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Vaccine Related Information:
CDC director confirms FDA in talks to streamline authorization of omicron-specific vaccine
J.&J. booster works well for people who had Pfizer originally, study finds.
Moderna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high Covid immunity, study finds
Moderna loses patent battles and could face lawsuit over COVID vaccine
A different kind of COVID vaccine is about ready to roll
Fauci says Biden administration is preparing for possible ‘variant-specific boost’
Moderna exec says company could have Omicron booster ready in March
Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Face Off Again — Was there a winner in this population of older male veterans? Yes and no https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95970
Can This Houston-Born COVID Vaccine Save the Developing World?
For low-income countries, the less-expensive, easier-to-make Corbevax could prove a godsend.
How Well Do COVID Vaccines Mix and Match Together? — First randomized trial in U.K. examines a variety of booster combinations https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/95988
Scientific Research & Variants:
Britain, a leader in genomic testing, has detected around 160 Omicron cases and tightens restrictions.
Britain and Denmark report a rise in known Omicron cases.
Thailand reports its first case of the Omicron variant, in a U.S. citizen visiting from Spain.
Why Top Virologist Is Concerned About Omicron — Trevor Bedford, PhD, says the new variant “feels like January 2020 all over again”
“Wisconsin’s first official case of the COVID-19 omicron variant has been discovered”
Grab the good news and hope for the best.
Oslo Omicron Outbreak a Textbook Aerosol-Driven Superspreader Event; Biden “Vax-Only” Policy Totters
Texas becomes the 19th state to detect the Omicron variant.
South African Hospital Report Hints at Milder Disease With Omicron — Most inpatients didn’t need oxygen,
but author warns it’s too soon to draw conclusions
Reinfections three times more likely with Omicron coronavirus variant, South African scientists say
Christmas party in Norway infects up to 60 in suspected omicron outbreak – If confirmed, it will be the world’s biggest omicron outbreak to date https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-covid-christmas-party-omicron-b1968467.html
COVID-19: At least 50 people infected with Omicron variant at Christmas party in Norway –
The news comes as Norway joins a number of other countries trying to control the spread of the variant with tougher rules.
“We’ll know more soon about Omicron. Here’s how to interpret the coming flood of data”
Omicron Triggers ‘Unprecedented’ COVID Surge Hitting Under Children Under Age 5 in South Africa –
Until now, the coronavirus pandemic has largely spared the youngest children. That’s all starting to change in variant-swamped South Africa. https://www.thedailybeast.com/omicron-variant-puttings-huge-numbers-of-kids-under-5-years-old-in-hospital-in-south-africa
“This Virus Is a Shape-Shifter!” – New Research Details How COVID Variants Are Evolving New Ways To Evade Vaccines
SARS-CoV-2 variants, including mutated variants resembling omicron,
are evolving new ways to evade antibodies, vaccines
Six omicron variant cases found in Nebraska
Omicron COVID-19 variant discovered in Utah
Maryland reports 3 cases of omicron variant
Nebraska, Maryland and Pennsylvania all confirm omicron cases as Covid variant spreads to eight U.S. states
Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus
NJ’s first case of omicron confirmed. Here’s what we know
Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus
Five omicron cases in East Bay tied to outbreak that began with Wisconsin wedding
Wisconsin wedding linked to 5 cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant in California
UPDATE: First case of COVID omicron variant in Georgia resident detected
First confirmed US case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in California
San Francisco reports first US omicron case, symptoms ‘very mild’
“United States identifies first case of new COVID-19 omicron variant in California”
First case of Omicron coronavirus variant identified in the U.S.
Coronavirus news live: South Africa sees ‘exponential increase’ in Covid cases, dominated by Omicron variant https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/dec/02/coronavirus-news-live-south-africa-sees-exponential-increase-in-covid-cases-dominated-by-omicron-variant
Omicron cases could soon be responsible for “over half” of Europe’s Covid-19 infections, agency says
Previous infection protected against Delta. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Omicron, expert says
India reports its first 2 cases of Omicron variant in recent travelers
South Africans urged to get vaccinated immediately with warning that virus peak may come in 2 weeks
Greece confirms first Omicron case
Latest on COVID in MN: Omicron variant surfaces in Minnesota
Covid: South Africa new cases double in 24 hours as Omicron spreads
Hospitalizations are rising across South Africa, but it’s still too early to know whether the omicron variant is
driving an increase in severe Covid-19 cases, according to the World Health Organization.
Second U.S. case of Omicron variant indicates domestic transmission
Some experts suggest Omicron variant may have evolved in an animal host
“Confirmed US omicron cases up to 3; assume variant is ‘in our city,’ NY mayor says; Biden seeks unity vs. virus: Latest COVID-19 updates” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/12/02/global-covid-cases-biden-winter-plan-omicron-coronavirus-updates/8830774002/
Omicron variant may have evolved in rats, one theory says – There are several theories as to how the omicron variant evolved
Omicron variant detected in unvaccinated Hawaii resident
Hawaii confirms its first case of Omicron variant in resident with no history of travel outside state
1st confirmed case of omicron variant detected in Hawaii, state health officials say
California confirms 2nd case of COVID omicron variant
Outbreaks & Restrictions:
S. Korea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deaths
US 7 day averages are highest they have been in 2 months
New Hampshire has highest COVID-19 case rate in country, CDC says – Active cases rise
above 8,000 for second time in pandemic
Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Signs surface of a Thanksgiving surge
Japan suspends visas for would-be residents amid crackdown on inbound travel
SD: ICU bed availability impacting Avera and Sanford due to COVID
MN recorded 100 covid deaths over the holiday weekend
Wisconsin Hospitals Are in ‘Emergency Situation’ as Unvaccinated COVID Patients Fill Up ICU Beds
Iowa coronavirus hospitalizations top 700, new yearly high
Japan: COVID-19 cluster in Gunma factory now up to 42 as 26 cases reported
Germany to tighten coronavirus restrictions – Country wants to break fourth pandemic wave before Christmas.
Germany announces nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated
France closes nightclubs for four weeks, but rejects adding other major restrictions.
More than 40,000 march in Vienna against coronavirus lockdown
‘Vaccines don’t make you free’: Thousands protest COVID-19 measures in Brussels – Demonstration comes as
national counter-terrorism agency warns the pandemic is fueling polarization.
The 5 key data points to understand omicron – These leading indicators will help experts figure out if omicron is really as scary as it seems.
All Other Covid News:
50k people at convention (tv news) “5 cases of omicron COVID-19 variant detected in New York”
Omicron traced to NYC anime convention. NJ officials urge attendees to get tested immediately
5 Cases Of Omicron Variant Found In New York, Gov. Hochul Says
Friends who went to an anime convention with a man who tested positive for Omicron also got sick, he says.
Man who contracted omicron, attended anime convention urges vaccination
Another interview with McGinn
NY governor urges testing for convention attendees after confirmed omicron case
US drugstores squeezed by vaccine demand, staff shortages
New York to mandate Covid vaccines for all private sector workers
Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame
In Its War on Covid-19, China Calls on ‘Little Inoculated Warriors’The country regards children as
crucial in its quest for herd immunity, but some parents, worried about the vaccines’ safety, are pushing back.
A cruise ship returns to New Orleans with 17 Covid cases aboard.
British vaccine developer says future pandemics ‘could be worse’
Snotty-nosed hippos test positive for coronavirus in Belgium, the first known cases in species
Gilead recalls vials of its remdesivir covid drug in U.S. over glass contamination
EUA for Monoclonals in Babies
WHO advises against use of convalescent plasma for covid-19
UK approves use of Covid antibody treatment that appears to reduce risk of hospitalization and death in some high-risk adults by almost 80% https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-covid-19-variant-12-02-21/index.html?utm_source=trendbar
This Company Has Applied For Authorization In India For Its Nasal Spray That Prevents Covid
Coroners in England issue rare warnings over avoidable deaths in pandemic Exclusive: at least 16 notices
issued to prevent future deaths after inquests highlight care failures
The refusal to take vaccines has fallen everywhere apart from the US where holdouts are
15-20% throughout the pandemic – Source: Jim Reid, Deutsche Bank
Marin County School District Issues ‘Corrective Action’ Against Parents Who Sent Child to School with COVID
Unvaccinated patients would pay their own hospital bills under new proposal
CA: “Healdsburg protests in support of unvaccinated councilwoman”
Growing use of home Covid-19 tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases
Google workers in U.S. won’t return to office as expected on Jan. 10
Fauci calls out Fox News for letting host compare him to Nazi doctor: ‘Astounded’
Arizona scientist finds ‘strong evidence’ on how pandemic began, reviving debate on virus origins
Columbia woman indicted for producing fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, officials say
Christian television network founder and preacher Marcus Lamb, who discouraged vaccinations, dies after being hospitalized for Covid-19 https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/media/marcus-lamb-covid-death/index.html
Harvard study: Vaccinated people with COVID-19 may be infectious for a shorter period of time –
The study found that breakthrough cases are infectious for two days less than cases in unvaccinated individuals. https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2021/12/02/harvard-study-covid-vaccinated-infectious-period/
“Viral Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 Variants in Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Persons”
158 days into hospital stay for COVID, father of 3 walks out of hospital – Nate McWilliams, his medical team agrees,
is one of the fortunate ones after a lengthy hospital stay.
Italian man tries to dodge Covid vaccine wearing fake arm
Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers
Bay Area school has 8 COVID cases after parents sent positive child to school, officials say
Anti-Vaxxer Tries, Fails, to Dodge Getting His Shot by Wearing Fake Arm
Washington men’s basketball forced to cancel, forfeit game against UCLA due to COVID-19 issues
Protests grip Melbourne again as rally cases rise; Qld orders SA travellers into quarantine; SA Premier keeps border open https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/politicsnow-coronavirus-live-news-south-australia-considers-return-of-hard-border/live-coverage/524db2e1c5e011353a57cb9fb512c6a9
U.S. Covid vaccinations spike as several states confirm omicron cases
Can you ‘detox’ from the COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 Post-acute Sequelae Among Adults: 12 Month Mortality Risk
Majority of mumps cases are among the vaccinated, CDC finds – As many as 94 percent of
children and adolescents who contracted the highly contagious virus had been vaccinated.
Biden is said to be extending mask mandates for travel through March.
Slovakia offers $570 voucher to elderly who get vaccines
Delta variant remains ‘true enemy,’ says French scientific adviser, as omicron detected
“Cowboys Prepare For Thursday Night Game Missing 9 Players And Coaches Due To COVID-19”
Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi, NHL’s only unvaccinated player, in COVID-19 protocol
People With Allergic Conditions – Such As Hay Fever and Eczema – May Have a Lower Risk of COVID-19 Infection
Risk factors for developing COVID-19: a population-based longitudinal study (COVIDENCE UK)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown suspended 3 games for COVID-19 violation
GlaxoSmithKline says testing suggests antibody drug is effective against omicron
White House says ‘nothing is off the table,’ including vaccine requirement for domestic air travel
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