CANBERRA, Australia — Australia says it has reached a take care of Singapore to amass 500,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine subsequent week in return for delivering the identical variety of pictures to Singapore in December.
Australia purchased 1 million Pfizer doses from Poland for an undisclosed value earlier this month.
Half of Australia’s inhabitants is locked down on account of an outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus that started in Sydney in June.
Australian authorities leaders plan to finish lockdowns as soon as 80% of an space’s residents aged 16 and older are totally vaccinated. Solely 34% of that focus on inhabitants was totally vaccinated by this week.
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
PORTLAND, Ore. — Metropolis staff in Portland, Oregon, have to be totally vaccinated towards the coronavirus — or receive a medical or non secular exemption — by the center of October or they are going to be fired.
Mayor Ted Wheeler and all 4 Metropolis Commissioners wrote Monday in a letter to municipal employees: “With COVID-19 filling hospitals and claiming lives, we should do all the pieces inside our energy to finish this pandemic and restore our neighborhood’s well being.”
The town would require its roughly 6,800 staff to both submit proof of vaccination, present they’re within the technique of being vaccinated or apply for an exemption by Sept. 10. They have to be totally vaccinated or granted an exemption by Oct. 18.
The letter says that those that fail to fulfill the deadline “can be placed on an inventory for separation from employment.”
HONOLULU — The mayor of Honolulu says town will quickly require patrons of eating places, bars, museums, theaters and different institutions to point out proof of vaccination or a current unfavorable coronavirus check.
The rule takes impact Sept. 13 and is aimed toward serving to town beat again a surge in instances from the extremely contagious delta variant. Honolulu joins different cities corresponding to New Orleans and New York which have applied related necessities.
Kids underneath age 12 can be exempt.
Staff of the institutions should present proof of vaccination or endure weekly testing. Companies that don’t comply may very well be fined or shut down.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida officers have begun to make good on threats to withhold funding from faculty districts that defy Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on masks mandates regardless of a court docket ruling final week discovering his order unconstitutional.
The state Division of Training introduced Monday it has withheld an quantity equal to month-to-month faculty board member salaries in Alachua and Broward counties. It says funds will proceed to be withheld till the districts comply.
President Joe Biden has mentioned if cash was withheld, federal cash could be used to cowl any prices.
The Alachua and Broward districts are amongst 10 that require all college students to put on masks except they’ve a medical exemption in an effort to scale back the unfold of the coronavirus.
DeSantis says the districts are violating parental rights by not permitting a mum or dad or authorized guardian to decide out their youngster.
LANSING, Mich. — 4 feminine soccer gamers at Western Michigan College are difficult the varsity’s coronavirus vaccine requirement for athletes, saying it violates their Christian beliefs.
The lawsuit filed Monday got here days after a Michigan State College worker sued to dam that faculty’s mandate, which is broader and applies to all college students, school and employees.
The gamers say Western Michigan ordered them to get a shot by the tip of August or be faraway from the group.
Western Michigan says it has a “compelling curiosity” in performing to keep away from the “important danger” of an outbreak on account of unvaccinated athletes.
SEATTLE — Well being officers in Washington state say the coronavirus pandemic is filling hospitals at an “alarming” fee and persevering with to pressure well being care employees.
The chief medial director of girls’s well being at Swedish Well being Companies additionally mentioned Monday that for the primary time in the course of the pandemic, hospitals are seeing giant numbers of pregnant ladies ailing with COVID-19. Dr. Tanya Sorensen famous that pregnant ladies are typically much less prone to be vaccinated.
The Washington State Hospital Affiliation says that as of Monday morning, the state’s hospitals and well being care facilities had been treating 1,570 sufferers for COVID-19. Of these, 188 are on ventilators. Eleven days in the past, the hospital affiliation counted 1,240 sufferers with 152 on ventilators.
CHICAGO — An Illinois decide has reversed a ruling to bar a divorced mom from seeing her 11-year-old son as a result of she isn’t vaccinated towards the coronavirus.
Cook dinner County Decide James’ Shapiro issued an order Monday vacating his Aug. 10 determination, although he supplied no rationalization.
Rebecca Firlit’s lawyer has mentioned the decide, and never Firlit’s ex-husband, raised the problem throughout a baby help listening to for the previous couple who share custody of the boy.
The Chicago Solar-Instances reported Sunday that Shapiro requested the mom if she was vaccinated. When she mentioned no, the decide withdrew her rights to see the boy till she will get vaccinated.
Firlit mentioned she has had hostile reactions to vaccinations and that her physician suggested her to not get a coronavirus shot.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Some animals are rolling up their fur for a coronavirus vaccine on the Detroit Zoo.
The zoo in suburban Detroit says its gorillas, chimpanzees, tigers and lions are getting a vaccine developed by Zoetis, a veterinary drug firm, and approved by the U.S. Agriculture Division. Different animals will observe.
The zoo’s chief life sciences officer, Scott Carter, says: “We’re each grateful and relieved a particular vaccine is now obtainable to guard towards COVID-19. The animals routinely get different vaccinations.”
The zoo says no coronavirus infections have been present in its animals.
ATLANTA — Coronavirus infections and COVID-19 hospitalizations in Georgia are nearing the peaks set in January.
The state Division of Public Well being says Georgia’s seven-day rolling common for instances was slightly below 9,591 Saturday, near the excessive of 9,635 reached Jan. 11. About 5,600 COVID-19 sufferers had been hospitalized Monday, simply wanting the 5,715 set Jan. 13.
Additionally on Monday, Gov. Brian Kemp signed an govt order calling up as many as 1,500 extra Nationwide Guard troopers to assist short-staffed hospitals with nonmedical jobs. He beforehand approved 1,000.
Additionally, academics and state staff insured by the state well being plan will qualify for a money incentive to get vaccinated towards the coronavirus.
The governor is specializing in voluntary vaccination as an answer to the pandemic and opposes different interventions corresponding to masks mandates and, capability reductions in public locations.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama has set a brand new excessive for the variety of COVID-19 sufferers in intensive care, though the entire variety of hospitalized COVID sufferers stays barely under the winter peak.
There have been 884 COVID-19 sufferers in intensive care Sunday, essentially the most because the pandemic started, in accordance with the Alabama Hospital Affiliation. Dr. Don Williamson heads the group and he mentioned Monday that the earlier excessive was 848 in January.
The entire variety of COVID-19 sufferers in state hospitals was 2,829 on Monday, nonetheless under the excessive of three,087 set in January.
About 38% of the individuals in Alabama are vaccinated towards the coronavirus, which is among the lowest charges within the nation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The variety of COVID-19 sufferers in West Virginia hospital intensive care items is approaching the excessive mark within the pandemic.
There are 203 virus sufferers in ICUs throughout the state, essentially the most since Jan. 11. The document of 219 got here on Jan. 6,
A complete of 640 persons are hospitalized for the sickness that may be attributable to the coronavirus, a fourfold leap up to now month. The document of 818 was set on Jan. 5.
Officers mentioned at a information convention Monday that 82% of present virus hospitalizations and 74% of the statewide deaths over the previous two months concerned unvaccinated individuals.
PHOENIX — Well being officers in Arizona’s most populous county are sounding the alarm a couple of rising variety of coronavirus outbreaks in faculties.
The medical director for the Maricopa County Division of Public Well being informed the county Board of Supervisors on Monday that the company tracked virtually thrice the variety of faculty outbreaks in August as in the course of the pandemic’s peak in February.
Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine says that of 188 outbreaks this month, 166 proceed — excess of at some other level in the course of the pandemic.
She provides that multiple in 4 COVID-19 instances within the county at the moment are amongst youngsters, a fee “by no means seen earlier than.” One in six of these instances are amongst youngsters underneath age 12.
Maricopa County is residence to almost 60% of Arizona’s residents.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Moms of two youngsters with critical diseases are asking a federal decide to dam enforcement of Tennessee Gov. Invoice Lee’s order permitting dad and mom to decide out of pandemic masks necessities in faculties. They argue that it endangers youngsters with well being situations and hurts their capability to attend in-person courses.
U.S. District Decide Sheryl H. Lipman heard testimony in Memphis on Monday as a part of the lawsuit filed by the dad and mom of two college students within the Shelby County suburbs of Collierville and Germantown.
The varsity districts had been underneath a masks mandate issued by the county well being division when the varsity 12 months started earlier in August. Nonetheless, the governor’s Aug. 16 order permits dad and mom to ship their youngsters to highschool with out masks, and tons of of scholars have been attending courses with out masks.
WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities advisers on Monday reiterated that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is secure and efficient for individuals 16 and older.
The vaccine was the primary to win full approval within the U.S. for that age group final week. It additionally stays obtainable for emergency use by 12- to 15-year-olds.
The total approval gave advisers to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention an opportunity to have a look at all the additional proof about security since vaccinations first started final December. And information revealed Monday confirmed one critical aspect impact, coronary heart irritation, stays exceedingly uncommon after each the Pfizer vaccine and the same Moderna shot.
The CDC has counted 2,574 instances of coronary heart irritation after tons of of tens of millions of doses of each vaccines. It principally strikes males underneath 30 a couple of week after vaccination. CDC monitoring reveals the overwhelming majority recuperate with out lingering signs.
The CDC put the uncommon danger into sharper perspective. For each 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses administered to 16- to 17-year-old males, it estimated there could be 73 instances of the center irritation. However 500 COVID-19 hospitalizations amongst these teenagers could be prevented over the subsequent 4 months.
MIAMI — The variety of sufferers with the coronavirus in Florida hospitals is dropping as an infection charges keep excessive. It is a signal that whereas extra individuals check constructive for the virus, they don’t seem to be essentially creating extreme sickness.
The U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies tallied 15,488 sufferers with COVID-19 in hospitals, an 8% lower over the previous week.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned the greater than 30,000 individuals have been in a position to get monoclonal antibodies at 21 state websites arrange over the previous two weeks and averted worsening their signs.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The 4 largest hospitals in Oklahoma Metropolis on Monday mentioned they both haven’t any intensive care mattress house obtainable or no house for COVID-19 sufferers.
Mercy, Integris and SSM Well being mentioned that they had no ICU beds obtainable and OU Well being had none for COVID-19 sufferers within the state’s largest metropolis.
OU Well being, the state’s solely trauma middle, should preserve some ICU beds obtainable for different critically ailing or injured sufferers.
The Oklahoma State Division of Well being, which reported 1,572 virus-related hospitalizations statewide Monday, together with 422 in ICU, stopped offering day by day hospital mattress availability information in Could when Gov. Kevin Stitt ended a COVID-19 emergency declaration. The division has mentioned it is going to resume offering the information, however has not but completed so.
SSM Well being spokesperson Kate Cunningham mentioned the data offered by the hospitals just isn’t in response to something the state company has or has not offered.
“The one motive for performing collectively in that is due to common requests for info from reporters, and we wish to be clear to the general public,” Cunningham mentioned.