Coronavirus Live Blog 8.16.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

The U.S. is preparing a plan to offer vaccine boosters as early as fall.

FDA authorizes additional dose of Covid-19 vaccine for the immunocompromised

CDC Strongly Recommends COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy — New data in hand, agency strengthens its recommendation for pregnant people to get vaccinated

Moderna plans to open vaccine factories around the world, starting in Canada.

US to donate 8.5 million Covid-19 vaccines to Mexico, official says


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

As Delta spreads, some travelers double up on COVID-19 vaccine in U.S.

Federal agents seize thousands of fake covid vaccination cards destined for locations across U.S.

2 travelers arrested in Hawaii for falsifying vaccination cards, Attorney General says

Price for fake COVID-19 vaccine cards and passports drops to $100: report – The dark web is awash with fake EU Digital COVID certificates as well as CDC and NHS Covid vaccine cards.

VA: Get the vaccine or get fired? In Shenandoah Valley, some nurses choose termination.

Serbian cave hermit gets Covid-19 jab, urges others to follow

‘I’m not gonna get it’: A neighborhood refuses vaccines despite Covid’s wreckage – The eastern edge of the Rockaway Peninsula in Southeast Queens has the lowest vaccination rate in the city.

‘Either you get vaccinated or you are going to get COVID-19’: Health experts address problem of vaccine hesitancy in Ohio

Pfizer, Moderna seen reaping billions from COVID-19 vaccine booster market

Covid vaccine mandates in job listings jump by 34% as delta variant sparks surge in virus cases

Wild COVID Vaccine Myths — And other misconceptions

Unvaccinated America, In 5 Charts

COVID-19 Case Rates by Vaccination Status

Can The Government Make Me Get The COVID Vaccine?

U.S. health secretary mandates COVID-19 shots for health care staff

The Department of Veterans Affairs will mandate vaccines for most workers in its medical centers.

More major companies exploring vaccine mandates as Delta variant spreads, according to source

San Francisco announces strict requirements barring the unvaccinated from indoor spaces.

Supreme Court won’t block Indiana University vaccine mandate as Justice Barrett rejects student plea

Being Unvaccinated For COVID Will Cost Students At A Small College An Extra $750

Two-thirds of Americans in highly vaccinated counties living in coronavirus hot spots, analysis shows

U.S. employers get religion with vaccine mandates

Why Only 27 Percent of Young Black New Yorkers Are Vaccinated

Suspected saline switch sparks vaccine stir in Germany

Ravaged by delta outbreak, Southeast Asia shifts away from China’s vaccines

More than 75% of UK adults now double-jabbed

Get a Covid-19 vaccine or face prison, judges say in probation cases.


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

Can the Vaccinated Develop Long Covid After a Breakthrough Infection?

Fully vaccinated people 4 times less likely to contract COVID-19, 14 times less likely to be hospitalized

I’m vaccinated and have cold symptoms. Should I get tested for COVID-19?

Blood clots associated with AstraZeneca vaccine are ‘rare but devastating,’ study says

Emerging data suggest that Delta could spread more readily than other coronavirus variants among people vaccinated against COVID-19. But key questions remain.

EU looking into new possible side-effects of mRNA COVID-19 shots

Fully-vaccinated people make up very few COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, South Dakota DOH says

“Fully vaccinated people are still getting infected with Covid. Experts explain why

Cancer Patients See Sustained Response to COVID Vaccine — Most patients on active treatment remained seropositive at 4 months

Pfizer and Moderna Go Head to Head Against Delta — Variant knocked down effectiveness of one vaccine more than another, preprint finds

A snort or a jab? Scientists debate potential benefits of intranasal Covid-19 vaccines


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

95% of cases in Tokyo are delta variant

First Japan case involving lambda COVID-19 variant linked to Olympics

Tokyo Deliberately Left Deadly New COVID Variant Out of Press Briefings During Olympics

Are COVID Symptoms Different With Delta? — As reports of milder cold-like illness surface, experts suggest testing to know for sure

“California doing much better with delta variant than Florida, Texas. Here’s why

Herd immunity ‘not a possibility’ with Delta variant – Head of Oxford Vaccine Group says vaccination won’t stop spread altogether.


New Scientific Studies:

Dr. Scott Gottlieb expects coronavirus to be an ‘endemic’ virus in U.S. after delta surge

“Wildfire smoke could raise risk of severe Covid and death, study finds – The findings add a concerning new element to the ways wildfire smoke can wreak havoc on health.”

In the West, a Connection Between Covid and Wildfires

What to know if you get a rare COVID-19 breakthrough case

Deer infections, vaccination nudges and predicting ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases – The latest science news, in brief.

WHO to study three possible COVID-19 treatments

Schizophrenia Yields Higher Risk for Severe COVID-19 — Israeli longitudinal study also found significant vaccination gaps

Famed disease expert says ‘we’re closer to the beginning’ of Covid pandemic than the end – Booster shots are needed ‘right away’ for elderly people as virus in their body can mutate more

Heart, stroke risks climb after COVID-19; flu shots may be protective


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

Here’s how Taiwan is curbing outbreaks without strict lockdowns.

More military personnel deployed to enforce Sydney Covid restrictions as entire state locks down

Sydney lockdown fines increased to $3,700, stay-at-home orders extended

Japan confirms 20,151 new COVID cases

UK’s daily death toll at highest level since March while over 75% of adults now fully jabbed

Thousands rush to vaccination sites in Manila as new virus restrictions are imposed.

Covid is surging in Mexico amid slow vaccinations.

China’s Covid lockdown could have economic costs to the world, says strategist

Children hospitalized with COVID-19 in U.S. hits record number

‘Your child will wait for another child to die.’ Amid Covid-19 surge, Dallas County has no pediatric ICU beds left, county judge says

‘This is real’: Fear and hope in an Arkansas pediatric ICU As the delta variant surges, some experts worry we may be entering the most dangerous moment in the pandemic for children

US: Nearly 94,000 Kids Got COVID-19 Last Week. They Were 15% Of All New Infections

Report: Florida leads country in hospitalized children with COVID-19 as school year approaches

Texas Hospitals Are Already Overloaded. Doctors Are ‘Frightened by What Is Coming.’

Texas Gov. Abbott seeks out-of-state help against COVID-19

SC: ‘A place we’d hoped to never see again’: Tidelands Health over 100% capacity as COVID surges

South Carolina: “‘I have never been more concerned,’ SC’s state epidemiologist says as COVID rages on – “We are headed in the wrong direction right now, and we’re headed there quickly,” state epidemiologist Linda Bell said.”

TN: ‘There are no beds’: Doctor at Sumner Regional says delta variant has ‘burned through’ hospital

Hospitals in Mississippi on verge of collapse.

San Antonio mayor says city’s overwhelmed EMS units weren’t available for nearly 30 minutes on Thursday

Oregon: “COVID surge has hospitals in Jackson, Josephine counties treating patients in hallways

‘This is starting to look really ominous in the South,’ expert says, as US is among nations with highest rate of new Covid-19 cases

Hospitalizations highest since June as Maine CDC reports 217 new cases of COVID-19 – Maine’s seven-day average of new cases has climbed to levels not seen since May, and 60 people were hospitalized Wednesday, the most since June 6.

These 8 states make up half of US Covid-19 hospitalizations. And the surge among the unvaccinated is overwhelming health care workers

Elective surgeries are being delayed again. Doctors want to handle it differently this time

COVID-19 outbreaks reported at 40 Orange County long-term care facilities

COVID-19 surge continues in Maine with 215 new cases – Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that all health care workers must be vaccinated by Oct. 1, adding to a growing number of vaccine mandates.

Hospitals prepare as Hawaii sees highest jump in virus cases

Sacramento County COVID-19 hospitalizations at highest point since January, officials say – County increases hours and staff at free COVID-19 community testing sites, as testing triples over the past month

Bay Area COVID Hospitalizations Top 1,000 For First Time Since February

“‘This is not sustainable’: California hospitals filling again as delta variant rages”

COVID-19 hospitalizations rise sharply in L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino counties

Oregon governor orders National Guard to help frontline workers in Covid-19 battle – Gov. Kate Brown urged residents to get vaccinated: “I know this is not the summer many of us envisioned.”

‘We’re in trouble’: Rural America can’t escape Delta – Senior Biden health officials have for weeks worried internally about the low vaccine uptake in rural, conservative counties across the country.

Nearly all Americans live in areas with “high” or “substantial” levels of Covid-19 spread

“Upstate South Carolina school district moves to virtual learning due to COVID – Pickens County made the decision during an emergency session.”

U.S. sends hundreds of ventilators to Florida as Covid surge continues

Patients wait in ambulances outside Florida hospitals as COVID-19 infections spread – AdventHealth Central Florida had record number of patients last week

FL: Ware County closes all 11 schools after ‘sharp increase’ in COVID-19 cases

FL: Orange County suspends youth sports as COVID-19 positivity rate spikes to 20%

4 Broward County, Florida, educators died in 24 hours from Covid-19 complications

NY: Cayuga County super spreader at 5 daycares: Delta variant impacting vulnerable children

US: As schools reopen, more than 10,000 students and teachers across 14 states are quarantined for coronavirus exposure

2 Days Into The School Year, A Florida District Asked 440 Students To Quarantine

NV: A parent sent their child to school after a positive Covid-19 test. More than 80 students may have been exposed, officials say

The University of Texas at San Antonio opts to start fall classes remotely.

Coronavirus live updates: Facebook delays employees’ return to office until 2022


Other Covid News:

Conservative cardinal who criticized vaccine now on a ventilator

A Florida mother held her newborn one time. Ten days later, she died from covid-19.

Florida church vaccinates hundreds after 6 members die from COVID-19 in 10 days

Parents of Alabama boy hospitalized with COVID-19 say he couldn’t breathe

“Fighting an un-winnable war”: ICU nurse quits her job as cases surge in Mississippi

“I have a time bomb in my neck”: A cancer patient cannot get surgery as Covid-19 patients fill hospitals

Malaysia’s prime minister resigns over anger about his handling of the virus.

Ireland: ‘I didn’t have the energy to move my arms’: Teenagers struggling with long covid – Youths with mild initial infections are experiencing confounding, sometimes debilitating issues

What Covid-19 long haulers should know about claiming Social Security disability benefits

Hundreds of Florida doctors pen letter calling on DeSantis to repeal mask mandate ban

Local officials in Florida prepare to defy the governor’s no-mask mandate.

Texas judge clears way for San Antonio to mandate masks in blow to Gov. Greg Abbott

Debates on vaccine, mask mandates permeate Virginia governor’s race

AP: Canada to require air travelers to be vaccinated

A McDonald’s franchise in California settles a suit involving ‘dog diapers’ as masks.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result required to attend New Orleans Saints games

Band that performed at Sturgis last week cancels shows after band contracts covid

“203 cases of COVID-19 linked to Chicago’s Lollapalooza

27 people on board Carnival Cruise Line ship test positive for COVID-19

The Good News From Lollapalooza About COVID

Stevie Nicks drops out of BottleRock, citing COVID concerns

WI: Summerfest to require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, negative tests upon entry

‘Screw your freedom’: Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashes viral mask, vaccine rant

Graham says his COVID-19 recovery would’ve been ‘a lot worse’ without vaccine

Schools reopening without masks “is a formula for disaster,” says Louisiana doctor

‘Antifa’ thugs clash with anti-mask protesters in bloody skirmish, 1 stabbed – Los Angeles police said no arrests have been made

1 stabbed at Los Angeles City Hall anti-vaccine protest: LAPD

‘We will find you’: Tennessee parents protest school mask mandate; people in masks heckled – A man was recorded on video following a person to a car, saying, “You’ll never be allowed in public again.”

Video: Rand Paul Calls For Resistance To COVID Tyranny

Louisiana: Hundreds protest mask, vaccine mandates Saturday night on Mandeville lakefront

Hundreds protest against mandates on masks, COVID-19 vaccine during Oklahoma Freedom Rally

Farm Supply Stores Are Running Short on a Horse Dewormer/Pseudoscience COVID Cure – “The hardship comes when you run to your farm supply store and they don’t have [ivermectin] on the shelves anymore because of all of this.”

Anti-vaccine protesters tried to storm the BBC’s offices. But they had the wrong address.

Inside the White House-Facebook Rift Over Vaccine Misinformation Frustrations grew behind the scenes among top leaders on both sides, potentially hurting the government’s efforts to overcome the pandemic.

Trump has reportedly rejected multiple pleas from allies to promote vaccinations – The former president could do more to boost vaccinations, observers say.

DeSantis, faced with covid surge, urges Floridians to use Regeneron antibody treatment given to Trump

DeSantis rakes in cash as Florida’s Covid wars rage

Germany to end free coronavirus tests, ups pressure on vaccine skeptics – With infection numbers on the rise, Berlin braces for the fall.

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