Regulators in the United States are expected to approve a third dosage of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine for adults aged 65 and over. According to Anthony Fauci, mRNA vaccinations will be given in a three-dose schedule.
In the face of increasing infections, Singapore recorded 1,457 Covid-19 cases and limited hospital visits to save capacity. Myanmar has extended vaccination eligibility to adults over the age of 55.
President Joe Biden of the United States has called on other countries to help substantially increase production of vaccines and treatments in order to help stop the epidemic. He stated that the United States will purchase additional 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to distribute to other countries.
According to a study, pregnant women who receive mRNA shots transfer significant amounts of antibodies to their kids. The first Chinese vaccine to give unambiguous effectiveness data against the variation generating recurrent waves of illnesses throughout the world was produced by Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc. and found to be 79 percent effective against the delta strain.
The number of cases has surpassed 229.4 million, while the number of deaths has surpassed 4.7 million. More than 6 billion doses of vaccine have been delivered, according to the Vaccine Tracker. After Sinovac and Astra Jab, Thailand claims that Pfizer has sparked a strong response. Why are there more children with the delta variant? CovidAlpha, delta, and more. The following are some of the reasons why viral variations generate concern: QuickTake
FDA to Authorize Third Pfizer Dose for SOme (6:05 a.m. HK)
According to a source familiar with the situation, the US Food and Drug Administration is planning to approve a third booster dosage of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine soon.
People 65 and older, those most vulnerable to serious sickness, and those whose occupations put them at danger are anticipated to be given emergency clearance, according to the source.
According to the source, an announcement will be made on Wednesday.
UN Says Delegate Tested Positive (5:20 a.m. HK)
A delegate who was in the main hall of the General Assembly on Tuesday morning tested positive for Covid-19, according to the United Nations. While the UN did not say whose country the delegate represented, other heads of state who spoke at the time included US Vice President Joe Biden and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.
While in New York, two members of Bolsonaro’s entourage, including Brazil’s health minister, tested positive for Covid-19.
Staff who may have come into touch with the sick person will be contacted individually and led through the following measures, according to UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. Officials in New York have urged the UN to impose tighter criteria on visiting delegates, but the UN has refused to require proof of vaccination to enter its facilities.
NYC’s Vaccine Mandate for Teachers Cleared (5:06 a.m. HK)
Following a court challenge by labor unions, a state judge upheld New York City’s mandate that teachers be vaccinated.
Justice Laurence L. Love of the New York State Supreme Court removed a temporary restraining order that had prevented the vaccination requirement from going into effect while the issue was being contested.
Fauci Envisions Three-Dose Standard (3:55 p.m. NY)
According to Anthony Fauci, future delivery of mRNA vaccines such as those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. would likely require three doses from the start, rather than two doses plus a booster.
If adopted as predicted by a leading infectious disease specialist, the third injection would become part of the primary series, potentially altering the vaccine label and vaccination schedule.
Mormons Make Masks Mandatory in Temples (2:20 p.m. NY)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ senior leadership authorized the wearing of face masks in its temples throughout the world on Wednesday, as well as a renewed push for members to be vaccinated, citing the Mormon church’s history in previous pandemics.
Biden Calls on Wealthy Nations to Step Up (1:15 p.m. NY)
In a virtual meeting he convened Wednesday, President Joe Biden called on other countries to assist significantly expand production of coronavirus vaccines and treatments in order to halt the Covid-19 epidemic.
Biden said that the United States will purchase another 500 million doses of Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE’s vaccine for international distribution, bringing the total number of doses donated by the United States to 1.1 billion.
The leaders of the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and Indonesia, as well as private-sector executives and representatives from non-governmental groups, are expected to attend the summit. One of the four sessions, on vaccinating the globe, was conducted by Biden, while another will be led by Vice President Kamala Harris.
MTA to Step Up Enforcement of Subway Masks (1 p.m. NY)
According to WABC-TV, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it will step up enforcement of its mask-wearing rules, citing new data that shows compliance is decreasing on subways, buses, and commuter trains.
According to the television station, MTA Chief Safety Officer Pat Warren stated that although compliance was virtually universal in the early days of the pandemic, it has dropped to approximately 87 percent on the city’s subways.
MTA Police will provide one warning to riders to wear a mask, and if they do not, they will be summoned, Warren added.
Vaccinated Pregnant Women Pass on Protection (9 a.m. NY)
According to a research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Maternal Fetal Medicine on Wednesday, pregnant women who get mRNA vaccinations transfer significant levels of antibodies to their kids.
The study found that 36 newborns tested at birth all had antibodies to protect against Covid-19 after their mothers were vaccinated with shots from Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE or Moderna Inc., making it one of the first to measure antibody levels in umbilical cord blood to distinguish whether immunity is from infection or vaccines.
Romania Approves Booster Shots (8:36 a.m. NY)
Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday that Romania has approved booster injections from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. for people who had been properly vaccinated at least six months before. The shooting will commence on September 28.
Despite being in the middle of the worst wave of infections and hospitalizations since December, the eastern European country, which is one of the least vaccinated in the EU, recently had more than 700,000 doses expire.
China Covid Shot Effective Against Delta (8:31 a.m. NY)
In late-stage trials, a vaccine developed by Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc. was found to prevent 79 percent of cases of any severity caused by the delta variant, making it the first Chinese vaccine with clear efficacy data against the strain that is causing resurgent waves of infections around the world.
Remdesivir Averts Hospitalization in Study (8:30 a.m. NY)
In a late-stage worldwide trial, early therapy with Gilead Sciences Inc.’s remdesivir kept high-risk patients out of the hospital, indicating that the medication may be given to those recuperating at home.
In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial including 562 patients, a three-day course of the injectable antiviral, also known as Veklury, was linked to an 87 percent reduction in hospitalizations, according to Gilead. On Sept. 29, the results will be presented during a virtual medical symposium.
Malaysia Sets Vaccine Threshold for Travel (8:10 a.m. NY)
Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement on Wednesday that after 90 percent of the adult population has been properly vaccinated, interstate travel would be resumed to help boost domestic tourism. The news comes only one day after the government reached its goal of fully inoculating 80 percent of people.
Moscow Reopens Wards as Cases Soar (7:43 a.m. NY)
Moscow reopened Covid-19 wards after new cases increased by 24% in the previous week, according to Ria Novosti, quoting Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova. According to her, hospitalizations were up 15%. The increase comes after President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party won a landslide win in legislative elections last weekend that were marred by rampant fraud, according to opponents.
Singapore Restricts Hospital Visits (6:13 a.m. NY)
Singapore will limit hospital ward visits for a month as part of a series of steps to conserve hospital capacity as cases grow, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.
Source of information (Bloomberg News)