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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

F.D.A. Clears Up to 15 Million J.&J. Doses From Troubled Plant

WHO voices concerns over Sputnik V Covid vaccine plant

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Is Japan’s remarkable vaccine drive in time for Olympics?

Who the Hell Keeps Unplugging the Vaccine Fridges Right Before the Olympics?

Japan: Nearly 140 vaccination-related mistakes reported

Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Zoo Animals Are Getting Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Big cats, ferrets, apes and bears are benefiting from a gift of 11,000 doses, but vaccines for pets are not recommended.

The U.S. military and V.A. hospitals want more of their people vaccinated.

As Parents Forbid Covid Shots, Defiant Teenagers Seek Ways to Get Them

“Covid Vaccine Whack-a-Mole?”

5 things the US should be doing — in addition to COVID-19 vaccination

Germany recommends combination of AstraZeneca, mRNA shots

Young adults are among the biggest barriers to mass immunity.

Doctors in Indonesia were vaccinated with Sinovac. Some still died.

More people are getting two different Covid vaccines. Here’s what to know.

San Francisco will require all city employees to be vaccinated.

The White House plans to send 3 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine to Brazil on Thursday.

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

95% of COVID-19 deaths since March were in unvaccinated Wisconsinites – And 99% of those hospitalized this year with COVID-19 were unvaccinated.

How Policies Affect Beliefs and Preferences: The Example of Covid-19 Vaccination Willingness

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine shows promise against Delta variant in lab study

Booster may be needed for J&J shot as Delta variant spreads, some experts already taking them

Booster may be needed for J&J shot as Delta variant spreads, some experts already taking them

If Covid-19 vaccines can cause heart inflammation, caution should be warranted in those at risk

Heart inflammation after COVID-19 shots higher than expected in study of U.S. military

12 lessons Covid-19 taught us about developing vaccines during a pandemic

Study finds Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may offer COVID protection for years, as Australia struggles to contain delta variant

Who needs COVID-19 boosters? – The immunocompromised might be first

UK: “Guillain-Barré syndrome variant occurring after SARS-CoV-2 vaccination

India: “Guillain-Barré Syndrome following ChAdOx1-S/nCoV-19 Vaccine

Unusual Variant of Guillain-Barré Syndrome Linked to COVID Vaccines — Experts call for relationship between adenovirus vector vaccines and GBS to be studied

WHO estimates COVID-19 boosters needed yearly for most vulnerable

Oxford researchers say they developed blood test predictor of vaccine efficacy

 

New Covid Variants:

ALPHA = B.1.1.7 = aka: UK variant
CAL20.C = aka: California variant
L452R = aka: California & other US states

GAMMA = P.1 = aka: Brazil variant
N501Y = aka: South Africa variant
BETA = B.1.351 = aka: South Africa variant
DELTA = B.1.617 = aka: India variant

Surgeon General on Delta variant: If you are not vaccinated, you are in trouble

The symptoms to watch out for in the new Delta COVID-19 strain

Covid symptoms: What are the symptoms of the Delta variant? What are most common signs of coronavirus? – The Delta variant is now thought to account for a large proportion of rising cases in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as concerns grow over plans to ease restrictions further.

‘Classic’ hay fever symptoms could be mistaken for Delta variant, expert warns – The strain – thought to be responsible for more than 99 per cent of Covid cases in Britain – has similar symptoms to hay fever, including a runny nose, sore throat and headache

Common cold or Covid? Upper respiratory symptoms are growing more prevalent, docs say – Doctors say even fully vaccinated people need to pay attention to Covid-19 symptoms, such as headache and congestion.

What parents need to know about children and the Delta variant

The Delta variant is making inroads in New York City, but caseloads remain low.

Missouri, Arkansas, Nevada, Colorado, Utah: “5 states where the coronavirus delta variant is spreading

Gottlieb warns of “very dense outbreaks” in parts of U.S. as variant spreads

California virus cases rising as delta variant spreads

Will Bay Area Officials Reimpose Mask Mandate Due to Delta Variant? – At the moment, there are a total of 59 cases of the Delta variant in Santa Clara County

CDC director: Vaccinated people ‘safe’ from delta variant, do not need to wear masks

Delta variant now accounts for 26% of coronavirus cases in US, CDC estimates

Delta variant of COVID-19 creates surges in Europe and Asia

“The U.K. has vaccinated 80% of adults but Delta variant cases are surging. What it means for the U.S.

Delta coronavirus variant: scientists brace for impact – The rapid rise of the highly transmissible strain in the United Kingdom has put countries in Europe, North America and Africa on watch.

Where the delta coronavirus variant is spreading in Europe Some European countries are experiencing a rougher start to summer than others. Portugal and Britain are grappling with the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Israel says the Delta variant is infecting vaccinated people, representing as many as 50% of new cases. But they’re less severe.

Delta, Kappa variants surge in Italy to nearly 17% of cases, health institute says

The Delta variant infected almost everyone at a ‘superspreader’ party in Australia — but not the 6 vaccinated people

First locally transmitted Delta variant in Taiwan

What we can learn from two Delta variant outbreaks in Marin

What is the Delta Plus coronavirus variant? – Scientists worry the mutation, coupled with other existing features of the Delta variant, could make it more transmissible.

 

New Scientific Studies:

How Long COVID Keeps Us Sick

The UK’s revolution in coronavirus treatment, from tea to antibody therapies – Clinical care has come a long way since the cup-of-tea medicine seen in the first weeks of the pandemic.

Is sneezing a symptom of COVID-19?

U.S. Pauses Use of Lilly’s Monoclonal Antibody Combo for COVID — Bamlanivimab and etesevimab not active against all viral strains

World Health Organization calls for vaccinated people to wear masks as global COVID-19 cases rise

SARS-CoV-2-mediated dysregulation of metabolism and autophagy uncovers host-targeting antivirals

Potential New COVID-19 Treatment: A Tapeworm Drug

A Coronavirus Epidemic Took Place 20,000 Years Ago

study link: “An ancient viral epidemic involving host coronavirus interacting genes more than 20,000 years ago in East Asia

“In silico comparison of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein-ACE2 binding affinities across species and implications for virus origin

First COVID-19 case could have emerged in China in Oct 2019 – study

study link: “Dating first cases of COVID-19

“Researchers Find COVID-19 Virus Was “Highly Human Adapted” – Exact Origins Still a Mystery

Association of the COVID-19 Pandemic With Estimated Life Expectancy by Race/Ethnicity in the United States, 2020

“Epstein-Barr virus reactivation may be the cause of long COVID symptoms

About 23% of COVID-19 Patients Develop Long-Haul Symptoms, New Research Suggests – An analysis of 2 million COVID-19 cases revealed that debilitating side effects can persist for months.

Long COVID in a prospective cohort of home-isolated patients

More than 2m adults in England have had long Covid for over 12 weeks – study

“An ancient viral epidemic involving host coronavirus interacting genes more than 20,000 years ago in East Asia

‘Breakthrough’ COVID Infections Less Transmissible, English Data Indicate — But variants could be a wild card

“Recovery of deleted deep sequencing data sheds more light on the early Wuhan SARS-CoV-2 epidemic

After COVID, When Will Sense of Smell Return? — Year-long study shows discrepancies between self-assessed and objective testing

“China requested deletion of early coronavirus data that could help explain pandemic origins, researcher finds – Scientists say the findings are ‘prima facie’ evidence of China wanting to ‘obfuscate’ the potential source of the Covid-19 pandemic

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Coronavirus: record deaths in Moscow; South Africa hardens lockdown Moscow and Saint Petersburg report record daily Covid-19 deaths South Africa faces new lockdown curbs as Delta variant spreads

In Taiwan, which reported its first delta case on Saturday, the local Centers for Disease Control announced new restrictions for people arriving from seven “high-risk countries”: Bangladesh, Britain, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel and Peru. Hong Kong also said Monday that it was banning all passenger flights from Britain beginning later this week, because of the growing number of new coronavirus cases and “widespread delta variant virus strain there,” according to a government statement.

Concern over the Delta variant triggers lockdowns in Asian and Pacific countries.

Bangkok, 9 provinces restrict movements to curb rising COVID-19 cases

Indonesia’s daily COVID tally hits all-time high

Indonesia’s hospitals in Covid crisis as car parks turned into emergency rooms Spread of the Delta variant blamed for significant rise in cases that have threatened to overwhelm the medical system

Vietnam seeks to boost testing as coronavirus cases hit record

North Korea Covid-19 outbreak fears after Kim Jong-un warns of ‘huge crisis’ in ‘antivirus fight’ Leader speaks of a grave incident and sacks officials for neglecting duties in fighting ‘global health crisis’

Africa’s COVID threat hits ‘new level’ as Delta variant spreads – Warnings are mounting about a fast-growing new wave of COVID-19 infections across the continent amid insufficient vaccines.

Africa Is Running Out Of Oxygen

Tunisia grapples with COVID-19 The coronavirus crisis continues to worsen in Tunisia, with the number of infections rising. Cases of the particularly infectious delta variant have also been registered, and some regions have been sealed off.

Israel: Daily COVID cases expected to jump to 500 next week; threats to close airport – Health officials reportedly considering return of ‘Green Pass’ system; Interior Minister Shaked warns incoming, outgoing flights could be halted; hospitalization rates remain low

Israel, a world leader in fighting the virus, grapples with a new outbreak.

NZ: Mike Hosking: The Government is playing whack-a-mole with Covid

New Zealand Is On Edge After An Australian Traveler Tests Positive

Sydney in lockdown, borders shut and hardly anyone vaccinated. How long can Australia go on like this?

Sydney under 2 week quarantine

Britain’s COVID-19 cases up 72% in past week

Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Scotland linked to people who gathered to watch soccer

Euro soccer tournament under fire for helping spread COVID-19

Missouri requests a ‘surge response team,’ part of a new federal program to help states battle outbreaks.

Unvaccinated in Missouri could be lesson for the rest of the U.S.

Arkansas reports highest one-day COVID-19 case spike in 4 months

COVID-19 cases surge 14.7% in California

COVID Hospitalizations Rise 10% In Bay Area; Sonoma County Seeing About 60 New Cases Per Day Among Unvaccinated

LA County reports 366 new coronavirus cases as numbers continue to tick upward – Over the past several days, the daily number of new cases has reached levels not seen in about six weeks, as health officials continued urging people to get tested if they develop symptoms of the virus, even if they are vaccinated.

California releases statement on masks after Los Angeles County changes guidance

Los Angeles County recommends masks indoors due to Delta variant

85 COVID-19 case linked to Illinois summer camp

New COVID-19 Outbreaks Are Driving Some Places Back Under Lockdown And Behind Masks

 

Other Covid News:

“The Forever Virus – A Strategy for the Long Fight Against COVID-19

2nd Ugandan Olympic team member in Japan tests positive for COVID

Third Olympian tests positive for coronavirus after arrival in Japan

Samoa withdraws weight lifters, Fukushima cancels Olympic recovery activities

Tokyo’s Olympic Village will be very vaccinated – The IOC estimates that well above 80 percent of athletes will have their shots. But with unequal vaccination access globally, the preparations are raising yet another debate.

N.Y.C. was ‘glorious’ without tourists. That time is coming to an end.

CDC extends eviction moratorium a month, says it’s last time

The I.M.F. floats a plan to help poor countries through the pandemic.

Six rescue workers test positive for coronavirus at the Florida condo collapse site.

UK pupils use orange juice to fake ‘positive’ Covid test results Science teacher claims students say ‘it’s a great way to get two weeks off’, as experts criticise practice

It’s time to rethink ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to mask guidance, expert says, as Delta variant is spotted in every US state

Disney delays test cruise over ‘inconsistent’ virus results

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway: Anti-vaccine protesters demonstrate outside show

Some British Olympians say they don’t want shots, and other news from around the world.

Alabama pastor running for governor says hydroxychloroquine could have saved COVID-19 victims

Bolsonaro fires health official who reportedly asked for vaccine deal bribe Brazil suspended contract on Tuesday for Covid vaccine deal from Bharat Biotech after allegations of undue pressure within ministry

Brazil could have stopped 400,000 Covid deaths with better response, expert says Epidemiologist behind study on scale of disaster says Jair Bolsonaro’s government is ‘entirely’ responsible

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