COVID-19 has killed more people in 2021 than in 2020, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The disease was reported as an underlying cause of death or a contributing cause of death for about 377,883 people in 2020, accounting for 11.3% of deaths, according to the CDC. More than 770,000 people died from the coronavirus as of Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That means more than 15,000 more people have died in 2021 than last year from COVID-19 – and there is still more than a month left.
CDC figures only take into account reported deaths, and more people are likely to have died in 2020 from COVID-19 than the number recorded; The 2020 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States were only tracked in February. New COVID infections are now on the rise in 38 states and health officials are bracing for the possibility of an increase in cases over the winter.
Experts say the surge is due to a combination of factors: the seasonality of the virus, declining immunity and many Americans still unvaccinated. Despite the increase in cases, fully vaccinated family members can “absolutely” enjoy the vacation together indoors without wearing masks, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.
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►The Department of Defense announced Monday that it had granted Pfizer $ 1.4 billion for 200 million additional doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed internationally.
►Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday condemned rioters in Rotterdam and other Dutch cities over the weekend as “idiots” and said police and prosecutors would bring them to justice. Riots broke out during protests against the containment measures.
►SOMOS Community Care, a physician-led network of physicians, will host a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and vaccination drives in New York City’s most vulnerable and at-risk neighborhoods on Tuesday.
►German health officials have said the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it is likely that anyone in the country who is not vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of winter.
►Connecticut is seeing a faster increase in COVID-19 cases than any other state: The state recorded an average of 738 daily cases over the past week, a 116% increase from two weeks plus early, reported the Hartford Courant.
??The numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 47.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 771,500 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 257.8 million cases and 5.15 million deaths. More than 196 million Americans – 59.1% of the population – are fully immunized, according to the CDC.
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More boosters to come? Dr Fauci is not sure
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert, told a White House press briefing on Monday that he was not sure Americans needed another COVID booster -19 in the future.
“The honest answer is we don’t know at this point, but we are collecting data,” Fauci said. “We might not need to be boosted every six months or so, but if we do, we’ll fix it. We will find the data, make it public and process it accordingly.
Fauci said several studies around the world have clearly shown that boosters “dramatically improve protection” against COVID-19. The hope is that the booster dose gives the immune response “a chance to mature and strengthen” significantly, he said, and lasts longer than the second dose, which has lost its effectiveness. after several months. The boosters are currently available at more than 80,000 locations across the country, according to the White House.
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Report: Over 95% of Federal Workers Comply with Vaccine Mandate
More than 90% of federal employees have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the deadline set by President Joe Biden on Monday, U.S. officials said on Monday. In total, more than 95% of federal workers are in compliance with the Biden mandate, the official said, either by getting vaccinated or by requesting an exemption. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak officially until the date was released later Monday.
Biden announced in September that more than 3.5 million federal workers need to be vaccinated, with no ability to get tested regularly instead, unless they get an approved medical or religious exemption. A U.S. official said the vast majority of federal workers are fully vaccinated and a small number have pending or approved exceptions to the mandate.
Pfizer says vaccine is 100% effective for children ages 12 to 15
Updated Phase 3 trial results show that a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 was 100% effective against the coronavirus, measured from seven days to over four months after the second dose. No serious safety issues were observed, the companies said.
Efficacy was consistently high based on gender, race and ethnicity, obesity and comorbid status, the companies said. Pfizer and BioNTech plan to submit this data for scientific peer review for potential publication.
“These additional data increase confidence in the safety and efficacy profile of our vaccine in adolescents,” said Albert Bourla, President and CEO of Pfizer. “We look forward to sharing this data with the FDA and other regulators.”
Andrew Cuomo has misrepresented nursing homes’ COVID record, report says
The New York Assembly inquiry into the conduct of former Governor Andrew Cuomo found that the Democratic administration misrepresented the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19, according to a lawmaker who examined the committee’s still secret report. The report, compiled by New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, covers a wide range of Cuomo’s misconduct allegations, including allegations of sexual harassment and the involvement of his staff in the writing of his book. on the coronavirus pandemic.
Other topics include the Cuomo administration’s manipulation of COVID-19 death data as presented to the public. The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported gaps in the state’s statistical accounting of deaths, including the administration’s decision to exclude from its nursing home a total of thousands of deaths after have been transferred to hospitals.
Davis Polk investigators have confirmed information that the state Department of Health wanted to include these hospital deaths in the number of nursing home deaths in the state.
Contribution: The Associated Press