Coronavirus Live Blog 12.30.2020

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

Novavax begins phase 3 trial in US

Panama announces deals with 4 Covid-19 vaccine makers to begin rollout in next 90 days

Hundreds of thousands of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses to be made available in the UK from Jan. 4

UK to follow ‘one-dose start-up’ immunization strategy with Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine 

Indonesia secures vaccine deals with AstraZeneca and Novavax


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

US lags behind some other countries in Covid-19 vaccinations

2 million administered vaccine doses reported by CDC “probably an underestimate,” top US health official says

Long lines, crashing websites, conflicting information confound COVID-19 vaccine rollout to Florida seniors

“As Hospitals Roll Out COVID-19 Vaccines, Health Care Workers Describe Chaos And Anger

Hospital custodial workers among first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus: German care home workers accidentally given vaccine overdose

Singapore will begin Covid-19 vaccinations from Dec. 30

Chile announces first doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will arrive this week

The first wave of Moderna vaccines will go to more sites than the Pfizer vaccine

Side Effects & New Vaccine Research: 

US could start vaccine trials in children in January

Chinese drug maker says its Covid-19 vaccine is more than 79% effective

NIH seeking individuals for study on severe allergic reactions to Pfizer vaccine

CDC confirms COVID-19 vaccine allergic reactions, issues new guidance – People with a history of allergies can still get vaccinated

Once You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine, Can You Still Infect Others?

Experts, Advocates Address COVID Vaccine Hesitancy — Reported 35% of healthcare workers reluctant to receive COVID vaccine

Oxford vaccine 70% effective after first dose, longer follow up vaccination time appears to improve total effectiveness

A side-by-side comparison of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines

In California, wealthy patients are offering top dollar to cut the line for a Covid-19 vaccine

FDA investigating allergic reactions to Pfizer vaccine reported in multiple states

Health officials, social media scramble to fight vaccine misinformation

Social media companies are already losing the vaccine misinformation fight – Posts that discourage and make fun of Covid-19 vaccination are racking up engagement.

New Covid Variants:

UAE says limited number of cases with new coronavirus variant detected in country

South Korea detects Covid-19 variant from UK travelers

Taiwan will tighten border restrictions in New Year after confirming first case of UK Covid-19 variant

“Colorado officials identify first known US case of COVID-19 variant seen in UK – Variant found in man in his 20s who is in isolation in Elbert County, first in US identified

Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Thailand reports surge in coronavirus cases

Japan: 7 prefectures on highest alert for hospital beds

Indonesia to ban entry to foreign nationals from January 1

London Ambulance Service is receiving as many emergency calls as it did in pandemic’s first wave

Beijing cancels New Year’s Eve festivities amid Covid-19 cases

Texas infectious disease experts say metro areas could see similar COVID surges as L.A.

Appeals court allows L.A. County dining ban to remain in place until at least February

California extends stay-at-home order for two regions of the state as ICU capacity remains tight


Officials shut down illegal club in NYC with 160 people inside amid COVID-19 pandemic – It violated health and fire codes and had no liquor license.

Early signs Americans are ignoring health officials’ pleas to cancel holiday travel

Apple closes all California stores as COVID cases rise

Oxygen supply issues forced five Los Angeles-area hospitals to declare an ‘internal disaster’

4-year-old New York boy whose ‘smile and spunk lit up the room’ dies of COVID-19

IL: 18-year-old Tinley Park woman with no prior health conditions dies of COVID-19

Family blames haircut after couple dies from COVID-19 just 10 days apart

Louisiana congressman-elect dies of Covid – Luke Letlow was to have been sworn in Sunday.

MN: State senator dies from COVID-19 complications – He became infected at a Republicans Caucus meeting.

GOP official on testing positive for COVID-19 after White House party: ‘I didn’t listen to the warnings

“GOP congressman says he’s more worried about COVID-19 vaccine than disease itself

Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows attempted to hide his COVID-19 diagnosis and the White House outbreak

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