Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 29: Fauci Underscores Need for Inoculations, J&J Vaccine Shows Promise

By Anna Breuer on 29 January 2021
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Bruges, Belgium

As the world crossed the 102 million mark for coronavirus cases just days after hitting 100 million, Johnson & Johnson announced that its one-dose vaccine would provide strong protection against Covid-19.  The vaccine’s efficacy rate was 72% in the United States, but 57% in South Africa, where a highly contagious variant is present. The drugmaker also said that the virus was66% effective at preventing symptomatic disease and 85% effective against preventing severe illness.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that coronavirus vaccines are one way to prevent further mutations of the virus.  “This virus will continue for certain to evolve and mutate,” Fauci said on a call with reporters on Friday. “The best way to prevent further evolution of a virus is to prevent it from replicating, and you do that by vaccinating people as quickly as you can.”

In the United States, hospitalizations from the virus fell to the lowest level since December 7 of last year and the number of new infections was down 33% in a seven-day rolling average.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom – known as B.1.1.7, is projected to soon become the dominant strain of virus in Belgium, according to Emmanuel André, a leading microbiologist at Belgium’s National Reference Laboratory for Covid-19.  He said it will “totally or near-totally replace” the other strains in the country.

Mexico surpassed India in the number of pandemic-related deaths as the global death toll hit 2.2 million. Health officials there reported that the cumulative death toll was over 155,000.

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