Coronavirus Live Blog 1.31.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

Johnson & Johnson brings another effective Covid-19 vaccine to the arsenal — in a single dose – The level of protection, though, varied in different regions: 72 percent in the US, 66 percent in Latin America, and 57 percent in South Africa.

J&J press release: “Johnson & Johnson Announces Single-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Met Primary Endpoints in Interim Analysis of its Phase 3 ENSEMBLE Trial”

Moderna Developing Vaccine Booster Shot Against Virus Strain First Identified in South Africa The company says its Covid-19 vaccine appears to protect against emerging variants of the coronavirus in lab tests 

Merck is discontinuing development of its two experimental Covid-19 vaccines after early clinical trials gave an inferior immune response.

EU approves Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine but fails to erase doubts – German scientists stood by their call that there isn’t enough data to know whether use the vaccine in people over 65.

Macron: AstraZeneca vaccine seems ‘quasi-ineffective’ on older people – French president’s remarks came shortly before EU regulator approved jab for all adults.

Additional Covid-19 vaccines bring choices — and complications — to the rollout

Novavax expects to produce 150 million vaccine doses per month as early as May: CEO

Novartis pitches in to help produce Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

France’s Sanofi to help rival Pfizer-BioNTech make vaccines

AstraZeneca’s surprise COVID-19 vaccine shortfall prompts Europe to press for answers


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Sri Lanka begins covid vaccine program

US: The Pentagon and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are negotiating the final terms of an agreement that could see the military provide around 450,000 Covid-19 vaccinations a day. – The figure is included in a draft agreement between the two agencies viewed by CNN that also calls for the deployment of 10,000 troops at 100 vaccination centers across the United States that would run through at least February 26 as a start.”

Biden Announces Increase in COVID-19 Vax Distribution — Doses delivered will go from 8.6 million weekly to 10 million weekly, president says

Nearly 100K Vaccine Doses Unused in Santa Clara County, Smaller Providers Struggling – Larger healthcare organizations are getting vaccine doses out at faster rates in Santa Clara County, new data shows, while smaller providers serving minority populations are struggling to do the same. NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit finds out why.

Hundreds rush to get COVID-19 vaccine in Seattle overnight after freezer failure – A total of 1,650 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at risk of expiring Thursday night were quickly administered to more than a thousand people at UW and Swedish clinics.

‘Just utter chaos’: A Twitter thread offers a window into the frustrating search for Covid-19 shots

Dodger Stadium mass COVID-19 vaccination site temporarily shuts down after antivaxx conspiracy theory protesters block entrance

What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? The CDC ordered software that was meant to manage the vaccine rollout. Instead, it has been plagued by problems and abandoned by most states.

‘Our top headache’: How data collection is posing new challenges in the Covid-19 vaccination effort

Analysis: “Russian roulette” in Europe as needle shortages hamper COVID-19 shots

“EXPLAINER: Why it’s hard to make vaccines and boost supplies

German minister sees COVID-19 vaccine shortage well into April 

Philly Fighting COVID CEO admits taking vaccine doses home despite patient demand

How Is The COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Going In Your State?

Immigrant doctors & nurses in the UK being denied a covid vaccine because they don’t have an NHS number.

With 90% of the American population living within 10 miles of a Walmart, the retailer is preparing to play an important part in vaccine administration. Walmart is ready.


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research: 

New clinical trials raise fears the coronavirus is learning how to resist vaccines

Vaccinated congressman tests positive for virus

Pain relief medications like Tylenol and Advil are ‘perfectly fine’ – but only after COVID-19 vaccine, experts say

‘Immunity bubbles’? What you shouldn’t do after getting the COVID vaccine


New Covid Variants:

4 reasons we’re seeing these worrying coronavirus variants now – Covid-19 is evolving. Why now?

South Carolina identifies the first U.S. cases of coronavirus variant first seen in South Africa

Maryland becomes 2nd state to report coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa

COVID-19 variants found in UK, Brazil now detected in Bay Area

Brazil researchers find people infected with two different coronavirus strains

The Most Worrying Mutations in Five Emerging Coronavirus Variants – Here is a guide to novel versions of the COVID-causing virus—and genetic changes that can make them more contagious and evasive in the body

Covid-19: Cough, fatigue, sore throat ‘more common’ with new variant

CDC doesn’t know if new Covid-19 variants are causing rare complication in children

Having pandemic panic attacks about virus variants? National preparation is the cure

New coronavirus variants call for intensified surveillance, control, and vaccination efforts


New Scientific Studies:

One in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days – study
* this finding showed the problem was across all age groups and across all levels of severity of covid including mild cases. 

Schizophrenia is 2nd highest risk factor for dying of COVID-19, after age

Officials Investigate Physician’s Death After COVID Vaccination — Onset of rare blood disorder should not be interpreted as causal, experts say

“More than 50 Long-term effects of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Signs of “Covid tongue” include inflammation of the small bumps on the tongue’s surface, a swollen and inflamed tongue, or indentations on the side.

‘COVID tongue,’ burning hands and feet may be signs you have coronavirus, researchers find

Study: 80% of Bay Area residents to get COVID-19 vaccine; may be ‘a good number’ for herd immunity

Line cooks are at the highest risk of dying from COVID, says UCSF study

Coronavirus: Cambodian scientists find close match for pathogen in samples collected in 2010


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

With world’s highest COVID-19 rate, Portugal has just seven free ICU beds – Government airlifts patients to Madeira as funeral homes also run out of space.

German military to send medical staff and equipment to Portugal

Germany halts travel from UK, Portugal and Ireland – There are exemptions for German residents, transit travel and freight transport.

More than FIFTY Orthodox Jewish weddings with up to 300 guests have been illegally held in London during third lockdown, investigation claims

Parties and schools fuel outbreak in Maine

New coronavirus variants are fueling a ‘second wave’ in Africa, WHO warns

The Pandejo Movement Destroyed California’s Pandemic Progress – A cautionary tale about what happens when municipalities lift restrictions too soon

Mexico’s death toll becomes the world’s third highest, surpassing India’s.


Other Covid News:

WHO team in Wuhan to begin long-delayed coronavirus investigation after clearing quarantine

“You can now buy a COVID-19 test at vending machines in the Oakland airport

ND may be close to herd immunity with an estimated 60% infection rate

Denied treatment, some Covid long-haulers could become lifelong-haulers

Here’s why experts are losing faith in cloth masks – Germany, France and Austria now insist that people wear surgical masks or N95s in public.

Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody picks up $871M in Q4—and carries blockbuster hopes for 2021

White House to release state coronavirus reports previously kept out of public view in Trump administration

US OHSA issues covid workplace safety rules

Trump White House donated 8,700 ventilators to other nations. Officials now don’t know where many of them are, watchdog finds.

Oklahoma state officials are trying to return the state’s $2 million stockpile of hydroxychloroquine

Doctor accused of killing Covid patients to free up beds, as his hospital was overwhelmed in Italy





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