News – Buzzez Sat, 18 Sep 2021 01:29:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 News – Buzzez 32 32 Mississippi says Covid-19 deaths among pregnant women are on the rise – and it begs them to get vaccinated Sat, 18 Sep 2021 00:44:00 +0000 “Please get vaccinated,” Chief Medical Officer Dr Thomas Dobbs said at one of two press conferences this month that addressed the subject. “You have to protect yourself, you have to protect your baby.”

The Mississippi situation is probably not unique, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says deaths from Covid-19 among pregnant women in the United States appear to have increased in August. But Magnolia state health officials have spoken particularly about it.

Eight pregnant women have died from Covid-19 in Mississippi since July 25, bringing the state’s pandemic total to 15, Dobbs said Thursday.

The 15 were between 23 and 40 years old, none were fully vaccinated and only one was partially vaccinated, Dobbs said.

At least 12 of the fetuses survived, often by emergency cesarean section, and some were severely premature, said Dr. J. Martin Tucker, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He spoke for the 12 cases in which his system was involved; information on the other three cases was not available.

Mississippi is also analyzing information on 72 stillbirths – a fetus dying in the womb after 20 weeks – that has affected pregnant women infected with Covid in the state since the start of the pandemic, Dobbs said. This appears to be double the usual stillbirth rate.
All of this has prompted Mississippi health officials to implore pregnant women to get vaccinated – and noting that the CDC and others now fully recommend that pregnant women get the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy – after the highly contagious Delta variant pushed the state’s daily case count to their highest level ever this summer.

And the state health department says some vaccine donors may not have helped the cause: It has received anecdotal reports that some pharmacies have refused immunization requests from pregnant women, Dobbs said. . In response, the health ministry last week issued a standing order to vaccinate pregnant patients, he said.

The prescription reassures pharmacies “that it is acceptable and recommended for pregnant women to be vaccinated at any stage of pregnancy,” Dobbs said.

Mississippi still lags the country as a whole on immunization: 41.7% of the state’s population was fully vaccinated as of Thursday, while 54.2% of the US population was, according to the CDC .

In the United States, only about 25.1% of pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 49 had received at least one dose of a vaccine during pregnancy as of September 11, according to the CDC.

“We can do better than that, and we should be doing better,” Tucker said.

Covid-19 deaths among pregnant women appear to have increased, CDC says

Nationally, 155 deaths of pregnant women with confirmed laboratory evidence of Covid-19 have been reported to the CDC since the start of the pandemic until Monday.

However, because only a third of case reports include information on the state of the pregnancy and because it takes two to four weeks for jurisdictions to confirm a case of Covid-19 in a pregnant woman and report it to the CDC , that number is likely an undercount, CDC spokesman Scott Pauley wrote in an email to CNN.

The frequency of these deaths could increase nationwide. The CDC received reports of 15 deaths of pregnant people with Covid-19 in August last week – the highest number reported to the agency in a single month, Pauley wrote. The August number could increase as the delayed reports arrive.

The CDC does not break down these deaths by state due to the small overall number and privacy concerns. He also doesn’t know how many of the 155 were unvaccinated, Pauley wrote.

The risks of Covid-19 for pregnant women

Pregnant women, compared to non-pregnant women, are at greater risk of serious Covid-19 disease – and hospitalization, of being placed in intensive care units, of being placed on mechanical ventilation and of dying, Tucker told CNN in an interview last week.

Tucker is also president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which cites several studies making these points in its notice to obstetrician-gynecologists.

As to why, Dobbs partly highlighted changes in the physiology and immune responses of pregnant women, and noted that other diseases also generally put pregnant women at greater risk.

The Delta variant may present a more pronounced challenge, in part because of its higher viral loads and increased transmissibility, he said.

“We’re still in the early days of analyzing what’s going on with Delta, but… Delta is different, and Delta is deadly, and we have tools to prevent hospitalization and death,” including vaccination for the prevention and monoclonal antibodies for treatment, he said.

Pauley of the CDC said vaccinating pregnant women is “more urgent than ever,” due to “the increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, low vaccine uptake in pregnant people and increased risk of serious disease. and pregnancy complications related to Covid -19 in pregnant women. “

CDC recommends Covid-19 vaccines for pregnant women

As health officials urge pregnant women to be vaccinated against Covid-19, they remind them that groups, including the CDC, last month reinforced the recommendation of the Covid-19 vaccine for pregnant women.
The CDC is now saying categorically that they should get the vaccine, based on the latest safety data. Previously, the guidelines were vague: pregnant people “may” get the vaccine.
The latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States
“Vaccination against Covid-19 is recommended for all people 12 years of age and over, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or who could become pregnant in the future,” says the new guide .
“The evidence for the safety and effectiveness of vaccination against Covid-19 during pregnancy has increased. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a vaccine against Covid-19 outweigh the known risks or potentials of vaccination during pregnancy, ”adds the CDC in the updated guidelines. .

At the end of July, ACOG and another leading organization that represents obstetricians and gynecologists also recommended that anyone who is pregnant be vaccinated against Covid-19.

ACOG and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine said their recommendations were based on safety evidence from thousands of pregnant women.

Studies show vaccine to be safe and effective in pregnant women

The CDC said in August that a new analysis of information from its V-SAFE database, used to track side effects and vaccine safety, found no increased risk of miscarriage in people who received the drugs. Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna vaccines against the coronavirus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. There were also no safety concerns for those vaccinated in late pregnancy – for themselves or their babies.
The miscarriage rate among vaccinated pregnant women was around 13%, which is consistent with the rate one would expect among unvaccinated pregnant women, Sascha Ellington, team leader for unvaccinated, told CNN in August. emergency preparedness and response in the reproductive health division of CDC. 11. Responding to the myth that the vaccine could cause fertility problems, she said: “There is no evidence that the vaccine has an effect on fertility.”

In a separate analysis, Dr Elyse Kharbanda of the HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis and colleagues said they looked at different data from the CDC and also included that Covid-19 vaccines do not increase the risk of miscarriage.

They looked at data from eight health systems in the United States covering 105,000 pregnancies through June. Women who miscarried were no more likely to have been vaccinated, they found. The results were the same whether the women received the vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna, they said in a September letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Too few pregnant women have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be able to assess the risk, they said.

In Israel, a separate study published this month showed that Covid-19 vaccines are just as effective in protecting pregnant women as anyone else.
A study by Israeli researchers of thousands of pregnant women showed that those who were fully vaccinated with Pfizer’s vaccine from December 20 to June 3 were 97% protected against symptomatic infection, similar to the general population rate at period, they reported in the journal Nature. Medication. The study did not cover the period following the generalization of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Jacqueline Howard of CNN contributed to this report.

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Biden signs executive order authorizing new sanctions against Ethiopia amid reports of atrocities Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000 The administration did not immediately impose sanctions under the new order, but “is ready to take aggressive action” unless the parties – including the Ethiopian government, the Eritrean government, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray and the Amhara regional government – “are taking significant steps to begin talks for a negotiated ceasefire and allow unimpeded humanitarian access,” a senior administration official told reporters.

The official said the administration was looking to see action in “weeks, not months.” Biden approved the executive order after the administration “wired for months that the parties needed to change course,” a second senior administration official said.

“The ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia is a tragedy that causes immense human suffering and threatens the unity of the Ethiopian state,” Biden said in a statement Friday.

“The United States is committed to pushing for a peaceful resolution to this conflict, and we will give full support to those leading the mediation efforts,” Biden said in a statement.

He continued, “I join leaders across Africa and around the world in urging the parties to the conflict to end their military campaigns, respect human rights, allow unhindered humanitarian access and come to the negotiating table without preconditions. Eritrean forces must withdraw from Ethiopia. . “

“Another path is possible but the leaders must make the choice to pursue it”, declared the president.

The decree reflects a growing sense of urgency in the situation in Tigray, where humanitarian access to deliver food, fuel and essential medicines has been severely cut and hundreds of thousands of people face starvation.

CNN has uncovered evidence that mass detentions, sexual violence and killings characteristic of the genocide have taken place in Tigray. The inquiries prompted Congress to step up pressure on the administration to take action, according to a Senate adviser, who noted that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pushing that the administration not only name the targets of the sanctions, but also make a decision on whether the atrocities that have taken place constitute genocide.

The aide told CNN that the US embassies in Ethiopia and Eritrea had identified the names of some potential targets of the sanctions.

In Friday’s statement, Biden said he was “appalled at reports of mass killings, rapes and other sexual violence aimed at terrorizing civilians.”

Administration officials acknowledged that the situation in Tigray had deteriorated in recent months and expressed concern that violence would escalate as the rainy season draws to a close, allowing more traffic. In the region.

However, the administration’s chief official said the decision to sign the decree but not immediately impose sanctions reflected the administration’s belief that “a different path is possible.”

“This is not a decision this administration has taken lightly and our preference, quite frankly, is not to use this tool,” they said. “We would prefer that the parties to the conflict work with the international community to advance the talks towards a negotiated ceasefire.”

“We want to see a prosperous, prosperous, peaceful and united Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa region, but this ongoing protracted conflict is in danger – puts all of this in danger,” they said.

“No military solution”

This official added that they were “not optimistic about the situation on the ground and that is why the president authorized this executive decree in order to step up the pressure, but we are optimistic about the increasing measures of the regional leaders. , from (African Union) Envoy (Olusegun) Obasanjo to push for a mediation solution, and we hope we can mobilize support for these efforts. ”

The situation is likely to be a “key discussion” at the United Nations General Assembly next week in New York, the second official said, “because it is currently one of the largest humanitarian disasters in the world “.

“There is a broad consensus, at least outside Ethiopia, that there is no military solution to this conflict,” they said.

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Friday’s decree is broader in scope compared to previous sanctions announced in the region and will give the Treasury and state departments the authority and flexibility to identify the persons and entities responsible for the conflict if steps are taken to ‘a ceasefire is not taken.

The chief official stressed that no sanctions would target the Ethiopian people, noting that the Treasury Department will issue general licenses providing “clear exemptions for any development effort, humanitarian and otherwise, as well as for any critical business activity in Ethiopia.” and Eritrea. “

In May, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced drastic restrictions on visas for “certain persons responsible for or complicit in obstructing the resolution of the crisis in Tigray” and the United States sanctioned the head of state -Major of the Eritrean Defense Forces for its connection to “serious human rights violations committed during the ongoing conflict in Tigray. ”

The State Department also “imposed restrictions on foreign aid to Ethiopia and aligned our defense trade control policy with this action,” according to a State Department spokesperson.

“Security assistance programs have been suspended. A Millennium Challenge Corporation economic growth ‘threshold’ program also remains on hold for the time being,” they said.

“Deeply disturbing”

In a statement released last week, State Department spokesman Ned Price called “reports of human rights abuses and atrocities” by parties to the conflict in the Tigray region in Ethiopia of “deeply disturbing,” saying these “growing reports of human rights abuses underscore the urgency of independent and credible international investigations.

The statement was released following a CNN report that allegedly discovered the bodies of Tigrayans, some of whom bore traces of torture, washing themselves in a Sudanese town near the border with Ethiopia. Reuters recently reported that Tigrayan forces killed more than 100 civilians in a village in the Amhara region.

The Biden administration is also conducting “a review based on the law and the facts” to determine whether crimes amounting to genocide have taken place in Tigray.

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This review has been underway since at least the end of June. Acting Assistant Secretary of State Robert Godec told lawmakers at the time that “the administration strongly agrees that horrific atrocities have been committed in Tigray and Secretary Blinken said in previous testimony, as you said, there had been acts of ethnic cleansing. . “

“We are in the process of carrying out a review based on the facts and the law to determine whether the terms crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes can and should be used,” he said. “The final decision whether or not to use these terms rests with the Secretary of State.”

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Thousands of migrants gather in squalid conditions under Texas Bridge Fri, 17 Sep 2021 00:07:39 +0000

DEL RIO, Texas – Thousands of migrants were crammed under a bridge outside the border community of Del Rio on Thursday, as part of a massive increase in migration through the Rio Grande this week that overwhelmed authorities and caused significant delays in processing arrivals.

The U.S. Border Patrol said more than 9,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, were being held in a temporary transit zone under the Del Rio International Bridge as officers were working as quickly as possible to process them.

The temporary camp has grown at breakneck speed in recent days, dropping from a few hundred people at the start of the week. Authorities and city officials have said they expect thousands more to cross the river at ankle height between Mexico and Del Rio in the coming days.

The border patrol said it would send more agents to the area, “to immediately remedy the current level of encounters with migrants and to facilitate a safe, humane and orderly process.” The shaded area under the bridge, the border patrol said, was meant to “prevent injuries from heat-related illnesses” while the migrants waited to be detained.