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Vaccine Related Information:

United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/10/14/1046163404/united-states-donating-covid-vaccines-african-union

Moderna Booster for Certain Populations Sails Through FDA Panel — All thumbs up, despite small sample size, data quality issues https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95050

When an F.D.A. panel meets today about J. & J. booster shots, there will be an elephant in the room.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/briefing/johnson-and-johnson-booster-fda.html

J&J may need to be a 2 dose shot, mix and match boosters still not decided https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95080

Vaccine mandates stoked fears of labor shortages. But hospitals say they’re working. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/10/16/hospital-covid-vaccine-mandate/

Chicago mayor files complaint against police union for defying vaccine mandate https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/15/chicago-mayor-files-complaint-police-union-defying-vaccine-mandate

US throws out millions of doses of Covid vaccine as world goes wanting https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/16/us-throws-out-millions-doses-covid-vaccine-world-shortages

Covid ‘vaxathon’: over 2.5% of New Zealanders get jabbed in one day https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/16/covid-vaxathon-new-zealanders-jabbed-in-one-day

US officials set stage for vaccination campaign for younger children https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/16/us-officials-covid-vaccine-doses-younger-children

Am I eligible for a coronavirus booster shot? https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/18/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-PK2NWTF4XJB2DGW27WW2GAOXJA

‘Mix and Match’: FDA Expected to OK Switching Vax Brands for Booster Dose https://www.thedailybeast.com/food-and-drug-administration-expected-to-approve-mix-and-match-method-for-covid-19-vaccine-booster-shots

Mix-and-Match Covid Boosters: Why They Just Might Work
The F.D.A. may authorize booster shots of vaccines different from the ones that Americans originally received. The science behind the move is promising.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/health/covid-vaccine-mix-match.html

Washington State fires its football coach for refusing to be vaccinated. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/18/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/washington-state-football-nick-rolovich-fired-covid-vaccine-mandate

Unvaccinated public employees in Washington and Massachusetts now risk suspension or firing. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/18/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/deadlines-to-get-vaccinated-pass-for-government-workers-in-several-states

Australia overtakes the United States in vaccinating its population against Covid-19. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/19/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/australia-overtakes-the-united-states-in-vaccinating-its-population-against-covid-19

Tiny Pacific island nations top the world for the highest rates of vaccination. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/19/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/tiny-pacific-island-nations-top-the-world-for-the-highest-rates-of-vaccination

ABC News: US high court won’t block vaccines for Maine health workers
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block a vaccine requirement for Maine health care workers
https://www.newsandguts.com/link/abc-news-us-high-court-wont-block-vaccines-for-maine-health-workers/

French study of over 22m people finds vaccines cut severe Covid risk by 90% https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/11/french-study-vaccines-cut-covid-deaths

Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any ‘entity in Texas’ https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/576275-abbott-bans-vaccine-mandates-from-any-entity-in-texas

CureVac has withdrawn its Covid vaccine application to European regulators. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/health/curevac-has-withdrawn-its-covid-vaccine-application-to-european-regulators.html

Moderna chairman says company will not share coronavirus vaccine formula https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/12/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-YJMHGBHK7JGFNHAB34C2WQZXEA

Unvaccinated pockets of France expose inequalities and could fuel a winter wave https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/12/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-SPFG7WKLJVHCTD7DEZGLKU3NJI

WHO panel recommends extra doses for people over 60 who are receiving Chinese vaccines https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/12/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-S7NAMD3OYZGPJNPGKHO2IWQ7CA

‘Waive the Patents’: Moderna Still Refuses to Share Covid-19 Vaccine Recipe https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/waive-the-patents-moderna-still-refuses-to-share-covid-19-vaccine-recipe.html

Moderna and J&J say their data supports COVID vaccine boosters https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/10/12/1045149078/moderna-and-j-j-say-their-data-supports-covid-vaccine-boosters

Moderna argues the F.D.A. should authorize a half-dose of its vaccine as a booster. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/us/politics/moderna-booster-shots-fda.html

A primer on what we know about mixing and matching Covid vaccines https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/12/a-primer-on-what-we-know-about-mixing-and-matching-covid-vaccines/

South Korea will donate 1.6 million vaccine doses to Vietnam and Thailand. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/14/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/south-korea-will-donate-1-6-million-vaccine-doses-to-vietnam-and-thailand

“Tracking the FDA advisory panel meeting on Moderna’s Covid vaccine booster” https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/14/fda-advisory-panel-meeting-moderna-covid-vaccine-booster/

FDA vaccine advisers recommend emergency use authorization for booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/14/health/fda-vaccine-advisers-moderna-thursday/index.html

J&J booster will be voted on Friday https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/14/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine

United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/10/14/1046163404/united-states-donating-covid-vaccines-african-union

Moderna Booster for Certain Populations Sails Through FDA Panel — All thumbs up, despite small sample size, data quality issues https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95050

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

Tuberculosis, Like Covid, Spreads in Aerosols, Scientists Report The finding upends conventional wisdom regarding coughing, long thought to be the main route of transmission.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/health/tuberculosis-transmission-aerosols.html

What We Know About Covid, the Flu and the Air We Breathe https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/opinion/covid-flu-air-transmission.html

AstraZeneca says COVID-19 drug helps cut risk of severe disease, death https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/576167-astrazeneca-says-covid-19-drug-helps-cut-risk-of-severe-disease-death

Breakthrough infections might not be a big transmission risk. Here’s the evidence https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/10/12/1044553048/covid-data-vaccines-breakthrough-infections-transmission

Fauci says other variants not expected to ‘outstrip’ delta as new one emerges https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/13/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-ZDZ5I3WDTNGGDEX3GJ264KL5QA

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Covid infection rate in England rises again to one in 60 people About 890,000 people in England had coronavirus last week, one in 45 in Wales and one in 80 in Scotland https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/15/covid-infection-rate-rises-again-to-one-in-60-people-in-england

US to lift restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign travelers https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/2021/10/15/us-lift-travel-restrictions-fully-vaccinated-foreign-visitors-sources-say/

Tokyo reports 57 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 531 https://japantoday.com/category/national/Tokyo-reports-57-coronavirus-cases?

COVID-19 active cases down more than 25% in less than a month in South Dakota https://www.keloland.com/news/healthbeat/coronavirus/covid-19-active-cases-down-more-than-25-in-less-than-a-month-in-south-dakota/

CNN new county by county map of US covid case levels https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-us-maps-and-cases/

AU: Victoria eyes eased restrictions as case numbers steady
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/politicsnow-coronavirus-live-news-freedom-day-20-comes-early-for-nsw/live-coverage/a54a58346e683731b0bac7c250a81a20

As vaccination goals are met, cities in Australia ease restrictions. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/17/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/as-vaccination-goals-are-met-cities-in-australia-ease-restrictions

New Zealand extends the lockdown of its largest city for another 2 weeks. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/18/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/new-zealand-auckland-lockdown

Russia crosses threshold of 8 million covid-19 cases as region suffers from new surge https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/18/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-DNTGND6VUBB5NEZXTI7FHD7KQA

How Serbia became world’s latest Covid-19 hotspot https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3152052/how-serbia-became-worlds-latest-covid-19-hotspot

The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/us/politics/us-canada-mexico-borders-open.html

Covid-19 infections are declining in the US. But hospitalizations are still high in some hotspots https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/14/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html

Rural Minnesota hospitals struggle with COVID-19 surge https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/10/14/rural-minnesota-hospitals-struggle-with-covid19-surge

 

All Other Covid News:

Texas Man Indicted for Sending Violent Threats to Prominent Maryland Doctor Who Had Been a Vocal Advocate of the COVID-19 Vaccine https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-indicted-sending-violent-threats-prominent-maryland-doctor-who-had-been-vocal

Texas man charged with threatening prominent doctor over her Covid vaccine advocacy
The suspect is also alleged to have texted misogynistic and racist statements to Dr. Leana Wen, the former Baltimore health commissioner.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-man-charged-threatening-prominent-doctor-over-her-covid-vaccine-n1281383

Minnesota National Guard to assist with long-term care staffing shortage Walz says members will augment staffs, enabling hospitals to transfer patients. https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-national-guard-to-assist-with-long-term-care-staffing-shortage/600106901

Physician assistant’s license suspended over COVID actions https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-business-health-washington-e7900cf58baf0f00065ce1bf8100bdc6

MN: Allina’s Plymouth nurses to begin 3-day strike over benefits, holiday pay https://www.startribune.com/allina-s-plymouth-nurses-to-begin-3-day-strike-over-benefits-holiday-pay/600107259/

MN: Plymouth Hospital Set To Close Temporarily As Nurses Go On Strike Over Fair Pay https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/10/16/plymouth-hospital-set-to-close-temporarily-as-nurses-go-on-strike-over-fair-pay/

Robert Durst, convicted murderer, has Covid-19 https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/16/us/robert-durst-covid-diagnosis/index.html

Dozens of lawsuits seek to force hospitals to treat COVID-19 with ivermectin https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/577066-dozens-of-lawsuits-seek-to-force-hospitals-to-treat-covid-19-with

Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications, family says https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/10/18/colin-powell-has-died-of-covid19-complications-family-says

One Florida school district with optional masks has had 17 staff die of COVID-19 since August https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/14/2058033/-Since-August-17-staffers-in-one-mask-free-Florida-school-district-have-died-of-COVID-19

Winner of the Day: “Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredited info” https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Miami-school-says-vaccinated-students-must-stay-16541747.php

Miami private school to require students getting COVID vaccine to stay home for 30 days after each dose https://wsvn.com/news/local/miami-private-school-to-require-students-getting-covid-vaccine-to-stay-home-for-30-days-after-each-dose/

‘It’s going to be within our capability’ to prevent another coronavirus surge, Fauci says https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/18/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

As Colder Weather Sets In, Cases Rise in Northernmost U.S. States https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/18/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine

Allison Williams to leave ESPN over coronavirus vaccine mandate: ‘I cannot put a paycheck over principle’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/18/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-UPO4IIPTMFEGLIMUHPMIHRC6LQ

Antibody tests can’t give answers you want about covid-19 immunity https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/18/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-2PAA3HS3SFEEPA7TFFWLVMU5LM

‘You reap what you sow’: Russians party despite record Covid figures Critics blame Kremlin denial and mixed messaging for pursuit of normality as deaths top 1,000 a day https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/18/you-reap-what-you-sow-russians-party-despite-record-covid-figures

Shipping Containers That Spent Weeks Aboard Ships Stuck At Ports Now Being Dumped In Nearby Neighborhoods https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/10/19/supply-chain-cargo-ship-bottleneck-port-los-angeles-long-beach/

The N.H.L. suspends Evander Kane for violating its Covid protocol. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/sports/hockey/evander-kane-covid-suspension-nhl.html

A top public health official becomes the first female four-star admiral in the history of her corps. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/19/world/covid-vaccine-boosters/a-top-public-health-official-becomes-the-first-female-four-star-admiral-in-the-history-of-her-corps

Oct 15: Nebraska’s Attorney General offers opinion on controversial COVID-19 treatments https://www.1011now.com/2021/10/15/nebraskas-attorney-general-offers-opinion-controversial-covid-19-treatments/

Doctors Can Prescribe Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine Off-Label For COVID-19: Nebraska AG https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/doctors-can-prescribe-ivermectin-hydroxychloroquine-label-covid-19-nebraska-ag

Parent Sues School District After Kid Gets COVID From Unmasked Classmate https://www.thedailybeast.com/wisconsin-mom-shannon-jensen-sues-waukesha-school-district-after-child-gets-covid-19-from-unmasked-classmate

Delta deaths expose Australia’s great disadvantage divide Experts say the spread of coronavirus among lower socioeconomic communities in NSW and Victoria was ‘utterly predictable’ https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/2021/oct/12/delta-deaths-expose-australias-great-disadvantage-divide

Britain’s stumbling pandemic response cost thousands of lives, parliamentary report finds. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/world/britain-covid-response.html

Allen West, Republican running for Texas governor, released from hospital after covid-19 diagnosis https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/12/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/#link-6BDF2ZVPNFAGNBPA4XP6KH5DTI

Sleep and the Covid-19 Pandemic https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/sleep-and-the-covid-19-pandemic.html

Idaho State Board of Medicine called to investigate Dr. Ryan Cole by medical leaders https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/208/idaho-medical-leaders-ask-state-board-of-medicine-investigate-dr-ryan-cole-vax-covid-19-ivermectin/277-423c5aae-2e47-4051-88d6-50cc162b876c

Florida fines county $3.5 million after employees fired for not getting COVID-19 vaccine https://news.yahoo.com/florida-fines-county-3-5-214600119.html

Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares – “No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” Broglio wrote. https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/10/catholic-troops-can-refuse-covid-vaccine-archbishop-declares/186056/

Federal vaccine mandates can override Texas’ sweeping new ban, experts say. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/12/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccines/vaccine-mandate-texas-abbott

W.H.O. Will Announce New Team to Study Coronavirus Origins
“This new group can do all the fancy footwork it wants, but China’s not going to cooperate,” one expert said. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/health/covid-lab-leak-who-china.html

‘There will be things that people can’t get,’ at Christmas, White House warns https://www.reuters.com/world/us/americans-may-not-get-some-christmas-treats-white-house-officials-warn-2021-10-12/

NHS faces beds crisis as care homes stop taking patients from hospitals Exclusive: Major staffing shortages mean many homes have stopped accepting admissions from hospitals https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/13/nhs-faces-beds-crisis-as-care-homes-stop-taking-patients-from-hospitals

Anchorage approves a mask mandate after two weeks of intense debate. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/us/anchorage-alaska-mask-mandate-covid.html

“24 friends took a Mississippi River cruise out of New Orleans. 11 got COVID. – Outbreak on American Queen shows limits of COVID protocols on cruise ships, health experts say” https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_83d07a24-2b9e-11ec-b699-97307056c479.html

Several Republican Alaska lawmakers push for easier access to ivermectin to ward off COVID https://www.adn.com/politics/alaska-legislature/2021/10/12/several-republican-alaska-lawmakers-push-for-easier-access-to-ivermectin-to-ward-off-covid/

Republican state senator, banned from Alaska Airlines after mask refusal, tests positive for COVID-19 https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/tsa/576756-republican-state-senator-banned-from-alaska-airlines-after-mask

Arizona Cardinals receive three positive COVID-19 tests this week, source says https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32400766/arizona-cardinals-receive-three-positive-covid-19-tests-week-source-says

Six out of seven coronavirus cases in Africa are going undetected, the W.H.O. says. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/world/covid-africa-who.html

 

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