Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca will resume its coronavirus vaccine trial in the UK, the company said on Saturday, after it suspended testing last week when a participant fell ill.
An independent review process and a UK medical regulator have now recommended “that UK trials can safely resume” and given the green light for them to start over, he said.
AstraZeneca partnered with the University of Oxford to sponsor the vaccine trial which had shown promising results until the recent hiatus.
“We are committed to the safety of our participants and to the highest standards of conduct in our studies, and we will continue to closely monitor safety,” the University of Oxford said in a separate statement Saturday.
On Friday, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that daily life in the United States may not return to normal until late 2021, when a vaccine could potentially be widely distributed.
The warning comes as the United States approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths. COVID-19 has so far killed more than 920,000 people worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Sunday.
Here are the latest coronavirus updates from the US and elsewhere:
Dakotas leads the US in virus growth as both rules of the rejection mask
Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling passionate debates about masks and personal freedom after months of the two states averting the worst of the pandemic.
Discussion over masks raged this week in Brookings, South Dakota, as the city council considered requiring face coverings at companies. The city was forced to move its meeting to a local arena to satisfy intense interest, with many citizens speaking out against it, before the mask requirement eventually passed.
Amid the brute force of the pandemic, health experts warn that infections must be contained before health care systems are overwhelmed. North Dakota and South Dakota lead the country in new cases per capita in the past two weeks, ranking first and second, respectively, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.
South Dakota has also posted some of the highest positivity rates in the country for COVID-19 tests in the past week – over 17% – an indication that there are more infections than tests are taking.
The infections were caused by the reopening of schools and universities and by mass rallies such as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which drew hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country.
The Italian doctor talks about the month-long battle with COVID
At first, Dr. Stefano Nava’s symptoms were mostly mild: some intestinal problems and what appeared to be the flu. But by the end of March, he had treated enough coronavirus patients to know things could take a turn. It’s fast.
“Patients would have arrived with moderate symptoms, but they became very severe within days,” he said, recalling the harrowing months of this spring when Italy was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. His hospital, in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, was overrun by patients with COVID-19.
Nava, head of respiratory and critical care at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, tested positive for the coronavirus on March 24. He remembers the psychological horror of that time, made even more alive because he had seen firsthand how the disease could. devastate people’s lungs, robbing some patients of the ability to breathe without the aid of a mechanical ventilator.
For the next 31 days, as her body battled the infection, Nava struggled with the unthinkable: “Every night, as I went to bed, I would call my GP and ask, ‘That bed and that ventilator are still there if Do I need it? Is there still a place for me in my unit? “”
Today, Nava said he was grateful that his situation has not escalated to the point that he needed intensive care. Although he is still facing some lingering effects of the disease, he said his encounter with the virus has transformed the way he practices medicine.
“It changed my mood,” Nava said. “As doctors, we know that some people survive and others die, but this disease gave me a real idea of the human limit.”
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How the coronavirus grew in each state – in 1 chart
This chart shows the cumulative number of cases per state per number of days since the 500th case.
Wuhan returns to “pre-pandemic levels”, return of domestic air travel
Domestic air travel to Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say.
The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city was subjected to a draconian 76-day blockade as its hospitals struggled to deal with a wave of cases that required the rapid construction of field hospitals to manage overflow.
Since reopening in early April, life has gradually returned to normal and the number of domestic flights serving the city, as well as the number of passengers, have both fully recovered, according to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport operator. . He said 64,700 passengers were carried aboard 500 domestic flights on Friday.
China has gone almost a month without registering a new case of local transmission, and on Sunday the National Health Commission reported just 10 new cases, all imported. Hospitals are treating 151 people for COVID-19 and another 357 people are in isolation after testing positive for the disease without showing any symptoms, the commission said. China has reported a total of 85,184 cases of COVID-19 with 4,634 deaths.
The Vatican is calling for a return to “vital” masses in person
The Vatican says it is “necessary and urgent” to return to masses in person as soon as anti-coronavirus measures allow.
The head of the Vatican’s liturgical office, Cardinal Robert Sarah, says in a letter to the episcopal conferences on Saturday that virtual liturgies, while useful, did not replace the real thing. He says that the physical presence of the faithful in the churches was “vital, indispensable, irreplaceable”.
While some Catholic priests have claimed that coronavirus blockades that closed churches violated their religious freedom, Pope Francis joined Italy’s strict blockade. He stopped all public masses in the Vatican and streamed his morning liturgies, and at one point he even admonished priests who opposed the measures for their “adolescent resistance”.
Francis had urged the Catholic faithful to obey the government measures against the coronavirus, saying they were responsible for public health. This week, he was seen wearing a face mask for the first time and used a hand sanitizer.
In recent weeks, Francis has resumed public meetings and celebrated a handful of public masses in front of small and socially distant groups.