The break in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could briefly disrupt daily doses across the country but is expected to have little long-term effect on the drive to end the pandemic, the response coordinator said on Wednesday. White’s COVID-19.
“In the very short term, we anticipate an impact on daily averages as sites and appointments shift to Moderna and Pfizer vaccines,” Jeff Zients said at the team briefing three times a week.
Zients insisted on the administration’s claim that the break – announced on Tuesday – will have little impact on the country’s vaccination effort. He said there were plenty of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to make up for any shortfall in the single-shot J&J vaccine. The United States is on track to acquire 600 million double-shot doses from these companies by the end of July, he said.
A panel of experts begins to review the J&J vaccine today. The Immunization Practices Advisory Committee is reviewing data from six reported cases in the United States of a rare and severe type of blood clot associated with a single inoculation.
Dr Anthony Fauci took an optimistic approach to the impact the J&J break could have on vaccine reluctance, saying the break shows the government’s dedication to safety.
“It could be seen as a positive,” he said.
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►Puerto Rico broke its record for cases in one week and Michigan had its second worst week in the past seven days, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Thirty-nine states saw an increase in the number of cases compared to the previous seven-day period.
► Attendance at British Prince Philip’s Saturday funeral will be limited to 30 mourners due to current coronavirus restrictions in England. Queen Elizabeth may be required to sit alone and guests should be spaced 6 feet apart.
►Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he had received his second COVID-19 vaccine, three weeks after the first dose. The Kremlin has not disclosed which of the three vaccines developed by Russia the president has taken.
►Montana Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana.
►German health authorities recommend that people under the age of 60 who have already received an injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine to use a different vaccine for their second dose due to blood clots.
►The NFL has established team guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations and strongly urges franchises to vaccinate all employees. Commissioner Roger Goodell told teams in a memo to plan to use teams’ stadiums or headquarters as vaccination centers for their players, employees and family members. Teams should update the league weekly on vaccination numbers.
📈 The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 31.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2.96 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: 137.5 million cases and over 563,000 million deaths. More than 245.36 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 192.28 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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Pandemic could fuel global unrest for years, US officials warn
U.S. intelligence officials have warned that the coronavirus pandemic will test governments around the world for years, “fueling humanitarian and economic crises, political turmoil and geopolitical competition.” In its annual report on the Global Threat Assessment, officials highlighted a significant challenge against the backdrop of other persistent threats posed by climate change and mass migration.
“No country has been completely spared, and even when a vaccine is widely distributed around the world, economic and political aftershocks will be felt for years to come,” the report concludes, referring to the massive fallout from the virus.
EU drops AstraZeneca in favor of Pfizer / BioNTech
The European Union has announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine as the 27-country bloc’s confidence in AstraZeneca’s vaccine falters. US-based Pfizer and German BioNTech are reportedly providing the EU with an additional 50 million doses in the second quarter of this year, offsetting hesitant shipments of Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca following reports of rare blood clots in some recipients. The Johnson & Johnson jab, which uses the same core technology as AstraZeneca, is on “hiatus” in the US due to rare blood clots, and deliveries to the EU have been suspended.
“We need to focus on proven technologies,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Pfizer-BioNTech “has proven to be a reliable partner. He kept his commitments and he listens to our needs. It is in the immediate interest of EU citizens. “
Many employees ask for changes before returning to the office after a pandemic
Offices that closed during the COVID-19 pandemic are set to reopen soon when vaccines are rolled out across the country. But many employees aren’t interested in returning to the same work environment they left behind a year ago, according to the seventh annual Bright Horizons Modern Family Index. They want their businesses to provide more services to their children. They expect flexibility in their working hours. And in some cases, they want to work from home all the time.
“We work from home or live at work,” says Maribeth Bearfield, director of human resources at Bright Horizons. “I think employees expect their employers to deliver more than they ever have.”
– Charisse Jones
Could lives be saved by giving every American a place online for vaccines?
Imagine a formula that could assess every American’s unique risk of dying from COVID-19. People’s ratings would determine their exact number online for a vaccine. The algorithm would take into account your age, race, complete medical history, and each of your health insurance claims. You would receive an email, text, or phone call the week before your vaccine appointment telling you where and when to go. If you refused the shot, the next one would take your place. The pandemic has brought such micro-targeting closer to reality, which many might think.
“We have the data, we have the computational capacity,” said Hossein Estiri, assistant professor of medicine at Mass General and Harvard who has worked on risk-based vaccine modeling. “It’s just that we didn’t understand the politics for this to happen.” Find out more here.
– Aleszu Bajak
Poland will not suspend use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Poland plans to move forward with vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after receiving its first batch of 120,000 doses on Wednesday.
Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Poland was following the latest recommendations from the European Medicines Agency, which said it was “currently not clear” whether the J&J vaccine caused rare blood clots reported in some recipients. The EMA approved the vaccine for use in the European Union last month.
“In accordance with these recommendations, we will want to use it in vaccinations,” Niedzielski said.
Phoenix aims to vaccinate 500 homeless people this week
Circle the City, with support from the Human Services Campus and Maricopa County, Arizona, is hosting a week-long event on the Phoenix campus to immunize people experiencing homelessness. No appointment necessary. Circle the City’s Dr Melissa Sandoval said her team had vaccinated people experiencing homelessness for months at the organization’s clinic, but saw more success at walk-in events. you.
“If just calling and making an appointment and walking into our clinic is a barrier, we would like to lower it,” she said.
The goal is to vaccinate 500 people this week. Sandoval said it was difficult to enforce mask policies and educate about the risk of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections. Sandoval added that there is also an increased risk that homeless people could die or end up in hospital if they contract COVID-19 because they often have pre-existing medical conditions or addiction-related disorders. . Read the full story.
– Jessica Boehm, Republic of Arizona
Contributors: Kevin Johnson and Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press