SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 3.7.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

Canada approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Merck to help make Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Nigeria today received nearly 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, its health ministry announced on social media.

COVAX to deliver more than 230 million vaccine doses by end of May, WHO says

Venezuela receives 500-thousand doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

Austria and Denmark announce plans for vaccine co-operation with Israel

Slovakia will receive 15,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from France, prime minister says

Cuba announces its vaccine candidate is authorized to begin Phase 3 trials

The Czech Republic becomes the second EU country to ask for China’s Sinopharm vaccine

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Minnesotans are going out of state to get vaccinated

US could reach herd immunity by summer through vaccinations alone, CNN analysis finds

Germany changes tune on Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people 65 and over – The decision comes as more evidence emerges pointing to the vaccine’s efficacy in older populations.

“In Palm Beach, Covid-19 vaccines intended for rural Black communities are instead going to wealthy white Floridians

Sutter to cancel up to 95,000 vaccine appointments in Northern California

Word got out that a vaccine site was giving shots to anyone because of low demand. Hundreds lined up.

China aims to have more than half a billion of its citizens vaccinated by the end of June

Most Russians don’t want Sputnik V vaccine and see Covid-19 as artificially created, poll finds

In Mexico, whole towns are rejecting Covid-19 shots

About 82.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US

Germany will extend interval between vaccine doses “to its maximum

Canadian experts advise extending vaccine dose interval by up to 4 months
Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine batch suspended in Austria after death – Austria’s health authority said there is currently ‘no evidence of a causal relationship with the vaccination.’
“10 SF Bay Area ZIP codes get vaccine priority under new equity plan

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

What can you do once you’re vaccinated? Actually a lot.

The growing evidence that the Covid-19 vaccines can reduce transmission, explained – Here’s what we know about how the vaccines protect against spread of the virus.

Fauci: U.S. must stick with two-shot strategy for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines cut risk of hospitalization by 80% in over 80s, real-world data shows

More evidence the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first seen in UK doesn’t affect vaccine efficacy

MN: MDH Tracking 14 COVID ‘Vaccine Breakthrough Cases’; All Had Mild Or No Symptoms

Do Vaccines Help COVID Long-Haulers? — Anecdotal reports say some get relief from their long COVID symptoms after just one dose

CDC delays guidance for vaccinated Americans as new Covid-19 cases stall – The slowing decline in cases could be a warning sign of a looming spike in Covid-19 cases.

Why comparing Covid-19 vaccine efficacy numbers can be misleading – The best Covid-19 vaccine for you is most likely still the first one you can get.

Which Covid-19 vaccine should I get? Dr. Wen weighs in

 

New Covid Variants:

B.1.1.7 = aka: UK variant
CAL20.C = aka: California variant
L452R = aka: California & other US states

P.1 = aka: Brazil variant
N501Y = aka: South Africa variant
B.1.351 = aka: South Africa variant

Scientists in Oregon have spotted a homegrown version of a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that first surfaced in Britain — but now combined with a mutation that may make the variant less susceptible to vaccines.

MN has an outbreak of the UK variant in school sports teams

The Covid-19 variant first found in Brazil is up to 2.2 times more transmissible, new study finds

 

New Scientific Studies:

CDC study finds easing mask and restaurant rules led to more Covid cases and deaths, as some states move to lift restrictions

This patch developed in Japan could let you vaccinate yourself

“Rogue antibodies could be driving severe COVID-19 – Evidence is growing that self-attacking ‘autoantibodies’ could be the key to understanding some of the worst cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

“Masks Don’t Affect Oxygen Saturation in People With Asthma

“NIH halts trial of Covid plasma treatment after researchers found no benefit

Markers in blood appear to predict severe COVID-19 infection With a simple blood draw, researchers struck gold for determining who could become critically ill

University of Minnesota to expand study of whether common diabetes drug could treat COVID Researchers want to see if the generic drug metformin can treat the disease.

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

CA: Disneyland to reopen

Raging pandemic shuts down Sao Paulo as Brazil nears Pfizer deal

Experts warn US risks delaying ‘normal’ summer

“7 California counties advance into red tier: What this means

Germany plans to extend coronavirus lockdown to March 28 – German politicians are planning to extend the lockdown, but to lift some restrictions — particularly in areas with a low incidence of coronavirus cases. Formal talks on the matter take place tomorrow.

US shouldn’t pull back from Covid restrictions until daily new infections fall below 10,000, Fauci says

Worrying Covid resurgence in Eastern Europe, WHO warns, as Hungary goes into lockdown

 

Other Covid News:

“Some children’s hospitals see a surge in rare Covid-19 complication MIS-C”

How One Firm Put an ‘Extraordinary Burden’ on the U.S.’s Troubled Stockpile The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government’s failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorted to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country’s emergency reserve.

In amazing report, CDC says only one child has died of flu this season – A change in behavior prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has essentially neutralized the flu.

COVID-19 cases in California nursing homes down nearly 98%

Spring Break crowd storms Fort Lauderdale beach — COVID or not

Covid Baby Bust Has Governments Rattled

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data. – Retail pharmacies are now giving out Covid-19 vaccines, and some of them are using it as an opportunity to profit off your information.

The short-term, middle-term, and long-term future of the coronavirus

COVID-19 Still Spiking in California Farm Fields – An NBC Bay Area investigation reveals a severe COVID crisis in a community of essential workers who feel abandoned.

Church Leaders Say Johnson & Johnson Shot Should Be Avoided If Alternatives Available

Tokyo Olympics Poised To Ban Foreign Spectators On Fears Of ‘Superspreader’ Event

Companies say they will keep requiring masks in Texas stores, but compliance may get harder.

New Map Depicts 412 Acts of Pandemic-related Violence and Threats to Health Workers and Services around the World in 2020

Explosion hits Dutch coronavirus testing center: police

Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

CDC School Reopening Guidance Suppresses Aerosols Based on Thin Evidence and Driven by Budgetary Concerns

“CDC’s draft guidelines for vaccinated Americans call for small steps toward normal life – The agency will recommend that fully inoculated people limit social interactions to small group gatherings.”

The Trump administration quietly spent billions in hospital funds on Operation Warp Speed

The pandemic has pushed more than 200 US casinos to go ‘smoke free’

Royal Caribbean is starting ‘fully vaccinated’ cruises from Israel

 

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