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Vaccine Related Information:

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness drops after 6 months, study shows https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine-effectiveness-drops-after-6-months-study-2021-10-04/

Effectiveness of mRNA BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine up to 6 months in a large integrated health system in the USA: a retrospective cohort study https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02183-8/fulltext

Sweden pauses use of Moderna COVID vaccine for younger age groups https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/sweden-pauses-use-moderna-covid-vaccine-cites-rare-side-effects-2021-10-06/

Pfizer study to vaccinate whole Brazilian town against COVID https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/pfizer-study-vaccinate-whole-brazilian-town-against-covid-2021-10-06/

Unvaccinated federal workers in Canada will be put on unpaid leave – Globe and Mail https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/unvaccinated-federal-workers-canada-will-be-put-unpaid-leave-globe-mail-2021-10-06/

HHS vaccination ads use a new tactic to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates: fear https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/health/hhs-vaccination-ads-fear/index.html

Japanese businesses to offer benefits using vaccination app https://japantoday.com/category/business/japanese-businesses-to-offer-benefits-using-vaccination-app?

Pfizer asks U.S. to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11 https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/10/07/pfizer-asks-us-to-allow-covid-shots-for-kids-ages-5-to-11

With more Covid-19 booster shots on the horizon, one expert says mixing and matching doses may be an effective approach https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/09/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html

7% of Israel’s serious COVID cases had three vaccine shots – There were around 460 serious and critical cases on Friday, so 7% is around 32 people, meaning less than 0.00001% of people who have had a third shot are currently in serious condition. https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/coronavirus/7-percent-of-israels-serious-covid-cases-had-three-vaccine-shots-681455

Israel will require a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/world/israel-covid-booster.html

Johnson & Johnson will seek F.D.A. authorization for a booster shot. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/johnson-johnson-will-seek-fda-authorization-for-a-booster-shot

‘Get vaccinated,’ says Kremlin as Russia’s daily Covid cases hit highest in months https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/oct/04/coronavirus-live-news-new-rules-for-travel-in-england-new-zealand-to-phase-out-elimination-strategy?page=with:block-615b10418f080431dc31f2bd#block-615b10418f080431dc31f2bd

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

Fear Is at the Root of the COVID Crisis — Building back trust in the patient-provider relationship is essential https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/94863

A likely new treatment for Covid-19 was made possible by government-funded innovation https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/05/government-funding-backed-molnupiravir-possible-new-covid-19-treatment/

AstraZeneca submits preventive Covid-19 treatment for people with chronic conditions to FDA https://www.jhconline.com/astrazeneca-submits-preventive-covid-19-treatment-for-people-with-chronic-conditions-to-fda.html

Inflammatory molecules “trapped” inside micro clots may be the cause of Long COVID symptoms https://www.news-medical.net/news/20211005/Inflammatory-molecules-trapped-inside-micro-clots-may-be-the-cause-of-Long-COVID-symptoms.aspx

Overload of Inflammatory Molecules “Trapped” in Micro Blood Clots May Cause Long COVID Symptoms https://scitechdaily.com/overload-of-inflammatory-molecules-trapped-in-micro-blood-clots-may-cause-long-covid-symptoms/

More than one-third of COVID-19 patients may experience long COVID symptoms https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/more-than-one-third-of-covid-19-patients-may-experience-long-covid-symptoms

Incidence, co-occurrence, and evolution of long-COVID features: A 6-month retrospective cohort study of 273,618 survivors of COVID-19 https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1003773

British study sheds light on ‘covid toe’ affliction https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/06/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-XQXIRVJI5JCRTM7WS7KSG64MTE

South Korea shares data on dogs, cats with covid as it examines virus’s spread to pets https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/06/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-3WDAASEYYBHQ3LEBGPIT4R43UQ

Israeli Data Favor Higher Estimates of Post-Vax Myocarditis — Results echo the controversial VAERS study from September https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/94892

“Merck’s COVID-19 pill could carry serious safety concerns, scientists warn – A recent interim analysis indicated the drug halved the risk of poor outcomes among patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19” https://www.foxnews.com/health/merck-pill-oral-covid-treatment

Study reveals why some people get Covid toe condition https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58801462

Type I interferon response and vascular alteration in chilblain-like lesions during the COVID-19 outbreak https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjd.20707

Predictors of smell recovery in a nationwide prospective cohort of patients with COVID-19 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196070921003409

COVID Antibodies Wane Six Months After Second Shot – Except Among One Group – Study of 5,000 Israeli hospital workers aimed to obtain a better understanding of the process in which COVID antibodies wane https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/covid-antibodies-wane-six-months-after-second-shot-except-among-one-group-1.10273120

Another Face of Long COVID: Kidney Disease https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/94886

Fear Is at the Root of the COVID Crisis — Building back trust in the patient-provider relationship is essential https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/94863

People with substance use disorders may be at higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections – Co-occurring health disorders appear to contribute to increased risk, NIH study suggests. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/people-substance-use-disorders-may-be-higher-risk-sars-cov-2-breakthrough-infections

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

California is only state with ‘moderate’ COVID-19 transmission after case rate falls again https://ktla.com/news/california/californias-covid-19-case-rate-falls-again-is-now-only-u-s-state-with-moderate-transmission-level/

“After pressure, Bay Area COVID mask mandate could end soon” https://www.sfgate.com/bay-area-politics/article/Bay-Area-mask-mandate-COVID-lift-when-end-cases-16513619.php

Hospitals in less-vaccinated areas are struggling financially as infections mount and stimulus runs out https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/06/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-JK5HUMCGVVELFASJFYDRQ7QJKQ

Why is England doing worse against Covid than its European neighbours? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/07/england-vaccine-just-plus-europe-covid

Most of the Caribbean is under a ‘Level 4’ travel warning. Islands still want visitors. https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/10/07/caribbean-cdc-level-4-do-not-travel/

COVID-19 testing, positivity rate reach 2021 highs in Minnesota – State’s infection rate 8th-highest in nation https://www.startribune.com/covid-19-testing-positivity-rate-reach-2021-highs-in-minnesota/600104838/

Are COVID-19’s big waves over? Experts are split https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/576030-are-covid-19s-big-waves-over-experts-are-split

New COVID-19 cases under 100 in Tokyo for 1st time in 11 months https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14453854

Tokyo reports 60 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 553 https://japantoday.com/category/national/Tokyo-reports-60-new-coronavirus-cases?

Covid, in Retreat New cases in the U.S. have fallen by more than a third in the past month. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/briefing/covid-caseload-retreat-us-cases.html

Thailand’s Quarantine-Island Experiment Is Showing (Modest) Results https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/world/asia/thailand-phuket-covid-quarantine.html

 

All Other Covid News:

10-year-old died of COVID after teacher made her ‘class nurse’: parents https://nypost.com/2021/10/05/10-year-old-died-of-covid-after-teacher-made-her-class-nurse-parents/

Ellume rapid covid tests recalled over false positives https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/health/at-home-covid-tests-recall.html

Workers with unvaccinated spouses will pay more for insurance, a Louisiana health system says https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/10/05/unvaccinated-spouse-fee/

Texas man sentenced to 15 months in prison for posting Covid-19 hoax on social media https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/us/texas-man-sentenced-covid-hoax/index.html

Idaho’s governor left the state. His lieutenant governor took power and banned state vaccine mandates. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/06/idaho-lieutenant-governor-executive-order/

At long last, rapid Covid tests will soon be more available in the U.S. https://messaging-custom-newsletters.nytimes.com/template/oakv2

If You’re Over 40, This One COVID Symptom Might Never Go Away https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/youre-over-40-one-covid-123404806.html

Posts Spread Baseless Claims About Cause of Cargo Ship Backups https://www.factcheck.org/2021/10/posts-spread-baseless-claims-about-cause-of-cargo-ship-backups/

SD Tiger tests positive for COVID-19 at Great Plains Zoo https://www.keloland.com/news/local-news/tiger-tests-positive-for-covid-19-at-great-plains-zoo/

Snow leopard at local zoo appears to have died of covid https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/2021/10/08/great-plains-zoo-snow-leopard-that-exhibited-covid-19-symptoms-dies/

Man claims he fired all vaccinated employees from his business. But the business isn’t his and he made the entire thing up. He did manage to gain enough internet fame that he has been implicated in the Jan 6th insurrection. https://www.comicsands.com/tittok-fired-vaccinated-employees-lie-2655249013.html

Police Cite Vaccine Motive in Killing of Pharmacist and 2 Others They say a Maryland man, Jeffrey Burnham, 46, may have believed that the pharmacist, his brother, was part of a plot to poison people with Covid-19 shots. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/us/jeffrey-burnham-pharmacist-brother-covid-vaccine.html

Arkansas lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening federal vaccine mandates. The legislation is with the governor, who has said he doesn’t want the state to dictate vaccine policy to employers. Still, he has reservations. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/us/arkansas-lawmakers-pass-bill-aimed-at-weakening-federal-vaccine-mandates.html

The best- and worst-case scenarios for Covid-19 this winter – Why this winter should be better than the last one. https://www.vox.com/22712737/covid-19-cases-deaths-2021-winter-wave

Ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell sues over Pentagon vaccine mandate https://thehill.com/policy/defense/575968-ex-trump-lawyer-sidney-powell-sues-over-dod-vaccine-mandate

Three troops die on the same day as military COVID-19 deaths continue to spike https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/10/08/three-troops-die-on-the-same-day-as-military-covid-19-deaths-continue-to-spike/

Allen West, Unvaccinated Texas Governor Candidate, Takes Ivermectin After Wife Gets COVID https://www.newsweek.com/allen-west-unvaccinated-texas-governor-candidate-takes-ivermectin-after-wife-gets-covid-1637310

Unvaxxed Allen West Has COVID, Pneumonia, and Low Oxygen https://www.thedailybeast.com/allen-west-has-covid-symptoms-takes-hydrochloroquine-and-ivermectin

Allen West, Texas GOP gubernatorial hopeful, hospitalized with COVID-19 https://www.walb.com/2021/10/10/allen-west-texas-gop-gubernatorial-hopeful-has-covid-19/

“Wuhan, U.S. Scientists Planned to Make Coronaviruses, Documents Leaked by DRASTIC Show” https://www.newsweek.com/wuhan-us-scientists-make-coronaviruses-ecohealth-wiv-drastic-documents-16365

Nebraska chiropractor part of anti-vaccine ‘disinformation dozen’ list https://nebraska.tv/news/local/nebraska-chiropractor-ben-tapper-part-of-anti-vaccine-disinformation-dozen-list? 

Grocery stores still struggling to stock items. https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/09/business/grocery-stores-food-supply-chain/index.html

State leaders unmoved by college outrage over lax Covid rules – Thousands of students and educators are demanding tighter Covid-19 safety measures in response to campus deaths, widespread outbreaks and growing fears of both. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/10/college-students-pandemic-protections-515709

VA hospital nurse charged with stealing and selling covid vaccination cards: ‘I charge $150 for these’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/04/va-hospital-nurse-sold-covid-vaccine-cards/

18,000 Shots Given to N.Y.C. School Employees Ahead of Vaccine Deadline The mandate is the first full vaccine requirement for any group of city workers and affects well over 150,000 teachers and staff members .https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/nyregion/vaccine-mandate-teachers-nyc.html

Doctors warn that steroids can worsen health of infected patients https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14453785

Air Ambulance Costs Are Soaring — And surprise bills often come along for the ride https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/94818

What we know — and don’t know — about Merck’s new Covid-19 pill https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/04/what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-mercks-new-covid-19-pill/

Doctors grow frustrated over COVID-19 denial, misinformation https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-misinformation-health-433991ea434e12ccfdf97b5db415310d

Republicans Shout Down Lindsey Graham for Pushing Vaccine https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-shout-down-rep-lindsey-graham-for-pushing-vaccine

FDA authorizes new rapid COVID-19 test, says capacity will double https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/575262-fda-authorizes-new-rapid-covid-19-test-says-capacity-will-double

“New Zealand admits it can no longer get rid of coronavirus” https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/New-Zealand-admits-it-can-no-longer-get-rid-of-16506911.php

The Use of Ivermectin to Treat COVID Has Roots in Our Broken Health Care System https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/10/covid-19-ivermectin-global-vaccine-inequality-big-pharma-conspiracy

Koch-funded group provides pointers for harassing your local school board https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2055718

NIH director Francis Collins is stepping down after 12 years https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/10/05/930886479/nih-francis-collins-resigns-national-institutes-health

DOJ Vows to Protect America’s Educators as Threats, Violence Grows https://www.newsandguts.com/doj-vows-to-protect-americas-educators-as-threats-violence-grows/

Consuming antibiotics cannot treat Covid-19 https://factcheck.afp.com/http%253A%252F%252Fdoc.afp.com%252F9NN4BY

AstraZeneca asks the F.D.A. to authorize an antibody treatment to prevent Covid-19. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/us/covid-astrazeneca-fda-antibody.html

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