U.S. to Restrict India Travel; Sputnik V Dispute; Herd Immunity Out of Reach?

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The Biden administration plans to restrict travel from India starting on Tuesday. (CNBC)

India continues to smash its own global COVID-19 case records, with over 400,000 new cases on Saturday; NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, recommended a lockdown to slow the surge. (VOA News)

And cases and deaths in the country may be even higher than what’s being reported; “Nobody’s getting tested!” a resident of the village of Ashapur told NPR.

As of Monday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 32,422,234 cases and 577,045 deaths, increases of nearly 350,000 cases and 5,000 deaths over the last 7 days.

Serious cases among young people are growing, with adults under 50 now accounting for the most hospitalized patients. (WBUR)

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, estimates 10 million children could be vaccinated before the fall if the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for kids 12 and up. (The Hill)

After health officials in Brazil rejected Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine — with documents contending the inactivated cold viruses the vaccine uses is able to replicate — the vaccine’s backers threatened to sue for defamation. (Buzzfeed)

The Miami elementary school where children are taught not to hug vaccinated parents and masking is discouraged has become a magnet for anti-vaccine activists. (New York Times)

Due to the emergence and spread of variants, many scientists believe “herd immunity” is unlikely. (New York Times)

Republican Susan Wright advanced to a run-off in the special election in Texas to fill the seat of her late husband, Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas), who died of COVID. (CNBC)

Cross-contamination or out-of-spec? The CEO of Emergent BioSolutions, the company that botched 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine last month, has been offering up conflicting messages for the mix-up. (Endpoints News)

The WHO added Moderna to a list of vaccines authorized for emergency use on Friday.

At the request of the company, FDA revoked the emergency use authorization for the Battelle Decontamination System, which used vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate N95 masks.

A prominent Kenyan physician who strongly opposed coronavirus vaccines has died from COVID-19. (BBC)

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Last Updated May 03, 2021

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    Shannon Firth has been reporting on health policy as MedPage Today’s Washington correspondent since 2014. She is also a member of the site’s Enterprise & Investigative Reporting team. Follow








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