Coronavirus Live Blog 2.28.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved: 

US: FDA approves J&J covid vaccine

FDA scientists endorse J&J’s Covid vaccine, as new data shed light on efficacy

Johnson & Johnson says it can provide 20M vaccine doses by late March – The company has applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization.

Romania ships first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine to Moldova

Canada authorizes the AstraZeneca vaccine.

AstraZeneca expects U.S. COVID-19 vaccine authorization in April

Syria to administer first Covid-19 vaccines to frontline workers next week

Guatemala authorizes emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

Bahrain approves single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency use

Colombia authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine

India begins shipping AstraZeneca vaccine doses across Africa


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Tennessee: Stolen vaccines, spoiled doses and vaccines given to children

California expected to start administering J&J vaccine next week, Newsom says

Vaccine updates: CVS offers COVID-19 vaccine at 40 more sites in SF Bay Area

Merkel says she won’t take AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine because she’s too old, as 1.4 million jabs are left unused

Germans say ‘Nein Danke’ to Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine – Germans’ reluctance to accept the jab might jeopardize Berlin’s vaccine plans.

European Health Commissioner says EU’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of adults by summer

South Korea coronavirus: PM aims for ‘herd immunity by autumn

Moderna CEO says current vaccine numbers “far from indicative” of future production

Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna pledge massive boost to U.S. supply after sluggish rollout

AstraZeneca CEO “very confident” vaccine yield will improve in second quarter

States will now receive 14.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines per week, White House says

New York officials: 81 people need to be revaccinated because doses had temperature fluctuations


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

Post-vaccination observation period may not be necessary for Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

Russian scientists say Sputnik V performs well against COVID mutations

Three-shot combo? Pfizer, BioNTech roll COVID-19 booster trial as real world data back first vaccine

Moderna completed enrollment for Phase 2/3 trial for Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents

Moderna to begin clinical trials of Covid booster shots for variant from South Africa, sends to NIH for study

Covid-19 News: Johnson & Johnson Plans to Test Its Vaccine on Infants

Black Vaccine Hesitancy: ‘We’ve Got to Go to Church’ — In Alabama, the Tuskegee legacy looms especially large

“Real-World Data Tie COVID Vax to Drop in Intubation Rates – — Researchers in Israel see evidence that vaccinations reduced severe illness

Israel study info in New England Journal of Medicine: “Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine performs as well in the real world as in clinical trials, new study concludes

UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

“BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting

The scientist who’s been right about Covid-19 vaccines predicts what’s next – Hilda Bastian on the most important pandemic vaccine in the pipeline and why we’re on track for annual booster shots.

“Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA

The growing evidence that the Covid-19 vaccines can reduce transmission, explained – Here’s what we know about how the vaccines protect against spread of the virus.

Fauci: Relaxed CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people may be coming ‘soon’

So You Got Vaccinated … And Then You Got COVID. Now What?

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

More than 1,900 cases of concerning variants reported in the US, CDC says

A new report out Tuesday warns that a more transmissible variant of coronavirus threatens to start a renewed surge of infections in March, and suggests the US speed up vaccination by skipping second doses for now.

UK variant likely to drive new wave of US transmission in spring, experts say

UCSF Study: Dramatic Rise In COVID-19 Variant Infections Found In San Francisco’s Mission District

California’s coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here

How Deadly Is the U.K. Variant? — Updated analyses support worse clinical outcomes


New Scientific Studies:

Where did COVID come from? Five mysteries that remain – In the wake of the World Health Organization’s investigation, there are still key questions about when, where and how the pandemic began.

CDC study: Teacher interaction, indoor sports fueled COVID-19 spread in Marietta schools

New evidence that Covid-19 antibodies lower risk of re-infection

Schools may see a burst of the common cold when they reopen, research suggests


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Coronavirus: Hong Kong mall K11 Musea to close for two days and all staff to be tested after restaurant outbreak widens Saturday’s 33 new cases is the city’s highest daily tally of infections for more than three weeks Unprecedented move comes as 15 new infections linked to restaurant, and worker at Cartier store tests preliminary-positive

Palestinians shut West Bank schools to contain coronavirus variants

New Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdown Restrictions in country’s biggest city to be imposed after single Covid case of unknown origin was recorded

Finland to enter a 3 week lockdown on March 8

UK lowers Covid alert level from 5 to 4 due to numbers “consistently declining

UK Covid-19 cases fall nearly 80% in 6 weeks of lockdown

French town of Dunkirk may soon see extra coronavirus measures

Stockholm urges residents not to travel and recommends masks on public transport

Germany urges ‘caution’ as COVID infections climb again


Other Covid News:

Coronavirus: 11 test positive on New York rescue flight to Israel – Some ultra-Orthodox passengers on the flight allegedly bragged about forging documents to show that they were not positive for the coronavirus.

‘We’re not there yet’: Biden officials issue somber warning about uptick in Covid-19 cases

Judge rules CDC eviction moratorium unconstitutional

Biden indicates masks will be sent directly to Americans

What Dr. Fauci is, and is not doing, now that he’s fully vaccinated for Covid

Bay Area COVID-19 Roundup: Variant Infections Soaring In SF Mission District; Businesses Prepare For Red Tier Reopenings; $600 Stimulus Payments Approved

MN sees 39 bar & restaurant covid outbreaks, 85 sport and gym related, in first 2 months of 2021

Covid in US has left 4 million family members grieving, study finds

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