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Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – March 23

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates -March 23, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 123,777,544 (29,869,921in United States)

Total Deaths: 2,725,512 (542,991 in United States) 

Full Vaccinations Administered: 104.4 million, globally (13.68% of US population; 44.9M)

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • More than 127 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to data published by the CDC. Nearly 83 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 45 million have been fully vaccinated.
  • According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people should feel free to visit unvaccinated family and friends without restrictions, but visits should be limited to one unvaccinated household at a time.
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ dual antibody treatment for Covid-19 reduced symptomatic illness by four days at any dose level in its clinical trial. The treatment apparently reduced hospitalizations and death by about 70% compared to a placebo.
  • Food delivery service DoorDash has teamed up with digital health companies Vault Health and Everlywell forsame-day deliveries of FDA authorized Covid-19 PCR tests across the US.
  • New York State now allows individuals age 50 and above as eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine, lowering the current eligibility age from 65. Additionally, the state has reopened its public high schools, welcoming some students back to in-person learning about a year after schools first closed.
  • Residents in Arizona age 16 and above will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines starting this Wednesday at state-operated sites in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties, according to the state’s Department of Health Services.

International  

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel extended the country’s lockdown to April 18 due to a rise of Covid-19 cases. Merkel announced a stricter five-day lockdown over the Easter holiday, when almost all shops will be closed and religious services moved online.
  • The British government has drafted legislation that forbids travel outside of the United Kingdom without a “reasonable excuse,” with rule breakers facing a penalty of nearly $7,000. The restrictions start March 29.
  • Ontario, Canada’s largest province, declared it was at the beginning of a third wave of the pandemic, pointing to increasing case counts, hospitalizations, and variants of concern. 
  • India reported 46,951 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day rise since November 12 and the sixth consecutive daily increase in infections. Additionally, the country will widen the eligibility for Covid-19 vaccine recipients to those 45 and above starting April 1.
  • Greece is ordering doctors from the private sector to help the country’s strained public health system handle escalating coronavirus infections. The government will start distributing free self-testing kits in pharmacies beginning the first week of April.
  • Jordan reported the highest number of deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 109 new deaths.

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