Biden-Harris’s Advisory Board is headed by former General Surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University. Members are the renowned surgeon and writer Dr. Atul Gawande and former whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright.
In a statement, Biden said containing the outbreak was “one of the most important battles our government will face”. The Biden-Harris transition website gave a taste of their approach, including plans to increase testing and contact tracing, mask mandates, additional protective equipment, and investing $ 25 billion in vaccine manufacturing and distribution. However, until his inauguration day on Jan. 20, Biden will not be able to mitigate the pandemic that left more than 237,000 Americans dead. Responsibility remains in the hands of President Donald Trump’s administration, who has not publicly accepted the reality of the elections and has continuously downplayed the outbreak. Sunday marked the fifth consecutive day of more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases in the United States. By the time Biden reaches the Oval Office, “this virus will be widespread in communities across the US,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency doctor at Brown University, told CNN on Sunday. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN that Biden’s plans to take the virus more seriously are off to a “good start” but currently “the ship of state has” had no captain.
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Pfizer says early analysis shows the vaccine is 90% effective
Drug maker Pfizer said Monday an early look at its coronavirus vaccine data shows it is more than 90% effective – much better than expected if the trend continues.
The so-called interim analysis examined the first 94 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the more than 43,000 volunteers who received either two doses of the vaccine or a placebo. It was found that less than 10% of infections occurred in participants who had been given the vaccine. More than 90% of the cases involved people who had been given a placebo. Pfizer said the vaccine provided protection seven days after the second dose and 28 days after the vaccine starting dose.
The US is about to record its 10 millionth case of Covid-19
The U.S. is on the verge of handing over 10 million coronavirus cases as 16 states reported record hospital stays with Covid-19 last week, Christina Maxouris and Dakin Andone report. There are now more than 54,000 coronavirus patients in hospital across the country. Texas alone is nearing 1 million cases, with more than 5,000 reported as of Sunday.
“We are causing a lot of trouble in the future,” said former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC. “You have to really worry what January will be like what December will be now, considering how this is going to rise.”
Global coronavirus cases top 50 million
According to the John Hopkins University (JHU), the number of coronavirus cases worldwide exceeded 50 million on Sunday. France passed the grim milestone of 40,000 deaths over the weekend. Austria set a new daily record with 8,241 infections on Saturday, as did the Indian capital New Delhi, which recorded a record of 7,745 new cases on Sunday. Greece, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria introduced bans last week, while Mexico has nearly 1 million cases. At least 95,027 people had died of Covid-19 in Mexico as of Sunday.
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- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth wore a face mask in public for the first time.
- Denmark’s mink-related Covid crisis is worsening. Here’s what you need to know.
- Photos show an abandoned Italy after the introduction of new coronavirus curfews.
- At least 5 people in Trump’s orbit, including his chief of staff, have tested positive for Covid-19.
- The UK has reversed its decision not to extend free school meals for low-income families over the Christmas break following a campaign by a Manchester United star.
- Days after winning the World Series, the LA Dodgers now have five positive Covid-19 cases.
- US election officials put their health at risk last week. Dozens are now under quarantine.
When people stay at home and skip the salon or hair salon, some hair-focused nonprofits see a ray of hope in the pandemic: more donated hair goes to those who need it because wigs can be expensive for some cancer patients.
Here are some steps you need to follow if you are interested in donating your hair.
“I find it a little creepy that I watch people’s chairs.” – Dr. Amy Mathers, infectious disease doctor
In today’s episode, Dr. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, like universities, nursing homes, and even entire cities, are running wastewater tests to monitor the spread of the virus. Listen now