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FDA authorizes new Covid-19 self-collected antibody test system

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The US Food and Drug Administration said it has issued emergency use authorization for the Symbiotica Covid-19 Self-Collected Antibody Test System.

India administered more than 4. 3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the last 24 hours — the country's highest one-day total so far, its health ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

Eleven out of the country's total 28 states and nine union territories constitute for over 80% of the new Covid-19 cases, Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Tuesday.

President Biden made a direct appeal to senior citizens across the country, urging them to get vaccinated now before eligibility expands to all adults on April 19.

And today, in advance of that new national full eligibility date, I want to make a direct appeal to our seniors and everyone who cares about them,” Biden said during remarks at the White House on Tuesday.

That's why we're ramping up transportation to vaccination centers and deploying more mobile units and pop-up clinics in the places close to where people live,” Biden said.

President Biden offered the first rough administration timeline for sharing excess vaccine doses with countries who have been clamoring for shots, saying Tuesday he is eyeing the end of summer as a time when the US can begin shipping some of its surplus.

The Dominican Republic received its first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from the international vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX early Tuesday, a statement from the country’s health ministry said.

The vaccines “will be used to complete the immunization cycle of health workers already vaccinated with a first dose of AstraZeneca,” the statement said.

As of Tuesday, at least 1,187,599 people have received a Covid-19 vaccine shot in the country, including 320,893 people being fully vaccinated after receiving their second dose.

Nearly 80% of teachers, school staff and child care workers have been given at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

“On March 2, President Biden directed all states to make Pre-K-12 teachers, school staff, and childcare workers eligible for vaccination and prioritized vaccinations for them within the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program during the month of March,” CDC said in the statement.

Canadian public health officials say the B. 1. 1. 7 variant has now likely replaced the original Covid-19 virus in many parts of the country, adding that new variants are making younger people sicker and sending more to the hospital.

President Biden addressed the struggles facing underserved communities when it comes to Covid-19 and said that his administration will invest nearly $10 billion to expand testing, treatment and vaccinations.

The President said the administration is working to deploy additional vaccines to those underserved communities.

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