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World Mexico Deaths Top India; S. Africa Strain in U.S.: Virus Update

05:25  29 january  2021
05:25  29 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

'Pharmacy of the World will deliver': India begins COVID-19 vaccine exports

  'Pharmacy of the World will deliver': India begins COVID-19 vaccine exports India has begun exporting COVID-19 vaccines to neighboring countries with the first batches being shipped Wednesday to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Seychelles. “First consignment takes off for Bhutan!” was the first of a flurry of tweets from the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, as he posted pictures of batches leaving and arriving at different destinations, “Indian vaccines reach Maldives, reflects our special friendship.

(Bloomberg) -- Mexico overtook India as the country with the third-highest number of fatalities after the U.S. and Brazil. The coronavirus variant identified in South Africa reached the U.S. with two cases diagnosed in South Carolina, the state reported. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said the virus will be with us forever.

A new vaccine from Novavax Inc. was effective in big trials in the U.K. and South Africa, but its efficacy appeared to be reduced in South Africa where the mutation is prevalent. The European Union is poised to tighten rules on the export of vaccines, risking a major escalation in the global battle to secure access. Germany cast doubt on the effectiveness of AstraZeneca Plc’s shot for the elderly.

The Coronavirus Variants Are Here. Can the Vaccines Keep Up?

  The Coronavirus Variants Are Here. Can the Vaccines Keep Up? As vaccine rollouts ramp up—or in some cases, stumble ahead—in countries across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 strain has rolled out some new features of its own, primarily in the form of rapid genetic mutations. Some evidence indicates variants of recent months have made the virus more infectious, or in one case, possibly more deadly. Virus variants are inevitable and often benign. The new coronavirus has likely mutated countless times without attracting the attention of epidemiologists. But new strains identified in the U.K., South Africa, Brazil, and California have given some infectious disease experts pause.

President Joe Biden moved to make it easier for Americans to buy health insurance during the pandemic by reopening the federal Obamacare marketplace. Singapore said it will give financial aid to citizens who suffer a severe reaction to a Covid vaccine.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases exceed 101.2 million; deaths pass 2.1 millionVaccine Tracker: More than 82.5 million shots given worldwideCovid-19 rebounds in Alabama after Crimson Tide street partyPandemic added $19.5 trillion to global debtEU poised to tighten rules on the export of Covid-19 vaccinesBiden’s new CDC director takes over institution in crisis$44 million vaccine system from CDC gets few users among statesHow vaccine nationalism flares over scarce supplies: QuickTake

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New Zealand Mulls Extra Isolation After Quarantined Visitors Test Positive (10:24 a.m. HK)

New Zealand is mulling tighter restrictions on international arrivals after three people tested positive for Covid-19 despite completing a mandatory quarantine without showing signs of the virus. People may have to self isolate even after finishing two weeks in a government-managed quarantine facility, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said. People may also be required to have another Covid test, meaning some could face as many as five tests in less than a month.

Authorities don’t know how the three cases were infected but said they are linked, suggesting they may have contracted the virus while in the hotel.

Singapore Offers Aid to Those With Severe Vaccine Reaction (10:10 a.m. HK)

Singapore will grant financial assistance to people who suffer serious side effects related to the Covid-19 vaccine in a bid to boost confidence among those being inoculated. People with a reaction that require hospitalization or intensive care would receive up S$10,000 ($7,517), or S$225,000 in the case of death or permanent severe disability.

Mexican Hand Sanitizers Placed on Import Alert by FDA

  Mexican Hand Sanitizers Placed on Import Alert by FDA "Alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico offered for import are subject to heightened FDA scrutiny, and FDA staff may detain the shipment," the agency stated.The agency states that 84 percent of hand sanitizers imported from Mexico are not in compliance with FDA regulations, and that they were found to contain toxic ingredients that include methanol and/or 1-propanol at unacceptable levels. FDA analyzed the samples from April through December in 2020.

More than 113,000 people have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as of Jan. 27, the city-state’s health ministry said. Over 50 individuals have received the second dose.

Mexico Deaths From Covid Surpass India’s (9:05 a.m. HK)

Mexico’s Covid-19 deaths surpassed those in India, making it the country with the third-highest number of fatalities worldwide, as officials struggle to contain a pandemic that’s taking an increasingly grim toll. The Health Ministry reported the number of deaths rose 1,506 to 155,145 on Thursday night. Total cases reached 1,825,519.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who himself is currently battling the respiratory illness, has resisted mandatory lockdowns seen in other countries and has avoided widespread direct stimulus to ease the virus’s economic impact. AMLO, as the president is known, is recovering well and only needs some more days of isolation and rest, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said at a press conference.

Hollywood Unions Say Productions Can Restart Feb. 1 (9:02 a.m. HK)

Two Hollywood labor unions said productions can safely resume from Feb. 1, after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County forced filmmakers to take an extended hiatus. The unions recommended in December that filmmakers halt work, and most studios, including Walt Disney Co. and WarnerMedia, voluntarily extended holiday filming breaks on concern that returning to sets was too risky. Southern California saw a surge in Covid cases late last year and filming slumped to an all-time low in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the U.S.

'It isn't just men who drive tractors': Women help lead India's historic farm protests

  'It isn't just men who drive tractors': Women help lead India's historic farm protests The presence of women in India's biggest mass movement in years reflects profound opposition to a slate of agriculture reforms.She and her husband had come 60 miles from their farm in northern India to the gates of New Delhi, where hundreds of thousands of farmers have camped out for two months in bone-chilling cold in one of the biggest protests in the country’s history.

Brazil Study Finds Patients With Two Variants: Reuters (8:44 a.m. HK)

Researchers in southern Brazil said they found two patients infected with different strains of the new coronavirus at the same time, Reuters reported. The patients, both in their 30s, had mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization. The cases raise concern among scientists that co-existence of two strains in the same body could speed up mutations of the virus. The study, posted on medical website medRxiv, has not been published in a scientific journal or been peer reviewed, Reuters said.

New York City Government Workers to Return to Office in May (8 a.m. HK)

New York City will ask government workers to return to their offices in May after working remotely since the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the city last Spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his annual “State of the City” address. He pledged to vaccinate 5 million New Yorkers by the end of June.

London’s Oxford Street Faces ‘Boarded Up’ Future (8 a.m. HK)

At least a fifth of Oxford Street, London’s main shopping thoroughfare, will be “boarded up with no hope of recovery” and more than 50,000 retail and hospitality jobs lost when the latest lockdown ends, according to The New West End Company, which represents hundreds of businesses in the city’s premier shopping and entertainment area. The group said 57 of 264 stores on Oxford Street are already permanently closed and more than 50,000 jobs will be lost in the West End area by March if action is not taken soon.

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J&J Vaccine Supply to Start at 2 Million Doses (7:52 a.m. HK)

Johnson & Johnson initially will deliver about 2 million doses of its one-shot Covid-19 vaccine when it receives emergency-use authorization in the U.S., according to a Government Accountability Office report. A spokesman for J&J said in an email that the company expects to supply 100 million doses to the U.S. government in the first half of the year. J&J should report clinical-trial data on the experimental shot’s efficacy by early next week, Chief Financial Officer Joseph Wolk said on Jan. 26.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Says Covid Will Last Forever (7:46 a.m. HK)

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed social distancing measures just as his country recorded more than 9 million cases of Covid-19, suggesting that people will need to learn how to live with the virus. “This issue of Covid will continue for life,” he said in a weekly live webcast. He said efforts to reimpose restrictive measures will “lead nowhere.”

Brazil is struggling to import or make enough vaccines to protect its 210 million population, with fewer than 1.5 million doses administered so far.

Vietnam Reports 9 New Cases as Virus Returns (7:37 a.m. HK)

Vietnam’s health ministry confirmed nine more local virus cases in five northern provinces and cities, raising the nation’s total infections to 1,651. The country reported an outbreak in two northern provinces on Thursday, its first local transmissions in 3 months, causing the biggest one-day slump in the nation’s stock market since 2001.

India’s coronavirus puzzle: Why case numbers are plummeting

  India’s coronavirus puzzle: Why case numbers are plummeting Epidemiologists think the virus is finding it harder to spread amid widespread infections. Three months later, the situation is unrecognizable. The number of coronavirus patients at the hospital can be counted on one hand. Out of 200 ventilators, only two are in use. Hospitals treating covid-19 patients around the country report similar experiences. “It’s a big, big relief,” Jain said.

Kentucky Deaths Hit Record (5:23 p.m. NY)

Kentucky reached a record 69 new deaths, Governor Andy Beshear announced, even as he reported a continuing drop in new infections and hospitalizations from Covid-19. “Let’s remember how dangerous it is even if our cases are headed -- our trends are headed -- in the right direction,” he said in a video briefing. Total fatalities are 3,611, he said.

N.Y. May Have Undercounted Nursing-Home Deaths (4:54 p.m. NY)

New York state may have had twice as many coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes than the official count of more than 8,700 reflects, state Attorney General Letitia James said.

The Attorney General’s Office released a report Thursday saying the state Health Department erred in counting Covid-19 fatalities and detailed a lack of compliance with infection-control policies at many nursing homes.

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Healthcare workers transport a patient from an ambulance in New York City. on Jan. 4.

Photographer: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Howard Zucker, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner, said in a release late Thursday afternoon that New York’s data has always been clear. Any suggestion of an undercount, he said, is “factually wrong.”

Novavax Shot More Effective in U.K. Than in South Africa (4:09 p.m. NY)

A new Covid-19 vaccine from Novavax Inc. was effective in big trials in both the U.K. and South Africa, but the effectiveness appeared to be reduced in South Africa where a worrisome mutation is prevalent.

The results indicated that a another highly potent vaccine could soon be available to help ameliorate the pandemic, in addition to existing vaccines from Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc., and AstraZeneca Plc that are authorized in various countries. But the South Africa results also suggested that the virus is starting to mutate in ways that could make vaccines less effective over time.

The Indian government and its supporters are attacking Western celebrities for supporting the farmers' protests

  The Indian government and its supporters are attacking Western celebrities for supporting the farmers' protests Indian farmers are protesting against the government's proposed agricultural reforms, which they say will make them poorer.In late November 2020, some 300,000 farmers marched on New Delhi and set up camp to protest a planned reform of agriculture laws that they say will see them lose their income.

California Records Second-Deadliest Day (3:33 p.m. NY)

California reported 737 daily coronavirus deaths, its second-highest tally, in a bleak reflection of the surge in cases over recent months that’s now starting to ebb. The most-populous state’s fatalities now stand at 38,961, behind only New York in the U.S.

a person standing in a room: A California Hospital Covid-19 ICU As State Eases Restrictions © Bloomberg A California Hospital Covid-19 ICU As State Eases Restrictions

Healthcare workers at the Covid-19 ICU of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in Salinas, California, on Jan. 26.

Photographer: Nic Coury/Bloomberg

Still, California’s outbreak has shown marked improvement, leading Governor Gavin Newsom to lift regional lockdowns earlier this week. There were 16,696 new cases reported Thursday, below the 14-day average of about 26,400, according to state health-department data. Hospitalizations fell 3.3% from the previous day and are down 25% from a peak three weeks ago.

France Cases Steady as Lockdown Threatened (2:57 p.m. NY)

France confirmed 23,770 new cases and recorded 348 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours. The French government is considering another lockdown as new variants of the virus are becoming more common.

Still, the number of deaths and new cases on Thursday is similar to the increases recorded Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of new cases rose slightly on Thursday to 20,381 from 20,249.

Czechs Tighten Social Distancing Rules (2:55 p.m. NY)

The Czech government further tightened social-distancing measures as the country struggles to stem one of the worst outbreaks in Europe.

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People in vehicles wait in line for a rapid Covid-19 test near the Czech-Germany border in Pomezi nad Ohri, Czech Republic, on Jan. 25.

Photographer: Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images Europe

Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s cabinet imposed stricter rules for hotels, allowing them to accept only business travelers without family members, and also completely banned operations of ski lifts as mountain regions are registering the fastest increases in infections, Interior Minister Jan Hamacektold reporters. He urged people to limit family visits.

Variant Fueled Record Infections in Africa, WHO Says (2:50 p.m. NY)

A variant of the coronavirus first identified in South Africa is driving record numbers of infections and deaths as it spreads across the region, the World Health Organization said. The mutated virus has been found in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and the French territory of Mayotte, and is probably circulating in other countries on the continent, said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa. Another fast-spreading mutant that surfaced in the U.K. has been detected in Nigeria and the Gambia.

Biden Reopens Obamacare (2:07 p.m. NY)

President Joe Biden moved to make it easier for Americans to buy health insurance during the pandemic, reopening the federal Obamacare marketplace with an order Thursday that’s a step toward reinvigorating a program his predecessor tried to eliminate.

The Obamacare executive order creates a special enrollment period for plans sold in the federal Healthcare.gov market from Feb. 15 to May 15, offering a path to health care for people who’ve found themselves without insurance coverage after losing their jobs.

EU Ramps Up Vaccine Battle (1 p.m. NY)

The European Union is poised to tighten rules on the export of Covid-19 vaccines, risking a major escalation in the global battle to secure access to the life-saving shots.

With EU governments under fire over the shortfall in deliveries from drugmakers including AstraZeneca Plc, the EU’s executive arm will on Friday require companies seeking to ship the inoculations outside the bloc to obtain prior authorization.

European Council President Charles Michel has raised the prospect of effectively seizing control of vaccine production if those measures fail to get the program back on track, a European official said.

South Africa Variant Identified in U.S. (12:08 p.m. NY)

South Carolina reported two cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa -- the first cases found in the U.S., the state’s health department reported. The department said the infected people had no known history of travel, and there was no connection between the two cases.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Infection said it has no evidence the variant causes more severe disease, but preliminary data suggest the variant may spread more easily.

Germany Recommends Astra Shot Only for People Under 65 (7:54 a.m. NY)

Germany’s immunization commission recommended that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine be authorized only for people between the ages of 18 and 64, saying there was insufficient information on the shot’s effectiveness for people over 65, according to a draft assessment by the country’s health ministry. While the panel’s recommendations aren’t legally binding, they’re the basis for Germany’s state and federal vaccination guidelines.

The recommendation came a day before the European Union’s drug regulator is expected to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine, which would be the third shot cleared for use in the bloc. The EU has struggled to scale up its vaccine program with the U.K. administering three times as many doses per capita as the most advanced country on the continent, Denmark.

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The Indian government and its supporters are attacking Western celebrities for supporting the farmers' protests .
Indian farmers are protesting against the government's proposed agricultural reforms, which they say will make them poorer.In late November 2020, some 300,000 farmers marched on New Delhi and set up camp to protest a planned reform of agriculture laws that they say will see them lose their income.

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