White House officials say millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been ordered for small children in anticipation of possible federal authorization next week. https://t.co/4kFHTVDWyc
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 9, 2022
Moderna Inc said on Wednesday a new version of its coronavirus vaccine produced a better immune response against Omicron than the original shot, as the drugmaker pursues a booster against a surge in infections in the fall season. https://t.co/CtFiYxR32l
— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) June 8, 2022
U.S. COVID update:
– New cases: 194,414
– Average: 112,672 (-9,884)
– States reporting: 42/50
– In hospital: 28,538 (+481)
– In ICU: 3,209 (+189)
– New deaths: 654
– Average: 328 (-2)
More data: https://t.co/ohnVKtNdM3 pic.twitter.com/QBbAu51jUS
— BNN Newsroom (@medrivaUS) June 9, 2022
More neighborhoods in Shanghai going back into lockdown b/c new covid cases found…just days after the city exited its brutal 2 month lockdown.
China's covid case count dropped to just 124 on Monday. But a city in Inner Mongolia locked down over small outbreak @firstmove @cnn pic.twitter.com/ym5f4j16sA
— Selina Wang (@selinawangtv) June 7, 2022
Put up or shut up time — no ‘aborted fetuses’ used anywhere in the Novavax creation:
New Deal democrat
Cases decreased slightly nationwide to 110,300. Hospitalizations increased slightly to 29,400, a week over week increase of 6%. It appears hospitalizations are nearing a plateau, at a historically low rate. Deaths increased to 400, but that was due to another huge data dump by NC, without which deaths would have been 340, still an increase of 56 from one week ago, but again, extremely low considering we are 9 weeks past the bottom in cases.
Regionally the hot spots continue to be the southernmost States in a belt from Florida to California, and also Hawaii and Puerto Rico; plus the Rockies. There is no indication of any renewed increases in the Northeast or Upper Midwest.
Essentially it appears that BA.2 and BA2.12.1 are receding at about the same rate that BA.4/5 is increasing, and the increase is mainly in areas where people spend the most time indoors in the summer.
Finally, via Eric Topol:
, large health system
Omicron BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2 infections had far less unfavorable outcomes than Delta, *adjusted*, ~40% less hospitalization, ~80% less death (vaxx or no vaxx).”
Malaysia’s Ministry of Health reported 1,518 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, for a cumulative reported total of 4,518,965 cases. It also reported six deaths for an adjusted cumulative total of 35,705 deaths – 0.79% of the cumulative reported total, 0.79% of resolved cases.
There were 21,589 active cases yesterday, 387 more than the day before. 941 were in hospital. 26 confirmed cases were in ICU; of these patients, 14 confirmed cases cases were on ventilators. Meanwhile, 1,125 more patients have recovered, for a cumulative total of 4,461,671 patients recovered – 98.7% of the cumulative reported total.
1,517 new cases reported yesterday were local infections. One new case was imported.
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) administered 5,718 doses of vaccine on 8th June: 505 first doses, 3,664 second doses, and 1,549 booster doses. The cumulative total is 71,008,253 doses administered: 28,003,481 first doses, 27,108,259 second doses, and 16,110,983 booster doses. 85.7% of the population have received their first dose, 83.0% their second dose, and 49.3% their booster dose.
Potpourri from here and there (some with links expanding on what’s up top).
Item the first.
Item the second.
Item the third (emphasis added).
June 2-8, 2022 COVID-19 update: 8 deaths, 8,033 new infections in Hawaiʻi.
@New Deal democrat: Topol’s “unfavorable outcomes” doesn’t include long covid, of course. It’s simply too early to get good stats, but not too early to beware of it.
Feeling a little like I hit the lottery with my Moderna booster last week. Not enough to tempt fate, though.
Thanks, Anne Laurie for your continued daily covid posts. It’s one of the first posts I read and a great reinforcement of the idea that regardless of the number of unmasked among us, covid is not done with us.
@Spanky: I will be wearing a mask in public for the foreseeable future.
Pfizer’s updated vaccine also appears to be coming along.
The CDC vaccine messaging is clear, but is it right? Seems to me giving everyone two boosters would help put a damper on transmission.
But right now, enough vaccinated people haven’t even bothered with the first booster that it’s a step forward.
The data from Massachusetts are kind of interesting–case rates in the Boston area are showing a little tick up that looks ominous, but it looks to me like it’s one that appeared in the Biobot wastewater data for the metro area about a week ago, and the wastewater counts now are suddenly significantly down.
I’m at Jekyll Island “surf” fishing. We got here yesterday and I did a rapid after doing the whole enchilada with antiviral and isolation and I tested positive! I’ve been a little sneeziy but so has everyone else because the pollen is off the chart.
…As for the schools, I wouldn’t cast aspersions on those “low-budget methods”–if you can do them, they are pretty effective.
About Omicron-tailored vaccines–I recall there was a test of the Pfizer one that found that it wasn’t that much more effective than the wild-type vaccine when given as a booster; at least, not so much more effective that it was worthwhile to order huge batches of it and consider the existing stocks of WT vaccine obsolete.
But the speculation was that that might be because of “original antigenic sin” induced by the initial vaccination series–the immune system gets locked into a response tailored to the wild-type vaccine, and the booster was close enough that it was just evoking that again rather than training the patient to detect something new. And that proposed mechanism made me wonder if it might be much more effective if administered, not as a booster, but as the FIRST vaccination for kids who hadn’t gotten COVID shots already. But the study didn’t go into that, of course.
It’s easy to become very gloomy about all of this because the virus just seems to evolve to get better and better at spreading. But our counterattacks are evolving too.
@Raven: Sorry Raven! Maybe it’s one of those bounce-back things from the antiviral? Here’s hoping that you are negative again soon. Take it easy.
On 6/8 Mainland China reported 53 new domestic confirmed (10 previously asymptomatic), 111 new domestic asymptomatic cases, 0 new domestic suspect cases, & 0 new deaths.
At Guangdong Province 1 domestic confirmed case recovered. There currently are 2 active domestic confirmed & 4 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Guangxi “Autonomous” Region reported 1 new domestic asymptomatic case, at Fangchenggang. There currently are 27 active domestic asymptomatic (26 at Fangchenggang & 1 at Chongzuo) cases remaining.
At Tianjin Municipality 4 domestic confirmed & 5 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 5 active domestic confirmed & 9 active domestic asymptomatic cases remaining.
At Shandong Province 8 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 1 active domestic confirmed cases & 11 active asymptomatic cases in the province.
Inner Mongolia “Autonomous” Region reported 37 new domestic confirmed & 93 domestic asymptomatic cases. There currently are 133 active domestic confirmed & 237 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the region.
At Hebei Province there currently are 1 active domestic confirmed & 64 active asymptomatic case in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks. 1 industrial park at Langfang is currently at Medium Risk.
Liaoning Province reported 11 new domestic confirmed (9 previously asymptomatic) & 3 new domestic asymptomatic cases, all at Dandong. 8 asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 24 active domestic confirmed & 117 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Jilin Province reported 5 new domestic asymptomatic cases. 3 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. As the province does not consistently break down recoveries by confirmed & asymptomatic cases or by jurisdictions, I can no longer track the count of active case counts in the different jurisdictions.
Beijing Municipality reported 1 new domestic confirmed (previously asymptomatic). 26 domestic confirmed & 3 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. The municipality is not publishing the count of active domestic positive cases there. 2 sites remain at Medium Risk.
Shanghai Municipality reported 4 new domestic confirmed & 5 new domestic asymptomatic cases, all persons already under quarantine. There were 0 new deaths. 78 domestic confirmed & 525 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 329 active domestic confirmed (14 serious & 14 critical) in the city. The city is no longer publishing the number of active asymptomatic cases. 20 sites are currently at Medium Risk.
At Hubei Province there currently is 1 active domestic confirmed (mild, at Wuhan) case remaining.
Jiangsu Province did not report any new domestic positive cases. 2 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 2 active domestic confirmed & 4 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in each administrative division, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Zhejiang Province did not report any new domestic positive cases. 19 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. The province is not publishing the count of active domestic positive cases there.
Fujian Province reported 2 new domestic asymptomatic cases, 1 each at Fuzhou & Zhangzhou. The case at Zhangzhou is a traced close contact under centralized quarantine & the case at Fuzhou was found via regular screening of persons in high risk occupations (seafood processing). There currently are 5 active domestic asymptomatic (4 at Zhangzhou & 1 at Fuzhou) cases in the province.
At Jiangxi Province 1 domestic asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 12 active domestic asymptomatic cases (11 at Yichun & 1 at Shangrao) remaining.
Henan Province reported 1 new domestic asymptomatic cases at Puyang, a person returning from Shanghai & under centralized quarantine since arrival. 7 domestic confirmed & 11 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 6 active domestic confirmed & 64 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Sichuan Province did not report any new domestic positive cases, all new positive cases coming from elsewhere & under centralized quarantine since arrival. 7 domestic confirmed & 20 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. The province is not publishing the count of active domestic positive cases there.
Yunnan Province reported 1 new domestic asymptomatic case, at Hekou County in Honghe Prefecture. 1 domestic asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 2 active domestic confirmed & 8 active domestic asymptomatic cases remaining. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
On 6/8, Mainland China reported 17 new imported confirmed cases (0 previously asymptomatic), 59 imported asymptomatic cases, 0 imported suspect cases:
Overall in Mainland China, 145 confirmed cases recovered (21 imported), 680 asymptomatic cases were released from isolation (74 imported) & 10 were reclassified as confirmed cases (all domestic), & 8,033 individuals were released from quarantine. Currently, there are 906 active confirmed cases in the country (191 imported), 33 in serious/critical condition (all domestic), 3,505 active asymptomatic cases (460 imported), 0 suspect cases. 111,356 traced contacts are currently under centralized quarantine.
As of 6/8, 3,386.647M vaccine doses have been injected in Mainland China, an increase of 794K doses in the past 24 hrs.
On 6/9 Hong Kong reported 674 new positive cases, 73 imported & 601 domestic (259 via RT-PCR & 342 from rapid antigen tests), 1 death (fully vaccinated & boosted).
On 6/9, Taiwan reported 72,967 new positive cases, 46 imported & 72,921 domestic (including 384 moderate & 191 serious). There were 211 new deaths (ages ranging from 10+ y.o. to 90+ y.o., actual dates of death between 5/16 – 6/7, 197 having a range of underlying conditions, 128 partially/fully vaccinated).
O. Felix Culpa
@Raven: You have recently recovered from Covid, right? You can test positive for a long time afterwards as a result. As long as you’re ten-plus days out from your first positive test, you should be ok. Enjoy the fishing!
I don’t know how China is going to manage Covid without requiring their population to get vaccinated, especially their elderly population. They cannot continue to have draconian lockdowns of cities with millions of people for years and years – it will destroy their economy.
It’ll be interesting to see what new excuse the military religious objectors come up with to not take the Novavax vaccine. They don’t want to admit that they think taking the vaccine is a political “marker” rather than a health measure.
@O. Felix Culpa: thanks!
@Soprano2: China has already implemented a variety of de facto vaccine mandates for most age groups, which is why China has one of the highest vaccination/boostinng rates for the overall population in the world, in no small measure due to the vaccines were approved for the 3 y.o. & up since end of last year.
As everyone knows, the big gap is in the > 80 y.o. cohort, whom the de facto mandates do not really constrain (since they do not work & do not go to school). It is difficult to justify vaccine mandates to restrict access public facilities, since COVID prevalence is nil in the vast majority of places the vast majority of time. Many elders are not vaccinated due to medical advise from their doctors, often for the very same underlying conditions that make them the most vulnerable. This is a dynamic unique to the Sinosphere, as we have seen the same to varying degrees in Hong Kong & Taiwan, though now > 60% of the > 80 y.o. cohort in Hong Kong is fully vaccinated (compared to < 30% 4 mos. ago), as the elders were finally frightened into taking the shots by the massive Omicron tsunami there. Singapore avoided this mistake because the government there implemented strict vaccine mandates that really restricted the life of the unvaccinated, but there is likely to be massive pushback from certain segments of the population if pursued in China.
To assuage the concerns of the hesitant elders, & their families, many jurisdictions in China are rolling out COVID-19 vaccine insurance, where the government pays the insured ~ US$ 75K if they are hospitalized or deceased due to side effects of the vaccine shots. Keeping in mind that the side effects of the inactivated whole virion vaccines are quite a bit milder than mRNA ones.
Monroe County, NY:
139 new cases reported.
My brother in Virginia tested positive for COVID. He’s vaxxed but not boosted, AFAIK. He’s supposed to start Paxlovid today. Fingers crossed…
I have scheduled my second booster, so you can all stop worrying about me.
@Raven: I’m pretty sure that it’s the PCR tests which can stay positive long after your recovery. Rapid at-home tests turn positive only when you’re contagious… so I would isolate/mask up if a rapid test was positive. Paxlovid “rebound” is real!
Evangelical friend who has been at war with her family over getting vaccinated is looking forward to the no stem cell Novamax shot. Hopefully this will move the numbers up with the holdouts and religious objectors
Went to a calling hours for a 94 year old nursing home worker. Worked her way up from reception to VP. Lovely wonderful woman. We hired nurses aides for my mom who had worked for this woman, and every last one loved her. Even my step-daughter, who had been fired by her (step-daughter admits she deserved it.)
Huge crowd of people at the funeral. She was a lovely woman. Her family not so much. True to form, in a room full of at least 50 people we were the only two people without masks. And every person in there had a pre-existing condition, either from weight, age or just medical bad luck.
Went to a calling hours for a 94 year old nursing home worker.
(ETA She was my husband’s great aunt.l
Worked her way up from reception to VP. Lovely wonderful woman. We hired nurses aides for my mom who had worked for this woman, and every last one loved her. Even my step-daughter, who had been fired by her (step-daughter admits she deserved it.)Huge crowd of people at the funeral. She was a lovely woman. Her family not so much. True to form, in a room full of at least 50 people we were the only two people without masks. And every person in there had a pre-existing condition, either from weight, age or just medical bad luck.@sab:
I’ve found it hard to believe that some new vaccine technology will bring many of the vaccination opponents over, since their fundamental problem is that some eggheads and liberals are telling them what to do, and it’s not a rational thought process holding them back. But any little marginal gain helps, I guess.
@Matt McIrvin: The anti-vaxxers are just grasping at excuses. If they are really primarily motivated by concerns about unfamiliar vaccine technology, they would be pushing the FDA to approve the inactivated whole virion vaccines developed by China or India.