Here is a summary of the current health briefs.
US to force nursing home workers to get COVID-19 vaccine
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his administration would require nursing home workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of facilities participating in government health programs Medicare and Medicaid. Biden made the announcement hours after the publication of a study https://bit.ly/3mebUYT showing the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines for residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, where residents are often elderly and frail, has given up since the Delta variant became dominant in the United States.
Cancer patients’ own cells used in 3D printed tumors to test treatments
Researchers used brain cancer patients’ own cells in a form of 3D printing material to make a model of their tumor to test the effectiveness of potential treatments before using them for real inside the body. . Scientists extract ‘a piece’ of tumor from the brain of a patient with glioblastoma – an aggressive cancer with a very poor prognosis – and use it to print a model corresponding to their MRI scans, said Professor Ronit Satchi-Fainaro , who led the research. at Tel Aviv University.
No need for COVID booster shots at this time – WHO
Current data does not indicate that COVID-19 booster shots are needed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, adding that the world’s most vulnerable people should be fully immunized before countries high income earners do not deploy a supplement. The comments came just before the U.S. government said it planned to make booster shots widely available to all Americans from September 20 as infections of the Delta variant of the coronavirus increase.
Asian Airlines Report High Vaccination Rate Among Crews
Asian airlines are reporting high vaccination rates among pilots and cabin crew as they wait for strict border controls linked to the region’s pandemic to be relaxed. International travel to the Asia-Pacific region remains down about 95% from pre-pandemic levels, and concerns over the Delta variant have led to even stricter quarantines or flight caps in some locations , leaving many crew members inactive and hoping for recovery.
Vaccine rollout in Sydney accelerated as COVID-19 cases in Australia reached high level
Australian authorities on Thursday began distributing emergency COVID-19 vaccines in the Sydney suburb most affected by an outbreak of the fast-growing Delta strain, as the country reported its biggest increase in a day of COVID-19 infections. New South Wales State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the surge of vaccinations in Australia’s largest city gave some hope as the city battles its worst outbreak since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
UK study shows COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness decreases under Delta
A UK public health study has found that protection against one of the two most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines against the now widespread Delta variant of the coronavirus wanes within three months. He also revealed that those infected after receiving two injections of the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccine may be at higher risk for others than with previous variants of the coronavirus.
New Zealand identifies origin of Delta outbreak as cases rise
New Zealand’s COVID-19 outbreak rose to 21 cases on Thursday, but authorities said the virus may not have been in the community for a long time as they linked its origin to a recent returnee from Sydney . Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference that 11 new cases had been reported in the past day.
Mask war worsens in southern US where COVID-19 cases are highest
Florida’s largest school district on Wednesday imposed a mask mandate in defiance of the state governor, the latest chapter in the political battle against coronaviruses in the southern United States where new infections are highest. In a one-day meeting that has at times become controversial, the Miami-Dade County School Board voted to require that most of the district’s 360,000 students, as well as staff, wear face covers when classes start on Monday. Governor Ron DeSantis previously banned local mask warrants.
South Korea’s COVID-19 tally rises as authorities consider tighter distancing
South Korea reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus for the second time on Thursday as it struggles to bring a wave of outbreaks under control over the summer vacation, driven by the more contagious Delta variant. South Korea has successfully tackled epidemics since its outbreak began early last year through intensive testing and tracing, but now faces persistent spikes in infections and vaccine shortages .
US appeals court upholds Texas ban on second trimester abortion
The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Texas law effectively prohibiting the most common abortion procedure for ending second trimester pregnancies, overturning a decision last year by a panel of three judges of the same court. Wednesday’s decision marks the first time a U.S. federal court has upheld a ban on the standard abortion method used after 15 weeks of pregnancy – dilation and evacuation, or D&E – although some other states have acted to l ‘to forbid.
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