U.S. intelligence officials warned on Tuesday 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. “Countries with high debts or dependent on oil exports, tourism or remittances face particularly difficult recoveries, while others will withdraw into themselves or be distracted by other challenges. “
Meanwhile, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are reviewing data from six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot – cerebral venous sinus thrombosis – in individuals after receiving the vaccine. Johnson & Johnson COVID-19, the statement says. All six cases were in women aged 18 to 48 and symptoms appeared six to 13 days after vaccination.
One of the six patients died and another was in critical condition, officials said. FDA chief Janet Woodcock said no definitive cause has been determined, but it appears to be an extremely rare immune response. Officials said these clots were treated differently from others and that improper treatment could lead to death.
The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday to further examine the cases and assess their potential importance.
Also in the news:
►Montana Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana.
►South Africa has suspended administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a “precautionary measure” following the US FDA’s decision to suspend use of the vaccine while rare blood clots are examined .
►Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on Tuesday that he plans to drop statewide social distancing protocols by May 1, but the masked Silver State mandate will remain in place at least until the end of next month. “I want to be very clear: the mask’s mandate is a statewide standard,” Sisolak said at a press conference in Carson City.
►The NFL has established team guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations and strongly urges franchises to vaccinate all employees. Commissioner Roger Goodell told the teams on Tuesday in a memo to plan to use the stadiums or the teams’ 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 31.34 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2.95 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: 137.25 million cases and 563,400 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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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. Dr Melissa Sandoval, of Circle the City, said her team had vaccinated people experiencing homelessness for months at the organization’s clinic, but that she was seeing 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 the public 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
Contributing: Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY; The Associated Press