Coronavirus News Update – March 27: Virus Variant in Brazil Poses Global Threat

New York State Hits Record 200,000 Inoculations in One Day

By Anna Breuer on 27 March 2021
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The P.1 Covid-19 variant is raging in Brazil, responsible for the majority of new cases there.  It is affecting younger and otherwise healthy patients, doctors there say. The death toll there, 307,000 according to Worldometer, which tracks such data, is 11% of the world’s total deaths from the virus and is a figure topped only by the far more populous United States, despite the fact that Brazil is home to only 3% of the world’s population.

As of Saturday, the world has recorded almost 127 million Covid-19 cases since the first cases in December 2019 and it has seen over 2.78 million deaths, according to Worldometer.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered almost 529 million doses, the equivalent of 6.9 doses for every 100 people, an increase from 6.6 on Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Saturday morning, 89.6 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Some 34.6% of the population over the age of 18 has received at least a first inoculation, including 48.6 million people, or 18.8% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 14.7% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.4 percentage point increase over Friday.

The European Medicines Agency approved three new vaccine production sites on the Continent Friday.  The agency said that new AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Moderna vaccine production sites in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland, respectively, could speed up the EU vaccination program.

Meanwhile, Pfizer said it has begun to test its vaccine in children under the age of 12, a major step in the move towards herd immunity in the United States.  Results from the trial will become available later this year and a spokesma for the pharmaceutical house said it hopes to begin to vaccinate younger children in 2022.

More states in the United States are expanding eligibility requirements for vaccination.  Kanas, Minnesota, and South Carolina all said they would open up vaccination rolls to all residents 16 years of age or older. New Jersey said it would expand eligibility to all adults 55 years of age or older on April 15, while Oregon said it would expand eligibility to additional frontline workers starting April 5.

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State had administered over 200,000 vaccinations in a 24-hour period for the first time ever. “We have hit a new 24-hour record and we are regularly administering more than a million doses every week,” he said in a statement.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

 

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