British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday called for a further investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, but for now the country does not believe it came from a Chinese laboratory.
Johnson, speaking at the end of a G7 summit in southwest England, said the world needed to “be open-minded”. The hypothesis that COVID-19 accidentally leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, the first city in the world to be inundated with the virus, is gaining global momentum and is now under a new US investigation ordered by President Joe Biden.
“At the moment, the advice we’ve been given is that this specific disease of zoonotic origin does not appear to have come from the lab,” Johnson said.
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Variants of COVID-19 could lead to a decline in cases in the United States after months of decline if more people are not vaccinated. This is the warning in the file recent briefing From the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which has published an influential virus model throughout the pandemic. The briefing also says that vaccines will need to fight the variants effectively so that the US can avoid a seasonal increase in the fall.
“Cases and deaths should remain low until mid-September,” the model says. “At this point, we expect … transmission to increase.”
The model predicts that about 67% of adults in the United States will be vaccinated – the same number that USA TODAY expects could be at least partially Vaccinated by July 4 at the current pace. The World Health Organization has warned that there is also a high risk of a deadly resurgence in Europe this fall. Globally, the World Health Organization warned that the G7’s promise of one billion doses of a vaccine was good news, but “we need more, and we need it faster.”
A Houston judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by hospital staff Suspended and facing termination after refusing a COVID-19 injection A decision that could have a ripple effect across the country. The case involved Houston Methodist, the first hospital system in the country to require that all of its employees be vaccinated. Federal Judge Lynn Hughes ruled Saturday that federal law does not prevent employers from issuing this authorization. After months of warnings, Houston Methodist placed more than 170 of its 26,000 employees on unpaid suspension on Monday. They were told they would be shot, and had not been vaccinated by June 21.
The hospital made clear it meant what it said: It fired the company’s chief risk officer — Bob Nevins — and another director in April when they didn’t meet the presidents’ earlier deadline.
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The WHO chief welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements from the G7 summit, but said “we need more, and we need it faster”.
“The challenge, as I told the G7 leaders, is that to really end the pandemic, our goal must be to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population by the time the G7 meets again in Germany next year,” the WHO Director-General said Global Health Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Saturday at the summit in southwest England.
“To do this, we need 11 billion doses,” Tedros said, adding that it was “essential” that countries temporarily waive intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, host of the summit, said the group would pledge at least 1 billion doses; Half of that number will come from the US and 100 million from Britain over the next year.
Tedros renewed his goal of vaccinating 30% of each country’s population by the end of 2021. Reaching the goal would require 100 million doses in June and July, and another 250 million by September, he said.
The Transportation Security Administration on Friday screened more than 2 million people for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, a major milestone in the travel industry. Agency 2,028,961 people were tested that day, About four times the number checked on the same day in 2020 and 74% of the volume of travel in 2019. Before the pandemic, the TSA screened an average of 2 million to 2.5 million people per day.
The number is a strong signal for the return of travel this summer, which has been one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic. Experts expect a healthy amount of leisure travel this summer as vaccination rates continue to rise in the United States and pent-up demand drives Americans to book flights.
“The growing number of travelers demonstrates this country’s resilience and high level of confidence in measures to combat COVID-19, to include easy access to vaccines,” said Darby Lagoy, acting director of the Transportation Security Administration, in a news release Saturday. “TSA is ready to provide a safe and secure screening process as part of the overall travel experience.”
The TSA’s lowest pandemic-era screening volume was on April 13, 2020, when 87,534 people were screened.
Contributing: The Associated Press