SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 4.11.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

Brazil temporarily suspends production of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine due to delivery delay

Germany will talk with Moscow about buying Sputnik vaccine

Chile authorizes 1.8 million doses of CanSino vaccine

African Union drops plans to buy additional AstraZeneca vaccine from India’s Serum Institute

US doesn’t need AstraZeneca’s vaccine doses, Fauci tells CNN

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

50% of SD has received their first covid shot

More than half of rural Americans have received a Covid-19 vaccine or plan to, but hesitancy remains high, analysis finds

Nearly 40% of Marines have declined Covid-19 vaccine

Military vaccinations slow abroad, and the Pentagon points to a Johnson & Johnson factory error.

France says those under 55 who got a first AstraZeneca shot should follow up with a different vaccine.

Australia secures extra Pfizer vaccines after clot fear forces AstraZeneca rethink

Australia “recalibrates” vaccine program to limit AstraZeneca to over 50s

Spain says it will give AstraZeneca vaccine only to people over 60

UK restricts use of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in under 30s over rare blood clots – Younger adults will be offered alternative coronavirus vaccines instead.

EU on track for herd immunity by mid-July, EU vaccine chief says

More than 1 in 4 adults in the US are fully vaccinated against Covid-19

CDC director believes decreasing number of daily US Covid-19 deaths is “an impact of vaccination

California expecting almost 90% drop in Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines next week – Johnson & Johnson said last week one of their batches did not meet their standards.

White House expanding US community health center vaccinations to “advance equitable distribution” of shots

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

Patients Allergic to COVID Vax Got Dose 2 With Graded Dosing — Hypersensitivity reactions not a dealbreaker for second dose

J&J COVID-19 vaccine under EU review over blood clots
“CDC aware of 4 US states reporting adverse reactions to Johnson & Johnson vaccine” 
J&J “aware” of rare blood clotting cases but says “no clear causal relationship” with its vaccine
North Carolina vaccine clinics pause Johnson & Johnson distribution after adverse reactions
Colorado vaccine site closes early after adverse reactions to Johnson & Johnson shot
Unusual antibodies identified in AstraZeneca blood clotting cases.
“EXCLUSIVE-French health body to say mRNA vaccine should be used as second dose after AstraZeneca”
Israeli data shows South African variant able to ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine – Strain is more effective than original COVID and the British variant at bypassing the shot, Israeli scientists find, in first-of-its-kind, real-world study
“The Mystery of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections – There is nothing surprising about cases like mine, but they do have a psychological impact.”
COVID-19 VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH CASES – MARCH 8, 2021
March 24: “Few health care workers infected with COVID after full vaccination: Study
246 infected, 3 dead from COVID-19 in Michigan despite being vaccinated
Rare COVID ‘breakthrough cases’ being tracked in Nevada
“Moderna’s COVID Vax Produces Antibody Responses 6 Months Later — But neutralizing activity declined over time, and not equally among age groups
Lincoln city councilmember reveals he suffered stroke after receiving COVID-19 vaccine “The doctors have told me they are unable to positively connect the Pfizer shot to the small stroke or rule out a connection,” he said.
Vaccine side effects land New York Yankees’ Gio Urshela on COVID list New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela was placed on the COVID injured list due to side effects from a vaccination, the team announced Friday.

Second COVID Shot: No Side Effects? No Problem — Dose two doesn’t have to knock you down to keep you protected

“OHA: 168 Oregonians got COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated

Moderna prepared to provide booster shots for protection against COVID-19 variants by end of 2021

JAMA study link: “Reactogenicity Following Receipt of mRNA-Based COVID-19 Vaccines

People who got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine say they have more side effects – Especially after the second dose

Moderna Provides Storage Update & Announces the U.S. FDA Authorizes Up To 15-Doses Per Vial of its COVID-19 Vaccine

Guillain-Barre After COVID-19 Vaccine: Case Report — Clinical trial participant recovered after IVIG treatment

How Long Will COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Last? Here’s What Doctors Know So Far – New data says at least six months, but doctors are optimistic that it will extend much further than that.

 

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

Peru says Brazilian variant has been detected in almost all regions 

Researchers identify five new cases of ‘double mutant’ Covid variant in California

California tracking at least six COVID-19 variants as health experts urge precautions

Vaccines effective against California coronavirus variant, scientists say

UK variant is now the dominant coronavirus strain in the US, says CDC chief

 

New Scientific Studies:

Scientists work toward an elusive dream: a simple pill to treat Covid-19

More than half of UK positive cases asymptomatic, figures show

Covid-19 reinfections are rare — but without better data, we don’t how rare

Covid penis rot: “COVID Triggers Novel Infectious Skin Condition in Teen — Mild case led to unusual effects a week later

Coronavirus: children could be silent carriers of Covid-19 in community, Hong Kong researchers find

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Canada’s third wave on track to become its worst yet as Covid-19 hospitalizations spike

Some Michigan hospitals delaying, rescheduling non-emergency procedures amid Covid-19 surge

Brazil’s Sao Paulo state and Rio de Janeiro announce easing of some Covid-19 restrictions

COVID-19 in Brazil: Country records 4,195 deaths in a single day as commuters pack trains

Brazil exhuming bodies to make space in cemeteries for the COVID-19 dead

Bolivia extends border closure with Brazil over Covid-19 concerns

German virologist warns of ‘permanent lockdown’ amid rising Covid infections

COVID: ICU bed shortage in Germany is imminent, doctors warn – Intensive care doctors are stepping up the pressure: During the current third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, ICUs are filling fast. Is Germany’s health system stretched to its limits?

German government moves to mandate tougher local restrictions – Draft act includes a curfew and shop closures as well as restrictions on gatherings if local cases exceed a threshold.

Italy reports 344 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, 17,567 new cases

French coronavirus intensive care cases and deaths keep rising

South Asia surpasses grim milestone of 15 million COVID-19 cases: Reuters tally

Stricter COVID-19 measures to be applied in Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa

Tokyo to seek stronger virus steps under quasi-state of emergency

New Zealand temporarily bans entry for travelers from India

India reports more than 126,000 new Covid-19 cases in another record high

Iran tops 2 million cases as new infections double in a week

Uruguay’s president extends restrictions as country registers record daily Covid-19 cases

LA’s Coronavirus Case Rate Levels Off, Thwarting More Reopenings – After weeks of rapidly declining COVID-19 cases, there was hope LA could advance to a new round of reopenings soon.

California has lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in US: Which states have highest?

 

Other Covid News:

Hospitals are seeing more young adults with severe Covid symptoms, CDC says

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

I Work In A Ritzy Restaurant And I’ve Seen Some Unbelievable Behavior During COVID

Covid-19 cases in the US seem to be plateauing, but maintaining that relies on vaccinations outpacing the spread of new variants.

3 possible futures for Covid-19 in the US — with hope for a return to normal – The next month could determine who lives to see normalcy come back.

“California’s COVID case rate is third-lowest in the nation. Will it last? – Variant-fueled outbreaks have pushed case rates up 13 percent nationwide

Supreme Court halts California pandemic restrictions on at-home worship – “California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise,” the majority opinion said.

Fauci expects some local businesses and institutions will implement vaccine requirements

What should you do if you lose your vaccine card?

Coronavirus FAQs: What Should I Do With My Vaccine Card? Is Choir Practice OK Now?

OPINION: Germany has never had a real Covid lockdown

Hidden toll: Deaths in Russia last year were 28 percent higher than normal.

Key coronavirus model projects more than 618,000 Covid deaths in the US by August

Wearing masks could save at least 14,000 people from Covid-19 deaths by August, model predicts

FDA tells hospitals to stop reusing n95 masks

“It’s allowed, but is it safe? We asked 3 doctors if they’d go along with orange tier reopenings

“U.S. COVID Risk & Vaccine Tracker

European court rules compulsory childhood vaccination doesn’t violate human rights – The ECHR says the Czech Republic’s policy pursues ‘the legitimate aims of protecting health.’

Norwegian prime minister fined over lockdown-breaking birthday bash – Erna Solberg has apologized for her role in organising the event

Japan’s infection center officials attended party amid virus emergency

“Clyburn: Documents show Trump officials helped suppress coronavirus CDC reports

Brazil’s top court orders investigation into Bolsonaro’s handling of pandemic

Florida sues federal government over cruise industry restrictions

Man held in custody after failed bomb attempt on Netherlands vaccine center

Owner of downstate ‘superspreader’ bar says he followed the law: ‘You can’t make them wear masks’ – Owner Ryan Garrett said of the “30 to 40” that attended the grand opening, “most were just close friends or acquaintances.” No one was turned away if they refused to wear a mask or social distance.

New COVID Variants Have Changed the Game, and Vaccines Will Not Be Enough. We Need Global ‘Maximum Suppression

What Covid Means for the Athlete’s Heart

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