer wait to receive results. The resort’s lab conducts tests onsite so tests can come back within hours.
The hotel currently has both PCR COVID testing and rapid antigen testing, which provides results within 15 minutes. Depending on what test is required, the lab can provide guests with fast and convenient COVID-19 testing required for traveling. The lab is also open to locals, ex-pats, and guests from other hotels.
“We know that visitors who have been in lockdown and have waited a long time for their vacations will appreciate a hassle-free airport experience and speedy test results,” Doyle told Forbes.
– Steven Vargas
Contributing: The Associated Press.