Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

N.Y. Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Giuliani, Son of Disgraced Mayor, Barred from In-Person Debate Over Refusal to Get Vaccinated

By Jonathan Spira on 13 June 2022
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Theater posters in London’s West End before the pandemic

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 795th day of the pandemic.

The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical “Cinderella” took its final curtain at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End Sunday evening.

The show was a casualty of the pandemic multiple times, from its twice-delayed opening night to Lord Lloyd Weber’s public promise to open the show in violation of government pandemic guidelines at the time and risk arrest.

A letter from Lloyd Webber, read on stage Sunday night, suggested that opening his new musical during the pandemic “might have been a costly mistake.”

“I keep thinking, if only we had opened three months later, we wouldn’t have had to postpone our opening twice because of Covid. If only we hadn’t had to close for a month over Christmas and New Year, once again thanks to Covid. And if only we had had a crumb of help from [the U.K.’s culture recovery fund], I promise you we would have been here for a very long while to come.”

Lloyd Weber, who said he “kept the government’s feet to the flame,” was not present in the theater and his letter was read by the show’s director, Laurence Connor.  Some of the audience booed at the mention of the impresario’s name because of heavy criticism that some members of the company only learnt of the closure via social media that day.

Cinderella’s star Carrie Hope Fletcher said in a social media post that, in  her three years on the project, from the initial workshop to the final performance, there had been “many highs and lows but overall I’m glad to have stood in Cinderella’s glass slippers,” adding that “[I]t’s been a ball.”

In other news we cover today, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s son Andrew Giuliani won’t be able to speak in person at Monday’s gubernatorial debates over his refusal to get inoculated against Covid, the leader of the opposition party in India, who is vaccinated, has been hospitalized with the virus, and the number of people in the United States who have received a third, or booster, dose hit 100 million over the weekend.

Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.

UNITED STATES

The Food and Drug Administration reported in a review of clinical study data  that three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were effective at preventing symptomatic disease in children ages 6 months through 4 years.

U.S. health regulators said Sunday that there were no new safety concerns in using the vaccine in children of this age group compared to older age groups.

Vaccine passport requirements for the New York State gubernatorial debate will bar one candidate, Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, from the studio Monday night on WCBS-TV.

“I chose very clearly that I was not going to get the shot,” Giuliani said at an impromptu news conference on Sunday outside CBS headquarters in Manhattan.  He added that he had “looked at the data” on the vaccination and decided against it.

In New York, according to data from the CDC, some 91% of residents have received at least one dose and 78% are fully vaccinated.

CBS requires that all visitors to its offices and studios are fully vaccinated.

GLOBAL

India’s opposition leader Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress party, was hospitalized with “Covid-related issues,” the party said in a statement on Sunday.

In a post on Twitter, a party spokesman said that Gandhi, who is 75, was in stable condition.

TODAY’S STATISTICS

Now here are the daily statistics for Monday, June 13.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 540.7 million Covid-19 cases, an increase of 0.4 million new cases in the preceding 24 hour period, and 6.33 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 515.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.3 million.

Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Monday is 18,352,781, a decrease of 95,000. Out of that figure, 99.8%, or 18,316,637, are considered mild, and 0.2%, or 36,144, are listed as critical.  The percentage of cases considered critical is unchanged over the past 24 hours.

The United States reported 18,393 new coronavirus infections on Monday for the previous day, compared to 35,173  on Sunday, 135,999  on Saturday, and 117,665  on Friday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The 7-day incidence rate continues to remain over 100,000 and is now 109,517.  Figures for the weekend (reported the following day) are typically 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to a lower number of tests being conducted.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 103,193, a decrease of 6%, based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 331, a decrease of 11% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 29,672, a 10% increase.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has, as of Monday, recorded 87.3 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 1.04 million. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 43.2 million, and a reported death toll of 524,771.

New data from Russia’s Rosstat state statistics service showed at the end of April that the number of Covid or Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now over 803,000, giving the country the world’s second highest pandemic-related death toll, after the United States.  Rosstat reported that 35,584 people died from the coronavirus or related causes in the month of March, compared to 43,543 in February.

Meanwhile, Brazil now has recorded the third highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 668,177, and has 31.5 million cases.

France continues to occupy the number four position in total cases with 29.8 million cases, and Germany is in the number five slot with 26.9 million.  The United Kingdom, with 22.4 million cases, is now number six and is the only other country in the world with a total number of cases over the 20 million mark.

VACCINATION SPOTLIGHT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 258.9 million people in the United States – or 78% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 66.8%, or 221.7 million people, have received two doses of vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 590.9 million. Breaking this down further, 89.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 230.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 76.7% of the same group – or 198.1 million people – is fully vaccinated.  In addition, 50.5% of that population, or 100 million people, has already received a third, or booster, dose of vaccine.

Over 66.3% of the world population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine by Monday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information.  So far, 11.93 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered on a global basis and 5.88 million doses are now administered each day.

Meanwhile, only 17.8% of people in low-income countries have received one dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.

Only a handful of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% mark in vaccinations. Many countries, however, are under 20% and, in countries such as Haiti, Senegal, and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits, if not lower.

In addition, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not administered vaccines.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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