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WHO Panel will meet Monday to discuss AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

February 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The World Health Organization’s independent panel on vaccinations will meet on Monday to discuss the AstraZeneca vaccine and studies assessing how effective it is against the virus variant first identified in South Africa, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for Covid-19, said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday.

The World Health Organization’s independent panel on vaccinations will meet on Monday to discuss the AstraZeneca vaccine and studies assessing how effective it is against the virus variant first identified in South Africa, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for Covid-19, said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday.

“Our independent panel group on vaccinations is meeting tomorrow to specifically discuss the AstraZeneca vaccine as well as the results coming out of South Africa to determine what does this mean in terms of the vaccines going forward,” Van Kerkhove said.

The British approach on having a bigger gap between the first and second Covid-19 vaccine dose has been “vindicated,” World Health Organization Special Envoy David Nabarro said on Sunday.

The WHO currently recommends second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines should be delivered up to 4 weeks after the first, and up to six weeks later in “exceptional circumstances. ” It is currently in the process of evaluating the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use.

However, speaking earlier on NBC's Meet the Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there may not be enough time to study the efficacy of receiving one vaccine dose and people should stick to the available data.

“The demand clearly outstrips the supply right now,” Fauci said when asked what’s holding up US vaccine supply.

In addition to more doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines coming available, Fauci said, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be available soon.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there may not be enough time to study the efficacy of receiving one vaccine dose and people should stick to the available data.

You can get as many people in their first dose, at the same time as adhering within reason to the timetable of the second dose,” Fauci said.

In her first interview on CNN since her confirmation, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the benefits of the Biden administration's Covid-19 relief bill would outweigh the risks — adding that if the bill did pass, the US could get back to full employment next year.

Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper for a timeline, Yellen said, “Well I would expect that if this package is passed that we’d go back to full employment next year. ”

Yellen said she’s spent many years studying inflation and that the country has the tools to deal with it if “that risk materializes. ”

In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche published Sunday, Fontanet, who is also a member of the Scientific Council advising the French government on the pandemic, said: “Between 7-8 January, [the B. 1. 1. 7 Variant] accounted for 3. 3% of new contaminations; on January 27, it was 14% according to preliminary results from the second flash study. ”

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