An increasing proportion of Americans who die of COVID-19 are being vaccinated

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Today’s version: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed banning the use of menthol in flavored cigarettes and cigars, but the ban could take up to two years. An abortion ban modeled on Texas’ unique enforcement structure may soon be in effect in Oklahoma. But first…

New data confirms that age – even with vaccination – is a significant risk factor for death from coronavirus

An increasing proportion of the pandemic’s victims are being vaccinated, as COVID-19 deaths increase among older Americans.

While many were concerned about the pandemic’s toll shifting toward young people, the opposite actually happened when the delta variable subsided and the omicron rose.

There has been a rise in deaths concentrated among the elderly, who have always been among the most vulnerable to the virus throughout the pandemic. While the vast majority of older adults are vaccinated, the efficacy of the shots wanes over time – Especially in the older age groups.

This is according to This morning’s story from our colleagues Vineet Nirabel And Dan Keating. The pair analyzed national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and here’s what they found:

  • Vaccinated people accounted for 42 percent of deaths When the omicron variable was rising in January and February.
  • This is compared to September, Only when people are vaccinated 23 percent of deaths during the delta peak.
  • Concentrate the bulk of dungeon deaths In people who are not reinforced.

It is still true that people who are not immunized are at greater risk of death from infection. But the new data highlights the risks to Americans at risk when infections are at a high level in society and provides the big enhanced protection shots.

Experts said they are not particularly surprised that older adults who have been vaccinated make up a greater proportion of deaths. As Vinette and Dunn explain, the more people infected with the virus, the more deaths. This includes more people vaccinated but is also among the most vulnerable based on age or health conditions.

In general, deaths among the elderly have increased in recent months. Approximately thirds Of the people who died during an omicron wave were 75 and above, compared to third during delta increase.

But it is still dangerous to be vulnerable. Let’s look at the deaths during January and February, when the infectious omicron variant was on the rise across the country after the holidays.

  • during that time, Unvaccinated people died around seven times The rate of those fully vaccinated.
  • The people with the booster shots were better protected. Unvaccinated died in 20 times the rate of those who received a booster dose, according to a study of deaths among those vaccinated from 23 state and county health departments.

The majority of vaccinated deaths were among people who did not receive a booster dose, according to state data provided to The Post. In two states – California and Mississippi – 75 percent of the elderly who died in January and February were not fostered. Federal regulators recently Second boosters lit up green For people 50 and older, but doctors say they’re still struggling to get the people The first booster.

Experts say the increasing number of vaccinated people dying should not be a cause for concern. Although the injections are not foolproof, the vast majority of people survive the infection.

“Not being vaccinated is still more dangerous than vaccinating,” Andrew Neumer, Professor of public health at University of California at Irvine who studies COVID-19 deaths, said Levnit and Dunn. The spread of the unvaccinated pandemic is – and by – untrue. People still need care in terms of prevention and action if they develop symptoms.”

for more, Read Vineet and Dan’s article here. (Go to the end of their story to delve into the methodology behind the analysis)

FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

The Food and Drug Administration suggest base To ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars which – if completed – would be the agency’s most aggressive measure to regulate tobacco products to date, The Post’s Laurie McGinley reports.

But the actual date of the long-awaited ban could be at least two years later. Court challenges are expected and could turn the ban into a protracted legal battle. The ban won’t affect menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, which the agency is still reviewing.

next one: The FDA is accepting public comments on the proposal between May 4 and July 5, and will hold two “hearings” in June.

The proposal also addresses an equity issue that some advocates have urged the agency to address nearly a decade ago. Many health and civil rights groups argue that the tobacco industry He has a history of marketing menthol cigarettes to Black communities cause severe harm, including higher rates of smoking-related disease and death.

But some prominent black leaders and groups warn that the ban Black smokers can be distinguished And it exposes them to the risk of further confrontations with the police. Suggestion or offer you won’t ban individuals from possession or use of the products, but instead, enforcement will focus on manufacturers, distributors and retailers, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner:

Meanwhile… the Biden administration is finalizing Obamacare’s new rules of the road.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ended proposals intended to make it easier for consumers to shop for care. The annual rule that governs health insurance markets will require health insurers to offer standardized plan options — an effort to better help consumers compare other aspects of plan offerings.

The regulation also mandates new reviews to ensure that there are appropriate provider networks in place for plans, and that the patient can reach the caregiver within a certain required time and distance. Read the factsheet here.

Oklahoma. Legislature highlights more abortion restrictions

Gave the Republican-led House of Oklahoma Final approval Yesterday to a Texas-style abortion ban that bans the procedure after detecting fetal heart activity, our colleague Caroline Kitchener reports.

The bill, which is already facing legal challenges, is now heading to Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), who has Pledge To make Oklahoma “the most pro-life state in the country.”

It’s the second abortion restriction to cross the State’s office this month. The first made abortion in the country a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison, which is It is scheduled to go into effect this summer.

  • But abortion rights activists have said the newly passed bill poses a much more direct threat to abortion access. Not only will the law go into effect immediately, but the latest restriction will also be difficult to challenge in court because it uses a new legal strategy for Texas that enables private citizens to enforce the law.

The effects of the law will be far-reaching. Since Texas imposed a similar ban last fall, Oklahoma has absorbed nearly half of its patients crossing state lines for the procedure. Providers are already planning to send patients to Kansas, New Mexico or Colorado for the procedure.

while … The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would ban abortions in the state at all stages of pregnancy. He will now return to the House of Representatives, where he is widely expected to pass, before turning to the governor.

What was the pyrex line in the sand?

Deborah Birx previous president Donald Trump The coronavirus coordinator said she would leave her turn If Trump has prevented her from communicating with governors about “what exactly they should do to control this epidemic country by country,” during Washington Post Live Thursday event with our colleague Yasmine Abu Talib.

Here are more takeaways:

  • Birx said she has written daily reports on the state of the virus across the country. But Birx said there is a “direct prohibition” within the administration that prevents her from releasing data analytics to the public once the daily White House reporting on the pandemic is over. The data analytics were Later put online quietly.
  • There was a “level of seriousness” in the Trump White House In the first few weeks after the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, but Birx said “we lost the president’s connection and focus on this by the beginning of April.”

A Trump spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Emails show Trump officials have muzzled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over church guidelines

New this morning: Trump White House Officials Exceeding public health agency advice Urging churches to consider virtual religious services in May 2020, and deliver the message change sought by supporters of the president, our colleague Dan Diamond He writes.

The CDC sent its planned guidance to the White House on May 21, 2020. But Trump officials wrote that they are frustrated with “problematic” advice the agency has already published, such as recommendations to consider virtual services or drive-through services, according to emails released today by House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry Corona Virus Response.

Results? A White House attorney has rewrote CDC directives to remove “all proposals for remote church,” according to an email obtained by the committee. The emails provide new details about the White House’s efforts to prioritize religious communities that have been major supporters of Trump.

Also released: Part of an interview with Robert Redfield The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who told the committee that the Trump administration had refused to accede to his agency’s requests for pandemic briefings for six months. This was pretty much then Nancy Messonnier who was a senior CDC official at the time, warned that the virus was inevitable in the United States.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials announced the first human case in the United States of H5 bird flu. The patient, who reported fatigue as his only symptom and has since recovered, had close contact with poultry infected with the virus.
  • Plaintiffs alleging discrimination under the Affordable Care Act or Rehabilitation Act Can’t get compensation for emotional distress, and Supreme court Ruled on Thursday, she sided with a physical therapist against legally deaf-blind people who said she was denied an American Sign Language interpreter, our colleague Robert Barnes reports.
  • Medicare Advantage plans, an increasingly popular coverage option among seniors, They have “widespread and persistent problems” that prevent payments and services to patients, even when they should be covered, According to a new report From the Office of the Inspector General in Department of Health and Human Services.

Thanks for reading! See on Monday.