Good news and bad news in the Wayne County Report for August 13, 2020. Bad news shows that the worldwide spread of COVID-19 doubled in just the past six weeks, a horrible trend led by the United States, India and Brazil. On the good news front, the U.S. reached an agreement with Moderna to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s vaccine candidate for trials.
It should be noted that it took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. But it took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known infections climbed past 20 million, with more than half of them from just the U.S., India and Brazil. These statistics are according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The average number of new cases per day in the U.S. has been running high at over 54,000, almost 59,000 in India and nearly 44,000 in Brazil.
Meanwhile, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) announced an agreement with Moderna, Inc. to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s vaccine candidate. The federal government will own these vaccine doses. Moderna will manufacture the vaccine doses while clinical trials are underway. Manufacturing in parallel with clinical trials expedites the traditional vaccine development timeline and builds toward the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed goal to begin delivering safe and effective vaccines to the American people by the end of the year. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes use as outlined in agency guidance, the vaccine doses would be distributed and used as part of a COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
The countywide COVID-19 health statistics for August 12, 2020, showed Taylor with three new confirmed cases, bringing the city’s annual total to 884. There were no new deaths in Taylor, and that annual total remains at 73.