Coronavirus Live Blog 12.15.2020

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WHO’s coronavirus detectives look to Wuhan market as undisclosed map surfaces

Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

2 more vaccine developers could seek FDA’s green light by February – This would mean the U.S. would have four Covid-19 vaccines available — including the first vaccine to only require one shot. (Johnson & Johnson and Oxford Astra Zeneca)

Moderna Vaccine Is Highly Protective and Prevents Severe Covid-19, Data Show The positive review likely ensures that the F.D.A. will grant emergency authorization for a second coronavirus vaccine this week for millions of Americans.

US: Moderna FDA review is Thursday Dec 17

Germany’s CureVac enrols first participants in vaccine study

Pressure mounts on EU regulator to approve coronavirus vaccine — and fast – European regulators hope that taking more time will convince the skeptics to get vaccinated.

Hong Kong picks Sinovac, Pfizer and Oxford as the 3 vaccines it will distribute

Singapore approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine with first shipments expected by end of year

China prepares large-scale rollout of COVID-19 vaccines

Germany to get 11 million vaccine doses by March (Pfizer)

US government negotiating order of additional 100 million vaccine doses, Pfizer CEO says

Coronavirus: ‘transparency’ of China vaccine questioned by Brazil’s drug agency

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

‘Relieved’: US health workers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

US: “Here’s when the Covid vaccine could be available at your neighborhood drugstore, grocery store” (March-April)

These containers used to ship fresh tuna. Now they’ll deliver Covid-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines head to California; Western states’ medical experts confirm safety

UAE rolls out China’s Sinopharm vaccine for residents, free of charge


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

UK now say 3 people showed reaction to vaccine: “Confirmation of guidance to vaccination centres on managing allergic reactions following COVID-19 vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

US: CDC says people with history of severe allergic reactions can get Covid-19 vaccine

US: “CDC will monitor for Bell’s palsy among Pfizer vaccine recipients, but sees no causal relationship

Ingredients in the Pfizer vaccine

US: Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women May Opt to Receive the Vaccine

Rural doctors face vaccine distrust and conspiracies. They have a plan. – Doctors in rural areas say being the first to get vaccine shots will not only keep their patients safe, but it will also help combat distrust in their communities.


New Lockdowns & Restrictions:

The Netherlands to go into 5-week lockdown – Schools and shops to close and Dutch can invite three guests during Christmas celebrations.

Germany to go into national lockdown over Christmas to stem rise of Covid-19 cases

CA: Did we really need to shut down outdoor dining in the Bay Area? Scientists weigh in.

New York City may face possible full pause as coronavirus cases rise, mayor says

London Mayor presses for tighter Covid restrictions and school closures as cases spike

L.A. County shatters COVID-19 hospitalizations record with more than 4,000 people hospitalized

More News:

Arizona reports 11,795 new coronavirus cases, 1 more death

Modeler says unchecked COVID will create ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Arizona

No ICU beds left in Mississippi as COVID-19 case levels continue to hit record highs

“In central California, all ICU beds filled amid COVID surge

Sweden faces a ‘terrible’ reality as health-care workers quit

Australian study shows working in pyjamas does not hurt productivity – But it could be bad for mental health.

Your home is a hotspot for Covid-19, studies say

Without Clear Pandemic Rules, People Take On More Risks As Fear And Vigilance Wane

St. Nicholas visit to Belgian care home hit by virus outbreak was “error in judgement,” say authorities

Special Report on the deadliest nursing home outbreak in MN DESPERATE AT ‘DEATH RIDGE’

With L.A. courts paralyzed by COVID-19, public defenders say caseloads are ‘unconscionable

MI: State reviewing possible COVID-19 reinfections after 115 prisoners test positive twice

When COVID came to town: Rural Maine reckons with a deadly visitor – Throughout the summer and early fall, the lakeside town of Naples didn’t see many cases of COVID-19. Things changed rapidly in November and what’s happening there now is a microcosm of how the pandemic has evolved to its current state.

Fears of a ‘Twindemic’ Recede as Flu Lies Low Despite early worries, flu patients are not competing with Covid-19 patients for ventilators, and the threat of dueling outbreaks may be waning.

Early data suggest wearables can catch some cases of Covid-19 before symptoms emerge

Covid Study Shows an Arthritis Drug May Help Patients Recover

Mounting clues suggest the coronavirus might trigger diabetes Evidence from tissue studies and some people with COVID-19 shows that the virus damages insulin-producing cells.

UK identifies ‘new variant’ of coronavirus – Health Secretary Matt Hancock says London will move into England’s highest level of restrictions.

The coronavirus at 1: A year into the pandemic, what scientists know about how it spreads, infects, and sickens

Eswatini Prime Minister becomes first head of government to die after Covid-19 diagnosis

White House staffers to receive Covid-19 vaccine ahead of general public

Trump says White House staffers shouldn’t be among first to get coronavirus vaccine

White House security official lost foot and part of leg battling COVID-19

A Republican Coronavirus Denier’s Story Told In 2 Acts

MN GOP to hold their annual convention in Deadwood SD so they don’t have to abide any covid restrictions

3rd SD lawmaker has covid after budget address

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