COVID Vaccine Updates: Novavax reports 90% effectiveness with its 2-shot vaccination

NEW YORK (WABC) — Novavax is seeing positive results in the pivotal 3rd phase of its COVID vaccine trial.

The company says its 2-shot vaccine is 90% effective in preventing symptomatic disease.

It’s also 100% effective against moderate and severe cases.

The trial is also showing efficacy against variants.

The vaccine is protein-based and can be stored at refrigerator temperatures.

Here are more of today’s headlines:

Senior centers reopen in New York City
Senior centers welcome visitors back indoors Monday in New York City. The Lenox Hill Senior Center on the Upper East Side is one of dozens reopening for indoor activities

New York’s single-day positivity rate drops to record low
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State’s single-day COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.35 percent, a record low, and that New York’s 7-day average positivity rate was 0.42 percent yesterday and remains the lowest in the country, tied with Massachusetts.

“New York’s COVID-19 numbers continue to hit record lows and New Yorkers are ready to return to normal, and that’s why we’re reducing restrictions and providing vaccination incentives across New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “Vaccination is the key to our success, and New Yorkers who get vaccinated improve the public health and protect their families and friends. We can move forward into a bright future together, but we need anyone who hasn’t gotten the vaccine yet to make an appointment or simply walk into a site today.”

G-7 talks yield decision on vaccine sharing
The presidents and prime ministers committed to sharing at least 1 billion vaccine shots with struggling countries over the next year, with deliveries starting in August. U.S. President Joe Biden pledged 500 million doses. Britain and Canada committed to 100 million shots each, and France said it would pitch in with 60 million doses.

However, the World Health Organization has said that 11 billion doses are needed to truly end the pandemic. Public health advocates also argue that promising vaccine doses isn’t enough, and that money and logistical help are needed to get shots into the arms of people in poorer countries.

Delta variant: What to know about COVID strain first detected in India

The delta variant, which was first detected in India and which now makes up 6% of sequenced COVID-19 cases in the United States, has prompted recent calls from President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci for more Americans to get vaccinated.

While prevalence of the variant, also known as B.1.617.2, is still low in the U.S., its prevalence has doubled since last week, rising from 3% to 6%, according to a report from HHS.

Bolsonaro fined for flouting mask order at motorcycle rally
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo – and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask, in violation of local pandemic restrictions.

The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and later from atop a sound truck, where helmeted but largely maskless backers cheered and chanted Saturday as he insisted that masks were useless for those already vaccinated. That’s an assertion disputed by most public health experts. Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine would be imposed for violation of a mask requirement.

Virus infections are rising sharply in Moscow
The tally of new coronavirus infections in the Russian capital rose more than 1,000 from the previous day as Moscow heads into a week in which many businesses will be closed under a mayoral order. The national coronavirus taskforce said Sunday that 7,704 new infection cases were recorded, continuing a steep spike that has alarmed city officials. At the beginning of June, Moscow was recording about 2900 new cases a day.


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