Coronavirus reappears in North America as funding crunches

Coronavirus reappears in North America as funding crunches

The BA.2 variant of the coronavirus does not appear to be more severe than the original Omicron-derived BA.1 strain, but is more transmissible – AFP/Archives

Covid-19 returns with a BA.2 variant in regions of the north-east of the United States becoming major tensions, officials said on Wednesday (23) as Congress accuses new funds to fight the disease There is pressure to give. , necessary so that the provision of future treatments and vaccines is not compromised.

The country averages 28,600 cases per day, well below the last contagion peak of more than 800,000 daily infections on average in January. There are about 900 deaths per day from Kovid-19.

Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said there were early signs of a new wave of infections. “We have seen a slight increase in reported cases in New York State and the city and some increase in the number of people hospitalized in New England, particularly where the BA.2 variant reached the level of 50%[prevalence]is,” he said.

The newer version does not cause a more severe form of the disease than the original micron, BA.1, nor is it more likely to evade immune defenses, but it is more permeable. Currently, 35% of cases nationwide are caused by the BA.2 variant, which is expected to become the dominant strain in the United States.

The novel coronavirus outbreak comes as Congress refused to add $22.5 billion to the COVID response in a bill passed last week. “At this stage, our resources are exhausted,” said Health Secretary Javier Becerra.

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Jeff Gents, coordinator of the response to COVID at the White House, said there is enough supply to deliver a fourth dose of the vaccine to the immunosuppressed and the elderly. “However, if science shows that a fourth dose is needed for the general population by the end of the year, we do not have the supplies needed to ensure a free and readily available dose for all Americans.”

“Congress’ inaction will push us back, which will reduce our preparedness and may even result in loss of lives,” the official warned.

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