When it comes to healthy, younger people, Joe Rogan says getting a COVID-19 vaccine isn’t even worth a shot — despite advice from the CDC and medical experts saying otherwise. ,,But if you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I’ll go no. Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person?’ Joe Rogan said.
A deal for 50 million doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia has been signed by Turkey. The vaccines will start arriving next month and will help address a short-term fall in supply of vaccines to the country. The Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca said that the vaccine would be scarce in the upcoming two months.
Australian government planned Covid-19 vaccination schedule for national Olympic Games competitors to delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Queue-jumping accusations are held though. Health Minister Greg Hunt told that they want their competitors travel to Tokyo and return to Australia in safety. Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll welcomes this news as a great relief to athletes, officials.
The World Health Organization said the Covid-19 strain that is believed to be behind India’s current tsunami-like surge in infections has been found in many more countries. It said the variant – B1617 – been detected in more than 1,200 sequences uploaded to the GISAID open-access database ’from at least 17 countries.’ However, the WHO hasn’t tagged the new strain as ’variant of concern,’ so far.
Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, said all Covid-19 vaccination sites in the state will allow walk-in appointments for eligible adults from April 29. All New Yorkers above 16 are eligible for vaccination. Cuomo said the walk-in appointments, which will be filled on a ’first-come-first-serve basis for all,’ will be only for first doses. Second doses will be automatically scheduled after first jab.
No signs of coronavirus infections have been seen among the 5,000 people who took part in an indoor trial concert in Barcelona last month. The concert was set so as to find ways to celebrate mass events in pandemic-safe ways. Two weeks following the event held on the 27th of March, PCR tests were undertaken by the participants with no signs of transmission seen during the event.
West Virginia has announced a giveaway of $100 savings bonds to residents between the ages of 16 to 35 who get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Gov. Jim Justice announced the measure as a large share of the state’s eligible population have not received even one dose of the vaccine. Those who fall within the age range who already received their vaccine will be paid retroactively.
International aid has been arriving in India as the country struggles to battle a deadly Covid second wave. On Tuesday, a flight from the UK carrying vital medical supplies including ventilators landed. Six oxygen containers will also be flown in from Dubai. US President Biden on Monday pledged ’America’s steadfast support’ to India by providing oxygen-related supplies and vaccine raw materials.
A huge surge in the COVID-19 cases in India has resulted in people dying on the streets due to shortage of oxygen, causing mass cremations in makeshift facilities in the country so as to deal with the large number of dead bodies. 2,767 deaths were reported in the country in the past 24 hours but numbers are expected to be much higher as the government is accused of fudging figures.
A private school in Miami has told teachers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to stay away from students because they ’may transmit something’ to them. Leila Centner, the co-founder of Centner Academy said that the decision had been made with ’with a very heavy heart’. Staff at the school have also been asked to fill out a form on their vaccine intentions.
The US will release up to 60M doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, following mounting criticism that the country has been hoarding shots. It was not immediately clear how many doses are ready to be shipped or where they will go. The move comes as countries like India experience massive surges in Covid cases while US supply appears increasingly assured and domestic demand begins to taper off.
Legal action has been launched against coronavirus vaccine maker AstraZeneca by the executive branch of the European Union after the vaccine maker failed to respect the terms of its contract with the 27-nation bloc. Europeans have been left frustrated by the slow pace of deliveries of the vaccine which was set to be central to the immunization campaign of the region.
A new MIT study says that the risk of being infected by Covid-19 indoors is the same regardless of the distance people maintain in the building — even when wearing a mask. The study’s authors highlighted the amount of time people spent together inside a house as a far more critical factor for the spread of the virus in comparison to the distance people maintain with the infected person.
A spokesperson for the White House said that the United States is deeply concerned by a massive surge in coronavirus cases in India, and is hastening to provide the country with additional support and health care workers. The US is under tremendous pressure to help India, which is a strategic ally in President Joe Biden’s efforts to counter China, as it grapples with the coronavirus.
More than 5 million American citizens have failed to get their crucial second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have revealed that while more than 50% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, less than 30% have received their second dose. This could be due to the required 3-4 week wait time between doses.
A national poll which was released by NBC News has claimed that 82% of respondents said they believe the country is divided, amid increased racial and political tensions in the country. 30% said that the current Covid-19 pandemic was the most important issue facing the country, while uniting the country was ranked second on the list of issues, with nearly 25% of people voting for the same.
At least 82 people were killed in a fire on Saturday at a hospital in south-east Baghdad that had been equipped to house Covid-19 patients. The fire at the Ibn Khatib hospital occurred after an accident caused an oxygen tank to explode. The government suspended key health officials for alleged negligence. The total number of people infected with Covid in Iraq is 102,5288 including 15,217 deaths.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested by authorities in Spain after he reportedly infected 22 people with Covid. The man is alleged to have continued to go to work and the gym despite having a cough and a temperature of more than 40C (104F). The man also allegedly walked around his place of work, pulled his mask down, coughed, and told his colleagues he was going to infect them.
A 40-year-old man in Mallorca, Spain was arrested on suspicion of assault after infecting 22 people with Covid-19. While waiting on the results of a PCR test, the man coughed at individuals at work threatening to ’infect them with the virus’. He did infect 5 of them along with 14 family members and 3 members of a gym he attended. No one infected was reported to have been severely ill.
People in India lay dying outside hospitals, while others scrambled for life saving oxygen supplies as the capital of the country recorded the equivalent of one death from COVID-19 every five minutes. The country recorded 332,730 cases, with this being the second consecutive day the country’s overnight infection total was higher than ever recorded anywhere in the world.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization said that coronavirus vaccines remain out of reach in the poorest countries. The WHO head has repeatedly raised concerns regarding inequities in vaccine distribution and urged wealthier countries to share excess doses to help inoculate health workers in low-income countries.
Several former officials revealed that they had tried to stop Donald Trump from talking at the coronavirus task force press conference on 23 April 2020, when the former president infamously encouraged health officials to study the benefits of injecting bleach to fight Covid-19. Mr. Trump also spoke about the possibility of using ’ultraviolet or just very powerful light’ to treat Covid-19.
New rules are being introduced for health and safety reasons as the US continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. Only 200 people will be allowed into the chamber when President Joe Biden delivers an address to a joint session of Congress next week. No House members or senators will be allowed to bring guests. A first lady’s box will also be absent, contrary to tradition.
The European Commission is expected to wrap up the world’s biggest vaccine deal within days, as it plans to buy 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine over the next two years. The deal comes even as a fierce debate rages regarding access to vaccines, as many poor nations are yet to administer even a single shot. The vaccines will be delivered over 2021-2023.