Coronavirus News Update – Sept: 26: Panel of Scientists Investigating Covid Origins Disbanded Amidst Wuhan Ties

By Paul Riegler on 26 September 2021
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A panel of scientists who were investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus was disbanded amidst a possible perception of bias.

Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs said he had shut down the task force in favor of engaging in wider biosafety research.  Sachs specifically cited his concerns about the panel’s link to the EcoHealth Alliance, which has been under scrutiny for using U.S. funds for studies on bat coronaviruses with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 232.4 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.75 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 209 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 120,704, a -18% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 2,034, a change of 22% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded over 43.73 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 706,073. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 33.67 million, and a death toll of 447,169, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year 6.1 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Sunday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 79 doses for every 100 people, a one-half dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 213.2 million people in the United States – or 64.2% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 55.2%, or 183.3 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 389.4 million. Breaking this down further, 76.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 198.7 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 66.4% of the same group – or 171.6 million people – is fully vaccinated.

The situation in Idaho has become dire as morgues there run out of space for bodies.  Idaho, one of the country’s least vaccinated states, is facing a situation that calls to mind images of refrigerated trailers parked outside hospitals and funeral homes last spring when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic in the country.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro’s son and two members of his cabinet said that they had tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing to four the number of close aides infected since the president’s trip to the United Nations in New York City.

Protestors marched against the introduction of the CoronaCheck “corona pass” in the Netherlands, required as of Saturday to enter into restaurants, cafes, bars, theaters, and other public venues.  Hours after the requirement went into effect, Minister-president Mark Rutte sacked a cabinet minister, Mona Keijzer, who had publicly questioned the measures.

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