Coronavirus Live Blog 9.27.2021

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Vaccine Related Information:

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine generates robust antibody response in children, without serious safety issues, company says

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective in kids ages 5 to 11

The U.S. makes coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for new immigrants.

Beyond A Mandate: Mercyhealth Begins Charging Fee To Unvaccinated Employees

Vaccine nasal sprays aim to ‘shut door’ on virus

Vaccine requirements work: Raiders report more than 6,000 fans got the shot on game day

Pfizer Vax Safe in Kids 5-11

One COVID Vaccine Held Up Best Over Time, CDC Study Suggests — Beyond 120 days, Moderna’s shot maintained over 90% effectiveness against hospitalization

J&J Says Second Dose of Their COVID Vaccine Boosts Protection — Efficacy data promising, but confidence intervals wide

Johnson & Johnson says additional dose boosts Covid vaccine efficacy

Myocarditis VAERS Analysis Sparks Social Media Uproar — Doctors worry misinterpretation will fuel misinformation campaigns

Late but longer-lasting? Israel’s COVID jab aims to ‘find its place in market’ – hairman of NRx, pharmaceutical company completing trials for BriLife, suggests vaccine may even work better against variants

J&J: Booster dose of its COVID shot prompts strong response

A C.D.C. panel is meeting to decide who should get Pfizer boosters.

Over 90% of Eligible Residents in 2 Bay Area Counties Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

‘Vaccine requirements work’: United Airlines says 97% of U.S. employees are fully vaccinated ahead of deadline

CDC Vaccine Panel Ponders Mixing and Matching COVID Boosters — Lack of data sticking point with ACIP while awaiting FDA’s decision on boosters

FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid-19 booster for people over 65 or at high risk

Canadian police seek man who allegedly punched nurse for vaccinating his wife

Who Exactly Will Get Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Shots?

Effectiveness of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine among U.S. Health Care Personnel

Education Secretary Cardona backs mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for students

Many unvaccinated people are not opposed to getting a shot. The challenge is trying to get it to them.

CDC Overrules Advisors on Pfizer Booster for High-Risk Workers — Recommendations now align with terms of FDA authorization, agency says

Advisory committee recommends wide swath of Americans be offered Covid-19 vaccine boosters

Vaccination deadline looms over employees at New York’s largest private hospital.

Nearly half of the unvaccinated say they’re willing to get a coronavirus shot. The challenge is trying to get it to them.

Novavax applies for WHO emergency use approval

Would you like Pfizer with that?’ New Zealanders could get Covid jab with fast-food fix

2 Bay Area school districts approve COVID vaccine mandate

Federal judge temporarily blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

George Floyd Square COVID-19 vaccine drives target misinformation, mistrust Groups plan vaccination drives in hopes of raising rate in Black community.


Scientific Research & Variants:

Covid antibody drug Ronapreve to be given to vulnerable NHS patients

‘I felt this huge relief’: how antibody injections free the immunosuppressed under Covid in America

Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19

“COVID-19 Vaccines Seem to Affect Periods, And That’s Finally Being Investigated”

‘Delta has been brutal’: Covid-19 variant is decimating rural areas already reeling from the pandemic

Delta variant outbreak infects highly vaccinated prison population, but few were hospitalized, CDC says

‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease – Eventually we might all have to deal with COVID-19—but a shorter, gentler version, thanks to vaccines.

A Closer Look At 4 Drugs Used To Treat COVID-19; What Really Works?

Some of the side effects of normal doses of the human version of Ivermectin

What Causes Long COVID Is A Mystery. Here’s How Scientists Are Trying To Crack It

Clinical trials underway for potential COVID-19 prevention pill

Remdesivir reduces Covid hospitalizations when given early, study shows

“Wuhan Scientists Planned To Release ‘Chimeric Covid Spike Proteins’ Into Bat Populations Using ‘Skin-Penetrating Nanoparticles’

The Telegraph (UK) is the main source (paywall): “Wuhan scientists planned to release coronavirus particles into cave bats, leaked papers reveal – Documents reveal researchers applied for $14m to fund controversial project in 2018”

DICING WITH DEATH Wuhan ‘leak’ lab scientists ‘planned to release souped-up coronaviruses into BAT CAVES before Covid outbreak’

Wuhan scientists planned to release enhanced coronaviruses into bat caves 21 months before start of Covid pandemic outbreak – but US government refused to fund project over fears it would backfire

Bats with Covid-like viruses found in Laos: study

There are a number of pre-2019 articles about bats, SARs, Wuhan: from 2013: “Bats carry viruses primed to cause the next deadly pandemic”

2017: “Bat cave solves mystery of deadly SARS virus — and suggests new outbreak could occur – Chinese scientists find all the genetic building blocks of SARS in a single population of horseshoe bats.”

2007: “China market may be breeding ground for deadly viruses” Welcome to the Qingping market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where everything from turtles to insects are sold alongside fowl and freshly caught fish. An outbreak of the SARS virus in 2002 resulted in a local gourmet favorite — the civet — being banished to the black market. The raccoon-like animal was blamed for spreading SARS, which infected 8,000 people globally and killed 800.

2013: “Bird flu puts spotlight on age-old traditions in China” In southern China, it’s said that people will eat everything with four legs except for the table. Whether it’s a chicken, a goose or even a frog, if its heart is still just beating by the time you get it home, all the better. t’s no accident, then, that China’s public health authorities are now proactively targeting small towns and villages, taking throat swabs from live food dealers and their customers in wet markets where the rough and ready food culture provides a perfect environment for viruses – such as H7N9 bird flu – to flourish.

2006: “Infectious diseases emerging from Chinese wet-markets: zoonotic origins of severe respiratory viral infections”

“Did the coronavirus jump from animals to people twice? – A preliminary analysis of viral genomes suggests the COVID-19 pandemic might have multiple animal origins — but the findings still have to be peer reviewed.”

Accept It: COVID Will Be an Endemic Virus — Everyone will meet with the virus eventually, but doing so safely (while vaccinated) is key

Sept 7: “New Studies Find Evidence Of ‘Superhuman’ Immunity To COVID-19 In Some Individuals”

Llama antibodies show ‘significant potential’ as coronavirus treatment

“Wuhan Scientists Planned To Release ‘Chimeric Covid Spike Proteins’ Into Bat Populations Using ‘Skin-Penetrating Nanoparticles’

“Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19”

“What Is the R.1 COVID Variant? Experts Share What It Could Mean for the U.S. – It’s not currently a rival to Delta, but it was the source of an outbreak in Kentucky.”

Chinese scientists offer new study to shift back date of Covid-19 spread in US

In new ‘Kernel estimation’, Chinese scientists conclude coronavirus first appeared in US

“Study may push back date COVID hit US”

Closest known relatives of virus behind COVID-19 found in Laos – Studies of bats in China and Laos show southeast Asia is a hotspot for potentially dangerous viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2.

Why a COVID-19 origin task force is disbanding

Lancet taskforce investigating origins of Covid is DISBANDED over ties to discredited Peter Daszak – just days after bombshell documents revealed his 2018 proposal to help Wuhan lab engineer more deadly bat coronaviruses

Team of top scientists researching Covid origins disbanded amid controversy and conflicts of interest

Pediatric COVID-19 Cases in Counties With and Without School Mask Requirements — United States, July 1–September 4, 2021


Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Overwhelmed With COVID Patients, Oregon Hospitals Postpone Surgeries And Cancer Care

Alaska reports five new COVID-19 deaths and 2,000 infections with hospitals still under siege

One Covid case prompts closures across a Chinese city of 10 million.

WI: Patient surge leads Watertown hospital to close urgent care to better staff ER

“I truly, truly think we are in the endgame,” said Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease specialist and professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. “The cases will start plummeting in mid- to late September and by mid-October, we will be in a manageable place, where the virus is a concern for health professionals, but not really for the general public.”

Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

“Winter is coming, again: What to expect from Covid-19 as the season looms”

Washington governor to Idaho officials: Stop ‘clogging up my hospitals’

Hospitals in Alaska struggle to handle a worsening outbreak.

Moderna chief sees pandemic lasting another year

It’s far from over, but Delta coronavirus wave might be the last major wave of infection, former FDA commissioner says

School-linked COVID-19 outbreaks triple in Minnesota – Outbreaks in elementary schools where students aren’t eligible for vaccination, but also in high schools where students are

COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo posts 531 new cases, continuing downward trend

Why have COVID-19 cases in Tokyo plummeted? Study points to restraint by the unvaccinated.

A bit of a mystery’: why hospital admissions for Covid in England are going down Analysis: Experts say it is first time since start of pandemic that sustained decline is recorded out of lockdown

WI: Kenosha elementary school returns to virtual learning amid COVID spike


All Other Covid News:

Seeing the butterfly effect in hospital transfers for Covid-19 patients

Winter is coming, again: What to expect from Covid-19 as the season looms

More Retail Workers Are Leaving Jobs Than Workers In Any Other Industry

Wales to require NHS Covid passes to attend nightclubs and events Enforcement of mask rules on public transport to be stepped up as coronavirus cases rise

A TV meteorologist of 33 years declined the vaccine, citing personal freedoms. He was fired.

They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment Championed by doctors and conservative radio hosts alike, monoclonal antibodies for Covid are in high demand — even from those who don’t want a vaccine.

Seahawks fans fill Lumen Field amid COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandate – Seattle’s first home game of the season came with new rules around vaccine verification or COVID-19 testing and face masks.

Kentucky Hospital Can Deny Ivermectin to COVID Patient, Says Judge

US to loosen foreign travel restrictions, require vaccines

Dr. Gottlieb points to South Dakota’s COVID-19 response as one of the ‘worst outcomes’

Oregon physician who spread COVID-19 misinformation gets license revoked


Dr. Gottlieb points to South Dakota’s COVID-19 response as one of the ‘worst outcomes’

This is an interesting debate about ivermectin vs. covid. The group of doctors in the article advocating for it seem to want to skip the clinical trial aspect due to the pandemic. The criticisms are significant. The doctor group says there is evidence, the other doctors cited say the evidence is low and you shouldn’t use something without evidence.

COVID Deaths Surpass 1918 Flu Deaths — COVID’s toll not as heavy, but pandemic isn’t over yet

Data from routine Covid testing can help schools stay open this year

German officials fear anti-mask radicalization after killing

Big demand makes COVID-fighting antibodies hard to get in California

Covid vaccines are less popular than monoclonal antibodies in some places. Here’s why. – Vaccines code as “liberal” to many on the far right while monoclonal antibodies treatment does not.

FL: New Surgeon General down on mask, vaccine mandates; championed hydroxychloroquine

DeSantis names Florida’s next surgeon general: Joseph Ladapo – Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a researcher at UCLA who expressed skepticism of vaccines to end the pandemic, said Tuesday that he would “reject fear” as a public health strategy.

Six Rules That Will Define Our Second Pandemic Winter

Wyoming school nurse resigns over quarantine rules

Newberg elementary school staff member comes to work in blackface to protest vaccine mandate

Texas School Board Meeting Goes Off The Rails After Anti-Masker Starts Ranting About Anal Sex

Anti-Mask Florida Republican Dies Day After Testing Positive for COVID. Conspiracy Theorists Think Hospital Killed Him

“Anti-Mask Florida Official Dies of COVID—and Takes GOP Software Secrets With Him”

‘Funeral home’ ad spreads message for the unvaccinated

Tennessee limiting monoclonal antibody treatment to unvaccinated residents – “Clinically, it makes sense,” a top Tennessee health official said.

Ohio Medical Board renews license of Sherri Tenpenny, doctor who claims vaccines make you magnetic

Opinion: State medical boards should punish doctors who spread false information about covid and vaccines

Pro-Trump General Floats Conspiracy That Vaccine Will Be Secretly Administered Through Salad Dressing

2 New Mexicans have died of Ivermectin toxicity, state health officials say

Asthma group warns against inhaling hydrogen peroxide to treat COVID-19

Longer mass transit commutes in NYC linked to higher coronavirus rates, study says

“COVID: Fremont’s huge art and wine festival canceled for second consecutive year due to pandemic – ‘Too many unknowns’ to safely put on Fremont Festival of the Arts, organizers say”

Florida’s new surgeon general opposes mandates, calls COVID-19 vaccines “nothing special”

Jesse Jackson released after breakthrough infection; Americans are dying at almost 10 times the rate of July: COVID-19 updates

Vaccine Refusers Don’t Get to Dictate Terms Anymore People who opt out of shots shouldn’t expect their employers, health insurers, and fellow citizens to accommodate them.

Florida School Officials Who Defied DeSantis’ No-Masks Edict Get Reimbursement Checks From Biden

Pro-Trump Preacher Hints At Needing Private Jet Due To ‘Mark Of The Beast’ Airline Vax Mandates

Asthma group warns against social media trend of inhaling hydrogen peroxide to treat coronavirus Asthma and Allergy Foundation calls action ‘concerning and dangerous,’ emphasizes harm to lungs

Why the supply chain is a mess

‘Vigilante treatments’: Anti-vaccine groups push people to leave ICUs As the anti-vaccine movement escalates its rhetoric, doctors warn that they’re dealing with the fallout: “They’re starting to target people, the messengers — nurses and doctors.”

Two ‘The View’ hosts test positive for Covid before Harris interview – Both hosts were fully vaccinated and it is unclear at this time whether Harris was exposed backstage.

3 lions still dealing with aftermath of COVID-19 infections at Smithsonian National Zoo

“This is how science should work,” Carsons said. “If the panel making these recommendations don’t feel the data is robust enough to make a firm recommendation, then they will modify the recommendation. This ensures that the benefit outweighs the risks.” s

A prominent anti-vax doctor, who falsely claimed the COVID-19 vaccine could make people magnetic, had her medical license renewed, report says

N.B.A. denies Andrew Wiggins’s request for a religious exemption from the vaccine.

Montana Health Official Pushed Vax Over Dodgy Drugs. So He Was Forced Out.

This Lab Charges $380 for a Covid Test. Is That What Congress Had in Mind?

Prosecutors in Mexico seeking arrest warrants for more than 30 scientists Scientific community is outraged, saying charges of organised crime are an attempt by Mexico’s president to silence them

Young and younger: Minnesota’s latest COVID-19 hospitalizations Nonelderly, unvaccinated filling hospital beds as the median age shifts lower.

Japan reviews medical system ahead of possible 6th COVID wave

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