Coronavirus News Update – March 1: J&J Vaccine to Start Arriving and Should Olympians Jump the Line?

By Anna Breuer on 1 March 2021
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Budapest’s Parliament building across the Danube River

The world will cross the 115 million mark in coronavirus cases on Monday, the first day of March and the first day of meteorological spring.   Over 2.5 million people have died from the virus, according to the Worldometer, which tracks such information.

Meanwhile, since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered 244.2 million doses, the equivalent of 3.2 doses for every 100 people, as the speed of vaccination rollouts continues to vary greatly by country. Over 49.8 million people, or 16% of the population in the United States have. received at least one dose and 8.5%, or 24.8 million, have received both doses.

The newly approved Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine will begin to be distributed at inoculation sites starting Tuesday.  The first doses left a McKesson facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi via FedEx. McKesson is managing the logistics of the roll-out.

Queen Elizabeth spoke out about her own experience in getting the coronavirus vaccine in an online meeting with health officials.  Her Majesty said she had received “lots of letters from people who have been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine. And the jab – it didn’t hurt at all.”

As the clock ticks down to the start of the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, health authorities in many countries are wrestling with the question of whether to allow their Olympic athletes to jump to the front of the vaccination line both to protect them and to avoid creating a superspreader event in Tokyo.  Multiple countries including Hungary, India, and Israel, have already announced their plans to do so.

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 and died from the coronavirus on February 2, was buried last week in a small private ceremony.  Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July after raising £33 million ($40 million at the time).

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