COVID Updates: FDA May Create New Vaccine Clearances, Delaying Release

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NEW YORK (WABC) – The FDA may soon announce additional precautions that would delay approval of a coronavirus vaccine. Sources say the FDA will not authorize a vaccine until two months after study participants have received a second dose.In another scenario, companies would have to wait 60 days after giving a second dose to half of their participants. An FDA spokesperson said the agency would issue further guidance shortly.

This news as Johnson & Johnson announced they were entering the final stages of their single dose vaccine.

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Here are some other headlines from today:

US death toll exceeds 200,000
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 200,000 in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, and some public health experts fear infections could climb this fall and winter, possibly doubling the number of deaths by the end of the year.

The grim milestone, by far the highest number of confirmed deaths from the virus in the world, has been reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures provided by state health officials. But the actual toll is believed to be much higher, in part because many deaths from COVID-19 have likely been attributed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.

New York subway artist captures uses pandemic for inspiration
At a time when most still avoid the metro because of COVID-19, artist Devon Rodriguez is drawn to the rails. “I had to capture this, put it in my art because it’s a moment in history that we’ve never seen before,” Rodriguez said.

Coronavirus pandemic shines a light on New York’s homelessness crisis
Statistics show a growing awareness of homelessness in the city amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic has turned parts of New York City into a ghost town, some of the city’s most vulnerable residents and the challenges they face have become increasingly evident.

Live Entertainment Industry Fears Another ‘Event-Free’ Season

If you had tickets to a canceled concert or were invited to a postponed wedding or party due to the pandemic, you know COVID-19 has hit the live entertainment industry hard. In fact, 85% of the industry’s employees – everyone from DJs to bartenders – have been fired.

Four Seasons founding member dies
Tommy DeVito, a founding member of the Four Seasons Group of the 1960s, died of coronavirus at the age of 92, NJ.com reported.

5 states added to tri-state travel advisory quarantine list
Five states were added to the tri-state travel advisory that requires travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days, while no state was removed this week, officials said on Tuesday. Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island and Wyoming now meet quarantine parameters, which apply to anyone arriving from an area with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 population over a period of time. 7-day moving average or an area with a positivity rate of 10% or more on a 7-day moving average.

CDC Discourages Deception Or Treat This Halloween
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now officially discouraged rigging or treatment in 2020. The new vacation guidelines appeared on the CDC’s website Monday night. The US Health Protection Agency said “many traditional Halloween activities can pose a high risk of spreading viruses.” High-risk Halloween activities, according to the CDC, include door-to-door events, tricks or treats with goodies distributed to large groups from car trunks, indoor costume parties, from indoor haunted houses, to hayrides / tractor rides with people outside your household and attending a fall festival outside of your community.

Spring break canceled in CT public schools
Spring break at Connecticut’s four state universities has been canceled and several public schools in the state were closed on Monday due to the coronavirus resurgence. Leigh Appleby, spokesperson for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System, said Monday that spring break, originally scheduled for March 15-21, had been canceled at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, in the west of the country. Connecticut State University in Danbury and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. The start date for the spring semester at all four universities was also pushed back a week later to January 26.

6 New York City neighborhoods see increase in COVID cases, city to step up testing
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is targeting six neighborhoods that have seen a recent increase in coronavirus cases, with a focus on extensive testing and contact tracing. As part of its “Get Tested Tuesday” initiative, the city is now focusing its hyperlocal response on Borough Park, Kew Gardens, Midwood, Far Rockaway, Flatbush and Williamsburg.
“We have other areas that we really need to focus more on, and we’re going to see expanded community outreach efforts in some neighborhoods where we’re seeing increases,” de Blasio said. “We have to apply a lot of energy and focus on these areas. You’re going to see a lot of activity in the community to remind people of the basics, how important it is to what we call the Four Essential Things You Can Do. It makes such a difference, wear a mask, get away socially, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. ”

NYC Back to School: Working on Staffing and Other Hiccups
After delaying the start of the school year twice, the DOE ran into some problems. There are staffing issues, in part because the number of families opting for in-person learning is declining week by week. With 90,000 children – 3K, pre-K and special education students – returning to classrooms on Monday, the rest are expected to return next week. The city continues to work on staffing plans after announcing this second delay last week. The intention is to recruit 4,500 additional teachers.

Stay informed with ABC7’s NYC COVID-19 Positivity Rate Tracker
As public schools in New York City move closer to reopening in-person learning, much of the success will largely depend on schools coming under control of the rate of COVID infection. According to the city, public schools can only remain open if the COVID positivity rate remains below 3%. To stay informed, you can follow ABC7’s NYC COVID-19 Positivity Rate Tracker.

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