Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – January 26, 2021
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 99,802,069 (25,298,405 in United States)
Total Deaths: 2,142,650 (421,239 in United States)
- President Biden will reimpose a ban on travelers entering the country to limit the spread of Covid-19, including new variants. The ban includes the UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and 26 European countries.
- Nearly 6% of the US population, more than 19 million people, have received at least one dose of the vaccine; about 3.3 million are fully vaccinated according to data published by the CDC.
- California has lifted stay-at-home orders for all regions in the state, citing a drop in intensive unit care projections.
- Pharmaceutical company Merck is discontinuing development of its Covid-19 vaccine candidates after early studies showed immune responses were inferior to natural infection and other Covid-19 vaccines.
- A new variant of coronavirus has been detected in the US for the first time in Minnesota. The P.1 variant of coronavirus was detected in a traveler from Brazil and is one of four variants closely watched by officials at the CDC.
- Google Maps is set to roll out a new feature, beginning in four US states (Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) that displays locations offering Covid-19 vaccinations.
- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for Covid-19. His symptoms are mild, and he is receiving treatment.
- Austria made medical-grade FFP2 and N95 face masks mandatory in public spaces for all individuals 14 and older.
- About 0.01% of a large group of people who received two doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine tested positive for coronavirus after their second shot, with only mild symptoms, according to preliminary data from an Israeli health care system.
- UK Ministers are expected to approve a plan requiring citizens to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days if they arrive in England from high risk countries.
- Pfizer Korea has applied for approval of its vaccine developed with BioNTech in South Korea. The ministry aims to review the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine within 40 days.
- 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.
- CDC Symptoms page
- See Interfor’s new blog posts about the global state of vaccinations and the security challenges faced in administering them.