Coronavirus Live Blog 5.3.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

WHO approves Moderna Covid-19 jab for emergency use

Authorization of coronavirus vaccine for younger teens can skip FDA advisory process, official says

The US will have a global vaccination plan in place in “several days,” secretary of state says


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Feds rethink vaccination strategy as slowing demand reveals stark divide – The White House expected vaccination rates to drop off in rural communities and among younger people who are hesitant about the shot.

California’s secret weapon in COVID-19 success: We are not skeptical about the vaccine

Manitoba teachers can soon get COVID-19 shot in North Dakota, premier says

About 92% of Americans who got the COVID-19 vaccine returned for their second shot. That’s good, but experts say the rest should do it now.

Tennessee governor declares that Covid-19 is no longer a health emergency with only 25% of state’s residents fully vaccinated

West Virginia will give $100 savings bonds to people 16 to 35 who get vaccinated.

Italian police arrest two anti-vaxxers for fire bombing of vaccination hub – The molotov cocktail attack failed to damage the vaccines stored in the facility.

Japan’s unused 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles

Japanese business leaders suggest ways to speed up vaccination rate

Japan to introduce ‘vaccine passports’ for international travel


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

US: “Experts say that herd immunity is unlikely soon, if ever

CDC: Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective against hospitalization in older adults

Here’s Who Might Want to Avoid the J&J COVID Shot — While safe for most, certain patients may want to opt for another choice

Vaccine skepticism was viewed as a knowledge problem. It’s actually about gut beliefs.

‘Breakthrough’ COVID death: Fully-vaccinated Flossmoor man, 75, dies from virus a month after 2nd vaccine dose – Illinois begins releasing data on ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases, deaths

French prosecutors launch manslaughter probe into deaths following AstraZeneca jab – A specialized team is taking over three cases from local prosecutors.

The Latest Anti-Vaxx Myth: ‘Vaccine Shedding’ — Miami school cited it as the reason for rejecting vaccinated teachers

How The COVID-19 Vaccine May Affect Your Period (And What To Do About It) – Some people reported changes to their menstrual cycle after their coronavirus shots. Here’s why and how to deal.


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

Indian scientists flag virus mutations that could ‘evade immune response


New Scientific Studies:

“Does Large Study Slam Door on Blood Type-COVID Link? — Observational study addresses controversial research

“Blood Type Doesn’t Affect Your COVID Risk

“Why Blood Type May Matter for COVID Infection

COVID-19 Is a Vascular Disease: Coronavirus’ Spike Protein Attacks Vascular System on a Cellular Level

“Widespread SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Among Attendees at a Large Motorcycle Rally and their Contacts, 30 US Jurisdictions, August–September, 2020

Associations between body-mass index and COVID-19 severity in 6·9 million people in England: a prospective, community-based, cohort study

COVID-19 antibody test not necessarily an indicator of immunity

Children may be at risk from long Covid symptoms, study finds Data shows 24% of patients had persistent ailments months after leaving a Moscow hospital

‘The next big one must be prevented’: The lessons the world can learn from epidemics that were contained


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

“9.1 million thronged Mahakumbh despite Covid-19 surge: Govt data – The Kumbh Mela Force, a government body, said 9.1 million pilgrims took the holy dip in the Ganga from January 14 to April 27.”

Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge

“India’s daily Covid-19 cases pass 400,000 for first time as second wave worsens

‘We’re burning pyres all day’: India accused of undercounting deaths Fears of cover-up as crematoriums record twice the number of Covid fatalities as official death toll

Delhi’s crematoriums say they are cremating more than 600 bodies daily – double the official figure

In Covid’s grip, India gasps for air: ‘If there is an apocalypse, this has to be one

Rich Indians, Bollywood stars flee on private jets as coronavirus crisis grows

US to ban most travel from India amid COVID-19 spike

Pakistan warns of new strictures as its daily Covid death toll sets a record.

Nepal orders 20,000 oxygen cylinders as cases surge

Nepal imposed a two-week lockdown in the capital, Kathmandu, and several other cities amid a rise in virus cases nationwide, including among climbers at Mount Everest Base Camp. The authorities barred nearly all vehicles from the roads and ordered people to stay indoors except for emergencies.

Turkey braces for its strictest lockdown yet, as the virus surges and vaccinations lag.

Seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Japan hit record as infections continue to surge

Suga says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since ‘many are taking time off now

‘Impossible now’ – Japan’s Olympic host towns pull out over pandemic

Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan

COVID-19 resurgence in Japan forces series of public Olympic torch relay cancellations

Tokyo reports 1,027 new COVID-19 cases as Osaka posts record high 44 deaths

As Osaka’s COVID-19 crisis worsens, Tokyo and Aichi offer to take patients

Osaka covid ICU beds 100% occupied, UK variant assumed to be driving current wave of cases.

Surging virus variants push the Philippines over a million total cases.

State of emergency in Oregon extended to June 28 as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge

Washington state poker night linked to nearly 100 COVID-19 cases

CA: Humboldt County ‘superspreader event’ may be linked to Pentecostal youth group

‘We’re just trying to survive’: what Africa risks from a new Covid wave The continent is already reeling from the pandemic’s economic impact – but now officials fear it could suffer India’s fate

As death tolls rise in South America, scientists say the worst is yet to come.


Other Covid News:

They Survived Covid. Now They Need New Lungs.

Thousands of revelers attend Wuhan music festival

Coronavirus-hit Italian tourism’s recovery hopes buoyed as Costa Cruises sets sail again The Costa Smeralda will set off from Savona for the first time since December 20 The Mediterranean voyage will last from three to seven days and all passengers and crew will be tested for Covid-19

Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19

The C.D.C. eases rules for cruises, making mid-July trips possible.

A vaccinated couple flew their family to Hawaii. Their young son died of covid-19 on the trip. The boy, who exhibited symptoms hours after arrival, is the state’s first pediatric coronavirus death

The truth about what it’s like to fly on a plane right now

UK: NHS app will be used as Covid ‘vaccine passport’ for foreign travel

Amazon’s profits soar 220 percent as pandemic drives shopping online.

Germany looks into Covid deniers’ links with the far right

CDC Throws Open the Doors on Outdoor Masking — However, indoor masking still urged for all individuals in public

Miami school bars vaccinated teachers from seeing students

‘It’s Baffling’: Parents Confused After Centner Academy Announces They Won’t Employ People Who Have Been Vaccinated

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