Welcome to Tuesday’s Overnight Healthcare. The incentives given to persuade people to get vaccinated are becoming more and more constructive. Washington state just announced “Additions for jabs.” Get vaccinated at a weed dispensary, and you can get a free addition.
Today: Fauci warned over the spread of the coronavirus variant from India, the White House said the dose of unused J&J vaccine would be minimal, and a new study showed the vaccines led to major declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations and elderly deaths Hui.
We’ll start with a caveat on the variant:
COVID-19 variants: Fauci urges India to vaccinate against delta variants
White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight health care: Fauci urges vaccination to protect against Delta variant White House: ‘Small fraction’ of COVID-19 vaccine dose will remain unused Fauci urges India to vaccinate against COVID-19 variant spreading in US Fox host claims Fauci lied to Congress, seeks prosecution more It said on Tuesday that more than 6 per cent of the COVID-19 infections sequenced in the US trace back to the highly transmissible delta variant that was first detected in India.
The delta variant, known by the scientific name B.1.617.2, has spread to 60 countries, including the UK in India, where it has become the major strain making up more than 60 per cent of cases.
Fauci warned that the Delta variant is “essentially taking over the UK” because its transmittance “appears to be higher” than the Alpha strain, also known as b.1.1. Which was most prevalent in the country when it was first discovered. .
what does this mean: The alpha strain, which was originally found in the UK, became major stress in the US by April, which suggests Delta tensions could follow.
“We can’t let that happen in the United States,” Fauci said during a press briefing, calling on people to get vaccinated, including a second dose, to combat the spread of the variant.
Evidence for the second dose: Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said two doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech or AstraZeneca vaccine “appear to be effective” against the delta variant.
But three weeks after the first dose of vaccines, both were 33 percent effective against symptomatic infections from the delta strain.
Pfizer begins testing COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12
Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they will begin testing the effectiveness of their coronavirus vaccine in children under the age of 12.
According to Reuters, The companies will conduct a study among about 4,500 children at more than 90 clinical sites located in the United States, Poland, Spain and Finland. The study will also follow a specific dosing regimen for certain age groups.
The news outlet reported that the companies plan to offer a dose of 10 micrograms to children aged 5 to 11 years and 3 micrograms to children and infants aged 6 months to 5 years.
In March, Pfizer and BioNTech found their COVID-19 vaccine 100% effective in children 12 to 15 years of age. In clinical trials involving 2,260 adolescents, the vaccine was found to produce a strong antibody response.
Maloney presses for action on bill to stop liability for opioid crisis
Representative Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyOvernight health care: Fauci urges vaccination to protect against Delta variant White House: ‘Small fraction’ of COVID-19 vaccine dose will remain unused Tlaid, Democrats criticize GOP’s call for border oversight to fight opioid crisis Maloney presses for action on bill to stop liability for opioid crisis more (DN.Y.) on Tuesday pressured lawmakers to approve legislation that is meant to prevent the Sackler family from evading lawsuits related to the opioid crisis.
Maloney, who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee, told reporters during a press call, “Congress has a duty to ensure that there is accountability for this deadly crisis and that bad actors like the Sacklers are not allowed to harm American communities.” But avoid evading responsibility.” before the hearing.
“We must pass the SACKLER Act before the bankruptcy plan can be ratified and the Sackler family practically scot-free,” she continued.
Background: The law would prevent people who have not filed for bankruptcy from being exempt from lawsuits brought by states, municipalities, or the U.S. government.
Under the current proposal, Sackler family company Purdue Pharma would legally exempt family members from facing opioid-related lawsuits while requiring them to pay about $4.3 billion over 10 years.
During the hearing: Republicans drew attention to concerns that drug trafficking at the US-Mexico border was contributing to the opioid crisis in the country.
Ranking Member Representative. James ComerJames (Jamie) R. comreOvernight health care: Fauci urges vaccination to protect against Delta variant White House: ‘Small fraction’ of COVID-19 vaccine dose will remain unused Tlaid, Democrats criticize GOP’s call for border oversight to fight opioid crisis Republicans demand confirmation amid re-emergence of Wuhan lab theory more (R-Ky.) criticized Maloney for not hearing a “border crisis” and fentanyl smuggling, as demanded by GOP members.
In his opening statement, he said, “This hearing has missed the point.” “It’s so focused on the Sackler family that it forgets the ongoing pandemic, affecting millions of Americans every day.”
Representative Rashida TaliboRashida Herbie TlabiOvernight health care: Fauci urges vaccination to protect against Delta variant White House: ‘Small fraction’ of COVID-19 vaccine dose will remain unused Tlaid, Democrats criticize GOP’s call for border oversight to fight opioid crisis House candidate in Chicago says gun violence prompted him to run more (D-Mich.) Responding to the comment that the Sackler family was at fault, he said: “It’s not the immigrants or the Chinese who are doing the drug trade here.”
White House: ‘Small fraction’ of COVID-19 vaccine dose will remain unused
White House officials said Tuesday they were not concerned about the potential for states to waste unused Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, adding that the federal government is working on strategies to extend the vaccine’s shelf life. .
“Our first goal and our first opportunity is to use every dose ordered by the governor in a state,” White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters.
“There is a very small fraction of the doses that have been sent to the states that will eventually not be used. These will be in fractional quantities. And in fact, there will be no significant impact on our ability to distribute vaccines globally.” Slavit said.
Context: Slavitt was responding to a question about Ohio Gov. mike devinemike devineOvernight health care: Fauci urges vaccination to protect against Delta variant White House: ‘Small fraction’ of COVID-19 vaccine dose will remain unused White House: ‘Small fraction’ of COVID-19 vaccine dose will remain unused Washington state allows free pot with vaccines more (R), who issued an urgent plea for vaccine providers to distribute doses as quickly as possible.
Devin said the state has 200,000 doses that will expire by June 23, and they don’t have legal options to send the vaccine to other states or other countries.
Study: Older Americans see major decline in COVID-19 cases, deaths after vaccine becomes available
According to a CDC study, older Americans experienced a larger drop in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths after the vaccine became available, compared to those aged 18 to 49.
the study published on tuesday The study examined trends in cases, emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and deaths in people 65 and older before the vaccine was authorized in December.
The proportion of cases, emergency department visits, hospital admissions and deaths in those 65 and older compared with 18- to 49-year-olds decreased across the board since the time period when vaccines were not available .
At the same time, a large proportion of the older population, 82 percent, had received at least one dose of the vaccine as of May 1, compared with 42 percent of 18- to 49-year-olds.
Conclusion: The CDC concluded that differences between age groups reflect the effectiveness of vaccines because populations with higher rates of vaccination have seen greater declines in cases, hospitalizations, and mortality.
“From November 29, 2020 to May 1, 2021, the incidence of COVID-19, ED visits, hospital admissions and deaths declined more in older adults who had higher vaccination coverage than younger adults with less coverage was.” Study reads.
what are we reading
What you need to know about coronavirus variants (Washington Post)
Member of FDA’s expert panel resigns over controversial Alzheimer’s therapy approvalstate)
Boeing tests air purifiers widely used in schools. It decided not to use them in planes. (Kaiser Health News)
States warn J&K dosage may run out soon & White House urges them to consult FDA(the new York Times)
state by state
Washington announces cannabis cheaper in state-approved ‘Joint for Jabs’ vaccine campaignWashington Post)
Four Oregon businesses issued fines of more than $44,000 for ‘wilful’ coronavirus violationsOregon Live)
Drop in COVID-19 cases in Michigan: ‘This third surge … is now officially over’ (Detroit Free Press)
Op-Aids in The Hill
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