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US J&J Shot Clear for Distribution; Cuomo Under Fire: Virus Update

01:26  01 march  2021
01:26  01 march  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Johnson & Johnson’s one- shot Covid-19 vaccine was cleared for distribution after U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky formally recommended that adults 18 and older should receive it. The company said in a statement it planned to ship 100 million doses in the Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on cases and deaths. CDC Head Signs Off on J & J Shot Approval (5:15 p.m. NY). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky formally recommended

Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on cases and deaths. Brasilia Heads for Lockdown (3:14 p.m. NY). Brasilia will enter a broad lockdown on Sunday, including a daily 8 p.m. ban on alcohol sales, after Covid-19 patients brought the New York reported a continuing decline in hospitalizations, though the state still has the nation’s highest rate of Covid-19 patients in hospitals. The number of virus patients in hospitals dropped to 5,445, a decline of 532 in the last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 vaccine was cleared for distribution after U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky formally recommended that adults 18 and older should receive it. The company said in a statement it planned to ship 100 million doses in the first half of the year.

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Virus Outbreak J J Vaccine. FILE - This July 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine in Belgium. The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with There are clear advantages aside from the convenience of one shot . Local health officials are looking to use the J & J option in mobile vaccination clinics, homeless shelters, even with sailors who are spending months on fishing vessels — communities where it’s hard to be sure someone will come

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. 'We know that the more people get vaccinated, the faster we will overcome the virus , get back to our friends and loved ones, and get our economy back on track . But I want to be clear : this fight is far from over. 'There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down now or assume that victory is inevitable.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pushed back against any tendency to shop around or wait for a preferred vaccine of the three now approved in the U.S. Microsoft Corp. vowed to fix widespread problems with its vaccine scheduling software.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Governor Mario Cuomo should be stripped of his emergency powers, following accusations of sexual harassment and improper counting of deaths at nursing homes.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases pass 113.9 million; deaths exceed 2.5 millionVaccine Tracker: More than 236 million shots given worldwideBritish project to track the virus’s evolution has become a modelAsia-Pacific nations including Indonesia step up vaccination drivesUN Security Council calls for cease-fires to speed vaccinationsIs news of U.S. virus variants too much, too soon?: QuickTake

Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on cases and deaths.

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The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. But this is really good news. That means we have the opportunity for even more people to get immunized as soon as possible against this terrible pandemic. We had two emergency use authorized vaccines, and now we have three. And the third one is a single dose from J & J , which makes it a little easier to organize.

The virus has already killed more than 510,000 people in the U.S. and is mutating in increasingly worrisome ways. The FDA said J & J ’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death. Israel, which has administered at least one dose of Pfizer vaccine on over half of its population, is facing scrutiny and criticism for not sharing the shots with Palestinians under its control. Israel says the Palestinian Authority is responsible for providing health services to its people.

CDC Head Signs Off on J&J Shot Approval (5:15 p.m. NY)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky formally recommended that adults 18 and older should receive Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, the agency said in a statement Sunday. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices earlier in the day voted unanimously to recommend the one-shot vaccine.

Walensky’s sign-off means that J&J’s vaccine can now be administered. The company said in a statement it planned to ship 100 million doses in the first half of the year, giving the U.S. its third approved Covid-19 vaccine.

Utah Vaccinations Canceled Over Error (4:47 p.m. NY)

Utah canceled about 7,200 vaccinations that had been scheduled because of “an error in the registration system,” according to a tweet from the Utah Department of Health. The error allowed people who were under 65 or had no pre-existing medical conditions to register, a department spokesman said, according to the AP.

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Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on cases and deaths. President Joe Biden sought to rally support for his .9 trillion coronavirus relief package during a bipartisan meeting at the White House with mayors and governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo . “The federal government has a major role to play here,” Biden told reporters Friday in the Oval Office meeting.

Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. The decision reverses a citywide ban on indoor service that he put in place Dec. Johnson & Johnson said Friday that data from its late-stage clinical trial show its COVID-19 vaccine completely protects against COVID-related hospitalization and death a month after vaccination. Although the J & J data show the vaccine is less effective than others in its overall protection, the single- shot vaccine was still 85% effective against severe disease across all regions studied, the company said.

Fauci Warns Against Vaccine Shopping (3:43 p.m. NY)

Anthony Fauci pushed back against any tendency to shop around or wait for a preferred vaccine among the three that are now approved for use in the U.S.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was asked on ABC’s “This Week” about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which got the go-ahead on Saturday from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The one-dose J&J shot was found to be highly effective at preventing severe Covid-19, but has a lower efficacy rate than the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. vaccines, raising concerns that some people may opt to wait rather than being vaccinated with it. “We’ve got to get away from that chain of thought,” Fauci said on ABC.

CDC Advisers Recommend J&J Shot (3:24 p.m. NY)

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine should be used to inoculate U.S. adults 18 years old and older, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a 12-0 vote.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices held an emergency meeting Sunday to review J&J’s shot, which the Food and Drug Administration cleared late Saturday. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky must now sign off on the recommendation from the panel of independent doctors and immunization experts.

CNN has a Cuomo problem

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J&J’s vaccine can be administered once the CDC finalizes its guidelines. The first doses will soon be distributed, becoming the third Covid-19 vaccine available in the U.S.

South Carolina’s Eased Rules Start Monday (3:08 p.m. NY)

South Carolina’s restrictions will ease Monday. Alcohol sales in bars and restaurants will no longer be banned after 11 p.m., and events involving more than 250 people will no longer require state approval. The state never had a mask mandate, which Governor Henry McMaster called unenforceable. The state is, however, recommending that masks still be worn and other health and social-distancing measures be observed.

“The virus is still among us and we all must continue to make responsible decisions to take care of ourselves and our loved ones,” the Republican governor tweeted after announcing the rollback. “But those decisions are for South Carolinians to make.”

South Carolina is one of 16 states where new cases are declining even as some other states report increases, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

California Deaths Fall to 2-Week Low (2:25 p.m. NY)

California reported 158 deaths yesterday, the lowest since Feb. 15 and below the 14-day average of 367, according to the health department’s website. The state has reported 51,979 fatalities in total. There were 4,685 new cases, below the average of 5,406. California’s 14-day positive test rate dropped to 2.7%, the lowest since Oct. 20. The state has administered almost 48.5 million tests in total.

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Microsoft Vows to Fix Vaccination Software (2:21 p.m. NY)

Widely-used Microsoft Corp. vaccine scheduling software that has run into difficulties in states like Iowa and New Jersey is being blamed for problems that left some residents of the nation’s capital unable to book appointments.

After three straight days of issues with the District of Columbia’s online vaccination registration, the Redmond, Washington-based technology company released a statement along with the city government acknowledging “that our efforts have fallen short” and vowing to address the problems.

France Reports Fewer Cases (2:09 p.m. NY)

France reported on Sunday 19,952 new cases in 24 hours, a low number compared to previous days, though weekend reporting is often incomplete. This comes against a background of tighter restrictions in several parts of the country, such as local lockdowns over the weekends, due to the spread of variants, and as the government is reluctant to impose a third nationwide confinement.

South Africa Eases Curbs (1:49 p.m. NY)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa eased restrictions as the rate of new infections dropped, scrapping most limits on alcohol sales, shortening a nighttime curfew and permitting larger public gatherings.

The move to virus alert level 1, from level 3, comes a year after the first Covid-19 case was detected in the country, and will remove most remaining shackles on the struggling economy, Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation on Sunday.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in South Africa has dropped to less than 1,500, from a peak of about 22,000 in early January.

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U.K. Detects Cases of Brazil Variant (12:34 p.m. NY)

Six cases of a Brazilian coronavirus variant have been detected in the U.K., Public Health England said, warning the mutation may be more resistant to vaccines.

Two cases in England are from the same household in Gloucestershire with a history of travel to Brazil, while a third is unlinked, PHE said on Sunday in an emailed statement. Another three have been detected in Scotland, it said.

Norway Tightens Curbs on Capital (12:26 a.m. NY)

Norwegian capital Oslo will close restaurants and shops from Monday to curb an acceleration of new cases caused by virus strains, especially the one first found in the U.K. Exceptions will be allowed for pharmacies, groceries and take-away meals.

Norway has fared better during the pandemic than many other countries, including its neighbor Sweden. Still, cases in the capital have increased by about 50% in four days following a recent winter school break. The restrictions will be in place until March 15.

Germany to Revise Astra Guidance for Elderly (12:14 p.m. NY)

Germany’s STIKO health authority will soon reconsider its decision not to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over 65. “There will be a new updated recommendation very soon,” head of STIKO Thomas Mertens told ZDF television late on Saturday. Last month, Germany decided to keep it’s recommendation for the vaccine to only be administered to people aged 18-64, saying there was no sufficient data for effectiveness for 65 and above.

Cuomo’s Powers Should Be Curbed, De Blasio Says (11:50 a.m. NY)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Governor Mario Cuomo should be stripped of his emergency powers, following accusations of sexual harassment and improper counting of deaths at nursing homes. The mayor said New York’s legislature “must immediately revoke the Governor’s emergency powers that overrule local control.”

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“Questions of this magnitude cannot hang over the heads of New Yorkers as we fight off a pandemic and economic crisis,” de Blasio said in a statement Sunday. “It’s clear what must now take place.”

The two Democrats have become political adversaries, sparring frequently over decisions during the pandemic. At the start of the outbreak in New York, Cuomo said de Blasio did not have the authority to declare city schools shut for the academic year.

Senegal Gets First Vaccines (11:56 a.m. NY)

Senegal will take delivery of its first tranche of 324,000 doses of vaccines offered under the Covax initiative on March 3, Mamadou Ndiaye, spokesperson for the nation’s Ministry of Health, said today by phone.

Ghana last week became the first country to receive the vaccines through the World Health Organization-backed program, which aims to provide at least 2 billion doses to lower-income countries.

Italy Tightens Restrictions (11:28 a.m. NY)

Italy will tighten curbs in Milan, Turin and other areas starting Monday to counter an acceleration of the virus caused by new variants, particularly the strain first found in the U.K. People in designated medium-risk and high-risk areas, known as orange and red zones, will be barred from leaving their city or town except for work or emergency reasons. Some areas will also close schools.

The country reported 17,455 new cases on Sunday and 192 daily deaths versus 280 the day before.

South Dakota Governor Defends Covid Policy (11:18 a.m. NY)

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem defended her decision not to require business closures or other health measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in her state. South Dakota has had one of worst rates for Covid-19 deaths and infections in the country, though the virus is now on the retreat.

“We allowed people to make decisions for themselves,” the Republican governor said in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” She said that keeping children in school and making sure people can work and “pay their bills” are among her top priorities.

U.S. Vaccines on Track After Storms (10 a.m. NY)

The U.S. set records over the last two days for vaccinations, the drive now recovered after extreme winter weather paralyzed parts of the nation, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. On Saturday, 2.4 million doses were administered, and on Friday, 2.2 million. Before the storms, doses peaked at 2 million a day on Feb. 12 and 13, the tracker shows.

In total, 72.8 million doses have been given in the U.S., with an average over the last week at 1.65 million a day.

Czechs Eager for Russian Shots (9:20 a.m. NY)

The Czech Republic won’t wait for the European Union regulator’s approval to use a Russian coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

The country has taken “concrete steps” to purchase the Sputnik V vaccine and will use it if Czech health authorities approve, Babis said on Sunday in a weekly debate show on Prima TV. Local drug authorities’ assessment of the safety of the vaccine “would be sufficient” to use the shots, he said.

Heathrow Imposes Pandemic Charges (8:43 a.m. NY)

London’s Heathrow airport will charge departing passengers an extra 8.90 pounds ($12.40) in an effort to claw back costs as the coronavirus crisis depresses air travel.

Heathrow has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic since it relies on long-haul markets that have been all-but wiped out. The airport last week posted a 2 billion-pound loss for 2020 after passenger numbers tumbled 73%, a decline it says has left it unable to cover the costs of providing some services.

U.S. Deaths, Cases Decline (8 a.m. NY)

Reported U.S. cases declined on Saturday to 68,049, a daily total that’s little changed from the previous seven-day average, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.

The U.S. added 1,536 deaths, the fewest since Monday, according to the data.

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Andrew Cuomo's Sexual Harassment Bill Lowered Bar for Complaints, Eliminated 'Severe' Requirement .
The Democratic New York governor has been accused of sexually harassing three women—including two of his former employees. On February 24, Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to Cuomo, detailed sexual harassment allegations against the governor that included unwanted sexual advances such as a forceable kiss and an invitation to play strip poker. In a blog post, Boylan said that Cuomo had "created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected.

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