SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 7.26.2021
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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:
Pfizer will turn to a plant in Africa to help supply the continent with vaccines next year.
Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:
US:States are sitting on millions of surplus Covid-19 vaccine doses as expiration dates approach
Inflatable dinghies and Zoom medical training: how a remote Pacific atoll got Pfizer
Arkansas governor blames ‘myths’ for ‘hardened’ vaccine resistance – “I go into these town hall meetings, someone said: Don’t call it a vaccine. Call it a bioweapon. And they talk about mind control,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said.
Fauci believes schools may require Covid-19 vaccinations if pandemic is still not well controlled
Low vaccination rates among nursing home staff imperil elderly
Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths
Wisconsin reports largest number of new single-day COVID-19 cases since May
They Waited, They Worried, They Stalled. This Week, They Got the Shot
California man who mocked COVID-19 vaccine dies of virus
Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak throws harsh spotlight on Australia vaccine rollout
Googling ‘COVID Vax’ Up in States With High Case Rates — Does this offer any hope? An analysis of recent Google Trends shows that people in states with some of the highest COVID rates are also searching for the phrase “COVID vaccine.” Do you think there will be a correlation between online searching and getting the jab in real life?
“Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections”
0% of COVID infections in June occurred among vaccinated, LA County health says
SD: Sanford Health will require all staff to have a covid vaccine by November or be fired.
Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:
Fauci Wants to Make Vaccines for the Next Pandemic Before It Hits If funded, a government program costing several billion dollars could develop “prototype” vaccines to protect against 20 families of viruses.
Some Americans could need COVID-19 vaccine booster -Fauci
Israeli, UK data offer mixed signals on vaccine’s potency against Delta strain – Local research claims Pfizer shot now only 41% effective against symptomatic COVID, while British stats have it at 88%
HMO: Early vaccinees are twice as likely to catch COVID as later recipients – Latest research ‘definitely’ reinforces argument for giving boosters to the elderly, says lab chief at Leumit
Study: Chinese COVID shot may offer elderly poor protection
How concerned should we be about breakthrough coronavirus infections? One expert weighs in
Stanford reports 7 fully vaccinated students test positive for COVID-19
Vaccine mandates are controversial. They’re also effective.
Why should vaccinated people wear masks? UCSF expert gives his take.
49 people who were fully vaccinated have died of COVID in N.J. Here’s what we know.
You got a coronavirus vaccine. But you still became infected. How did that happen?
COVID Vaccines And Infertility? How Misinformation Spreads In 6 Steps : Shots – Health News
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
How the Delta variant upends assumptions about the coronavirus
The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows
What’s This About Delta Being 1,000 Times More Infectious? — Here’s where that frightening figure comes from
Why is Delta such a big deal? And other burning questions about the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic
The New COVID Panic – What vaccinated people should really know about their risk from the delta variant.”
The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows
Delta Variant In Los Angeles: 20% Of Covid Cases Now Among Vaccinated Residents
The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord
Delta variant will dominate globally in months – WHO; Rome cases surge linked to Euro 2020 celebrations
Texas hospital reports its 1st case of lambda COVID-19 variant – The lambda variant was first detected in Peru in December 2020.
Delta variant surges to 83% of sequenced Covid-19 cases in the U.S., CDC says
New Scientific Studies:
Blunted antiviral responses in the nasopharynx may underlie severe COVID-19
Early Antiviral Response in the Nose May Determine Mild / Severe Course of COVID-19
How early was the novel coronavirus circulating?
A Round-Up of Anti-Covid Nasal Spray Research
Spatiotemporal invasion dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.1.7 emergence
Emerging SARS-CoV-2 mutations L452R & Y453F evade cellular immunity
More than a quarter of people with COVID-19 not fully recovered after 6–8 months
Two-thirds of Indians have coronavirus antibodies, survey shows
Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:
Man flees Australian Covid quarantine using a bed sheet
More than 500 SF bars announce new policy requiring proof of vaccination or negative test to enter
More San Francisco businesses are requiring proof of vaccination. Here’s what you should know.
CA: “Santa Clara County wants employers to require vaccines for employees” https://sanjosespotlight.com/santa-clara-county-wants-employers-to-require-vaccines-for-employees/
California to require proof of vaccination for state, health care workers – State employees and health care workers who aren’t vaccinated will have to undergo regular testing
De Blasio to mandate COVID vaccine or weekly tests for all 300,000 NYC municipal workers — including cops
Mask compliance falls in NYC subway stations as COVID infection rate rises
U.S. businesses and municipalities weigh vaccine mandates as N.Y.C.’s mayor calls for companies to require shots.
US: V.A. Issues Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers, a First for a Federal Agency Employees who provide direct patient care have eight weeks to get inoculated against the coronavirus or face penalties including possible removal.
US: Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers
French Senate approves vaccine pass despite protests; German politicians divided – German minister suggests move to grant ‘more freedom’ to vaccinated.
France forced to soften rules after coronavirus green pass backlash – Tens of thousands protest against the introduction of COVID passports for cafés, bars and shopping centers.
US: IHME Projections for Deaths per capita In One Month, Two Months
Covid Increase in Hot-Spot U.S. States Is Forecast to Worsen
US: Three states are seeing about 40% of the country’s new Covid-19 cases
COVID cases are up 55% across the U.S.
Biden diverges with Canada and extends border restrictions until at least Aug. 21 – The decision was quickly met by frustration from at least one U.S. lawmaker who represents a border district.
L.A. County reports over 2,000 new coronavirus cases as hospitalizations increase
Covid-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County more than doubled in 2 weeks
L.A. County would be in most restrictive purple tier now if California were still using COVID reopening system
‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’: Bay Area doctor says cases could overwhelm hospitals within 4 weeks
COVID-19 Delta Variant: Case Rates Spiking in Bay Area Counties
FL: Orange County mayor says there are nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases daily
Florida reports highest daily COVID case count since January
Delta variant: Doctor cautions Americans about traveling to Florida
Florida doctors see 87% increase of COVID-19 cases in kids under 12
How many COVID-19 patients in South Florida were vaccinated? – Hospitals report that over 90% of patients didn’t get immunized
COVID hospitalizations in Texas hit 4,000 for first time since March
Kansas City Hospitals At ‘Tipping Point’ As Beds Fill Up With More Than Just COVID Patients
Beds full at Kansas City hospitals amid surge in coronavirus cases
A Missouri hospital just hit its all-time high for Covid cases. But the county fair that attracts thousands won’t be canceled
Missouri county’s order reinstating mask mandate amid delta surge met with challenges – The new health order is set to go into effect on Monday.
Missouri AG Says He’ll Sue to Stop ‘Insanity’ of New Mask Mandate as Delta Variant Hammers State
Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day
MA: 256 COVID-19 cases now linked to Provincetown cluster, health officials say
In Alabama and Louisiana, partisan opposition to vaccine surges alongside Delta variant – Many people are turning down Covid vaccines because they are angry that President Donald Trump lost the election and sick of Democrats thinking they know what’s best.
Sleepaway camp in New York says 31 campers under age 12 tested positive for Covid-19
Coronavirus cases in Tokyo continue to pull athletes out of competition.
An Olympic beach volleyball match is decided by a Covid infection.
Tokyo virus cases hit 6-month high 2 days before Games open
Athletes’ village COVID-19 isolation bubble already ‘broken’ – health expert
U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams are the latest to be disrupted by the coronavirus.
No Longer ‘Hidden Victims,’ Children Are Dying as Virus Surges in Indonesia
Vietnam Locks Down Hanoi For 15 Days As COVID-19 Cases Rise
Cambodia forces people into bleak quarantine camps as an outbreak rages.
A largely maskless, sometimes violent protest against Sydney’s lockdown raises fears of superspreading.
New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia as Covid bubble bursts – The bubble was a rare two-way quarantine-free arrangement in Asia, where countries have kept their borders mostly closed during the pandemic.
Australia’s COVID-19 outbreak worsens in Sydney
More than half of Australia’s population under COVID-19 lockdowns
Merkel aide warns virus surge in Germany may mean curbs for unvaccinated
Belgium keeps compulsory mask mandate and tightens travel rules
England may have to reimpose Covid rules in August, scientists warn
Quelle Surprise: Covid Cases Surge in Europe’s Tourism Hot Spots, Just One Month After Grand Reopening
UK: ‘Seriously ill’ young people in current Covid admissions, expert warns ‘We have had people under 30 in intensive care,’ says Prof Adam Finn of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation
U.S. Life Expectancy Takes Big Hit From COVID — Biggest 1-year drop since WWII
Other Covid News:
‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients
A second crisis is killing survivors of India’s worst Covid wave
India’s true pandemic death toll is likely to be well over 3 million, a new study finds.
Biden says long-term effects of covid-19 can be considered a disability under federal civil rights laws
White House on unvaccinated Americans: Our role is not to ‘place blame‘
Alabama governor on rising COVID-19 cases: ‘Time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks‘
Florida Doctors Blast Governor Ron DeSantis Over COVID-19
Public Health Experts Call On CDC To Change Its Mask Guidance
Beleaguered national stockpile now holds more supplies, health official says
New virus cases on Capitol Hill provoke concern and recriminations.
White House official, Pelosi aide test positive for COVID
House GOP leaders say vaccine works but shouldn’t be mandated
“Texas Democrats in DC Keep Testing Positive for Covid – Legislators who fled the Lone Star state to thwart GOP voter-suppression plans may have brought the virus with them.”
Fugitive Texas Democrat admits ‘we got sloppy’ being maskless on plane
Public health officials have tools to beat back Covid again. Does anyone want to use them?
I work in an NHS Covid ward – and I feel so angry
Back to the office? Employers rethink plans amid virus surge
Apple reportedly postpones return to office until October
Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever
“Who’s Going on a Cruise After COVID? Lots of Women”
U.S. appeals court lifts CDC cruise ship restrictions in win for Florida
Sturgis Rally nears – tension, anticipation and excitement fills the streets
Health concerns for this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
N.Y.C.’s Shakespeare in the Park halts for 3 nights after a production member tests positive.
An activewear company told customers its clothes repelled covid. The false claims led to a $3.7 million fine.
‘Entourage’ star Kevin Connolly says newborn daughter hospitalized with COVID-19: ‘It’s been hard’
NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol
NFL warning to teams: COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated players could lead to forfeited games
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich tests positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated
Facebook’s most influential anti-vaxxer: Florida osteopathic doctor employs dozens of staff to help publish 600 vaccine hesitant articles and is the top member of Biden’s infamous ‘Disinformation Dozen’ online
Don’t be fooled by that viral Hannity clip. Fox News’s Covid-19 coverage is a mess. – It’s good Hannity spoke out for vaccines. But Fox continues to be wildly irresponsible.
Fox News denies contact with White House about vaccine coverage
Fox News has a vaccine passport program to protect its employees, despite the network’s on-air messaging: reports
Sellout’: Ron DeSantis Accused of Taking ‘Bribe’ by Conservatives After Promoting Vaccine
Michael Flynn Criticizes DeSantis, Hannity for Vaccine Push: ‘They Know That They Have Influence‘
Huckabee Sanders writes op-ed on why she got vaccinated
Republicans divided on how hard to push vaccines
Sen Rand Paul says he’s asking DOJ for ‘a criminal referral’ into Fauci – Paul claims Fauci lied to Congress about gain-of-research funding.
Conservative radio host, former vaccine skeptic ill with Covid-19 – Phil Valentine, who was unvaccinated, is urging fans to “GO GET VACCINATED,” his family said.
Pro-Trump Group Files Motion Against FDA to Stop Covid-19 Vaccinations in U.S. – The group ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ held a press conference in July 2020 with a woman who says the world is run by secret lizard people. A bizarre fringe group that calls itself “America’s Frontline Doctors” filed a motion in federal court on Monday against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency of the FDA, to seek an injunction that would halt all vaccinations for covid-19 in the country.
Thousands of anti-vaccine protesters gather in London – Mayor Sadiq Khan condemns ‘utterly appalling’ comments by conspiracy theorist at Trafalgar Square
“Anti-vaxx conspiracy theorist tells rally that healthcare workers fighting COVID could face Nuremberg-style trials”
Science vs. religion as Greek priests lead the anti-vax movement – With COVID-19 cases on the rise, influential clerics are urging people not to get vaccinated.
The Life Cycle Of A COVID-19 Vaccine Lie
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