Here is a summary of the current health briefs.
Australia’s Delta outbreak spreads to new states
Australia reported more than 1,900 new Delta coronavirus infections on Sunday, health data showed, as authorities struggled to quell the outbreak in the two most populous states and cases spreading to new states. Victoria and New South Wales, which have been in lockdown for weeks, have reported 1,887 cases and 13 deaths.
Italy reports 33 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, 2,968 new cases
Italy reported 33 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday compared to 25 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily number of new infections fell to 2,968 from 3,312. Italy recorded 131,031 related deaths COVID-19 since the outbreak of its epidemic in February last year, the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth in the world. The country has so far reported 4.68 million cases.
Israel Demands COVID-19 Booster Injections for Stricter ‘Green Pass’
Israel pressured its vaccinated citizens on Sunday to receive a booster by making only those who received their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine eligible for a “green pass” allowing entry to restaurants, gyms and many other places.
Israel was one of the first to adopt the Pfizer / BioNtech booster shots – giving them to members of risk groups in July and late August to anyone over the age of 12. His campaign is being watched closely by other countries.
Filipino pets receive blessings in drive-through ceremony
Hundreds of animal lovers in the Philippines had their pets blessed in a drive-through ceremony on Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, renouncing the usual fanfare due to COVID-19. It was the second year in a row that organizers had to hold a drive-through ceremony to mark World Animal Day – celebrated around the world to recognize animal rights and welfare – to ensure animal safety and of the owners.
US administers nearly 396 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine – CDC
The United States had administered 395,934,825 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday and distributed 478,410,525 doses, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Those numbers are up from the 394,690,283 doses of vaccine that the CDC said had gone into arms on Saturday out of 478,362,045 doses delivered.
Russia sees no obstacle to WHO approval of Sputnik V vaccine
All barriers to registering Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine with the World Health Organization (WHO) have been lifted and only a few documents remain to be completed, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday . Sputnik V shot, widely used in Russia and approved for use in more than 70 countries, is currently under review by the WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Their approval could open up new markets for shooting, especially in Europe.
New Zealand’s Delta outbreak spreads outside Auckland
New Zealand’s Delta variant outbreak has spread beyond Auckland’s largest city, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to lock down other areas on Sunday.
There were 32 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday in Auckland, which has been in quarantine since mid-August, and two cases in the Waikato area, some 147 kilometers (91 miles) south of Auckland. Ardern said parts of the region would be stranded for five days.
Heart inflammation rates higher after Moderna COVID-19 vaccine – Data Canada
Canadian health officials said on Friday that data suggests reported cases of rare heart inflammation were relatively higher after Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine compared to Pfizer / BioNTech injections. The data also indicated that heart inflammation occurs more often in adolescents and adults under the age of 30, and more often in men.
A few skeptical U.S. hospital workers choose dismissal over vaccine
Jennifer Bridges loved her job as a nurse at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, where she worked for eight years, but she chose to be fired rather than being vaccinated against COVID-19, feeling the vaccine was more of a threatens as the deadly virus. Bridges was among around 150 employees who were made redundant or resigned rather than complying with the demands of Methodist, which was the first major healthcare system in the country to mandate vaccinations. About 25,000 other hospital system employees have complied.
Nicaragua Authorizes Two COVID-19 Vaccines From Cuba, Cuban Company Says
Nicaragua has authorized the use of two Cuban-made coronavirus vaccines in the Central American country, Cuban state-owned pharmaceutical company BioCubaFarma said on Saturday. Cuban scientists have developed three COVID-19 vaccines, all of which are awaiting official recognition from the World Health Organization.
(With contributions from agencies.)