Fauci favors boosters for some; Florida mask fight: virus update
China has punished dozens of local officials for failing to stem a Covid-19 outbreak, with the country’s former health chief saying the idea of ”living with the virus” was unacceptable. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic.
BioNTech SE has raised its vaccine sales forecast for 2021 by 28% to 15.9 billion euros ($ 18.7 billion). Moderna Inc. will supply South Korea with less than half of the number of vaccine doses expected in August due to production issues.
A preliminary Israeli study showed that a booster dose of Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine caused similar or less severe side effects in most of those who received it than the second injection.
India Finds Benefits in Mixed Doses (7:18 a.m. NY)
The inadvertent mixing of a first dose of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covishield vaccine with a second dose of Covaxin – a vaccine made by an Indian drug maker – resulted in a higher antibody response in 18 people in a northern state of India against alpha, beta and delta variants, according to a recent study by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
India, which has only fully inoculated 8.2% of its population, recorded 35,499 cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the total to nearly 32 million. Deaths increased by 447 in one day to 428,309, according to data from the Department of Health.
BioNTech Boosts Vaccine Sales Forecast (7 a.m. NY)
BioNTech SE raised its forecast for this year’s Covid-19 vaccine sales to € 15.9 billion and said it was pushing forward plans to test its messenger RNA technology in cancer drugs.
BioNTech and its partner Pfizer Inc. have signed contracts to deliver some 2.2 billion doses of the two-shot vaccine this year and more than one billion doses in 2022 and beyond, the Mainz-based company said on Monday. , in Germany. BioNTech had predicted 12.4 billion euros in sales in 2021 for its only product on the market.
The Covid vaccine is fast becoming one of the best-selling drugs of all time, Pfizer said last month it could generate $ 33.5 billion in sales this year.
Deaths in Iran hit daily record (5:56 p.m. HK)
Iran’s Covid-19 deaths hit another overnight record at 588, a day after surpassing 500 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
The number of new cases also hit a new record for the second day in a row with 40,808 infections in the past 24 hours. Iran, the country worst affected by the pandemic in the Middle East, has recorded 94,603 deaths and nearly 4.2 million cases.
Tunisia gives 550,000 shots in one day (5:24 p.m. HK)
Tunisia said it vaccinated more than 551,000 people in a single day, stepping up its vaccination campaign in a country that has reported the highest number of deaths per capita in Africa. The authorities plan to vaccinate 50% of Tunisia’s population of 12 million people by the end of October.
Tokyo Watches Cases as the Olympics wrap up (3:58 p.m. HK)
A day after the city’s Olympics ended, Tokyo said it recorded 2,884 new cases, up from 4,066 yesterday and a seven-day average of 4,315. The numbers on Monday tend to be low as many clinics are closed on Sundays. Severe cases rose from 151 to 157 on Sunday, the Tokyo Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health said.
Israel May Lower Age of Boosters (3:22 p.m. HK)
The minimum age for a vaccine booster in Israel could be lowered to 50 as the country struggles to contain an increase in the number of new cases, Kan News reported, citing an interview with Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked.
Israel announced in late July that it would offer a booster to adults over 60, becoming the first country to widely roll out third doses. About a third of the target group received a booster injection, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday.
Separately, a preliminary study conducted by Israel’s largest health-maintenance organization found that most people who received a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster had similar or less side effects than after the second. dose.
Rapid tests miss 40% of cases in German study (3:10 p.m. HK)
Rapid antigen tests missed around four in 10 cases of Covid-19 detected by PCR tests in a German study, with results suggesting that rapid tests may be less accurate for viral variants. Rapid tests were most reliable for people with very large amounts of the virus, researchers from the universities of Heidelberg and Graz said.
Australia approves Moderna Jab (2:27 p.m. HK)
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved Moderna’s vaccine for use as the country struggles to contain an outbreak of the delta variant. Australia is expected to receive 10 million doses this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
Earlier Monday, authorities in the state of New South Wales locked down the inner city of Tamworth for a week as the virus spreads beyond major cities. Sydney is in its seventh week of confinement.
Moderna Jab Deficit in South Korea (2:03 p.m. HK)
Moderna will provide South Korea with less than half of the 8.5 million vaccines slated for August due to production issues, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said. South Korea will extend the mRNA vaccine inoculation interval between the first and second injection from four weeks to six weeks.
Italy Consider Fast-Track Jabs (1:52 p.m. HK)
Italy plans to create a fast lane for people aged between 12 and 19 to get a jab without a reservation, the country’s Covid emergency czar was cited by Il Corriere della Sera. Italy aims to achieve an 80% vaccination rate by September, the Italian daily reported.
Philippines sees increase in infections (1:45 p.m. HK)
Cases in the Philippines are expected to increase in the coming days, the health ministry said. Average infections in the capital over the past two weeks have more than doubled since mid-July, the delta variant has been detected in 13 of 17 regions and people of working age are experiencing the largest increase in infections.
China Punishes Local Officials (12:29 HK)
China has punished scores of officials for failing to stem a Covid-19 outbreak that has spawned nearly 900 symptomatic infections across the continent in less than a month, a resurgence that complicates Beijing’s strategy to keep the virus completely out.
The city of Yangzhou in eastern China has warned five officials for mismanaging mass testing. More than 30 officials nationwide, ranging from mayors and local health directors to heads of hospitals and airports, have been punished, according to the state-backed Global Times.
Cruise line authorized to require proof of vaccine (10:29 a.m. HK)
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said it won a preliminary injunction from a U.S. court that allows the company to require customers to show proof of Covid vaccination prior to boarding, overturning Florida’s ban on those documents. The first sailing is scheduled for August 15 on the Norwegian Gem from Miami.
Hong Kong relaxes entry rules for vaccinees (9:27 a.m. HK)
Hong Kong has started allowing vaccinated visitors from all but 10 places around the world to enter the city, easing some of the world’s toughest borders. Travelers from countries now considered “at medium risk” – which include the United States and Canada – can from Monday enter the city for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Thailand cases close to record (8:49 a.m. HK)
Thailand has reported 19,603 new cases and 149 deaths, nearing the record for daily infections of more than 20,000 on weekends. The total number of daily recoveries was 19,819, according to government data.
China to keep virus out, former health official says (8:10 a.m. HK)
China will strictly control its borders to prevent Covid-19 from gaining a foothold as the “living with the virus” approach is unacceptable, wrote Gao Qiang, the country’s former health chief and currently chief consultant to China Health Economics Association, in an opinion piece in the People’s Daily on August 7.
Australian leader’s popularity declines (7:40 a.m. HK)
Australians’ endorsement of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic, with voters growing weary of virus-induced lockdowns amid his government’s late vaccine rollout.
Support for Morrison’s handling of the crisis fell from 85% in April last year – when his Tory government imposed strict border controls that kept virus deaths below 1,000 – 48%, according to a Newspoll survey published in the Australian Journal on Monday.