Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 23: FDA Gives Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech Covid Vaccine

By Anna Breuer on 23 August 2021
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A nurse at a N.Y.C. vaccine center waits for a patient

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 years of age and older.  The move is likely to help increase uptake by some people who are vaccine hesitant as well as open the door to additional vaccine mandates.  The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorized by the FDA for emergency use in the United States since mid-December for people age 16 and older. In May, the authorization was extended to those 12 and older.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 212.8 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.4 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 190.4 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 149,675, a 36% change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,008, a 95% change.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded over 38.5 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 32.4 million officially recorded cases and 434,734 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 4.96 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 65 doses for every 100 people, an increase of 1 dose over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 201.4 million people in the United States – or 60.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 51.5%, or 170. 8million people are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 362.7 million. Breaking this down further, 73% of the population over the age of 18 – or 188.6 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 62.4% of the same group – or 161.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Phil Valentine, a Nashville-based conservative radio talk show host who vehemently questioned the need for all people to get vaccinated, died Saturday after a battle with Covid-19.  Valentine was 61.  In December, he said on his program that he believed his personal odds of dying from Covid-19 were “probably way less than one percent.”  In July, he told his listens through his brother Mark Valentine that he regretted not being more “Pro-Vaccine,” and that he would vigorously advocate that position once he returned to the air.

A man drove his car into a vaccination site in Santa Clarita, California, Saturday and struck two workers.  Without saying a word, the driver arrived at the site at around 4:45 p.m. and began crashing into cones, signs, and employees, Sergeant Dmitry Barkon of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station told a reporter at KHTS.  The site remained closed on Sunday while an investigation into the attack continued.

A Republican official in South Carolina who railed against coronavirus mitigation strategies and called masks “an illusion” died due to complications from Covid.  He was 64.  Stutts was rushed to the hospital with difficult breathing earlier in the month where he developed pneumonia and was placed in an ICU.  He was placed on a ventilator after his condition deteriorated.

Finally, health officials in Mississippi are warning residents not to take an anti-parasitic drug as a treatment for or to prevent the coronavirus.  The Mississippi State Department of Health issued an alert that the Mississippi Poison Control Center has received an alarming increase in the number of calls from people who have taken ivermectin, a formulation typically purchased at livestock supply centers, and that 70% of those calls related to the “ingestion of livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin purchased at livestock supply centers.”

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