Coronavirus Live Blog 5.25.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

Moderna Says Its Vaccine Is Highly Effective in Adolescents The drugmaker announced that its Covid-19 vaccine was powerfully effective in 12- to 17-year-olds. It plans to apply for F.D.A. authorization.

Japan approves the Moderna and AstraZeneca shots, hoping to speed up vaccinations.

South Korea grants conditional approval for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

Pfizer/BioNTech pledge 2 billion vaccine doses to lower and middle-income countries over next 18 months

J&J will supply up to 200 million doses of its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine to COVAX by end of 2021


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

An 8th US state just reached a critical Covid-19 vaccination milestone

Pentagon push has more US servicemembers getting vaccinated – Military family survey data show more troops, active-duty spouses plan to get vaccinated

New York and Maryland follow Ohio in creating Covid vaccine lottery

Ohio hits highest vaccination rate in weeks after offering $1m lottery prize

COVID Shot In NJ Now Gets You Free Beach Pass, Glass Of Wine – Get the COVID shot you’ll get a free glass of wine at 9 NJ sites, a free beach pass and a chance to have dinner with Gov. Murphy.

“Cubs president upset team isn’t 85% vaccinated against COVID-19: ‘It’s a pretty horrible feeling

“COVID-19 MAY 19, 2021 – What Really Happened With that Weird Yankees COVID Outbreak

“Half of Non-Mask Wearers Will ‘Definitely Not’ Get Vaccinated

Washington state will close half of its mass vaccination sites next week

Most Japanese medical workers still not fully vaccinated as Olympics loom

‘Very disturbing’: Racial gap among COVID-19 vaccine recipients pose significant challenge, L.A. County officials say

Santa Clara County Businesses Must Now Track Vaccination Status of Employees – The new mandate was announced as the county is set to move into the least restrictive yellow tier under the state’s pandemic reopening system

Doses are expiring before they can be used

African countries have struggled to secure enough Covid-19 vaccines. So why are thousands of doses going to waste?


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

First Vaccine Data Against Indian Variant — Researchers from England examined effectiveness of Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccines Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines showed effectiveness against symptomatic disease from B.1.617.2, the so-called Indian variant, British researchers found.

CDC studying reports of heart inflammation in young Covid vaccine recipients

AstraZeneca study: “Single-dose administration and the influence of the timing of the booster dose on immunogenicity and efficacy of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine: a pooled analysis of four randomised trials

LA County reports just 933 `breakthrough’ COVID Cases, among 3.3M vax’d residents

COVID-19 vaccine response weakened by common arthritis drug

Delaying the second COVID-19 vaccine dose has benefits and drawbacks – Study shows delay boosts antibody response

Vaccine boosters could be necessary as soon as September

J&J continues to investigate the need and timing for a booster for its Covid-19 vaccine

Here’s Why This Doc Got a Third Vaccine Dose — A transplant surgeon, a heart recipient himself, saw robust antibody response after third dose

Mix-and-match COVID vaccines trigger potent immune response – Preliminary results from a trial of more than 600 people are the first to show the benefits of combining different vaccines.

Coronavirus vaccine booster trial begins in UK – Study comes as governments debate how to reopen amid concern about the spread of new variants of concern.

FDA Advises Against Use of SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Test Results to Evaluate Immunity or Protection From COVID-19, Including After Vaccination

“Sudden Hearing Loss Reported After COVID Vaccines — Preliminary report teases apart VAERS data to identify most likely cases

30 page Moderna PDF: “Preliminary Analysis of Safety and Immunogenicity – of a SARS-CoV-2 Variant Vaccine Booster

Booster Shots For mRNA Vaccines Likely Required Within Six Months To Protect Against Covid-19 Variants


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

India calls social media platforms to remove COVID-19 content using ‘Indian variant’ label – With COVID-19 content using the term ‘Indian variant’ being circulated online, the Indian government has asked social media platforms to remove all content possessing this term.

Sewage samples being tested across England to monitor Covid variants Wastewater analysis programme will aim to detect variants early and identify need for surge testing

No 10 ‘tried to block’ data on spread of new Covid variant in English schools Scientists, unions and teachers concerned after data cut from Public Health England report ahead of shift on face masks

Germany declares UK a virus variant region – Germany classified Britain a “virus variant area” due to the spread of the COVID-19 variant first identified in India. The warning means stricter restrictions and quarantine measures for those arriving from the UK.


New Scientific Studies:

South Dakota State professor researching nasal spray as added protection against COVID-19

COVID-19 Mortality Associated With 2 Signs That Are Easily Measured at Home – Abnormal blood-oxygen levels and breathing rates are strong predictors of poor patient outcomes in-hospital, study shows.

More than 3,000 cases of black fungus detected across 5 Indian states

Black fungus: Experts to study possible causes including industrial oxygen use – Experts in Karnataka will study whether the rise in the Mucormycosis cases is linked to use of industrial oxygen and its possible contamination.

“Are Nasal Swabs Used In Covid Testing Behind The Outbreak Of Black Fungus? – Some experts say about 60 percent of patients with the black fungal disease neither took steroid or were on oxygen support during Covid-19 treatment.”

Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over the World – These pathogens already kill 1.6 million people every year, and we have few defenses against them

“After Months Of A Racing Heart And Burning Feet, A COVID Long-Hauler Gets A Diagnosis

Patients in Africa with severe Covid are more likely to die, research finds.

COVID-19 side effect: “Imagine a rat that has been dead for weeks. Everything smells like that.” – Lingering COVID-19 symptom impacts smell and taste

“Journal Pre-proof: A SARS-CoV-2 targeted siRNA-nanoparticle therapy for COVID-19

Scientists from Australia and US develop new antiviral therapy with 99.99% efficacy against COVID-19


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

No one’s safe anymore: Japan’s Osaka city crumples under COVID-19 onslaught

Top Japan government spokesman floats COVID-19 emergency extension

State of emergency expanded to Okinawa as calls grow for stronger steps

Japan’s tightened travel bans trigger confusion

U.S. issues ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory for Japan

U.S. athletics team cancels pre-Olympics camp in Japan-local government

Japanese government and Olympics organizers leaning toward allowing fans at games

IOC chief says Olympics will be held safely despite Japan’s Covid surge

“Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency

Survey: 83% against holding Tokyo Olympics this summer

How a False Sense of Security, and a Little Secret Tea, Broke Down Taiwan’s COVID-19 Defenses  The outbreak likely began after spilling over from cargo plane crews. However, the bulk of the surge has been traced back to two sources: a local Lions Club International gathering, and tea houses in the red-light district of Taipei’s Wanhua neighborhood. The two clusters were at first thought to be unrelated—until a former president of the Lions Club revealed that he had visited one of the tea houses. The movements of the civic leader in his 60s, nicknamed by Chinese-language media “The Lion King,” show he had at least 115 contacts while potentially infectious—and reveal just how vulnerable the island of 23 million was to a major outbreak.

Taiwan tightens Covid-19 restrictions as it fights its biggest outbreak of the pandemic

COVID ‘superspreader’? India warns against mass farmer protests – India’s daily tally of new coronavirus infections rose by 222,315 – the world’s highest 24-hour increase – government data showed on Monday. Indian government leaders appealed to farmers to call off a mass protest this week for fear it could become a viral “superspreader” event as the country’s overall death toll from COVID-19 crossed 300,000 on Monday. Now farmers have stirred fresh alarm by saying they will hold mass protests across the country on Wednesday to mark six months of their campaign against the deregulation of agriculture markets. Over a third of fatalities have died over the past three weeks during a devastating second wave fuelled by a new virus variant detected in India, mass political and religious gatherings, and lowering of the guard by the public, health officials and experts say.

India records the pandemic’s highest known daily death toll for a single country.

Some Indian states face Black Fungus treatment shortage as cases in Covid-19 patients rise

Argentina orders a nine-day lockdown as Covid-19 cases, and deaths, mount.

Major Mexican tourist destination at “imminent risk” of lockdown

Eiffel Tower will reopen on July 16

Goodbye, capacity limits: California reveals plan for June 15 reopening

US continues to limit nonessential travel to Canada and Mexico

CDC forecast predicts Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths will continue to drop

EU vaccine passports expected to take effect on July 1


Other Covid News:

True COVID-19 global death toll is likely 2 to 3 times higher than official count of 3.4 million, warns WHO

How the Covid pandemic ends: Scientists look to the past to see the future

“First They Faced the Virus. Now Come the Medical Bills.”

The Caribbean, united by tourism, is divided by Covid.

Investigate the origins of COVID-19

“An Indictment of US Covid Policy

To the Bat Cave: In Search of Covid’s Origins, Scientists Reignite Polarizing Debate on Wuhan ‘Lab Leak’

Up to 8,700 patients died after catching Covid in English hospitals Exclusive: official NHS data reveals 32,307 people contracted the virus while in hospital since March 2020

Oxygen shortages threaten ‘total collapse’ of dozens of health systems Data reveals Nepal, Iran and South Africa among 19 countries most at risk of running out as surging Covid cases push supplies to limit

‘Widespread’ Confusion, Frustration Over CDC Mask Policy — Guidance was a surprise that came too soon, and will be hard to implement

Stephen Colbert’s late-night show will resume filming soon before a vaccinated live audience.

Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak disclosed – WSJ

He’s a Stanford professor and a Nobel laureate. Critics say he was dangerously misleading on Covid

Texas governor bans schools, local governments from requiring masks – Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, hasn’t shied away from controversial pandemic policies.

Their lives haven’t changed since getting vaccinated. This is their new normal

Federal judge in Aberdeen weighs contempt charges over vaccine disclosure

Doctors are seeing patients with COVID-19 symptoms — but it’s not COVID-19 – Doctors explain why there are more people with COVID-19 symptoms … even if it’s not the novel coronavirus.

The women possibly at higher risk for Covid-19 that no one is talking about

Rand Paul: ‘I’m not getting vaccinated

Japan clinical trial of COVID-19 plasma therapy highlights slow-moving medical policy

Turkey’s leaders accused of ‘playing political games’ over Covid response Anger has grown as politicians have seemingly prioritised political and economic issues over public health

Dominic Cummings reiterates claim herd immunity was initial UK policy

Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic Some families have come to prefer stand-alone virtual schools and districts are rushing to accommodate them — though questions about remote learning persist.

Hospitals Serving The Poor Struggled During COVID. Wealthy Hospitals Made Millions

Buoyed by Federal Covid Aid, Big Hospital Chains Buy Up Competitors The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices.

How an old diary is shedding light on smallpox outbreaks from the 1700s – The diary along with other newly digitized records offer a new look at the outbreaks — and illuminate the similar challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has created.

FAQ: How the EU’s coronavirus certificates will work – The certificates indicate if you’ve been jabbed, tested or have had COVID.


As Covid Ravages Poor Nations, Pharma Vaccine Profiteering Has Created 9 New Billionaires

World expert in scientific misconduct faces legal action for challenging integrity of hydroxychloroquine study – Australian and international scientists publish open letter defending Dr Elisabeth Bik and calling for science whistleblowers to be protected

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