Health News Roundup: Facebook says it should not be blamed for U.S. failing to meet vaccine goals; Olympics-Competitors in athletes' village infected with COVID-19 and more
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's target was for every adult who wanted to a shot to be able to get one by July 19. India's daily COVID-19 infections rise by 41,157 - health ministry India on Sunday reported 41,157 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 31.1 million, health ministry data showed.
Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
Facebook says it should not be blamed for the U.S. failing to meet vaccine goals
Facebook on Saturday defended itself against U.S. President Joe Biden's assertion that the social media platform is "killing people" by allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to proliferate, saying the facts tell a different story. "The data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the US have been or want to be vaccinated against COVID-19," Facebook said in a corporate blog post by Guy Rosen, a company vice president. "President Biden's goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed."
Olympics-Competitors in athletes' village infected with COVID-19
Tokyo Olympics organizers on Sunday reported the first COVID-19 cases among competitors residing in the athletes' village, as its population swells ahead of the start of the pandemic-hit Games next week. Two athletes from the same country and competing in the same sport staying in the village in the Harumi waterfront district tested positive for the virus, organizers said without providing further details.
British ministers decide against mass vaccination for teens - The Telegraph
Britain has opted against mass COVID-19 vaccinations for all children and teenagers, with ministers instead preparing to offer doses to vulnerable 12 to 15-year-olds and those about to turn 18, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Saturday. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is believed to have advised ministers against the rollout of vaccines to all children until further evidence on the risks is available, the report added https://bit.ly/3etYxPG.
Mexico's coronavirus death toll rises to 236,240 as cases surge
Mexico's health ministry on Saturday reported 12,631 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country and 225 more fatalities, bringing the total to 2,654,699 infections and 236,240 deaths. The number of daily new infections has surged this past week to levels not seen since February.
Britain backs slew of 'long COVID' research studies
Britain is backing 15 new studies into the treatment and diagnosis of "long COVID", a condition that can include dozens of symptoms and last for months after an initial bout of infection with COVID-19. The projects, which will have nearly 20 million pounds ($27.54 million) of government funding, will focus on better understanding the condition, identifying effective treatments, and the best ways to care for those suffering from it.
Thailand expands lockdown areas as COVID-19 cases surge
Thailand on Sunday announced an expansion of coronavirus restrictions that include travel curbs, mall closures, and a night-time curfew to three more provinces after the country reported a third consecutive day of record case numbers. The country reported 11,397 infections and 101 deaths on Sunday, bringing the cumulative total to 403,386 cases and 3,341 fatalities, the vast majority from an outbreak since early April that is being fuelled by the highly transmissible Alpha and Delta COVID-19 variants.
Australia, under lockdown, reports a slight dip in COVID-19 cases
Australia's two largest states on Sunday reported slight declines in new COVID-19 infections, prompting authorities to say it could be days before tough lockdown measures showed progress in containing the spread of the Delta variant. The country's most populous city, Sydney, and all of Victoria state - totaling nearly half the country's 25 million population - are under stay-home orders after a flare-up of the highly infectious virus strain began last month.
'Not backed by science:' LA County sheriff will not enforce new mask mandate
A new mask mandate in Los Angeles County, set to go into effect at a minute before midnight Saturday and designed to combat the spread of COVID-19, will not be enforced by the county's top lawman or his deputies. The new mandate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requires people to wear masks indoors, even if they are already vaccinated against the disease.
All adults in Britain offered a COVID-19 shot ahead of Monday reopening
Every adult in the United Kingdom has been offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said on Sunday, ahead of the end of legal restrictions in England on Monday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's target was for every adult who wanted a shot to be able to get one by July 19.
India's daily COVID-19 infections rise by 41,157 - health ministry
India on Sunday reported 41,157 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 31.1 million, health ministry data showed. The number of deaths rose by 518, taking the total to 413,609, according to ministry data.
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