A woman will be vaccinated on June 22, 2021 at the Mbekweni Community Hall in Paarl. (Photo: Gallo Images / ER Lombard)
South Africa registered 17,493 new Covid-19 cases for a cumulative total of 1,861,065. Another 166 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 59,258 deaths. A total of 2,312,873 people were vaccinated.
An estimated 20 million people in the United States are likely to have contracted Covid-19 by mid-July 2020, around 17 million more than previously assumed, a new study found. More than 1,200 cases of Inflammation of the heart have been reported in people receiving messenger RNA vaccines.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration is preparing to allow Brits fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel to more than 150 countries without being quarantined on their return later this summer. Switzerland is reopening its borders to vaccinated tourists from overseas, including those from the USA.
In Sydney, about a million people prevented from leaving the city as Australia attempts to control a Delta variant outbreak. Japan has exceeded his goal of administering one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in a single day before the Tokyo Olympics and general election.
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South African falls rise to third wave high
Daily Covid-19 infections in South Africa rose to 17,493, the highest number recorded during the third virus resurgence in the country.
The number of infections the National Institute for Communicable Diseases announced on Wednesday is the highest since Jan. 14. Of those tested, 24.9% were positive for Covid-19 and 62% of the new infections took place in Gauteng, said the NICD.
CDC says heart problems are the 1,200 most common cases
More than 1,200 cases of Inflammation of the heart were reported in people who received messenger RNA Covid-19 vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The numbers were released at a Wednesday meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which is weighing the cardiac risks posed by the vaccines. The meeting is expected to be broad, with discussions on heart infections, booster shots, and the use of mRNA vaccines in adolescents.
NYC offers free vaccines for the home
New York City will begin offering free home vaccinations to anyone who wants one, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The city, facing full vaccination rates of 27% for Black residents and 35% for Hispanics, has tried education and free giveaways as incentives to increase vaccinations among these groups with limited success. According to statistics from the city’s health department, white residents were fully vaccinated at a rate of 43%, highlighting the inequality.
“We will continue to innovate to incentivize people,” said de Blasio in a briefing on Wednesday. The program will expand a home campaign that has so far delivered 15,000 recordings to people where they live. The city will expand the program to include home deliveries to anyone filling out a form on the city’s website. nyc.gov/homevaccine.
Study: US cases likely to be millions higher
An estimated 20 million people in the United States are likely to have contracted Covid-19 by mid-July 2020, around 17 million more than previously assumed, according to a new one study by scientists from the National Institutes of Health, published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine. The data suggests that there were nearly five undiagnosed cases for every diagnosed case during that period.
While the researchers said the results concern the prevalence of asymptomatic coronavirus infections, they likely reflect one too defect the Covid-19 diagnostic test infrastructure.
The results were based on blood samples from approximately 8,000 volunteers who were tested for coronavirus antibodies. Some of the positivity rates were in people of color, especially black people; Residents of the Central Atlantic and Northeast States; Adults aged 18 to 44 years; People who live in cities; and women, the study found.
Seychelles to rate shots
Seychelles, which has vaccinated a larger portion of its population than any other country, said they were not sure how effective the vaccinations they were giving and needed to determine if booster packs were needed.
“We don’t yet know the validity of these vaccines. As soon as that is clear, we will look at the additional booster vaccinations that we have to offer, ”Sylvestre Radegonde, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, told the Qatar Economic Forum on Wednesday.
Swiss reopen borders
Switzerland is reopening its borders to vaccinated tourists from overseas, including those from the USA. The move is one of several measures announced by the government as infections decline and the vaccination campaign advances. Discos will be allowed to reopen on June 26th, while the requirements for wearing masks and working from home will be relaxed.
Rich nations “caused vaccine picking”
Strive Masiyiwa, the telecommunications billionaire tasked with helping the African Union secure vaccines, said the shortage of doses on the continent was a result of conscious action from the richest nations in the world.
While the US has 45% of its population fully vaccinated, the UK 47% and the European Union 29%, 61.4 million doses have been given to 1.1 billion people in Africa. Only 1.1% of the population are fully vaccinated.
“Those who have the resources have moved to the top of the queue and taken control of their production facilities,” Masiyiwa said at a virtual summit on vaccine equality and fair distribution.
Delta variant on the advance in Amsterdam
The Delta variant was found in more than 40% of positive coronavirus tests in Amsterdam, the Dutch news agency ANP reported, citing an official from the city’s public health institute. The number refers to around 100 test samples that the institute examined in the week before June 20. In a sample from the previous week, the delta variant only made up 7%.
Japan discontinues vaccination applications in the workplace
Just a few weeks after the applications opened, Japan will suspend new applications for its workplace vaccination program on Friday as demand threatens to exceed supply of Moderna shots, Vaccine Minister Taro Kono said. Kono said vaccines from workplaces and universities will gobble up more than 33 million doses, while mass vaccination campaigns by local governments would add another 12 million. DM
– With support from Andrew Janes, Andreo Calonzo, Jerrold Colten, Emma Court and Henry Goldman.