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A new estimate of Covid-19 deaths in India could double 2021’s global toll

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If India was to accurately account for all the Covid-19 deaths in the country, it would likely double the confirmed global death toll for 2021.

The country may have undercounted its pandemic fatalities by seven or eight times, a new study conducted by researchers in India, Canada, and the US has found. This would take India’s Covid-19 mortality from the official 422,022 to between 3.1 and 3.4 million. To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 4.18 million people have died of Covid-19, of which about 2 million were in 2021.  Full Story:

Last updated on 07/29/2021 08:27 PM

African CDC Calls for Covid-19 Vaccine Doses with a Shelf life of 3 to 6 Months

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In Africa .5% of delivered vaccines doses have expired according to Africa CDC.  Africa CDC renews calls for extended expiry dates for donated doses.

Last updated on 01/20/2022 03:03 PM

CDC head takes to the airwaves to sell change on face masks, as delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 spreads to 132 countries

Covid Infections Rise in United States (Post ID: 1022)

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took to the airwaves on Wednesday to explain her agency’s renewed recommendation for face masks as a protective measure against COVID-19 even among vaccinated people, and to again encourage unvaccinated Americans to get their shots. 

Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced Tuesday that the CDC is now recommending resuming the use of face masks in public settings in areas with high rates of transmission, after dropping that guideline back in May. 

Walensky said the decision was made after data showed that vaccinated people who suffer breakthrough infections have the same viral load as unvaccinated people: “And that is very much leading us to believe that it is probably the case that those vaccinated breakthrough infections rare as they might be, have the potential to infect others,” the CDC director told SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio Reports, one of several media outlets on which she featured.  Full Story:

Last updated on 07/29/2021 08:24 PM

Covid Vaccine Comparison

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Last updated on 03/22/2021 08:43 PM

Fauci says the variant from the U.K. likely accounts for up to 30% of Covid infections in U.S.

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  • The highly contagious variant first identified in the U.K. likely accounts for up to 30% of Covid-19 infections in the United States, White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
  • The variant, called B.1.1.7, has been reported in at least 94 countries and detected in 50 jurisdictions in the U.S., Fauci said.
  • U.S. health officials say the variant could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by the end of this month or in early April.Full Story

Last updated on 03/19/2021 09:19 PM

FDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Covid vaccine for emergency use

Covid-19 Vaccine (Post ID: 1007)

  • The FDA has approved J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving the U.S. a third tool to fight the pandemic.
  • Unlike Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines, J&J’s one-dose regimen eliminates the need for patients to return for a second dose and it can be stored at refrigerator temperatures for months.
  • The federal government plans to distribute nearly 4 million doses of J&J’s vaccine to states, pharmacies and community health centers across the nation next week.
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Last updated on 03/01/2021 10:16 PM

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Here's what experts say is needed for US to return to normal. But these barriers stand in the way

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(CNN)States are pushing ahead with expanding Covid-19 vaccine access and rolling back restrictions on businesses and large gatherings as America seeks a return to normalcy.

But experts say two barriers stand in the way of reaching herd immunity and getting back to life as we knew it -- Covid-19 variants and vaccine hesitancy.
"We're seeing restrictions being lifted in so many parts of the country, we're seeing travel at an all-time high. People are already going back to pre-pandemic normal," emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday.

    "We have a pretty narrow window of opportunity to make clear what the benefits of vaccinations are. We know that these vaccines are really effective at preventing severe disease. They also do substantially reduce your risk in each of these different types of settings, whether it's going to the restaurant or gym, or seeing family and friends." Full Story

    Last updated on 03/19/2021 09:25 PM

    How do vaccines work?

    Covid-19 Vaccine (Post ID: 1025)

    This article is part of a series of explainers on vaccine development and distribution. Learn more about vaccines – from how they work and how they’re made to ensuring safety and equitable access – in WHO’s Vaccines Explained series.

    Germs are all around us, both in our environment and in our bodies. When a person is susceptible and they encounter a harmful organism, it can lead to disease and death.

    The body has many ways of defending itself against pathogens (disease-causing organisms). Skin, mucus, and cilia (microscopic hairs that move debris away from the lungs) all work as physical barriers to prevent pathogens from entering the body in the first place. 

    When a pathogen does infect the body, our body’s defences, called the immune system, are triggered and the pathogen is attacked and destroyed or overcome.

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    Last updated on 08/17/2021 08:16 PM

    How To Find a Vaccine Near You

    Covid-19 Vaccine in New York, Covid Vaccine Houston, Covid Vaccine Los Angeles, Covid Vaccine Chicago, (Post ID: 1009)

    How to find a covid vaccine near you.  Video:Covid Vaccine in United States, United Kingdom, India, Pakistan , and United Arab Emirates

    Last updated on 03/27/2021 09:32 PM

    India Sees Deadliest Day Of Pandemic With COVID-19 Deaths Topping 4,000

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    India reported its highest daily death toll — 4,187 people — on Saturday, weeks into the world's worst wave of coronavirus cases that's leaving people without lifesaving hospital beds, oxygen and drugs. 

    In all, nearly 240,000 people in India are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, with reported infections topping 21 million.

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    Last updated on 05/09/2021 10:07 PM

    Infections rise in 42 states; Fauci says it's 'horrifying' to see people cheer lack of vaccinations: COVID-19 updates

    Covid Infections Rise in United States (Post ID: 1021)

    Forty-two states saw an increase in COVID-19 cases last week from the week before, a sign that the pandemic is not yet over in the United States.

    Only Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and West Virginia saw a decline in cases over the seven-day period that ended Saturday from the previous week.

    The rate of vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks, and less than half of all Americans, 47.9%, are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walinsky says more than 99% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. in June were among unvaccinated people. In addition, preliminary data indicates that over the past six months, nearly all of the COVID-19 deaths in various states have occurred in unvaccinated people, she said.

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    Last updated on 07/11/2021 05:27 PM

    New COVID-19 vaccine website offers efficient way to schedule appointments The site,, provides schedule, location and vaccine brand information

    TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) (Post ID: 1011)

    Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 8:18 PM CDT|Updated: 20 hours ago

    TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — More and more people are becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But there are still some issues with distribution in Idaho.

    “Some of them are having unfilled appointments and they’re having some issues with having more vaccine available than they have people coming in,” says Idaho Public Health Administrator Elke Shaw-Tulloch.

    The state urges you to use their online signup tool, some people have contacted KMVT with questions that aren’t easily being answered on that site.

    What vaccines are available, when exactly are appointments and where will the appointment be are common concerns. Covid Vaccine In Idaho 

    Last updated on 03/27/2021 09:46 PM

    New York Covid Variant

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    Apoorva Mandavilli

    By Apoorva Mandavilli

    Published Feb. 24, 2021

    Updated Feb. 25, 2021

    A new form of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in New York City, and it carries a worrisome mutation that may weaken the effectiveness of vaccines, two teams of researchers have found.

    The new variant, called B.1.526, first appeared in samples collected in the city in November. By the middle of this month, it accounted for about one in four viral sequences appearing in a database shared by scientists.

    One study of the new variant, led by a group at Caltech, was posted online on Tuesday. The other, by researchers at Columbia University, was published on Thursday morning.

    Neither study has been vetted by peer review nor published in a scientific journal. But the consistent results suggest that the variant’s spread is real, experts said. To Read full Story Click


    Last updated on 03/06/2021 09:22 PM

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    Novavax vaccine 96% effective against original coronavirus version in UK trial

    Covid-19 Vaccine (Post ID: 1005)

    • Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine was 96% effective in preventing cases caused by the original version of the coronavirus in a late-stage trial conducted in the United Kingdom.
    • The vaccine was also about 86% effective in protecting against the more contagious virus variant first discovered and now prevalent in the UK.
    • It was only around 55% effective in a separate, smaller trial in South Africa, where volunteers were primarily exposed to another newer, more contagious variant.Full Story

    Last updated on 03/11/2021 10:17 PM

    Odessa business owner launches website to help you get your vaccine dose

    Covid Vaccine in Texas (Post ID: 1010)

    An Odessa business owner has launched a new website meant to help people across the globe get a dose of the vaccine.

    Hi Tech Owner Syed Ahmad launched Find Vaccine Now after working on it for three months.

    All you have to do is type in your zip code or city and Find Vaccine Now will show you which nearby clinics have vaccines and walk you through the booking On CBS7

    Last updated on 03/27/2021 09:40 PM