Here is a summary of the current health briefs.
New Zealand reports 21 local cases of COVID-19, more expected
New Zealand recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warning the number will rise in the coming days and urging the Pacific nation to adhere to lockdown rules. Infections in the community-based outbreak of the highly transmissible variant Delta now total 51. Of the 21 new cases, 18 are in the largest city, Auckland, and three in the capital, Wellington.
EU expects key data on Novavax vaccine around October – source
The European Union expects Novavax to submit the data needed for the possible approval of its COVID-19 vaccine around October, an EU official told Reuters on Friday, in what could be another delay for the American biotechnology company. Novavax signed an agreement with the EU this month to provide up to 200 million doses and said it would complete the submission of data to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for vaccine approval in Europe from the end of September.
Florida Board of Education gives school districts ultimatum on face masks
The Florida Board of Education told two school districts on Friday that part of their public funding will be withheld if they fail within the next 48 hours to provide parents with a way out of the obligation for their children. to wear masks. Broward and Alachua County school boards have imposed masks on schools in defiance of an executive order issued last month by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that prohibited local authorities from imposing mask warrants.
US CDC urges travelers at high risk of severe COVID-19 to avoid cruises
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that people at increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19 should avoid traveling on cruise ships, including river cruises, regardless of or their vaccination status. Seniors and people with health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill and should consult a professional before traveling on a cruise ship, the agency said.
Victoria in Australia reports 61 local cases of COVID-19
Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, reported 61 new cases of locally acquired coronavirus in the 24-hour period until Friday evening, health officials said on Saturday. There have been 16 additional local cases that have been recorded on a rapid testing platform and will be reported in figures on Sunday, officials said.
Cuba grants emergency approval for second local vaccine
Cuba’s medicines regulatory authority on Friday granted emergency approval for its local Soberana 2 vaccine, allowing the drug to be fully included in the country’s inoculation program as it works to curb a Delta variant-fueled coronavirus outbreak https://www.reuters.com/world/americas / coronavirus-surge-pushes-cubas-healthcare-system-brink-2021-08-11.
The Soberana vaccine, which Cuba says has an efficacy rate of 91.2 https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/cuba-says-second-covid-vaccine-soberana-2-boasts-912 -efficacy-2021 -07-09%, has already been used to immunize some health workers and ordinary citizens in areas with high transmission rates in early intervention studies.
US transportation agency demands face masks on planes, trains and buses until January 18
The United States Transportation Security Administration on Friday extended its requirements that people wear face masks on planes, buses and trains, as well as at airports, until January 18.
Moderna makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for its U.S. employees
Moderna Inc said on Friday it would require COVID-19 vaccination for all its employees in the United States starting in October. Rival coronavirus vaccine maker Pfizer Inc earlier this month mandated its U.S. employees and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in a weekly COVID-19 test.
U.S. FDA aims to give Pfizer vaccine full approval on Monday – NYT
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration aims to give Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine full approval on Monday, The New York Times reported https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/us/politics/ fda-pfizer- covid-vaccine-full-approval.html Friday. Regulators aimed to complete the process by Friday, but were still working on “a significant amount of paperwork and negotiations with the company,” the Times said, citing people familiar with the planning who were not authorized to talk about it publicly.
Shanghai quarantines hundreds after COVID-19 cases at airport
Shanghai authorities have quarantined hundreds of people in an attempt to stop a new outbreak of COVID-19 in the city after infections were detected among freight workers at its airport, the city government said on Saturday. Some 120 people considered close contacts of the five infected workers at Pudong airport have been quarantined, along with hundreds more considered secondary contacts.
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