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HHS officials urges Americans to use Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatments

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatments are being "underutilized," according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. And now, HHS officials are urging the public to use these therapies to treat illness.

The UK has decided to ban arrivals from multiple Latin American countries “following evidence of a new variant in Brazil,” British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Thursday on Twitter.

The country is in the midst of its worst wave of Covid-19 infections with record daily deaths reported on Wednesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received China’s Sinovac Biotech coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, as a mass inoculation effort began across the country.

As of 6:30pm local time, more than 252,811 people had received the first dose of Sinovac, according to the Turkish health ministry Covid-19 online vaccine counter.

More than 2. 3 million infections and at least 23,325 Covid-related deaths have been reported there, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II received the coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, as the country started rolling out inoculations to certain parts of the population, a statement from the Royal Court said on Twitter.

Jordan received its first batch of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Monday, two days after receiving its first shipment of China’s Sinopharm vaccine, state-news agency Petra said quoting Minister of Health Natheer Obeidat.

Covid-19 cases in Africa have now topped 3 million and daily cases have surpassed the peak of the first wave, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO said that the new variant of the virus first discovered in South Africa is "accounting for most of the new infections during the second wave. " 

The African Union has secured an additional 270 million Covid vaccine doses for African countries, but it still may not be enough to meet demand for the region, the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) announced Wednesday.

Covid-19 caused a significant jump in the US death rate in the second quarter of 2020, according to early estimates released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

This explains why the Covid-19 death rate increased from 7 per 100,000 in the first quarter of 2020 to 109 in the second quarter, according to NCHS data.

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