NYC Tops Weekly Dose Goal; U.K. Set for Reopening: Virus Update

Bloomberg | April 5, 2021

New York’s vaccination program picked up speed last week, with the most populous U.S. city reporting a record of more than a half-million doses administered. The city also stepped up its use of mobile units and pop-up sites.

Everyone in the U.K. will be urged to take a coronavirus test twice a week as a new system of Covid passports is assessed for wide-scale use under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to reopen the economy. Johnson confirmed on Monday that restaurants and shops will open next week for the first time in four months, but the ban on foreign travel may remain for longer.

South Africa agreed to buy 20 million shots of the Pfizer vaccine, Business Day reported. In India, the government said it’s well-equipped to deal with a second wave of infections as new case numbers climbed to more than 100,000 over the past 24 hours.

U.S. Parents Comfortable on Shots for Kids (3:50 p.m. NY)

Almost eight in 10 parents in a Harris Poll taken April 2 through through April 4 said they are willing to have their kids vaccinated for Covid-19.

Last week, Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said their vaccine is both safe and 100% effective in preventing illness in adolescents ages 12 to 15. The shot has already received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Americans 16 and up. The announcement was cited by 39% of parents in the poll as making them feel more confident.

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