Coronavirus News Update – August 17: N.Y. to Require Vaccinations for All Health-Care Workers, White House Plans Booster Shot Program

By Anna Breuer on 17 August 2021
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In his first major address since his resignation, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all health-care workers in New York State must get at least one dose of vaccine against the coronavirus by September 27. This includes all staff at hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other congregate-care settings. The state’s health department is using special orders to prevent “a danger to the health of the people” to compel these workers to get vaccinated.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 208.9 million Covid-19 cases and 4.34 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 187.3 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 141,365, a 64% 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 704, an increase of 106%.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 37.7 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 32.3 million officially recorded cases and 432,300 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 4.76 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 62 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 Tuesday, 198.6 million people in the United States – or 59.8% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 50.8%, or 168.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 357.3 million. Breaking this down further, 72.1% of the population over the age of 18 – or 186.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 61.8% of the same group – or 159.5 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Raymond Burke, a conservative cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church who criticized vaccines, saying that a relationship with Jesus Christ would save people, was hospitalized last week with the coronavirus and put on a ventilator on Tuesday.

The Biden administration is expected to announce that most Americans should get a third, or booster, shot of the coronavirus eight months after receiving the second jab. The decision will apply to those who received the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

Finally, French police are reporting multiple cases of faux pass sanitaires, or forged heath passes, the French vaccine passport.  The pass gives the holder entry to cafes, restaurants, museums, fitness centers, cinemas, as well as non-emergency medical treatment. Last month, a contractor at a vaccination center outside of Paris was sentenced to a year in prison for trafficking in 200 forged passes.

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