The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, May 14, 2022.
Latest American, world numbers
There have been more than 82.41 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 7 ONE SATURDAY, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 999,510 deaths have been recorded in the United States
Worldwide, there have been more than 520.67 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 6.26 million deaths and more than 11.4 billion administered vaccine doses.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness such as pneumonia or death.
Air Force cadets may not be able to graduate due to vaccine rejection
Four cadets at the Air Force Academy may not graduate or be deployed as military officers later this month because they have refused the COVID-19 vaccine and they may be required to pay thousands of dollars back in training costs, according to Air Force officials.
The Army and Navy said that to date, none of their seniors have been prevented from graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, or the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, due to vaccine rejections.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin last year made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for service members, including those at military academies, and said the vaccine is essential for maintaining military readiness and the health of the force.
The graduations are scheduled to take place in the next two weeks.
North Korea reports 21 new deaths while fighting the COVID-19 outbreak
North Korea has reported 21 new deaths and 174,440 more people with fever symptoms, while the country is struggling to slow the spread of COVID-19 over its unvaccinated population.
The deaths and incidents, which were from Friday, increased the total number to 27 deaths and 524,440 diseases amid a rapid spread of fever since the end of April. State media did not specify how many of the fever cases and deaths were confirmed as COVID-19 infections.
The country imposed nationwide lockdowns on Thursday after confirming its first COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Biden calls on the world to renew the COVID battle as the United States approaches 1 million deaths
President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed to world leaders for a renewed international commitment to attack COVID-19 as he led the United States to mark the approaching “tragic milestone” with 1 million deaths in the home from the virus. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and warned of “satisfaction” across the globe.
“This pandemic is not over,” Biden told the Second Global Pandemic Summit. “Today we mark a tragic milestone here in the United States, 1 million COVID deaths – 1 million empty chairs around the family dinner table.”
coronaviruses has killed more than 999,000 people in the United States and at least 6.2 million people globally since it occurred in late 2019, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Biden issued a proclamation Thursday in which he ordered American flags to be flown at half-mast through sunset Monday to honor those who lost their lives due to the virus.
The president called on Congress to provide more funds for tests, vaccines and treatments, something legislators have so far not been willing to provide.
The lack of funding – Biden has requested an additional $ 22.5 billion of what he calls critically needed money – is a reflection of shaky determination at home that jeopardizes the global response to the pandemic.
Eight months later, he used the first such summit to announce one ambitious promise to donate 1.2 billion vaccine doses to the world, the urgent need for the United States and other nations to respond has diminished.
US ‘vulnerable’ to COVID without new shots
The new COVID-19 coordinator in the White House is issuing a stern warning. He said in an Associated Press interview that the United States will become more and more vulnerable to coronavirus this fall and winter if Congress does not quickly approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments.
Dr. Ashish Jha said in an interview on Thursday that Americans’ immune protection against the virus is declining, the virus is adapting to be more contagious, and booster doses for most people will be needed – with the potential for improved protection against a new generation of shots.
“When we get to the fall, we will all have a lot more vulnerability to a virus that has a lot more immune escape than even it does today and certainly than it did six months ago,” Jha said. “It leaves a lot of us vulnerable.”
Jha predicted that the next generation of vaccines, which are likely to be targeted at the current prevalent omicron strain, “will provide a much, much higher degree of protection against the virus we will encounter in the fall and winter.” he warned that the United States risks losing its place in the queue to other countries if Congress does not act within the next many weeks.
Vaccine developer develops hidden quality control problems from the FDA, the House report concludes
A congressional inquiry has concluded that a prominent vaccine development firm misled federal regulators regarding the capabilities of a Baltimore plant and ultimately destroyed hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines as a result of the company’s negligence.
In a reply, Emergent declared the report “nothing new” and said the company had been “open and forthcoming” with both the FDA and Congress.
According to Tuesday’s report from the Democratic-led House Committee on Supervision and Reform and the select subcommittee on the Coronavirus crisis, executives at Emergent BioSolutions failed to address the deficiencies at the Maryland production site that the FDA raised. They were also aware of potential pollution and production problems put forward by third parties such as Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca “for years”, according to a former director.
Reviewing internal emails, documents and interviews, the report concluded that nearly 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were destroyed as a result of “poor quality control.” The congressional report showed that the total number of discarded or destroyed doses was more than five times what had previously been disclosed by the company. It included 90 million doses that were manufactured after The Biden administration ordered the company to stop production last year after it was discovered that vaccines had been cross-contaminated.
The company also said it disputes the claim that 400 million doses were “rendered useless.”
The IPS K-8 school reinstates the mask mandate due to increasing COVID-19 cases
An Indianapolis School serving elementary and middle school students reinstates its mask mandate due to increasing COVID-19 cases.
On Monday, the Indianapolis Public Schools Center for Inquiry School 84 began requiring students, staff and visitors to wear masks on buses and indoors.
Masks are also required for students, staff and visitors during local events and excursions.
A statement from IPS said the school’s mandate is temporary and the district plans to drop the mandate on Tuesday, May 24th.
The school is located on the north side of Indianapolis at 440 E. 57th St., between Central Avenue and North Washington Boulevard.
2. COVID-19 booster shot available for Hoosiers 50 and up
The Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that Hoosiers 50 years and older, as well as those 12 and older with weakened immune systems, are now eligible to receive another mRNA COVID-19 booster shot at least four months after their first booster dose.
The announcement comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration approved an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for that age group and and certain younger people with severely weakened immune systems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later recommended the extra shot as an option, but stopped calling on the legitimate ones to hurry out and get it right away.
IDOH advises vaccine providers that they can start administering other boosters of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to qualified individuals.
The CDC also says that adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago can now receive a second booster dose of both mRNA vaccines.
You can find a vaccine site at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many places accept walk-ins.
Marion County COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics continue
The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccination and testing to anyone interested in receiving these services.
MCPHD operates a COVID-19 test site, which is a drive-thru clinic located at 3838 N. Rural St. in Indianapolis.
The clinic’s current opening hours are Monday-Friday at 8.30-15.30. This clinic only offers PCR tests and no rapid tests. A list of additional test sites registered with the Indiana Department of Health is available at coronavirus.in.gov.
Appointments for COVID-19 testing at the MCPHD site are not required but are available by visiting marionhealth.org/indycovid or call 317-221-5515.
MCPHD also offers COVID-19 vaccines at its district health offices, ACTION Health Center and four other locations in Marion County. Appointments for vaccines are not required, but are recommended.
Please visit ourshot.in.gov or call 2-1-1 to find a vaccination clinic.
Marion County Clinic Schedule
- Northeast District Health Office, 6042 E. 21st St.
Mondays: 12.00 – 16.00
Tuesdays: 15.00 – 19.00
- Eagledale Plaza Health Office, 2802 Lafayette Road
- Northwest District Health Office, 6940 N. Michigan Road
Thursdays: 15.00 – 19.00
- South District Health Office, 7551 S. Shelby St.
Mondays: 15.00 – 19.00
- ACTION Health Center, 2868 N. Pennsylvania St.
Wednesdays: 15.00 – 17.00
- Martindale-Brightwood Public Library Branch, 2435 N. Sherman Drive (only aged 12-over)
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 15.30
- College Avenue Public Library Branch, 4180 N. College Ave. (only aged 12-over)
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 15.30
- East 38th Street Public Library Branch, 5420 E. 38th St. (only aged 12-over)
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 15.30
- IndyGo Carson Transit Center, 201 E. Washington St. (only aged 12-over)