SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 6.13.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

Brazil approves Pfizer/BioNTech as first vaccine for minors over 12

FDA Advisors Uncertain on EUA Pathway for Younger Kids’ COVID Shots — Dissension on whether virus constitutes emergency for children 11 and under

FDA advisers meeting on coronavirus vaccines for children

Pfizer to trial smaller doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in children 11 years old and younger

In the U.S., vaccines for the youngest are expected this fall.

Afghanistan gets 700,000 doses of a Chinese vaccine amid a Covid surge overwhelming Kabul.

US will donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries

Sinovac says China has approved its vaccine for use in children as young as 3.

UK will offer 25 to 29-year-olds Covid-19 vaccines starting Tuesday

 

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

A full list of vaccination rates by country

South Africa fully vaccinated .8% one shot 1.1%

Italy fully vaccinated 21.6% one dose 41.5%

Norway fully vaccinated 21.7% one shot 33%

Germany fully vaccinated 20.2%, one shot 45.5%

Abu Dhabi to require vaccination and tests for access to malls, restaurants

India’s Delhi aims to vaccinate all above the age of 45 within four weeks

Southern U.S. states, with low vaccination rates, are vulnerable to a resurgence.

Washington state approves “Joints for Jabs” vaccination promotions

Judge dismisses lawsuit by Houston hospital employees over Covid-19 vaccinations – The lead plaintiff, Jennifer Bridges, likened her employer’s vaccination requirement to forced medical experimentation during the Holocaust.

Around half of Americans support requiring proof of vaccination to return to work, poll finds

Woman fails to prove the COVID-19 vaccine made her magnetic during Ohio House hearing

US: Government Warns Doctors and Insurers: Don’t Bill for Covid Vaccines Such billing has been rare, but public concern about it may be contributing to hesitancy about getting the shot.

FDA says 60M J&J vaccine doses from troubled plant must be thrown out

FDA extends shelf life of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to 4.5 months

“We don’t really know” how long J&J vaccines can last before expiration, company board member says

Why it’s significant that Kyle Shanahan, SF 49ers are sharing their COVID-19 vaccination numbers – Here’s the latest SFGATE sports media column about reporters, pundits and Bay Area athletes – and how they interact with each other

Biden’s vaccine push fails to gain traction with African Americans – Less than a quarter of Black Americans had received their first Covid-19 shot as of June 3. That’s less than other racial and ethnic groups tracked by the CDC.

“Experts urge youth vaccinations, but COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is strong in South Dakota

Germany introduces digital COVID-19 pass – Berlin intends to roll out a digital immunity certificate by the end of June, making it easier to prove that a person has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But critics warn the timeframe is too ambitious.

Support gaps put COVID-19 vaccines out of reach for Japan’s visually impaired

Toyota’s ‘just-in-time’ a shot in the arm for Japan’s vaccine push

WHO: Africa needs a further 225 million Covid-19 vaccines to hit 10% immunity target

 

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

CDC COVID-19 Study Shows mRNA Vaccines Reduce Risk of Infection by 91 Percent for Fully Vaccinated People – Vaccination Makes Illness Milder, Shorter for the Few Vaccinated People Who Do Get COVID-19

Fact Check-‘Magnet test’ does not prove COVID-19 jabs contain metal or a microchip

MedPage Op-ed: Think Twice Before Giving the COVID Vax to Healthy Kids — Based on the data to date, there’s no compelling case for it right now

CDC plans “emergency meeting” on rare heart inflammation following COVID-19 vaccines

CDC confirms 226 cases of myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination in people 30 and under

No point vaccinating those who’ve had COVID-19: Findings of Cleveland Clinic study

Op-Ed: Needling Friends to Get the COVID Jab? Stop — Here’s a hot take on vaccine holdouts: leave them alone

CDC says 8 Mainers have died with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated

 

New Covid Variants:

ALPHA = B.1.1.7 = aka: UK variant
CAL20.C = aka: California variant
L452R = aka: California & other US states

GAMMA = P.1 = aka: Brazil variant
N501Y = aka: South Africa variant
BETA = B.1.351 = aka: South Africa variant
DELTA = B.1.617 = aka: India variant

More transmissible, wilier variant makes Covid-19 vaccinations even more crucial, experts say

Variant first identified in India now comprises 91% of new cases in the UK, health minister says

Gangrene, Hearing Loss Show Delta Variant May Be More Severe

A secret to the ‘Alpha’ variant’s success is stealth, a new study shows. A secret to the ‘Alpha’ variant’s success is stealth, a new study shows.

 

New Scientific Studies:

Exclusive: People who wore masks were less likely to get sick

Chinese researchers say new batch of coronaviruses found in bats

As more kids go down the ‘deep, dark tunnel’ of long Covid, doctors still can’t predict who is at risk

Stop Using Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test: FDA Safety Communication

Covid could become seasonal epidemic by winter, says German expert – Christian Drosten says disease likely to recur for several years but be kept under control by vaccine top-ups

“The COVID lab-leak hypothesis: what scientists do and don’t know – Nature examines arguments that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab in China, and the science behind them.”

“MERS-CoV just a few mutations away from becoming a pandemic threat

WHO Celebrates As Indian Health Regulator Removes Ivermectin from Its Covid-19 Protocol

More Insight on Which Kids Are Most at Risk for Severe COVID-19

The Complex Ethical Morass of COVID-19 Human Challenge Trials

Would you have your DNA tested to predict how hard COVID-19 would strike? Should you?

 

Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

In China’s new Covid hotspot, police detain those who violate virus prevention measures

China’s tech hub Shenzhen restricts travel and tests millions to stem Covid-19 after one case confirmed

Without vaccines, Haiti struggles to contain its latest Covid wave.

Young people suffer most in Uganda’s second wave as country grapples with severe vaccine shortages

India’s death toll rises sharply after one state’s audit showed a huge undercount.

Okinawa closes schools as COVID-19 infections spread

COVID-19: Less optimistic Boris Johnson hints he will delay 21 June unlocking due to impact of Delta variant – The PM tells Sky News he is prepared to be “cautious” over the fourth and final stage in his roadmap for lifting COVID measures.

New Covid cases in Russia at three-month high

Moscow Mayor Announces ‘Non-Working’ Week as Virus Cases Surge

Two Australian states on COVID-19 alert after infected woman’s interstate travel

Miami’s Bitcoin Conference May Be the Latest Covid-19 Super Spreader Event – The event had no face mask or proof of vaccine requirements for its roughly 12,000 attendees

Europe reopens: Spain, France, Denmark and Greece welcome tourists

EU to add Japan to safe travel list but leave U.K. off for now

Singapore will ease Covid rules and open vaccinations to those 12 and older, and other international news.

SD 8 new covid cases for Friday

New Zealand goes record 103 days covid-free

U.S. CDC eases travel recommendations on some 110 countries, territories including Japan

 

Other Covid News:

I just boarded the first Royal Caribbean cruise in North America in more than a year; here’s what it was like

Two passengers on Celebrity Millennium cruise test positive for Covid-19

Cruise passengers test positive for Covid-19 in Italy

Certain Strains Of Flu May Have Gone Extinct Because Of Pandemic Safety Measures

YouTube suspends Sen. Ron Johnson’s account for posting video about dubious Covid-19 treatments

Anti-vaccine protestors storm North Bay town hall

Ex-Wisconsin pharmacist gets prison for ruining vaccine

Suicide attempts among adolescent girls surged by more than 50% during pandemic, CDC says

Second G7 summit police officer tests positive for Covid-19

European Leaders Support a Full Coronavirus Inquiry

US: Masks no longer mandated on House floor

3M and U.S. marshals confiscate more than 1M counterfeit N95 masks

US: Workplace safety rule on Covid risks is limited to the health care industry.

A Nevada man is charged in the theft of more than 500 blank vaccine cards in Los Angeles.

Which groups are still dying of Covid in the U.S.?

Wuhan animal markets sold dozens of species that can carry pathogens that infect humans, a study found.

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