The U.S. vaccine supply is poised to double in the coming weeks and months, according to an analysis by Bloomberg, allowing a broad expansion of doses administered across the country.
In Peru and elsewhere, some politicians and the well-connected got China’s Sinopharm shot months ahead of health workers and other vulnerable groups
You chair the Governor’s task force on rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. Given concerns about the limited availability of the two-dose mRNA vaccine, you have been asked to weigh in on the debate regarding the most effective use of the currently available doses. Should people who have already received a first dose of vaccine have their second dose delayed by a number of months until there is a greater supply, so that more people can receive a first dose? Or should those who have gotten the first dose receive the second dose according to the standard schedule, 3 to 4 weeks after the first dose, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? You must consider the benefits and risks of the two approaches, on both individual and population levels, and decide what to recommend to the task force.
World Health Organization investigators are honing their search for animals that could have spread the new coronavirus to humans, identifying two—ferret badgers and rabbits—that can carry the virus and were sold at a Chinese market where many early cases emerged.
A single dose of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE significantly reduced Covid-19 symptoms in the first four weeks after injection, according to an analysis that gives early support to efforts to extend scarce doses.
Willy Pulia, who turned 58 this week, is scared of getting COVID-19 – and for good reason. He’s a nursing assistant at a hospital in Manila, which means he inevitably comes in contact with patients who’ve contracted the virus. He lives with his 96-year-old father. And he’s not been vaccinated.
People with cystic fibrosis, or CF, don’t appear to be especially susceptible to COVID-19, and when they do get infected, they don’t seem to get sicker, based on clinical data so far.
Official Reporting for February 19, 2021
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Confirmed Cases: 109 217 366
Deaths: 2 413 912
Confirmed Cases: 110,289,988
Total cases: 27,669,556 (+69,165 New Cases)
Total deaths: 489,067 (+2,601 New Deaths)
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Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 mutations in the United States suggests presence of four substrains and novel variants – Nature
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