Canadian prime minister tests positive after meeting with Biden, Newsom
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time — just days after he met in person with President Biden. “I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. I’ll be following public health guidelines and isolating,” he said in a tweet Monday. “I feel okay, but that’s because I got my shots. So, if you haven’t, get vaccinated – and if you can, get boosted. Let’s protect our healthcare system, each other, and ourselves.” Trudeau also met with Gov. Gavin Newsom while in California for the Americas climate summit.
Arizona governor infected with virus
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t attend a planned political event Monday about border issues with former Vice President Mike Pence, his spokesman said. Ducey is asymptomatic and feels well, spokesman C.J. Karamargin said.
Bay Area COVID cases jump 25% in a week after a brief dip
Coronavirus cases are rising again in the Bay Area after a brief reprieve, according to state data released Friday. The region is reporting about 4,378 new COVID-19 cases a day on average, up 25% from a week earlier when it appeared the spring surge might be leveling off. Health experts believe Memorial Day events and seasonal gatherings like graduations, combined with waning immunity and more transmissible variants, may be contributing to the resurgence in infections. Hospitalizations, which typically lag cases, are edged up. There were 653 people in Bay Area hospitals with COVID-19 as of Friday, compared to 612 a week earlier. About four people are dying every day.
Some under-5 children will have to wait until supply builds up
The first shipments of COVID vaccine for children under age 5 — the last group of Americans not yet eligible for vaccination — are expected to arrive within days in the Bay Area, local health officials and providers said, and shots could start going into little arms as soon as June 21, pending federal authorization. But not all kids will be able to get their first shot right away. Read more about the kids’ COVID vaccines and why some will have to wait.
Pfizer vaccine appears effective for kids under 5, FDA says
Federal officials have determined that Pfizer’s vaccine against COVID-19 appears safe and effective for children under 5, the Associated Press reports. The review issued Sunday by the Food and Drug Administration is a key step toward a decision on vaccinations for the 18 million babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the U.S. among the only group not currently eligible for vaccination. The FDA said children who received the kid-sized shots developed a strong immune response to help fight off the coronavirus. Late last week the FDA posted a similar analysis of Moderna’s shots for children under 6. On Wednesday, the FDA will ask an outside panel of experts to vote on whether to recommend the two companies’ shots, which could be made available as soon as June 21.
Risk of MIS-C lower in vaccinated children after omicron infection
The risk of COVID-related multisystem inflammatory system in children, known as MIS-C, was significantly lower among those who were vaccinated than the unvaccinated after infection with the omicron variant of the coronavirus than with earlier strains, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics. In the January-March study, “We identified 1 vaccinated and 11 unvaccinated patients with MIS-C among 583,618 estimated infected children and adolescents, including 267,086 vaccinated individuals,” the authors wrote. “No MIS-C cases occurred among 31,516 estimated individuals with reinfections.”
Las Vegas-area health agency urges mask-wearing indoors
The public health agency for metro Las Vegas is advising people to wear masks in public indoor settings as the region experiences another swell of coronavirus infections. Southern Nevada Health District officials said Clark County is at a “high community level” of the virus. “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is not behind us yet,” Dr. Fermin Leguen, the health officer, said Friday. “As long as the virus is still circulating in our community, there is still the opportunity for surges in case counts and hospitalizations such as the one we are experiencing now. … I urge everyone to wear their masks in public places and to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines” to curtail further spread.
China calls COVID “lab leak” theory a lie after WHO report
China on Friday attacked as a politically motivated lie the theory that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated as a leak from a Chinese laboratory. The comments from Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian came after the World Health Organization recommended in its strongest terms yet that a deeper probe is needed into whether a lab accident may be to blame. Beijing also rejected accusations that China had not fully cooperated with investigators, saying it welcomed a science-based probe but rejected any political manipulation. The spokeman at a daily briefing reiterated calls for an investigation into “highly suspicious laboratories such as Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina” in the United States where China has suggested without evidence that the U.S. was developing the coronavirus as a bioweapon.)