SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 1.15.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

India’s quick nod to homegrown COVID-19 vaccine seeds doubt

Switzerland has approved the Moderna vaccine, making it the second shot to be authorised in the country and clearing the way to get up to 1.5m doses from the firms through February.

Israel may include children over the age of 12 in groups being vaccinated.

The European Union has concluded exploratory talks with the French drug maker Valneva for the supply of up to 60m doses of its vaccine candidate.

1.11.21: Moderna shot to arrive in Germany today

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

UK ramps up vaccine rollout, targets every adult by autumn

Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium will turn into a vaccination site

Going big: US dispensing shots at stadiums and fairgrounds

Three dozen mayors ask Biden for direct shipments of COVID-19 vaccine

MN to start pushing vaccination clinics on weekends

India prepares its mammoth vaccine rollout. Millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine left the Serum Institute of India’s warehouses early Tuesday as the country of 1.3 billion people prepares to rollout the shot.

The Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called for the creation of an EU-wide vaccination certificate to help restore cross-border travel that has been devastated by the pandemic.

Dollar General will pay workers to get the coronavirus vaccine Retailer offers four hours of pay, making it among the first to reward employees for getting inoculated

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research: 

Immunity from Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine should last at least a year, the company said on Monday at the JP Morgan Healthcare conference.

Moderna looks to test Covid-19 booster shots a year after initial vaccination

“Peter Doshi: Pfizer and Moderna’s “95% effective” vaccines—we need more details and the raw data

If You Have These Conditions, Your COVID Vaccine May Be Less Effective

If You Take These OTC Meds, You Have to Stop Before Getting the Vaccine – TAKING THIS COMMON MEDICATION COULD MAKE THE VACCINE LESS EFFECTIVE.

If Your COVID Vaccine Site Doesn’t Have This, You Need to Go Elsewhere

“COVID-19 Vaccine Video Q&A with Dr. Eain Murphy – The UFA collected members’ questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and conducted a video chat question-and-answer session with professional virologist Dr. Eain Murphy and UFA President Andrew Ansbro on December 22, 2020. The UFA thanks Dr. Murphy for donating his time to answer your questions to the best of his ability and for sharing his professional knowledge with our membership.

‘I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but…’ US health workers’ vaccine hesitancy raises alarm – With up to 40% of frontline workers in LA county refusing Covid-19 inoculation experts warn that understanding and persuasion are needed

 

New Covid Variants:

Much of US data to catch newest coronavirus variants is several months old. As part of the hunt for new coronavirus variants, an international database shows the United States ranks 61st in how quickly virus samples are collected from patients, analyzed and then posted online. Countries with far fewer resources, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Suriname, process samples more quickly than the US does.

U.S. Is Blind to Contagious New Virus Variant, Scientists Warn It’s not too late to curb the contagious variant’s spread in the U.S., experts say — but only with a national program for genetic sequencing.

“New coronavirus variant could become dominant strain in March, CDC warns

Japan says travelers from Brazil carried mutations similar to Covid-19 variants seen in UK and South Africa

Mexico detects first case of UK Covid-19 variant

 

Lockdowns & Restrictions:

The Latest: Scores test positive in China’s Hebei province

China locked down Langfang city. Authorities in China introduced new Covid-19 curbs in areas surrounding Beijing on Tuesday, putting 4.9 million residents under lockdown as new infections raised worries about a second wave in a nation that has mostly contained the diseases.

South Africa struggles with post-holiday spike in COVID-19

Coronavirus: Belgium and Germany reach grim new milestones for COVID-19 death tolls

Angela Merkel suggested Germany’s hard lockdown may last a further eight to 10 weeks.

Ireland’s Covid-19 infection rate was world’s highest last week, researchers find

Newsom: Bay Area ICU capacity drops to 0.7%, stay-at-home order continues indefinitely

In LA, ambulances circle for hours and ICUs are full. Is this what Covid-19 has in store for the rest of the country?

“1 in 3 L.A. County residents have been infected by coronavirus since pandemic began, new estimate shows

Brazil’s Amazonas state running out of oxygen as COVID-19 surges

 

Other Covid News:

The world marks 2 million coronavirus deaths. The real toll is likely much higher

Gut germs could affect coronavirus risk, study finds

Texas trauma doctor says post-COVID lungs are more damaged than smokers

“Are more people surviving Covid-19 because doctors are doing less?

Despite vaccines, no Covid herd immunity in 2021: WHO. The WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan warned that it will take time to produce and administer enough doses to halt the spread of the virus and that herd immunity is not achievable in 2021.

COVID-19 reduced U.S. life expectancy, especially among Black and Latino populations – Life expectancy at birth will shorten by more than one year

A quarter of coronavirus admissions to hospital are people under the age of 55, the head of NHS England has said. Sir Simon Stevens told MPs on Monday the virus was spreading out of control across much of the country, with worrying consequences for hospitals.

Gorillas at San Diego Zoo test positive for Covid in apparent first. Several gorillas at the San Diego zoo safari park have tested positive for coronavirus, with some experiencing symptoms, in what is believed to be the first outbreak among such primates in captivity.

WHO welcomes China’s decision to allow entry to team investigating virus origins

 

 

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