US has a “very serious” problem with the adoption of the Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccines are by far the most powerful tool available against the coronavirus, protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized and dying from the virus.

Unlike many less developed countries, the US has enough doses to vaccinate everyone, as well as the infrastructure needed to support the launch.

The problem: not everyone wants the photo.

“We have a problem with vaccine acceptance that is very serious in the United States and anything we can do to make people more comfortable accepting these potentially life-saving medical products is something we feel we are obligated to do.” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biological Assessment and Research.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48.7% of people over age 12 have been fully vaccinated and received at least one booster dose in the US.

This is a lower rate than in other countries with similar access to vaccines. For example, 69.6% of people over 12 were stimulated in the UK and 55.5% in Canada. In the 27 countries of the European Union, 62.6% of adults were stimulated.

Marks was talking to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee as it considered approving a new Covid-19 vaccine developed by U.S. biotechnology company Novavax on Tuesday.

The committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving the vaccine, saying its emergency FDA authorization would be beneficial, writes CNN’s Jacqueline Howard.

Vaccine hesitancy was among the topics discussed at the meeting.

The Novavax Covid-19 vaccine uses different technology than the three vaccines currently in use in the US and therefore may be an option for people who are allergic to an ingredient used in mRNA vaccines.

Asked why there is a need for another Covid-19 vaccine in the United States when three vaccines have already been authorized for use – Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, the latter an injection without mRNA – Marks replied: “The Janssen vaccine currently is not being used as a frontline vaccine in the same way as mRNA vaccines, which leaves the vaccine issue to those who may not want to get an mRNA vaccine due to concerns they might have with an mRNA vaccine . “

In May, the FDA limited emergency use authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine to adults who cannot or will not have another type of vaccine because of the risk of a rare and dangerous clotting condition after receiving it.

Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine — given in two doses three weeks apart — is made using small lab-built pieces of coronavirus to stimulate immunity.

This protein-based approach is a more traditional method of vaccine development than the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines.

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P: Has the pandemic caused mental illness in children or made it worse?

ONE: The pandemic has not increased mental illness in teenagers, but rather “unmasked symptoms” that may have been managed otherwise, according to Dr. John Walkup, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Walkup said that, on average, 20% of children have a mental health problem before graduating in the US, with only half of them receiving an evaluation or treatment. Of these, only about 40% of them received clinically significant benefits.

Walkup said this means that only about 15% of children with mental health issues are getting help.

“Then you take away school, family, peer support and sports, and you force them to stay home. You know these kids aren’t going to do well over time,” he explained.

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READINGS OF THE WEEK

Covid is likely ‘getting worse, not better’ in North Korea

The World Health Organization (WHO) has doubts about North Korea’s claims of progress in the fight against Covid-19, believing the outbreak is getting worse, not better.

North Korean state media KCNA said the wave of Covid was waning after the daily number of “fever” cases topped 390,000 about two weeks ago.

But Pyongyang has never directly confirmed how many people have tested positive for the virus and experts suspect underreporting in figures reported by government-controlled media. This makes it difficult to assess the scale of the situation.

“We assume the situation is getting worse, not better,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan said in a video briefing last week. The WHO has offered assistance on several occasions, including vaccines and supplies, he said.

Shanghai neighborhoods return to lockdown a day after restrictions lifted

Shanghai finally lifted its two-month coronavirus lockdown last Wednesday, allowing most of its 25 million residents to leave their communities.
But just a day later, Shanghai officials said seven new Covid cases were detected in the city’s Jing’an and Pudong districts. As a result, four neighborhoods were quickly isolated and designated as “medium risk areas” – meaning nearly 2 million people will be confined to their homes for 14 days.

The rapid return to lockdown is the latest reminder that despite the easing of restrictions, the Chinese government’s zero Covid policy, which includes mass testing, extensive quarantine and instant lockdowns, will continue to dominate everyday life.

CDC adds four destinations to ‘high’ risk list, including a charming Caribbean

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added four places to its list of “high” risk destinations for Covid-19, including a small, charming Caribbean nation. St. Kitts and Nevis, part of the Leeward Islands east of Puerto Rico, was placed in the Tier 3 category on Monday. The destination is known for its beautiful, lush landscapes and cultural experiences.

The CDC revised its rating system to assess Covid-19 risk for travelers in April. The Tier 3 “high” risk category is now the primary in terms of risk level. Applies to countries that have had more than 100 cases per 100,000 population in the last 28 days. There were around 115 destinations on Level 3 as of June 6th. Level 3 sites now represent nearly half of the approximately 235 sites monitored by the CDC. Level 2 is considered “moderate” risk and level 1 is “low” risk.

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Coronavirus cases continue to rise in most of the US, driven by the very contagious BA.2.12.1 subvariant – but experts say that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer fun has been cancelled.

CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said that people who are generally healthy, vaccinated and boosted have a low risk of serious illness due to Covid-19.

“It is reasonable for many people to say that given their low risk, they are fine resuming pre-pandemic activities and will not restrict their travel or other activities,” she said.

Wen said people should always consider their individual risk factors, such as being fully vaccinated with boosters, their own medical risk, and the number of Covid cases at their intended destination.

“There will be a lot of people who are still choosing to be cautious. The good news is that there are also many more tools available to them that weren’t before in the early stages of the pandemic. There are antiviral pills, for example, that reduce the chance of serious illness even further.” And, of course, ensuring they are vaccinated and up to date with boosters also reduces the risk of serious illness and symptomatic infection,” he added.

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