Coronavirus Morning News Roundup – Sep 27: New BA.2.75.2 variant can evade vaccines, UK sees 30% rise in cases in a week

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira’s report. Here now the news of the pandemic from around the world on the 901st day of the pandemic.

In the news we cover today, reports indicate that the new BA.2.75.2 sublineage of the omicron variant may evade protection offered by current vaccines and the UK is headed for an autumn wave of new cases.

Here’s a look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours.

UNITED STATES

The latest sublineage of the omicron variant, BA.2.75.2, is striking and setting off alarm bells. Scientists have found that it has the ability to evade the immunity provided by current vaccines and also cannot be neutralized by many of the available antiviral drug treatments.

So far, the new strain has been reported in 47 countries, including the United States, where it can be found in 39 states and accounts for less than 1% of all new cases.

So far, the only antibody treatment that will work against BA.2.75.2 is Eli Lilly and Company’s bebtelovimab. This monoclonal antibody treatment is given as an intravenous infusion to people with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to more severe disease.

Meanwhile, Pfizer and its vaccine partner BioNTech have applied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for authorization for a bivalent childhood coronavirus vaccine. Doses for children in the 5-11 age group could be available later this year.

GLOBAL

The UK appears headed for an autumn wave of Covid cases. The Zoe Health Study, which tracks more than 500,000 people in the country, reported a 30% rise in new cases over the past week, Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College London, said in a statement.

“Our current data definitely shows that this is the beginning of the next wave,” Spector said.

Data from the National Health Service correlates a significant increase, although less. NHS data showed that, after falling for almost two months, the seven-day average of new cases in England and Wales rose 13% for the week ending September 17 from the previous week.

Meanwhile, Japan’s population-level immunity to coronavirus has reached about 90% in major population areas following a recent wave of Omicron. The level of protection provided by such immunity is likely to wane in a matter of months, according to a study by the Tokyo Policy Research Foundation released Tuesday.

TODAY’S STATISTICS

Here are the daily stats for Tuesday, September 27.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 620.9 million cases of covid-19, an increase of 0.5 million cases and more than 6.5 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. . Additionally, 601.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.8 million.

Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Tuesday is 13,169,143, a decrease of 78,000. Of that number, 99.7%, or 13,129,363, are considered mild and 0.3%, or 39,780, are classified as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has not changed in the last 24 hours.

The United States reported 58,520 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday compared to the previous day, compared to 5,275 on Monday, 8,091 on Sunday, 44,458 on Saturday, 92,729 on Friday and 107,066 on Thursday, according to data from the Department of Health and Services. US Humans. The 7-day incidence rate is now 52,826. Weekend numbers (reported the next day) are typically 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to less testing being done.

The daily average of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 52,539, a decrease of 18%, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average number of daily deaths during the same period is 417, an increase of 9% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 29,443, a decrease of 15%.

Also, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded, as of Tuesday, just under 98 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 1.08 million. India has the world’s second-highest number of officially recorded cases, 44.6 million, and a reported death toll of 528,562.

The most recent data from Russia’s state statistics service Rosstat showed that as of the end of July, the number of covid or covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now 823,623, giving the country the second highest pandemic in the world. number of related deaths, behind the United States. Rosstat reported that 3,284 people died from the coronavirus or related causes in July, up from 5,023 in June, 7,008 in May and 11,583 in April.

For its part, France is the third country with the highest number of cases, with more than 35.1 million, although Brazil has registered the third highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 685,881, and has registered 34.7 million cases, ranking at number four slots.

Germany is at number five with 33 million cases.

The other five countries with total case figures above 20 million are South Korea, with just under 24.7 million cases, the UK, with more than 23.6 million cases, putting it in the ranked number seven, and Italy, with 22.4 million, as number eight, as well as Japan, with 21 million, and Russia, with just under 20.9 million.

FOCUS ON VACCINATION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of last Thursday, more than 263.8 million people in the United States, or 79.5%, have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. . Of that population, 67.8%, or 224.9 million people, have received two doses of the vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 616.2 million. Breaking this down further, 90.4% of the population over the age of 18, or 233.4 million people, have received at least one first inoculation and 77.5% of the same group, or 200.1 million people He is fully vaccinated. In addition, 51.8% of that population, or 103.7 million people, have already received a first booster dose of the vaccine.

Beginning June 13, 2022, the CDC began updating vaccine data weekly and posting the updated information on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EDT, according to a statement on the agency’s website.

Some 67.9% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Tuesday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. So far, 12.71 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally, and 3.5 million doses are now administered per day.

Meanwhile, only 22.3% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.

Only a handful of the world’s poorest countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal) have reached the 70% vaccination mark. Many countries, however, are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal, and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits, if not lower.

Additionally, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not administered vaccines.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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