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Interfor International - COVID-19 Daily Update - March 2

Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – March 2

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates -March 2, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 114,528,284 (28,664,722in United States)

Total Deaths: 2,541,018 (514,660 in United States) 

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 249 Million – .069% (76.9 Million, 7.76% of US population)

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • Nearly 77 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to data published by the CDC. More than 15% of the population, about 50.7 million people, have now received at least one dose of vaccine. Nearly 8% of the population, approximately 25.5 million, have been fully vaccinated.
  • The United States reports at least 2,463 cases of coronavirus variants first spotted in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. The CDC warned that these figures do not represent the total number of such cases circulating nationwide, just those that have been detected by analyzing positive samples.
  • CDC advisers voted to recommend the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine for the US. It is the first vaccine that comes in a single dose. The company will deliver 20 million doses in March and 100 million doses by June. Merck will be joining forces with J&J in order to produce more doses at a faster rate.
  • New York Governor Cuomo announced that hotel workers are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccination as part of phase 1B.
  • California lawmakers and Governor Gavin Newsom announced a plan intended to encourage districts to open schools. The agreement includes $2 billion incentives and fast-tracked vaccinations to lure teachers back.
  • The federal government has agreed to buy 100,000 doses of a Covid-19 treatment by Eli Lilly. The drug, Bamlanivimab, is a monoclonal antibody, which mimics one of the natural antibodies the immune system uses to fight off the virus. 

International  

  • South Korea began its vaccination program and has extended social distancing measures and bans on gatherings of five or more people until March 14.
  • Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, has entered a two-week lockdown, joining several states in adopting measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus as intensive care beds begin to fill in some cities. 
  • Finland’s government declared a state of emergency due to a sharp rise in cases that they attribute partially to the spread of new variants. The country will go into a three-week lockdown on March 8.
  • France has extended the upper age limit for use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, now approving use of the vaccine in people 65 to 75 years old with serious health conditions.
  • The Czech Republic has entered a strict new lockdown after experiencing near record levels of new infections and a death toll above 20,000. 
  • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, kicking off the second phase of the country’s immunization campaign that will allow shots for those age 60 and older, and those above age 45 with serious medical conditions.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • In light of the new Covid-19 strain thought to be considerably more contagious, all non-essential travel should be reconsidered. 
  • Wear a mask. There is no downside and projected deaths in the United States are considerably lower if the populace wears masks, according to several studies. 
  • You can download Interfor’s return to work guidelines here. 

WARNING:  Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.

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