Coronavirus Live Blog 8.2.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

Japan: Health ministry panel approves AstraZeneca’s vaccine for people 40 and over

FDA, under pressure, plans ‘sprint’ to accelerate review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for full approval

AstraZeneca says it will apply for full approval of its Covid-19 vaccine in the US by end of the year

“Israelis age 60 and up to start getting third coronavirus vaccine dose next week – Health Ministry director-general tells HMOs to ready for Sunday launch after PM Bennett accepts expert panel’s recommendation


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

Roll Up Those Sleeves or Stay Home — People have a civic responsibility to get the COVID vaccine if they want public privileges

Germany plans to offer vaccine booster shots starting in September.

70 percent of US adults now vaccinated with at least one dose

Mostly young working age 25-34 people: “An estimated 126,869 eligible people in SF aren’t vaccinated. What do we know about them?”

Officials set up a mobile center at a Missouri fair to boost vaccinations. No one showed up.

Some people in Missouri are getting vaccinated in secret to avoid backlash from loved ones, doctor says

Biden will call on states to provide $100 payments to newly vaccinated people

The 4 main fault lines that divide the vaccinated and the unvaccinated – Age, race, income, and, of course, politics.

Gov. Brian Kemp suggested Biden is at fault for Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, which remains one of the lowest in the US

Nurses willing to walk over vaccine mandate, but may not be as many as feared

Opinion: Require the vaccine. It’s time to stop coddling the reckless.

Pentagon says it will start talks on making COVID-19 vaccine mandatory

A growing number of US companies are requiring vaccines. These are some of them.

100% of the residents in the SD nursing home were vaccinated, covid just killed 2 of them.

Fire at Polish vaccination center an ‘act of terror,’ says health minister – Poland has been hit with a series of anti-vaccine incidents.

People who participated in vaccine clinical trials find themselves in vaccine limbo

CDC Confirms That Viral Loads In Vaccinated People With Delta May Be Infectious, So Masks Are Necessary

A double vaccine crisis is endangering millions of children


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

Less than 1% of fully vaccinated people experience a breakthrough Covid-19 infection, analysis finds

More than 100K vaccine breakthroughs identified in US: report

“New study estimates odds of vaccinated person getting ‘long COVID’ from breakthrough infection

Israeli study finds 2.6% COVID breakthrough infection rate

Israel study: “Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers

CDC Alarmed: 74% of Cases in Cape Cod Cluster Were Among the Vaxxed — More detail about outbreak in vaccinated people that led to the change in masking, test guidance

Hospitalizations are nearly 3 times higher in states with less than half of their residents vaccinated


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

University of Minnesota studying vaccine impact of COVID-19 spread in young adults – Young adults sought for research put in spotlight by delta variant concerns.

Delta variant raises fears of worsening mutations

What Delta has changed in the Covid pandemic — and what it hasn’t

What the leaked CDC delta variant report means for the Bay Area, California

The ‘fifth wave’ of COVID-19 is here. What you should know about the delta variant and masking

CDC internal memo calls delta variant as contagious as chickenpox: report

Why is the delta variant more contagious than original strain?


New Scientific Studies:

The Deep Divide: Why coronavirus kills an outsized share of young Black Louisianans

Doctors Worry That Memory Problems After COVID-19 May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s

How Covid symptoms differ between genders: Men are more likely to suffer fatigue and a fever and women normally get coughs and chest pain, study claims

Over half the deer tested in Michigan have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 – A survey of wild deer finds a lot of antibodies that target the virus.

How much worse can the coronavirus get? – The virus will keep evolving. Here’s what scientists do and don’t know about the future of Covid-19.

Sewage shows spread of coronavirus across Santa Clara County – Wastewater sampling helps track COVID-19 spikes, declines

Researchers Find COVID Mutations in NYC Sewage, Pointing to Possible Dog, Rat Infections

CDC releases data behind latest mask guidelines – The hotly anticipated study helped convince the agency to revise its guidance on mask-wearing earlier this week.

Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Suggests COVID-19 Restrictions Could Last For Up To 15 Years

Covid is more mysterious than we often admit.

Experts turn to antibody treatment following swarm of breakthrough COVID-19 infections – With high-risk breakthrough COVID infections, monoclonal antibodies may help.


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

21 of 29 People Test Positive for COVID-19 After Oregon Family Reunion—13 Fully Vaccinated

6 vaccinated people who got COVID-19 reveal where they were infected: weddings, summer camps, and a Vegas trip

Half of LA’s Biggest COVID-19 Workplace Outbreaks Are at Restaurants – Los Angeles’s current coronavirus surge has reached the same levels as last summer when the governor closed all indoor dining and bars

WA: King County health officials investigate COVID-19 outbreak related to delta variant – Sixteen positive cases have been reported. At least five of the cases had sequencing results indicating the infection was due to the delta variant.

San Fran Bay Area: “Brentwood Union School District Reports 15 COVID-19 Cases Among Students, Staff

Oregon COVID-19 surge continues unabated, state still mum on actions to curb spread

New York City officials issue indoor mask recommendation, regardless of vaccination status

DC to Require Masks Indoors Amid COVID Surge

University of Minnesota issues indoor mask mandate

Federal assistance arrives at Louisiana’s largest hospital to support influx of Covid-19 patients

Louisiana hospitals reach capacity as COVID-19 cases surge

Baton Rouge children’s hospital nears capacity, braces for surge in Covid cases ahead of the school year

OK: As Delta cases rise, Norman Mayor Breea Clark encourages city residents to mask up, get vaccinated

South Carolina records highest number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since February

Arkansas declares public health emergency due to climb in Covid-19 cases

FL: Mayo Clinic reaches max capacity due to surge of COVID-19 cases

South Florida children’s hospitals report uptick in COVID-19 cases – 17 children currently hospitalized at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, including 1 on ventilator

‘I feel lost’: Fla. woman loses 3 loved ones to COVID-19 in 5 days

Florida sets record for COVID hospitalizations

Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases

Models show coming spike in Florida COVID-19 cases will far exceed January surge

Florida COVID-19 cases surge with 100,000+ reported in past week – State confirms 409 new deaths connected to COVID-19

Fried calls for daily reporting of Florida COVID cases

Covid mandates trigger a new clash between Florida officials and DeSantis

Amid covid surge, DeSantis lets parents choose if their kids wear masks at school

“Texas just passed New York in COVID deaths, despite once trailing by 29000. Here’s how.”

Texas teachers association calls on governor to reverse ban on mask mandates

When will the summer coronavirus surge peak? It will get worse before it gets better, experts predict.

Utah’s number of new COVID-19 cases soars to 1,113. It’s the highest daily count since mid-February. “This pandemic of the unvaccinated is tragic because it is preventable,” says Gov. Spencer Cox.

Britain’s COVID-19 cases down by 33% over past week

COVID-19 surge hits Asia; Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record infections

Tokyo posts record cases; police block Sydney anti-lockdown protest

Tokyo sets another daily COVID-19 record with 4,058 new cases

24 Olympics-related coronavirus case reported

Japan confirms record 10,000+ new infection cases

Emergency declaration for 4 more prefectures

Will the Tokyo Olympics be a superspreader event? – Japan’s pandemic problems are bigger than the Olympics, experts say.

Covid-19 pandemic: Japan widens emergency over ‘frightening’ spike

Covid-19: Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane goes into snap lockdown

COVID in Israel: Serious Cases Rise as Third Jab Campaign Gathers Steam – The rate of positive tests – which currently stands at 3.13 – is the highest since the delta variant of COVID-19 started spreading across Israel

Beijing reports first Covid-19 case in nearly 6 months

China reports 75 new COVID-19 cases as Delta cluster expands

Beijing reports first Covid case in 179 days as alarm grows over Nanjing Delta cluster

An Outbreak Of The Coronavirus Delta Variant Has Spread To 15 Chinese Cities

Recent COVID outbreak in China’s Nanjing linked to flight from Russia-official

Coronavirus: Berlin anti-lockdown protesters clash with police – Despite a court order banning the protests, thousands of people gathered in the German capital to vent their anger over COVID restrictions. Police said they made almost 600 arrests.

Tens of thousands fill France’s streets on third weekend of protests against Covid-19 ‘health pass’


Other Covid News:

For many, the belated realization that Covid will be ‘a long war’ sparks anger and denial

Covid Charts: The 2pm watercooler is the source for some of the covid19 charts, “2:00PM Water Cooler 7/30/2021

Analysis: Biden’s COVID-19 strategy thwarted by anti-vaxxers, Delta variant

Biden admin says ‘long COVID-19’ could qualify as a disability

This Florida mother has been living in her teen daughter’s ICU room for days, praying she survives Covid-19

“Alberta doctors to protest COVID-19 isolation rule changes

“Alberta to adjust COVID-19 masking, isolation, testing rules over next month

Six cruise ship passengers test positive for Covid: 4 vaccinated, 2 unvaccinated

Lollapalooza: More than 90% of attendees showed proof of vaccine as fest kicks off

Lollapalooza announces indoor mask requirement mid-festival

“Lollapalooza a ‘Recipe for Disaster,’ Doctors Say, Warning of COVID Spike After Festival – Chicago’s top doctor has said there will “almost certainly” be some COVID cases associated with the four-day music festival

COVID-19 a worry as 1 million people head for Iowa State Fair

Minnesota Vikings covid cases

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera warns team after two more players go on COVID-19 list

Unvaccinated U.S. Swimmer Goes Maskless During Olympic Interviews. Officials Allow It

‘Fox News of Australia’ temporarily suspended from YouTube for allegedly spreading coronavirus misinformation

Federal judge berates riot suspect who refuses to wear mask: ‘When did you go to medical school?’

Capitol Police asked to arrest the maskless

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