Health
Associated Press
Officials in Tokyo alarmed as cases hit record highs
Japanese officials sounded alarm Thursday after Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for two straight days with the Olympics well underway. “We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters. Tokyo reported 3,177 new cases on Wednesday, up from 2,848 on Tuesday, setting an all-time high and exceeding 3,000 for the first time.
Associated Press
What is a COVID-19 vaccine 'breakthrough' case?
What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? In studies, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna were around 95% effective at preventing illness, while the one-shot Johnson & Johnson shot was 72% effective, though direct comparisons are difficult. Previously, health officials believed vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections were unlikely to spread the virus.
Reuters
Cambodia to impose COVID-19 lockdowns in areas bordering Thailand
Cambodia is set to launch a lockdown in eight provinces bordering Thailand from midnight on Thursday, in a bid to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. Prime Minister Hun Sen signed an order late on Wednesday for the lockdown, which bans people from leaving their homes, gathering in groups and conducting business, except for those involved in operating airlines. "The temporary lockdown... aims to prevent community-based transmission of the new COVID Delta variant," Hun Sen said in the order posted on Facebook.
Reuters
Emergent to resume J&J COVID-19 vaccine production at Baltimore plant
"We are proud to be resuming production of bulk COVID-19 vaccine batches following additional reviews and collaboration with FDA and our manufacturing partners," Chief Executive Officer Robert Kramer said. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, cited a letter from the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) saying the agency had no objections with the plant resuming manufacturing.
Reuters
China reports 49 new COVID-19 cases amid Delta outbreak in Nanjing
China reported on Thursday 49 new COVID-19 cases, down from 86 a day earlier, according to the national health authority, amid an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant in the eastern city of Nanjing. Local infections accounted for 24 of the cases that were detected on Wednesday, down from 55 the previous day, the National Health Commission said. Most of the local cases were reported in the eastern province of Jiangsu, it said, where Nanjing is the provincial capital.
USA TODAY
Google, Facebook mandate vaccines to employees; states react to CDC mask guidance change; virus deaths over 2,000 per week: COVID-19 news
States are quickly reacting after the CDC issued new mask guidance recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors. Latest COVID news.
Associated Press
FDA allows automatic 'generic' swap for brand-name insulin
U.S. regulators took action Wednesday that will make it easier to get a cheaper, near-copy of a brand-name insulin at the drugstore. Doctors now have to specifically prescribe what’s called a biosimilar or OK substituting it for a more expensive brand-name insulin. Wednesday’s move by the Food and Drug Administration will allow pharmacists to automatically substitute the cheaper version, just as they do with generic pills for other kinds of drugs.
Business Insider
Johnson & Johnson is facing a lawsuit for marketing its baby powder that's accused of causing cancer to Black women
The National Council of Negro Women is suing Johnson & Johnson for aggressively advertising allegedly carcinogenic talc baby powder to Black women.
CBS News
DaBaby apologizes for "insensitive" comments on HIV/AIDS
The 29-year-old rapper was criticized by activists, fellow musicians and fans for his comments.
Yahoo Life
'Call Her Daddy' host Alex Cooper on discussing therapy as openly as she does sex: 'It doesn't make me uncomfortable'
"The main relationship I was in in my life was between me and my therapist," she tells Yahoo Life.