Here are some significant developments:
- Pfizer published data showing that its vaccine provides strong protection against severe disease six months after the second dose. But protection against symptomatic infection decreases slightly in that same time period.
- Netflix will reportedly require cast members of its U.S. productions and crew who come into close contact with them to be vaccinated.
- The United States will send 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Thailand and more than one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Cambodia, as Southeast Asia faces a spike in cases, the White House said.
- Australia’s New South Wales state, in which Sydney in located, saw its highest daily caseload on Thursday as 239 new infections were reported. A strict lockdown has been extended until late August.