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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:
Former vaccine frontrunner CureVac falls to the back of the pack – The once sought-after vaccine is only 47 percent effective based on preliminary data.
The U.S. agrees to buy 200 million more doses of Moderna’s vaccine, in case boosters are needed.
Taiwan claims that China has kept it from buying German vaccines, an accusation China called ‘fabricated.’
Novavax Crows Over High COVID Vaccine Efficacy in Adults — Company reports efficacy even against variants of concern in phase III trial
Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:
Japan starts vaccinating people aged 18 or older at large-scale centers
Japan to vaccinate people under 65 at SDF-run centers from Thursday
Tokyo gov’t begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympic workers, media
China’s road to 1 billion vaccine doses includes eggs, water bottles, free rides, and new concern.
Israel will bolster the Palestinian vaccination drive, trading a million doses.
Here’s how California’s new digital vaccine ‘verification system’ works
Buffalo Bills’ Cole Beasley says he’d rather retire than get Covid-19 vaccine
He refused a COVID vaccine. Then he got the virus and had both lungs removed
Biden will mark milestone of 300 million Covid-19 shots this afternoon
Suspicion about vaccination videos fuels attacks on health workers in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Nations weigh mandates and incentives to drive up vaccination rates.
Despite the G7 pledge of global aid, South Asian countries still scramble for vaccines.
The W.H.O. urges wealthy nations to give Latin America priority for vaccine donations.
Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:
Coronavirus: Hong Kong study finds ‘substantial’ antibody-level difference between BioNTech, Sinovac jab recipients Amount of antibodies does not directly reflect individual’s level of protection, but researcher notes increasing evidence that higher levels generally correspond with greater immunity against infection
Race between vaccines and variants is “being lost” in poor nations, International Rescue Committee CEO says
Risk of covid-19 infection plummets 21 days after a vaccination
Experts Confident About COVID Vaccines’ Long-Term Safety
New Covid Variants:
ALPHA = B.1.1.7 = aka: UK variant
CAL20.C = aka: California variant
L452R = aka: California & other US states
GAMMA = P.1 = aka: Brazil variant
N501Y = aka: South Africa variant
BETA = B.1.351 = aka: South Africa variant
DELTA = B.1.617 = aka: India variant
Delta variant infecting mounting number of people in rural Kansas and Missouri – The CDC estimates the delta variant accounts for about 10% of new cases.
Delta Coronavirus Variant Appears To Be Spreading In Los Angeles – The county’s vaccine gap leaves young Black and Latino residents, as a group, more vulnerable to the concerning COVID-19 variant.
Delta variant will likely become dominant variant in the US, CDC director says
It’s not just Delta — other coronavirus variants worry scientists, also
Outbreaks of delta variant spark concern at Calgary hospital
Delta Force: Notes on Our Newest Covid Variant of Concern
Delta Variant: Here is a handy chart from Public Health England; I’ve helpfully highlighted the salient sections:
99% of new coronavirus cases in UK are Delta variant
Headache and runny nose linked to Delta variant
Delta coronavirus variant doubles risk of hospitalization: Scottish study – The BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine provided 79 percent protection against infection from the Delta variant, compared with 92 percent against the Alpha variant.
New Scientific Studies:
Brain imaging before and after COVID-19 in UK Biobank
Five U.S. states had coronavirus infections even before first reported cases
AMA Debates Value of Natural Immunity to COVID
“CDC Continues on Form: Suppressing Aerosol Transmission in Covid FAQ, “See No Evil” Testing for Breakthrough Cases”
“Many Post-COVID Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds”
AstraZeneca’s antibody cocktail fails to protect against coronavirus: Study – The European Commission has signed deals for antibody treatments against COVID-19.
Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:
Small COVID-19 outbreaks keep plaguing Australia
Flights cancelled and districts locked down amid fresh coronavirus cases in southern China Shenzhen airport steps up precautions after restaurant waitress identified with highly transmissible Delta variant Dongguang introduces strict limits on movement to prevent spread of pathogen
Covid outbreaks in Chinese ports could cause global goods shortages Combination of rise in demand for products as some countries reopen and lockdowns in some port cities mean prices could climb
Canada extends Covid-19 travel restrictions with US until July 21
Africa sees 44% spike in new Covid infections, 20% increase in deaths
Isolated in the South Pacific, Fiji struggles as infections rise.
High in the Himalayas, villagers hit by Covid are left to fend for themselves
In Taiwan, some foreign tech workers are confined indoors to tackle an outbreak.
Portugal orders Lisbon into a weekend lockdown as the Delta variant spreads.
US embassy in Kabul locks down amid Covid surge and death of one staffer Almost all operations shut down with 114 people infected Several people have had to be medically evacuated
Boris Johnson announces four-week delay to full exit from lockdown in England – Restrictions had been due to lift on June 21 but scientists are concerned about the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus.
Japan aims to issue vaccination passports by end of July for overseas travel
Number of officials from overseas at Tokyo Olympics could be cut by another 25,000
Public live broadcast sites for the Olympics in Tokyo have been cancelled, will be used as vaccination sites
Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency
Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan
The E.U. recommends that U.S. tourists be allowed to visit Europe, but its member states have final say.
Other Covid News:
Israel seeing spike in childhood illness RSV after it receded during COVID – Doctors speculate lockdowns kept people from contracting the virus, lowering immunity to it as the general population emerged from restrictions
US: A winter respiratory virus is spreading fast across the South, mainly infecting infants and toddlers
“Models predict U.S. coronavirus infections could surge this fall if vaccination rates lag, former FDA chief says”
Scotland was eight hours from running out of some PPE in Covid first wave
The U.S. will spend $3 billion on developing antiviral pills to treat Covid-19.
These communities remain at high risk for dangerous Covid-19 variants rapidly increasing in US, expert warns
‘Hopeless’: Leaked messages reveal Boris Johnson’s scorn for the British health secretary as Covid exploded.
Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Sea’s inaugural sailing from Florida postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests
Anti-vax groups rack up victories against Covid-19 push – Anti-vaccine fervor spread more widely during the pandemic as the U.S. government urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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