US Pfizer announces 500M more vaccines to lower-income countries; California has lowest virus transmission in US: COVID-19 updates
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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.
Conservative radio host who opposed vaccines, pandemic precautions dies of COVID-19
A conservative radio host in Colorado who opposed coronavirus vaccines, face masks and other pandemic precautions has died from COVID-19. Your browser does not support this video Bob Enyart's death was confirmed by his "Real Science Radio" co-host Fred Williams on social media earlier this week. “It comes with an extremely heavy heart that my close friend and co-host of Real Science Radio has lost his battle with Covid,” Williams shared on Facebook. “Bob Enyart was one of the smartest, and without question, the wisest person I’ve known.” Start the day smarter.
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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Anti-Trump Republican group targets Texas governor with ad showing wall of COVID victim coffins
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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.
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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.
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Health care workers, teachers and grocery workers are among the high-risk workers eligible for a Pfizer booster. The latest COVID-19 updates:Individuals 18 and up who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 were also included in the authorization, which only covers those who are at least six months out from their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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."
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