The COVID-19 Pandemic: Over 130 Possible Vaccines in Development; New Cases “At An All Time Low” in New York; and More

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There are now over 6.3 million confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) around the world, according to statistics aggregator Worldometer. The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 378,000 people worldwide. In total, the virus has affected 213 countries and territories, and made its presence felt on every continent besides Antarctica.

Outside of the US, the countries with the most confirmed infections are:

  • Brazil: 529,405 confirmed cases; 30,046 deaths.
  • Russia: 423,741 confirmed cases; 5,037 deaths.
  • Spain: 286,718 confirmed cases; 27,127 deaths.
  • UK: 276,332 confirmed cases; 39,045 deaths.
  • Italy: 233,197 confirmed cases; 33,475 deaths.

Over 130 Vaccines Being Developed Worldwide

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 133 possible COVID-19 vaccines being developed around the world. Of that total, 10 vaccines are in clinical trials in the United States, the UK and China. The other 123 are still in pre-clinical evaluation.

WHO Concerned COVID-19 May Increase Antibiotic Resistance Around the World

World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the risk of using antibiotics to treat the novel coronavirus. The worry is that an overuse of antibiotics will fuel a rise in antimicrobial resistance across the globe. “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Over 107,000 US Fatalities; NY Reporting a Low in Cases

There are now 1.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and over 107,000 fatalities. On a positive note, New York, the nation’s leader in reported cases and deaths, is seeing an “an all time low” in new cases, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. New York reported 58 deaths yesterday, which is slightly up from a total of 54 on Monday. New York’s official tally stands at 380,825 confirmed cases and 29,988 deaths. Neighboring New Jersey has also seen a bend in its curve, and reports 51 new deaths, according to Governor Phil Murphy’s social media account. NJ’s total tally is 162,642 confirmed cases and 11,770 deaths.

Outside of NY and NJ, the US states with the most confirmed cases are:

  • Illinois: 121,234 confirmed cases; 5,412 deaths.
  • California: 115,192 confirmed cases; 4,287 deaths.
  • Massachusetts: 100,805 confirmed cases; 7,035 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: 76,739 confirmed cases; 5,670 deaths.
  • Texas: 66,076 confirmed cases; 1,700 deaths.

US Surgeon General Expects Clusters Amid Protests

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue in America, the US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams is concerned that COVID-19 may spread among demonstrators. “I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism [and] people out protesting in a way that is harmful to themselves and to their communities,” Adams said in an interview with Politico. “Based on the way the disease spreads, there is every reason to expect that we will see new clusters and potentially new outbreaks moving forward,” Adams said.

Monday, June 1, 2020

US Toll Over 106,000

As of June 1, COVID-19 is responsible for the deaths over 106,000 people in the US, and there are close to 2 million confirmed cases (currently 1,843,668). US-leading New York now reports 379,902 confirmed cases and 29,918 deaths. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that at least 54 people from coronavirus yesterday, noting that “number is dramatically different than what we were looking at for many many weeks.”

Behind NY, the US states with the most confirmed infections are:

  • New Jersey: 161,764 confirmed cases; 11,711 deaths.
  • Illinois: 120,260 confirmed cases; 5,390 deaths.
  • California: 112,584 confirmed cases; 4,240 deaths.
  • Massachusetts: 96,965 confirmed cases; 6,846 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: 76,271 confirmed cases; 5,586 deaths.

Pharmaceutical Company Begins Human Trials of COVID-19 Antibody Therapy

Eli Lilly and Company has started the first human trial of an antibody therapy to treat COVID-19. The company said that if successful, the therapy could become available by fall. “We’ve already started the manufacturing process to really scale this up without even knowing yet if it works for patients, because if it does work, we don’t want to waste a single day, we want to have as much medicine as possible available to help as many people quickly,” Dr. Dan Skovronsky, Eli Lilly’s senior vice president and chief scientific officer, said in a CNN interview.

Former FDA Commissioner Warns Mass Protests Could Spike Infections

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police has sparked an uproar in the US, with thousands of protesters assembling in many US cities over the past six days. However, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb is warning that the protests could cause a spike in COVID-19 infections. “There’s going to be a lot of issues coming out of what’s happened in the last week, but one of them is going to be that chains of transmission will have become lit from these gatherings,” former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”

103-year-old Woman Beats COVID-19

In uplifting news, a 103-year-old Massachusetts woman defeated COVID-19, and celebrated her victory with a cold beer, her family told CNN. “She’s always been a feisty woman,” according to her granddaughter.

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