The White House continues to clamor for new Covid funding.
An example of the impact: the U.S. had preliminary talks with Shionogi about its promising antiviral pill. But it needs money to order any and not fall behind.
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) April 21, 2022
Look, the Bloomberg target market is overwhelmingly vaxxed, boosted, and sure they can swiftly obtain the best meds available through their private doctor. Is the fact that not everybody has these resources worth the risk of raising taxes, really?
The news below is… not optimal (even though, glass half full, June is not that far away!). I didn’t place much reliance on Politico as a source, but it looks like the Biden administration may actually be waiting to see how parents respond to news of a delay. Read the article for the reasoning:
The Biden administration may now wait until as late as June to authorize a coronavirus vaccine for the nation’s youngest childrenhttps://t.co/gANTHSDbEd
— POLITICO (@politico) April 21, 2022
We don't put enough blame for these deaths on the lies and ignorantly wishful thinking with which President Donald Trump met the pandemic and set attitudes. https://t.co/6nPpNjSdG0
— Cheryl Rofer (@CherylRofer) April 21, 2022
Stiffening resolve after three weeks of strict lockdown, authorities warned Shanghai's 25 million frazzled residents on Friday that their purgatory would go on until the COVID-19 virus was eradicated neighbourhood by neighbourhood. https://t.co/iU5aPDmkIQ
— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) April 22, 2022
Whole communities forced to move in Shanghai's war on Covid https://t.co/BcqyHsbcKa
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 21, 2022
The BBC has been told of fresh efforts to relocate entire communities in areas of Shanghai as Chinese authorities enforce extreme measures to try to stop a new wave of Covid.
An official notice from local Communist Party officials in an area in the north of the city details orders to transfer residents to quarantine facilities more than 100 miles (160km) away.
The plan is to move people from their homes in Pingwang to the neighbouring province of Zhejiang, where they will stay for at least a week. Young children, the elderly and those with disabilities could be excluded, according to the notice.
It said only those who tested negative could go – it’s not clear why people with negative tests are being moved. Officials are under great pressure to cut the risk of transmission and reduce cases to zero.
It comes just days after authorities moved people out of their homes and evacuated much of the population in another area of Shanghai.
At least 1,000 people were forced to leave the small town of Beicai and move to temporary accommodation so officials could disinfect the area on the outskirts of the Pudong area in the east of the city…
This is not the first time that authorities in China have moved the entire population of a town to try to stop the virus spreading.
Earlier this year around 9,000 residents of two compounds in nearby Hangzhou were moved out en masse to what was described as “centralised isolation sites” after an outbreak of the Omicron variant.
In January last year around 20,000 people living in more than a dozen towns in Hebei – a province near Beijing – were transferred in an effort to contain the virus…
Truck drivers interviewed by WSJ say few want to drive to Shanghai even with payments more than doubled. Truckers have been living in vehicles for days, cooking meals over temporary roadside mud stoves.@lizalinwsj @yoyominnie @wsj_douglasj @Kubota_Yokohttps://t.co/J4OrnSHVtn
— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) April 21, 2022
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday endorsed the use of Pfizer Inc's oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment in high-risk patients after an analysis of trial data by the U.N. agency showed the therapy dramatically cut the risk of hospitalisation. https://t.co/tqEoGJuY5m
— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) April 22, 2022
Longest Covid infection lasted more than 16 months, tests show https://t.co/uvqbVtEFvi
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 22, 2022
UK doctors believe they have documented the longest Covid infection on record – a patient they treated who had detectable levels of the virus for more than 16 months, or 505 days, in total.
The unnamed individual had other underlying medical conditions and died in hospital in 2021.
Persistent infections such as this are still rare, say the London medics.
Most people naturally clear the virus, but the patient in question had a severely weakened immune system.
Chronic infections like these need studying to improve our understanding of Covid and the risks it can pose, say experts.
The patient first caught Covid in early 2020. They had symptoms and the infection was confirmed with a PCR test.
They were in and out of hospital many times over the next 72 weeks, for both routine checks and care.
On each occasion – about 50 in all – they tested positive, meaning they still had Covid.
The doctors, from King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, say detailed lab analysis revealed it was the same, persistent infection, rather than repeated bouts…
The U.S. is wrestling with finding the right balance of pandemic health measures — especially when it comes to mask mandates — after two exhausting years of coronavirus restrictions.https://t.co/wovdL9N16A
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2022
Now is not the time to throw caution to the windhttps://t.co/eMBOwRdBfo Wise words from @luckytran and @oni_blackstock @PostOpinions The CDC up to the individual narrative "goes against the foundation of public health" pic.twitter.com/HxawJz19BC
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) April 21, 2022