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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

EU drug regulators have approved the Moderna vaccine. Here’s what we know about it

EU’s 200M Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to be delivered by September – Member countries will be allocated doses based on their population.

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

FDA Warns Health Officials Not To Mess With COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Schedule

Pfizer/BioNTech says no data to support delayed vaccine booster shot

Scientists Are Studying Whether Moderna Supply Can Be Doubled By Cutting Doses in Half

WHO: 2nd dose of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine can be delayed -It can be given up to six weeks after the first, the health body says.

US has vaccinated 4.2 million people.

Extra doses stretching Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine supply Extracting more doses per vial offsets limited supply.

“Queens nurse who was first to get COVID-19 vaccine gets second dose

New York, Florida tell hospitals to dispense COVID-19 vaccines quicker or lose supply

California hospital distributes 850 vaccines in 2.5 hours when refrigerator fails

How relatives of California hospital workers have managed to jump the line for early COVID vaccines – ‘Faced with thawed, expiring vaccines that can’t be refrozen, and no contingency plan, doctors made the choice to vaccinate people they could,’ one recipient said

At least 60 residents of a luxury Houston apartment complex managed to get a COVID-19 vaccine – but Texas health officials say it’s not an approved provider.

MN begins vaccinating high risk prisoners

CA: Gov. Newsom wants dentists to help with COVID-19 vaccinations, says pace ‘not good enough’

WI: Pharmacist accused of spoiling COVID-19 vaccine appears in court – Steven Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, was arrested Thursday. The pharmacist brought a gun to work on multiple instances and told investigators he thought the vaccine would “change DNA“.

‘Still waiting for my turn’: Primary care doctors are being left behind in the vaccine rollout

First Oxford vaccine administered amid UK lockdown calls – 82-year-old receives vaccine as Boris Johnson faces pressure to toughen coronavirus restrictions.

“Britain takes a gamble with Covid-19 vaccines, upping the stakes for the rest of us

Why Indonesia is vaccinating its working population first, not elderly

Back-of-the-pack Dutch under fire for slow coronavirus vaccine rollout – No one has yet been vaccinated in the Netherlands.

France adjusts vaccine strategy to speed up roll-out – After a sluggish start, Health Minister Olivier Véran wants to “amplify, accelerate, simplify”.

The EU’s coronavirus vaccine blame game. Why so slow? The European Commission is being blamed for the slow rollout of jabs across the bloc.

France denies allegations it pressured EU to buy French vaccines over German – The efforts to find a scapegoat for the slow rollout of jabs has firmly started in Europe.

4 Burning Questions on the Global Vaccine Rollout

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research: 

Healthcare worker dies 48 hours after getting Pfizer coronavirus vaccine – Two days after being administered the Pfizer coronavirus jab, a Portugese health worker suffered a ‘sudden death’ at home on New Year’s day

Having antibodies from an MMR vaccine appears to give some protection against covid

Link between COVID-19 shot, Swiss death ‘highly unlikely’, says drugs regulator

Israeli man reportedly dies of heart attack hours after getting COVID vaccine  A 75-year-old man was lucky enough to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Israel, only to die a few hours later from a heart attack that officials believe is unrelated to the shot. The unidentified man got the Pfizer shot at 8:30 a.m. Monday, and within hours had lost consciousness and died at home in Beit She’an, the Jerusalem Post said. Health Ministry director-general Chezy Levy has launched an investigation, but early findings suggest the vaccine was not connected to the death, the report stressed. The dead man had a history of numerous pre-existing conditions, including cancer and heart problems, including earlier heart attacks, the Times of Israel said.

“The curse of the incidental illness: Seen as side effects to Covid vaccinations, ailments may have little to do with them

Fact check: Clarifying claims around Pfizer vaccine deaths and side effects

The inside story behind Pfizer and BioNTech’s new vaccine brand name, Comirnaty

Frustration over vaccine rollout builds, as new variant reported in U.S. for first time

Nursing homes hit early roadblocks in massive vaccine campaign

The 4 major unknowns of how vaccines will affect the Covid-19 pandemic – Covid-19 vaccines are here, but key questions remain.

 

New Covid Variants:

Iran finds first case of new virus variant in traveller from UK

COVID vaccines “might not” work as well on South African strain, scientists warn

Cuomo confirms first case of Covid-19 variant in New York https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2021/01/04/cuomo-confirms-first-case-of-covid-19-variant-in-new-york-1352336

The highly infectious COVID-19 coronavirus variant that has been circulating in Britain is linked to higher loads of the virus in the blood, according to a research report published on medRxiv on Sunday ahead of peer review. Around 35% of patients infected by the variant form had very high levels of the virus in their samples, compared to 10% of patients without the variant, study leader Michael Kidd of Public Health England and Birmingham University told Reuters. Higher viral loads have been linked with worse COVID-19 outcomes. The tests were conducted at the Birmingham Turnkey Lab. Kidd said additional study was needed to confirm or refute the findings. If confirmed, he hopes scientists will investigate how this particular variant manages to make more copies of itself in infected patients.

ECDC warns new coronavirus variants pose ‘high’ risk – There’s no evidence new strains cause more severe illness, but they appear to spread more easily, EU agency says.

 

Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Tokyo region to get second lockdown as covid cases set records day after day

Coronavirus: Germany will extend lockdown by 3 weeks — reports – German lawmakers agreed to extend the current coronavirus lockdown until January 31, local media has reported. Official confirmation is expected on Tuesday.

Boris Johnson orders England to stay at home … again – The prime minister said he wanted top priority groups vaccinated by mid-February.

Scotland to go into full lockdown at midnight, Sturgeon announces Schools will remain closed for all of January as stricter ‘stay at home’ rules are announced

Los Angeles tells ambulance crews to not transport anyone with limited chance of survival. Hospitals and ambulance crews were also told to cut back on oxygen use and only give it to someone with oxygen saturation below 90

LA County hospitals, at the breaking point, turn away ambulances

“Ambulances wait more than 7 hours outside Santa Clara County hospitals as COVID-19 cases soar

‘It Appears We Will Enter 2021 In A State Of Emergency,’ Austin’s Top Doctor Says

Military personnel being deployed to California to combat coronavirus

 

Other Covid News:

TSA screens more than 3 million travelers over New Year’s weekend

An outbreak has killed one, infected 43 at California hospital. An inflatable holiday costume is likely to blame, officials say.

Thinning, Leaky Brain Blood Vessels Seen in COVID-19 — High-resolution MRI shows injury and inflammation, but no direct viral attack

Five key milestones in the Covid-19 pandemic that we’re anticipating in 2021

Meet The 50 Doctors, Scientists And Healthcare Entrepreneurs Who Became Pandemic Billionaires In 2020

S Korea reports biggest daily death toll so far

Newsom pushes California school reopening plan that could begin in February

Thunder Valley Casino defends its 6,000-person indoor New Year’s Eve party 

Wuhan’s Covid-19 reality check: Nearly half a million residents in the Chinese city where the novel coronavirus first emerged may have been infected with Covid-19 — almost 10 times the official number of confirmed cases, according to a study by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Russian official acknowledges actual coronavirus death toll is much higher than official figures

WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic is ‘not necessarily the big one

‘Toxic Individualism’: Pandemic Politics Driving Health Care Workers From Small Towns

Small Number of Covid Patients Develop Severe Psychotic Symptoms Most had no history of mental illness and became psychotic weeks after contracting the virus. Cases are expected to remain rare but are being reported worldwide.

“COVID: Short on ICU nurses, Germany looks abroad – Amid a nursing staff shortage, German hospitals have had to take matters into their own hands. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, a new arrival from Mexico proved very valuable at Berlin’s well-known Charite Hospital.”

How much coronavirus a person carries could predict how sick they’ll get.

Explanations for ‘long Covid’ remain elusive. For now, believing patients and treating symptoms is the best doctors can do

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