Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that a Phase 3 trial of its cocktail of antibodies offered strong protection against Covid-19 for people living with someone infected with the coronavirus.
The treatment reduces the likelihood of infection and improves outcomes for those who are infected, Regeneron said in a statement. The treatment also appears to be effective against emerging variants, the company said.
The data suggests that the treatment “may complement popular vaccination strategies, especially for people at high risk of infection,” said Myron Cohen, MD, who leads monoclonal antibody efforts for the sponsored COVID prevention network. by the NIH.
The Regeneron cocktail, a combination of two drugs, was given to former President Donald Trump when he fell ill with the virus. The company said it will share data with the FDA and seek an extension of emergency use authorizations to include COVID prevention for appropriate populations.
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►Illinois opened vaccine eligibility for those 16 and older on Monday, and on Thursday, Washington state and California will join the more than 40 states providing vaccine access to all adults.
►For the first time in months, shops, hairdressers and pub “gardens” reopened in England on Monday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to “behave responsibly”. Northern Ireland’s “stay at home” order ends and some rules are relaxed in Scotland and Wales.
►Travel is on the rise all over the United States: The country averaged more than 1.5 million travelers on Thursday and Friday and nearly 1.4 million travelers on Saturday, like Easter weekend figures, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration.
► Nearly 40% of US Marines who have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine have declined it, according to the Pentagon. Of the 123,500 Marines who have had access to the vaccine, 75,500 are either fully vaccinated or have received a dose, while about 48,000 have refused it, communications and communications strategy officer USA TODAY told USA. operations, Captain Andrew Woods.
► As Michigan grapples with the highest rate of new coronavirus infections in the country, a surge that is straining hospitals and prompted a pause in some elective procedures, Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to do so. pressure on the White House to change its vaccine distribution plan.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 31.19 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 562,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: 135.85 million cases and 2.93 million deaths. More than 237.79 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 187 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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These colleges were more likely to offer in-person learning
According to a study by the College Crisis Initiative, a Davidson College group that has been tracking how colleges have responded to the pandemic. The researchers found that colleges that accept fewer applicants and whose students are better prepared academically were more likely to be online during the pandemic. And those who accepted more students and were in Republican-controlled states were more likely to be in person than Blue State colleges.
What didn’t seem to influence a college’s plan to open in person? Coronavirus case. The researchers wrote that they had not found an association between a state’s coronavirus infection rate per 100,000 population and the college’s plans to offer classes online or in person.
– Chris Quintana
The doctors said they had done all they could. Then his wife spoke
On the same day, Debbie Lloyd’s father succumbed to COVID-19, doctors told him there was not much for her husband to do. Kevin Lloyd’s lungs had been scarred with the virus, and only high-flow oxygen was keeping him alive. His doctors saw little long-term hope for him, given the damaged condition of his lungs. Debbie Lloyd determined that she could not lose her father and her husband on the same day to the same illness. So Debbie, an elementary school secretary, took a photo in the dark.
What about a lung transplant? she asked. Today Debbie and Kevin Lloyd breathe easier. Read their story here.
– Indianapolis star Shari Rudavsky
Florida Reports Single-Digit Increase in COVID-19 Deaths
For the first time in nearly seven months, the state of Florida has only reported a single-digit increase in new reported deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s health department said on Sunday that seven other Floridians and two other non-residents had died from COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, reported daily COVID deaths in the state have ranged between 22 and 98, and reported week-to-week deaths have slowly declined since January. Only five new coronavirus deaths in Florida were reported on September 28.
The state continues to dominate the country in the number of UK variants of the coronavirus, with 3,510 cases identified, as well as 126 cases of variants in Brazil and 27 cases with the variant first identified in South Africa.
—Hannah Morse, Palm Beach Post
United States pledges to be the leader in global vaccinations
China’s inability to share information and provide access to international public health experts in the early stages of the pandemic fueled the global crisis, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday. “I think China knows that in the early stages of COVID, it didn’t do what it needed to do,” Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”. “And one of the results of that failure is that the (virus) got out of hand faster and with, I think, much more glaring results than it otherwise could.”
The secretary pledged that the United States will be “the world leader in helping to ensure that the whole world is immunized.”
Blinken said the pandemic has exposed the need for a “stronger global health security system to ensure this doesn’t happen again” and to ensure the world can mitigate public health crises. Blinken said the World Health Organization needs to be strengthened and reformed, and “China needs to play a role.”
Contribute: The Associated Press