Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel of Germany Gets Vaccinated

By Anna Breuer on 16 April 2021
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The Lindau Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, on Lake Constance.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had identified a small number of people who had contracted Covid-19 even after being fully vaccinated. The percentage, however, of these so-called breakthrough cases – approximately 5,800 recipients out of around 66 million Americans, or some 0.008% – is not abnormal, the agency said, as the vaccines in the country are highly effective – up to 95% so – but not 100%.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded over 139.9 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, over 118.9 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 841 million doses, the equivalent of 11 doses for every 100 people as of Thursday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Friday, over 125.8 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 48.3% of the population over the age of 18 – some 124.7 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including over 78.2 million people, or 30.3% of the same population, more than a quarter of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 23.6% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Although rival pharmaceutical companies have teamed up in the past year to help conquer Covid, this did not seem to be the case with the latest Johnson & Johnson Jannsen vaccines blood clot issue. Reports indicate that Johnson & Johnson reached out to AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna to assist them in studying and deriving the issue J&J’s blood clots caused by the vaccines. Both Pfizer and Moderna declined to help with research, claiming that association could be bad publicity for the two companies, although AstraZeneca, whose vaccine has also been linked with blood clots in rare instances, agreed to assist.

Despite these concerns, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel of Germany announced on Friday that she had received her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, in what many hope will bolster the public’s confidence in the shots. “I am happy that today I received my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Merkel said in a statement.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will be laid to rest on Saturday. In accordance with his wishes, his body will not be laid in state, and there will be no military procession  In addition, the funeral will be attended by no more than 30 participants, in accordance with Covid protocols in Britain. In attendance will be Princess Anne and Princes Charles, Edward, and Andrew, as well as Prince William and Prince Harry, among other members of the royal family. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously said that he will not attend the services so as to allow as many members of the royal family as possible to attend.

Finally, Albert Bourla, Pfizer’s CEO, said that it is likely that those who receive a vaccination against the coronavirus will need a booster shot within one year, as well as annual vaccinations, as concern about the different variants grows. “There are vaccines like polio where one dose is enough,” Bourla said. “And there are vaccines like flu that you need every year. The Covid virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus.”

Anna Breur contributed to the story.

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