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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:
Taiwan grants emergency authorisation for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Johnson & Johnson says it can provide 20M vaccine doses by late March
Argentina approves Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
New Zealand begins COVID-19 vaccinations programme, Australia starts Monday
Hong Kong to begin vaccinations with China’s Sinovac shot next week
Saudi Arabia approves AstraZeneca vaccine
WHO will launch a new declaration on vaccine equity
El Salvador to start vaccinating citizens
South Africa begins Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccinations
Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:
Lebanon starts Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Everyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccine will be able to get one by the end of summer, CDC director says
South Korea coronavirus: PM aims for ‘herd immunity by autumn’
Palestinian COVID vaccine plan faces large funding gap, World Bank says
Santa Clara County to expand vaccination eligibility to more essential workers
Marijuana workers get priority for COVID-19 vaccine before teachers in California’s rollout
Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations with eye on Olympics
BioNTech to supply additional 200 million vaccine doses to the EU
FEMA vaccination sites will have their own supply, acting director says
Astra Zeneca has two countries producing their own version of the vaccine
Mexico gets AstraZeneca doses from India, expects more Pfizer, as it prepares for next phase
Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:
UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations
“Strong and compelling” evidence vaccines are reducing deaths in Scotland, first minister says
Fauci Unmoved by One-Dose COVID Vax Studies — NIAID director said he is sticking to the science about two doses
In lab experiment, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine less potent against coronavirus variant
Serious adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines are rare, CDC study says
Pfizer says deep-freeze storage unnecessary as Israeli study shows vaccine 85% effective after 1st shot
One in 1,000 of Those Fully Vaccinated Contracts COVID-19, Israeli Data Suggests – Only 608 of 620,000 Israelis who received their second dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine were infected with COVID-19
Vaccine effectiveness hits 95%, HMO says — same level Pfizer achieved in trials – It was previously unclear whether trial rates were attainable in real-world conditions; after fully vaccinating 602,000, Maccabi Health Services says only 608 infected, zero dead
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines prove 92 percent effective with just 1st dose
Fauci: Vaccine for COVID-19 variant ‘likely will take several months‘
Pfizer study deals new blow to South Africa’s vaccine hopes
Vaccine makers looking into booster doses for better protection against variants, White House adviser says
Up to 90 healthy volunteers to be exposed to Covid-19 in world first trial
Nursing Home Covid Rates Drop Following Vaccinations
New Covid Variants:
B.1.1.7 = aka: UK variant
CAL20.C = aka: California variant
L452R = aka: California & other US states
P.1 = aka: Brazil variant
N501Y = aka: South Africa variant
B.1.351 = aka: South Africa variant
7 new covid variants emerged in the US in late 2020
How Deadly Is the U.K. Variant? — Updated analyses support worse clinical outcomes
To get ahead of variants, Covid-19 drug makers use evolutionary biology as a guide
Exclusive: Two variants have merged into heavily mutated coronavirus – The UK and California variants of coronavirus appear to have combined into a heavily mutated hybrid, sparking concern that we may be entering a new phase of the covid-19 pandemic
British Covid-19 variant is worrying and doubling every week, German health minister says
Spread of S. African variant in eastern France triggers calls to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine rollout to health workers
Q&A: How the U.S. can respond to coronavirus variants, and prepare for future evolution
New Scientific Studies:
“Dark skin decreases the accuracy of pulse oximeters at low oxygen saturation: the effects of oximeter probe type and gender”
Study Puts Numbers to ‘Long COVID’ Duration, Prevalence — High frequency of debility lasting for months
New standards will take the guesswork out of choosing the most effective face masks
“Potential for New Coronaviruses May Be Greater Than Known”
Researchers Investigate What COVID-19 Does to the Heart
Covid-Linked Syndrome in Children Is Growing and Cases Are More Severe The condition, which usually emerges several weeks after infection, is still rare, but can be dangerous. “A higher percentage of them are really critically ill,” one doctor said.
Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:
New Zealand announces three-day lockdown for Auckland after family tests positive
Saudi Arabia extends Covid restrictions for 20 days
Iraq announces restrictions to contain Covid-19 spread
Czech government comes up with workaround to extend lockdown
California sees lowest Covid-19 hospitalization numbers since start of December
Worrying Signs Have LA Health Officials Fearing Spring Surge – With LA Still not recovered fr0m the winter’s devastating coronavirus outbreak, health officials are seeing signs of willful carelessness.
US: New CDC school opening guidelines fail to ‘follow the science’
Germany urges ‘caution’ as COVID infections climb again
Germany will likely extend border checks if Covid-19 outbreaks involving variants are not contained
Slow government support pushes German retailers to the edge – Many small shops in Berlin fear for their existence after Germany’s COVID lockdown was extended once again. For many, government help has been slow in coming, making a bad situation even worse.
Erdogan says Turkey to start gradual COVID-19 normalisation in March
Belgium has recorded more than 184,000 breaches of pandemic rules
Northern Ireland extends lockdown until April 1
Other Covid News:
Rate of new coronavirus cases declining around the world, WHO says
Covid in US has left 4 million family members grieving, study finds
US reports more than 82,000 new cases on Saturday
Will there be a 4th wave of COVID-19 before we get enough people vaccinated?
Iran reports more than 7,300 new Covid-19 cases
It is “absolutely” too early to be getting rid of mask mandates, CDC director says
“Mask breaching” is among the reasons behind Covid-19 transmission in schools, CDC director says
A Kansas grandfather got Covid-19 in July. He’s still in the hospital 7 months later
Fauci Expects Americans Could Still Need to Wear Masks in 2022
Los Angeles: “The brutal COVID-19 surge that killed so many is now helping to create herd immunity”
Positive Coronavirus Test? Canadians Worry Their Neighbors Will Find Out The fear of public shaming is becoming so prevalent in some Canadian provinces that doctors worry it is driving virus cases underground.
Africa’s data gap: Measuring the cost of not counting the dead
Facebook political ad ban blocks pro-vaccine messages – That’s led some public health experts to question if Facebook can be a viable forum for information on the pandemic.
Covid outbreak in Los Angeles: “New video shows massive scope of California box-ship traffic jam – Pileup of container ships anchored off California remains as painful as ever”
White House working with Facebook and Twitter to tackle anti-vaxxers
Eroding trust, spreading fear: The historical ties between pandemics and extremism
How Covid-19 could make Americans healthier – A once-in-a-century pandemic provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to improve public health.
AP version: “US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII”
Priest dies from COVID after San Francisco Catholic church closes due to outbreak
Vatican employees who refuse Covid-19 vaccine may risk losing their jobs
New York City waitress fired after not getting the Covid-19 vaccine – Bonnie Jacobson, of Brooklyn, said her manager initially understood her concerns about the vaccine’s effect on pregnancy and told her vaccination wasn’t required.
One-third of troops turning down Covid vaccine, Pentagon officials say – Pentagon officials have said the vaccine will initially be voluntary because it does not have full FDA approval yet, though leaders have encouraged personnel to get vaccinated.
Germany reports a coronavirus outbreak in an ice cream factory
Tokyo failed to count 838 COVID-19 cases amid ‘increased workload’
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