US to phase out third dose of Pfizer; Singapore case: virus update
(Bloomberg) – U.S. regulators are set to approve a third dose of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine for people 65 years of age and older. Anthony Fauci has said he expects mRNA vaccines to be given in three doses.
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Singapore has reported 1,457 cases of Covid-19 and is restricting hospital visits to preserve capacity in the face of rising infections. Myanmar has expanded vaccine eligibility to include people over 55.
US President Joe Biden has called on other countries to help dramatically expand production of vaccines and treatments to help end the pandemic. He said the United States would buy an additional 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to donate overseas.
Pregnant women who receive mRNA injections pass high levels of antibodies to their babies, according to a study. A vaccine developed by Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc. has been shown to be 79% effective against the delta strain, the first Chinese vaccine to offer clear efficacy data against the variant causing resurgent waves of infections around the world.
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FDA To Clear Third Dose Of Pfizer For Some (6:05 a.m. HK)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to authorize a third booster dose of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine imminently, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The expected emergency clearance will be for people 65 and over, those most susceptible to serious illnesses and people whose jobs put them at risk, the person said.
An announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, the person said.
UN says delegate tested positive (5:20 a.m. HK)
The United Nations said a delegate who was in the main hall of the General Assembly on Tuesday morning tested positive for Covid-19. Although the UN did not identify the country the delegate represented, heads of state speaking in the room at the time included Joe Biden of the United States and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.
Two members of Bolsonaro’s delegation – including the Brazilian Minister of Health – tested positive for Covid-19 in New York.
UN staff who may have been in contact with the infected person “will be informed individually and guided through the next steps,” spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement. New York officials had called on the UN to place stricter requirements on visiting delegates, but the organization did not require proof of vaccination to enter its buildings.
New York City Vaccination Mandate for Teachers Canceled (5:06 a.m. HK)
New York City’s requirement for teachers to be vaccinated was authorized by a state judge following a union legal challenge.
New York State Supreme Court Judge Laurence L. Love overturned a temporary restraining order that had prevented the vaccination warrant from being executed while the case was pending.
Fauci considers three-dose standard (3:55 p.m. NY)
Future administration of mRNA vaccines like Pfizer-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. will likely require three doses upfront, instead of two doses plus a booster, said Anthony Fauci.
If implemented as the top infectious disease expert predicted, the third shot would be part of the primary series, potentially altering the vaccine label and vaccine delivery schedule.
Mormons Make Masks Mandatory in Temples (2:20 p.m. NY)
Senior leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday ordered the mandatory use of face masks in its temples around the world and again called on members to be vaccinated, citing the story of the Mormon Church during past pandemics.
Biden Calls on Rich Nations to Step Up (1:15 p.m. NY)
President Joe Biden called on other countries to help dramatically expand production of coronavirus vaccines and treatments to end the Covid-19 pandemic at a virtual summit he hosted on Wednesday.
Biden said the United States will purchase an additional 500 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE for overseas donations, pushing the total US donation commitment above 1.1 billion of doses.
Summit participants include leaders from the UK, Canada, South Africa and Indonesia, private sector figures and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Biden led one of the four world immunization sessions, while Vice President Kamala Harris will lead another.
MTA to step up application of subway masks (1 p.m. NY)
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has said it will step up enforcement of its mask-wearing policy as new data shows compliance declines on subways, buses and commuter trains, WABC-TV reported.
Compliance was nearly universal at the start of the pandemic, but has fallen to around 87% on city subways, MTA security official Pat Warren said, according to the broadcaster.
Runners will receive a warning from MTA police to wear a mask, and if they don’t, they will be given a summons, Warren said.
Vaccinated pregnant women pass on protection (9 a.m. NY)
Pregnant women who receive mRNA vaccines pass high levels of antibodies to their babies, according to a study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology – Maternal Fetal Medicine.
The study – one of the first to measure antibody levels in umbilical cord blood to distinguish whether immunity is from infection or from vaccines – found that 36 newborns tested at birth all had antibodies to protect against Covid-19 after their mothers have been vaccinated by injection from Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE or Moderna Inc.
Romania Approves Boosters (8:36 a.m. NY)
Romania has approved recalls from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. for those who were fully vaccinated at least six months earlier, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday. Firing will begin on September 28.
The Eastern European nation, one of the least vaccinated states in the EU, recently saw more than 700,000 doses expire, even though it is in the midst of the biggest wave of cases and hospitalizations since December.
China Covid Shot effective against Delta (8:31 NY)
A vaccine developed by Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc. has prevented 79% of all severe cases caused by the delta variant in late stage trials, making it the first Chinese vaccine to offer clear efficacy data against the strain causing waves of resurgent infections. around the world.
Remdesivir Avoids Hospitalization in Study (8:30 a.m. NY)
Early treatment with remdesivir from Gilead Sciences Inc. has kept high-risk patients out of hospital in an advanced international trial that supports administration of the drug to people recovering at home.
A three-day course of the injectable antiviral, also known as Veklury, was associated with an 87% reduction in hospitalizations in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial involving 562 patients, Gilead said Wednesday. The data is expected to be released at a virtual medical meeting on September 29.
Malaysia Sets Travel Vaccination Threshold (8:10 a.m. NY)
Malaysia will resume interstate travel to help revive domestic tourism once 90% of the adult population is fully immunized, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement on Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after the country hit its goal of fully immunizing 80% of adults.
Moscow reopens as cases soar (7:43 a.m. NY)
Moscow has reopened Covid-19 services as new cases have increased by 24% over the past week, Ria Novosti reported on Wednesday, citing Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova. Hospitalizations have increased by 15%, she said. The spike comes after President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party claimed a resounding victory in parliamentary elections last weekend that opponents say was marred by widespread fraud.
Singapore restricts hospital visits (6:13 a.m. NY)
Singapore will limit visits to hospital wards for one month, among several measures put in place to preserve hospital capacity as cases increase, the health ministry said in a statement.
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