Olympic Fans, Pfizer Eyes Boosters and more Coronavirus news
Olympic bars spectators, the Delta variant continues to spread, and Pfizer plans for boosters and third doses. Here’s what you need to know:
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The Tokyo Olympics stop spectators while other countries direct the return of personal events
Yesterday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that there will be no personal spectators The next Tokyo Olympics due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. A new state of emergency will take effect in Tokyo on Monday and will last until August 22nd. The news is a reversal of an announcement from a few weeks ago when the International Olympic Committee said a reduced number of local fans would be allowed to attend the Games in person. Vaccination rates in Japan remain low compared to other countries such as the US and Britain.
Meanwhile, as vaccinations continue to rise in other parts of the world, some countries are navigating the return of major personal events, though not without a few hiccups. Singapore has said it will allow larger gatherings for people who were fully vaccinated when more than half of its population received shots, later this month. In the US, concert venues are filling up One more time. And fans have gathered across England to watch the European Championship football tournament, though researchers think it could be tied with a sudden nail in cases.
The Delta variant causes an increase in cases in the US and worldwide
As of this week, the Delta variant is officially dominant strain of the coronavirus circulating in the US Until current vaccines are still effective against mutation, unvaccinated Americans are at considerable risk. Hospital admissions and new cases have increased, especially in parts of the country where vaccination rates have remained relatively low. More than 99 percent of Americans who died of the disease in June were unvaccinated. All of this is happening the way people are traveling more freely this summer, and other diseases broken by pandemic prevention measures are able to restore.
The Delta variant continues to cause problems worldwide, too. South Korea, where the virus was once thought to be largely under control, is increasing measures of social distancing in Seoul while facing what could be the worst wave the country has yet to see. And the World Health Organization said yesterday that Africa is experiencing his worst flood in cases, with increasing cases in more than 16 countries across the continent.
Drug manufacturers investigate drivers and third doses amid new research on vaccine efficacy
Pfizer recently announced that it intends to do so request emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration in August for a third dose of the vaccine to boost immunity, especially in the midst of increasing the Delta variant. The drugmaker said early data from its boost study show that antibody levels jump significantly after a third dose. That said, even if Pfizer is given FDA approval, it will be up to the public health authorities to determine if a booster is needed when many people have not received their initial doses. Pfizer and BioNTech are also developing an enhancing look that specifically targets the Delta variant.
Researchers are working hard to understand the new strain as well as what persistent mutations may mean for immunity. New research published this week found that fully vaccinated people are well protected from the Delta variant but that just taking one shot from both doses offers little protection, another reminder of how important it is to get the full course of vaccination.
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