Data from a trial seeking to determine whether multiple injections of a tuberculosis vaccine developed in the 20th century can protect diabetic patients at risk of contracting the COVID virus have shown some positive results, according to a study in Cellular Medicine Reports.
The trial tracked COVID infection among a group of 144 participants, all of whom had type 1 diabetes, two-thirds of whom received at least three doses of the BCG, or Bacillus-Calmette-Guerin, vaccines, which protect people by boosting the immune system. According to the study, the The New York Times reported.
The results found that only 1% of the 96 people who got the BCG vaccine developed COVID, while 12% of the placebo recipients developed the disease.
“The BCG group also displayed fewer infectious disease symptoms and severity, and fewer infectious disease events per patient, including COVID-19,” the authors wrote. “There were no systemic adverse events associated with BCG. Protection against widespread infection from BCG suggests that it may provide platform protection against novel variants of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens.”
BCG injections are still given to infants in parts of the world that still report cases of tuberculosis.
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The move comes as known COVID cases in the US continue to decline, although the true number is likely to be higher given the number of people testing at home, where data is not collected.
The daily average of new cases was 100,747 on Tuesday, according to the report New York Times Tracker, down 18% from two weeks ago. Cases are declining in nearly every state and down by 20% or more in more than a dozen states, namely Rhode Island, Florida, Nebraska, Connecticut, New York, New Mexico, California, Colorado, New Jersey, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona, Wyoming, Hawaii, Alabama, Utah, Oregon and Illinois.
The daily average of 45 hospital admissions fell to 41,668, while the average daily death rate rose 4% to 467.
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday called for an overhaul of the agency after its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling the public’s guidance “confusing and overwhelming.” The New York Times reported, Citing a briefing document I obtained.
Dr. Rochelle Walinsky said the CDC needs a structure that prioritizes public health needs and efforts to contain current outbreaks, and places less emphasis on publishing scientific papers on rare diseases.
“For 75 years, the CDC and Public Health have been preparing for Covid-19, and in our big moment, our performance has not reliably met expectations,” Dr. Walinsky said. “My goal is a new, action-oriented public health culture at the CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness.”
On Monday, Walinsky told the newspaper she urged CDC staff to change the COVID data as quickly as possible. “Some of the data is messy, and some of it takes time,” she said. “I tried really hard to get the data out when we had it.”
Other COVID-19 news you should know:
• A record number of people aged 50 or over in the UK have left their jobs earlier than previously expected, The Guardian reported, Citing data from the National Statistics Office. The Office for National Statistics found that about 77% of adults in that age group said they quit early, and many pointed to the pandemic playing a role in the decision.
• A California church defying safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic by holding large religious services will not have to pay about $200,000 in fines, the state appeals court has ruled, The Associated Press reported. Calvary Chapel San Jose and its sponsors were held in contempt of court and fined in 2020 and 2021 for violating state and county restrictions on indoor public gatherings.
• The return of the Little League World Series after a two-year hiatus due to the epidemic, The Associated Press reported. Youth baseball has expanded to include 20 teams from around the world that will play in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, starting Wednesday. This year’s series marks the 75th anniversary of the first championship, which has become a summer staple in central Pennsylvania.
• Chaos broke out at an Ikea store in Shanghai over the weekend after local authorities attempted to implement a sudden closure as shoppers continued inside due to possible exposure to the coronavirus, The New York Post reported. Videos Shared online by writer Fang Shimin Others showed shoppers scrambling to flee the store on Saturday before authorities could close the doors. The rush to get out occurred after an announcement in an Ikea store revealed that the authorities would close the store and not allow anyone to enter or leave.
This is what the numbers say
The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 592.5 million on Tuesday, while the death toll rose above 6.44 million. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States leads the world with 93.2 million cases and 1,038,039 deaths.
The Tracking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention It shows that 223.5 million people living in the United States have been fully vaccinated, which is equivalent to 67.3% of the total population. But only 107.9 million received a first booster dose, equivalent to 48.3% of the vaccinated population.
Only 21 million people 50 years of age or older who are eligible for a second booster dose have one, equivalent to 32.7% of those who received a first booster dose.
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