If the fight against COVID-19 goes down to “vaccine options”, both participants seem to be gaining momentum now.
Washington State Department health officials were optimistic about vaccinations during a news briefing on Thursday. Reviewing the latest capabilities.
- About 1.3 million Washingtonians are fully vaccinated.
- In Washington state, all 16-year-olds, a total of about 6.3 million people, will be eligible for the vaccine on April 15, which Health Minister Umayr Shah called “Wax Day.”
- The state’s vaccine suppliers deliver about 56,000 vaccines a day, according to the state’s seven-day average. The state is exceeding its goal of administering 45,000 doses a day early in the winter.
- In total, the state administered about 3.3 million doses as of March 29, 83 83% of the doses delivered to Washington were ready for injection.
- According to Assistant Secretary of Health Michelle Roberts, the federal government has set up a mass vaccination site in Yakima to vaccinate up to 1,200 people a day.
- The supply of vaccines, which has been the biggest obstacle to the state vaccine program for months, could meet demand from next week.
- The state expects to receive about 460,000 doses next week, a record.
- Clinical trials in children 12 to 15 years of age suggest the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine may be available to children this summer, Roberts said, citing a company statement.
“We are moving in the right direction,” Shah said. “All this is good news”
Roberts. “We have a lot to celebrate.”
There always seems to be a “but” with coronavirus.
Health officials are now more likely to have a fourth wave of infections. Things fell sharply in the winter, then on the plateau, now they could go in the wrong direction.
“Disease transmission is increasing, we are seeing signs.” Shah said. “Case calculations show that growth is increasing in Qing County, Pierce County, Xinhomish County.”
Shah says health officials believe people may be reluctant to use known means to prevent transmission, such as masking and removal.
“We are not out of the epidemic until we get out of the epidemic, which means. “Do not despair of your guard,” Shah said.
And the worrying variants of the coronavirus, which can spread more easily, cause more damage, or make vaccination treatment or immunity easier to avoid, now make up the majority of recent cases of genome sequencing by Washington laboratories.
The state stepped up monitoring of coronavirus variants this winter and is now a national leader, with about 9.5% of PCR testing confirmed in February.
The genomic sequence provides a window in which virus strains or lineages become more prominent. Clans can become more prominent because of genetic benefits, through overloaded events, or by chance.
A state report released on Thursday found that nearly a third of the cases that followed January 17 to March 13 in Washington were related to coronavirus versions.
Nearly 26% of cases during this period were caused by two variants of the first coronavirus found in California.
Scientists believe that these two variants, called B.1.429 և B.1.427, are approximately 20% more transmissible, able to avoid certain therapies, such as antibody therapy, and may reduce the productivity of certain vaccines.
Further state analysis of the census data shows the overall proportion of cases caused by disturbing variants of the coronavirus species. Over the past two weeks, concerns have represented the majority of all cases.
The proliferation of variants has begun to affect the treatment of COVID-19.
Last week, the United States stopped treating the coronavirus exclusively with bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody therapy offered by Eli Lily և The company, citing the spread of the options. Bamlanivimab can still be used in combination with other monoclonal antibodies.
The state’s understanding of how these variants are disseminated will become clearer over time as sampling becomes more representative of all experiments conducted in Washington state.
According to government data, the proportion of B.1.1.7, which, according to scientists, is 50% more transmissible, may increase, which may lead to more severe COVID-19.
State epidemiologist Scott Lindquist said health officials would step back in the coming weeks to see which was the dominant family’s priority.
If the fourth wave occurs, many of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 will have some protection. The state COVID-19 data panel states that 73% of people over the age of 65 received at least one shot.
According to state officials, about 330,000 people aged 65 and over remain unvaccinated. Shah urged them to order a visit online as soon as possible or call 1-800-525-0127 to do so over the phone.
“We want to make sure we do everything we can to help them,” Shah said.