Coronavirus Live Blog 4.26.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

No updates in this category this week


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

China administers more than 200 million doses of vaccine

“Millions Are Skipping Their Second Doses of COVID Vaccines

Houston hospital will require all employees to get covid vaccine

More than 30 colleges now say Covid vaccines will be mandatory for fall 2021

California universities plan to require Covid-19 vaccinations this fall

North Dakota offers free Covid-19 vaccinations for Canadian truckers

COVID-19 vaccine demand drops in Texas, though less than a quarter of population is fully vaccinated – Local health officials reported shorter lines and less demand at vaccination sites, and warned that there’s still much work to be done to make Texans safe from the virus.

Iowa counties declining allocations of COVID-19 vaccine doses

April 14: Santa Clara County Receives Additional 250K Vaccine Doses From Federal Government

“New York City opens all city-run vaccination sites to walk-ins

Daily pace of US Covid-19 vaccinations drops below 3 million shots per day, CDC data shows

“8 people given wrong COVID-19 vaccine for 2nd dose at Aurora Mariano’s

States have a new Covid problem: Too much vaccine – Millions of Americans are still getting shots each day — but, in a jarring twist after months of scarcity, too many slots remain open as skeptics hold out.

‘I’m still a zero’: Vaccine-resistant Republicans warn that their skepticism is worsening


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

A man who got his first COVID-19 vaccine a year ago in Moderna’s clinical trial just received his third shot — and he’s feeling great

ACIP Green-Lights J&J Vax for All Adults — Recommends warning label, but says benefits outweigh the risks in pandemic setting

J&J to cooperate in study of rare clots linked to COVID-19 vaccine, German scientist says

CDC reviewing Oregon woman’s death after Johnson & Johnson vaccination

Why Clotting Happens When Platelets Are Low — A hematologist explains the counterintuitive concept of clots with low platelets

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine increase with age and infection rates – The EMA’s analysis ‘may guide EU member states when they adjust their vaccination strategies depending on the infection rates and ages of people who still need to be vaccinated.’

“Despite expanded eligibility, U.S. vaccination rate is on the decline – The rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States has slowed in recent days, a sign that supply might soon outstrip demand.”

Vaccines are working: charts that show the Covid endgame – Although infections are at a record high, lives are being saved in countries with effective immunisation programmes

First Data on COVID Vaccines in Pregnancy — Findings from CDC registries provide reassurance on side effects, adverse outcomes

“Peeling paint, unsanitary practices among issues at U.S. plant making J&J COVID-19 vaccine -FDA

What we’re learning from the rare cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people – The low number of breakthrough infections show how well the vaccines work

Johnson & Johnson trial shows vaccine effective, even against variants

“Vaccines offered protection from COVID-19 outbreak at Kentucky nursing home

What COVID vaccine side effects can and can’t tell you about your body’s immune response


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

B.1.1.7 variant now responsible for most COVID-19 cases in Oregon, officials say

Researchers are investigating if a COVID-19 with multiple mutations found in India is more deadly and resistant to existing vaccines

Russia says it has detected its own variants of coronavirus

“UCSF doctor weighs in on new COVID variant identified in Texas


New Scientific Studies:

High-dimensional characterization of post-acute sequalae of COVID-19

MIT researchers say you’re no safer from Covid indoors at 6 feet or 60 feet in new study challenging social distancing policies

“School of Medicine: Study questioning use of face masks isn’t from Stanford

FALSE: “Did A ‘Stanford/NIH’ Study Conclude Masks Don’t Work? – Really depends on how you define these words: Stanford, NIH, Study, Conclude, Mask, and Work.”

Inhaled budesonide in the treatment of early COVID-19 (STOIC): a phase 2, open-label, randomised controlled trial

Needed for long Covid: a less authoritarian approach to understanding, treatment

“‘No one was listening’: Long Covid patients struggle to get care for their symptoms

New York City health officials estimate that nearly a quarter of adult New Yorkers were infected with the coronavirus during the catastrophic wave of last spring, and that the toll was even higher among Black and Hispanic residents.

Covid: Plan for pills to treat virus at home by autumn


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Highest-ever number of new Covid-19 cases reported globally last week, WHO says

India reports highest rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths in a single day

“U.S. to provide vaccine components, medical supplies as India battles COVID-19

U.S. to send aid to India government, healthcare workers to battle COVID-19 crisis

India sets Covid-19 infection record for fourth straight day with hospitals desperate for oxygen

Two Indian hospitals receive emergency supplies of oxygen — but it will only last two hours

Oxygen gets armed escort in India as supplies run low in COVID crisis

India bans supply of oxygen for industrial purposes as shortages continue amid Covid-19 surge

Six New Delhi hospitals run out of oxygen as supplies failed to reach Indian capital

At least 22 Covid-19 patients die waiting for oxygen supplies in Indian state

The COVID-19 Catastrophe in India Keeps Growing

India’s massive COVID surge puzzles scientists – The virus is spreading faster than ever before in India despite previous high infection rates in megacities, which should have conferred some protection.

As 20 die in another hospital tragedy, fears grow that India is undercounting Covid deaths.

As bodies pile up, India’s leaders face rising public anger over second Covid-19 wave

Images of New Delhi’s mass cremation sites illustrate the brutality of India’s second wave

Covid-19: India arrivals begin UK hotel quarantine

Indian state arranges for thousands of migrant workers to be bused home after Delhi lockdown

Pakistan calls in army to enforce Covid-19 guidelines as oxygen supplies run low

Iran reports more than 24,000 new Covid-19 cases

Japan enacts emergency measures in 4 prefectures ahead of golden week holiday.

US: States with springtime Covid-19 surges appear to have turned a corner

Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know April 22, 2021 – 4,867 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday  Michigan continues to lead the nation in new COVID-19 cases. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 5,744 on Wednesday — the highest since December, but lower than two weeks ago.

At least 12 Oregon counties could move back to extreme risk next week, Gov. Brown says

State health experts: Washington seeing beginning of 4th wave of COVID-19 cases

California coronavirus case rate drops to lowest in continental US

A three-day lockdown begins in Perth, Australia, after a case arises outside quarantine.

New Zealand airport worker tests positive to Covid on second day of travel bubble

Hong Kong bars set for April 29 comeback after four-month closure amid pandemic, but terms include customers, staff getting vaccinated Bars and nightclubs will be allowed to reopen at half-capacity until 2am, capped at two people per table, only if all staff and customers receive at least one vaccine dose

German president signs national coronavirus rules into law – The “emergency brake” measures include a controversial nighttime curfew and strict limits on social contacts.


Other Covid News:

“Inside a Michigan COVID ward: Younger patients, familiar sadness and politics

In Michigan, a record-breaking number of children have been hospitalized with Covid

Spanish police arrested a man for spreading the coronavirus to 22 people.

4 Takeaways From Our Investigation Into ICE’s Mishandling of Covid-19 The Times found a pattern of neglect and secrecy that helped fuel outbreaks both inside and outside ICE detention facilities.

At least 82 killed in massive Baghdad hospital fire, ministry says

HIV outbreak in Boston linked to coronavirus pandemic, report says

“Local high school reports COVID-19 outbreak following band trip to Disney World

Florida family indicted for selling toxic bleach as fake Covid ‘cure’ – Indictment says the Grenons sold tens of thousands of bottles of ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ and alleges they received more than $1m

Gnome shortage: Lockdown and Suez canal blockage blamed

The Coronavirus Crisis Within the Economy Is Far From Over – Because Reopening Creates a Whole New Type of Risk

An ancient coronavirus swept across East Asia 25,000 years ago – Humans have been battling dangerous viruses since the beginning of time.

Could a souped-up version of existing Covid-19 tests be our shortcut to tracking variants?

Top Canadian WHO adviser under fire after downplaying airborne threat of COVID-19 – Dr. John Conly says N95 masks cause ‘harms,’ focus should be on physical distancing

Ted Nugent reacts after testing positive for COVID: ‘Never been so sick in my life

Trump gives thumbs up on Post’s push for lifesaving COVID vaccine

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