Biden made additional announcements Ordered, researchers explored new shots and treatments and failed to deliver vaccines worldwide. Here’s what you need to know:
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The White House has announced a comprehensive new plan to deal with the next phase of the epidemic
Yesterday, President Biden announced several new Covid-1 policies. The six components of his plan are to increase vaccination, increase the safety of the immune system, keep schools safe and open, increase screening and masking, strengthen economic recovery, and reform the care of sick people. The vaccine mandate is a focal point. All employers, including more than 100 employees, will need vaccinations or weekly examinations, workers will be given time to get their shots and recover from side effects, and if they do not, they will face fines of up to $ 14,000 per violation. And all federal employees in the executive branch and government contractors must also be vaccinated.
Biden also called on governors to vaccinate school staff. This week, Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest school district, took it a step further by announcing that all students over the age of 12 must be vaccinated to attend class in person.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers and researchers work to develop more vaccine and treatment options
Top executives at Biotech recently announced that the drug maker is ready to request worldwide approval for the use of its Covid-1 vaccine in children under 5 years of age. Meanwhile, other drug makers say plans are underway for a new type of vaccine that could fight both Covid-1 and the flu. NovaVax said this week that it has begun testing at an early stage to test its combined shot and expects results in the first half of 2022. Moderena is also building a two-in-one booster.
Researchers are also working to find existing drugs that can treat mild cases of covid and keep more people out of the hospital. Preliminary data suggest that an antidepressant drug called fluvoxamine may be effective, but more research is needed to be sure. And although ivermectin had some promising initial results, there is no evidence that it helps prevent or treat covid.
Efforts to distribute the vaccine internationally continue
During a meeting of the UN General Assembly later this month, the Biden administration is expected to suggest an international summit to discuss the epidemic, and in particular the production and distribution of vaccines. Equitable Vaccine Distribution Continues: This week, Kovacs announced that it is about 30 percent lower than its distribution target for 2021. Bought most of the world’s supplies, to make sure the shots were delivered fairly.
This week, the WHO chief again spoke of booster shots, urging rich countries to stop them by the end of the year so that those doses could be made available elsewhere to people who have not yet received their initial doses.
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Why are hospital-related infections on the rise during epidemics?
Health-care-related infections, which often fall on people while in hospital, are caused by a number of factors. Patients in the ICU are at risk for infection, but they are being treated close to other sick people, and healthcare workers may inadvertently become carriers, such as life-saving equipment. Crowds and the extra demands of hospital staff also don’t help. During the epidemic, the pressure to care for sick people in Kovid slowed the year’s progress in preventing this type of infection. The good news is, the solution to this problem can be the same as the solution to the epidemic: vaccines. The fewer people are seriously ill, the better hospitals will be equipped to protect everyone who comes through their hospital doors.
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