SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 10.27.2021

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Vaccine Related Information:

Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine was well-tolerated and generated robust immune response in children ages 6 to 11 https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/25/health/moderna-covid-vaccine-kids-results/index.html

Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed? Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings.
“In our hearts, I think people don’t quite agree with this notion of a booster dose,” said one leading vaccine expert.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/25/health/covid-boosters-cdc-fda.html

Covid vaccinations for children 5 and up could begin next month, Dr. Fauci says. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/25/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/covid-vaccinations-for-children-5-and-up-could-begin-next-month-dr-fauci-says

AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine brings rare but heightened risk of nerve syndrome
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/25/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-GAZHVDZ6Q5ALZKMZG5AMAQIFBM

“Tracking the FDA advisory panel meeting on Covid-19 vaccines for kids” https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/26/pfizer-covid19-vaccine-kids-vrbpac-fda/

How Should Patients With Autoimmune Diseases Approach COVID Vaccination? — Mixed messaging and a lack of tailored research leaves providers and patients in the dark https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/95207

BioNTech says it will build a vaccine factory in Rwanda https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/26/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-5EG4GKJMI5HRPIUNZZT6K2Z2SM

FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine be authorized for children https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/26/fda-vrbpac-pfizer-vaccine-covid-kids/

FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/26/health/covid-19-young-kids-vaccine-fda-discussion/index.html

CDC: Pfizer Vax Kept Teens Out of the Hospital for COVID https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95126

FDA grants emergency use authorization for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine booster shots https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-vaccine-booster-shots-moderna-johnson-and-johnson-fda/

FDA strongly considers authorizing vaccine boosters for people as young as 40 https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/10/20/boosters-40-and-over/

FDA authorizes booster shots of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/20/covid19-vaccine-booster-dose-moderna-johnson/

FDA Greenlights ‘Mix and Match’ COVID Boosters — Moderna, Johnson & Johnson boosters also get thumbs up https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95168

“A primer on what we know about mixing and matching Covid vaccines” https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/12/a-primer-on-what-we-know-about-mixing-and-matching-covid-vaccines/

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

What Previous Covid-19 Waves Tell Us About the Virus Now https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/10/23/us/covid-surges.html

COVID Vaccine Recipients Also Less Likely to Die of Other Causes — Study found downstream health effect for vaccination https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95220

COVID-19 Vaccination and Non–COVID-19 Mortality Risk — Seven Integrated Health Care Organizations, United States, December 14, 2020–July 31, 2021 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7043e2.htm?s_cid=mm7043e2_w

New COVID-19 Biomarker Discovery – Can Predict Patient Death or Hospitalization https://scitechdaily.com/new-covid-19-biomarker-discovery-can-predict-patient-death-or-hospitalization/

Delta variant does not cause more severe illness, CDC report says https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/25/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-SXWWIRWBM5AU7IPJ3XI7MDMOHY

Obesity Made Even Mild COVID Worse https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/95136

Sex of the fetus influences the mother’s response to Covid-19 infection, new research shows https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/19/sex-of-the-fetus-influences-the-mothers-response-to-covid-19-infection-new-research-shows/

36% Of Those Who Had Covid-19 Didn’t Develop Antibodies, Study Says https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/09/05/36-of-those-who-had-covid-19-didnt-develop-antibodies-study-says/
Study: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/9/21-1042_article

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

New Zealand announces a plan to move away from lockdowns. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/22/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/new-zealand-announces-a-plan-to-move-away-from-lockdowns

Russia reports cases of more contagious COVID-19 Delta subvariant https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-reports-cases-more-contagious-covid-19-variant-reports-2021-10-21

Britain’s skyrocketing coronavirus cases make it an outlier in Western Europe – The UK is paying the price for ‘freedom day,’ say experts. https://www.politico.eu/article/britain-skyrocketing-coronavirus-covid19-cases-make-it-an-outlier-in-western-europe/

Chinese province closes tourist sites following virus cases https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14467724

As the rest of the world abandons ‘Zero Covid,’ China holds out. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/25/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/as-the-rest-of-the-world-abandons-zero-covid-china-holds-out

South Korea loosens restrictions as it fully vaccinates 70 percent of its population. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/25/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/south-korea-covid-restrictions

Covid may overwhelm the health care system in Papua New Guinea, the Red Cross warns. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/25/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/covid-may-overwhelm-the-health-care-system-in-papua-new-guinea-the-red-cross-warns

Health experts worry Arizona could be headed for deepening coronavirus crisis https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/25/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-W7TC44R4LRFHLIM6KRRNX2VUGI

Ukraine declared high risk for covid by US CDC https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cdc-very-high-risk-travel-destinations-oct-25/index.html

Worst of US pandemic likely behind us but we can’t drop our guard, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/25/us-covid-coronavirus-pandemic-experts

China locks down city of 4m people after six Covid cases detected Residents in Lanzhou, Gansu, told to stay at home as buses, taxis and key rail routes suspended
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/26/china-locks-down-city-lanzhou-gansu-covid

Latvia is first country to reimpose lockdown in Europe’s new Covid wave https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/20/latvia-enters-month-long-covid-lockdown-as-fourth-wave-breaks

Covid live: warning drastic action needed to combat Poland case spike; record daily deaths in Singapore https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/oct/20/coronavirus-news-live-singapore-reports-highest-ever-covid-cases-uk-urged-to-enact-plan-b-or-risk-nhs-crisis

 

All Other Covid News:

If Bolsonaro is potentially guilty of pandemic crimes, is Trump, too
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/22/bolsonaro-covid-crimes-trump/

St. Paul Mayor: City Employees Must Get COVID Vaccine Before End Of 2021 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/10/21/st-paul-covid-vaccine-mandate/

The ‘personal responsibility’ mantra has gone hand in hand with more deaths. Why has England gone along with it?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/22/england-covid-ethics-personal-responsibility

COVID-19 booster shots available in Santa Clara County https://sanjosespotlight.com/covid-19-booster-shots-available-in-santa-clara-county/

Don’t give Covid-19 long-haulers the silent treatment https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/22/dont-give-covid-19-long-haulers-the-silent-treatment/

Medicine Must Sanction the COVID Quacks — Intent doesn’t matter when patients are being harmed https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/95085

PA Suspended After Interfering With Care of COVID Patients — Outspoken anti-masker Scott Miller accused of promoting false cures and more in Washington state https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/95106

‘Darker skies and colder weather provide perfect conditions… for Covid-19 to thrive’
These were the words of the health secretary last week, as it became clear that vaccination alone will not keep the virus in check. But experts in health and education fear that Plan B will come too late
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/24/darker-skies-and-colder-weather-provide-perfect-conditions-for-covid-19-to-thrive

CNN Investigation: Tens of millions of filthy, used medical gloves imported into the US https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/24/health/medical-gloves-us-thailand-investigation-cmd-intl/index.html

Doctors are often unaware of the only treatment for early Covid-19 https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/25/health/covid-antibody-treatment-doctors/index.html

How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall The field’s future lies in reclaiming parts of its past that it willingly abandoned. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/10/how-public-health-took-part-its-own-downfall/620457/

“The Last Days of The Romanovs at the Port of Los Angeles (and Where Is Everybody?)” https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/the-last-days-of-the-romanovs-at-the-port-of-los-angeles-where-is-everybody.html

“In Maine, Vaccine Mandate for EMTs Stresses Small-Town Ambulance Crews” https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/in-maine-vaccine-mandate-for-emts-stresses-small-town-ambulance-crews.html

COVID Testing on Campus Is About More Than the Students — These programs keep the community safe and generate valuable knowledge https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/95243

Cruises will no longer be required to follow CDC rules starting in January https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/10/25/cdc-cruise-rules-lift-pandemic

The Real Scandal About Ivermectin Claims about the drug are based on shoddy science—but that science is entirely unremarkable in its shoddiness. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/10/ivermectin-research-problems/620473

Election ‘distracted’ Trump team from pandemic response, Birx tells Congress Former White House coronavirus coordinator says more than 130,000 people in the U.S. died unnecessarily. https://wapo.st/2XNjEXX

Raytheon CEO expects to lose ‘several thousand people’ over vaccination mandate https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/26/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-HH4SRB6GGFHUHPLRONF7FFICZY

Tyson Foods reaches 96 percent vaccination rate after deal with union for paid sick leave https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/26/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-RINIB6L4CBDN5FK5JXHIRXD5XA

Birx: Trump adviser squeezed out health officials to downplay seriousness of Covid-19 – Scott Atlas had rapidly consolidated power on a platform that downplayed the seriousness of Covid to most Americans. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/26/deborah-birx-trump-covid-reponse-hearing-517188

New York City mandates vaccines for all city workers. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/nyregion/new-york-city-vaccine-mandate.html

CDC Now Reports COVID Cases and Deaths by Vax Status https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/95119

Pictures of containers in neighborhoods blocking driveways. WOW ! https://notthebee.com/article/supply-chain-crisis-ports-in-california-are-so-backed-up-that-companies-are-dumping-shipping-containers-into-nearby-neighborhoods

In-N-Out Burger clashes with San Francisco over vaccine mandate: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/20/in-n-out-burger-san-francisco-vaccine-mandate

Doctors in south Wales ‘scared to come to work’ over safety fears https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/20/doctors-in-south-wales-scared-to-come-to-work-over-safety-fears

White House has weighed tapping National Guard to address mounting supply chain backlog https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/10/19/white-house-supply-chain-national-guard

Instagram displays ad offering fake Covid vaccine certificates in Australia https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/oct/21/instagram-displays-ad-offering-fake-covid-vaccine-certificates-in-australia

Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity, Covid inquiry finds https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/20/jair-bolsonaro-crimes-against-humanity-inquiry

Covid conspiracy theories are driving people to anti-Semitism online – Old and overtly anti-Semitic fantasies are gaining new adherents, and far-right activists have been working to convert anti-lockdown beliefs to anti-Semitism too. https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/10/13/1037035/covid-conspiracy-theories-are-driving-people-to-antisemitism-online/

ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE CONDUCTED RISKY EXPERIMENTS ON MERS VIRUS IN CHINA
Documents released by the NIH contradict previous assertions by the EcoHealth Alliance about its experiments on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan.
https://theintercept.com/2021/10/21/virus-mers-wuhan-experiments

“NIH Admits Funding Gain-Of-Function COVID Experiments; Gives EcoHealth Five Days To Report Data” https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/nih-admits-funding-gain-function-covid-experiments-gives-ecohealth-five-days-report

“China-linked disinformation campaign blames Covid on Maine lobsters – The University of Oxford found evidence that pro-China social media accounts are pushing a new thread of propaganda related to the origins of the pandemic.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/china-linked-disinformation-campaign-blames-covid-maine-lobsters-rcna3236

Unvaccinated Oregon workers who had covid-19 argued they don’t need a vaccine. A judge denied their request. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/21/oregon-unvaccinated-workers-covid-mandate

Minnesota COVID-19 pre-K-12 school cases plunge
One student and two staff members have died of COVID-19 complications last week.
https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-covid-19-pre-k-12-school-cases-plunge/600108727/

Montana Officials Threaten Docs for Not Providing Ivermectin, Hospital Says — At least three high-ranking state officials have been implicated so far https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/95186

Helena hospital says doctors ‘threatened’ by public officials over ivermectin request https://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/helena-hospital-says-doctors-threatened-by-public-officials-over-ivermectin-request/article_b8333fe9-b0bd-5995-8412-10d3ce7ab867.html

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