CANBERRA, Australia – The Prime Minister of Australia has said he is urging the government’s vaccine adviser to change his advice against adults under the age of 60 taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.
More than half of the country is locked up due to the growth of COVID-19 clusters.
The Australian Immunization Technical Advisory Group last month raised the recommended minimum age for taking AstraZeneca from 50 to 60 due to the increased risk of rare blood clots associated with the vaccine in young people.
The change followed the death in Australia of a 52-year-old man. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is asking ATAGI to change its age advice due to the growing risk of the more contagious delta variant. The only alternative to AstraZeneca in Australia is Pfizer which is in short supply.
MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:
– France requires a COVID pass for the Eiffel Tower, tourist places
– Life expectancy in the United States in 2020 saw the biggest drop since World War II
– WHO chief says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS:
PARIS – Visitors now need a special COVID-19 pass to climb the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or cinemas.
This is the first step in a new campaign against what the government calls a “stratospheric” increase in delta-variant infections.
People must be fully vaccinated or have a negative viral test or proof that they have recently recovered from an infection to get the pass. The requirement came into effect on Wednesday at cultural and tourist sites.
Lawmakers are starting debate on a bill that would extend the pass requirement to restaurants and many other areas of public life, and require all health workers to be vaccinated. This sparked protests.
TOKYO – The head of the World Health Organization has said the Tokyo Olympics should not be judged on the count of COVID-19 cases that arise because zero risk is impossible.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the International Olympic Committee that what matters most is how infections are treated.
Tedros wants Tokyo’s success to be judged by how “cases are identified, isolated, located and treated as quickly as possible and transmission is interrupted.”
The number of games-related COVID-19 cases in Japan this month is now 79. More international athletes have tested positive at home and cannot travel.
NEW YORK – Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020. This is the largest year-over-year drop since World War II.
The decrease for black Americans and Hispanics was even worse. The figure is three years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the calculations for 2020 early Wednesday.
The decrease is mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials say it is responsible for nearly 74% of the overall decline in life expectancy.
Killers other than COVID-19 have played a role. Drug overdoses have reduced life expectancy. And the rise in homicides was a small but important reason for the decline of black Americans.