The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91.3% efficient as much as 6 months after the second dose and 100% efficient towards extreme illness as outlined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in line with up to date knowledge at present from the section 3 trial.
The vaccine was additionally 100% efficient at stopping sickness amongst trial contributors in South Africa, the place the extremely transmissible B1351 variant is dominant, the Pfizer news release mentioned. No questions of safety have been recognized among the many greater than 44,000 contributors 16 years or older over not less than 6 months’ follow-up after the second shot.
In different vaccine information, the National Institutes of Health yesterday introduced the launch of a section 1 trial of the security and effectiveness of Moderna’s vaccine towards B1351, which was first recognized in South Africa. The examine will contain about 210 volunteers 18 years and older who obtained the two-dose mRNA-1273 coronavirus vaccine a couple of yr in the past as a part of a scientific trial, in addition to unvaccinated adults aged 18 to 55, at 4 US analysis websites.
In a mistake that can delay future Johnson & Johnson US COVID-19 vaccine shipments, staff at a plant in Baltimore by accident swapped AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccine elements in late February, contaminating 15 million doses of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in line with the New York Times.
The mistake offers a blow to Johnson & Johnson however can also be a humiliation for the corporate chargeable for the error, Emergent Biosolutions, which the Associated Press experiences has a historical past of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) citations for quality-control issues. The New York Times experiences the corporate has confronted criticism for heavy lobbying for federal contracts throughout the pandemic, which positioned “extraordinary burden” on the federal government’s emergency stockpile.
Infections climb, particularly amongst youthful folks
Meanwhile, COVID-19 circumstances are rising throughout the nation, growing 10% or extra in 26 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico since final week, ABC News experiences. And for the primary time within the pandemic, most new hospitalizations have concerned youthful adults, with infections amongst these aged 50 to 65 outpacing these older than 65, lots of whom are vaccinated.
In states like Massachusetts and Michigan, new circumstances are rising in older kids, teenagers, and younger adults.
The United States reported 66,641 new COVID-19 infections and 1,076 deaths yesterday, for a cumulative whole of 30,524,552 infections and 552,942 deaths, in line with the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. As of Mar 29, 33,933 Americans have been hospitalized due to coronavirus, per the CDC COVID Data Tracker.
CDC data additionally present that 200,496,635 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, with 153,631,404 administered and 56,089,614 Americans absolutely vaccinated.
To encourage extra Americans to get vaccinated, the White House will unveil the primary in a collection of advertisements in its “We Can Do This” marketing campaign on cable and broadcast stations throughout the nation, in line with the Washington Post.
Other US information
- NPR experiences that the FDA accredited two fast at-home COVID-19 assessments yesterday. Americans will quickly be capable of purchase the over-the-counter Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel Quickvue assessments at drug shops. “This is a huge milestone,” Michael Mina, MD, PhD, a Harvard University epidemiologist and advocate of widespread testing, instructed NPR. “Having an inexpensive over-the-counter test can stop the virus from spreading by detecting people who are infectious and giving them an opportunity to know their status and ideally isolate accordingly.”
- The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living issued a brand new report exhibiting that COVID-19 circumstances in US nursing houses have fallen 96%, and associated deaths have dropped 91%, since Dec 20, 2020.
- Florida is underreporting its COVID-19 deaths by hundreds, in line with analysis published in March within the American Journal of Public Health, Yahoo! News experiences. Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted lockdowns and is presently demanding that obligatory masks sporting be rolled again.