SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 3.29.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

For Biden, a New Virus Dilemma: How to Handle a Looming Glut of Vaccine As U.S. manufacturers hit their stride, vaccine scarcity will soon turn to plenty as much of the world goes begging. And vaccine makers need answers now about what to do with the coming surplus.

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

30 million people across the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

About 143 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, according to CDC data About 28.2% of the population – 94 million people – have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 15.5% of the population – about 52 million people – have been fully vaccinated.

US hails first signs of vaccine success even as cases plateau

US vaccination data by county

Bay Area health officials stress patience, vigilance as vaccine eligibility opens up

Maine to get increase in COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

Moderna has shipped 100 million doses of vaccine to the US government

16- & 17-Year-Olds Can Only Get Pfizer, So One Mother Drove 18 Hours To Get Daughter Her Shot

Cuba is vaccinating 150,000 frontline workers with one of its homegrown Covid-19 vaccine candidates. It’s the first country in Latin America to develop two vaccines that have advanced to the final phase three trials.

Hong Kong and Macao suspend BioNTech coronavirus vaccine rollout due to packaging defect

Japan to issue digital vaccine passport: Nikkei

“Irish hospital’s vaccination program ended after it gave leftover shots to elite school – Move broke health authorities’ rules for determining who should be protected first.”

Hospital official resigns after Covid-19 vaccines were improperly distributed at Trump Tower in Chicago

France’s Macron admits failures in vaccine rollout amid surge in Covid-19 cases

They Came for a Caribbean Escape, and Stayed for COVID Shots — St. Croix rides wave of vaccine tourism

New signs J&J may not be able to hit vaccine delivery goal – The pharmaceutical company is pushing back against suggestions it won’t hit its target.

Gavin Newsom feared a vaccine nightmare. So he outsourced California’s rollout.

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

A user’s guide: How to talk to those hesitant about the Covid-19 vaccine 

UK study finds strong immune responses from one dose of Pfizer COVID-19 shot

Likely More Than One Cause for COVID-19 Vaccine Reactions

Impact of the influenza vaccine on COVID-19 infection rates and severity

Flu Shots Are Linked to a Drop in COVID-19 Infections, And Scientists Aren’t Sure Why

Moderna CEO Says This Is How Often You’ll Need A COVID Vaccine
“You might end up with a thing like the flu where every year, every two years, you need a boost,”

Do Your Vaccine Side Effects Predict How You’d React To COVID-19? – Here’s what it means if you have mild or severe reactions to the coronavirus shot, plus advice on how to ease the symptoms.

What scientists do and don’t know about the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID vaccine – Results confirming the vaccine’s strong protection against COVID-19 were welcomed following last week’s pause in roll-outs — but fresh questions have now emerged about the data.

Pfizer and BioNTech to begin testing Covid-19 vaccine in children

SARS-CoV-2 Infection after Vaccination in Health Care Workers in California

Minnesota reports 89 COVID-19 cases in vaccinated individuals – Doctors report less-severe illness when it does occur in patients following vaccination.

Delayed Large Local Reactions to mRNA-1273 Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2

High levels of Covid infection right now could mean problems for vaccines later, ex-CDC chief says

Covid vaccine used on apes at San Diego zoo trialled on mink Experimental animal jabs could stop spillover back to humans, says firm behind vaccines for primates

The saga of mishaps and miscommunications overshadowing AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine

 

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

Coronavirus variant with most mutations ever found in travellers from Tanzania

South Africa, California and UK variants all detected in SD

SD: USD is doing sewage monitoring in SD for covid variants.

U.K. COVID-19 variant widespread in Minnesota Genomic sequencing has found 479 infections with B.1.1.7, 108 infections with new variants found in California.

Stanford Medicine launches large-scale surveillance of coronavirus variants in Bay Area

Coronavirus: ‘Double mutant’ Covid variant found in India

 

New Scientific Studies:

Dexamethasone treatment for covid may have saved 1 million lives

Antibody drug cuts COVID-19 death risk by 70 percent

What to Make of That Danish Reinfection Study? — Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH, discusses the findings and their takeaway

“So the authors calculate that this means that prior infection with SARS-CoV-2 confers about 80% protection against a subsequent positivity of SARS-CoV-2 in the fall. That’s how they calculate it. And to put that in context, this is arguably the kind of figure that one might compare against vaccination, which lowers symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 by 95%, a relative risk reduction of 95%. So the takeaway point of this is that being infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the spring certainly reduces your chance of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the fall. And also that it isn’t 100% — that’s the other point that they want to make, which makes them stress the importance of vaccination to people who’ve previously been infected.”

Covid-19 could be ‘swallowed’ into our bodies

Why Pandemics Give Birth To Hate: From Bubonic Plague To COVID-19

Middle-aged women ‘worst affected by long Covid’, studies find

To shave or not to shave? How beards may affect Covid-19 risk

Pfizer begins human trials of new pill to treat coronavirus

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Taiwan and Palau to launch “travel bubble” this week

India sees 6th day of record-high case numbers since last year

England takes its first cautious step out of lockdown

Slovenia to go into another lockdown in April

New Covid-19 restrictions set to take place in Paraguay as health care system faces collapse

Spring break blossoms in Spain — for foreigners, that is – Spaniards are seething as French and German tourists descend on vacation spots, while locals can’t travel between the country’s regions.

Doctors warn Paris ICUs could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 surge

Germany warns third coronavirus wave could be the worst so far

‘We have a new pandemic’: Angela Merkel sounds dire warning over dominant UK Covid variant in Germany as she orders Easter lockdown

Germany’s Merkel admits ‘mistake’ and reverses Easter lockdown

New lockdown rules in Germany: Disappointment for the travel industry – While flights to the popular holiday island of Mallorca are still possible, domestic tourism is to be put on hold. The industry has reacted with incomprehension. Many are facing bankruptcy.

Why are more young people getting sick with Covid-19 in Brazil?

Brazil Is Looking Like The Worst Place On Earth For COVID-19

Fauci explains what he sees as driving the new US COVID-19 cases

The CDC is tracking a recent uptick in Covid-19 cases. Its chief says spring breakers and eased restrictions concern her

Average daily COVID-19 cases in Iowa up nearly 34% compared to a week ago

Cases in Florida, a national Covid bellwether, are rising — especially among younger people.

FL: UFC 261 sells out in minutes, tickets warn of ‘death’ and ‘permanent damage’ from COVID-19

“Florida’s DeSantis threatens lawsuit if CDC doesn’t let cruises resume soon

Hawaii tourist spots packed with spring breakers from states without mask mandates

Coronavirus fight stalls in early hot spots New York, New Jersey

As virus cases plateau nationally, Michigan’s rapid surge worries experts.

Texas COVID numbers decrease 17 days after mask, other restrictions lifted

A Single Texas Hotel Reports $350k in Lost Revenue Due to End of Mask Mandate

“3 Bay Area counties advance to the orange tier

 

Other Covid News:

12 people are behind most of the anti-vaxxer you see on social media

‘Lying through truth’: Misleading facts fuel vaccine misinformation

Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine Extremist organizations are now bashing the safety and efficacy of coronavirus vaccines in an effort to try to undermine the government.

Anti-mask Florida woman accused of coughing in cancer patient’s face may get jail time

Krispy Kreme’s Free Doughnut Promotion Has a Strange Provision for Anti-Vaxxers

Rutgers will require students to be vaccinated before they return in the fall

‘I don’t want to be the one who gives it to people’: Many Americans won’t eat out, fly until COVID-19 herd immunity arrives

CDC extends US pandemic eviction moratorium through June 30

The pandemic dramatically reduced flu cases. That could backfire. – The low levels of flu during the Covid-19 pandemic have left experts with a much smaller pool of data used for predicting which flu strains will predominate next winter.

Mexico reveals Covid-19 death toll nearly 60% higher than officially reported

After battling COVID-19 for 160 days, woman leaves Duke Hospital

‘I can’t sell mum’s retirement flat – and the charges are mounting up’ Averil Smith lost her mother to Covid, and a year on the pandemic has depressed the market for the home she lived in

Birx describes ‘uncomfortable’ conversation with Trump after CNN interview

Birx shares her chilling conclusion as America arrives at a moment of introspection on the coronavirus

Ex-CDC director believes COVID-19 escaped from a lab, but cites no evidence – Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN that this was his opinion on the origins of the virus.

Fauci rejects ex-CDC director’s claim that COVID-19 came from Wuhan lab

GA: An AJC examination of state records found Gov. Brian Kemp ranked business concerns ahead of public health imperatives

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