Britain on Thursday turned the primary nation to approve a tablet to deal with COVID.
British Well being Secretary Sajid Javid stated the therapy shall be a “sport changer” for these most susceptible to signs of the virus. The pill, referred to as molnupiravir, was developed by New Jersey-based Merck and shall be given twice a day to sufferers not too long ago identified with the illness. Javid stated the drug, initially developed as a therapy for the flu, can minimize the chance of hospitalization or loss of life in half.
“I’m now working with my groups throughout authorities … so we are able to urgently get this therapy to probably the most susceptible sufferers as quickly as potential,” Javid stated.
Merck stated in a press release that the antiviral medication was licensed for the therapy of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults who’ve a minimum of one danger issue for growing extreme sickness. The corporate stated it’s submitting purposes to different regulatory businesses all over the world.
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►Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the NFL’s reigning MVP, tested positive for the coronavirus and can miss Sunday’s marquee sport in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. Rodgers is not vaccinated and lied to the media about it.
►The Nationwide Institutes of Well being will sponsor a four-year research to evaluate the long-term effects of COVID-19 on pregnant girls and their youngsters.
►The World Well being Group granted emergency use authorization to an Indian-made COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, that had been used for months within the nation. It’s the eighth vaccine to which the WHO has given use authorization.
📈 At present’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded 46.2 million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 750,400 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. International totals: Greater than 248.2 million circumstances and 5 million deaths. Greater than 192.9 million Individuals — 58.1% of the inhabitants — are absolutely vaccinated, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: A research of deer in Iowa which have contracted the coronavirus suggests they might grow to be “a major reservoir host” that permits the virus to mutate and re-enter people.
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Employees at bigger companies must get vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face regular testing below federal guidelines being launched Thursday. Employees who select the testing choice might must bear the fee. Additionally they shall be required to put on a face masks on the job, starting Dec. 5. The principles fill within the particulars for the vaccination requirement President Joe Biden introduced in September for companies with 100 or extra staff.
“COVID-19 continues to carry again our workforce and our financial system – and it’ll proceed to take action till extra Individuals are vaccinated,” Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Jeff Zients, the White Home COVID-19 response coordinator, wrote in an opinion piece for USA TODAY.
– Maureen Groppe
COVID-19 infections look like creeping increased in about half of U.S. states as winter approaches, suggesting that the nation might not have seen the final of the delta variant surge of the virus that all through the pandemic has killed greater than 750,000 Individuals.
Circumstances rose week-over-week in 24 states within the seven-day interval that ended Wednesday, a USA TODAY evaluation of Johns Hopkins College knowledge suggests. The rolling common of seven-day case counts nationwide has stabilized round 500,000 over the past 10 days after a month of regular declines.
Circumstances have been rising primarily in colder states that hadn’t been as hard-hit within the worst of the delta wave. They included Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.
– Mike Stucka
Greater than 10,000 sufferers have been identified with COVID in a U.S. hospital final 12 months after they were admitted for something else, based on federal and state information analyzed solely for KHN. The quantity is definitely an undercount, because it contains largely sufferers 65 and older, plus California and Florida sufferers of all ages.
About 21% of the sufferers who contracted the virus within the hospital from April to September final 12 months died, the info exhibits. In distinction, almost 8% of different Medicare sufferers died within the hospital on the time. Read more here.
– Christina Jewett, Kaiser Well being Information
The overall number of suicides in 2020 was 3% lower than in 2019 regardless of the pandemic, based on the research performed by researchers on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s Nationwide Heart for Well being Statistics. Nonetheless, the report discovered the suicide charge amongst Hispanic males elevated 5% from 2019 to 2020. And charges elevated for all males ages 10 to 14 by 13%, and 5% amongst these 25 to 34.
“Suicide is complicated and multifaceted and simply having a rise in danger elements doesn’t translate to extra deaths by suicide,” stated the research’s lead writer Sally Curtin, a well being statistician at NCHS. “The findings illustrate the complexity of suicide.”
– Adrianna Rodriguez
Younger youngsters started receiving COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday in what was a second of pleasure not just for their mother and father however the youngsters themselves. The Western States Scientific Security Evaluation Workgroup, a gaggle of immunization and public well being scientists from California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is secure and efficient for kids aged 5 to 11 on Wednesday. The workgroup’s determination reinforces the FDA’s authorization of the vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, and formally allowed California to start out vaccinating younger youngsters.
President Joe Biden stated Wednesday that 20,000 websites nationwide could be out there by subsequent week to manage the youngsters’s vaccine, and he identified that minors make up one-fourth of the COVID-19 circumstances within the nation.
“Vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 and boosters (to) present further safety for seniors and others are two main steps ahead that are going to speed up our path out of this pandemic,” Biden stated.
Now that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been permitted to be used in youngsters 5 by 11, there’s concern that some will develop myocarditis, a swelling of the guts muscle. Nevertheless it’s not clear what number of – and hundreds of thousands of youngsters must be vaccinated earlier than it’s recognized. Trials in youthful youngsters have been too small to indicate the uncommon facet impact, simply as trials in adults didn’t reveal myocarditis as a potential facet impact of the photographs.
“Getting COVID I feel is far riskier to the guts than getting this vaccine, it doesn’t matter what age and intercourse you’re,” Dr. Matthew Oster, a pediatric heart specialist with Youngsters’s Healthcare of Atlanta, informed an advisory committee Tuesday. “The chance of getting some kind of unhealthy coronary heart involvement is far increased should you get COVID than should you get this vaccine.”
– Karen Weintraub
The nation’s largest pharmacies, Walgreens and CVS, are already accepting online appointments for kids 5 to 11 to get the COVID-19 vaccine following the CDC’s sign-off Tuesday evening of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the age group.
Walgreens will start administering the pediatric doses at 1000’s of shops nationwide beginning Saturday. The primary vaccine shipments are scheduled to reach at some Walgreens places this week, the corporate stated Wednesday.
CVS will start administering the vaccine this weekend, spokesperson Joe Goode informed USA TODAY. The vaccine may also be out there on the workplaces of pediatricians and first care medical doctors, youngsters’s hospitals and clinics at colleges.
Vaccines.gov – the one-stop store federal authorities web site – is predicted to quickly listing the closest out there vaccine appointments for youngsters.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is simply as vital to guard youngsters as different routine immunizations are, and the expanded eligibility will assist youngsters keep in class safely and forestall extreme sickness attributable to COVID-19,” Kevin Ban, Walgreens’ chief medical officer, stated in a press release.
The Biden administration’s distribution program shall be “operating at full energy” the week of Nov. 8, presidential adviser Jeff Zients stated Monday, because it has already ordered sufficient vaccine to cowl all 28 million American youngsters within the age group.
As they enthusiastically welcomed the coronavirus vaccine for kids 5-11, members of the White Home COVID-19 response workforce made a degree Wednesday to inform mother and father in regards to the significance of the photographs, in addition to their security and efficacy.
Most notably, the specialists sought to warn mother and father about what Surgeon Common Vivek Murthy referred to as “the wave of misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines that’s coming their means.’’
Murthy stated the federal government is attempting to counter these bogus claims with outreach efforts involving trusted sources reminiscent of medical doctors, academics and religion leaders, in addition to organizations well-known to oldsters, together with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Many mother and father are already seeing inaccurate claims on social media, textual content threads and of their in-boxes,’’ Murthy stated. “Misinformation robs them of (the flexibility to make knowledgeable decisions). That’s why I’m asking mother and father to please search solutions from credible sources, like their physician, their native hospital, their native well being division or the CDC.’’
Fellow workforce members Drs. Rochelle Walensky and Anthony Fauci underscored that, whereas older adults are extra susceptible to COVID-19, the virus has contaminated almost 2 million youngsters ages 5-11, sending 8,300 of them to a hospital. One-third of these youngsters required therapy in an ICU.
Now there’s a software to stop a lot of these sicknesses.
“Pediatric vaccination has the ability to assist us obtain wholesome, secure and inclusive environments for our youngsters,’’ Walensky stated.
– Jorge L. Ortiz
Contributing: The Related Press