Federal regulators are expected to adjust emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to be taken as soon as Thursday for some immunocompromised people, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
An official familiar with the plan said New York times The third injection covers people who have had solid organ transplants and others whose immune system is almost similarly compromised 10 million Americans. A May study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that only 17% of transplant recipients had antibodies after their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with an additional 35% responding after two shots.
The announced decision comes as the delta variable is rising across the United States. It represents about 93% of the nation’s cases out of all its occurrences.
in Mississippi, which averages 2,700 new cases of coronavirus per day, The number of patients requiring intensive care and respirators has outpaced the worst of the epidemic during the winter months.
“The rate of positive tests and the rate of hospitalizations that we’re seeing, if we continue down this path within the next 5-7-10 days, I think we’re going to see the failure of the Mississippi hospital system,” Alan Jones said. , associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs and chief of clinical response to COVID-19 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, on Wednesday.
That doesn’t mean there are no beds available in Mississippi, Jones said. He said there are not enough health care workers to adequately employ them.
On the other side of the nation in New Mexico, Albuquerque hospitals were ‘fully full’ As the state enters a new wave, with nursing shortages affecting the entire system and available intensive care beds tightening, Acting State Health Secretary Dr. David Scriese and state epidemiologist Dr. Kristen Ross said.
Ross described the rapid rise of new cases across the country and in New Mexico as “extremely concerning” but added: “We can work together to flatten this…we know what we have to do to flatten this curve.”
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Governor Tim Walz announced Wednesday that Minnesota state government employees will be required to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or agree to undergo a weekly test before they can return to the office.
► California Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday announced a new demand that all teachers and school staff – both public and private – needed to be vaccinated or take regular COVID-19 testing, saying it was the “first state in the country” with such a mandate.
► Due to the high local delta variable, the University of Texas at San Antonio will hold most classes online during the first three weeks of the semester.
Hilo Medical Center says Hawaii’s coronavirus infections don’t come from tourists In a post on Facebook. “Infection comes from residents who have traveled, leading to community spread,” they wrote. “It means we share our loved ones.”
► The University of Arkansas system requires masks on its campus after a judge temporarily blocked a state law banning mask mandates.
Amtrak is joining several companies in asking their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in a weekly COVID test, the company announced Wednesday. The authorization will apply to their more than 18,000 employees who help people travel across the country.
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Canadian researchers reported Wednesday that a third dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine significantly improved the protection of transplant recipients whose weakened immune systems do not always function adequately with standard injections.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was small but the most stringent type of third-dose test to date for this vulnerable group.
Moderna and similar vaccines offer strong protection for most people, even with a highly contagious high delta variant. But the millions with weakened immune systems due to transplants, cancer or other disorders don’t always get this benefit. There is limited evidence that an extra dose helps some of them, something France and Israel are already recommending and the United States is considering.
According to school officials and other experts, students who use fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to avoid mandates at US colleges and universities risk severe consequences.
Hundreds of colleges and universities are now requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. In many schools, the vaccination confirmation process can be as simple as uploading a copy of the vaccination card to the student portal. However, an easy click of the mouse can show a difficult path to the students’ academic future – if this card is a fake.
“At least, it’s probably a federal crime … because when you get the vaccine card it has the CDC stamp on it,” said Erica K. Wilson, professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Today. “So, if people are buying those fake cards, it certainly could fall under that law.”
– Edward Cigara
A group of conservative senators from Missouri wants the state to step in and stop it private companies from requiring employees to be vaccinated, This prompted the State Chamber of Commerce to back down.
In a letter sent to Governor Mike Parson last week, six Republicans asked him to summon the legislature back to Jefferson City to pass legislation blocking mandates for a COVID-19 vaccine, “whether they’re public or private.”
The demand comes as the variable delta virus continues to spread across Missouri, prompting some companies across the state to demand that workers be vaccinated.
“If your employer can force you to take an experimental drug, what can they not force you to do?” The message says. (COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested, and full FDA approval is expected soon.)
– Galen Bacharier, Springfield News Leader