SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 8.8.2021

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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.

AR: Only six ICU beds available in one state

Louisiana’s 4th Covid-19 wave, explained – All eyes are on Louisiana, which leads the country in new Covid-19 cases.

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

Tokyo logs record 5,042 COVID cases as infections surge during Games

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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