SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 12.21.2020
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‘We want them infected’: Trump appointee demanded ‘herd immunity’ strategy, emails reveal – Then-HHS science adviser Paul Alexander called for millions of Americans to be infected as means of fighting Covid-19.
“Trump official pushed for herd immunity, calling for low-risk Americans to be infected, emails show”
Vaccines In Review Or Approved:
European Commission authorizes Pfizer vaccine
FDA scientists endorse Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, as documents provide new hints on efficacy
FDA report for meeting Thursday, 54 page PDF: “Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting – December 17, 2020 – FDA Briefing Document – Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine”
CA, WA, OR, NV: “Safety of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine confirmed by western states’ medical experts”
Moderna vaccine being distributed in the US.
Adults over 75, frontline essential workers should be in second Covid-19 vaccine priority group, says CDC advisory panel
Qatar approves Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine emergency use – QNA news agency
China’s Fosun Pharma to buy 100 million BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines
Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:
“Find out how many people may get a COVID-19 vaccine before you – Many states are prioritizing groups like frontline workers and people in nursing homes for COVID-19 vaccination. See where you are in line.”
U.S. slashed vaccine numbers for several states due to confusion over FDA requirement
COVID Vaccine Delivery Proceeding Smoothly, Officials Say — But a few trays were returned because they got too cold
How scarce will coronavirus vaccines be in the US? – It depends on where you live.
Covid vaccine: More than 130,000 vaccinated in UK in first week
Indonesia’s president says the Covid-19 vaccine will be free
Saudi Arabia receives its first shipment of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
It’s been seven days since the UK started its vaccine program. Here’s how it’s going so far.
Only half of the UK may be able to get vaccinated in 2021
Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:
What is the new Covid strain – and will vaccines work against it? – Testing of the new variant will take weeks, but scientists don’t expect it to cause more severe disease or be resistant to the vaccine
“Alaska healthcare worker suffers allergic reaction to Covid-19 vaccine”
Lockdowns & Restrictions:
The U.K. has identified a new Covid-19 strain that spreads more quickly. Here’s what they know
Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
Dec 31 2020 No-Deal Crashout: “Brexit Event Horizon and Covid Mutation Deliver Lumps of Coal to UK for Christmas”
Italy has patient with new strain of virus found in Britain
New strain of COVID-19 is driving South Africa’s resurgence
South African variant of coronavirus is different from UK variant, WHO says
The United Kingdom has again broken its daily coronavirus case record, having recorded 35,928 new cases on Sunday, according to the UK government coronavirus dashboard.
London returns to strict lockdown, following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases
U.K. nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus
NYC mayor wants a temporary ban on travelers from Europe
Entire Bay Area region placed under stay-at-home order after ICU capacity falls below 15%
“COVID-19 spreading with astonishing speed – 100,000 new cases in L.A. County in little more than a week”
L.A. County document outlines healthcare resource rationing if COVID-19 hospitalizations worsen
‘We’re getting crushed’: L.A. County hospitals won’t have room for other emergency patients if COVID-19 surge continues, doctor says
Deaths rising so fast California must order more body bags
Distressing video shows California hospital overwhelmed by COVID patients
Unprecedented coronavirus outbreaks at L.A. County supermarkets further strains the essential service
LAUSD: 1 in 10 asymptomatic children tested positive for the coronavirus
Canada’s Ontario to go on province-wide shutdown Dec. 26
Doctors in Northern Ireland treat patients from parked ambulances as hospitals pass full capacity
Japan reports highest number of ICU patients since start of the pandemic
Dr. Fauci says he vaccinated Santa.
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2 new strains? “What we know about the new strain of coronavirus in the U.K.”
US has surplus of monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid-19, Azar says
WHO warns “high risk of further resurgence” of Covid-19 across Europe in early 2021
Singapore says almost half of all migrant workers living in dorms were infected with Covid-19
Fast walking in narrow corridors can increase COVID-19 transmission risk
“The many strange long-term symptoms of Covid-19, explained – Long Covid “is a phenomenon that is really quite real and quite extensive,” Anthony Fauci said earlier this month.”
New At-Home Covid Test Gets Green Light From F.D.A. Unlike similar at-home tests, Ellume’s does not require a prescription.
AI: This COVID machine-learning tool helps swamped hospitals pick the right treatment – A Barcelona hospital’s artificial-intelligence tool analyzes trillions of pieces of data to predict likely patient outcomes.
A wild mink in Utah has Covid-19. Veterinarians fear this is just the beginning. – Which animals can catch Covid-19, which can’t — and why it matters.
“COVID data tracking: Best dashboards and other tools parsing cases, hospitalizations, and more – These live dashboards pull data from sources like the World Health Organization to show all confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, along with recoveries and deaths.”
Pandemic backlash jeopardizes public health powers, leaders
‘Like a Hand Grasping’: Trump Appointees Describe the Crushing of the C.D.C. Kyle McGowan, a former chief of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and his deputy, Amanda Campbell, go public on the Trump administration’s manipulation of the agency.
Pence, other Trump officials to get vaccine publicly
“A top scientist questioned virus lockdowns on Fox News. The backlash was fierce.”
Pompeo in quarantine after coronavirus exposure – The announcement provided little information about how exactly Pompeo may have been exposed to Covid-19.
Hundreds of invitees skip Pompeo’s indoor holiday party at State Department
Member of Biden’s transition press corps tests positive for coronavirus – Medical advisers on the president-elect’s team are conducting contact tracing and evaluating potential close contacts.
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