Booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine may be available to all fully vaccinated Americans within a week, but expert review by international scientists – including some from the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration from the United States – indicates that we may not need it.
The review, published Monday in The Lancet, summarizes scientific evidence from randomized controlled trials and observational studies that have appeared in both peer-reviewed journals and pre-print servers. The consistent conclusion was that the vaccines remain very effective against serious diseases, including from the delta variant and other major variants.
“Currently available studies do not provide credible evidence of a substantial decline in protection against serious disease, which is the primary goal of vaccination,” said lead author Dr Ana-Maria Henao- Restrepo, physician responsible for vaccine research at WHO.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that wealthy countries with large reserves of vaccines should refrain from offering boosters until the end of the year and return the doses available for the poorest countries.
Originally, President Joe Biden said a third booster dose for people with healthy immune systems would be offered from September 20, but backed down slightly over fears the announcement would overtake the recommendations of the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committees. . Who will be eligible and when will only be decided when two key scientific advisory committees meet in the coming days.
– Adrianna rodriguez
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► Alaska State Senator Lora Reinbold asked to be exempted from legislative sessions until next year, saying she had no way of getting to Juneau after being barred from ‘Alaska Airlines for violating mask policies, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
►Iowa hospitals are among the latest to limit elective procedures to deal with COVID-19. UnityPoint Health-St. Luke Hospital and Mercy Medical Center told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that they were preserving their capacity.
► Florida recorded 1 in 26 deaths reported worldwide in the week ending Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Florida has recorded 2,448 deaths, 21.4% of 11,413 deaths in the United States and 3.9% of 62,559 deaths worldwide.
??Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded nearly 41 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 660,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 224 million cases and 4.6 million deaths. More than 178 million Americans – 53.8% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
??What we read: President Joe Biden last week launched a nationwide vaccination mandate, ordering employers with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated or apply weekly tests for COVID-19. But what are the consequences for someone who does not comply? Does failure to comply with the mandate amount to breaking the law? Read more here.
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Vaccine activist Veronica Wolski dies of COVID
Veronica Wolski, 64, an enemy of COVID vaccines and masks, died on Monday, lawyer Lin Wood said. In recent days, Wood had been promoting a campaign to pressure a Chicago hospital to treat Wolski with ivermectin. The drug, primarily an antiparasitic drug used on horses and cattle, is sometimes prescribed in humans for parasitic worms, skin conditions and head lice, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has not approved ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 in humans or animals.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that these medical killings stop NOW and that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” Wood said on social networking site Telegram.
New York Public Schools Return to In-Person Learning
New York City public schools welcomed students again for in-person learning on Monday, fully reopening schools for the first time in more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Schools do not plan to offer distance options in hopes of getting students back into classrooms, despite the spread of the delta variant across the country and the number of infected and hospitalized children increasing.
New York City will require students and faculty to wear masks. The city has asked employees to receive at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27.
The return to normal for New York students comes as parts of the country grapple with further increases in cases and mandates that both impact healthcare. A hospital in rural New York City said it was suspending maternity services as employees quit instead of being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Booster shots in a week – but who will get them?
In just one week, COVID-19 vaccine boosters could begin to be available to all fully vaccinated Americans. But exactly who will be eligible and when will be decided that two key science advisory committees will meet a few days before the start date of the Biden administration on September 20.
That leaves little reaction time for health system administrators like Dr. Tammy Lundstrom, chief medical officer of Michigan-based Trinity Health, which operates 92 hospitals and 120 continuing care facilities in 22 states.
“We have our data team ready to push the button to help us identify all of our patients who are ready for a recall,” Lundstrom said. “We look forward to advice, like everyone else.”
– Elizabeth weise
Long-haul travelers wait for help after months of battling symptoms
Up to 12 million Americans have taken months to recover from the coronavirus or are still suffering from symptoms. These “long-haul” suffer from what are called post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, better known simply as long-haul COVID. They are all waiting for help and a better understanding of what makes them so miserable. Dr. Stuart Katz is the principal investigator of the Clinical Science Core at NYU Langone, which has been appointed by the federal government to lead the lengthy COVID research activities of clinical sites across the country.
“I fully understand the feeling where your body is feeling a little out of control and none of the doctors know why,” Katz said. Read more here.
– Karen Weintraub
New York hospital won’t deliver babies after workers quit instead of getting vaccinated
A hospital in rural New York City will not deliver babies after employees leave instead of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Six Lewis County health system workers have resigned and seven others do not wish to be vaccinated, which means Lewis County General Hospital will stop giving birth for now, according to reports.
“We are not able to staff the service safely after September 24,” Gerald R. Cayer, CEO of Lewis County Health System, said at a press conference.
The move appears to be temporary. During the hiatus from maternity services, Cayer said the health system will focus on recruiting nurses to get deliveries back on track.
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo adopted a mandate on August 16 to ensure all healthcare workers in New York City are vaccinated. Specifically, employees of hospitals and long-term care facilities must receive their first dose of the vaccine by September 27.
Biden’s test plan calls for discounted COVID-19 testing
Consumers may soon get discounted coronavirus testing from Amazon, Kroger and Walmart as part of President Joe Biden’s plan to dramatically increase testing.
The Biden administration said those three major retailers will sell over-the-counter rapid tests “at cost” over the next three months, up to 35% off retail prices.
Biden’s strategy plans to spend nearly $ 2 billion to purchase 280 million rapid tests for long-term care facilities, community testing sites, homeless shelters, prisons and other vulnerable populations . Another 25 million free home rapid tests would be sent to community health centers and food banks.
The companies say federal support to expand testing options is needed as the delta variant increases demand and manufacturers scramble to keep pace.
“There is currently a big shortage in the market in all areas,” said Ron Gutman, co-CEO of Intrivo, a test maker. “We have a lot more requests than we have ever seen before.”
– Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY
What could increase the desire for vaccine? The study can provide answers.
As the United States battles COVID-19 vaccine reluctance amid an increase in the number of cases fueled by the delta variant, a new study co-authored by a researcher at the State University of New Mexico is examining how COVID-19 infections in social circles can influence vaccine readiness.
In the study, Jagdish Khubchandani, professor of public health sciences at NMSU, and a team of researchers conducted a national readiness assessment for the COVID-19 vaccine in American adults based on COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths among friends and family groups.
“In this study, and in our previous studies, we have thoroughly investigated COVID-19 vaccine reluctance, and certain factors repeatedly emerge as predictors of vaccine reluctance,” said Khubchandani, who has conducted several studies on reluctance to COVID-19 vaccination since late 2020 “Education, race and political ideology are the main factors, and we need more effort to reach the sections of our society that remain hesitant about vaccines. “
Researchers found that vaccine hesitancy rates differed significantly depending on whether study participants had a close friend or family member affected by COVID-19. Read more here.
– Carlos Andres López, News from Las Cruces