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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

France to offer Covid-19 vaccines to 12-18 age group from June 15, Macron says

Ejected from a troubled plant, AstraZeneca is in talks about producing vaccine for U.S. government at another site.

Moderna applies for full FDA approval of its Covid vaccine

WHO approves Sinovac COVID shot in second Chinese milestone

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Father hospitalized after family experiences COVID-19 breakthrough cases – An Osceola County woman says she, her husband, and dad all got COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated.

US: The partisan divide in vaccinations is starker than you realize – The effort to reach the unvaccinated has become the latest political fault line in the Covid response.

LA Times on rural CA, covid19, vaccination rate and new cases: “Rural Northern California is falling behind in vaccinations, and COVID-19 cases are rising

The 6 reasons Americans aren’t getting vaccinated – This is the challenge the US has to overcome to get back to post-pandemic normal.

First in line, still no shot: Surprising number of hospital workers refuse vaccines

Guam launches lottery prize for vaccine recipients

West Virginia To Give Away Guns As Covid-19 Vaccine Incentive

Coronavirus: lottery to win HK$10.8 million flat opens on June 15, businesses offer range of cash perks for vaccination

As vaccine delays grind on across Africa, the coronavirus surges.

Alaska Lures Tourists With Its Stunning Landscapes — And Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Biden kicks off ‘month of action’ to get more shots into arms before July 4

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

“What My Covid-19 Vaccine Saga Taught Me About the U.S. Health Care System – I had to change Covid-19 vaccines midstream. Two months, five doctors and multiple Benadryls later, it was very clear the system isn’t set up to help non-cookie-cutter patients like me.”

mix and match #1: “NIH clinical trial evaluating mixed COVID-19 vaccine schedules begins

The Vaccine Class Gap: The biggest vaccination gap isn’t based on race or partisanship. It’s based on class.

What Drives COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Moms? — Social pressures, misinformation are at play

WHERE DID THE MICROCHIP VACCINE CONSPIRACY THEORY COME FROM ANYWAY? – How an innocuous Reddit thread mutated into a dangerous, viral lie

People who received Pfizer-Biontech vaccine have lower antibody levels targeting the delta variant

Israel reports link between rare cases of heart inflammation and COVID-19 vaccination in young men

Why you shouldn’t get a COVID antibody test after a vaccine

Even fully vaccinated, people with organ transplants aren’t fully protected until more Americans get their shots

 

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 variant

UK reports 6,238 daily Covid cases amid fears over Delta variant infectiousness Prof Neil Ferguson says India variant may be 30-100% more transmissible than the Alpha variant

WHO rules out new ‘hybrid’ COVID variant in Vietnam – Nikkei

Highly contagious India COVID variant spreading rapidly in the US

 

New Scientific Studies:

New COVID-19 test works in a second using microfluidics and electronics

Antibody-laden nasal spray could provide COVID protection — and treatment – Scientists create a hybrid antibody that can sharply cut the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in the lungs of infected mice.

“Title: Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection and intra-host evolution in association with advanced HIV infection

A woman with HIV had the coronavirus for 216 days. The virus mutated at least 30 times inside her.

“Excess mortality associated with the COVID-19 pandemic among Californians 18–65 years of age, by occupational sector and occupation: March through October 2020

Line cooks have the highest risk of dying during pandemic, plus other riskiest jobs: study

Why are Blacks dying at higher rates from COVID-19?

Ten scientific reasons in support of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2

NIH scientists say they may have found a promising new oral antiviral drug for Covid

Investigation Pokes Holes in Idea That Smoking Cuts COVID Risks — Financial conflicts of interest exposed for those who touted the “nicotine hypothesis

“Hydroxychloroquine + Azithromycin therapy at a higher dose improved survival by nearly 200% in ventilated COVID patients

“Observational Study on 255 Mechanically Ventilated Covid Patients at the Beginning of the USA Pandemic

Vitamin D is not magic: “Vitamin D and COVID-19 susceptibility and severity in the COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative: A Mendelian randomization study

“Little-Known Illnesses Turning Up in Covid Long-Haulers

Count the cost of disability caused by COVID-19 Focusing only on cases and deaths hides the pandemic’s lasting health burden on people, societies and economies.

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

India’s capital will ease some restrictions on Monday, even as it prepares for a possible third wave.

Peruvian Officials More Than Double COVID Death Toll, Saying They Undercounted

COVID-19 cases surge 73% in Washington state

U.K. reports no new covid-19 deaths for first time since March 2020

As Israel’s COVID restrictions end, two experts offer advice for other countries – Top epidemiologists reflect on what the world can learn from Israel’s successes, and failures, when it comes to kids, borders, long-term planning and more

US: CDC: Worrisome Spike in Younger Teens’ COVID Hospitalizations — Data through April add urgency to calls for adolescent vaccination

Some US hospitals mark first time being Covid-free. Others still see surge of patients

‘Waiting to happen’: the California region where masks are taboo – and cases are rising Rural northern California has been forceful in its pushback against masks, business restrictions and vaccine mandates

 

Other Covid News:

The ‘Time Has Come’ For A Global Pandemic Treaty, WHO’s Tedros Says

The opposition to holding the Olympics in Tokyo is purely a public relations problem according to former IOC marketing guy

Tokyo cornered into going ahead with Games, says Olympic official Member of Japanese Olympic Committee criticises IOC and says Games will leave a ‘bitter taste’

“Bay Area doctors, epidemiologists split on whether 2021 Tokyo Olympics are safe to proceed

About 10,000 volunteers for the Tokyo Olympics have quit, organizers say.

As Japan loses training camps, Olympics buzz fades

Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home

Owosso Mich: “COVIDville, USA – A small town caught up in America’s culture war between science and right-wing conspiracism.”

No-lockdown Sweden broke with most of the world and didn’t require face masks. Those who wear them say they’re treated with suspicion and abuse.

The biggest revelations from Fauci’s inbox

“Anthony Fauci’s pandemic emails: ‘All is well despite some crazy people in this world

Why Is It So Hard to Return to Normal?

The pandemic was the bloodiest year for driving in over a decade – 38,680 people died in vehicle crashes, despite (or because of) a 13 percent drop in driving

California mandated masks. Florida opened its restaurants. Did any of it matter? – Which Covid-19 restrictions really worked — and which ones really didn’t?

‘Outrageous’: why was a US health worker charged with spreading Covid? Attempt to hold a worker criminally liable for the spread of Covid resulted in Josefina Brito-Fernandez losing her license to work, fearing deportation

Anti-vaccine protesters, dressed up as Marvel superheroes, camp out in front of Disneyland

Anti-vax Florida pastor, who said COVID-19 was God’s punishment, hospitalized with COVID-19

Pastor Rick Wiles Apparently Has COVID After Refusing Vaccines He Called ‘Global Genocide

UK #1: “Why was it so easy to fool the media on herd immunity?” UK planning at the start of the pandemic involved allowing the majority of the population to become infected with covid between April and September 2020, causing five thousand deaths a day and ending with enough cumulative infections for herd immunity, as shown on both the whiteboard photos from 10 Downing St, contemporary tweets from MPs, and the subsequently released SAGE papers:

UK 2: “It’s bizarre that this needs saying, but *of course* the UK had a Herd Immunity plan”  It’s bizarre that this needs saying, but the UK had a herd immunity plan. That is to say, an official plan to manage the mass infection of the population until we reached herd immunity. It was outlined in official government documents and described in media appearances by our top scientists, who mostly went on to pretend it never happened.

Biden admin probes risk of low-level contamination in vaccines made at troubled plant – The Food and Drug Administration is working with shot makers to ensure doses manufactured by contractor Emergent BioSolutions are safe to use.

A pandemic upside: The flu virus became less diverse, simplifying the task of making flu shots

Sick bats self-isolate, helping avert COVID-type crises — Israeli study – Widely assumed to be source of coronavirus, bats probably spared us from other diseases, scientists say; the mammals stay ‘home’ when sick, protecting fellow bats, other species

‘Complete Insanity’: Virus-Stricken Brazil Agrees to Host Soccer Tournament Brazil has lost 207,000 people to Covid-19 in the past three months alone, but President Jair Bolsonaro decided to host the Copa América, arguing, “We have to live.”

Exclusive: How Amateur Sleuths Broke the Wuhan Lab Story and Embarrassed the Media

Supreme Court justice denies Colorado churches’ challenge to lockdown authority

How the World Ran Out of Everything Global shortages of many goods reflect the disruption of the pandemic combined with decades of companies limiting their inventories.

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