Sumary of Coronavirus Update: Brazil suffers its deadliest day since pandemic began:
- The number of global confirmed cases of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed above 133 million on Thursday, and the death toll edged closer to 3 million, as India and Brazil became flashpoints amid record death levels and concerns about the spread of more infectious variants..
- Brazil reported almost 4,200 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post, the highest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic..
- That is expected to further slow the European Union sluggish immunization program, which lags behind countries including the U.S., the U.K..
- Italy and Spain made the decision on Wednesday after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it had found a possible link between drug company AstraZeneca AZN, +2.33% AZN, +2.03% vaccine and very rare cases of blood clotting issues in adults..
- regulators say AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, but Brits under 30 to be offered alternative shot Last month, French and German health officials restricted the use of the AstraZeneca shot for the over-55s and over-60s, respectively, following concerns over unusual blood clotting in some recipients..
- Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said Australia would advise health providers to only give a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to adults younger than 50 when the benefit clearly outweighs the risks..
- Expect ‘eye popping’ sales numbers from consumer companies as calendar laps COVID closures Medical regulators in Slovakia said that doses of the Russian vaccine dubbed Sputnik V that they received did “not have not have the same characteristics and properties”.
- } The death toll from COVID-19 has passed 100,000 in Scotland, according to figures from the National Records of Scotland, reported by the Guardian..
- Figures from the National Records of Scotland show 38 deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between 29 March and 4 April, bringing the total number of fatalities up to Sunday to 9,997….