Coronavirus Live Blog 11.09.2021

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Vaccine Related Information:

Europe, at ‘epicenter’ of coronavirus pandemic, looks to booster shots – Countries that have restricted boosters to the vulnerable are expanding access as immunity wanes and the fourth wave hits.

With fourth wave raging, Germany agrees booster shots for all

Costa Rica moves to require Covid shots for children.

Pfizer expected to seek authorization for coronavirus vaccine booster for people age 18 and older

New vaccine campaigns target rural Americans to address disparities Rural residents are older and poorer, are less likely to be vaccinated – and twice as likely to die of Covid as city dwellers

WHO grants emergency approval to Indian-made vaccine Covaxin

J&J COVID Shot 73.6% Effective in Real-World Study — The vaccine also led to lower risk of hospitalizations and ICU admissions

Hong Kong will offer booster shots to high-risk residents next week.

There could be a Covid-19 vaccine for children younger than 5 in early 2022, US surgeon general says

Vienna will start to vaccinate young children without E.U. approval.


Scientific Research & Variants:

Is COVID-19 here to stay? A team of biologists explains what it means for a virus to become endemic

Gene linked to doubling risk of COVID-19 death found by UK scientists

British scientists have identified a gene that doubles the risk of dying from COVID-19
The scientists found

SARS-CoV-2 vaccine protection and deaths among US veterans during 2021

Study shows dramatic decline in effectiveness of all three COVID-19 vaccines over time

Experimental Pfizer pill prevents Covid hospitalizations and deaths


Ivermectin-COVID-19 Study Retracted; Authors Blame File Mixup

“Study Suggests Coronavirus Infections Rampant in Iowa Deer”

“Single-dose intranasal vaccination elicits systemic and mucosal immunity against SARS-CoV-2”

More than 10,000 patients caught Covid-19 in a hospital, analysis shows. Some never made it out

Not all Covid waves look the same. Here’s a snapshot of the Delta surge

Texas Study: Unvaccinated 20x More Likely to Die of COVID-19 in September

COVID proteins that trigger strokes and heart attacks identified by Israeli team – Discovery, made through ‘peek in virus’s black box,’ could lead to therapies that halt havoc wrought on vascular system, say Tel Aviv University scientists

The U.K. approves Merck’s molnupiravir, making it the first pill to be endorsed for treating Covid.

Merck’s Covid-19 antiviral pill receives first authorization in U.K.

Neutralization of the SARS-CoV-2 Mu Variant by Convalescent and Vaccine Serum


Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Facing a case surge, Latvia moves to make it legal to fire unvaccinated workers.

Near-Daily Covid Tests, Sleeping in Classrooms: Life in Covid-Zero China Residents in Ruili, in southwestern China, have been locked down four times in the past year as part of the country’s quest to eliminate the virus.

Covid-19 hospitalizations are rising in Colorado, which has fewer than 100 open ICU beds

Utah confirms 1,874 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths on Friday

England’s hospitals already at peak winter bed occupancy, NHS bosses warn

California, once a leader on COVID-19, now has case rate twice Florida’s

How long can you maintain it?’ Cost of Taiwan’s pursuit of Covid zero starts to show

More European countries move to CDC’s highest risk travel category

Germany’s Covid-19 infection rate hits highest since pandemic began

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Pandemic digs in; bad numbers accelerate

Number of active COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire rises to level not seen since January – Saturday (906 new cases) represented highest single-day total since Jan. 14

Iowa’s COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations on the rise

A Vermont college says Halloween parties fueled a Covid outbreak.

COVID-19 In MN: Latest Positivity Rate Nears ‘High Risk’ Threshold

SD percent positive is at 14%

Colorado hospitals are nearly full as the state battles a growing caseload.

The Netherlands brings back face masks to try to curb the spread of the virus.

The virus is surging on the Navajo Nation, despite high vaccination rates.

Romania and Bulgaria suffer record death tolls amid low vaccination rates

WI: State’s Recovery From Latest COVID-19 Surge “Painfully Slow”

Covid flourishes in a port where Italy’s vaccine resisters took to the streets.

Hawaii is easing restrictions and preparing to welcome back tourists.

England sees record COVID prevalence in October -Imperial study

COVID cases break records across Europe as winter takes hold

New Oregon COVID cases in all but 3 counties – Overall cases in Oregon now stands at 369,815

Japan will shorten quarantine for business travelers to 3 days.



All Other Covid News:

Chicago Public Schools to cancel classes next week for ‘Vaccine Awareness Day’

New York City cuts vaccine mandate deal with at least four unions

Aaron Rodgers tells radio show he is unvaccinated, getting Covid advice from Joe Rogan

Gottlieb says pandemic in US could be over by January

California town declares itself a ‘constitutional republic’ to buck Covid rules Oroville’s city council adopted a resolution stating it would oppose state and federal orders that it deems to be government overreach

Cruises reported more than 1,350 covid cases since June, CDC report reveals

Fact check: 6 of Aaron Rodgers’ false and misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccine

Experts Blow Whistle on Alleged COVID Vaccine Whistleblower Claims — Allegations described as “vague kind of hand waving”

California counties that backed Trump suffer much higher COVID death rates than others

Fire in Covid intensive care ward kills 11 people in India.

Several at COP26 tested positive for Covid-19. Attendees fear that more cases will come.

Outdoor dining sheds may have saved N.Y.C., but some fear they may destroy it.

mRNA vaccine may have saved Moderna from financial peril.

Fact Check: Did Japan Halt COVID-19 Vax Rollout Due to Ivermectin Success? – Japan has been touted as a pandemic success story.

Two hyenas test positive for COVID-19

Newsmax says it will implement vaccine requirement 

Federal court blocks Biden administration’s vaccination mandate – The states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah are among the plaintiffs.

Sherri Tenpenny, leading ‘disinformation dozen’ anti-vaxxer, described having COVID-19 symptoms and getting on planes

Covid Gets Even Redder The partisan gap in deaths has grown larger.

She Died With Long Covid. Should Her Organs Have Been Donated? Heidi Ferrer’s family feared her organs were unsafe. The case points to gaps in protocols for organ donation amid the pandemic.

‘This deception must end now’: Facebook gets letter from 500 health professionals demanding data on COVID misinformation

As of Monday at 8 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll reached 46,488,417 cases and 754,431 deaths, increases of 517,150 cases and 8,595 deaths versus this time a week ago.

Book Review: Scott Gottlieb’s “Uncontrolled Spread”: Debacle at the CDC, and Pandemics as a National Security Threat

Germany’s likely government prepares new rules to handle rampant coronavirus – Although no coalition agreement has been reached yet, SPD, FDP and Greens take action as pandemic threatens to get out of hand.

Airlines prepare for international travel surge as US eases COVID restrictions

Lawmaker catches COVID-19, must miss his anti-vaccine rally – A North Dakota lawmaker and an organizer of rally to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates is infected with the coronavirus and won’t attend the event

People ‘unvaccinated by choice’ in Singapore no longer can receive free covid-19 treatment

India Eased Its Covid-19 Disaster. Fears of Complacency Remain. The success represents a major victory for Narendra Modi’s government, but a recent slowdown in new vaccinations has sparked worries

In Hong Kong, a mandatory smartphone app draws pushback and mockery.

Protest outside New Zealand’s Parliament assails sweeping new Covid mandates.

Trying to keep up covid-19 safety in communities where many decided the pandemic wasn’t real

British Medical Journal: “Researcher Blows the Whistle on Data Integrity Issues in Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial”

58,900 Containers Are Now Paying A Rising $100 Penalty In LA, Long Beach

58,900 long-dwelling containers now on penalty clock in LA, Long Beach – 40,000 containers in LA and 18,900 in Long Beach have been sitting for 9-plus days

from Kaiser Health News: “ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID”

Families could be denied death benefits if their unvaccinated loved one dies

Opinion: Aaron Rodgers has COVID. He lied about being vaccinated, and being a team player

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tests positive for COVID-19 at the climate summit

ND: Sanford suspends just 82 for refusing COVID-19 vaccine; less than 1% of workforce

Kristy Swanson, actress and vaccine skeptic, is hospitalized with Covid.

The Biden administration sets a Jan. 4 vaccination deadline for private sector workers.

Diwali festivities draw hundreds of thousands in India, despite Covid concerns.

South Korea will hospitalize all Covid patients taking the college entrance exam.

Ford to introduce vaccine mandate for most of its U.S. workers

Hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved if more people were vaccinated, US surgeon general says

Johnson’s COVID-19 gambit steers Britain into uncharted winter waters

Newsmax pulls reporter who tweeted vaccine conspiracy theory off air

Hundreds of Hanford workers urged at rally to lose their jobs rather than get COVID vaccine

Sony charters Boeing 747 jumbo jets to deliver millions of PlayStation 5 consoles in time for Christmas

Federal Government Cuts Ties With Troubled Vaccine Maker Emergent BioSolutions ruined millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Now its $600 million deal is canceled.

Uh Oh, the Coronavirus Has Been Spreading Widely in U.S. Deer – Up to a third of deer in Iowa had recently been infected by SARS-CoV-2, according to one estimate.

Japan OKs use of ‘antibody cocktail’ to prevent COVID-19

Pfizer’s COVID-19 Pill ‘Beyond our Wildest Dreams’

In India, fears grow that gatherings for Diwali could prompt another virus spike.

‘Overwhelmed’: Influenza rampant at FSU and FAMU as experts point to flu vaccine hesitancy – ‘We are seeing a lot of cases of the flu,’ a FAMU official said. ‘I’m concerned’

A White House aide who traveled abroad with Biden tests positive.

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