Coronavirus Live Blog 5.16.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

Australia in talks with Moderna to produce Covid-19 vaccine domestically

“CDC advisory group gives green light to Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for adolescents

China has delivered half a million Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh, in Beijing’s latest move to fill the gap left by India as it reels from the pandemic.


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Adolescents Can Get the Pfizer Vax. But How? — Public health officials grapple with consent, logistical challenges

In New Vaccination Push, Biden Leans on His ‘Community Corps’

US: 3 Explanations for the Vaccine Slowdown – Daily shots are plummeting. Why?

3 states have already reached Biden’s new vaccination goal, but vaccine hesitancy may make it challenging for others

Ohio to use millions in federal funds for vaccine lottery giveaways



Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

“Can We Spread COVID After Vaccination? — What are the risks, and what the science says

Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity

‘It’s not over yet’: Uncertain protection from Covid vaccines leaves cancer patients in limbo

Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines Against COVID-19 Among Hospitalized Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, January–March 2021

Most COVID Patients Landing in Hospitals Aren’t Fully Vaccinated — Reports from Cleveland Clinic, other health systems starting to roll in

Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Personnel, First Responders, and Other Essential and Frontline Workers — Eight U.S. Locations, December 2020–March 2021

Association Between Vaccination With BNT162b2 and Incidence of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among Health Care Workers

Top scientists question the need for COVID-19 booster shots

Nasal Vaccines for COVID-19? — Some argue intranasal vaccines, still in early trials, may be better at blocking transmission

Vaccines seem to work well against coronavirus variants. It’s also complicated

Coronavirus vaccines using mRNA technology like Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna appear able to “neutralise” the variant of Covid-19 behind India’s outbreak, the EU’s drug watchdog said Wednesday.

New York Yankees Somehow Have Seven COVID Cases in Vaccinated Staff

CDC finds additional cases of blood clots linked to J&J vaccine


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.1.617 = aka: India variant


New Scientific Studies:

Setting the record straight: There is no ‘Covid heart’

Doctors find long covid heart problems may be caused by nervous system

Droplets vs Aerosols: What’s More Important in COVID-19 Spread? — CDC finally acknowledged aerosol transmission, but contribution to case counts remains unclear

“Post COVID-19 Syndrome (Long Haul Syndrome): Description of a Multidisciplinary Clinic at the Mayo Clinic and Characteristics of the Initial Patient Cohort

Coronavirus pandemic was preventable, finds first major report on world’s response – Independent panel cites a failure to prepare and delays in responding to the outbreak as reasons for the crisis’ devastating results.

“Since September 2020, the Independent Panel has systematically, rigorously and comprehensively examined why COVID-19 became a global health and socio-economic crisis.”

Covid pandemic should serve as ‘Chernobyl moment’ for global health reform, international experts say

‘WHO alert system in disrepair’ as it requires permission from relevant government, says panel member

School Reopenings, Mobility, and COVID-19 Spread: Evidence from Texas


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Hundreds of bodies found buried along Indian riverbanks believed to be COVID-19 victims

Delhi is seeing a decline in Covid-19 cases

Boris Johnson hints at ‘hard choices’ as Indian coronavirus variant spreads – UK sticks to reopening plan, but the prime minister warned that could change if the new variant spreads.

Coronavirus: infectious diseases expert questions schools reopening plan after more than 20 children, family members and staff linked to Hong Kong kindergarten are quarantined

Taiwan raises alert against coronavirus

Pilot quarantine: On Monday, Chen said Taiwan will quarantine all active pilots working for Taiwanese carrier China Airlines for 14 days amid a recent outbreak of Covid-19 among flight crews and hotel workers.

Taiwan sees vaccination rush as local Covid cases rise to single-day high of 16

Singapore airport and passenger terminals closed to public after Covid cluster

The Maldives has banned travellers from across South Asia in a bid to contain surging Covid-19 infections despite having one of the world’s most successful vaccination roll-outs.

Outbreaks in Japan increase

Japan: Hokkaido in dire state, Kumamoto, Oita see highest new virus cases

Japan: Governors refuse to allot hospital beds for Olympians with coronavirus

At least 35 Olympic host towns in Japan have cancelled deals to host athletes

New Zealand mulls entry for vaccinated travelers

Sweden will delay plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions on some public gatherings, such as football matches, until 1 June, the prime minister Stefan Lofven has said.

Washington state plans to reopen economy on June 30

Most Of New York City Remains Undervaccinated As COVID Restrictions Lift


Other Covid News:

‘A toxic cocktail:’ Panel delivers harsh verdict on the world’s failure to prepare for pandemic

My Covid scars need time to heal. Going maskless and getting back to ‘normal’ will take me a while

“The new mask guidance relies on an honor system. Do we trust each other enough to make it work?”

What do we do with the masks now? Be grateful for them — and for science

CDC officials made a breakthrough decision on masks. This is what convinced them.

The CDC embraces the power of the vaccines – Why the agency now says vaccinated people can mostly shed their masks.

Kids still need to wear masks, Fauci says

White House lifts mask mandate for vaccinated staffers

Pelosi says mask rule is not changing on House floor

“Epidemiologists challenge Biden’s decision to allow use of masks for vaccinated people – 05/14/2021 – Worldwide

NIH director says he hopes new mask guidance will encourage more Americans to get immunized

New York City is reviewing CDC’s mask guidance, mayor says

“Newsom says more about changes to California’s mask mandate

Disney says it will implement new CDC mask guidance “as soon as is practical

Nevada drops indoor mask requirement, including in casinos, following CDC lead

How stores are responding to CDC’s new mask guidance

Desperate for treatment, Covid ‘long haulers’ push for 9/11-style health registry – The aim is to help survivors who can’t shake symptoms months after infection, but some experts worry that marginalized groups could get left behind.

“A 9th vaccinated New York Yankees member tested positive for Covid-19 but feels good, manager says

Most People Are Thinking of Herd Immunity All Wrong

Biden administration will invest $7.4 billion to hire and train public health workers for pandemic response

Denmark will burn millions of mink culled over Covid-19 concerns and excavated from mass graves

Physician who proudly rejected wearing masks ordered to stop practicing medicine during COVID-19

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