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Vaccine Related Information:
Kenya will institute a widespread vaccine mandate starting next month.
A cheap vaccine to protect the old: How and why it might work.
Some Pacific nations will take years to vaccinate their populations, new research predicts.
Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine was 100% effective in kids in longer-term study
After slow starts, some Asian vaccination rates now soaring
Chicago to reach vaccine goal by Thanksgiving, mayor says
“Failure to vaccinate poor countries fans fears of uncontrolled outbreak – For months, critics have prodded drug companies to
do more for the world. Now, as Covid-19 surges, U.S. and global policymakers are struggling to get shots into arms.”
FDA OKs COVID-19 Booster Shots for All Adults
CDC vaccine advisers vote to recommend Covid-19 boosters for all adults
Canada approves the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
Vaccine likely for children 6 months to 5 years old in early 2022, Fauci says
COVID-19 can infect the ears — causing a chronic condition some call “Covid ear” –
Scientists now understand why some COVID-19 patients report balance and hearing issues
“COVID Ear”: The Unusual Effects SARS-CoV-2 Can Have On Your Hearing
55% of elementary kids in Japan eager to get COVID-19 shots
Moderna Wants Boosters for All, Too; 30% of HCPs Unvaxxed; Masks Work. Here’s Proof
A vaccine developed by Novavax, a Maryland-based company, is approved in the Philippines.
Scientific Research & Variants:
Dissecting the early COVID-19 cases in Wuhan
“Scientist claims first known COVID-19 case was Wuhan market vendor”
“Dissecting the early COVID-19 cases in Wuhan”
Raccoon dogs potential intermediate host for SARS-CoV-2
Why Are So Few Sick From COVID in Sub-Saharan Africa? — Data from a cohort study in Mali only add to the medical mystery https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/astmh/95796
ACE2 mutation might explain lower COVID-19 burden in malaria endemic areas
Sept 2016: “Ivermectin for malaria transmission control”
April 2017: “Ivermectin to reduce malaria transmission III. Considerations regarding regulatory and policy pathways” https://malariajournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12936-017-1803-2
Sept 2018: “Ivermectin treatment in humans for reducing malaria transmission”
Inhaled Steroid Disappoints for COVID-19 — But not a complete flop
Do vaccines protect against long COVID? What the data say – Vaccines reduce the risk of developing COVID-19 —
but studies disagree on their protective effect against long COVID.
New, Radically Different Covid Variant Getting Footholds Now as Media and Officials Remain Complacent
New reports confirm danger of delta variant in pregnancy
Mask-wearing cuts Covid incidence by 53%, says global study
Outbreaks & Restrictions:
With COVID cases spiking, no end in sight
Soaring local Covid-19 infection rates reach near-record levels
Coronavirus in Ohio Sunday update: Nearly 40,000 cases this week
St. Cloud Hospital ER ‘fast and furious’ amid COVID wave in Minnesota – Amid shortage of beds, everyday emergencies add stress
Minnesota National Guard to reinforce nursing home staffs
Nurse Shortage Forces Long Island Emergency Room to Close
At least 210 coronavirus cases are linked to a South Korean religious settlement.
MN: COVID In Minnesota: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools Switch To Distance Learning Through Early December
Pediatricians say Covid cases in children are on the rise.
The latest Covid surge and how to make sense of it.
Italian ‘Covid parties’ leave man dead and others in intensive care
These Fools Thought a COVID Party Sounded Fun. Now They Are on Respirators. – Investigators have launched an inquiry into a series of “COVID parties” in northern Italy where people try to get the deadly virus to get around vaccine mandates.
CDC adds Germany and Denmark to its Level 4 travel list
Seven From Anti-Vax Doctors’ COVID Conference Fall Sick Within Days – That includes Bruce Boros, who claimed ivermectin
was keeping him healthy and said he wanted to smack his own father for getting the vaccine.
Merkel announces tighter restrictions for unvaccinated Germans as coronavirus cases soar –
Chancellor says measures are needed due to ‘dramatic’ increase in COVID infections.
Austria going into full lockdown, mandating vaccines as COVID-19 cases soar
Austria Imposes Full Covid Lockdown and Plans Mandatory Vaccination Early Next Year
Michigan recommends that all residents older than the age of 2 wear a face mask indoors.
In Europe, again the pandemic’s epicenter, new restrictions provoke resistance.
Austria braces for violence at mass protests over Covid measures.
Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Australia.
Singapore will begin easing its Covid restrictions next week.
The pandemic ‘is not yet over’: Portugal is set to add further restrictions.
Tennessee lifts its 20-month-old pandemic state of emergency.
COVID Update for Nov. 19, 2021: Sacred Heart Schools Cancel Classes Monday, Tuesday
Hospital Patients In Boston Forced To Be Airlifted Out Of State Due To Bed Shortage
Rotterdam police and protesters clash as coronavirus protest turns into ‘orgy of violence’
Major protest in Vienna against lockdown and mandatory coronavirus vaccination – Thousands protested in Austria against government measures. https://www.politico.eu/article/vienna-police-reign-in-as-anti-vaxxers-merge-with-far-right-extremists-in-large-coronavirus-restrictions-protests-austria/
Violent protests break out in Europe over vaccine mandates, lockdowns
Covid: Huge protests across Europe over new restrictions
Protests Erupt Across Several European And Australian Cities Over Vaccination Mandates
WI: Wood County Wi goes into covid crisis mode
MN: St. Cloud Hospital ER ‘fast and furious’ amid COVID wave in Minnesota Amid shortage of beds, everyday emergencies add stress
South Korea loosened covid rules after massive vaccine uptake. Now cases and hospitalizations are surging.
Ireland adds new restrictions, including early pub closings.
Merkel warns fourth Covid wave is hitting Germany with ‘full force’
SD hospitals and ICUs filling up with covid patients, 90% are unvaccinated.
Germany moves to impose new pandemic regulations amid record case numbers.
Salzburg is poised to impose a general lockdown as Covid spreads in Austria.
The Czech Republic prepares for new restrictions as cases soar.
The Netherlands aims to keep its schools open, even as cases soar among young people.
‘Zero-Covid is not going to happen’: experts predict a steep rise in US cases this winter
Austrian regions to go into full lockdown next week – Measures imposed as Salzburg region prepares for triage as hospitals are overwhelmed. https://www.politico.eu/article/austria-lockdown-salzburg-upper-austria-coronavirus/
Germany announces new Covid restrictions for the unvaccinated as infection rate hits record
Greece, like some other E.U. nations facing case surges, adds restrictions for the unvaccinated.
All Other Covid News:
Disney World Halts Vaccine Requirements For Employees After DeSantis Law
Trump tells Navarro to ‘protect executive privilege’ in House COVID-19 probe
White House to announce 95% of federal workforce in compliance with vaccine mandate
Oct 26: “I’m A Twenty Year Truck Driver, I Will Tell You Why America’s “Shipping Crisis” Will Not End”
From medical gaslighting to death threats, long Covid tests patients
France’s prime minister tests positive for the coronavirus.
Germans will be ‘vaccinated, cured or dead’ by spring, warns health minister –
Jens Spahn rushes out extra doses of BioNTech/Pfizer shot, calls Moderna the ‘Rolls Royce’ of vaccines.
A Theory As To Why COVID Cases Started Skyrocketing In Central Europe Last Month
Australian Army Begins Transferring COVID-Positive Cases, Contacts To Quarantine Camps
Companies are telling unvaccinated workers to pay more for health insurance
Relatives of virus dead question Japan’s stay-at-home policy
More changes on the COVID vaccine mandate for 11,000 Hanford workers
A Texas court affirms a ruling against the governor’s ban on mask mandates.
U.N.-backed group adds first license for a coronavirus test to global pool
Covid antivirals could be pandemic game-changers. But Americans might struggle to access them
A Breath of Virus-Free Air — Advanced air purification can reduce hospital-acquired infections
Minnesota expanding access to COVID-19 treatment amid skyrocketing demand
The Minnesota Department of Health and M Health Fairview plan to offer more appointments
for monoclonal antibody treatment.
Mandatory Vaccination in Austria; Forget ‘Zero COVID’; Florida Bans Vax Mandates
COVID Rapid Test Prices ‘Ridiculous’— “It’s really a travesty these aren’t being subsidized appropriately,” expert says
Disney will require all passengers 5 years and up to be vaccinated for cruises
Army bars vaccine refusers from promotions and reenlistment as deadline approaches
The European Union’s drug regulator recommends the use of Merck’s antiviral pill.
Texas court says hospital can’t be forced to offer ivermectin to covid patient on ventilator
Almost a third of health-care workers weren’t fully vaccinated as of September
The U.S. aims to lift Covid vaccine manufacturing to create a billion doses a year.
When Can the U.S. Declare Victory Over Covid?
Japan’s export growth fails to meet estimates as car shipments plunge
Cruise ships in Japan back on track with COVID-19 safety measures
Austrian Police Patrol Shops, Highways Hunting For The Unvaxx’d
GOP opposition to vaccine mandates extends far beyond Covid-19
AMA Ready to Target Disinformation Docs — “Role of social media in amplifying” disinformation docs also needs to be examined, says delegate https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/ama/95701
Florida curtails virus mandates, reflecting the wishes of vaccine skeptics.
As India limits syringe exports, a supply crunch has buyers looking elsewhere.
The U.S. Army secretary to National Guard members who resist the vaccines: Prepare for discipline.
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