US Pfizer announces 500M more vaccines to lower-income countries; California has lowest virus transmission in US: COVID-19 updates
Fact check: Indiana doctor spreads false information about COVID-19 vaccines
While no vaccine offers bulletproof protection, the coronavirus vaccines have proved to be effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Breakthrough infections are possible, but they make up a small portion of total coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Public health data shows the bulk of COVID-19 cases are among unvaccinated individuals. Fact check: 6 of the most persistent misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines Social media platforms have removed versions of the video for violating rules against coronavirus misinformation. But as of Aug.
California is now the state with the lowest transmission of COVID-19 in the country, according to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is the only state in the country reporting transmission levels considered "substantial" by the CDC, along with the territory Puerto Rico. All other states currently have "high" levels of transmission." High transmission consists of 100 or more cases per 100,000 people in the last week.
California's rate is 94 cases per 100,000. By comparison, Texas is 386 and Florida is 296. Despite the state's overall transmission rating, the majority of California's counties are experiencing high transmission.
California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.
Tuesday is decision day in California and voters in the Golden State will decide whether they will keep Gov. Gavin Newsom or remove him from office.It's been a winding path to get here, but polls show the Democrat is likely to keep his job leading a state that is known nationally as a liberal trendsetter.
About 70% of eligible Californians — those ages 12 and up — are fully vaccinated, according to state data. That's compared to the national average of about 64%.
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US deaths in September outpacing previous months; U.N. General Assembly relying on vaccine honor system ahead of meeting: COVID-19 updates
The United States is on track to exceed the total number of COVID deaths in July and August combined within a matter of days. Live updates.Through Saturday, the country reported 32,526 deaths in September, compared to 27,612 in all of August. With deaths averaging nearly 2,000 per day, the U.S. is on track to exceed the total deaths of July and August combined within a matter of days, a USA TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
Pfizer announces 500M more vaccines to lower-income countries
Pfizer and BioNTech will offer another 500 million doses of its vaccine to lower-income countries, expanding its efforts in these vaccine-limited areas to a total of 1 billion doses.
The additional vaccines are part of an agreement with the U.S. government to supply doses to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and 55 member states of the African Union, areas that don’t have widespread access to COVID-19 vaccines. The company says these vaccines are being supplied to the government to be donated at a not-for-profit price.
Deliveries of the vaccine to these areas started in August and the total 1 billion doses are expected to be delivered to these areas by September 2022, the company said, adding the first doses as part of this program arrived in Rwanda on Aug. 18. Since that time, more than 30 million had been shipped to 22 countries.
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Art installation in nation's capital commemorates COVID deaths
An installation of more than 660,000 white flags on the National Mall was on display, beginning this weekend, to represent lives lost during the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.
MLB to require vaccinations for players to participate in Arizona Fall League
Major League Baseball is requiring players to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in the Arizona Fall League, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. It marks the first instance of an MLB vaccination mandate directly affecting players. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Last week, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported that MLB was mandating vaccinations among non-playing team personnel in order for those individuals to be granted access to the field during postseason play.
The temporary art installation, called "In America: Remember," was created by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. It will be available to view for two weeks. Many of the flags include personal tributes to people who have died.
There have been more than 678,000 COVID-19 deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Shortage of monoclonal antibody drugs hits states
A shortage of monoclonal antibody drugs, used to fight infection and shown to reduce hospitalization and deaths if administered early, is impacting states amid rising cases of unvaccinated people.
In Tennessee, the state government is nowto monoclonal antibody treatment to preserve the limited supply for non-vaccinated patients.
Hawaii's health centers are receiving just half of the amount of monoclonal antibody treatments they are requesting to treat patients. The weekly supply for the state has been capped at 680 treatments by the federal government.
'Worried about her fertility': Unvaccinated bride-to-be dies
The family of an unvaccinated Kentucky woman who died from COVID-19 just days after she was supposed to get married is sharing her story in the hopes of encouraging others to get vaccinated.
Report: Buccaneers' Antonio Brown positive for COVID-19, unlikely to play at Rams
Brown is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning he can return to team activities if he stays asymptomatic and produces two negative virus tests 24 hours apart. Nevertheless, Arians added he's preparing as if both Brown and Minter won't be available against the Rams. Brown leads Tampa Bay with 23.0 yards per catch on six receptions and is second on the team with 138 receiving yards this season. He caught one touchdown over the first two games of the campaign, both Tampa Bay wins. The Rams are also 2-0 on the campaign. Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.
Samantha Wendell, a 29-year-old surgical technician in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, became engaged to her longtime boyfriend in 2019, her family has told national media outlets. She spent much of the late summer in the hospital and ended up on a ventilator, according to family. Her funeral was held at that same church days after her Sept. 10 death.
"She was worried about her fertility," a cousin wrote in a Facebook group for COVID-19 survivors and loved ones of those who've died from the virus. "Misinformation killed her."
-Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal
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Fact check: Chet Hanks video makes false claim about vaccine safety and UFOs .
A viral video by Chet Hanks contains misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine safety and UFOs. Abundant evidence shows vaccines are safe and effective.Hanks, whose parents were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, recently took to Instagram to share his controversial stance on vaccinations.