U.S. officials released an intelligence report Friday that rejected several points raised by those who argue COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, instead reiterating that American spy agencies remain divided over how the pandemic began.
Alaska has once again shattered its previous record for the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with the state health department reporting more than 6,500 additional infections over the last two days.
The state is still trending at near-record numbers when it comes to daily COVID-19 cases, according to the latest release by the state health department, with a five-day combined total of more 10,000 additional COVID-19 infections.
Pfizer said it will ask the FDA and international regulators to authorize its pill as soon as possible, after independent experts recommended halting the company’s study based on the strength of its results. Once Pfizer applies, the FDA could make a decision within weeks or months.
Interim University of Alaska President Pat Pitney has denied a request from the University of Alaska Fairbanks chancellor to make COVID-19 vaccines a requirement for all in-person students and staff at that campus.
As Alaska’s current surge of COVID-19 continues and resources start to run short in hospitals, the state has activated a crisis standards of care document to help guide decision making for 20 hospitals and health care facilities.
The city of Fairbanks is opening an additional free COVID testing site to help with demand. According to City Communications Director, Teal Soden, the Department of Public Health office asked them to open the site last year, but due to lack of demand it was closed.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday used the strongest language so far to refer to Alaska's current surge in COVID-19 cases, urging residents to get vaccinated as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high and putting stress on hospitals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky says she expects the delta variant will become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States. The delta variant, first detected in India, has become dominant in Britain.
The death rates — posted online this week by federal health authorities — add to the growing body of evidence that the number of lives lost directly or indirectly to the coronavirus in the U.S. is far greater than the officially reported COVID-19 death toll of nearly 600,000 in 2020-21.
Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to help developing countries fight the pandemic.