Coronavirus News Update: August 12: FDA to Authorize Booster Shots for Some People with Weak Immune Systems

By Anna Breuer on 12 August 2021
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The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize booster shots for some people with weakened immune systems in order to combat the spread of the Delta variant.  The decision would expand the emergency use of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines to help those individuals with immune deficiencies who are believed to be the most likely to benefit from a booster shot.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 205.7 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.33 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 184.7 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 124,234, an 86% 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 552, an increase of 75%.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded over 37 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 32 million officially recorded cases and 429,702 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 4.58 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Thursday morning, an increase of 0.06 billion and the equivalent of 60 doses for every 100 people, which is virtually unchanged over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 196.1 million people in the United States – or 58.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 50.3%, or 167 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 353.2 million. Breaking this down further, 71.3% of the population over the age of 18 – or 184.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 61.3% of the same group – or 158.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

The CDC now recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Only 23% have received at least one shot and studies indicate that it is safe in such situations.

Finally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said it would require almost every worker, volunteer, and contractor within its system to be inoculated against the coronavirus in the coming eight weeks. The move is in addition to the mandate issued last month requiring jabs for its 115,000 patient-facing healthcare workers. The move made it the first federal agency to insist such workers be inoculated.

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