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Posted on: September 9, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Flu vaccine takes on urgency; AstraZeneca pauses global trial

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading rapidly around the globe, distributing the flu vaccine takes on new urgency, according to medical experts. This and more in the Wayne County Report for September 9, 2020.

"Since hospitals and doctors’ offices are going to be very busy caring for COVID-19 patients, a flu vaccine can help decrease burdens on the health care system and make sure that those who need medical care are able to get it," said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association and an immunologist in Fort Worth, Texas.

In other related news, drug giant AstraZeneca paused global trials of its COVID-19 vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers. It’s a standard precaution in vaccine trials that is meant to ensure experimental vaccines don’t cause serious reactions.

AstraZeneca had joined eight other companies in signing a pledge promising they would not seek premature government approval for any coronavirus vaccine. They promised they would wait until they had adequate data showing any potential vaccine worked safely.

According to countywide health data for September 8, 2020, Taylor recorded three new cases of COVID-19, upping its total this year to 992. There were no new deaths; that total remains at 76.

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