CDC Reviews Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, India’s case count hits record highs, and US expands do-not-travel list. Here’s what you need to know:
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CDC Advisory Board Meets To Determine Future Of Johnson & Johnson Shooting
Today, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meets to discuss the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and it is should recommend to resume Its use. The shot the deployment was halted to investigate a very small number of dangerous blood clotting incidents. Although rare, they were medically serious and in some cases fatal. Assuming that the shot will be used again soon, the doctors think carefully about how to discuss both the collective gain and personal risk. According to one doctor, “We want a societal benefit at the end of the day, but we shouldn’t shy away from talking about what it means for individual patients.”
In the EU, the health regulator announced earlier this week that the region would resume its Deployment of Johnson & Johnsonbecause the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk of rare blood clots. There the manufacturer will add a new label with warnings about the risk of clots and steps to recognize and treat them.
India sets pandemic records as other countries struggle with increasing outbreaks as well
There were 332,730 new Covid-19 infections per day in India as of Friday – the world highest daily increase in cases. The pandemic outbreak in India grabbed headlines all week as the situation grew increasingly dire. Hospital beds are filling up and some states and cities have instituted lockdowns in the absence of a national mandate. On top of that, there were two fatal crashes in overrun hospitals this week: oxygen leak killed 22 Covid patients, and one Fire killed at least 14.
Other countries are also struggling to contain the crisis. In Brazil, millions are hungry as the country faces a record epidemic. And this week, Japan declared a third state of emergency for several regions, including Tokyo, as cases multiply just a few months before the Olympics.
US issues new travel advisories as other countries make plans to open borders
Earlier this week, the US State Department released a Do not travel list. The list, which only included 33 countries a week earlier, now names more than 115 countries and territories that Americans should avoid traveling to, including Brazil, Russia, India and much of Europe.
While vaccination is getting things done in some parts of the world, other countries are also presenting new plans for overseas travel. China, which previously only allowed entry for people who have received Chinese vaccines, recently announced that it will allow submission of US vaccine dossiers when requesting a coronavirus QR “health code”. And Israel and Bahrain have reached a first chord of its kind recognize vaccine passports from either location and allow quarantine-free travel between the two countries.
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