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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
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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