‘Every one of those deaths is unnecessary,’ expert says of rising Covid-19 US death toll as tens of millions remain unvaccinated

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Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said on Friday that they have developed an antiviral pill that can reduce the risk of Covid-19 hospitalization and death by 50%, and Merck said it will be working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Will seek emergency use authorization from the U.S. for its Molnupiravir drug. “as soon as possible.”

“We’ll be able to prescribe it to people. They’ll take a five-day course and hopefully they’ll be able to stay at home, not come in for an intravenous infusion and keep people out of the hospital. So, that’s really very promising news, “Doctor. Jonathan Renner, Granthshala medical analyst and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, told Granthshala’s Pamela Brown on Saturday.

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But Rainer noted that the country’s full vaccination — the best way to beat back the pandemic — won’t be due to resistance to some, and a substantial number of Americans have died since late February as vaccine access begins to expand. has gone.

“We have now lost 700,000 Americans and 200,000 of those people have died because vaccines are available for almost everyone in this country, and every single one of those deaths is unnecessary. Even if there is news for this antiviral agent. Very good, the message that people really need to get is ‘Get vaccinated.’ No one needs to die from this virus.”

About 56% of all Americans and about 65% of those 12 and older who are eligible are fully vaccinated, According to Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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As progress slowly progresses with vaccination rates nationwide, millions of unvaccinated Americans remain at high risk for COVID-19.

Vaccination efforts continue in different parts of the country with varying levels of success. According to CDC data, fifteen states have yet to vaccinate more than half their residents: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Four states that are currently using more than 40% of their hospital’s ICU beds for COVID-19 patients are on the list, According to Saturday data from the US Department of Health and Human Services: Idaho, Wyoming, West Virginia and Georgia.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday urged residents of his state to do their part to turn things around. “I keep reminding everyone in this wonderful state that the way we completely curb and stop it, it gets vaccinated,” he said.

While much of the focus of health experts and officials remains on new inoculations that will help reduce hospitalization rates, booster shots for some people who were previously fully vaccinated by Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccines are gaining traction. are.

CDC data shows that about 4.74 million people have received additional doses or boosters since August 13, a significant increase from less than two weeks ago. The number of recipients on 20 September was approximately 2.2 million.

People 65 years of age and older, people at high risk of serious illness, and people whose jobs put them at risk of infection may receive additional doses.
A health care worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination program in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday, August 28.

Kovid-19 mitigation efforts continue to help children

The more contagious delta variant has contributed to more COVID-19 infections in children than at the start of the pandemic, which is more noticeable because people under the age of 12 cannot yet be vaccinated.

However, recent studies have shown that mitigation measures are still an effective tool for reducing infections.

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According to two studies published Friday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, COVID-19 protocols in summer camps prevented many people from contracting COVID-19, and not taking those safety measures escalated the outbreak.

a study number comparison Camps in Louisiana saw a 31-fold increase in the number of infections since 2020 and cases from last year to this year.

Last year only two outbreaks occurred in the camps studied in Louisiana. There were no vaccines then, but a mask in place was mandatory and camps used other mitigation measures. This year, the camps saw 28 outbreaks involving 321 cases among 2,988 campers and staff.

While there was a vaccine this year, the difference may be that Louisiana dropped its mask mandate and “apparently under-utilized preventive measures,” a report said. The Delta version was also in wide circulation in the state in 2021.

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The study states, “Measures including vaccination of all eligible adults and adolescents, wearing masks indoors, routine screening tests, physical distancing and cohabitation, and increased ventilation can reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in settings with those young people.” May help prevent those who cannot be vaccinated.” .

a second study saw the number During June to August this year, more than 7,000 campers and staff members have been infected in several states. The camps used a range of prevention strategies, including masks, routine testing, podding, physical distancing and hand hygiene, and those who were eligible had a 93% vaccination rate.

There were only nine Covid-19 cases in the camps, the study found, and no secondary infections.

“These findings highlight important guiding principles for school- and youth-based COVID-19 prevention protocols,” the study said.

Study finds people with disabilities had more problems accessing vaccines

While vaccine hesitancy remains a significant obstacle in curbing the pandemic, other difficulties exist for those who wish to be vaccinated.

According to a new analysis, people with disabilities in the US were less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19, even though they report less hesitation and are disproportionately vulnerable to hospitalization or death from COVID-19. Huh.

People with disabilities are no more hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than people with disabilities and are often more likely to report that they will “definitely” get vaccinated. However, they reported more issues in accessing the vaccine, analysis published CDC’s weekly report suggests.
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Those who reported difficulties had the most difficult time getting an appointment online. He also told that he is facing difficulty in reaching the vaccination site. Other barriers included hours at vaccination sites that didn’t work with their schedules, and not knowing where to get the vaccine.

“Reducing barriers to scheduling and making vaccination sites more accessible could improve vaccination coverage among individuals with disabilities,” the report said.

Of the more than 56,000 people who responded in CDC phone interviews from late May to late June, nearly 5,000 reported some form of disability. Earlier studies suggest that a greater number of people have at least one disability – about 15% of American adults. A disability in this case included anyone who said they had difficulty seeing, hearing, walking, remembering, making decisions, or communicating.

People with disabilities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, as they are more likely to have a chronic condition that can make COVID-19 more severe and more likely to have health care issues.

Granthshala’s Jen Christensen, Shawn Nottingham, Melissa Alonso and Aya Elamrousi contributed to this report.

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