#AceHealthReport – Sept.17: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized the second of two shipments of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards in Pittsburgh on September 7.CBP seized 70 counterfeit #COVID19 vaccination cards shipped from China.
The two international mail parcels contained a combined 70 fake COVID vaccination cards: CBP officers seized the first parcel of 20 cards on August 24 after they determined that the cards presented a low-quality appearance and that they were being imported by a consignee who is not from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or a certified medical entity.
CBP officers placed a hold on a second shipment destined to the same Beaver County, Pa., consignee. That parcel of 50 fake COVID cards arrived on Tuesday. Both parcels were shipped from China.
CBP officers in Chicago, Memphis and Anchorage, Alaska, have seized more than 6,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards.
“Coronavirus and its variants continues to pose a serious health and safety threat to American citizens, and so do unscrupulous vendors who peddle counterfeit COVID vaccination cards,” said William Fitting, CBP’s Port Director in Pittsburgh. “Customs and Border Protection will continue to intercept counterfeit goods, such as these fake vaccine cards, that threaten our nation, our people and our economy.”The fake vax cards were destined to an address in Beaver County, Pa.
CBP’s border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. CBP officers screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality. Learn more about what CBP accomplished during “A Typical Day” in 2020.
#AceHealthReport – July.07: Amid concerns over the spread of the delta variant, President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks Tuesday afternoon about the state of his administration’s vaccination effort and the “strong progress” the U.S. has made as it nears 160 million people fully vaccinated by the week’s end, a White House official said.
#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Biden will outline five areas his team is focusing on to ramp up vaccination efforts, including door-to-door outreach, a larger emphasis on sending vaccines to health care providers and pediatricians who can encourage adolescents to get shots as part of their “back to school” check-ups and expanding mobile clinics and vaccination sites for workers, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preview the president’s address.
The remarks will come after Biden is briefed by members of his COVID-19 response team. About 157 million Americans and 58% of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated so far, and 67% of adults have had at least one vaccine shot – falling short of Biden’s goal to have 70% of U.S. adults receive at least one jab by July 4.
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Also in the news:
►About 7,550 out of 19.5 million fully vaccinated Californians have contracted the coronavirus, a rate of infection of one in 2,582 that’s a testament to the vaccines’ effectiveness, according to an analysis by CalMatters of state data through June 23.
►Hundreds of Italian health care workers have sued local health authorities to avoid being suspended after they refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
►Fourteen people have been arrested in Mumbai, India, in connection with a scheme to administer fake COVID-19 vaccines to thousands of people, who actually got injected with salt water.
►Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people in England will no longer be required by law to wear face masks in indoor public spaces and to keep at least 3 feet apart as soon as July 19, the country’s so-called “Freedom Day.”
►Germany will ease strict rules on travel from Britain, Portugal, Russia, India and Nepal that were imposed because of a surge in cases from the delta variant.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has more than 33.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 605,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 184.2 million cases and nearly 3.98 million deaths. More than 157.3 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 47.4% of the population, according to the CDC.
📘What we’re reading: Since the beginning of the pandemic, a third of the 64 people who oversee the nation’s vaccination programs have left. In the midst of the largest vaccination effort in the country’s history, the nation lost a staggering amount of institutional knowledge. Read the full story.
In Missouri, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients jumped by nearly 30% over the Fourth of July weekend in a hard-hit area where immunization rates are low, leading to a temporary ventilator shortage and a public call for help from respiratory therapists. The delta variant, first identified in India, is spreading rapidly throughout the state, straining hospitals in Springfield and raising fresh fears that the situation could soon grow worse as holiday gatherings seed fresh cases. Missouri leads the nation with the most new cases per capita in the past 14 days; 39.4% of residents there are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 cases in Mississippi increased by almost 15% in June. Mississippi’s fully vaccinated rate of 31% is the lowest in the nation.
“It feels very reminiscent of where we were in an early part of the pandemic,” State Epidemiologist Paul Byers said during a June 29 press conference. “It feels like we’re in the same situation now with the delta variant.”
She has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and on Tuesday the British government said that self-isolating requirement will be scrapped Aug. 16 for those who are fully vaccinated.
The juxtaposition of the approaching end of COVID-19 restrictions in England with Prince William’s wife being confined to home for 10 days underscores one of the key messages British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered with Monday’s announcement:
“I want to stress from the outset that this pandemic is far from over,” he said in a news conference. “It certainly won’t be over by the 19th.”
Johnson pointed out there has been a marked increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations recently, and the number of new infections could rise to 50,000 per day by July 19.
According to UNICEF, the program aims to vaccinate more than 20 million children, including 5.6 million in Iraq alone.
“Polio eradication is a global priority,” said UNICEF’s representative in Iraq, Marzio Babille. The contagious, crippling disease which affects children under 5 years, cannot be cured but it can be prevented.
#AceWorldNews says the top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of two Ministry of Health staff members who were part of a measles vaccination team in West Darfur.
“My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of those killed,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a news release.
The victims in the attack, which reportedly took place on Monday, were a vaccinator and a driver.
“I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping to ensure that every child in Sudan is getting vaccinated, whoever they are and wherever they live.
The nationwide measles vaccination campaign that began on 24 November is targeting about 15 million children, according to media reports.
Nov 29 2013 1:00PM
For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news