- A study Suggests that the J&J Vaccine is Less Effective against the Covid Delta Variant.
- Members of the Biden administration test positive for covid despite being vaccinated.
- A judge allows universities to ask that their students be vaccinated if they want to take classes at the institution.
New York, Jul 21 (EFE News) .- The vaccine against COVID-19 from the Janssen laboratory, a subsidiary of the American multinational Johnson & Johnson (J&J), is much less effective against delta and other variants than against the original virus, as suggested by a new study published in the United States. The report, which has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal, was released on Tuesday by a team from the New York University and picked up today by various media, and is based on a series of laboratory experiments. with blood samples.
Although the efficacy of the vaccine under real conditions could be different, the conclusions of the study reinforce the idea that those vaccinated with this single-dose product may require a booster with RNA messenger technology like those of Pfizer and Moderna. The data, according to the authors, highlights the importance of monitoring infections among vaccinated people that result in severe cases of COVID-19 and “suggest the benefit of a second immunization (….) to increase protection against variants.”
The study contradicts some reports published by J&J this month, which suggested that the vaccine is effective against the delta variant even months after it was administered. However, it would be in line with the conclusions of recent studies that point to very limited effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, similar in type to Janssen’s, when only one dose is administered.
In the case of AstraZeneca, which has a two-dose schedule, these investigations indicate a very important immunity after receiving the second prick. The delta variant, much more contagious than the original strain of the coronavirus, is already the majority in much of the world and is triggering a significant increase in cases in many countries. In the United States, the delta already represents 83% of sequenced cases, a drastic increase compared to the 50% that was the previous week, according to data provided yesterday by the authorities. EFE News
Two Vaccinated Biden and Pelosi Counselors Test Positive for COVID-19
Washington, Jul 20 (EFE News) .- A White House official and one of the spokespersons for the president of the US Lower House, the democrat Nancy Pelosi, tested positive for covid-19 despite being vaccinated, official sources reported Tuesday. Neither of the two affected, who were not identified, had close contact with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, or with Pelosi, according to those sources.
“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for COVID-19 when he was off campus,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki at her daily press conference. That person is isolated, with “mild symptoms” and it has not been determined for now that he has had “close contacts” with “other high-ranking personnel” of the White House, added Psaki.
More cases are reported in the White House
The spokeswoman acknowledged that in recent months there have been more cases of White House personnel who have tested positive for covid-19 despite being vaccinated, but did not want to specify how many and only clarified that none of them is an adviser who has frequent contact with Biden. Both the White House official and the Pelosi spokesperson who tested positive were at an outdoor reception at a Washington hotel last week with a delegation of Texas state legislators who are visiting the capital, according to the newspaper. digital Axios.
At least two of those Texas lawmakers tested positive this weekend, days after also meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, whose team still determined that she had not run the risk of infection and therefore should not quarantine. Psaki assured this Tuesday that Biden -who is vaccinated- is tested for covid-19 “every two weeks”, as well as a good part of his advisers, while journalists who have access to the president are forced to submit to a quick test the day they go to see it.
Covid protocols are maintained
The White House does not seem willing to change its protocols in light of the new contagion and Psaki assured that “infections from vaccinated people (result in symptoms that) are normally mild.” Since the end of May, both the White House staff and the journalists who cover it have worked from the narrow West Wing without wearing a mask, as long as they are vaccinated, following the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . (CDC, in English).
After months with reduced capacity, Psaki’s daily press conference has been held again with dozens of journalists in the seats and corridors of the small room, although practically all of them are vaccinated, according to the Association of House Correspondents White. Capitol employees and the reporters who cover them also work without a mask, who in many cases nevertheless put the mask back on Tuesday after learning that a spokesperson for Pelosi had tested positive, according to The Hill newspaper. That spokesperson has not had contact with Pelosi and both he and the rest of the press office staff worked from home on Tuesday to exercise extreme precautions, an adviser to the Speaker of the Lower House, Drew Hammill, explained in a statement. EFE News
US judge allows university to demand anticovid vaccine from its students
New York, Jul 19 (EFE News) .- A US federal judge ruled this Monday that Indiana University may require its students to receive the covid-19 vaccine before the start of the course this fall if they want to attend to the classes. “(…) The Fourteenth Amendment allows Indiana University to pursue due and reasonable process of vaccination in the legitimate interest of the public health of its students,” said Judge Damon Leichty in a 101-page document published this Sunday.
The judgment It comes after eight students filed a lawsuit claiming that the school’s vaccination policy was unconstitutional and that it violated both the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution as state law. His lawyers alleged that asking students to be vaccinated violates their right to their integrity and their bodily autonomy, while stressing that the vaccine against covid-19 only has an emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA).
Problems due to this situation
“What is happening here is that the Government is forcing you to do something that you completely oppose and also, your body is being invaded in the process,” explained lawyer James Bopp Jr., who pointed out that the sentence will be appealed. The Indiana University announced last June for the first time its plan to require students, faculty and staff of the center to receive the anticovid vaccine before starting the next course in September. “A federal court ruling has confirmed the Indiana University covid-19 vaccination plan designed for the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff,” the center said in a statement.
“We appreciate the fast and rigorous sentencing that allows us to focus on a full and safe return,” he added. Indiana’s is just one of more than 100 US colleges that are requiring their students to get vaccinated. Historically, the US Supreme Court has allowed public schools to impose vaccination campaigns, while Judge Leichty’s ruling recalls other vaccines that are required to attend Indiana schools. “Indiana requires all public university students to be vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and meningococcal disease before attending the center. All these vaccines, except one, have been required since 1993, ”the text states. EFE News
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