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New Coronavirus Variant in California and U.S. Discusses Vaccine Reserve

This week in Clipboard Health’s Nursing News round up … 

New Coronavirus Variant Linked to Outbreaks, Increase of Cases in California

California reported late Sunday that the state’s health officials have tracked several large outbreaks as well as a rapid increase in a share of cases to a new coronavirus variant. This variant was first detected in Denmark in March.

Throughout the last half of December, the variant was detected in nearly a quarter of COVID-19 test samples collected.

Health officials cautioned that they still don’t know much about this variant and encouraged that the public continue strictly following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

This variant is not the same as the highly-contagious variant first identified in the United Kingdom. 

U.S. Confirms It Does Not Have Vaccine Stockpile Reserve

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After the Trump administration promised to release its vaccine stockpile reserve to speed up vaccine rollout, the U.S. health secretary confirmed on Friday that the government did not have a stockpile reserve. The government had already begun shipping out the reserve doses at the end of December

The health secretary said that the government was confident in supply chains to keep up with demands, but many state governors expressed feelings of disappointment and dismay upon learning the news. 

Meanwhile, Pfizer reported on Friday that it has a reserve of second doses for its COVID-19 vaccine and is also confident in the supply chains to keep up with demands.

South Africa Coronavirus Variant Updates

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South African scientists reported on Monday that being previously infected with the coronavirus may not offer much protection against the new variant. Scientists also determined that the new variant binds much easier to human cells, helping the variant spread 50% faster than other versions of the coronavirus.

It’s still unclear how the new virus will respond to current vaccines.

Medical Studies Round-Up

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Here’s a brief round-up of recent medical studies and their findings for you to stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving field of medical research.

  • An ongoing study of health care workers in Britain found that many COVID-19 survivors have immunity for at least five months after infection. The study also found reinfections to be rare. However, scientists caution that there is still a chance that recovered patients can be carriers who can infect others with the virus.

COVID-19 in the News

To learn more about the top COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination timelines, potential requirements for health care professionals and facilities, and more, check out our COVID-19 Vaccine Information hub.

Here’s some more of the most recent news from the past week concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Based on preliminary data from an ongoing mid-stage study, Johnson & Johnson vaccine candidate showed 90% antibody production after 29 days and 100% after 57 days.
  • COVID-19 death rates increase in 30 US states during a winter surge of coronavirus cases. 
  • The World Health Organization estimated that the global death rate for COVID-19 would reach 100,000 per week in the near future. The current death rate from last week’s estimates was more than 93,000. 
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the following numbers for the United States and the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday:
    • 23,653,919 total cases with an increase of 213,145 since the previous count
    • 394,495 total deaths with an increase of 3,557.