Coronavirus Live Blog 12.9.2020

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US FDA releases covid vaccine documentation:

the “Event Materials” at the end of this webpage has the 92 page Pfizer PDF and the 53 page “FDA Briefing Document” PDF: “Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee December 10, 2020 Meeting Announcement”


53 page PDF: “Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting

FDA scientists endorse ‘highly effective’ Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine ahead of key panel

UK vaccinates first person from general population.

Why the CDC changed its Covid-19 quarantine guidelines – The CDC now says people can quarantine for less than two weeks — but would prefer people stick to the full 14 days.

US buys 650,000 more doses of Lilly’s monoclonal antibody for Covid-19

United Health will enroll half a million medicare insured people for a preventative monoclonal antibody study.

CVS Health partnering with government to administer coronavirus antibody therapy

Antibody treatment given to covid positive nursing home residents in SD nursing home

AI has cracked a problem that stumped biologists for 50 years. It’s a huge deal. – A breakthrough on the “protein folding problem” can help us understand disease and discover new drugs.

A Madison East High School student died after a brief COVID-related illness; it’s Wisconsin’s first known teen death related to virus

Osaka issues “red” covid warning, tells people to stay home

Seoul to strengthen Covid-19 restrictions as city faces “desperate crisis

South Korea mulls tighter curbs as cases soar to nine-month high South Korea reported 629 new Covid-19 infections on Friday, the highest since early March

South Korea and Japan call in the military to fight the coronavirus

Thailand contact traces 700 people after infected nationals entered the country illegally

Hong Kong reports more than 100 cases for the third time in ongoing “fourth wave

Hong Kong to impose dining curfew, close gyms and salons as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

China gave COVID-19 vaccine candidate to North Korea’s Kim–U.S. analyst

China’s Chengdu reports first local Covid-19 infections in nine months

India’s authorization for Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine could be approved within weeks

England scraps coronavirus quarantine for ‘high value’ business travelers – The current rules require travelers to self-isolate for 14 days on return from a country that is not on the ‘safe’ list.

One chart shows how bad Germany’s second wave of the coronavirus is

Coronavirus infections per 100,000 reach record high in Germany

“Novavax, swamped with FDA’s manufacturing ‘questions,’ hopes for US coronavirus shot trial within the year

Post-pandemic: When will life return to normal?

Want to Know More About mRNA Before Your COVID Jab? — A primer on the history, scope, and safety of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics

Detailed data on AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine show it has moderate efficacy

US: On the ground, the pledge to vaccinate 20 million against Covid-19 in December seems unrealistic

“Demand for COVID Vaccines Expected to Get Heated — And Fast

Pfizer tells U.S. officials it cannot supply substantial additional vaccine until late June or July

Here’s Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask The new vaccines will probably prevent you from getting sick with Covid. No one knows yet whether they will keep you from spreading the virus to others — but that information is coming.

Pfizer’s Vaccine Offers Strong Protection After First Dose

The Trump administration is requiring states to submit personal data — including names, birth dates and addresses — of Covid-19 vaccine recipients.

How quickly can the US distribute a Covid-19 vaccine? Here are the four biggest logistical challenges. – The US needs everything from freezers to specialty glass to distribute a vaccine.

Larger hospitals in WI being used as distribution centers for covid vaccines

Physician and Double COVID Survivor Has an Urgent Request — I’m fighting for you. Now you need to fight for me.

A nurse and her entire family contracted covid-19 under one roof. It started with a ‘selfless’ car ride.

How Many Might Die Even With a COVID Vaccine? — Some grim back-of-the-envelope math

Pastor dies of COVID-19 weeks after Fontana megachurch reopened for indoor services

The Sacramento sheriff refused to enforce covid health measures. He’s now tested positive for the virus.

He didn’t take covid-19 seriously. Being hospitalized ‘made a believer’ out of him.

CDC recommends postponing holiday travel as Covid surges – The agency released similar guidance against travel over Thanksgiving, but officials said travel volume remained high.

Couple who tested positive for Covid are arrested after boarding flight “They knowingly boarded a flight aware of their positive COVID-19 test results, placing the passengers of the flight in danger of death,” a Kauai police spokeswoman said.

Smartphone data: Many Americans ignored Thanksgiving travel warnings from the CDC

Thinking about escaping to Mexico for the winter? Think again, CDC says.

NBA says 48 positive for COVID-19 in initial reentry testing

US federal meat inspectors describe unsafe work conditions, lack of testing.

Field of Broken Dreams’: London’s Growing Taxi Graveyards Confronted with deserted streets during the pandemic, drivers are turning in their rented black cabs by the hundreds.

Reinventing Workers for the Post-Covid Economy Especially in service industries, old jobs may not be coming back. Training programs are aiming to provide skills for more resilient occupations.

Tokyo 2020 budget balloons to $15.3 billion on cost of Covid

Minneapolis hotel uses empty hotel rooms as private dining rooms to keep restaurant going.

Obama says he’ll get a Covid-19 vaccine when he can — and may do it on TV to prove it’s safe

Obama: I will take Covid vaccine if Fauci says it’s safe – The former president, trying to allay fears among people of color, said he had full faith in the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

Ex-Presidents fill leadership vacuum as Trump ignores worsening pandemic

“November Employment Report: 245 Thousand Jobs Added, 6.7% Unemployment Rate
*lots of charts and info in the link.

Another 712,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

White House moves forward with holiday parties during pandemic

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