Here’s what’s happening with the pandemic in the United States on Friday:
THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY
– New research suggests the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech may still work against a mutated coronavirus. Two new, easier-to-spread variants of the virus have the world at its wit’s end. One was discovered in Britain, the other in South Africa, but they share a common mutation. Pfizer researchers say lab tests show the mutation does not block the vaccine. But more tests are needed to see if an additional mutation is of concern. The preliminary study was published on an online research site Thursday night and has not been reviewed by other experts.
– Faced with a massive increase in cases, California has issued waivers allowing hospitals to temporarily bypass the country’s only strict nurse-to-patient ratios. Nurses say being forced to take on more patients pushes them to the brink of burnout and affects patient care. At least 250 of California’s roughly 400 hospitals have been granted a 60-day waiver. They allow intensive care nurses to look after three people instead of two, and emergency room nurses to watch six patients instead of three. Nurses in other states have demanded legally prescribed ratios, like those in California, but have so far failed to achieve them.
– Experts from the World Health Organization have issued recommendations indicating that the interval between the administration of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be extended up to six weeks. The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization has officially released its opinion, saying that an interval of 21 to 28 days between doses is. But the United Nations health agency also noted that some countries are facing “exceptional circumstances of vaccine supply constraints combined with a high disease burden” and that some are considering delaying the administration of a second. dose as a means of expanding initial coverage.
THE NUMBERS: According to data through Jan. 7 from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average of daily new deaths in the United States has increased over the past two weeks, from 2,595.1 on Dec. 24 to 2764.1 on January 7.
DEATHS: The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States stands at 365,625.
QUOTE: “Even today we had two deaths on this unit. And that’s pretty much the norm. I usually see one to two every shift. Super sad. They fight every day and find it hard to breathe every day, even with tons of oxygen. And then you see them die. They simply die. – Caroline Brandenburger, COVID-19 unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California
ICYMI: The nation’s second-largest city said it would continue to use a coronavirus test that federal regulators have warned could produce false results while Congress, which used the same test, seeks a alternative. The various responses Thursday followed an alert from the Food and Drug Administration to patients and healthcare providers that the Curative test could particularly produce false negatives. These erroneous results pose the greatest risk from a health perspective, as people who are wrongly told they do not have the virus can unknowingly spread it to those around them. The California-based company said it was working to address concerns from the FDA.
ON THE HORIZON: President-elect Joe Biden will take new leadership to accelerate the release of coronavirus vaccines when he takes office on January 20. His office said Friday that Biden would reduce the current practice of withholding vaccine doses to ensure their first injection can also get a second inoculation three weeks later. As part of the Trump administration’s approach, the government withheld an offer to ensure people can get a …
- According to the source VIRUS TODAY: Pfizer says vaccine can work against variants.
- Check all news and articles from the Science news updates.
Source: Twitter AP
For Latest Updates Follow us on Google News
- Show all
- Most Viewed