Increased fan test cases debate; Optimistic fauci in the vaccine timeline

Global diagnoses of coronaviruses exceeded 9 million, underscoring the difficulties governments around the world are having in trying to contain the pandemic, which is plaguing Brazil and India as it sparks further debate about the tests and relaxes the economic blockages.

Amid new controversy over federal support for COVID-19 testing, the United States is struggling to contain the virus that sickened 2.3 million and killed 120,000. Currently in the United States, younger people are increasingly affected by the virus, which disproportionately affected older patients in the early stage of the outbreak.

Still, most public officials balk at the idea of ​​reinstating the strict stay-at-home orders that have accelerated the global economy, and most observers suggest that hospitalizations and deaths are not yet at the required levels. to a new closure. In Texas, one of the many worrying states in the south with increasing hospitalizations, Governor Greg Abbott said a new closure would be the last option.

In recent days, President Donald Trump has sparked concern, and confusion, among health experts by suggesting that the US. USA It should delay testing, with increases leading to troubling increases in case counts in Sun Belt states.

On Tuesday, members of the White House coronavirus workforce, including CDC Director Robert Redfield, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci and HHS official and Evidence Czar Admiral Brett Giroir testified before the Energy and Commerce committee on Tuesday. .

Fauci remained optimistic about the vaccines and said Tuesday that “while the safety and efficacy of a vaccine can never be guaranteed until it is tested in the field,” it is about “when, not if” there is one available for the 2020.

He previously said there is likely an indication of success in September, meanwhile, companies are poised to produce millions of doses at risk in the meantime.

However, questions remain about what type of vaccine will be most effective, especially at different age groups, as well as how long a vaccine can protect against the virus, and who will have access to a successful vaccine first.

There are more than 2.3 million cases of coronavirus in the United States. USA (Graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)

The NIAID director added that none of the task force members have approached delaying the tests, and Giroir added that the country is on track to complete 40 to 50 million tests by the fall.

Meanwhile, health experts have been pushing for more testing, as some vulnerable and minority communities have been left out of the current case count. In response, mobile testing sites have become more prominent, the latest pilot program announced in Chicago by Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday.

Sanofi (SNY) partnered with a US biotech in a deal worth up to $ 2 billion to develop a candidate coronavirus mRNA vaccine, the company announced Tuesday. Sanofi is already working on a vaccine that is being developed in association with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which will be converted into clinical trials in September using traditional vaccine technology.

The mRNA technology is also being used by Moderna (MRNA), the leader in the vaccine career, as well as by Pfizer (PFE), but it has not been tested in the market. The partnership with Translate Bio could start clinical trials in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to Sanofi, but its candidates are unlikely to be approved for emergency use until the end of 2020, at the earliest.

There are more than 9 million cases of coronaviruses worldwide. (Graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)

With Brazil and India emerging as new global epicenters, Germany, Europe’s largest economy, imposed shutdown measures in part of the country on Tuesday after a slaughterhouse reported an increase in cases this week. Authorities said 360,000 residents were under strict closure orders, and bars and gyms would close, and only restaurants would remain open.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has limited the number of visitors to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage (Haj) to 1,000 people already in the country, prohibiting the visit of outsiders to prevent the spread of the virus.

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