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Vaccine Related Information:

Europe, at ‘epicenter’ of coronavirus pandemic, looks to booster shots – Countries that have restricted boosters to the vulnerable are expanding access as immunity wanes and the fourth wave hits. https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-coronavirus-covid-19-booster-shots-who/

With fourth wave raging, Germany agrees booster shots for all https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/action-needed-now-avoid-lockdown-say-german-state-leaders-2021-11-05/

Costa Rica moves to require Covid shots for children. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/06/world/covid-booster-vaccine#costa-rica-covid-vaccine-children

Pfizer expected to seek authorization for coronavirus vaccine booster for people age 18 and older https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/08/health/pfizer-booster-expected-eua-request-18-and-older/index.html

New vaccine campaigns target rural Americans to address disparities Rural residents are older and poorer, are less likely to be vaccinated – and twice as likely to die of Covid as city dwellers https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/09/covid-vaccine-campaign-rural-americans

WHO grants emergency approval to Indian-made vaccine Covaxin https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/03/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-VDMCUNRD4JCXRBNS6XD4GY3QRY

J&J COVID Shot 73.6% Effective in Real-World Study — The vaccine also led to lower risk of hospitalizations and ICU admissions https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95415

Hong Kong will offer booster shots to high-risk residents next week. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/hong-kong-will-offer-booster-shots-to-high-risk-residents-next-week

There could be a Covid-19 vaccine for children younger than 5 in early 2022, US surgeon general says https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccine-updates-11-04-21/index.html

Vienna will start to vaccinate young children without E.U. approval. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/05/world/europe/vienna-vaccinate-young-children.html

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

Is COVID-19 here to stay? A team of biologists explains what it means for a virus to become endemic https://news.yahoo.com/covid-19-stay-team-biologists-123035749.html

Gene linked to doubling risk of COVID-19 death found by UK scientists https://news.trust.org/item/20211105112321-qenut

British scientists have identified a gene that doubles the risk of dying from COVID-19
The scientists found https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-11-05-researchers-uncover-gene-doubles-risk-death-covid-19

SARS-CoV-2 vaccine protection and deaths among US veterans during 2021 https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abm0620

Study shows dramatic decline in effectiveness of all three COVID-19 vaccines over time https://news.yahoo.com/study-shows-dramatic-decline-effectiveness-025801001.html

Experimental Pfizer pill prevents Covid hospitalizations and deaths https://www.statnews.com/2021/11/05/experimental-pfizer-pill-prevents-covid-hospitalizations-and-deaths/

press release: “PFIZER’S NOVEL COVID-19 ORAL ANTIVIRAL TREATMENT CANDIDATE REDUCED RISK OF HOSPITALIZATION OR DEATH BY 89% IN INTERIM ANALYSIS OF PHASE 2/3 EPIC-HR STUDY” https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizers-novel-covid-19-oral-antiviral-treatment-candidate

Ivermectin-COVID-19 Study Retracted; Authors Blame File Mixup https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/962222

“Study Suggests Coronavirus Infections Rampant in Iowa Deer” https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/962218?src=soc_tw_211106_mscpedt_news_mdscp_deer&faf=1

“Single-dose intranasal vaccination elicits systemic and mucosal immunity against SARS-CoV-2” https://www.cell.com/iscience/fulltext/S2589-0042(21)01005-1

More than 10,000 patients caught Covid-19 in a hospital, analysis shows. Some never made it out https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/07/health/covid-19-hospital-died-khn-partner/index.html

Not all Covid waves look the same. Here’s a snapshot of the Delta surge https://www.statnews.com/2021/11/08/not-all-covid-waves-look-the-same-heres-a-snapshot-of-the-delta-surge/

Texas Study: Unvaccinated 20x More Likely to Die of COVID-19 in September https://www.newsandguts.com/texas-study-unvaccinated-20x-more-likely-to-die-of-covid-19-in-september/

COVID proteins that trigger strokes and heart attacks identified by Israeli team – Discovery, made through ‘peek in virus’s black box,’ could lead to therapies that halt havoc wrought on vascular system, say Tel Aviv University scientists https://www.timesofisrael.com/covid-pieces-that-trigger-strokes-and-heart-attacks-identified-by-israeli-team/

The U.K. approves Merck’s molnupiravir, making it the first pill to be endorsed for treating Covid. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/world/europe/uk-merck-pill-molnupravir.html

Merck’s Covid-19 antiviral pill receives first authorization in U.K. https://www.statnews.com/2021/11/04/merck-covid-19-antiviral-pill-first-authorization-uk/

Neutralization of the SARS-CoV-2 Mu Variant by Convalescent and Vaccine Serum https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2114706?query=featured_home

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Facing a case surge, Latvia moves to make it legal to fire unvaccinated workers. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/facing-a-surge-in-cases-latvian-parliament-makes-it-legal-to-fire-unvaccinated-workers

Near-Daily Covid Tests, Sleeping in Classrooms: Life in Covid-Zero China Residents in Ruili, in southwestern China, have been locked down four times in the past year as part of the country’s quest to eliminate the virus. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/05/world/asia/china-coronavirus-ruili.html

Covid-19 hospitalizations are rising in Colorado, which has fewer than 100 open ICU beds https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/05/health/colorado-icu-beds/index.html

Utah confirms 1,874 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths on Friday https://www.ksl.com/article/50277314/utah-confirms-1874-new-covid-19-cases-10-deaths-on-friday

England’s hospitals already at peak winter bed occupancy, NHS bosses warn https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/07/england-hospitals-already-at-peak-winter-bed-occupancy-nhs-bosses-warn

California, once a leader on COVID-19, now has case rate twice Florida’s https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/californias-covid-19-case-rate-now-twice-floridas-whats-up-with-that/

How long can you maintain it?’ Cost of Taiwan’s pursuit of Covid zero starts to show https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/08/how-long-can-you-maintain-it-cost-of-taiwans-pursuit-of-covid-zero-starts-to-show

More European countries move to CDC’s highest risk travel category https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cdc-very-high-risk-travel-destinations-november-8/index.html

Germany’s Covid-19 infection rate hits highest since pandemic began https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20211108-germany-s-covid-19-infection-rate-hits-highest-since-pandemic-

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Pandemic digs in; bad numbers accelerate https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/11/08/latest-on-covid19-in-mn

Number of active COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire rises to level not seen since January – Saturday (906 new cases) represented highest single-day total since Jan. 14 https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-covid-november-8-2021/38192586#

Iowa’s COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations on the rise https://www.kcci.com/article/iowa-department-of-public-health-covid-19-update-november-8-2021/38190026#

A Vermont college says Halloween parties fueled a Covid outbreak. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/08/world/us-travel-restrictions-ban-covid-19/a-vermont-college-blames-halloween-parties-for-covid-outbreak

COVID-19 In MN: Latest Positivity Rate Nears ‘High Risk’ Threshold https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/11/09/covid-19-in-mn-latest-positivity-rate-nears-high-risk-threshold

SD percent positive is at 14% https://www.keloland.com/news/healthbeat/coronavirus/covid-19-in-south-dakota-871-total-new-cases-death-toll-at-2270-active-cases-at-6083/

Colorado hospitals are nearly full as the state battles a growing caseload. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/03/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/colorado-hospitals

The Netherlands brings back face masks to try to curb the spread of the virus. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/03/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/the-netherlands-brings-back-face-masks-to-try-to-curb-the-spread-of-the-virus

The virus is surging on the Navajo Nation, despite high vaccination rates. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/01/us/virus-navajo-vaccination-rates.html

Romania and Bulgaria suffer record death tolls amid low vaccination rates
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/03/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-UMQVAZOEXFDY5BQUVMT72YXACY

WI: State’s Recovery From Latest COVID-19 Surge “Painfully Slow” https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2021/11/03/states-recovery-from-latest-covid-19-surge-painfully-slow

Covid flourishes in a port where Italy’s vaccine resisters took to the streets. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/covid-flourishes-in-a-port-where-italys-vaccine-resisters-took-to-the-streets

Hawaii is easing restrictions and preparing to welcome back tourists. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/03/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/hawaii-covid-restrictions-tourists-ige

England sees record COVID prevalence in October -Imperial study https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/england-sees-record-covid-prevalence-october-imperial-study-2021-11-04/

COVID cases break records across Europe as winter takes hold https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/covid-cases-break-records-across-europe-winter-takes-hold-2021-11-04/

New Oregon COVID cases in all but 3 counties – Overall cases in Oregon now stands at 369,815 https://www.koin.com/news/health/coronavirus/new-oregon-covid-cases-in-all-but-3-counties/

Japan will shorten quarantine for business travelers to 3 days. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/05/world/asia/japan-quarantine-covid.html

 

 

All Other Covid News:

Chicago Public Schools to cancel classes next week for ‘Vaccine Awareness Day’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/05/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-A634OXVOU5CRBIUUMXLRZHWK5Q

New York City cuts vaccine mandate deal with at least four unions https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/05/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-4GIDQOTYHFDCTIWXLY6SWMDYGY

Aaron Rodgers tells radio show he is unvaccinated, getting Covid advice from Joe Rogan https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/05/sport/aaron-rodgers-packers/index.html

Gottlieb says pandemic in US could be over by January https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/580298-gottlieb-says-pandemic-in-us-could-be-over-by-january

California town declares itself a ‘constitutional republic’ to buck Covid rules Oroville’s city council adopted a resolution stating it would oppose state and federal orders that it deems to be government overreach https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/05/california-constitutional-republic-covid-restrictions

Cruises reported more than 1,350 covid cases since June, CDC report reveals https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/11/05/covid-cruise-cdc-positive-us

Fact check: 6 of Aaron Rodgers’ false and misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccine https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/football_nfl/fact-check-6-of-aaron-rodgers-false-and-misleading-claims-about-covid-19-vaccine/ar-AAQn72Y?rt=0&ocid=Win10NewsApp&referrerID=InAppShare

Experts Blow Whistle on Alleged COVID Vaccine Whistleblower Claims — Allegations described as “vague kind of hand waving” https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/95484

California counties that backed Trump suffer much higher COVID death rates than others https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article255461181.html

Fire in Covid intensive care ward kills 11 people in India. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/06/world/covid-booster-vaccine#india-fire-covid-icu

Several at COP26 tested positive for Covid-19. Attendees fear that more cases will come. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/06/world/covid-booster-vaccine#cop26-covid-positive

Outdoor dining sheds may have saved N.Y.C., but some fear they may destroy it. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/06/world/covid-booster-vaccine/outdoor-dining-sheds-may-have-saved-nyc-but-some-fear-they-may-destroy-it

mRNA vaccine may have saved Moderna from financial peril. https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/10/investigative-reports/moderna-a-company-in-need-of-a-hail-mary/

Fact Check: Did Japan Halt COVID-19 Vax Rollout Due to Ivermectin Success? – Japan has been touted as a pandemic success story. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/japan-ivermectin-covid-vaccine/

Two hyenas test positive for COVID-19 https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/2021/11/06/two-hyenas-test-positive-covid-19/

Newsmax says it will implement vaccine requirement https://thehill.com/homenews/media/580373-newsmax-says-it-will-implement-vaccine-requirement 

Federal court blocks Biden administration’s vaccination mandate – The states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah are among the plaintiffs. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/06/biden-vaccine-order-blocked-federal-court-519908

Sherri Tenpenny, leading ‘disinformation dozen’ anti-vaxxer, described having COVID-19 symptoms and getting on planes https://www.businessinsider.com/anti-vaxxer-dr-sherri-tenpenny-said-she-traveled-covid-symptoms-2021-11

Covid Gets Even Redder The partisan gap in deaths has grown larger. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/08/briefing/covid-death-toll-red-america.html

She Died With Long Covid. Should Her Organs Have Been Donated? Heidi Ferrer’s family feared her organs were unsafe. The case points to gaps in protocols for organ donation amid the pandemic. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/07/health/covid-organ-transplants.html

‘This deception must end now’: Facebook gets letter from 500 health professionals demanding data on COVID misinformation https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2021/11/05/facebook-covid-misinformation-doctors-letter/6275730001/

As of Monday at 8 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 46,488,417 cases and 754,431 deaths, increases of 517,150 cases and 8,595 deaths versus this time a week ago. https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/95515

Book Review: Scott Gottlieb’s “Uncontrolled Spread”: Debacle at the CDC, and Pandemics as a National Security Threat https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/11/book-review-scott-gottliebs-uncontrolled-spread-debacle-at-the-cdc-and-pandemics-national-security-threat.html

Germany’s likely government prepares new rules to handle rampant coronavirus – Although no coalition agreement has been reached yet, SPD, FDP and Greens take action as pandemic threatens to get out of hand. https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-coronavirus-government-coalition-social-democrats-liberal-free-democrats-fourth-wave/

Airlines prepare for international travel surge as US eases COVID restrictions https://finance.yahoo.com/news/airlines-prepare-for-international-travel-surge-as-us-eases-covid-restrictions-152420993.html

Lawmaker catches COVID-19, must miss his anti-vaccine rally – A North Dakota lawmaker and an organizer of rally to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates is infected with the coronavirus and won’t attend the event https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/lawmaker-catches-covid-19-miss-anti-vaccine-rally-81037631

People ‘unvaccinated by choice’ in Singapore no longer can receive free covid-19 treatment https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/11/08/singapore-unvaccinated-medical-costs-health-care-covid-19

India Eased Its Covid-19 Disaster. Fears of Complacency Remain. The success represents a major victory for Narendra Modi’s government, but a recent slowdown in new vaccinations has sparked worries https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/world/asia/india-covid-vaccinations.html

In Hong Kong, a mandatory smartphone app draws pushback and mockery. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/09/world/us-travel-restrictions-ban-covid-19/in-hong-kong-a-mandatory-smartphone-app-draws-pushback-and-mockery

Protest outside New Zealand’s Parliament assails sweeping new Covid mandates. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/09/world/us-travel-restrictions-ban-covid-19/protest-outside-new-zealands-parliament-assails-sweeping-new-covid-mandates

Trying to keep up covid-19 safety in communities where many decided the pandemic wasn’t real https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/03/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-ULLB53ZI5JGPNJW6HKM37QXXAQ

British Medical Journal: “Researcher Blows the Whistle on Data Integrity Issues in Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial” https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/11/british-medical-journal-researcher-blows-the-whistle-on-data-integrity-issues-in-pfizers-vaccine-trial.html

58,900 Containers Are Now Paying A Rising $100 Penalty In LA, Long Beach https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/58900-containers-are-now-paying-rising-100-penalty-la-long-beach

58,900 long-dwelling containers now on penalty clock in LA, Long Beach – 40,000 containers in LA and 18,900 in Long Beach have been sitting for 9-plus days https://www.freightwaves.com/news/58900-long-dwelling-containers-now-on-penalty-clock-in-la-long-beach

from Kaiser Health News: “ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID” https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/10/26/1046432435/ers-are-now-swamped-with-seriously-ill-patients-but-most-dont-even-have-covid

Families could be denied death benefits if their unvaccinated loved one dies https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/health/unvaccinated-death-benefits-khn-partner/index.html

Opinion: Aaron Rodgers has COVID. He lied about being vaccinated, and being a team player https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2021/11/03/packers-qb-aaron-rodgers-has-covid-after-lying-being-vaccinated/6268958001

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tests positive for COVID-19 at the climate summit https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/11/03/1052089783/los-angeles-mayor-eric-garcetti-tests-positive-for-covid-19-at-the-climate-summi

ND: Sanford suspends just 82 for refusing COVID-19 vaccine; less than 1% of workforce https://www.inforum.com/newsmd/health-news/7264068-Sanford-suspends-just-82-for-refusing-COVID-19-vaccine-less-than-1-of-workforce

Kristy Swanson, actress and vaccine skeptic, is hospitalized with Covid. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/01/us/kristy-swanson-hospitalized-covid.html

The Biden administration sets a Jan. 4 vaccination deadline for private sector workers. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/business/biden-vaccine-mandate-osha.html

Diwali festivities draw hundreds of thousands in India, despite Covid concerns. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/diwali-festivities-draw-hundreds-of-thousands-in-india-despite-covid-concerns

South Korea will hospitalize all Covid patients taking the college entrance exam. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/south-korea-exam-students-hospital

Ford to introduce vaccine mandate for most of its U.S. workers https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/04/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-TKYDKNASDRBKLOPPKGPFBHIRIQ

Hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved if more people were vaccinated, US surgeon general says https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccine-updates-11-04-21/index.html

Johnson’s COVID-19 gambit steers Britain into uncharted winter waters https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/johnsons-covid-19-gambit-steers-britain-into-uncharted-winter-waters-2021-

Newsmax pulls reporter who tweeted vaccine conspiracy theory off air https://thehill.com/homenews/media/580041-newsmax-pulls-reporter-who-tweeted-vaccine-conspiracy-theory-off-air

Hundreds of Hanford workers urged at rally to lose their jobs rather than get COVID vaccine https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article255531091.html

Sony charters Boeing 747 jumbo jets to deliver millions of PlayStation 5 consoles in time for Christmas https://www.notebookcheck.net/Sony-charters-Boeing-747-jumbo-jets-to-deliver-millions-of-PlayStation-5-consoles-in-time-for-Christmas.577224.0.html

Federal Government Cuts Ties With Troubled Vaccine Maker Emergent BioSolutions ruined millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Now its $600 million deal is canceled. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/us/emergent-biosolutions-covid-vaccine.html

Uh Oh, the Coronavirus Has Been Spreading Widely in U.S. Deer – Up to a third of deer in Iowa had recently been infected by SARS-CoV-2, according to one estimate. https://gizmodo.com/uh-oh-the-coronavirus-has-been-spreading-widely-in-u-s-1847999600

Japan OKs use of ‘antibody cocktail’ to prevent COVID-19 https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/11/05/national/ronapreve-covid-drug/

Pfizer’s COVID-19 Pill ‘Beyond our Wildest Dreams’ https://www.newsandguts.com/pfizers-covid-19-pill-beyond-our-wildest-dreams/

In India, fears grow that gatherings for Diwali could prompt another virus spike. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/05/world/asia/india-diwali-covid.html

‘Overwhelmed’: Influenza rampant at FSU and FAMU as experts point to flu vaccine hesitancy – ‘We are seeing a lot of cases of the flu,’ a FAMU official said. ‘I’m concerned’ https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2021/11/05/flu-cases-spike-tallahassee-hospitals-famu-fsu-leon-florida-am-florida-state/6281152001/

A White House aide who traveled abroad with Biden tests positive. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/world/americas/biden-aide-covid-scotland.html

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