Coronavirus Live Blog 10.19.2021

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Vaccine Related Information:

United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union

Moderna Booster for Certain Populations Sails Through FDA Panel — All thumbs up, despite small sample size, data quality issues

When an F.D.A. panel meets today about J. & J. booster shots, there will be an elephant in the room.

J&J may need to be a 2 dose shot, mix and match boosters still not decided

Vaccine mandates stoked fears of labor shortages. But hospitals say they’re working.

Chicago mayor files complaint against police union for defying vaccine mandate

US throws out millions of doses of Covid vaccine as world goes wanting

Covid ‘vaxathon’: over 2.5% of New Zealanders get jabbed in one day

US officials set stage for vaccination campaign for younger children

Am I eligible for a coronavirus booster shot?

‘Mix and Match’: FDA Expected to OK Switching Vax Brands for Booster Dose

Mix-and-Match Covid Boosters: Why They Just Might Work
The F.D.A. may authorize booster shots of vaccines different from the ones that Americans originally received. The science behind the move is promising.

Washington State fires its football coach for refusing to be vaccinated.

Unvaccinated public employees in Washington and Massachusetts now risk suspension or firing.

Australia overtakes the United States in vaccinating its population against Covid-19.

Tiny Pacific island nations top the world for the highest rates of vaccination.

ABC News: US high court won’t block vaccines for Maine health workers
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block a vaccine requirement for Maine health care workers

French study of over 22m people finds vaccines cut severe Covid risk by 90%

Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any ‘entity in Texas’

CureVac has withdrawn its Covid vaccine application to European regulators.

Moderna chairman says company will not share coronavirus vaccine formula

Unvaccinated pockets of France expose inequalities and could fuel a winter wave

WHO panel recommends extra doses for people over 60 who are receiving Chinese vaccines

‘Waive the Patents’: Moderna Still Refuses to Share Covid-19 Vaccine Recipe

Moderna and J&J say their data supports COVID vaccine boosters

Moderna argues the F.D.A. should authorize a half-dose of its vaccine as a booster.

A primer on what we know about mixing and matching Covid vaccines

South Korea will donate 1.6 million vaccine doses to Vietnam and Thailand.

“Tracking the FDA advisory panel meeting on Moderna’s Covid vaccine booster”

FDA vaccine advisers recommend emergency use authorization for booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

J&J booster will be voted on Friday

United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union

Moderna Booster for Certain Populations Sails Through FDA Panel — All thumbs up, despite small sample size, data quality issues


Scientific Research & Variants:

Tuberculosis, Like Covid, Spreads in Aerosols, Scientists Report The finding upends conventional wisdom regarding coughing, long thought to be the main route of transmission.

What We Know About Covid, the Flu and the Air We Breathe

AstraZeneca says COVID-19 drug helps cut risk of severe disease, death

Breakthrough infections might not be a big transmission risk. Here’s the evidence

Fauci says other variants not expected to ‘outstrip’ delta as new one emerges


Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Covid infection rate in England rises again to one in 60 people About 890,000 people in England had coronavirus last week, one in 45 in Wales and one in 80 in Scotland

US to lift restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign travelers

Tokyo reports 57 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 531

COVID-19 active cases down more than 25% in less than a month in South Dakota

CNN new county by county map of US covid case levels

AU: Victoria eyes eased restrictions as case numbers steady

As vaccination goals are met, cities in Australia ease restrictions.

New Zealand extends the lockdown of its largest city for another 2 weeks.

Russia crosses threshold of 8 million covid-19 cases as region suffers from new surge

How Serbia became world’s latest Covid-19 hotspot

The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers.

Covid-19 infections are declining in the US. But hospitalizations are still high in some hotspots

Rural Minnesota hospitals struggle with COVID-19 surge


All Other Covid News:

Texas Man Indicted for Sending Violent Threats to Prominent Maryland Doctor Who Had Been a Vocal Advocate of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Texas man charged with threatening prominent doctor over her Covid vaccine advocacy
The suspect is also alleged to have texted misogynistic and racist statements to Dr. Leana Wen, the former Baltimore health commissioner.

Minnesota National Guard to assist with long-term care staffing shortage Walz says members will augment staffs, enabling hospitals to transfer patients.

Physician assistant’s license suspended over COVID actions

MN: Allina’s Plymouth nurses to begin 3-day strike over benefits, holiday pay

MN: Plymouth Hospital Set To Close Temporarily As Nurses Go On Strike Over Fair Pay

Robert Durst, convicted murderer, has Covid-19

Dozens of lawsuits seek to force hospitals to treat COVID-19 with ivermectin

Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications, family says

One Florida school district with optional masks has had 17 staff die of COVID-19 since August

Winner of the Day: “Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredited info”

Miami private school to require students getting COVID vaccine to stay home for 30 days after each dose

‘It’s going to be within our capability’ to prevent another coronavirus surge, Fauci says

As Colder Weather Sets In, Cases Rise in Northernmost U.S. States

Allison Williams to leave ESPN over coronavirus vaccine mandate: ‘I cannot put a paycheck over principle’

Antibody tests can’t give answers you want about covid-19 immunity

‘You reap what you sow’: Russians party despite record Covid figures Critics blame Kremlin denial and mixed messaging for pursuit of normality as deaths top 1,000 a day

Shipping Containers That Spent Weeks Aboard Ships Stuck At Ports Now Being Dumped In Nearby Neighborhoods

The N.H.L. suspends Evander Kane for violating its Covid protocol.

A top public health official becomes the first female four-star admiral in the history of her corps.

Oct 15: Nebraska’s Attorney General offers opinion on controversial COVID-19 treatments

Doctors Can Prescribe Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine Off-Label For COVID-19: Nebraska AG

Parent Sues School District After Kid Gets COVID From Unmasked Classmate

Delta deaths expose Australia’s great disadvantage divide Experts say the spread of coronavirus among lower socioeconomic communities in NSW and Victoria was ‘utterly predictable’

Britain’s stumbling pandemic response cost thousands of lives, parliamentary report finds.

Allen West, Republican running for Texas governor, released from hospital after covid-19 diagnosis

Sleep and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Idaho State Board of Medicine called to investigate Dr. Ryan Cole by medical leaders

Florida fines county $3.5 million after employees fired for not getting COVID-19 vaccine

Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares – “No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” Broglio wrote.

Federal vaccine mandates can override Texas’ sweeping new ban, experts say.

W.H.O. Will Announce New Team to Study Coronavirus Origins
“This new group can do all the fancy footwork it wants, but China’s not going to cooperate,” one expert said.

‘There will be things that people can’t get,’ at Christmas, White House warns

NHS faces beds crisis as care homes stop taking patients from hospitals Exclusive: Major staffing shortages mean many homes have stopped accepting admissions from hospitals

Anchorage approves a mask mandate after two weeks of intense debate.

“24 friends took a Mississippi River cruise out of New Orleans. 11 got COVID. – Outbreak on American Queen shows limits of COVID protocols on cruise ships, health experts say”

Several Republican Alaska lawmakers push for easier access to ivermectin to ward off COVID

Republican state senator, banned from Alaska Airlines after mask refusal, tests positive for COVID-19

Arizona Cardinals receive three positive COVID-19 tests this week, source says

Six out of seven coronavirus cases in Africa are going undetected, the W.H.O. says.


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