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Vaccine Related Information:

New CDC studies show waning vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization in elderly – Two of the analyses suggest that as the Delta variant spread this summer, the shots became less effective at keeping people 75 and older out of the hospital. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/10/cdc-waning-vaccine-immunity-elderly-511206

‘Vast majority’ of vaccinated COVID patients at UAB are immunocompromised, hospital says https://www.al.com/news/2021/09/vast-majority-of-vaccinated-covid-patients-at-uab-are-immunocompromised-hospital-says.html

Four factors that increase the risk of vaccinated people getting COVID https://theconversation.com/four-factors-that-increase-the-risk-of-vaccinated-people-getting-covid-166946

Hospital to stop delivering babies as maternity workers resign over vaccine mandate https://www.wwnytv.com/2021/09/10/hospital-stop-delivering-babies-maternity-workers-resign-over-vaccine-mandate/

The CDC reveals how much the delta variant really infects fully vaccinated people – Did the delta variant lead to a surge in COVID-19 cases in fully vaccinated? https://www.deseret.com/coronavirus/2021/9/10/22666876/new-cdc-numbers-delta-variant-fully-vaccinated-people

Effectiveness of COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Against COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization — Five Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, United States, February 1–August 6, 2021 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7037e3.htm?s_cid=mm7037e3_w

3 states have fully vaccinated more than 2/3 of residents. Elsewhere, hospitals are overwhelmed with unvaccinated Covid-19 patients https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/12/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

Tensions mount between CDC and Biden health team over boosters – Senior officials from the White House and the FDA say the CDC is withholding critical data needed to develop the booster plan. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/13/cdc-biden-health-team-vaccine-boosters-511529

Top Biden Covid-19 officials are increasingly clashing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the administration pushes to begin distributing booster shots widely by Sept. 20.
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/09/13/covid-crushed-las-vegas-revive-510204

Moderna developing combination COVID-19 booster, flu vaccine shot https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/571518-moderna-developing-combination-covid-19-booster-flu-vaccine-shot

Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/AP-source-Biden-requiring-federal-workers-to-get-16445700.php

Qantas becomes one of the first airlines to require that international passengers be vaccinated. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/travel/qantas-vaccine-mandate-international.html

Any qualms about an extra Covid vaccine dose? STAT readers respond https://www.statnews.com/2021/09/10/covid-vaccine-booster-ethical-qualms-stat-readers/

October, says BioNTech CEO – Company to file clinical trial results to EU regulator within weeks, says Özlem Türeci. https://www.politico.eu/article/biontech-ceo-children-aged-5-and-up-could-be-vaccinated-against-coronavirus-in-mid-october/

Unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, CDC report finds https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Unvaccinated-people-were-11-times-more-likely-to-16449335.php

A Lesson in Vaccine Hesitancy From My Half-Vaxxed Daughter — She embodies the cultural tensions surrounding the COVID-19 shots https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/94447

Unvaccinated 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID in NJ https://pressofatlanticcity.com/news/state-and-regional/unvaccinated-6-times-more-likely-to-be-hospitalized-for-covid-in-nj/article_3fb6fb42-0ffb-11ec-b6db-5720a471f69a.html

CNBC poll shows very little will persuade unvaccinated Americans to get Covid shots https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/10/cnbc-poll-shows-very-little-will-persuade-unvaccinated-americans-to-get-covid-shots.html

“I am angry today:” Jeffco’s top health official halts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics after medical staff harassed – Motorist runs over signs at a vaccine clinic over the Labor Day weekend https://www.denverpost.com/2021/09/08/jefferson-county-covid-vaccine-clinic-halted/

Pfizer picked a COVID-19 vaccine dose far lower than Moderna’s to minimize side effects, its top scientist says https://news.yahoo.com/pfizer-picked-covid-19-vaccine-125332549.html

Spain authorizes an extra Covid vaccine shot for people with weakened immune systems. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/08/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/spain-booster-shots-covid

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

Kids and COVID: why young immune systems are still on top – Innate immunity might be the key to why children have fared better with the virus. But the Delta variant poses fresh unknowns. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02423-8

What to Expect From Colds, Flus, and COVID This Winter, According to Experts – The pandemic has changed the sniffle season in both good and bad ways. Here’s what to expect in 2021. https://www.prevention.com/health/health-conditions/a37417888/covid-19-cold-flu/

Gout Medicine Could Also Battle COVID-19 – FDA Approved and Has Potent Antiviral Properties https://scitechdaily.com/gout-medicine-could-also-battle-covid-19-fda-approved-and-has-potent-antiviral-properties/

Probenecid inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication in vivo and in vitro https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-97658-w

“FDA-approved gout medicine could also battle COVID-19” https://news.uga.edu/gout-medicine-could-also-battle-covid-19/

Reusable cloth masks hold up after a year of washing, drying https://phys.org/news/2021-09-reusable-masks-year.html

Japan has confirmed 18 cases of the eta coronavirus variant https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/09/10/national/science-health/coronavirus-eta-variant-cases

Study finds who may get more severe illness from a COVID-19 breakthrough case https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/breakthrough-case-hospital-Yale-study-COVID-16443344.php

I Got A ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/09/12/1036356773/i-got-a-mild-breakthrough-case-heres-what-i-wish-id-known

UAMS Research Team Finds Potential Cause of COVID-19 ‘Long-haulers’ https://news.uams.edu/2021/09/09/uams-research-team-finds-potential-cause-of-covid-19-long-haulers/

Development of ACE2 autoantibodies after SARS-CoV-2 infection https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0257016

What COVID-19 will look like 10 years from now https://fortune.com/2021/09/11/covid-future-predictions-vaccines-test/

What We Know About Breakthrough Infections And Long COVID https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/09/13/1032844687/what-we-know-about-breakthrough-infections-and-long-covid

COVID-19 illness. New research from U-M uncovers why this might be and offers hope for a potential therapy. https://scitechdaily.com/why-people-with-diabetes-develop-severe-covid-19-mechanism-behind-coronavirus-cytokine-storms-revealed/

When Was the First U.S. Covid Death? C.D.C. Investigates 4 Early Cases
The deaths, spread out across four states in January 2020, have become part of a scattershot collection of clues about the virus’s early spread.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/health/first-covid-deaths.html

Are We Wearing the Wrong Masks? — A cluster RCT suggests surgical masks may be more effective https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/vinay-

WHO says Covid will mutate like the flu and is likely here to stay https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/07/who-says-covid-is-here-to-stay-as-hopes-for-eradicating-the-virus-diminish.html

“Deer in 4 states have been exposed to the coronavirus, USDA study shows. What does that mean for humans?” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/08/18/deer-tested-positive-covid-antibodies-usda-study/8188718002/

study link, July 29 2021: “SARS-CoV-2 exposure in wild white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)” https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.29.454326v1.full

 

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Sweden to remove most remaining pandemic restrictions this month https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/sweden-remove-most-remaining-pandemic-restrictions-this-month-2021-09-07

‘Urgent situation’: Outdoor patient tent and morgue trailer at Augusta Health due to COVID-19 surge https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/2021/09/10/urgent-situation-outdoor-patient-tent-and-morgue-trailer-at-augusta-health-due-to-covid-19-

Child Covid deaths more than doubled in Florida as kids returned to the classroom https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2021/09/09/child-covid-fatalities-nearly-double-in-florida-1390807

Australia’s Queensland state warns of possible COVID-19 lockdown https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/covid-19-cases-australias-second-biggest-state-hits-13-month-high-2021-09-10/

Some Central Valley hospitals on the brink as COVID-19 surge hits crisis point https://news.yahoo.com/fresno-hospitals-brink-rationing-care-002349682.html

Covid-19 clusters tied to sports teams spike in North Carolina as school year begins https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/09/10/north-carolina-youth-sports-covid/

Hospitals in Iowa’s 2nd-largest city limiting procedures https://www.keloland.com/news/local-news/hospitals-in-iowas-2nd-largest-city-limiting-procedures-2/

Coronavirus Update NYC: Protest planned as 80k NYC municipal employees set to return to work https://abc7ny.com/nyc-municipal-workers-return-to-work-protest-vaccine-requirements/11015445/

University Of Pittsburgh Reports Nearly 80 Total COVID-19 Cases Within 10 Days https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/09/12/university-of-pittsburgh-report-nearly-80-total-covid19-cases/

A cardiac patient died after he couldn’t get an ICU bed in 43 hospitals. His family is pleading for people to get vaccinated https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/us/alabama-heart-patient-icu-shortage/index.html

Florida’s COVID cases drop again – Florida’s cases drop for a second consecutive week https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/floridas-covid-cases-drop-again/ZYO7VHEXOVHJVBVMHIPRIQXPNY/

Coronavirus: Southeast Asian countries choose to reopen, balancing virus with economy https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3148514/coronavirus-southeast-asian-countries-choose-reopen

Bennett says Israel to genetically scan all arrivals for the coronavirus – No details of program immediately available; PM says patience running out for the unvaccinated; cabinet backs proposal for classmates of infected kids to avoid automatic quarantine https://www.timesofisrael.com/bennett-says-israel-to-genetically-scan-all-arrivals-for-the-coronavirus/

Fauci: COVID-19 infections 10 times higher than needed to end pandemic https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/public-global-health/571468-fauci-covid-19-infections-10-times-higher-than-needed

Primary Children’s seeing critically ill kids contract COVID; Utah confirms 2,165 new cases https://www.ksl.com/article/50237220/primary-childrens-seeing-critically-ill-kids-contract-covid-on-top-of-other-viruses

Maine hospitals have record number of ICU patients as COVID-19 cases climb – More than 90% of patients in intensive care had not been vaccinated, say state officials, who have added staffing to work through a backlog of positive tests. https://www.pressherald.com/2021/09/09/maine-cdc-reports-620-new-covid-19-cases-5-additional-deaths/

“As COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record numbers, Anchorage Mayor Bronson says, ‘I don’t know what more we can do’ https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2021/09/08/as-covid-19-hospitalizations-hit-record-numbers-anchorage-mayor-bronson-says-i-dont-know-what-more-we-can-do/

Aspirus: Half of COVID admissions are in ICU, “vast majority” unvaccinated https://wausaupilotandreview.com/2021/09/09/aspirus-half-of-covid-admissions-are-in-icu-vast-majority-unvaccinated

Nearly 1,000 DCPS Students, Staff Already in COVID Quarantine: Report https://www.washingtoninformer.com/nearly-1000-dcps-students-staff-already-in-covid-quarantine-report/

COVID Continues to Shrink in Israel, Serious Cases in Decline – The R number, representing the average number of people a COVID patient will go on to infect, dropped to 0.8 https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/covid-continues-to-shrink-in-israel-serious-cases-in-decline-1.10197714

Israeli health minister: Room for COVID optimism as ‘R’ drops to 0.8 – France and Switzerland place restrictions on Israeli travelers * 672 patients in serious condition https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/covid-numbers-nearly-8000-cases-yesterday-but-r-at-08-679127

UK cases are growing again, the July surge was tied to big Europe wide championship https://i.postimg.cc/4NJHs31d/UK-covid19-20210910.png

“California’s Central Valley overwhelmed by COVID-19 delta surge” https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-Central-Valley-overwhelmed-by-16442812.php

Washington county to bring in refrigeration trailer for bodies of COVID-19 victims https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/571268-washington-county-approves-emergency-declaration-to-bring-in-refrigeration

Children make up more than a quarter of the weekly US Covid-19 cases, pediatricians’ group says https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/07/health/us-coronavirus-tuesday/index.html

When will Bay Area counties lift COVID-19 mask mandates issued in response to delta surge? https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/Bay-Area-COVID-mask-mandate-when-lifted-delta-face-16443346.php

From deer and dogs to rats and mink, COVID-19 has spread to the animal world – As SARS-CoV-2 spreads through some animal populations, animals may create a feedback loop as they re-infect humans https://www.salon.com/2021/09/08/from-deer-and-dogs-to-rats-and-mink-covid-19-has-spread-to-the-animal-world/

Child Covid-19 hospitalizations reach a new high as schools reopen. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/08/health/delta-variant-in-kids/index.html

 

All Other Covid News:

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene fined $2,500 for failing to wear mask on House floor
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/georgia-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-fined-2-500-for-failing-to-wear-mask-on-house-floor/ar-AAOeKNH

Appeals court reinstates Florida ban on school mask mandates, delivering win to DeSantis https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2021/09/10/appeals-court-reinstates-florida-ban-on-school-mask-mandates-delivering-win-to-desantis-1390917

New Mexico health officials believe 1 is dead after livestock drug overdose https://www.koat.com/article/ivermectin-overdose-covid-19-new-mexico/37548538

SC’s McMaster vows to fight Democrats to ‘gates of hell’ over COVID vaccine plans – South Carolina has one of the lowest vaccination rates and one of the highest infection rates in the country https://www.thestate.com/news/coronavirus/article254138948.html#storylink=mainstage_lead

LA County tack and feed stores report higher demand for ivermectin https://www.bakersfield.com/ap/national/la-county-tack-and-feed-stores-report-higher-demand-for-ivermectin/article_60781f2d-fc18-5d72-b1ef-8a879cac8d1c.html

Veronica Wolski, Chicago woman at the center of ivermectin firestorm, dies of pneumonia due to COVID-19 infection, officials say https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-ivermectin-covid-chicago-veronica-wolski-dies-20210913-w6pryhlesncctnd6epoemlbbxu-story.html

Florida leader who called Dr. Fauci ‘Dr. Falsey’ hospitalized with COVID-19 https://cbs12.com/news/local/florida-leader-who-called-dr-fauci-dr-falsey-hospitalized-with-covid-19

Biden vaccine mandate marks another White House flip-flop – Biden on vaccines in December: ‘I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory’ https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-vaccine-mandate-federal-government

Republicans explode with fury over Biden vaccine mandate: ‘Absolutely unconstitutional’ – Biden’s new mandates affect an estimated 100 million Americans https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republicans-respond-to-vaccine-mandates-issued-by-biden-absolutely-unconstitutional

GOP governors vow to fight Biden’s new pandemic measures https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/571602-gop-governors-vow-to-fight-bidens-new-pandemic-measures 

“Biden Urges Docs to ‘Reach Out’ to Unvaccinated Patients About a COVID Shot — President lays out six-point COVID plan, including vaccine mandates covering 100 million workers” https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/94439

White House link: “Path out of the Pandemic – PRESIDENT BIDEN’S COVID-19 ACTION PLAN” https://www.whitehouse.gov/covidplan/

Woman in video seen coughing on customers loses her job https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/video-in-lincoln-grocery-store-shows-woman-intentionally-coughing-on-others

A judge grants an injunction to end anti-mask protests in a Washington State school district. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/09/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/a-judge-grants-an-injunction-to-end-anti-mask-protests-in-a-washington-state-school-district

TSA doubles fines for people who refuse to wear masks at airports, in other transportation settings https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/09/09/tsa-fines-wear-mask-airports/

Lessons From the Ivermectin Debacle https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2021/09/08/lessons_from_the_ivermectin_debacle_793483.html

Our Two Covid Problems https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/09/our-two-covid-problems.html

Hotels: Occupancy Rate Unchanged Compared to Same Week in 2019 https://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2021/09/hotels-occupancy-rate-unchanged.html

Biden to GOP governors planning vaccine mandate lawsuits: ‘Have at it’ https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/571684-biden-to-gop-governors-planning-vaccine-mandate-lawsuits-have-at-it

Here’s who loves Biden’s vaccine mandate: The companies that have to enforce it https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/10/business/biden-vaccine-mandate/index.html

Biden’s New Vaccine Push Is a Fight for the U.S. Economy The effort reflects the continuing and evolving threat the coronavirus pandemic poses to the economic recovery. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/us/politics/biden-vaccines-economy.html

Agencies That Issued Mandates Before Biden’s Push Show Some Early Success The military and Department of Veterans Affairs see vaccination rates increase, as do some companies and states, but they have a long way to go. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/us/politics/military-veterans-coronavirus-mandate.html

Republicans Lose Their Minds Over Biden’s Employer Vaccine Mandate https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/09/republicans-ballistic-biden-employer-covid-vaccine-mandate.html

How Delta Beat Biden – The new administration promised competency and efficiency, but it has struggled all year with consistent pandemic messaging. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/09/how-delta-beat-biden-covid-pandemic/620003/

White House signals new COVID-19 measures coming for unvaccinated Americans https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/571364-white-house-signals-new-measures-coming-for-unvaccinated-americans

Biden faces pivotal moment with COVID-19 speech https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/571394-biden-faces-pivotal-moment-with-covid-19-speech

Florida judge allows school mask mandates to continue despite governor’s appeal https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/08/us/florida-mask-mandate-schools/index.html

L.A. School System Is Expected to Issue Student Vaccination Mandate https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/08/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine

Covax, a global program to distribute Covid vaccines, cuts its 2021 forecast for available doses by a quarter. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/health/covax-global-covid-vaccine-boosters.html

Some United Airlines workers who are exempted from vaccinations will be put on leave. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/08/business/economy-stock-market-news/some-united-airlines-workers-who-are-exempted-from-vaccinations-will-be-put-on-leave

Macy’s plans a vaccinated Thanksgiving Day parade that will resume many traditions. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/business/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade.html

 

 

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