Coronavirus News Update – July 9: Pfizer-BioNTech Plan Booster Shot and New Vaccine Targeting Delta Variant

By Anna Breuer on 9 July 2021
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Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said they were developing a version of the coronavirus vaccine that targets the India, or Delta, variant of the virus as well as a booster shot.  The companies plan a clinical trial of the new vaccine starting in August and said that the third, or booster, shot increases the potency or antibodies against the original virus and the U.K. variant by five- to ten-fold.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 186.6 million Covid-19 cases and 4.03 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 170.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 622,225, an increase of 313 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 34.7 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 30.8 million officially recorded cases and 406,206 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added 16,208 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 39% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.35 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, an increase of 0.06 billion and the equivalent of more than 44 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Friday, 183.7 million people in the United States – or 55.2% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 47.7%, or 158.3 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 332.3 million. Breaking this down further, 67.3% of the population over the age of 18 – or 173.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 58.5% of the same group – or 151.1 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, Cunard Line said Thursday it had canceled five sailings of the Queen Elizabeth after an unspecified number of crew members joining ship had tested positive for Covid-19. The Queen Elizabeth will return to service on August 14, the line’s president, Simon Palethorp, said in a statement.

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