US may soon allow recalls for all 3 vaccines in use, as experts renew advocacy for the unvaccinated to get vaccinated
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted unanimously on Friday that allowing adults initially vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to be boosted is safe and effective, freeing the agency to authorize its use.
The committee’s recommendation is to offer a reminder to people 18 years of age and over at least two months after their first injection. If the FDA follows the committee’s advice, which it is not obligated to do but often does, that means the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States have authorized recalls, with the caveat that ‘There are restrictions in place on who can get an mRNA boost.
The vaccines developed by Pfizer PFE,
and German partner BioNTech BNTX,
and Moderna mRNA,
are based on mRNA technology. These are currently reserved for people 65 years of age and over, adults at high risk of serious illness and those who are more exposed to the virus due to their work. Approximately 15 million people in the United States have received the J & J’s JNJ,
adenovirus-based COVID-19 vaccine.
Colin Powell, who served under the Republican and Democratic Presidents in War and Peace but whose solid reputation was forever marred when he appeared before the UN and made false claims to justify the war of the United States in Iraq, died of complications from COVID-19 at the age of 84, the Associated Press reported.
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Powell, a four-star Army general who later served as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, had been treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. . While Powell was fully vaccinated, he also suffered from multiple myeloma, according to NBC News, a type of blood cancer that damages the body’s ability to fight infections.
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Health experts were quick to point out that breakthrough infections were rare but that was to be expected given that vaccines are not 100% effective. And older people with weakened immune systems will be at greater risk, which is why the booster program was implemented.
Others noted that vaccines continue to be the best protection against severe COVID and death, and that most current cases, hospitalizations and deaths are in unvaccinated people.
An unvaccinated Virginia couple in their 40s recently died of COVID-19, leaving behind four children – and the father with tragic regret before succumbing, the New York Post reported.
“He called me up and said, ‘Mum, I love you and wish I had it,'” Terry Mitchem, Kevin Mitchem’s mom, told NBC 4 in Washington, DC.
She and others close to Kevin Mitchem and his late wife, Misty, are now urging those who need to be vaccinated to get the shot. “Please get it,” Kevin’s father Don Mitchem reportedly told the TV station.
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The United States currently averages more than 1,500 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, down 19% from two weeks ago. Cases and hospitalizations are also on the decline, although hot spots, like Alaska and Minnesota, are still struggling with a high number of cases.
Counties in the country’s northernmost areas are looking for an increase in cases as the cold rolls in and brings people back indoors, the Times reported.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine tracking shows 189 million Americans are fully vaccinated, or about 57% of the overall population, still below the 70% experts believe are needed to curb the spread. Some 10.5 million Americans have received a booster dose, the data shows.
However, more than two-thirds of Americans over 12 are now fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, and 77.1% of that population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday it was “really unfortunate” that Gov. Greg Abbott decided to ban vaccination warrants in the state of Texas, the AP reported.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Fauci said the Republican governor’s decision to prevent companies from requiring vaccines would harm public health because vaccines are the “most effective way” to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Elsewhere, Russia reported a record number of COVID-19 cases and deaths on Saturday, according to data from the country’s Coronavirus Response Center, as reported by CNN.
Some 1,002 people have died from COVID-19 in a single day, breaking the previous record of 999 deaths set on Friday. The vast country of 146 million people has counted 33,208 new cases.
England plans to push for teens to get vaccinated, after the slower-than-expected turnout left the rate below 10% in more than a third of the country’s main local authorities, the country reported. Guardian. The UK registered 45,140 new cases on Sunday, the biggest increase in positive cases since mid-July, the newspaper reported.
The European Union has exported more than a billion doses of vaccines since December 2020, making the bloc the largest exporter of vaccines, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday as Reuters reported that vaccines have gone to more than 150 countries, and the EU has exported as many doses as it distributed to its own population, von der Leyen added in a statement.
The EU is working with President Joe Biden’s administration to reach the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by next September.
In medical news, two doses either of the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech or AstraZeneca AZN,
in partnership with the University of Oxford provided a level of protection similar to a previous natural infection when the delta variant was dominant, the UK’s Office of National Statistics said on Monday.
Vaccination significantly reduced the risk of positive tests during the alpha-dominant period and the delta-dominant period, but efficacy was reduced during the delta-dominant period compared to the alpha-dominant period. The ONS added that two doses of either vaccine provided significantly greater protection than one dose in all analyzes.
And the French biotech Valneva VALN,
said its vaccine candidate outperformed AstraZeneca’s in a trial. The phase 3 trial involved 4,012 people and showed a significantly more favorable tolerability profile. Valneva said his vaccine produced more neutralized antibodies and that there was a complete absence of severe cases of COVID-19.
The global coronavirus-borne disease tally topped 240.8 million on Monday, while the death toll topped 4.9 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States continues to dominate the world with a total of 44.9 million cases and 724,502 deaths.
India is second by cases after the United States with 34 million and has suffered 452,290 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll with 603,282 and 21.6 million cases.
In Europe, Russia has the most deaths with 220,323, followed by the United Kingdom with 138,997.
China, where the virus was first discovered in late 2019, has recorded 108,927 confirmed cases and 4,809 deaths, according to its official figures, which are widely considered massively underreported.