SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 3.14.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

US: Exclusive: AstraZeneca to seek U.S. authorization for COVID-19 vaccine this month or early next – sources

U.S. to Partner with Japan, India and Australia on Global Vaccine Production Capacity

Swiss-Italian company confirms deal to produce Sputnik V vaccine

Pfizer, BioNTech can raise capacity to 3 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses next year: Bloomberg News

India’s vaccine approved for regular emergency use after Phase 3 trials show 81% efficacy

Thailand’s Prime Minister cancels AstraZeneca vaccination as country delays drug rollout

WHO lists Johnson & Johnson single-shot Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use worldwide

European Commission approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Ukraine approves China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

“Biden Calls Dentists, Vets, and Med Students to Give COVID Vax – — Administration also boosts number of community health centers and pharmacies in vaccine program

Biden says U.S. will share coronavirus vaccine surplus with rest of the world

Biden will direct states to make all adult Americans eligible for vaccine by May 1

Will the U.S. have Covid vaccine doses for everyone by the end of May? Probably

You could soon get your COVID-19 vaccine at the dollar store

US: Target stores will start vaccinating people

“10 SF Bay Area ZIP codes get vaccine priority under new equity plan

Santa Clara Co. Transfers Thousands of Vaccine Appointments Due to Low Supply – All the people transferred are Kaiser members under the age of 75, according to the county’s public health department.

“California to give 40% of vaccine to Latino, high-risk areas

“Blue Shield, Santa Clara County argue over COVID vaccine shortage

“California counties don’t want Blue Shield’s vaccine program

California hits target of 2 million vaccines in low-income areas, clearing way for wider reopenings

Millions of Californians to become eligible for vaccine Monday

Here’s how many vaccine doses California says it’s wasting

March 1: Workers at Greeley meatpacking plant where 500 were sickened by coronavirus will be vaccinated

March 1: Tyson to offer vaccinations to thousands of Iowa meat plant workers

MN Feb 26: Front-line food plant workers up next for COVID-19 vaccine

About 60% of people age 65 and older have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine in US

The Reason Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated At A Much Slower Rate Is Not Because They’re Reluctant

Barriers keep many primary care practices from vaccinating seniors

Vaccine-skeptical Trump country poses challenge to immunization push – The expansion in vaccine supply marks a critical time to confront deep skepticism among large numbers of rural whites and Republicans.

The Best Evidence for How to Overcome COVID Vaccine Fears – Social science offers valuable lessons about ways to convince those who are hesitant about the shots

City of Rio de Janeiro halts its vaccination campaign due to lack of vaccines

‘It’s the right thing to do’: Londoners receive first jabs at new mass vaccination centre – video

Germany changes priority vaccination strategy to target borders

McDonald’s Philippines to vaccinate restaurant crews for free

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

What to expect before and after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, an illustrated guide – What should you do before getting the vaccine? How long before it is effective? What about side effects? We answer these questions and more.

CDC link: “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

How mRNA vaccines can keep up with an ever-changing coronavirus Vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer rely on cutting edge, highly adaptable mRNA tech.

How Do COVID-19 Vaccines Compare? — A side-by-side look at the three vaccines authorized in the U.S. While direct comparisons can’t be made because head-to-head trials don’t exist, people are questioning how the three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S. stack up.

Pfizer Covid vaccine cuts transmission of coronavirus, new real-world study shows – The analysis also shows real-world evidence of the vaccine’s effectiveness against a highly infectious variant of Covid-19 first discovered in Britain.

Lab studies suggest Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can protect against Brazil variant

Pfizer vaccine prevents asymptomatic Covid-19 and death, data from Israel shows

Early Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial data shows antibody response after 8 days

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects: How Long They Last

Novavax reports strong trial results in Britain and weaker ones in South Africa.

Novavax vaccine 96% effective against original coronavirus, 86% vs British variant in UK trial

Ireland hits pause on AstraZeneca jab over blood clot concerns – Described as a precaution, the move follows similar steps from other European countries.

EU countries halt Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine rollout over blood clots – Medicines agencies are seeking to quell fears, noting no causal link has been made.

Austria suspends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine batch after death

“No evidence” of blood clot risk from vaccine, AstraZeneca says

European Union regulator adds allergic reactions to list of AstraZeneca’s vaccine possible side effects

3 vaccinated Hawaii residents tested positive for COVID-19

VERIFY: Your COVID-19 shots didn’t cause side effects, does that mean they didn’t work? – Doctors say injection site pain, fever, and headache are normal responses to the COVID-19 vaccines and show immunity is building. What if you don’t feel anything?

Women reported worse side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine than men, CDC study shows

Coronavirus: Hong Kong logs 21 new cases, while official admits reports of serious health complications and three deaths after jabs have hit vaccine bookings

Man accidentally gets 2 COVID-19 shots in one day, goes into shock – The man received a third dose of the vaccine just four hours after his second.

 

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

CDC link with variant info and map, FL is hotspot for B.1.1.7 with 690 cases, US total is 3701. You can hover mouse to see per state numbers:

Epidemiologist says he’s concerned Covid-19 variants in US may “beat us at the vaccination game

England is investigating a new coronavirus variant linked to travel from Antigua

3 top health experts say the US is on the brink of another COVID-19 surge thanks to the variant first found in the UK, just as states relax restrictions

 

New Scientific Studies:

Monoclonal antibody treatments show “really dramatic” results to fight Covid-19, Fauci says

Fauci says he is “very much” concerned about a possible mental health pandemic

US lawmakers want more research on coronavirus pandemic’s mental health toll

Long Covid isn’t as unique as we thought – The nagging symptoms long-haulers experience reveal a frustrating blind spot in medicine.

Long-haul Covid patients can experience ‘waves of symptoms,’ early research suggests – Long-term symptoms may emerge in a distinct pattern over weeks and months.

Some Covid-19 “long-haulers” may originally have no symptoms at all, study suggests

High Obesity Rates In Southern States Magnify COVID-19’s Threat

‘An accelerated cauldron of evolution’: Covid-19 patients with cancer, HIV, may play a role in emergence of variants

Coronavirus: Chinese scientists find selenium may be a dirty secret behind low infection rates Researchers delve into theory that high selenium presence in the soil corresponds with higher human immunity But scientists say more research is needed and warn of dangers associated with excessive intake and taking selenium without medical advice

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Paris may face new lockdown as ICUs fill up – Special medical planes dispatched patients from the Paris area to less-saturated regions over the weekend.

India’s cases rise with an outbreak in the state that includes Mumbai.

US: Cases are “absolutely not” low enough to relax restrictions, Fauci says

‘Superspreader’ outbreak at luxury Hong Kong gym sparks fears of fifth wave

Italy set to impose nationwide coronavirus lockdown over Easter weekend

Germany’s ‘third wave has begun’ – As cases in Germany start to rise again, the country’s top disease control expert says a third wave has already begun. Meanwhile, daily deaths in Brazil top 2,000. Follow DW for the latest.

South Dakota’s daily cases are creeping back up.

MN offers extra virus testing in Carver County after sports teams cause outbreak.

MN high school sports: Widow Of Hockey Ref Who Died From COVID Thinks He Contracted It During Carver Co. Games

Latin America: A second wave of Covid-19 is ripping through Brazil, pushing hospitals and ICUs toward collapse and claiming record numbers of daily deaths.

Iraq recorded over 5,100 cases of coronavirus Thursday

Jordan reports its highest number of daily coronavirus cases

Oklahoma drops mask mandate and all restrictions on events

Indoor dining in N.Y.C. and New Jersey can go to 50 percent on March 19, the governors say.

China designs new vaccine certificate to allow international travel

 

Other Covid News:

How vaccinated travelers became hot property

Spring break or bust: Millions board flights as pandemic enters second year

By Declaring March 11 “Our” Covid Anniversary, the Press Erases Covid’s Origin Story in the U.S.

The Pandemic Fueled a Boom in Empty Ghost Shipping Containers Traveling the High Seas

Hundreds of covid cases reported at Tesla plant following Musk’s defiant reopening, county data shows

Exclusive: U.S. workplace safety regulator will review COVID-19 enforcement under Trump

Failed COVID Strategy Leaves Sweden Deeply Divided

The CDC released new Covid-19 guidance for childcare programs. These are its recommendations.

YouTube says it has removed more than 30,000 videos with Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

An Idaho man who ‘thought the virus would disappear’ after the election now has ‘long COVID’ and says he’ll need oxygen for the rest of his life

‘Then the world caved in’: 10 experts describe the day they realized Covid-19 was here to stay

Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and husband test positive for Covid

The uncounted: People who are homeless are invisible victims of Covid-19

Apes at the San Diego Zoo get covid shots

“Salesforce cancels huge downtown office lease in SF

Target to give up one-third of its office space in downtown Minneapolis

Covid? What Covid? Taiwan Thrives as a Bubble of Normality.

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