NEW DELHI – Indian company Bharat Biotech says its late stage testing of a COVID-19 vaccine has shown an overall efficacy of 77.8% and efficacy against all variants.
The company in a statement said it is currently in talks with the World Health Organization to obtain an emergency use list for its vaccine, marketed as COVAXIN.
The results put to rest questions raised by health experts about Bharat Biotech’s vaccine when it received emergency use clearance from the Indian government in January. They felt the company did not have enough clinical trials, making it nearly impossible for the company to analyze and submit data showing that its injections are effective in preventing coronavirus disease.
The company says the vaccine has already received emergency use authorizations in 16 countries, including India, the Philippines, Iran and Mexico. Millions of Indians have also been vaccinated with the same vaccine.
It says the advanced stage trial showed the vaccine to be 93.4% effective against severe symptomatic COVID-19 and showed 77.8% effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19. The data also demonstrated 65.2% protection against the delta variant, first identified in India.
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– An official from the Missouri hospital tells anyone who makes derogatory remarks about the COVID-19 vaccine to “shut up” as state officials call for federal help to deal with an increase in cases where some counties request further precautions.
– A bipartisan proposal in the US House would ban mink fur farming in the United States with the aim of stemming possible mutations of the coronavirus.
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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden praised the ability of sports and athletes to bring a nation together in times of crisis as he welcomed World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers to the White House on Friday.
The Dodgers, who won the title by beating the Tampa Bay Rays last October, were the first team to be honored in the White House since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the first since Biden took his functions.
“I think what we’ve discovered is that we need sports more than we ever imagined,” said Biden, who praised baseball in “one of the years. most difficult “in the country’s history.
The president praised the team for using their stadium as a site for mass COVID-19 vaccination.
NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cyprus is offering a vacation allowance from mid-July to mid-August to anyone vaccinated and will limit access to football stadiums to those who have received their injections or who have obtained a negative PCR test or a rapid antigen test 72 hours before a game to encourage young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Cypriot government on Friday evening announced a series of incentives designed to entice a significant part of the population that has not stepped up to get vaccinated. Authorities say about 70% of those under 40 have not received their vaccines.
Other incentives include counting the day that government and private sector workers choose to be vaccinated as an additional day off and offering five-day honorary leave to army conscripts who choose to receive. the jab.
The government has also decided to reduce the fun factor for those who are not vaccinated by requiring patrons of bars and restaurants or anyone attending large gatherings such as weddings to display either a Safepass indicating that they are fully vaccinated. or to present a negative PCR or rapid antigenic test carried out 72 hours before the event.
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – An official at a Missouri hospital tells anyone who makes derogatory remarks about the COVID-19 vaccine to ‘shut it down’ as state officials call for federal help to deal with increase cases in which some counties require further precautions.
Profound vaccine resistance allowed the delta variant, first identified in India, to take hold in the state, straining hospitals, especially in the Springfield area.
“If you make extremely derogatory comments about the vaccine and have no public health expertise, you may be responsible for someone’s death. Shut up, ”tweeted Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth in Springfield.
CoxHealth and the city’s other hospital, Mercy Springfield, were treating 168 COVID-19 patients on Friday, up from 31 on May 24, before the outbreak began, said Aaron Schekorra, spokesperson for the County of County health. Springfield-Greene. He said 36 of them were on ventilators.
Erik Frederick, the executive director of Mercy Springfield, also took to Twitter in a bid to boost vaccinations, noting they prevent deaths.
“So if you are vaccinated there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “If you’re not vaccinated, it’s probably a train.”
PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is reversing a series of executive orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Republican governor says most are no longer needed because the legislature enacted them in the session that ended this week.
Some of the ordinances would remain in effect until the legislation comes into force in 90 days. These include orders preventing towns, villages and counties from issuing orders for businesses that are stricter than those in Ducey. Other orders ending after new legislation comes into force prohibit universities from requiring coronavirus vaccines or masks for unvaccinated students.
Republicans, who control the Legislature, were adamant they would block any coronavirus-related action they saw as restricting freedoms. They passed laws banning ordering of masks at K-12 schools and state universities and blocking some future health orders. Democrats have called the measures myopic, saying they may be needed amid a new wave of virus cases.
NEW YORK – Elissa Montanti’s Global Medical Relief Fund has been thwarted by COVID-19 after more than two decades of beating the odds of getting medical care for children injured in wars and crises around the world.
The pandemic has put a brake on international travel and services for the more than 450 children in care. The prostheses needed to be adjusted. The surgeries required planning. Today, the New York woman is reconnecting with her charity. She recruits volunteers and professionals, again bringing children back to the United States for medical care.
Montanti started the association in 1997 following the sudden death of his grandmother, his mother and his childhood sweetheart. She lobbied the United Nations, wrote a memoir and built a sprawling network of doctors and charitable professionals.
The association claims to have welcomed children from 50 countries, mainly from Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has said he fears lives may be unnecessarily lost to COVID-19 as unvaccinated people contract and transmit the coronavirus during the July 4 vacation.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Biden stressed that for most Americans vaccinated, the holiday weekend will be worth celebrating.
Biden says, “This year is different from July 4th of last year and it will be better next year.”
But the president says he’s worried about those who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
“I am concerned that people who have not been vaccinated have the ability to catch the variant and pass it on to other people who have not been vaccinated. But I am worried. Lives will be lost.