Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 3: Fauci Says New Variants Could Infect People Who Have Had Covid

Sir Tom Moore Dies, Sputnik V Vaccine 92% Effective

By Anna Breuer on 3 February 2021
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Krakow’s Rynek Główny, the largest medieval town square in any European city

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, said that individuals who have already had Covid-19 could be reinfected if variants become dominant. He urged Americans to get vaccinated as part of an effort to stop new strains of the virus from emerging.

A University of Oxford study found that the coronavirus vaccine it developed with AstraZeneca dramatically reduces the spread of the virus, a finding that underscores the importance of mass vaccines in the struggle to end the pandemic.  The vaccine “will help us all get out of this pandemic,” said British Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, the veteran of the Second World War who raised millions for a charity that supports the National Health Service’s efforts in fighting the pandemic by walking laps in his garden before his 100th birthday last summer, died from the coronavirus.  Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July after raising £33 million ($40 million at the time).

In Poland, bars, restaurants, and fitness centers are reopening in defiance of lockdown orders currently in place. Under the current rules, museums, galleries, and shops were permitted to reopen but restaurants, hotels, and gyms were told they must remain shuttered through at least the middle of the month. Businesses face steep fines for violating the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

In New York City, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who is now running for mayor, said he tested positive for the virus and will suspend in-person campaign events for the time being.

A spin class teacher received the virus as an educator.  The instructor, Stacey Griffith, has since apologized, but commentators on social media questioned how a seemingly fit 52-year-old was able to secure a place in line for an inoculation ahead of essential workers and senior citizens.

In Russia, an interim study found that the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is 91.6 effective against symptomatic Covid-19.  Officials there were criticized last year for rolling out the virus before studies were able to show the vaccine’s effectiveness.

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