Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 16: Scientists Disagree Over Need for Booster Shots

By Anna Breuer on 16 September 2021
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A week before it was set to begin, he White House’s plan to roll out additional doses of coronavirus vaccine is in flux as scientists and researchers debate whether they are needed.

Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised questions on Wednesday about third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, also released on Wednesday, showed that individuals in Israel who had received a third dose were far less likely to develop a severe case of Covid-19 than those who had only received two injections.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 227.4 million Covid-19 cases and 4.68 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 204.1 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 152,605, a -8% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,943, a change of 37% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 42.48 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 685,083. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.35 million, and a death toll of 443,960, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.81 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Thursday morning, an increase of 0.02 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 76 doses for every 100 people, a half-dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 210.4 million people in the United States – or 63.4% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 54.1%, or 179.78 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 382.3 million. Breaking this down further, 76% of the population over the age of 18 – or 192.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 65.2% of the same group – or 168.5 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, China said on Thursday that it had fully inoculated 1 billion people.  The milestone brings the world’s most populous country closer to its goal of vaccinating 80% of its population by year end.

Officials in Los Angeles County announced that proof of a coronavirus vaccination will be required to enter bars, nightclubs and other drinking establishments.  The rule will be enforced for both patrons and employees and will also be in force at wineries, lounges, and breweries.  Proof of an initial jab will be required as of October 7 and of both doses starting November 4.

The overwhelming number of employees at Fox News’ parent corporation are fully vaccinated, the company said Wednesday.  Kevin Lord, the company’s executive vice-president, announced that more than 90% of the company’s full-time employees had been vaccinated.  Employees who either do not report their status or who are not vaccinated will be subject to daily testing, the company added.

Finally, another conservative radio host who spoke out against the coronavirus vaccine died earlier in the week of Covid, his co-host announced.  Bob Enyard was at least the fifth right-wind radio host who cast doubt on vaccine efficacy or advocated against mask mandates to die in the past month and a half.

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