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US cases and deaths
US hospital patients
Covid vaccine booster doses available for all adults
California, Colorado, New Mexico
Over 18s, six months after second dose
UK, Zoe graphics link
Live Zoe data
UK Official data
Prof Neil Ferguson, Imperial College London
Catastrophic winter wave unlikely in UK
UK, quite a different situation from other European nations (Germany, Netherlands, France)
High Covid numbers in summer, population immune boost
30,000 to 50,000 a day, for the last four months
I think it is unlikely we will get anything close to what we had last year, that catastrophic winter wave
Several weeks of declining cases, a hint of an uptick in the last few days
Cases, + 39,256
Deaths, + 1,241
One week after 80 region, 1 week workplace shutdown
Fact checking the BBC
Covid: Pfizer says antiviral pill 89% effective in high-risk cases
It comes a day after the UK medicines regulator approved a similar treatment from Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD).
Pfizer says it stopped trials early as the initial results were so positive.
The combination treatment, which is still experimental because trials haven’t finished
UK, 250,000 courses of Paxlovid (combo with ritonavir)
480,000 courses of molnupiravir pill
Paxlovid works slightly differently to the Merck pill
which introduces errors into the genetic code of the virus
Full trial data has not yet been published by either company
Pfizer, chairman and chief executive Albert Bourla
the potential to save patients’ lives, reduce the severity of Covid-19 infections, and eliminate up to nine out of 10 hospitalisations
There have been successes, notably in HIV, but reports concluded one antiviral for flu ended up being about as effective as paracetamol.