Vaccines effective against hospitalization from Delta variant
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- New study found vaccines are highly effective against hospitalization from Delta variant.
- World leaders promised one billion Covid vaccine doses for poorer nations at G7 summit.
- New analysis by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant. The analysis suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses, and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.
- Novavax Offers the US a fourth strong vaccine, as it completed a large U.S. trial with an efficacy rate of about 90 percent. Novavax also has production facilities in the UK and similar technologies are being used for vaccines in Taiwan and Vietnam.
- Leaders of the major industrial nations have pledged one billion Covid vaccine doses to poor countries as a "big step towards vaccinating the world", Boris Johnson has said.
- UK Prime Minister also announced the UK will donate at least 100 million surplus vaccine doses to other countries within the next year.
- Boris Johnson delayed lockdown easing in England due to concerns over delta Covid variant. He announced there would be a review after two weeks and he was "confident" the delay would be no longer than four weeks. This means the rules that were due to be lifted June 21 have now been pushed back to July 19. For now, gatherings are limited to six people indoors and 30 outdoors, face masks are required in public places, and nightclub and similar venues are still closed. More details here.
- The vast majority of US universities (86%) who took part in IIE survey are planning to return to some type of in-person teaching this fall.
- Recent data from the College Board shows college tuition costs increased by the lowest amount in 30-years between 20219-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. While tuition prices have historically risen by 3% annually, average tuition and fees paid by in-state students at four-year public institutions rose only 1.1% from the 2019-2020 year to the 2020-2021 year.
- In Thailand, students were thrilled to go back to school on the first day of the 2021 academic year, after a long period of online learning at home.
- Taiwan's COVID case number was below 200 for a second straight day, indicating the outbreak is easing, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- In the Philippines, Local governments may start vaccination of poor residents using excess supply.