Florida wins freeze on mask mandate; Kid Vaccine Eyed: virus update
(Bloomberg) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis can impose a ban on school mask warrants for now, a court has ruled. Earlier today, President Joe Biden berated Republican leaders for fighting face cover rules and other Covid-19 precautions in schools.
Vaccines for young children will be reviewed as soon as possible, U.S. regulators said on Friday, concerned about the infection risks children face. Senior health officials believe the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE shot could be approved for the 5-11 age group next month, Reuters reported.
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that unvaccinated people are significantly more likely to contract Covid-19, be hospitalized and die.
In the UK, preparations are starting for a ‘mix and match’ coronavirus vaccine program as a booster vaccine, the Financial Times reported, citing senior government officials. In Africa, the proliferation of Covid-19 variants could lead to vaccine-escaping mutations that complicate attempts to end the pandemic, a group of scientists have said.
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Shot for Kids May 5-11 will be deleted next month (5:15 p.m. NY)
Senior U.S. health officials believe the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BionTech SE could be approved for children ages 5 to 11 by the end of October, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter.
This timeline is based on the expectation that Pfizer will have enough clinical trial data to seek emergency use clearance from regulators by the end of September. The Food and Drug Administration could make a decision within three weeks of the EUA’s submission, Reuters said.
Kentucky, Pa., US leader in new cases (2:55 p.m. NY)
Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio led US states in new cases in the week ending Wednesday, even as the nationwide increase slowed, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared to the previous seven-day period, Covid-19 deaths have more than quadruple in Kentucky, nearly quadrupled in New Mexico and more than doubled in Connecticut.
The number of intensive care unit beds with Covid patients increased the most in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota in the week through Tuesday, followed by West Virginia, North Dakota and Kentucky, according to a CDC update released Friday.
Governor Andy Beshear has called in 310 other members of the Kentucky National Guard to help with non-clinical duties in hospitals, in addition to the more than 100 already deployed. “It shows that every hospital is packed, that they are in desperate need of help and that we are a state full of people more desperately ill than we have ever seen,” he said Thursday.
Florida’s ban on school masks is back (2:45 p.m. NY)
A Florida appeals court said Friday that Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask warrants can be enforced for now, even after a trial judge ruled in favor of parents who had challenged the governor.
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It’s the latest twist in a saga over and over again with the ban. Leon County Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper ruled in favor of the parents who challenged the ban; the state appealed, triggering an automatic suspension; and on Wednesday, the circuit court judge overturned the automatic suspension. Now the pendulum has swung again.
North Macedonian Health Minister resigns (2:20 p.m. NY)
North Macedonian Health Minister Venko Filipche tendered his resignation after a fire at a Covid hospital killed 14 people in the town of Tetovo. “As a doctor and a minister, I have integrity, which is why today I am submitting my resignation for moral reasons”, declared Filipche.
NYC School Chorus, Band Must Get Shots (13:55 NY)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a radio interview with WNYC on Friday, said a blanket vaccination mandate for public school students recently announced by Los Angeles was “not on the table. “. He said, however, that extracurricular activities considered to be at high risk for the spread of Covid would require vaccines for students 12 and older. Activities include choir, musical theater, dancing, marching band and marching band, cheerleading. De Blasio said 66% of eligible children are vaccinated in the city.
CDC study strengthens vaccine (12:30 p.m. NY)
A CDC study due for release Friday finds that unvaccinated people are significantly more likely to contract Covid-19, be hospitalized and die, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a briefing Friday. She called the results “further proof of the power of vaccination.”
Unvaccinated people have about 4.5 times the risk of contracting Covid, more than 10 times the risk of being hospitalized and 11 times the risk of death, she said. The study was conducted in the spring and summer when the delta spread to the United States and followed more than 600,000 cases of Covid by vaccine status.
“Vaccination works,” Walensky said. “The bottom line is this: we have the scientific tools we need to turn around this pandemic. “
Welsh Cabinet to discuss passports (11:26 a.m. NY)
Passports for vaccines will be discussed by the Welsh government cabinet next week, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said. Speaking at a press conference, Drakeford said there were not only practical and ethical issues, but legal considerations as well. there was a different case for volunteer executives, especially those vulnerable to promoting the spread of Covid.
FDA Wishes Quick Review (11:00 a.m. NY)
Covid-19 vaccines for young children will be verified as soon as possible once drugmakers apply for clearance for them, U.S. regulators have said, promising a swift review amid concerns about the infection risks to which children face.
Currently, Americans 12 and older are eligible to receive a vaccine. But the recent rise in infections fueled by the delta variant and the start of a new school year have increased calls for immunizations among young children.
Biden targets GOP governors (10:59 a.m. NY)
President Joe Biden has lambasted Republican governors for fighting mask warrants and other Covid-19 precautions in schools, accusing them of putting children at risk.
“I am so disappointed that some Republican governors in particular were so cavalier with the health of these children,” Biden said Friday at a college in Washington, DC. “So much for the health of their communities. We’re playing for real here. It is not a game.
Republican governors including Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas have tried to ban schools in their states from requiring masks, calling it a personal decision for parents. The president said science and public opinion were on his side, noting polls that show strong support for mask mandates in schools.
Kentucky Mask Mandate Blocked (10:30 a.m. NY)
The Kentucky Republican-controlled House and Senate held veto override votes that prevented Democratic Governor Andy Beshear from issuing statewide mask warrants, transferring that power to local government units, such as school boards.
The votes Thursday night capped a three-day special session that Beshear called to prosecute dozens of pandemic-related executive orders and regulations that require legislative reauthorization.
House and Senate leaders voted to renew about 60 of Beshear’s shares. But they also revoked his ability to issue statewide masking warrants after the governor ordered masks in schools.
England-India cricket match canceled (10:15 a.m. NY)
The fifth and final cricket try-out match between England and India has been called off because Indian players were concerned about the potential for the virus to circulate within the squad, according to statements by the teams’ national governing bodies.
The head coach tested positive last weekend and an assistant coach tested positive yesterday, while the Indian players were found to be safe from Covid by Public Health England. The Indian team and support staff have been in England since June.
Travel tests are a lottery: UK Watchdog (7:42 a.m. NY)
The Covid travel testing market is a ‘lottery’ that risks becoming a ‘race to the bottom’ that increased competition alone will not resolve, the UK antitrust watchdog has warned.
The Autorité de la concurrence et des Marchés has investigated companies offering polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for travel after concerns that the market was riddled with high prices, poor service and lack of deliver results on time, or in some cases not at all.
Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States at 13.2% (7:30 a.m. NY)
More than 13% of hospital beds in U.S. hospitals were occupied by Covid-19 patients on September 9, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The hospitalization rate remained unchanged at 13.2% from the previous day and hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients stood at 101,904.
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