Here are some significant developments:
- Hong Kong and Macao suspended their rollout of the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, citing packaging defects related to a single batch of doses. This is creating concern among those who’ve had one dose of the vaccine co-produced by Pfizer.
- Federal data says nearly half of U.S. public schools are open for in-person classes, indicating the nation is approaching the goal set by President Biden for a return to in-person learning, although still a long way from normalcy.
- In his first interview since taking office, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said coronavirus vaccines must “reach people where they are,” at farm fields and construction sites, to ease profound racial and ethnic disparities.
- Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia joined a growing list of states opening vaccinations to their general adult populations by the end of the month.
- In an unusual rebuke, an independent review board said AstraZeneca may have only used partial data when it announced the results from its U.S. vaccine trial, in the latest set back for the British-Swedish drug company.
- At least 83.9 million people have received one or both doses of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. More than 544,000 people have died of coronavirus in the country, out of almost 30 million confirmed cases.