3 March 2021

• China, which has vaccinated an estimated 50 million people – or 3 Percent of the population,  announces that it aims to vaccinate 40 percent of the population by the end of June 2021 – which will require production of five million doses per day. Source
• COVAX ships coronavirus vaccines to Angola, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. Source
• An interim efficacy analysis- which has not been per-reviewed – from the 25,800-person phase III trial of COVAXIN, Bharat Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine –  found that it was 81 percent effective, based on a total of 43 COVID-19 cases (36 of them in the group given placebo) among study participants. An additional interim analysis is scheduled in 81 days, and a planned analysis will occur when COVID-19 cases in the trial reach 130.  Source
• The NIH halted a trial of convalescent plasma after finding it did not  work for people with moderate cases of COVID-19. Source
• As a more contagious coronavirus spreads in Brazil and the health care system is on the verge of collapse, the country recorded a record-breaking daily death toll of over 1,700. Source
• In Los Angeles, coronavirus cases among vaccinated healthcare  workers have dropped by 94 percent since inoculations began in late November of 2020. Source
• As Israel institutes its “Green Badge” for vaccinated travelers, EU countries are also considering vaccine passports – and people are voicing concerns that they may widen inequality, wealth gaps and discrimination. Source

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