Coronavirus Live Blog 11.02.2021

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Global COVID-19 deaths top 5 million


Vaccine Related Information:

CDC advisers to vote on giving Covid-19 vaccine to kids ages 5 to 11

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) link from ZH: “Covid-19: Researcher blows the whistle on data integrity issues in Pfizer’s vaccine trial”

ZH version: ‘Falsified Data’: Pfizer Vaccine Trial Had Major Flaws, Whistleblower Tells Peer-Reviewed Journal

Moderna: FDA delaying decision on its shot for adolescents

Covid-19 vaccine program for kids ‘will be running at full strength’ week of November 8, White House says

FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11

At least 89% of vaccinated American adults will qualify for Covid-19 booster shots

Coronavirus booster shots for Hong Kong expected in November; approval likely for children aged 5 to 11 to get BioNTech vaccine
Health adviser says those opting for third Sinovac shot may require another dose months later
Vaccination campaign for age group could launch within a month, expert says, while city records three new infections on Saturday, all imported

WHO chief calls on G-20 to quell vaccine, testing inequities

Limited access to syringes challenges vaccination efforts in Africa, WHO says

A nasal COVID-19 vaccine could be the solution to ending the pandemic, experts say, and early trial data looks promising


Scientific Research & Variants:

WHO tracking Covid-19 ‘Delta Plus’, now in at least 42 countries

A potentially faster-spreading Delta variant, AY.4.2, has been spotted in 8 states

from NYT: “Who Had COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Cases?”

Do Patients Hold the Answer to the Mystery of Long COVID? — Listening is paramount to better understand this novel condition

In Re-Analysis, Ivermectin Benefits Disappeared as Trial Quality Increased — When studies with a moderate or greater risk of bias were removed, survival benefit vanished

New coronavirus variant more resistant to vaccines will come soon, expert says – Welsh first minister said a new variant more resistant to vaccines will appear soon



Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Russia added to high risk travel category by US CDC

Russia hits a daily record for coronavirus deaths.

China urges families to stock up on food for winter months.

Thailand reopens to tourists from 63 countries without requiring quarantine.

Some Australians are allowed to return home as border rules ease.

Dutch government to tighten coronavirus restrictions amid infections hike COVID passports, face coverings and part-time remote working will be emphasized.

30,000 Park-Goers in Disneyland Lockdown Panic Over One COVID Case in Halloween Nightmare – Theme park fun-seekers lined up for hours for mandatory tests, as fireworks exploded joyfully overhead, high above the centerpiece castle.

Israel to allow vaccinated, covid-recovered tourists starting Nov. 1

Colorado to activate crisis standards of care if infections do not decline next week

Tonga records its first Covid case.

Beijing residents told to delay weddings and keep funerals brief as authorities try to halt Covid spread

Colorado battles fall COVID-19 resurgence, with highest hospitalization rate since December

After months of decline, coronavirus cases plateau in California. Can a new surge be avoided?

Japanese tourism after Covid-19 looks to build on Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but some doubt official strategy

Europe was only region to report increase in cases, deaths over past week, WHO says


All Other Covid News:

Coming federal rule will require employers to provide paid time off for workers to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects

Greene accrues at least $48K in fines for ignoring House mask mandate

More supply chain woes

Shipping container accidentally falls on and destroys car near Port of Los Angeles 

Why the US Supply Chain Crisis Is Intractable and Will Get Worse

“I’m A Twenty Year Truck Driver, I Will Tell You Why America’s “Shipping Crisis” Will Not End”

‘There was no plan’: Throwing spaghetti at the wall to overcome Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy

Press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for Covid – Psaki said she and President Joe Biden were outdoors and masked when they last saw each other on Tuesday, five days before she got the positive result following multiple negative tests.

Diet-related diseases pose a major risk for Covid-19. But the U.S. overlooks them. – Other countries have been galvanized to confront diet issues. The U.S. has had no such wakeup call.

Thousands of New York City workers face suspension as a vaccine deadline arrives.

Not Everyone in New York Wanted the Coronavirus to Lose

Staten Island protesters foreshadow fight against children’s vaccine mandates, warning of possible violence

New Iowa Law Guarantees Unemployment Benefit For Workers Fired Over Vaccine Mandate

Emergency vaccine rule for large employers will be issued ‘in the coming days’

2,300 NYC firefighters call out sick as vaccine mandate begins, but mayor says public safety not disrupted

Judge pauses Chicago police vaccine requirement

Pro-vaccine Fox News host receives support from CNN anchor over death threats

Flu, cancer, HIV: after Covid success, what next for mRNA vaccines? The technology was viewed with scepticism before the pandemic but there is now growing confidence about its use

At least 59K meatpacking workers caught COVID; 54% infected at JBS plant in Hyrum, report says

How does Covid end? The world is watching the UK to find out. The virus won’t disappear – it will just become endemic. But it could still put pressure on health systems in years to come

The Covid-19 oxygen crisis: How did we get here? Part 6. Oxygen supply chains

“Why I Still Believe Covid-19 Could Not Have Originated in a Lab”

“All The Science You Need To Make Your COVID-19 Decisions – We’re tracking the research so you don’t have to.”

Gen Z is growing up during a pandemic. They have a message for the rest of us

Supreme Court Won’t Block Maine’s Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

Tensions rise over N.Y.C.’s vaccine mandate as firefighters are disciplined and garbage piles up.

The origin of the coronavirus may remain murky, U.S. intelligence agencies say.

Citigroup requires proof of vaccination for employees as workplace mandates increase

South Dakota Gov. Noem Signs Order To ‘Protect’ State Employees From Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

IM Doc on Medication/Medical Supply Shortages and Political Backlash

“India’s COVID Spike and Plummet. What Have We Learned? — Experts discuss the country’s second deadly wave”

United says vaccinated pilots and flight attendants could refuse to fly with unvaccinated coworkers

Russians spurn Sputnik jab and head west for vaccines EU and UK travel bans fuel boom in travel to Serbia for authorized Covid vaccinations

How does a pandemic start winding down? You’re looking at it. Coronavirus infections are down, hopes are up, but uncertain forecasts put the Biden administration in a pandemic messaging bind

planet ZH: “COVID Propaganda Roundup: Pfizer-Funded Corporate News Somehow Gets Weirder and Faker”

SD: Rapid City school closed after covid outbreak

A Ukrainian town tried an experiment in mass vaccination. It worked.

New Orleans suspends mask mandate for most public spaces as cases ebb

Covid cases and deaths grossly underestimated among meatpackers, House investigation finds

“The next coronavirus wave in Europe – Vaccination is the main determinant for whether a country can successfully keep case numbers down.”

Black and Latino families continue to bear pandemic’s great economic toll in U.S.

A COVID ‘Breathalyzer’: Not All Hot Air? — Small study found high sensitivity in a group of critically ill patients

Delta Makes COVID a (Vaccinated) Family Affair — Real-world U.K. study finds vaccinated family members can still spread the variant to each other




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