Coronavirus News Update – May 9: Vaccines Are Effective Against New York Variant, Studies Indicate

By Anna Breuer on 9 May 2021
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Two new studies suggest that suggest that both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines protect against the New York variant of the coronavirus virus. Both vaccines will effectively prevent death and serious illness. The findings, which have not yet been peer reviewed, are consistent with what is known about similar variants.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 158.9 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.3 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 136.7 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 1.27 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 Saturday, 152.12 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 58% of the population over the age of 18 – over 149 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 113.2 million people, or 43.8% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 34.4% of the population, or 114.3 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Health officials in Massachusetts said that half of the state’s adult population has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The state is opening six of its seven mass vaccination sites to walk-in registrants and many business and capacity restrictions are slated to be loosened in the coming week.

The European Union will buy up to 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, sources said. The move will give the bloc a boost in getting closer to its goal of getting 70% of adults there vaccinated. Currently, only a quarter of the adult population has been inoculated against the virus.

Officials in New Zealand said they will lift a travel pause with of New South Wales in Australia effective Sunday at midnight. The move comes after officials held that community cases of Covid-19 in Sydney pose a low risk to the country’s public health.

The Seychelles, currently the world’s most vaccinated country, is seeing an unprecedented spike in cases. The archipelago nation has a population of 100,000 people and saw 500 new cases in the first three days of May, virtually doubling the current total of cases.

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