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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:
EU seals contract for 1.8 billion BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines – ‘Other contracts and other vaccine technologies will follow,’ European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says.
EU pushes back on Biden plan to waive coronavirus vaccine patents – Leaders point finger at US and UK as geopolitical contest heats up.
First COVID Vax Authorized for Younger Teens — More data should be available at upcoming ACIP meeting
FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in adolescents
Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine shows 96% efficacy in teens in early data
Pfizer/BioNTech to donate vaccine doses for Olympic athletes
Philippines rejects Chinese donation of Sinopharm vaccines after President receives unapproved dose
Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:
L.A. County will reach herd immunity by July with current rate of Covid-19 vaccinations
New York City wants to offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to tourists
Health Advocate or Big Brother? Companies Weigh Requiring Vaccines. It is a delicate decision balancing employee health and personal privacy. Some companies are sidestepping the issue by offering incentives to those who get shots.
Why getting vaccinated for Covid-19 is more popular in the UK than in the US – The UK has world-leading vaccine enthusiasm. What can the rest of the world learn?
Why one in 10 Silicon Valley residents are refusing a COVID shot
Fake COVID vaccine cards sold at bar lead to owner’s arrest, California officials say
Japan to set up mass vaccination site at Osaka convention center
Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate At Rural Hospitals ‘Needs To Be Fixed Now‘
Can California reach herd immunity before the rest of the country?
Biden to set goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4
White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states
“COVID Vaccine Site Opens At VTA Light Rail Station in San Jose”
Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:
COVID-19 vaccine is associated with fewer asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections
First Detailed Look at COVID Vaccine Skin Reactions — Mostly mild, self-limiting reactions and no serious adverse reactions
Oregon reports 611 vaccinated people infected with COVID-19, 8 of whom died
Impact and effectiveness of mRNA BNT162b2 vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths following a nationwide vaccination campaign in Israel: an observational study using national surveillance data
CDC Chooses to Fly Blind on Vaccine Breakthrough Cases
Moderna booster increases antibodies against COVID-19 variants, early data shows
Giving 2 Doses Of Different COVID-19 Vaccines Could Boost Immune Response
“People aged over 50 in Britain to be offered 3rd COVID vaccine shot in autumn -The Times”
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
B.1.617 = aka: India varian
“India’s COVID-19 Variant: What We Know So Far — Not yet clear how much the current surge is driven by this new variant”
SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 is resistant to Bamlanivimab and evades antibodies induced by infection and vaccination
Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant shows enhanced host cell entry and immune evasion
New Scientific Studies:
New research reveals why some patients may test positive for COVID-19 long after recovery
“The ancestor of SARS-CoV-2’s Wuhan strain was circulating in late October 2019”
study link: “An evolutionary portrait of the progenitor SARS-CoV-2 and its dominant offshoots in COVID-19 pandemic”
Kerfuffle Over NSAIDs in COVID Finally Resolved? – Largest study ever sheds more light on an early pandemic controversy
CDC website now emphasizes coronavirus spreads in the air
‘Like rotting fish’: COVID-19 leaves many survivors holding their noses – Scientists hunt for the cause of a mysterious smell disorder
Potentially fatal ‘black fungus’ infections on the rise in India’s COVID-19 patients
Researchers fear people of color may be disproportionately affected by long Covid
“23andMe’s Huge Covid-19 Study Draws Links Between the Virus and Our Genetics”
Tracing COVID Back to Origin: Many Variant Strains Were Already Present Before the First Known Cases Identified in China
NBA Study Reveals The UK Variant May Last Longer In Human Hosts
Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:
Vietnam says new COVID outbreak threatens stability
Twitter used as a lifeline to try to get help for sick people in India
India faces a surge of cases in rural areas where election campaigns were held.
India reports highest-ever 24-hour surge in Covid-19 cases and a record-high daily death toll
India’s Kerala state to be put under lockdown until May 16
The world sent India millions in Covid aid. Why is it not reaching those who need it most?
Beyond India, a growing number of Asian countries are being ravaged by fresh coronavirus waves
Australia to reopen door to India, still probing Sydney COVID case
Event that triggered NZ travel pause: “Restrictions return amid search for new variant’s mystery spreader”
New Zealand deflates travel bubble, suspending quarantine-free travel from Australian state
COVID-19 Reaches Mount Everest As Nepal Struggles With Record Infections
At least 19 people being evacuated from Nepal climbing camp due to coronavirus
Covid-19 outbreak identified in western Nepal prison
Nepal’s army tells retired medical staff to get ready to help
Sri Lanka imposes lockdowns across more areas
Japan extends emergency measures, further imperiling the Olympics.
Seychelles, World’s Most Vaccinated Country, Hit by Covid Surge….Including Among the Vaccinated
74 sickened in COVID-19 outbreak at People’s Church in Salem
Florida officials denounce Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lifting of COVID-19 restrictions – “Our health has become politicized,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said.
England to take big step toward post-coronavirus normality – ‘This doesn’t mean we can suddenly throw caution to the winds,’ says Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Other Covid News:
New analysis finds global Covid death toll is double official estimates
Modern Infectious Diseases: Macroeconomic Impacts and Policy Responses
A potentially fatal fungal infection is cropping up among India’s Covid patients.
U.S. turning the corner on pandemic, says White House COVID coordinator
What Are ‘COVID Nails’—And Are They a Sign You’ve Had the Virus? Here’s What Doctors Say – What COVID nails look like, and if you should worry if you notice them.
Anti-vaxxer records himself stealing a vial of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to ‘investigate’ in a laboratory
FDA told Mercola to stop making bogus covid claims, selling covid cures.
Judge Orders Hospital to Give COVID Patient Ivermectin — Drug to be given to comatose Illinois patient after docs refused
Bolingbrook teen Dykota Morgan dies from COVID 2 days after diagnosis
Cruise line CEO says ships may avoid Florida over COVID-19 passport ban
Traveler faked a coronavirus certificate to fly to Argentina, officials say. He was infected all along.
Walt Disney World will end temperature checks for staff and guests at Walt Disney World Resort
S.C. governor orders end to federal COVID-related unemployment benefits
‘I thought I was going to die’: Karaoke DJ contracts COVID-19 from Republic superspreader event – Natalee Medina’s personal battle with COVID-19 has changed her outlook on the virus and mask-wearing, she said in a video posted on Facebook.
Bodies of Covid-19 victims are still stored in refrigerated trucks in NYC
“Warriors guard Damion Lee confirms that he suffered a rare ‘breakthrough case’ of COVID”
Federal judge vacates CDC eviction ban – The Biden administration is racing to end a bottleneck at the state and local government level preventing the disbursement of more than $46 billion in rent relief.
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