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Vaccine Related Information:
Covax vaccine deliveries surge, with record 300M doses sent out in December
US regulators approve Covid boosters for children 12 to 15
What Happened to the Novavax Vaccine? — As mRNA vaccines saturate the U.S. market, is there room for another?
“FDA Lowers Age Range for Pfizer Booster Shot — Agency also shortens interval
between primary series and boosters for ages 12 and up”
India vaccinates more than 4 million children on first day of Covid-19 vaccine rollout
J&J’s booster shot provides strong protection against severe disease from Omicron, a study says.
FDA expected to broaden Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster eligibility to youths ages 12 to 15 in the coming days, source says
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 92% effective at preventing Covid-19 in ages 12-17, CDC data shows
Scientific Research & Variants:
Omicron evades immunity better than Delta, Danish study finds
Covid: Israel Omicron spike could bring herd immunity but with risks – health boss
With no way to identify Omicron and Delta patients, doctors struggle with treatment decisions.
More Evidence Omicron May Be Weaker Than Prior Variants — Data “encouraging” but still “preliminary,” says Fauci https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/96433
Beyond case counts: What Omicron is teaching us
New report on 1.23 million breakthrough symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections by vaccine
British scientists are experimenting with higher doses of a drug for severe Covid symptoms.
Outbreaks & Restrictions:
Younger adults driving coronavirus surge in Southern California
Omicron is already causing closures and reductions of public services
Ireland records more Covid-19 cases over holiday period than all of 2020, health department says
At least 5 metro Atlanta school systems move to virtual learning coming out of the holiday break
Puerto Rico Faces Staggering Covid Case Explosion The island had a 4,600 percent increase in
cases in recent weeks after mounting one of the nation’s most successful vaccination campaigns.
Coronavirus Australia: Drop in Covid patients on ventilators
Record 235 COVID-19 cases reported from U.S. forces in Okinawa
Ontario closes down schools and shops to operate at 50% capacity
The US’s largest children’s hospital is reporting a four-fold increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations
Delhi imposes weekend curfew amid rising Omicron cases
Hong Kong tightens vaccine requirements in wake of first Omicron cluster
China locks down city of more than a million people after 3 Covid-19 cases found
Australia’s New South Wales reports record Covid-19 hospitalizations
“U.S. reports over 1 million new daily Covid cases as omicron surges”
The Philippines orders another wave of lockdowns amid a surge in cases.
MD: Hogan declares 30-day state of emergency as state enters its ‘most challenging time’ of the pandemic
Omicron infections may have plateaued in London, Neil Ferguson says
Covid-positive nurses work in Australian hospitals due to staffing shortages
“How omicron continues to unfold in highly vaccinated San Francisco”
NY COVID Hospitalizations Top 10K for 1st Time in 20 Months; CDC Puts Omicron at Up to 99% of Cases
COVID hospitalizations spike dramatically across Southern California
Hospitalizations in D.C. and Maryland set records as omicron surge continues
6 Georgia health systems seeing 100 to 200% increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations
More US states are at or near all-time peak Covid-19 hospitalization levels
Britain plans field wards to meet the Omicron surge.
India reckons with the possibility of a third wave of the virus.
China, holding to its ‘zero Covid’ strategy, keeps a city of 13 million locked down.
Australia relaxes its isolation rules to adapt to Omicron.
In hard-hit Bergamo, Italy, people rush to get tested as an Omicron wave looms.
NIH research hospital suspends elective surgery as cases surge
“COVID Cases Fill More City Hospital Beds, Threatening Halt on Elective Surgeries”
England To Open Field Hospitals Amid Spike In Covid Cases – Fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron
variant, daily cases have ballooned, standing at more than 183,000 on Wednesday.
Daily COVID-19 infections near 1 million as Omicron wave engulfs Europe
All Other Covid News:
UK government’s Covid advisers enduring ‘tidal waves of abuse’
North Carolina faces a surge, but runs into testing issues.
A crew outbreak halts a German New Year’s cruise in Lisbon
Mass Governor: “Eight percent of the population who has not been vaccinated is responsible for
75 percent of all the people that are filling up our Covid beds in the hospital,” he said.
Judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start program
‘There is no money left’: Covid crisis leaves Sri Lanka on brink of bankruptcy
Brazil health agency warns against boarding cruise ships amid COVID-19 outbreaks
France cuts isolation for COVID-positive to 7 days from 10 days
Flight cancellations pile up, top 2,500 by Sunday evening
When Three Shots Are Not Enough People with compromised immune systems are getting unapproved fourth
or fifth Covid-19 shots, despite uncertainty about their safety or effectiveness.
England will require high school students to be tested before returning to classes.
South Korea’s vaccine passes now have an expiration date
German health minister’s office vandalized amid hardening anti-lockdown movement
“Life Insurer: Deaths Among Working Age Americans Up 40% Under Covid”
from: Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64
Dec 9, 2021: “Life insurance payouts see highest increase in over 100 years”
The Biden Administration Rejected an October Proposal for “Free Rapid Tests for the Holidays” – With omicron cases spreading like wildfire, the White House is finally taking steps to make free antigen tests available to all. But this fall, Vanity Fair has learned, it dismissed a bold plan to ramp up rapid testing ahead of the holidays. Frustrated experts explain how confusion, distrust, and a single-minded fixation on vaccinating Americans left testing on the back burner for so long. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/12/the-biden-administration-rejected-an-october-proposal-for-free-rapid-tests-for-the-holidays
‘We didn’t reject it:’ Biden denies spurning plan to send out over 700 million rapid COVID-19 tests ahead of holidays
Why doesn’t Biden mail free Covid tests to all Americans?
https://www.theguardian.com › commentisfree › dec
Maine governor questions home delivery of COVID tests, as NH governor touts the tactic
At least 3,800 frontline workers out on Covid-related leave in Ireland as hospitalizations rise by 43%
The Netherlands will reopen schools next week despite strict lockdown
Chicago Teachers Union is gearing up for a potential walkout as Covid-19 cases surge
Detroit schools closed until Wednesday because of record Covid-19 surge
Los Angeles public school students will need a negative Covid-19 test to return from winter break
Airlines cancel more than 3,000 flights on Monday, a busy holiday travel day.
Lawmakers and their staffs are urged to work remotely as Covid cases rise at the U.S. Capitol.
A Covid-19 survivor came out of a coma after 65 days. Now she supports vaccinations
Students in Spain will return to in-person classes next week
“We can’t vaccinate the planet every six months,” says Covid-19 vaccine creator
Japanese governor slams US military over Omicron spread
Nurses in England call for stricter restrictions amid “extreme and unprecedented workforce absences”
A New York teacher was arrested after injecting a minor with what appeared to be a Covid vaccine.
The Spanish police investigate hundreds of thousands of stolen or unauthorized Covid tests.
“Latest Statistics on Covid-19 Hospitalizations, Fatality Rates, and Speculation”
Most notably, the government plans to buy a half-billion at-home COVID test kits and mail them to people who want them, with deliveries beginning in January.
How to obtain free covid tests in the US
Biden’s coronavirus testing push will need to face the ghost of websites past
California Republican dies of covid-19 weeks after protesting vaccine mandates
100,000 key workers in England told to take Covid test every working day
My Two Months of Two COVID Variants – In late November, I got a suspected case of Delta. By Christmas,
I had a suspected case of Omicron. My experience may not be so unusual.
Are We Testing for Omicron Wrong? — South African study suggests nasal swabs aren’t the best way
Confessions of a ‘human guinea pig’: Why I’m resigning from Moderna vaccine trials
Toxic positivity (rates) on Capitol Hill
What I realized when my toddler got Covid
Oregon’s first cases of serious fungal infection Candida auris found in 3 Salem patients
D.C. Public Schools will require a negative coronavirus test before students, staffers return
On Slaughterhouse Floor, Fear and Anger Remain Workers say factories are still glossing over
virus safety, as the meatpackers that dominate beef production harvest record profits.
Biden administration signals pandemic strategy shift in the face of Omicron
Airlines cancel more than 1,000 flights on Thursday
NYC mayor: No plans to further scale back or cancel New Year’s Eve celebration
JetBlue is canceling 1,280 flights through Jan. 13 as Omicron cases surge
Spanish police seize 300,000 antigen tests suspected of non-compliance
As At-Home Tests Surge, Doubts Rise About Accuracy of Public Covid Counts Most of the
results of rapid tests are not reported. That’s magnifying questions about how best to
measure the spread of the virus.
Pediatrics association: Vast majority of US children admitted to hospitals with Covid-19 are unvaccinated
Paris makes wearing masks outdoors mandatory starting Friday
Study estimates 75% of people experiencing cold symptoms in UK are likely to have Covid-19
Eric Adams will keep N.Y.C.’s first-in-nation private-sector vaccine mandate in place.
The 2022 Westminster Dog Show is postponed over Omicron’s surge.
Australia’s Old Parliament House is set on fire following protests by group opposed to mandatory vaccinations
Locked down in China’s Xian, residents subsist on deliveries of vegetables
Michigan maintains 10-day isolation and quarantine period despite CDC change
All The Science You Need To Make Your COVID-19 Decisions – We’re tracking the research so you don’t have to.
Doctor Submits Fluvoxamine EUA Application to FDA — Group of physician-
scientists believes data support authorization for treating COVID-19
Worst COVID Liars Still Have Their Licenses — Only three sanctioned by their boards in recent months
Trump fires up vaccine tensions
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