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”

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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