The European Union is expected to recommend this Member states begin to lift restrictions on tourists from the United States.
European Union members agreed on Wednesday to add the United States to the list of countries from which restrictions on non-essential travel must be lifted. The move was adopted during a meeting in Brussels of permanent representatives in the 27-nation bloc.
The recommendation is non-binding, and national governments have the power to request test results or vaccination records and set other entry requirements.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo said this week that a careful and incremental approach should remain the norm.
“Let’s look at the science and let’s look at the progress. Let’s look at the numbers and when it’s safe, we’ll do it,” de Croo said. Travel boom again. I expect that over the course of this summer.”
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►France is relaxing the mandatory outdoor wearing of masks and will end an eight-month coronavirus-related night curfew on Sunday.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of another batch of the vaccine produced at Johnson & Johnson’s troubled Emergent BioSolutions facility. Multiple media organizations including hill mentioned The batch is 14 million doses.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned of possible food shortages and urged the country to prepare for it COVID-19 restrictions extended.
► British government plans to make vaccination mandatory for nursing home workers BBC and other media report. Employees are expected to have 16 weeks to receive a jab, face redeployment away from frontline care, or lose their jobs.
Maryland’s state of emergency will end on July 1, more than 15 months after the virus first appeared in the state. Governor Larry Hogan said all remaining health restrictions will end on that date.
Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 600,200 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: more than 176.57 million cases and over 3.81 million deaths. More than 145.76 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 43.9% of the population, According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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National parks attract big crowds
Americans who have been locked up for a year or more are finally out, and many are heading to national parks—many parks are setting up reservation systems, such as those that control the flow in California’s Yosemite National Park and Acadia National Park in Maine.
In 2020, the National Park Service received 237 million recreational visits, down more than 90 million (27.6%) from 2019. The decline is largely due to parks temporarily closing in response to the pandemic. The visit was the lowest since 1980.
Now the gardens are thriving again. The Yellowstone National Park website emphasizes that “if you don’t have a reservation, the nearest camping site or hotel room may be hours away.”
Great Falls National Park outside Washington, D.C. warns that “on weekends, if the park fills up and parking is not available, the entrance will be closed…you may not enter until we reopen our doors.”
Two major employers in St. Louis require worker vaccinations
The University of Washington and BJC HealthCare, two of the largest employers in the St. Louis area, announced that they will require full employee vaccinations by fall.
The university, which employs more than 17,000 people, said it would impose punches on all faculty, staff and students. The BJC, which has 30,000 employees, said its decision to make vaccination mandatory for employees “is in line with old practices that require health care workers to be vaccinated against dangerous infectious diseases for the safety of patients and staff.”
Last week, a Houston judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Houston Methodist employees who refused vaccinations and were told they would be fired.
Moscow will require vaccinations for retail, education and healthcare workers
Authorities in Moscow and the surrounding region on Wednesday made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those who work in retail, education, health care, public transportation and other professions that service a large number of people. The Kremlin said there were no plans to make vaccination mandatory across the country. However, public health officials in Moscow have ordered companies and institutions to ensure that 60% of employees have had at least one injection of the coronavirus vaccine by July 15, and are fully vaccinated by August 15.
“We simply have to do everything to carry out mass vaccination in the shortest possible time and stop the terrible disease,” said Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
Expedition pollinates indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazonأمازون
A team of doctors, nurses and front-line workers sponsored by the US-based nonprofit Health In Harmony concludes a three-week expedition to vaccinate indigenous communities along the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. The team traveled in two boats filled with ice and 1,400 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Creating accessible and affordable health care is critical to the survival of rainforest and forest communities, and “ultimately, all of us,” said Dr. Erica Pellegrino, Health in Harmony Program Coordinator in Brazil. By providing these communities—which protect the rainforests—with the vaccine, Pellegrino said, these groups would not need to leave their lands, which would otherwise be subject to deforestation by ranchers and logging.
“There is a direct link between the health of these communities, the climate crisis and nature,” said Pellegrino. “They can’t take a short trip to the nearest health center and get vaccinated.”
Japan expected to ease restrictions in Tokyo ahead of the Olympics
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to lower the state of emergency when it expires Sunday in Tokyo and other regions. The Olympic Games scheduled to open on July 23. Daily cases have dropped significantly, and Suga says he is determined to host “safe and secure” games. However, health experts say it is critical to speed up the rollout of the vaccine in one of the least immunized developed countries. As of Tuesday, only 5.6% of Japanese have been fully vaccinated.
Not yet determined: crowd size. Under current rules, 34,000 spectators will be allowed to be in the 68,000-capacity National Stadium where the opening ceremonies will be held.
The United States buys an additional 200 million doses of vaccine from Moderna
Moderna announced that the federal government has purchased an additional 200 million doses of the vaccine, primarily to vaccinate children or to use as a booster for people who have already been vaccinated.
The Massachusetts-based company said in a statement that the government has purchased 500 million doses, of which 110 million are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 90 million are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2022.
CEO Stephan Bancel said Moderna remains “focused on being proactive as the virus evolves…to stay ahead of emerging variables.”
The vast majority of COVID-19 patients in hospital are not vaccinated
Falling rates of COVID-19 across the United States mask a harsh reality — the vast majority of Those who get sick and are taken to hospital are not immune. Hospitals in states with lower vaccination rates tend to have more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, according to hospital data collected last week by the Department of Health and Human Services and vaccination rates published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“People who say, ‘It’s my body, my choice?'” Well, it’s not all about you,” said Dr. Gerald Maloney, chief medical officer for hospital services at Geisinger Health Network, which operates nine hospitals in Pennsylvania. “It’s also about the people around you.” Read more here.
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The delta variant is considered a “concern” because it is spreading rapidly across the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now classified the delta variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in India, as a “variant of concern” as it now accounts for 10% of cases in the United States. It made its way across the UK, delaying reopening.
“It doubles every two weeks,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. face the nation. “And I think the danger is the fact that this could lead to a new epidemic in the fall.”
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are about 88% effective against the delta variant after two shots, according to the Research. Research suggests that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is less effective, but more information is needed.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is looming, but it doesn’t restore any of those lives or bring solace to grieving families,” said Dr. Stephen Wolf, director emeritus of the Center for Community and Health in Virginia. Commonwealth University. “My other concern is that for many Americans and politicians, the rush to life ‘getting back to normal’ is going to make us feel better about the problems that made us vulnerable to COVID in the first place.”
Study: Nearly 25% of those infected with COVID-19 experience long-term symptoms
New report from FAIR Health Approximately a quarter of coronavirus patients are shown to have prolonged or prolonged COVID symptoms. The study found that some symptoms were more prevalent in certain age groups or demographics. Older patients had a higher chance of developing high cholesterol, while younger patients were more likely to have gastrointestinal problems after diagnosis.
The journal analyzed nearly two million private healthcare claim records for patients with COVID-19, excluding those with chronic conditions such as cancer and HIV.
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Contributing: The Associated Press.