A second vaccine manufacturer to file for emergency use authorization with the United States Food and Drug Administration after other data from its clinical trial showed its vaccine candidate to be more than 94% effective. %.
Moderna said he expects the FDA advisory committee to discuss his vaccine on December 17, a week after his meeting to discuss Pfizer.
The good news, however, comes as a stay-at-home order in Los Angeles County, the country’s most populous, begins Monday and ends December 20.
Ten million residents are asked to stay at home “as much as possible” and are prohibited from meeting publicly and privately with people outside their homes, except for religious services and protests.
The order goes into effect a day after California reported more than 7,400 new hospitalizations related to COVID-19, the highest number during the pandemic.
Here’s what you need to know on Monday:
- New York’s public schools will begin offering in-person classes on December 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday, changing course after closing them just a few weeks ago.
- On Friday, the first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was transported from Belgium to the United States for distribution on clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.
- English hospitals could receive the first batch as early as the week of December 7, according to The Guardian.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States reported more than 13.3million cases and over 266,800deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. World totals: 62.6million cases and 1.45million dead.
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Moderna seeks FDA clearance for COVID-19 vaccine
Biotech company Moderna will apply for emergency use authorization from the United States Food and Drug Administration on Monday after receiving more good news about the safety and efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
It will be the second vaccine maker to seek federal government clearance, following equally positive results for Pfizer and the vaccine candidate from its German collaborator BioNTech.
Moderna’s latest findings, according to a company press release, showed that of 196 people in the clinical trial who caught COVID-19, 185 of them had received the placebo, while only 11 had received the active vaccine. This corresponds to an efficiency rate greater than 94%.
Of the 30 participants who suffered from severe illness, all were in the placebo group, suggesting that the vaccine prevents both mild and severe illness. A recipient of the placebo died.
– Karen Weintraub
England cases dropped 30% to lockdown, study finds
England’s COVID-19 cases have fallen by around 30% since the UK entered its second nationwide lockdown, according to a new study.
Since the UK entered its second lockdown over three weeks ago, the infection rate has dropped to around 1% after it was around 1.3% before the lockdown, according to the study.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson instituted the new lockdown order earlier this month, shutting down all non-essential businesses, bars and restaurants. The restrictions are expected to end in early December and be replaced by a regional tiered system of restrictions.
NYC Drops COVID Benchmark Test, Will Start Reopening Schools
New York’s public schools will begin offering in-person classes on December 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday. Most preschools, 3-K programs and elementary schools are expected to start on that date, followed by schools that offer special education on December 10. No date has been revealed for middle and high school classes.
Blended learning was halted on November 19 after the city-wide coronavirus testing rate surpassed the 3% threshold agreed to by the mayor and teachers’ union.
The mayor said the benchmark will be dropped in favor of a focus on testing in schools. The city will also work to offer in-person classes five days a week and phase out the hybrid model for the district of 1.1 million students, the mayor said.
“We are confident that we can keep schools safe and do it in a sustainable way,” said de Blasio. “It will be the model for the duration. It will take us until we have a vaccine.”
– John Bacon
California sets daily record for COVID-19 hospitalizations
California broke a record Sunday with more than 7,400 coronavirus hospitalizations as counties statewide braced for tougher COVID-19 restrictions to go into effect amid the surge in cases and Thanksgiving travel .
California recorded nearly 1.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. The state reported about 15,600 new cases on Saturday. There have been 19,121 virus-related deaths in California during the pandemic.
The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the latest data available from the day before. More than 1,700 of these patients are in intensive care units. The new total hospitalizations break the previous state record of 7,170 in July.
– Palm Springs Desert Sun
Oregon nurse on leave after TikTok video
An Oregon oncology nurse has been placed on administrative leave after posting a video on social media showing contempt for COVID-19 restrictions.
In the video, uploaded to TikTok on Friday, the nurse, identified by Salem Health hospital officials as Ashley Grames, says she does not wear a mask in public outside of work, continues to travel and allows her children to have dates.
An investigation is ongoing while Grames is on leave. Salem Health officials addressed the video on Facebook, calling it “cavalier disregard for the severity of the pandemic.”
– Virginia Barreda, Salem Statesman Journal
Nevada surpasses 150,000 COVID-19 cases
Nevada health officials say the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus statewide has exceeded 150,000. The state’s coronavirus dashboard reported 150,527 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday since the start of the pandemic , with more than 2,100 related deaths.
Concerned about the continued spread of the virus, Governor Steve Sisolak on November 22 announced the state’s largest mask mandate to date and cut the capacity of casinos, restaurants, bars and many other businesses by 50 % to 25%.
The number of infections is believed to be much higher than has been reported as many people have not been tested and studies suggest that people can get infected with the virus without feeling bad.
Dr Anthony Fauci warns again of a deadly winter
Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday issued another warning to the nation to wear masks, socially distance themselves and reject the urge to gather for the holidays – or face a frightful winter of infections, hospitalizations and even death.
He blamed vacation travel and families gathered before Thanksgiving for the latest round of dismal statistics.
“What we unfortunately expect over the next two weeks in December is that we might see a surge superimposed on this wave we’re already in,” Fauci said on “Meet the Press”. “I don’t mean to scare people off except to say it’s not at all too late for us to do something about this.”
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