Saturday, October 1, 2022

Latest: Germany says vaccines saved more than 38K lives

by Associated Press

Berlin: Germany’s Centers for Disease Control estimates that the coronavirus vaccine has saved more than 38,000 lives in the country.

Mass vaccination also kept 76,000 COVID-19 patients out of hospitals and nearly 20,000 people out of intensive care units over the past 6 1/2 months, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday, according to a model count. Germany’s vaccine drive also prevented more than 706,000 confirmed cases this year, the institute said.

“The high effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign effectively demonstrates that vaccination paves the way out of the pandemic,” the institute said in a statement.

Germany began vaccinating residents against the virus in late 2020, and more than 45 million people have been fully vaccinated, or 54.5% of the population. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Saturday that some 51.8 million, or 62.3%, have received at least one shot.

But after a slow start that has really gained traction since March, the country’s vaccination rate has declined in recent weeks. Officials worry about a fourth wave of infections as travelers return from summer vacation and schools begin to reopen with most children and teens not vaccinated.

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More on the pandemic:

– The US now has an average of 100,000 new confirmed virus cases a day

UK lockdown unlikely in future, says once gloomy scientist

Vaccination form for federal employees adds penalty for lying

– US survivors of COVID-19 speak out for vaccines, masks

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– Get more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

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Here’s what else is happening:

New Delhi, India – India has given emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine, the country’s health minister said on Saturday.

“This will further boost our nation’s collective fight against COVID-19,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.

The US pharmaceutical giant, the fifth coronavirus vaccine shot to win emergency authorization in India, will arrive in the country through an agreement with Indian vaccine maker Biological E.

With the approval, it is expected that the rate of vaccination in India will increase. Confirmed cases have declined after a dramatic jump earlier this year in which COVID-19 coronavirus patients in hospitals across India who needed oxygen were not available.

After hitting a daily high of 9 million shots in June, there has been a steady decline in vaccination rates due to supply and approval issues. In the past week, daily shots averaged around 5.1 million, according to government figures.

Experts have said that if India wants to vaccinate all eligible adults by the end of the year, this number will have to increase.

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PARIS – Thousands are expected to march in Paris and other French cities for the second week in a row to protest against the COVID-19 entry requirements.

Demonstrations on Saturday France’s Constitutional Council upheld most of the provisions of a new law that expands places where health passes are required.

From Monday, passes will be required to reach cafes, restaurants, long distance travel and in some cases, hospitals. It already existed for cultural and recreational venues including cinemas, concert halls and theme parks with a capacity of more than 50 people.

Polls show that most people in France support health passes, which are issued to individuals who have either been vaccinated against the coronavirus or who have evidence of recovery from COVID-19 or negative test results. Opponents say the pass requirement limits their freedom and renders vaccines mandatory.

Some of the protesters are also protesting against the government making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for health care workers by September 15.

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The seven-day average for new daily COVID-19 infections has surpassed 100,000 in the US, returning to levels not seen since the winter boom.

Powered by the highly contagious Delta Edition, there have been cases and hospitalizations in the past month. The country averaged around 11,000 cases a day at the end of June. Now this number is 107,143.

The virus is spreading rapidly through unvaccinated populations, especially in the Deep South. Hospitals are overrun with patients in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The US average crossed 100,000 for the first time in November, peaking at around 250,000 in early January and hitting a low in late June.

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LONDON – A British scientist who rose to prominence for issuing dire warnings about the spread of COVID-19 said on Saturday that the UK does not need a future lockdown, albeit with increased social interaction New infections can increase significantly.

Professor Neil Ferguson, an infectious disease specialist at Imperial College London, told The Times of London that Britain is likely to move to a position where the disease can be managed by vaccination rather than by “crisis measures” such as lockdowns.

“I wouldn’t rule it out outright, but I think it’s unlikely we’ll need new lockdowns of the type or even social-distancing measures as of now,” he said. ” They said. “The caveat to that is, of course, if the virus mutates substantially.”

Figures released on Friday showed the latest virus surge in the UK has eased, with the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 falling across much of the country. Based on its weekly survey of infection levels, the Office for National Statistics said infection rates appear to be falling in England, Scotland and Wales, although not in Northern Ireland, with the biggest declines in younger age groups.

Public health experts attribute the UK’s successful nationwide vaccination program to slowing the spread of COVID-19 even in the face of the more infectious Delta variant,

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MEXICO CITY – Mexico City and half a dozen of the country’s 32 states are now on “red” alert as COVID-19 infections reach their highest level.

As of Friday, Mexico had more than 144,000 active coronavirus cases nationwide, up 4.6% from the previous peak during the country’s boom in January.

The country has seen 243,733 test-confirmed deaths but does very little testing; Studies of death certificates indicate that the actual toll is around 370,000.

Nearly a quarter of Mexico is now on the highest level of alert, requiring some non-essential businesses to close and forcing others to serve fewer customers at once.

The federal health department said the capital is “red” on a color-coded warning system for the pandemic, but Mexico City officials claimed they were still at the orange level, which allows for widespread business activity.

“We do not believe that we should stop economic activity, but rather accelerate the pace of vaccination,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said.

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HARTFORD, Conn. Connecticut has become the latest US state to mandate that workers in nursing homes be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday directed an executive order requiring all employees of long-term care facilities to receive at least the first dose of the vaccine by Sept.

In a statement, he said it would be “absolutely irresponsible” that staff would not be vaccinated given the vulnerability of the people in their care.

According to Lamont’s release, more than half of all nursing homes in Connecticut have staff vaccination rates below 75%. Connecticut joins at least five other states that have issued similar mandates.

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Sacramento, Calif. – The state of California has announced another round of coronavirus vaccine incentives.

The California Department of Health Care Services said Friday it will spend $350 million on the state’s Medicaid program to vaccinate more people. Medicaid is a United States and federal health insurance program for people with disabilities or low incomes.

About 76% of California residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. But only 45% of the state’s Medicaid population has been vaccinated.

New incentives include grocery store gift cards up to $50. About 13.8 million people are enrolled in California’s Medicaid program.

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