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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:
Novavax says U.S. paused federal funding to make more of its yet-to-be-approved vaccine.
Novavax delays Covid vaccine emergency authorization submission to FDA until fourth quarter
FDA Reportedly Planning For COVID Vaccine Booster Shot Approval By September (So we have gone from double-masking to triple-jabbing…)
Moderna expects to complete submission for FDA full approval this month
China says it will provide 2 billion vaccine doses to the world.
Germany will donate 30 million vaccines to poorer countries to offset booster plans
The W.H.O. urges wealthy countries to halt booster shots and send more doses to poorer nations.
WHO calls for a temporary moratorium on administering booster shots of Covid-19 vaccines
Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:
Some Americans fudging vaccine records to get unauthorized 3rd shot
J&J Covid vaccine recipients can get supplemental Pfizer or Moderna dose in San Francisco
Biden officials weigh using regulatory powers to spur vaccine mandates
Biden Administration Planning to Require Foreign Travelers to Be Vaccinated
CA: SFO reports increase in foreign travelers getting vaccinated at the airport
The Backstory: My brother is one of millions who won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine. I asked why. Here are his reasons, my responses.
Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:
Odds of COVID-19 re-infection twice as likely if unvaccinated – study – A new study released by the CDC showed that being unvaccinated was associated with 2.34 times the odds of reinfection compared with being fully vaccinated.
CDC: Unvaccinated more than twice as likely to get COVID-19 reinfection
15 states are keeping COVID-19 breakthrough cases under wraps
Borenstein: 19% of California COVID cases are breakthroughs — and why it matters – This is not an indication of vaccine failure; it is a key reason why vaccinated people should wear masks in public
Early signs COVID-19 vaccines may not stop Delta transmission, England says
J&J shot effective against Delta variant in large South Africa study – The jab showed greater efficacy against Delta than against Beta.
J&J coronavirus vaccine linked to low blood platelet cases: EU regulator – The condition occurs when the number of blood platelets falls because the immune system mistakenly attacks them.
No, Most COVID Infections Are Not Occurring in Vaccinated People — Provincetown statistic being misinterpreted
One Vax Dose and Done? Evidence Mounts in Previously Infected — Small lab study adds to the debate about whether two COVID vaccine doses are necessary for all
County of Santa Clara Releases Data Dashboard Showing COVID-19 Case Rates by Vaccination Status
Moderna says its vaccine’s protection holds through six months, but the Delta variant may require boosters.
Myocarditis is more common after covid-19 infection than vaccination
COVID lung X-rays show difference between vaccinated, unvaccinated
Protection of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection is similar to that of BNT162b2 vaccine – protection: A three-month nationwide experience from Israel
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
New CRISPR-based diagnostic test detects COVID-19 variants from saliva samples
The Provencetown breakthrough cluster: “How A Gay Community Helped The CDC Spot A COVID Outbreak — And Learn More About Delta”
The delta variant arrived at just the right time to break our spirits We’re too exhausted from the pandemic to deal with the latest twist
Can you get the delta variant if you’ve already had COVID? Doctor explains
New ‘Delta Plus’ COVID Variant Detected In San Francisco Bay Area: ‘It’s At Least As Bad’ As Original
‘Better safe than sorry’: When to get a COVID test, even if vaccinated – Delta variant contributes to breakthrough cases
Opinion: The delta variant is surging. How should that change how we live?
Delta Variant Could Drive ‘Herd Immunity’ Threshold Over 80%
What We Now Know About the SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant That’s Wreaking Havoc Globally
A Doomsday COVID Variant Worse Than Delta and Lambda May Be Coming, Scientists Say
SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant exhibits higher infectivity and immune resistance
Lambda COVID Variant, Behind 1,000 Cases in U.S., Shows Vaccine Resistance
New Scientific Studies:
Licensed drug could reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection by up to 70 per cent, reveals study
Cholesterol drug cuts coronavirus infection by 70%, researchers find
COVID: 90% of patients treated with new Israeli drug discharged in 5 days
UK: Covid-19: Third of people infected have long term symptoms
Lambda Variant, COVID-19 Animal Hosts Present Deadly Mix
Exclusive: Intel agencies scour reams of genetic data from Wuhan lab in Covid origins hunt
Startling Discovery Suggests 40% of Wild Deer in The US Have Had The Coronavirus
COVID Long-Haulers: UT researchers discovering why women are more likely to suffer from long COVID-19 – Why is it that some former COVID-19 patients still have lingering symptoms while many others who have had far more severe cases don’t?
Favorable outcome on viral load and culture viability using Ivermectin in early treatment of non-hospitalized patients with mild COVID-19 – A double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial
Israeli scientist says COVID-19 could be treated for under $1/day – Double-blind study shows ivermectin reduces disease’s duration and infectiousness • FDA and WHO caution against its use
The CT Scan Lung Severity Score and Vaccination Status in COVID-19 patients in India: Perspective of an Independent Radiology Practice
“Illness duration and symptom profile in symptomatic UK school-aged children tested for SARS-CoV-2”
Highly Potent COVID Treatment: New Nanobodies Stop SARS-CoV-2 and Its Dangerous Variants
Immunological characteristics govern the transition of COVID-19 to endemicity
“Potentially Very Bad”: Lots of New Covid Variants in New York City Rats
Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:
The known global virus caseload has surpassed 200 million infections.
US: COVID-19 cases hit six-month high: report
Fauci: US could see 200K daily COVID-19 cases in the fall
“I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID”
Seven counties with ‘high’, ‘substantial’ COVID-19 levels as Maine CDC reports new death
Another Mainer has died and 165 more coronavirus cases reported across the state
Maine outbreak info
At least 11 kids test positive for COVID after attending Jersey Shore teen nights
Hospitalizations double in Virginia health district near DC – The Rappahannock Health District of Virginia has one of the highest current levels of community transmission in the DMV, according to the CDC.
‘We’re at a new stage of the pandemic:’ 98% of Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated
WI: Milwaukee Bucks’ championship games may be linked to a steep rise in cases, officials say.
MO: COVID-19 ICU’s fill up with patients; Mercy Springfield reports 51% have died in July – “These are COVID admissions in the ICU. Over half are dying. That’s a staggering number. If that doesn’t get your attention, I’m not sure what will.”
Mississippi has only 6 open ICU beds, Arkansas only 25 as delta variant fuels Covid surge – “We are at the cusp of this. We know that we aren’t at the crest of this wave,” a Mississippi health care administrator warned.
Lessons from Oregon’s July COVID-19 breakthrough report
The delta variant is breaking records and ‘clobbering’ Oregon
Bay Area hospital staff feels overwhelmed as COVID cases rise again
LA’s COVID Case Surge May Be Tapering Off, Official Says
LA County reports rise in COVID cases at nursing facilities
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County nearly quadruple in one month
Florida reports 23,903 new COVID-19 cases, 93 deaths, 13,348 hospitalizations Saturday
FL: Many people in ICU with COVID-19 ‘mechanically ventilated,’ AdventHealth officials say
WHO: Coronavirus-related deaths in Africa reach record peak
“China sees highest daily figure of COVID-19 patients in current outbreak”
China’s capital quarantines people from medium- or high-risk areas as Delta variant spreads
Experts: Tokyo could see 10,000 COVID-19 cases a day in 2 weeks
Israel reinstates some virus restrictions to avoid a full lockdown.
Israel: New daily COVID infections continue to rise, to almost 4,000 – Serious cases dip slightly; ambulance service to set up rapid-testing stations around country as Green Pass restrictions tightened
Thousands Protest Against France’s Coronavirus Health Pass As Stricter Rules Loom
France rules health pass to get into bars and restaurants is lawful
Italians must now show a ‘Green Pass’ for indoor dining and more.
Other Covid News:
I treat pediatric COVID patients. What I’m seeing in our hospital scares me.
Two Tennessee children die from COVID-19 in hospital; doc warns ‘scary’ times ahead
Missouri county coroner removed covid from death certificates to ‘please’ grieving families
The family of an unvaccinated Florida man who died of COVID before he could get a shot will hold a vaccine and testing site at his funeral
In 10 days, 6 members of Jacksonville church die from COVID-19, pastor says – Pastor: Four members who died were under the age of 35, all of them healthy
TX: Lawmaker Mocked Masks & Vaccines – He Died of Covid-19 on Wednesday
Fitness enthusiast, 42, who rejected vaccine, dies of Covid
Poll: Two-thirds of Americans say they’ll put on masks when sick post-pandemic
Arkansas judge temporarily blocks state law banning mask mandates in schools
New Texas school COVID-19 guidelines rattle medical experts
Carnival managing ‘small number’ of positive COVID cases on board cruise ship
Princess Cruises tightening restrictions as delta variant spreads
“New York Auto Show Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Delta Variant Concerns”
Amazon delays return to office for corporate employees until 2022 – The tech giant previously expected employees in the US and elsewhere to start returning to the office in September, but it’s pushed back the date as Covid-19 cases surge.
Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham questioning NFLPA after feeling ‘forced’ to get COVID-19 vaccine
“A likely superspreader last year, the Sturgis bike rally revs back bigger, despite Delta variant”
GOP congressman suing Pelosi over mask mandate contracts coronavirus
Sen. Rand Paul: Mask mandates and lockdowns from petty tyrants? No, not again. Choose freedom – Resist. They can’t arrest us all. They can’t keep all your kids home from school
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