Coronavirus surge in U.S. has pushed the threshold for herd immunity

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Coronavirus surge in U.S. has pushed the threshold for herd immunity

The spread of delta coronavirus variant has pushed the threshold for herd immunity to well over 80% and possibly near 90%, according to an Infectious Diseases Society of America briefing.

Tyson Foods Inc. America's biggest meat company, is requiring worker at U.S. offices to be fully inoculated by Nov. 1 and must be fully inoculated by December 1. Whether or not you are in NY City or gyms, the city will require anyone eating indoors to show proof of their vaccination.

President Joe Biden singled out Florida and Texas, where cases are surge. He criticized the pandemic response by the Republican governors in those states. The two states have responded to about one-third of all new cases in the U.S. in the past week, Administration said Monday.

China cancelling restrictions and renewing flights amid a Covid - 19 revival. Dozens of Chinese cities have advised residents to stop traveling unless it is absolutely necessary, according to local media reports.

Global Tracker: Cases exceed 199.3 million; deaths pass 4.24 millionVaccine Tracker: More than 4.16 billion doses administeredChina's latest outbreak threatens to derail consumer recoveryBaiden assails GOP governors who have blocked new mask mandatesVanguard offers $1,000 to employees to get vaccinatedHow return-to-office policies are shifting with U.S. virus surge and death rate is increasing

School Shows Covid Doesn't Linger for Most Children: Studies Have 84.2% of the children that have never been infected with Covid, according to the study.

Many children who get Covid - 19 recover within a week, according to a large U.K. study that may help calm fears about whether kids who get sick face the most protracted forms of the disease.

Some 4.4% of 1,734 children with symptomatic Covid in the study had symptoms for more than four weeks, most often fatigue, headaches and a loss of smell, researchers said in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

The research team followed 250,000 children in the UK between five and 17 years old, between September of last year and on 22 Feb.

U.K. to recommend Vaccine for 16 and 17 year olds.

The U.K. is set to approve Covid - 19 vaccination shots for children between 16 and 17 years, the Telegraph reports quoting a government source. The demographic group will be advised to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, matching the guideline for younger U.K. residents.

Idaho is suffering a surge in Covid - 19 infections among babies and toddlers, prompting an urgent call for unvaccinated adults to get shots and 'coon these kids"

The current rate is 53 per 100,000 children from newborn to 4 years old, an increase of 16 per 100,000 two weeks ago, said Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist for the Idaho Division of Public Health, during an online briefing on Tuesday. The most likely cause for delta variant circulation, Turner said.

Biden says the CDC should revole Eviction Bans, but only for Trump and Biden.

President Joe Biden said that U.S. authorities plan to announce new measures aimed at protecting struggling renters after an eviction moratorium lapsed days ago, setting off a firestorm of criticism from fellow Democrats and housing advocates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new moratorium would apply to counties with high rates of coronavirus infections, according to two people familiar with the matter. The move shows the extent to which the extinction of coronavirus variant of Delta has upended the administration's agenda.

The delta boost could mean strains for the largest diagnostic maker, as Quest Diagnostics indicated it's looking at an increase in capacity to an uptick in demand for tests.

'Our average positivity rate has also steadily increased over the past six weeks, making it more difficult to pool specimens, a method of screening multiple samples at once as a way of turning test results around quicker with less resources, said the company in a statement on Tuesday.

Quest said its tests are capable of picking infections with the variant of delta as well as other strains and is still turning around most Covid - 19 tests within a day or two. The company is 'currently evaluating measures to increase capacity should cases and positivity rates continue to surge.

U.S. president Joe Biden singled out Florida and Texas, where cases are surging, criticizing the pandemic response by the Republican governors in those states. The two states are responsible for about one-third of all new cases in the U.S. in the last week, administration said Monday.

How do we need leadership from everyone? Some governors aren't willing to do the right things to make this happen. I say, to these governors, please, if you aren't going to help, at least get out of the way for people doing the right thing.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott threatened to withhold funding to local school districts that have mask requirements, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has banned vaccine mandates.

Vanguard Group Inc. is offering $1,000 to employees who get vaccinated by October, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Asset Manager is extending the payments to all workers who can prove they've gotten a Covid19 vaccination even if they were inoculated before the firm extended the offer. A Vanguard spokeswoman confirmed the company is launching an incentive program.

Brazil states and cities are ready to suspend most limitations on businesses and gatherings as Covid cases and deaths drop to the lowest in months while vaccinations pick up speed.

Many schools in Sao Paulo will be reopened for in-person classes this week and the state will end restrictions on opening hours and capacity for most businesses starting Aug. 17. Rio de Janeiro also has plans to ease some rules on using masks starting from Sept. 2, including on the use of masks. The reopening will include a four-day celebration, mayor Eduardo Paes said, adding that New Year's festivities will be the largest in the city's history.

Indoor Schools in Denver will require indoor masks for students, teachers, staff and visitors when classes resume Aug. 9'regardless of vaccination status, Will Jones, a spokesman for the school system, said in an email. On Monday, the municipality announced all workers, including teachers, must be vaccinated by September 31.

Are you prepared for future pandemics?

The U.S. government is in 'active' and'sensitive' discussions about investing in a comprehensive pandemic preparedness program, said Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert.

Speaking at a Tuesday event with the Center for Strategic International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, Fauci said the U.S. is continuing to plan for the future, ever-focused on how vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics might be used to combat future pandemics.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' move to bar school mask mandates is already working as the state reports a record number of people with Covid infections.

Less than a week after the Republican governor threatened to withhold state funding to schools districts that require masks, two schools are backing down on such mandates. Broward County Public Schools reversed its masking rule, which was mandated just one week before by the school board in an effort to comply with the governor's executive order that schools should leave masking decisions to parents, according to a statement on Monday.

Gadsden County School District also had the ability to perform a mask requirement for the coming year but has reversed the order, according to WTVT in Florida.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund announced on the following month that it would produce 3 million doses of the second shot of its Sputnik V vaccine in Argentina after a presidential adviser in Latin American country criticized delays in deliveries.

Laboratorios Richmond SA will start making Sputnik vaccines available in Argentina with an international batch of 150,000 doses earlier this week - Russian sovereign wealth fund who is in charge of Sputnik's initial rollout, said by email on Tuesday.

The number of people hospitalized with Covid - 19 in Florida climbed to a record 11,863, even when Governor Ron DeSantis reaffirmed his stance against new public-health mandates.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - which is available only until July 30 - shows Florida's emergency department visits with confirmed Covid continue to increase, but the pace of increases had begun to moderate

New York City will require proof of vaccination for employees and customers at indoor restaurants and gyms, according to Bill Neidhardt, the mayor's press secretary. Neidhardt will announce the mandate during his Tuesday virus briefing, Bill de Blasio said.

City employees must get Covid shots or be tested weekly.

CureVac and Arcturus Therapeutics rose after Sanofi agreed to buy Translate Bio Inc. for $3.2 billion. Sanofi and Translate were partnered with Covid-19 vaccine development before the Massachusetts-based drugmaker raised a bid for the French biotech.

Arcturus also said it got the go-ahead in Singapore to advance two mRNA candidates for a phase 1 study.

Weekly cases continue to fall in the Netherlands with 21,005 infections reported on Tuesday, down from 37,343 in the previous week. The national health service said the country appears to have reached a peak in Covid- 19 hospitalizations with 541 new admissions reported in the past week, down 23.

Scotland to proceed with lifting of restrictions.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the country will lift most virus restrictions on Aug. 9, in line with the government's plan and after a drop in infections.

Tyson Foods Requires Shots for U.S. Workers :

Tyson Foods Inc. is requiring all its U.S. workers to be fully vaccinated no later than Nov. 1. The move by Tyson, America's largest meat company, is among the most aggressive yet to stop another wave of infections that shuttered food-producing plants in 2020.

Tyson said in a statement Tuesday that all company leadership must be vaccinated by Sept. 24, all other office workers by Oct. 1 and all in-office employees by Nov. 1.

Walmart Inc. is the biggest employer in the U.S. and Walt Disney Corp. announced vaccination requirements for some employees last week.

According to a study by opposition-led Budapest City Hall, the Chinese vaccine “sinopharm” failed to produce sufficient antibodies in a quarter of elderly people who were voluntarily tested in Budapest according to a review by the Shanghai Family Medicine Institute.

The results were published just as the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has faced opposition criticism for having widely given older people shot by Sinopharm, started offering third shots this week for anyone who requests them.

Peru, which had the highest level of Covid death per capita after Hungary, was the only European Union country that has deployed the Sinopharm vaccine.