US intelligence officials warned Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic will test governments around the world for years to come, “fueling humanitarian and economic crises, political turmoil and geopolitical competition.”
In its annual cycle Threat assessment worldwide In the report, officials identified a formidable challenge against the backdrop of other persistent threats posed by climate change and mass migration.
The report concluded, referring to the enormous repercussions of the virus, that “no country has been completely saved, and even when the vaccine is widely distributed worldwide, the economic and political repercussions will remain felt for years.” “Countries with high debt or dependent on oil exports, tourism or remittances face a particularly difficult recovery, while others will turn inward or be distracted by other challenges.”
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are reviewing data on six US cases that have been reported of a rare and severe type of blood clot – cerebral venous thrombosis – in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the statement said. All six cases were among the women from 18 to 48, and symptoms appeared six to 13 days after vaccination.
Officials said one of the six patients died and another was in critical condition. A specific cause has not been identified, but it appears to be a very rare immune response, said Janet Woodcock, head of the Food and Drug Administration. Officials have said that such clots are treated differently from others, and that incorrect treatment could cause death.
The CDC will hold a meeting of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee on Wednesday to continue reviewing cases and assessing their potential significance.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he had received a second injection of the COVID-19 vaccine, three weeks after the first dose. The Kremlin has not disclosed the three vaccines developed by Russia that were approved there and that the president has taken up.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order prohibiting the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana.
► German health authorities recommend that people under the age of 60 who have already received one injection of AstraZeneca, use a different vaccine for their second dose due to concerns about blood clots.
► South Africa has stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a “precaution” following the US Food and Drug Administration decision to stop using the vaccine while screening for rare blood clots.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that he plans to drop statewide social distancing protocols by May 1. The Silver State authorization will remain in effect at least until the end of next month.
► The NFL has developed team guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations and strongly urge franchisees to vaccinate all employees. Commissioner Roger Goodell told teams in a memo that they plan to use the stadiums or team headquarters as vaccination centers for players, staff and family members. Teams should update the league weekly on vaccination numbers.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 31.34 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2.95 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: 137.25 million cases and 563,400 million deaths. More than 245.36 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the United States and 192.28 million doses have been administered. According to the CDC.
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Poland plans to go ahead with vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after receiving the first batch of 120,000 doses on Wednesday. Health Minister Adam Niedzelski said Poland is following the latest recommendation from the European Medicines Agency, which said it was “not currently clear” whether the J&J injection caused the rare blood clots that have been reported in some recipients. The EMA approved the vaccine for use in the European Union last month.
“In line with these recommendations, we will want to use it for vaccinations,” said Niedzelski.
The City Department, with support from the Human Services and Maricopa County campuses in Arizona, is hosting an event throughout the week on the Phoenix campus to vaccinate people with homelessness. No appointment necessary. Dr Melissa Sandoval of the City Department said her team has been vaccinating people who have been homeless for several months in the organization’s clinic, but is seeing more success in the current events.
“If simply calling, setting an appointment and entering our clinic is an obstacle, we want to lower this barrier,” she said.
The goal is to vaccinate 500 people this week. Sandoval said it has been difficult to enforce mask policies and educate about the risks of developing asymptomatic COVID-19 infection. Sandoval added that there is also an increased chance that people experiencing homelessness will die or end up in hospital if they contract COVID-19 because they often have pre-existing medical conditions or substance use disorders. Read the full story.
Jessica Baum, The Arizona Republic
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