SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 2.8.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

Coronavirus: Germany open to Chinese and Russian vaccines amid delays

Algeria says it has discussed with Russia producing Moscow’s Sputnik V vaccine

SA stands by for first batch of Covid-19 doses as deaths top 44 000

There are 200 covid vaccines in development, 52 in human trials

Novavax applies for Canadian approval

China to provide 10 million vaccine doses to COVAX initiative

COVAX publishes first interim distribution forecast

Singapore approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Asia first

Uganda orders 18 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

GSK joins forces with CureVac to manufacture its Covid-19 vaccine — and to develop another

Johnson & Johnson submits application for Covid-19 vaccine to FDA

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Israel outpaced the world in vaccinations. Now it’s seeing the results. – There’s still a long way to go, but also a reason for hope.

Israel’s Vaccination Results Point a Way Out of Virus Pandemic Covid cases fell dramatically and quickly among people who were vaccinated, Israeli studies found. It’s the strongest evidence yet that a robust vaccination program can tame the pandemic.

NFL says it will use every team stadium as a Covid-19 vaccination site

One million Moderna Covid-19 doses will be allocated to US pharmacies next week

Biden administration to deploy approximately 1,000 troops to assist with Covid vaccination effort

Only 38% of nursing home workers accepted COVID-19 vaccines, new data shows

Nearly two-thirds of Florida nursing home staffers decline coronavirus vaccine in first round – The percentages are similar for staff of the state’s assisted-living facilities, but not all of those homes have received first-round vaccinations.

Moderna proposes filling vials with additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran Says His Stores Can Vaccinate More Americans. He Just Needs the Doses

Nationwide alert issued after car carrying COVID-19 vaccines stolen in Florida

MN: Osterholm recommends delaying second COVID-19 dose to get more vaccinated The epidemiologist asks for a federal review of the vaccine dosing schedule.

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research: 

“Many who have received the coronavirus vaccine wonder: What can I safely do?”

Study shows people who already had covid may only need 1 vaccine dose to achieve immunity.

Study finds mixing vaccine types for two total doses may provide sufficient immunity

Sputnik vaccine found to be 91.6% effective after peer reviewed study

Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine remained active against S.Africa variant, effect reduced – lab study

With a seductive number, AstraZeneca study fueled hopes that eclipsed its data

One Pfizer/BioNTech jab gives ‘90% immunity’ from Covid after 21 days New analysis runs counter to earlier study which suggested one dose may not give adequate protection

New Covid-19 trial tests mixing two different vaccines for first time – Patients taking part in a clinical trial that launched Thursday in the United Kingdom will receive different vaccines for their first and second doses.

“Here’s why that second coronavirus shot can be such a doozy

CDC info on 1st, 2nd shots: “Local Reactions, Systemic Reactions, Adverse Events, and Serious Adverse Events: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Side effect of COVID-19 vaccine mirrors breast cancer symptom, doctors say

 

New Covid Variants:

Astra, Glaxo Join Rush Back to Lab to Target Covid Variants

The good and the (potentially) bad: What scientists know about variants and Covid-19 vaccines

More contagious mutation causes half of new Dutch virus cases

United Kingdom government researchers have discovered that the already more contagious #B117 has further acquired the other troublesome E484K mutation seen in South Africa #B1351 & Brazil #P1 variants—in 11 patients. E484k is blamed for partial vaccine-evasion.

UK detects South African coronavirus variant in people with no travel links

UK begins door-to-door testing of 80,000 people as new COVID variants spread

Monoclonal antibodies: ‘great hope’ in Covid treatments fails against variants – Exclusive: no leading contender is effective against all the South African, Brazilian and Kent variants

Canada: COVID-19 variant in Barrie outbreak upends conventional wisdom of spread

Danish scientists see tough times ahead as they watch more contagious COVID-19 virus surge

Coronavirus variant on track to become dominant in Florida and California hot spots, testing company says

 

New Scientific Studies:

The antidepressant fluvoxamine could keep mild COVID-19 from worsening A real-world study and data from animal and cell studies confirm earlier clinical trial results

New diabetes cases linked to covid-19 Researchers don’t understand exactly how the disease might trigger Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or whether the cases are temporary or permanent. But 14 percent of those with severe covid-19 developed a form of the disorder, one analysis found.

UK Biobank study shows that COVID-19 antibodies remain for at least 6 months

Dutch deploy ‘SpiroNose’ to sniff out coronavirus infections

Coronavirus is in the air — there’s too much focus on surfaces Catching the coronavirus from surfaces is rare. The World Health Organization and national public-health agencies need to clarify their advice.

Overcrowded, multigenerational housing quickens COVID spread

80% of COVID-19 Patients May Have Lingering Symptoms, Signs

Younger adults responsible for most of COVID-19 spread: Study – Americans between 20 and 49 were responsible for more than 70% of the spread.

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

How Dubai is paying the price for letting in tourists

Hong Kong fourth wave: single coronavirus infection of any kind in block will trigger mandatory testing for all residents

Belgium extends lockdown to April 1

Greece tightens Covid-19 restrictions in parts of the country following case increase

UK Covid: all four nations past peak of current wave, says Whitty, as 10m in Britain vaccinated – as it happened

 

Other Covid News:

Workers in L.A.’s courts are dying of COVID-19 as in-person hearings, trials continue

Canada blocks cruise ships for a year, ending Alaska trips

Companies are charging hidden ‘covid fees’ to make up for lost profits. They may be illegal. Attorneys general and consumers say surcharges from $5 to $1,200 are being charged to cover PPE and cleaning at dentist offices, senior living facilities and restaurants

The Covid Tracking Project will close in March

A fast, at-home coronavirus test will be available to Americans this year The White House is buying 8.5 million rapid at-home coronavirus tests, but supply will be limited until later this year

Britain’s centenarian fundraiser Captain Tom in hospital with COVID-19

Captain Tom Moore, World War II veteran famous for COVID fundraising, dies of covid at 100

Masks now required at US national parks

Covid’s South Dakota Rampage Created a Failed Experiment in Herd Immunity

COVID-19 Lockdowns Caused Cleaner Air – And Warmed the Planet

 

 

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