Coronavirus spread: Why COVID-19 cases are continuing to increase
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of cases in the world has exceeded 61 million. In the United States, this mark is approaching 13 million
The situation with coronavirus in the world as a whole and in the United States continues to get worse. According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of cases on the planet has already exceeded 61 million. In the United States, this mark is approaching 13 million. 263.5 thousand people died.
Hospitals in the United States are ringing the alarm: the number of cases is growing rapidly for 16 days, and there are not enough free beds in intensive care units. About ninety thousand Americans are in hospitals – the number of hospitalized people has almost doubled since the beginning of the month. This Oklahoma hospital, like many others in the United States, has wards overcrowded with covid patients, doctors and nurses pushing their limits..
Against this backdrop, a number of medical centers involved in the Pfizer vaccine trial are preparing to distribute it. Vaccines are expected to be available by the end of this year – early next.
«We hope to have some vaccine in December and January. As production and distribution by the federal government increases, by spring / summer next year we will be able to vaccinate those at risk and then start vaccinating the rest.», – said Katie Baumgarten of Ochsner Health.
British drug maker AstraZeneca is working with regulators to understand why a lower dose of a vaccine performed better than a full dose in clinical trials. Experts note that this news could reduce the chances of getting quick approval for the use of the vaccine in the United States and the European Union..
However, this, like its effectiveness – from 70 to 90% – did not prevent Thailand from already signing an agreement to purchase this vaccine. The Thai Cabinet of Ministers previously approved a budget of $ 198 million to purchase 26 million doses to immunize 13 million people. Other countries in the region, such as the Philippines, are preparing to sign similar deals with AstraZeneca and others to ensure supply.
Earlier this week, Russia said interim results from Sputnik V clinical trials showed the vaccine was 95 percent effective, on par with other vaccine manufacturers, which also published test results showing 90 percent or better effectiveness..
Meanwhile, South Korean intelligence agencies thwarted attempts by the DPRK to hack into South Korean companies developing vaccines against the coronavirus. Which drug manufacturers are targeted by hackers? – not reported yet.
This came after Microsoft announced earlier this month that hackers working for the governments of Russia and North Korea tried to hack the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States.