Cases of myocarditis in Israel, “possibly linked to Pfizer”
The Israeli health ministry said it found that the small number of heart inflammation cases seen primarily in young men who received Pfizer in Israel is likely related to vaccination. Pfizer said it did not observe a much higher rate of the problem than would normally be expected. In Israel, 275 cases of myocarditis were reported in over 5 million vaccinated people between December 2020 and May 2021. Most patients with this cardiac inflammation spent no more than four days in the hospital and 95% of cases were classified as mild, according to the study, which found that “there is a probable link between the second (Pfizer’s) dose of the vaccine and the onset of myocarditis among men aged 16 to 30, “a statement read. According to the results, such a link was observed more among men aged 16-19 than in other age groups.
Cases are on the rise in India
The coronavirus emergency in India has not subsided, which reported a daily increase in new infections of 132,788 cases in the last 24 hours on Wednesday, while deaths increased by 3,207. The South Asian nation’s infection count now stands at 28.3 million, while the death toll has reached 335,102, according to data from the health ministry.
Australia, new lockdown in Victoria
Meanwhile in Melbourne, the lockdown will be extended for a second week due to concerns over a growing cluster of coronavirus infections. Victoria state premier James Merlino on Wednesday confirmed that the city will remain in solitary confinement for another seven days from Friday, but restrictions on the pandemic will be eased in other parts of the state. Officials said Wednesday that the state recorded six new locally acquired coronavirus cases in the last 24-hour period, bringing the latest outbreak to 60 active infections.
Alaska, vaccines at the airport before departure
Alaska has begun offering vaccinations at airports with a move scheduled for the start of the summer tourist season. The health department said vaccine eligibility has been expanded since Tuesday to include anyone in Alaska who is at least 12 years old, including visitors from other states or countries. Previous eligibility was for those living or working in Alaska. The vaccines will be offered outside of the Federal Transportation Safety Administration’s protected areas at Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau airports.
Brazil, the Copa America will take place. Bolsonaro defends the controversial choice
Despite the dramatic situation of the pandemic in Brazil and general dissent, the next week will be the Copa America. If Argentina has been forced to give up due to the increase in cases, Brazil, which is not doing better, is trying to gamble. Further doubts about the fate of the 2021 edition of the world’s oldest international football tournament emerged when the Brazilian president’s chief of staff, Luiz Eduardo Ramos, admitted on Monday that the decision was not yet final. Yesterday, the turning point. “Brazil will host the Copa America,” Bolsonaro said, explaining that the governors of Rio de Janeiro, Mato Grosso do Sul and Goias have agreed to host matches in their states, joined by the capital, Brasilia, and a fifth. Still to be defined. The leader said the matches will be played without fans in the stands. The tournament should start on 13 June and end on 10 July, coinciding with the European football championships.