Coronavirus Live Blog 9.7.2021

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Vaccine Related Information:

Top reasons why unvaccinated Coloradans are refusing COVID-19 shot

European Union says 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated

“Why Some White Evangelical Republicans Are So Opposed To The COVID-19 Vaccine”

Honolulu to require proof of vaccination in most public places

Macron gambled on coronavirus immunity passport — and won – The French president stuck his neck out, banking that the public would support his plan. And so far, it’s been a success.

New Jersey Woman Charged With Selling Fake Vaccine Cards on Instagram The charges highlight how a black market for counterfeit Covid-19 vaccine cards has grown as the Delta variant fuels the latest wave of the coronavirus.

Singapore fully vaccinates 80% of population against COVID-19

Georgia anti-vaxxers shut down mobile vaccine event

Axios-Ipsos poll: Vaccine hesitancy may be crumbling

Moderna starts data submission for COVID-19 vaccine booster

Moderna to recall COVID-19 doses in Japan after stainless steel contaminants found

3 times as many people died in August; Florida to issue $5,000 fines for anyone requiring proof of vaccination: Latest COVID-19 updates

Coronavirus: Philippines hosts phase 3 trials for Chinese Livzon V-01 vaccine

NJ hospital fires staffers for bogus COVID-19 vaccination cards – Gov. Murphy said he doesn’t think fake vaccination cards are widespread

UK committee: Healthy kids aged 12-15 don’t need coronavirus vaccine – The government has come under heavy fire for not rolling out vaccinations to kids over 12 in time for their return to school.

Booster shots may only be available to Pfizer vaccine recipients at first, officials say – Public health agencies are reportedly looking for more thorough safety data on booster shots.

The Share Of U.S. Adults Willing To Get Vaccinated Ticks Up, A New Poll Finds

Virus czar calls to begin readying for eventual 4th vaccine dose – Salman Zarka says COVID-19 is here to stay for and that next booster shot may be adjusted for variants: ‘This is our life from now on, in waves’

Biden administration’s September 20 booster rollout may be scaled back to just Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at first



Scientific Research & Variants:

New COVID variant detected in South Africa, most mutated variant so far – The C.1.2 variant first detected in South Africa is more mutated compared to the original virus than any other known variant.

The continuous evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: a new lineage with rapid accumulation of mutations of concern and global detection

Recovering From COVID-19 Doesn’t Guarantee Antibodies or Confer Immunity to Re-Infection

COVID-19 antibody study shows downside of not receiving second shot – Recovering from COVID-19 doesn’t guarantee antibodies or confer immunity to re-infection, study found

study link: “Durability of antibody response to vaccination and surrogate neutralization of emerging variants based on SARS-CoV-2 exposure history”

Next-gen COVID vaccine to make persistent neutralizing antibodies

What Pfizer’s scientists consider the ‘biggest surprise’ about their COVID-19 vaccine

Inside Pfizer’s labs, ‘variant hunters’ race to stay ahead of the pandemic’s next twist

Israel doubles down on booster shots as daily Covid cases set new record

Pfizer director Dr. Scott Gottlieb says Covid vaccine for kids 5 to 11 could come by winter

Delta variant may double risk of hospitalization for the unvaccinated, study finds

Hospital admission and emergency care attendance risk for SARS-CoV-2 delta (B.1.617.2) compared with alpha (B.1.1.7) variants of concern: a cohort study

Breakthrough COVID-19 cases accelerate in Minnesota – Severe COVID-19 in fully vaccinated Minnesotans remains rare even as more breakthrough infections are identified.

Israeli experts analyze mRNA COVID vaccines long-term effects – Experts believe there will be no long-term side effects to the mRNA vaccines.

Should vaccinated people worry about long Covid? – Here’s what we know about long Covid — with some hope for the future.

Mayo study finds antibody treatment can help COVID-19 patients

The long explanation about vaccines and Israel’s covid surge – link:

WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named Mu Health body says Mu, or B.1.621, first identified in Colombia, has been designated as a variant of interest

One in seven Covid-positive children have symptoms 15 weeks on, study finds

Take Another Look at the Spacing Between COVID Vaccine Doses — Growing body of research suggests robust immune response with extended dosing interval

WHO says it is monitoring a new Covid variant called ‘mu’

New COVID-19 Mu Variant Named a ‘Variant of Interest’—Here’s What to Know – There’s still a lot to learn about this new variant.

Rise of Delta at California Hospital Tells a Cautionary Tale — Breakthrough cases speak to waning vaccine immunity, lax public health interventions

Resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Highly Vaccinated Health System Workforce

Cases of Mu COVID Variant That May Evade Vaccines Found in These States

Vaccination reduces risk of long Covid, even when people are infected, U.K. study indicates

The debate over Covid-19 vaccine boosters, what to call them, and whether they’re needed

EU’s infectious disease agency: ‘No urgent need’ for coronavirus vaccine booster shots – Third shots for people with weakened immune systems ‘should be considered.’

More than 80% of Americans 16 and older have some immunity to coronavirus, blood survey finds

“Groundbreaking COVID-19 Blood Donor Seroprevalence Study Illustrates Increase in Population with Antibodies Because of Vaccination”

CDC link: “Multistate Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence in Blood Donors”

study details, JAMA link: “Estimated US Infection- and Vaccine-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Based on Blood Donations, July 2020-May 2021”

More than 80% of Americans 16 and older have some immunity to coronavirus, blood survey finds

These Physicians Are on the Long-COVID Front Lines — Physical medicine & rehabilitation specialists urge a national crisis management plan

AAPM&R Long COVID Dashboard Released

dashboard link: PASC Dashboard

“As with other disease, it is much safer to get the vaccine and prevent COVID-19, a disease that puts one at risk of hospitalization, death and long-running after-effects.”
study PDF link: “Comparing SARS-CoV-2 natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity: reinfections versus breakthrough infections”

Rogue antibodies involved in almost one-fifth of COVID deaths – The self-targeting antibodies attack type 1 interferons that play a key role in fighting infection.

study link: “Autoantibodies neutralizing type I IFNs are present in ~4% of uninfected individuals over 70 years old and account for ~20% of COVID-19 deaths”

The link between COVID-19, rattlesnake venom and a killer enzyme inspires treatment target

Fauci: ‘Dramatic Data’ From Israel Support COVID-19 Boosters — Cites “rather substantial positive impact” of a booster dose

Antibody response after Pfizer vaccine

Japan confirms first cases of mu coronavirus variant

Experts Identify New COVID Variation in South Africa – What’s Known So Far

The continuous evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: a new lineage with rapid accumulation of mutations of concern and global detection

Fauci says he’s ‘keeping a very close eye on’ new COVID-19 variant – The World Health Organization this week designated the strain known as “mu” or “B.1.621” a variant of interest.

A Prominent Study Said Ivermectin Prevents COVID, But The Data Is Suspect
An influential study from Argentina has been used to argue that ivermectin prevents COVID 100% of the time — but its inconsistencies have led experts to question if it could have actually happened as advertised.

‘Concerning constellations of mutations’: What to know about the C.1.2 variant of the coronavirus



Outbreaks & Restrictions:

dirty, infested yankees stay home: “EU recommends restrictions on US travelers amid COVID-19 spike”

Australia to end ‘covid zero’ policy: ‘Not a sustainable way to live’ – Around 27% of Australians have been fully vaccinated

WHO warns of possible 236,000 new COVID-19 deaths in Europe by December, and Fauci says U.S. could see another 100,000

‘A very unsafe environment’: Liberty University student discusses on-campus coronavirus outbreak

McDonald’s, others consider closing indoor seating amid Delta surge in U.S.

Rural California counties tighten mask rules as COVID patients flood hospitals

Miss. Gov.: South’s response to COVID impacted by belief in ‘eternal life’

Mississippi Passes NY’s COVID Death Rate As Gov. Reeves Says Mississippians ‘A Little Less Scared’

State using South Dakota National Guard for COVID-19 testing in Black Hills

Florida changed its COVID-19 data, creating an ‘artificial decline’ in recent deaths

Google delays its return-to-office plans again, this time until January 2022 – The tech giant previously expected employees in the US and elsewhere to start returning to the office in October, but it’s pushed back the date as Covid-19 cases surge.

Texas school temporarily closes after two teachers die of coronavirus complications

Florida Averaging 11 COVID Deaths Per Hour as Delta Variant, Mask Debates Rage

Missourians packed into a city council meeting to fight a mask mandate. One of the attendees now has covid.

2 teachers who got COVID-19 went with pupils to Paralympics

Oxygen supplies grow precarious amid COVID surge

COVID-19 outbreak sidelines ‘whole strike team of crews’ battling Caldor Fire near South Lake Tahoe

A church camp didn’t require vaccinations or masks. It’s now linked to 180 covid cases, CDC says.

Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Florida

‘Take action now’: Sioux Falls health care leaders say time to increase COVID-19 mitigation efforts is here

Two Florida districts close schools until after Labor Day due to COVID-19

Liberty University COVID-19 outbreak on campus worsens, vaccinations now offered

Hawaii is facing an oxygen shortage amid a record surge in virus cases.

COVID Hospitalizations Level Off In Bay Area, California

Data shows Florida’s latest COVID surge the deadliest yet

“How will South Australia’s home quarantine trial work?”

Hospital capacity data

More kids hospitalized with Covid-19 in states with lower vaccination rates, CDC report finds

Hospitalizations Associated with COVID-19 Among Children and Adolescents — COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1, 2020–August 14, 2021

Trends in COVID-19 Cases, Emergency Department Visits, and Hospital Admissions Among Children and Adolescents Aged 0–17 Years — United States, August 2020–August 2021

COVID-19 thriving in rural Maine counties, with 665 new cases statewide – The new cases represent the highest single-day total since Jan. 20, near the height of the pandemic.

Las Vegas: “Clark County COVID-19 activity rises to highest level on record”

Already under stress, North Dakota hospitals could be ‘overrun’ by imminent COVID-19 peak – Health workers are bracing to be stretched even thinner as the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 infects more unvaccinated residents.

North Dakota’s active cases are about half of South Dakota’s

Alabama schools report 13,000 COVID-19 cases in two-week period

Visualizing how fast the pandemic is getting better or worse, state by state

Schools Prepare as COVID-19 Cases Nearly Triple in Texas in Last 3 Weeks – Many North Texas schools are doing what they can to stop the spread of COVID on campus.

At least 1,000 schools in 35 states have closed for in-person learning since the start of the school year: COVID-19 updates

COVID Ravaged South America. Then Came a Sharp Drop in Infections.


All Other Covid News:

Florida radio host who called himself ‘Mr Anti-Vax’ dies of Covid-19

Unvaccinated Pastor Who Almost Died Of COVID Now Preaches The Importance Of Vaccines

This Florida Monoclonal Antibody Clinic Is Maxed Out — Gerald Pierone is treating sick COVID patients in the midst of Florida’s antibody rollout

3rd conservative radio host who condemned vaccines dies of Covid – Marc Bernier was a mainstay on talk radio in Daytona.

A judge asked a mother if she got the covid vaccine. She said no, and he revoked custody of her son.

Hospital patients are being evacuated as the rapidly growing Caldor Fire edges closer to California’s Lake Tahoe region

Conspiracy Theorist Who Spoke At Far-Right Rally In Maine Dies Of COVID-19

Rand Paul: ‘Hatred for Trump’ blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment

“Butler County judge orders West Chester Hospital to treat COVID-19 patient with ivermectin, despite CDC warnings”

Half of Kid Rock’s band has covid after Sturgis, cancels tour dates

More than 30,000 COVID patients in Florida have had monoclonal antibody therapy since Aug. 12 – Doctors are glad to see it offered to those who are infected but not seriously ill, but say it’s too soon to say if it’s helping hospital admissions.

Los Angeles County to pay $400,000 to Sun Valley church that defied COVID rules

Two senior FDA vaccine regulators are stepping down

Opinion: How right-wing media and social isolation lead people to eat horse paste

“How ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ Sold Access to Bogus COVID-19 Treatments—and Left Patients in the Lurch”

People taking dangerous doses of ivermectin for COVID-19 say they’re pooping out worms, but it’s probably vegetables or mucus

FDA restarts distribution of Lilly’s COVID-19 drug in 22 states

At least 15 red sox players tested positive for Covid so far.

covid19 earaches: “You’re More Likely to Have This Symptom With the Delta Variant, Doctors Say”

Ivermectin and Horse Dewormer Sales Are Through the Roof at Phoenix Feed Stores

More Hospitals Sued Over Right to Try Ivermectin — More hospitals see lawsuits from family members of COVID-19 patients seeking the drug

Unvaccinated, unmasked students exposed to coronavirus could remain in class, under potential Ohio pilot project

Unvaccinated Knicks, Nets, Warriors players will have to sit out home games, NBA memo says

Lack of a Vaccine Mandate Becomes Competitive Advantage in Hospital Staffing Wars

Mask Mandates Save Lives

American Medical Association calls for ‘immediate end’ to use of ivermectin for COVID-19

Georgia professors are quitting over their universities’ lax mask rules: ‘This is a matter of life and death

Hundreds lined up at a Florida chiropractor’s office after he signed mask-exemption forms for students

Carnival Cruise Line updates COVID testing requirements for fully vaccinated guests – New policy takes effect Sept. 13

Arkansas inmates say they weren’t told they were treated for COVID-19 with ivermectin

even in my area: “Horse Deworming Drug Ivermectin Flying Off Shelves at Bay Area Tack and Feed Stores”

More than 40,000 COVID-19 patients in Florida have had monoclonal antibody treatments. Is it working?

After 223 excruciating days in the hospital, this COVID-19 survivor returns home – Salt Lake City man was hospitalized for eight months, at times on the brink of death

Local mother loses two children to COVID-19

FDA retirements reignite debate over Biden booster plan

Ohio doctor who prescribed deworming drug for Covid founded pro-ivermectin group – The group is “dedicated to developing highly effective treatment protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and to improve the outcomes for patients ill with the disease.”

About 100k people expected: “BottleRock Napa Valley 2021 kicks off”

This Winter’s Flu Season Could Be A Bad One, Experts Predict

Covid vaccine profits mint 9 new pharma billionaires

Florida official wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to make the controversial and unproven COVID-19 treatment ivermectin more widely available

The White House wants $65 billion for an ‘Apollo’-style pandemic preparedness program

Minnesota parents sue Gov. Walz over lack of mask mandate in schools

Watch: 110,000 Michigan football fans singing Mr. Brightside

“Saturday gamedays are back! Incredible scenes as fans flock back to college football stadiums across America with no masks or social distancing despite surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations”

“IN PICTURES: 140,000 turn out for fresh protest against France’s health pass”



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