Coronavirus News Update – April 10: FBI Warns of Vaccine Card Scams, Canada’s Third Wave ‘More Serious,’ Says Trudeau

Pfizer Seeks FDA Clearance for Vaccine for Kids 12 to 15, Riders are Returning to the N.Y.C. Subway

By Anna Breuer on 10 April 2021
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Hudson Yards, pne of New York’s newest subway stations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services are warning those who are not yet vaccinated about fraudulent vaccination schemes currently circulating online as well as through text messages and door-to-door visits.  Scammers are also selling fake vaccination cards, a federal crime and something that is dangerous to those an individual might come into contact with while purporting to be vaccinated against the coronavirus while others are merely identity theft schemes.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded over 135.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 2.93 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, 108.4 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 754 million doses, the equivalent of 9.8 doses for every 100 people as of Thursday morning, a 0.3 percentage point increase over Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Saturday, over 114.4 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 44.1% of the population over the age of 18 – almost 114 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including over 68 million people, or 26.4% of the same population, more than a quarter of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 20.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.6 percentage point increase over Friday.

Meanwhile, Pfizer, which last week said that clinical trials found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 100% effective in 12- to 15-year-olds, asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to amend the emergency use authorization, which the FDA originally granted late last year for individuals aged 16 and up, to include the lower age group.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the third wave of the pandemic “is more serious” than past waves and that the vaccine rollout is unlikely to affect the surge in the coming weeks.  “The end is definitely in sight but we’re not there yet,” he said at a news conference in Ottawa on Friday.

New York City transit officials said that daily subway rides were above the 2 million mark for the first time since March 16, 2020. The turnstiles “spun” 2,009,025 times on Thursday, said Sarah Feinberg, the interim president of New York City Transit, at a press conference outside downtown Manhattan’s Fulton Center subway complex.

The death toll In Russia was 28% higher than usual, belying President Vladimir Putin’s contention that the country managed the coronavirus pandemic better than most, the New York Times reported Saturday.  Not all of the additional 300,000 deaths were related to the virus, but the statistics tell a story that is different than what the Russian government has painted.

In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer stopped short of a partial lockdown order but asked residents to avoid indoor dining for the coming two weeks as the state faces the highest number of new daily cases since the start of the pandemic.

In Brazil, officials in the state of São Paulo announced the easing of some coronavirus restrictions starting Monday.  The change will allow sports events to take place, albeit without spectators, and restaurants to open for takeout.  A ban on religious ceremonies and gatherings as well as a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will remain in effect.

Kurt Stolz contributed reporting to this story

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