Pfizer, which develops a vaccine that targets Omicron; Chicago is ready to resume individual classes: COVID-19 updates


Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla said Monday that the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, specifically designed to target the Omicron mutation, was “an average of more than 700,000 outbreaks a day in the US, which set the record for a year ago.” .

At the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference, Bourla said Pfizer is developing an omicron-targeted vaccine with a shot that includes both the previous vaccine and the omicron-specific vaccine or “hybrid”.

“We don’t just have the data, but I think we’re almost ready to go and start the file if it succeeds and we need it,” he said. “And indeed, I want to tell you that we have already started producing all the preparations at risk.”

Bourla said the pharmaceutical company will have the dose to start the vaccine in March. And when they say, “No one has a crystal ball,” the CEO says they believe the general population must receive an annual booster shot to put COVID-19 at bay.

“We are always ahead of the virus with the right update on the vaccine. Hopefully, we can give it annually and some groups may be at greater risk,” he said at a news conference.

Meanwhile, the Omicron mutation produces a milder illness than the Delta variant.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said health workers who have no symptoms can return to work after seven days with a negative test, but can cut back on individual time if there is a shortage of staff.

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Chicago to resume individual classes after city, union agreement

Chicago teachers and students were ready to return to the classroom this week after city leaders agreed with the Chicago Teachers Union on COVID-19 safety protocols amid a nationwide surge of cases promoted by the Omicron mutation of the coronavirus.

Teachers were expected to return to work Tuesday, and students were expected to return Wednesday for the first time in a week, city leaders said. The Chicago Teachers Union suspended its labor action late Monday after the city and union reached a tentative agreement, but the union’s 25,000 members still have to vote on the deal.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city and the consortium, has compromised the metric, which will automatically change school for distance learning if a certain number of students and staff test positive. He said he thinks teachers will approve the deal.

The classes came to a standstill last week after 73% of the union’s members voted in favor of a temporary transfer of distance learning, and the district responded by completely canceling classes. The city and the union filed complaints with the state labor council, and a group of school families sued in Cook County.

– Grace Hawk and Erin Richards,

Kentucky is mobilizing more National Guard members to help hospitals with Omicron

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Monday he would send more National Guard members to help hospitals, which are “filling in” as the coronavirus omicron mutation “continues to burn through the Commonwealth.”

With 26% now positively changing for COVID-19, hospitals have seen an increase “quite significantly” and “if we continue (our) trajectory, all of our beds will fill up soon,” Beshear said.

With the new deployment, Kentucky will have 445 active staff helping hospitals across the state. They will be located in 10 other facilities such as 27 hospitals and nursing homes.

“Although the Omicron remains a mild disease,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Monday, “Because our hospitals are already struggling, the next few weeks could be much worse.”

– Sarah Ladd and Olivia Kraut, Louisville Courier-Journal

Contribution: Associated Press

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