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3:01 a.m. Aug. 26, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Pfizer, BioNTech sign LOI with Brazil's Eurofarma to make COVID-19 vaccines for use in Latin AmericaPfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said Thursday that they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Brazil-based biopharmaceutical company Eurofarma Laboratórios SA to make COVID-19 vaccines for distribution in Latin America. Eurofarma will receive drug product from the U.S., and will perform manufacturing activities, with distribution expected to start in 2022. The annual production is expected to be more than 100 million doses. Pfizer and BioNTech said it will now have 20 manufacturing facilities in four continents. The companies have shipped 1.3 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 120 countries to date, and aim to provide 2 billion doses to low and middle income countries through 2022. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the companies have initiated an application for approval of a third dose as a booster. Shares of Pfizer are up 0.3% in premarket trading, while BioNTech's stock is down 0.8% and futures for the S&P 500 are slipping 0.1%.
1:47 p.m. June 29, 2021 - By Jaimy Lee
JAMA study: Ivermectin doesn't speed up recovery for patients with mild COVID-19New research indicates that ivermectin, a type of treatment for parasitic worms, does not help patients with mild COVID-19 recover any faster. The peer-reviewed , published Thursday in JAMA, examined the findings of a double-blind, randomized trial conducted in Cali, Colombia, in roughly 475 people with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Researchers concluded "the findings do not support the use of ivermectin for treatment of mild COVID-19, although larger trials may be needed to understand the effects of ivermectin on other clinically relevant outcomes." The drug first caught the attention of clinicians in the early days of the pandemic after an said the drug can inhibit replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the Food and Drug Administration and others that trials needed to be conducted before the drug should be prescribed to COVID-19 patients.
2:50 a.m. June 11, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: New daily COVID-19 cases falls in the U.S. to snap 3-day streak of increasesThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness continued its climb to 174.89 million on Friday, , while deaths increased to 3,774,138. The U.S. led the world in total cases at 33.43 million, while deaths totaled 598,748. The new reported daily cases of COVID-19 fell to 11,841 on Thursday from 20,153 the day before, , to mark . New deaths fell to 412 on Thursday from 449 on Wednesday. The seven-day average of cases slipped to 13,409, down 42% from two weeks ago, while the average for deaths declined to 387, which is 22% below where it was two weeks ago. The number of fully vaccinated Americans rose to 141.58 million, or 42.6% of the total population, according to , with the number of U.S. adults receiving at least one dose increasing to 64.0%. On a global basis, India was second in total cases at 29.27 million on Wednesday, followed by Brazil at 17.21 million, according to JHU data, while Brazil was second in deaths at 482,019 and India was third at 363,079.
2:21 a.m. June 10, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. new daily cases rise back above 20,000The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed to 174.46 million on Thursday, , while deaths increased to 3,759,039. The U.S. led the world in total cases at 33.41 million, while deaths rose closer to the 600,000 mark, reaching 598,765. The new reported daily cases of COVID-19 rose to 22,314 on Wednesday from 15,059 the day before, , the highest daily total since June 1, as new deaths were at least increased to 449 on Wednesday from Tuesday's 373. The seven-day average of cases edged up to 14,809, down 36% from two weeks ago, while the average for deaths slipped to 417, which is 20% below where it was two weeks ago. The number of fully vaccinated Americans rose to 140.98 million, or 42.5% of the total population, according to , with the number of U.S. adults receiving at least one dose increased to 63.9%. On a global basis, India was second in total cases at 29.18 million on Wednesday, followed by Brazil at 17.12 million, according to JHU data, while Brazil was second in deaths at 479,515 and India was third at 355,705.
3:40 a.m. June 9, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global cases to 174 million, while fully vaccinated in U.S. tops 140 million peopleThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to 174.04 million on Wednesday, , while deaths increased to 3,748,866. The U.S. was the global leader in total cases at 33.39 million, while deaths rose closer to the 600,000 mark, reaching 598,330. The seven-day average for cases in the U.S. was 14,031 as of Tuesday, down 42% from two weeks ago, , while the daily average for deaths fell 20% to 438. The declines in cases and deaths come as the number of fully vaccinated Americans rose to 140.44 million, or 42.3% of the total population, according to . On a global basis, India was second in total cases at 29.09 million on Wednesday, followed by Brazil at 17.04 million, according to JHU data, while Brazil was second in deaths at 476,792 and India was third at 353,528.
3:39 a.m. June 8, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global cases rise to 173.7 million, while U.S. daily cases and deaths keep trending lowerThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to 173.67 million on Tuesday, , while deaths increased to 3,738,417. The U.S. was the global leader in total cases at 33.38 million, while deaths crept closer to the next grim milestone, as they reached 597,983. Meanwhile, the seven-day average for cases was 15,091 as of Monday, down 39% from two weeks ago, , while the daily average for deaths fell 19% to 459. The declines in cases and deaths come as the number of fully vaccinated Americans rose to 139.75 million, or 42.1% of the total population, . On a global basis, India was second in total cases at 29.00 million on Tuesday, followed by Brazil at 16.98 million, according to JHU data, while Brazil was second in deaths at 474,414 and India was third at 351,309.
3:24 a.m. June 7, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global cases top 173 million, while U.S. cases and deaths declineThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to 173.34 million on Monday, , while deaths increased to 3,730,065. The U.S. remained in the lead globally in cases with 33.36 million and deaths with 597,631, JHU data show, but the seven-day average for cases has fallen 45% from two weeks ago to 13,927, according to a New York Times tracker, for deaths has dropped 44% to 437. On Sunday, daily new cases fell to 6,067 from 10,437 on June 5, , while deaths dropped to 253 from 370. The declines come as total vaccinations administered topped 300 million, , with 138.97 million people, or 41.9% of the total population, now fully vaccinated. On a global basis, India was second in cases at 28.91 million on Monday, followed by Brazil at 16.95 million, according to JHU data, while Brazil was second in deaths at 473,404 and India was third at 349,186.
2:25 a.m. April 12, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global deaths from COVID-19 climb toward 3 million, as U.S. death toll tops 562,000The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to 136.1 million on Monday, according to , as the death toll climbed to 2,937,730. The U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 31.2 million cases, or about 23% of the global total, while the 562,066 death toll made of about 19% of the total. On Sunday, the U.S. added at least 48,147 new cases and 296 new deaths, , although those numbers are likely under-reported given reduced staffing at hospitals at weekends. The U.S. has averaged 69,632 cases per day, up 11% from the average two weeks ago. The rise in new cases comes despite the continued increase in vaccinations. More than 187.0 million doses have been administered and more than 119.2 million Americans -- 35.9% of the total population -- have received at least one dose, with more than 72.6 million people, or 21.9% of the population, being fully vaccinated, according to (CDC). Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 13.53 million and also second with a death toll of 353,137. India is third worldwide in cases with 13.48 million and fourth in deaths at 170,179. Mexico is third by deaths at 209,338 and 14th highest by cases at 2.3 million. The U.K. has 4.38 million cases and 127,331 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.
2:27 a.m. March 18, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily case count rises to nearly 59,000, while deaths slip to less than 1,200The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 121,256,160 as of Thursday morning, according to , with the U.S. accounting for 24.4% of the cases with 29,607,486. The global death toll grew to 2,681,790, while the U.S. death count rose to 538,087, or 20.1% of the worldwide total. In the U.S., new cases rose to at least 58,856 on Wednesday, according to , from 54,437 on Tuesday, while the number of deaths slipped to 1,177 from 1,245. On the vaccine front, the latest showed that 147,590,615 vaccine doses have been delivered and 113,037,627 doses have been administered. There have been 73,669,956 people, or 22.2% of the U.S. population, who have received at least one vaccine dose, while 39,989,196 people, or 12.0% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 11,698,838 and also second with a death toll at 284,775. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,474,605 and fourth in deaths at 159,216.
2:23 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Daily U.S. deaths rise above 1,200 as new cases slipThe global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 120,745,792 as of Wednesday morning, , with the U.S. accounting for 24.5% of the cases with 29,549,556. The global death toll grew to 2,671,764, while the U.S. death count rose to 536,922, or 20.1% of the worldwide total. On Tuesday, the number of new cases fell to at least 54,437 from 57,081 on Monday, while deaths increased to 1,245 people from 751 the day before, . For vaccines, show that 142,918,525 vaccine doses have been delivered and a total of 110,737,856 doses have been administered. There have been 72,135,616 people who have received at least one dose, or 21.7% of the population, and 39,042,345 people, or 11.8% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil has the second highest death toll at 282,127 and is second by cases at 11,603,535. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,438,734 million and fourth in deaths at 159,044.
2:28 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily case and death tally edges up, but average for the week falls 18%The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 120,273,942 on Tuesday, according to , with the U.S. accounting for nearly one-quarter of the cases with 29,495,422. The global death toll grew to 2,662,067, while the U.S. death count rose to 535,628, or one-fifth of the worldwide total. On Monday, new cases increased to at least 57,081 from 38,034 on Sunday, and deaths rose to at least 751 people from 572 the day before, . The daily average of new cases over the past week was 55,153, down 18% from the average two weeks earlier. On the vaccine front, the show that 135,847,835 vaccine doses have been delivered, while 109,081,860 arms have been jabbed, including 71,054,445 people who have received at least one dose and 38,335,432 people who have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil has the second highest death toll at 279,286 and is second by cases at 11,519,609. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,409,831 million and fourth in deaths at 158,856. Mexico has the third highest death toll at 194,944 and 13th highest case tally at 2,167,729. The U.K. has the fifth-most cases at 4,276,840, while the death toll of 125,817 is fifth highest in the world and the highest in Europe.
3:51 a.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Jaimy Lee
Regeneron says its COVID-19 antibody cocktail still works against new strains in lab testShares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. gained 1.2% in premarket trading on Wednesday after the company said its COVID-19 antibody cocktail still works against two new more infectious strains of the virus: the B.1.1.7 and the B.1.351. The company worked with researchers at Columbia University to assess how the drug, which has received emergency authorization in the U.S., works against the new strains in a laboratory, according to a preprint published Wednesday. (A preprint is a type of preliminary study.) The study was not conducted in humans. Regeneron said its antibody cocktail, made up of imdevimab and casirivimab, remained effective against the B.1.1.7 strain, but casirivimab's potency was reduced against the B.1.351 strain, which was first identified in South Africa. It has not yet tested the cocktail against the P.1 strain that has emerged from Brazil. Close to 300 people in the U.S. have confirmed cases with the B.1.1.7 strain, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, and the first case of P.1. in the U.S. was identified this week in Minnesota. The B.1.351 has not yet been detected in the U.S. BioNTech SE /Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. also ran similar studies evaluating if their vaccines can protect against the new variants. Regeneron's stock has rallied 60.3% over the past year, while the S&P 500 is up 16.8%.
8:14 a.m. Dec. 24, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Daily death toll from COVID-19 climbs to more than 3,400, the same day vaccinations top 1 million Daily case count rise to more than 227,000 as hospitalizations jump again to a record for the 19th day this monthThe U.S. suffered through one of its worst days on the COVID-19 front since the pandemic started, with the daily death toll jumping to more than 3,400, on the same day it reached an “early but important” milestone of more than 1 million vaccinated.
2:40 a.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 63 million, U.S. hospitalizations hit another recordThe global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose to 62.80 million as of early Monday, , while the death toll rose to 1.46 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 13.39 million and the highest death toll at 266,887, or more than a fifth of the global total. The U.S. counted 136,313 new cases on Sunday, and at least 818 people died, according to . In the last week, the U.S. has averaged 162,007 cases a day, up 8% from the average two weeks ago. There were currently a record 93,219 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Sunday, according to , topping Saturday's record of 91,635. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 171,460 and is third by cases at 6.2 million. India is second worldwide in cases with 9.43 million, and third in deaths at 137,139. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 105,655 and 11th highest case tally at 1.11 million. The U.K has 58,342 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 1.62 million cases, or seventh highest in the world.
11:21 a.m. Oct. 12, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus update: Global daily case tally sets another record with a rise of nearly 380,000 on Saturday, as Trump claims he is now immune and can’t transmit the virus U.S. cases jump by more than 50,000 in a day as 38 states are seeing weekly increases; Twitter marks Trump’s tweet about immunity as ‘misleading,’ while Regeneron’s CEO won’t back Trump’s calling antibody treatment a ‘cure’A continued surge in new cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, including another record one-day rise globally and with more than three-fourths of the U.S. states seeing an increase in cases, has prompted calls for new shutdown measures, at a time that President Trump claimed that he is now immune and can’t transmit it to others.
2:39 a.m. Sept. 25, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. case tally jumps to over 45,000 in a day as deaths rise by nearly 900The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 32.26 million as of Friday morning, according to , while the death toll rose to 983,417. The U.S. was the world's leader with 6.98 million cases and 202,819 deaths. There were at least 885 new deaths in the U.S. on Thursday, down from 1,091 the day before, while new cases reported increased to 45,176 from 41,481, according to New York Times data. The new case tally compares with the daily average 41,859 over the past week, which is up 17% from the average two weeks earlier. Brazil has the second highest death toll in the world at 139,808 and third highest case tally at 4.66 million, JHU data show. India is third with 92,290 deaths and second with 5.82 million cases. Mexico is fourth with 75,439 deaths and seventh with 715,457 cases. The U.K. has 41,991 deaths and 418,889 cases, the highest death toll in Europe and fifth-highest in the world.
4:48 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. death toll jumps by more than 1,000 in a dayThe global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 31..92 million, according to , while the death toll rose to 977,357. The U.S. was the world's leader with 6.94 million cases and 201,920 deaths. There were at least 1,091 new deaths in the U.S. on Wednesday, up from 942 the day before, while new cases reported increased to 41,481 from 37,237 on Tuesday, according to . The new case tally compares with the daily average 41,868 over the past week, which is up 14% from the average two weeks earlier. Brazil has the second highest death toll in the world at 138,105 and third highest case tally at 4.59 million, JHU data show. India is third with 91,149 deaths and second with 5.73 million cases. Mexico is fourth with 74,949 deaths and seventh with 710,049 cases. The U.K. has 41,951 deaths and 412,249 cases, the highest death toll in Europe and fifth-highest in the world.
9:10 a.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
U.S. death toll from COVID-19 tops 200,000, JHU saysThe U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 200,000, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, and makes up about one-fifth of the global total which is approaching one million. The new case tally has increased to 6,867,960 worldwide and to 6,867,960 in the U.S., , while the global death toll is at 966,152 and the U.S. death toll climbed to 200,182. The second-highest case tally in the world is India at 5,562,663 while the second-highest death count is 137,272 in Brazil. Within the U.S., the states where deaths per capita are showing the highest growth over the last 14 days include North Dakota, Missouri, Virginia, Rhode Island and South Dakota, . The states with the highest death totals overall are New York, New Jersey, Texas, California and Florida.
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