Coronavirus News Update – May 7: ‘The Third Wave Appears to Have Been Broken,’ Says German Health Minister

CDC Official Who Warned of Early On of Virus’ Impact Resigns

By Anna Breuer on 7 May 2021
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Straßenbahn Line 19 running on the Maximilianstraße in Munich

“The third wave appears to have been broken,” said Bundesgesundheitsminister Jans Spahn to reporters Friday, noting that the infection rate in Germany has been declining steadily since April 21.  “Now it’s a matter of sticking it out for the next few weeks,” he emphasized, cautioning that, “in this phase of the pandemic, the point is not to gamble away what has been achieved,” he said. “Too much impatience… would only help the virus.”

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded over 157.3 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.28 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 134.6 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 1.24 billion doses as of Friday morning, the equivalent of over 16 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Thursday, 149.46 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 57% of the population over the age of 18 – some 147.07 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 108.06 million people, or 41.9% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 32.8% of the population, or 108.9 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

The World Health Organization on Friday gave approval to China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. The move will make it easier for poorer nations to have access to more vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who 14 months ago famously warned that the pandemic would dramatically change American lives resigned from her position.  Dr. Nancy Messonier, whose career in public health began in 1995 with the Epidemic Intelligence Agency, is director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the section of the CDC that is responsible for managing influenza and other respiratory threats.  On February 25, 2020, Dr. Messonier sounded the alarm: “It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” she said. Shortly thereafter, she no longer was seen at CDC briefings, having fallen out of favor with then President Trump, who continued to downplay the threat.

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