– Surges in coronavirus cases in several U.S. states this week, along with staffing and equipment shortages, are exacting a mounting toll on hospitals and their workers even as the number of new admissions nationwide ebbs, leading to warnings at some facilities that care would be rationed. Montana, Alaska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky experienced the biggest rises in new COVID-19 hospitalizations during the week ending Sept. 10 compared with the previous week, with Montana’s new…"Some U.S. hospitals forced to ration care amid staffing shortages, COVID-19 surge"
– A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted against approval of a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 16 and older."FDA advisers vote to oppose Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster"
LONDON – England set out measures to boost international travel on Friday, abandoning expensive COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, scrapping its traffic light system and adding eight countries to its safe list. Travellers returning to England from Turkey, Pakistan, and the Maldives will not have to quarantine on their return as they are removed from the so-called COVID red list for travel, British transport minister Grant Shapps said. Shapps also said under the…"England eases COVID-19 rules for international travellers"
– The debate over whether Americans should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine moves to a panel of independent expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday. While U.S. health officials, some other countries and vaccine makers have said boosters are needed, many scientists and vaccine experts disagree. The FDA staff said in documents prepared for the committee this week that the vaccine Pfizer Inc developed with Germany’s BioNTech…"U.S. COVID-19 booster debate moves to FDA vaccine advisory committee"
– The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19 rules for international travel, a late-season boost for airlines, holiday and tourism companies which say they will not survive another winter of onerous rules and red tape. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news EUROPE * Spain will give a third vaccine dose to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, while data showed…"Factbox – Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
LONDON – Britain will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19 rules for international travel after the travel industry complained that a myriad of onerous rules and red tape were hobbling airlines, holiday and tourism companies. In a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Britain has a maze of different rules requiring expensive private testing and quarantine and a so-called traffic light system which ranks destinations as green, amber and red. “The COVID…"Britain mulls easing COVID-19 travel rules for England"
– The United States is developing a “new system for international travel” that will include contact tracing for when it eventually lifts travel restrictions that bar much of the world’s population from entering the country, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. DEATHS AND INFECTIONSEUROPE * Spain will give a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, and released data that showed…"Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
– The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has revised its emergency use authorization for Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail to include for use after exposure to the virus in patients who are at high risk for progression to severe disease. The cocktail, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, is authorized for use in people 12 years and above with mild-to-moderate infection and are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19."FDA revises Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody combo EUA for use after exposure to virus"
– U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his ire at the governors of Florida and Texas, accusing the Republican leaders of going to extra lengths to “undermine the life-saving requirements” he proposed on businesses intended to counter the spread of COVID-19."Biden says Republican governors are undermining COVID safety response"
CONAKRY – An outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in Guinea is officially over, health authorities said on Thursday, less than six weeks since West Africa’s first ever case of the disease was detected. No further cases were confirmed by health workers monitoring the 170 high-risk contacts of the first patient, who was diagnosed after succumbing to the highly infectious hemorrhagic fever. The outbreak came just two months after the country was declared free of…"Guinea declares end of Marburg virus outbreak"