Coronavirus Live Blog 1.24.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

Johnson & Johnson Could Have 100 Million COVID-19 Vaccines By April, Board Member McClellan Says

Germany expects AstraZeneca to deliver 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in February

US: FDA gives approval for syringes to extract an extra dose from vials of the Covid-19 vaccine

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will speak by telephone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss Mexico’s acquisition of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, the government said on Sunday.​

Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

AstraZeneca to cut COVID-19 vaccine delivery to EU by 60%

Pfizer to count extra dose in vaccine vials against their contracts with US government for total doses.

U.S. CDC says 41.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed, 20.5 million administered

The US can vaccinate up to 85% of adults and begin a

Why can’t I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Arizona now? Answers to your questions

US: Walgreens administers 1 million COVID-19 vaccines – At this time, the pharmacy chain is not offering the vaccine on a walk-in basis

US retailers step up to help with various aspects of vaccine rollout.

Exclusive: Walmart expands vaccinations in boost to U.S. COVID-19 program

India said it will administer homegrown coronavirus vaccine COVAXIN in seven more states from Monday as it seeks to inoculate 30 million healthcare workers across the country.​

Italy will take legal action against Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca over delays in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to secure agreed supplies rather than seek damages, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday.​

Egypt began vaccinating frontline medical staff against COVID-19 on Sunday using the jab developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).​


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research: 

CDC reports rare allergic reactions to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

CDC Link: “Allergic Reactions Including Anaphylaxis After Receipt of the First Dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, December 21, 2020–January 10, 2021

“Anaphylaxis Cases With Moderna COVID-19 Vax Follow Similar Pattern — Nearly all with prior allergies or allergic reactions, but not to vaccines

Fauci said second COVID-19 vaccine shot knocked him out for 24 hours

What the Post-Insurrection Congressional Outbreak Tells Us About COVID-19 Vaccination

With painstaking effort, Black doctors’ group takes aim at  Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy

In ‘exceptional situations,’ the C.D.C. says patients can be switched to another vaccine for the second dose, despite a lack of data.


New Covid Variants:

Denmark is sequencing all coronavirus samples and has an alarming view of the U.K. variant

‘Some evidence’ British coronavirus variant causes more deaths – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said evidence suggests vaccines still work against the new variant.

Airborne-particle experts explain how to stay safe from new highly contagious coronavirus strain

German hospital under quarantine over more infections coronavirus variant 

Dr. tells people they should wear KN95 type masks or “double mask” due to new more contagious variants. This article lists where to find N95 or KN95 masks and what ones have emergency FDA approval.

Giving the public N95 masks could get the pandemic under control in 4 weeks.

Local COVID-19 Strain Found in Over One-Third of Los Angeles Patients

New Brazil coronavirus variant found in nearly half of Amazon city cases

The first case of a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Serbia in a woman who arrived from London, but no new lockdown is planned, President Aleksandar Vucic was quoted on Sunday as saying.​


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

A year after Wuhan lockdown, China sees small rise in COVID-19 cases

Facing a crush of COVID-19 patients, ICUs are completely full in at least 50 Texas hospitals – Across Texas, hospital intensive care units are being battered as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in a post-holiday surge. Dozens of facilities have reported that their ICUs have been at or above 100% capacity for weeks, leaving staff overworked and stretched thin.

After nearly 700 dockworkers at L.A. County’s ports contract coronavirus, officials plead for vaccines

In Zimbabwe, Coronavirus Sick Told to Buy Their Own Ventilators

Tourism push linked to surge in Japan’s COVID-19 infections: study

Hong Kong locks down thousands for compulsory COVID-19 testing

Norway’s capital tightens lockdown to combat more contagious virus variant

Dutch rioters set fire to coronavirus testing center – The country has a curfew in place from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Denmark has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days after suspicion arose that the coronavirus tests that can be obtained before leaving Dubai are not reliable

Coronavirus: UK R number ‘between 0.8 and 1

Russia reported 21,127 new coronavirus cases in the preceding 24 hours on Sunday, including 3,069 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 3,719,400.​

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday the country was still a long way from being able to relax a national lockdown despite evidence that the restrictions were bringing down the rate of COVID-19 infections.​

Taiwan will more than double the number of people who have to quarantine at home to more than 5,000 as it seeks to contain a rare domestic cluster of COVID-19 connected to a hospital, the health minister said on Sunday.​

New Zealand health officials said on Sunday they were investigating what they said was probably the country’s first community coronavirus case, in months in a woman who recently returned from overseas.​

China reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, mostly in the northeast where some residents complained they were short of food amid an ongoing local lockdowns, down from Friday’s 107.​

Israel will ban passenger flights in and out of the country from Monday evening for a week, the government announced on Sunday, as protesters in some ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities clashed with police over coronavirus lockdown measures.​

Airbus said on Sunday about 500 of its staff had gone into quarantine after 21 workers at its aircraft factory in Hamburg tested positive for the new coronavirus.​

France saw the biggest jump in hospital admissions for COVID-19 since mid-November, with the number of people in hospital with the virus up by 493 to 26,393, health ministry data showed on Sunday.​

Other Covid News:

Neurological infection with SARS-CoV-2 — the story so far

“The day we let Covid-19 spin out of control

After A Year Battling COVID-19, Drug Treatments Get A Mixed Report Card

A gout drug shows promise for Covid-19, but skeptics worry about trusting science by press release

Cruise line says only vaccinated passengers can sail

“I saw the president presenting graphs that I never made. So I know that someone … was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president. I don’t know to this day who.” — Dr. Birx

White House issues executive order allowing people to quit jobs if unsafe covid conditions exist and still collect unemployment.

Biden Tells OSHA to Issue New Covid-19 Guidance to Employers

AOC says FEMA is preparing to cover $2 billion in COVID-19 funeral costs across the US: ‘We finally got it done

Biden under pressure to deliver more COVID-19 shots

What Biden can do to fix America’s Covid-19 vaccine mess – The vaccine rollout hasn’t gone as smoothly as hoped. Here’s how to fix it.

Biden says his mask mandate is common sense. Republicans say ‘kiss my ass.’ – The president’s first executive order already has opponents. Is it a harbinger of things to come?

Anti-Virus: The Covid-19 FAQ

‘Packed us together like sardines’: Guard deployed to Capitol struggles to contain Covid – Hundreds of Guard members who poured into Washington after the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol have tested positive for Covid-19 or are quarantining in nearby hotels.


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