Coronavirus Live Blog 3.22.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

FDA, CDC advisers say to expect a lot of questions about AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson announce agreements to deliver 138 million vaccine doses to Brazil

Biden to send surplus AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Mexico, Canada

Australia to donate Covid-19 vaccines to Papua New Guinea as cases surge


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

A rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout backfired in some US states

Cost to vaccinate Californians rises amid changes to Blue Shield oversight

California ranks among worst in the U.S. on vaccine equity, CDC says

Santa Clara County cancels thousands of vaccine appointments

Johnson & Johnson vaccine shipments halted in Florida for a while, DeSantis says

1 in 6 US adults has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, CDC says

Third dose of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine needed for some in UAE after low immune response

Not enough vaccine in Europe to stop third wave, warns German Health Minister

Almost Half of Frontline Health Care Workers Haven’t Gotten the COVID-19 Vaccine Yet, Survey Finds – A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 45% of health-care workers surveyed between Feb. 11 and March 7 had not yet received a dose


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

Vaccinated mothers pass covid antibodies to babies in utero and breastmilk, early studies show

First baby in U.S. born with antibodies against COVID-19 after mom receives dose of Moderna vaccine while pregnant

Norwegian researchers: The AstraZeneca vaccine was the cause of the blood clots

AstraZeneca: German team discovers thrombosis trigger – Scientists at Greifswald teaching hospital claim they have discovered the cause of blood clots among a small number of AstraZeneca vaccine recipients. Doctors say a targeted treatment can now be used.

How effective is the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine?

Early COVID Shots May Have Been Less Potent Than Expected — Leaked data highlighted mRNA integrity problem

COVID Vax in the Immunosuppressed: Reason for Concern — Discomfiting results in new study

The partisan divide on vaccination, explained in 3 charts – More Americans than ever are willing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, but a partisan divide remains.

Little Difference In Vaccine Hesitancy Among White And Black Americans, Poll Finds

Vaccinating Children Seen As A Key Step Toward COVID-19 Herd Immunity

Dialysis clinics should be able to vaccinate their patients on site

Coronavirus: why do we need booster shots, and could mixing Covid-19 vaccines boost immune response? Giving smaller portions in multiple shots is often better than a large dose of vaccine in a single shot It’s also possible to generate greater immunity if we use different vaccines, one after the other, rather than repeating the same jab


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

Rising Covid-19 cases in some states highlight ‘precarious position’ as variants build up in U.S. 

Fauci: COVID-19 variant likely accounts for up to 30 percent of US infections

Increased mortality in community-tested cases of SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.1.7

Coronavirus strains first detected in California are officially “variants of concern,” US CDC says


New Scientific Studies:

The Covid-19 pandemic almost didn’t happen, a new genetic dating study shows

WHO thinks it knows where COVID-19 originated – The World Health Organization will release a report in the coming weeks.

Drug launched at Emory reduces virus that causes COVID-19 to undetectable levels

Coronavirus spread on flight, in hotel corridor, New Zealand study finds
Full study

Five reasons why COVID herd immunity is probably impossible – Even with vaccination efforts in full force, the theoretical threshold for vanquishing COVID-19 looks to be out of reach.

Low-dose aspirin can reduce the risk of ICU admission and death of Covid-19, researchers say

Covid: Slow walkers ‘more likely to die’, study finds

Study of people in Wuhan showed that those who had antibodies in April 2020, most still had levels of them in December 2020

Links between COVID-19 and skin rashes

The misconceptions around long Covid are due in part to the mistaken belief that it is rare. But it’s not. Approximately 30 percent of Covid patients in a new but small study from the University of Washington reported that symptoms persisted months after their infection. If confirmed on a bigger scale, this suggests that long Covid could be one of the largest mass disabling events in modern history.

COVID-19 reinfection rare, but more common in older people, study finds

Promising At-Home Treatment for COVID-19 Discovered: FDA Approved Drug for Leprosy


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Poland goes into near-lockdown as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates

‘People are exhausted’: Germans grow weary of endless lockdown – Berliners are impatient for vaccines and the country is poised to tighten restrictions as the third wave hits

German police clash with protesters over Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 cases rising significantly in 14 US states over past week

Miami Beach official recommending curfew through end of spring break

UK considering “Covid certificates” for attendees of live events

UK considers vaccine passports to allow summer travel, says minister

European Union unveils plans for vaccine passports

Royal Caribbean to return to the Caribbean with vaccinated guests in June

Younger L.A. County residents still account for most new COVID infections even as case rates decline

Tokyo Olympics ready to announce ban on fans from abroad – Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee are poised to finally make it official that most fans from abroad will be prohibited from attending the postponed Olympics

COVID-19 Outbreak Forces Idaho Legislature To Close Its Doors For Weeks

Mass: COVID Cluster Tied to Weymouth Cheerleading Facility – Julie Schell, the parent of a cheerleader who belongs to Cheer Sport Sharks New England in Weymouth, said she supports the training facility’s safety protocols

Michigan epidemiologist: New COVID-19 outbreaks tied to high school and youth sports

Global Covid-19 cases are rising, but deaths are declining, WHO says


Other Covid News:

A man developed psychosis from a non hospitalized case of covid

Experts Warn: Vaccines Alone May Not Be Enough to End COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid: Masks and social distancing ‘could last years

Is it ever OK to skip the vaccine line? Bay Area health experts weigh in.

How to Debunk Misinformation about COVID, Vaccines and Masks – We each have more power to be a science communicator than we realize

Blue Shield Spent Years Cultivating a Relationship with Newsom. It Got the State Vaccine Contract.

Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time

New CDC Guidelines to Reopen Schools, Based on Outdated, Cherry-Picked, and Misinterpreted Data, Puts Students, Teachers, and Communities at Risk

Next Pandemic: Scientists Fear Another Coronavirus Could Jump From Animals To Humans

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed due to Covid outbreak – A receptionist at the Mar-a-Lago club confirmed the news, saying it was closed until further notice.

Trump’s tepid, halfhearted endorsement of Covid-19 vaccines, explained – Trump’s base is remarkably vaccine-hesitant, so what he says about vaccination matters.

The World’s Largest Vaccine Maker Took A Multimillion Dollar Pandemic Gamble

“Seasonal workers flock to Germany for asparagus harvest under COVID restrictions – Asparagus season is about to begin in Germany. Most of the workers who harvest the vegetables come from Eastern Europe. In the coronavirus pandemic, they have to live and work under difficult conditions.”

Wyandotte woman receives Michigan’s 1st double-lung transplant due to COVID-19

Eight total positives among more than 9,100 COVID-19 tests ahead of NCAA tournament

The double-edged sword of Oregon’s COVID-19 success – Oregon has managed to keep its case numbers and deaths extremely low compared to the rest of the country. That means it could take us longer to reach herd immunity.

US Health Department announces $10 billion to expand coronavirus testing in schools

Older children have highest Covid-19 test positivity rate in most states, according to CNN analysis

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