Republicans: social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing and staying at home don’t help prevent viral spread!
Also Republicans: pic.twitter.com/Hn7lWSBfIe
— Panda Bernstein (@J4Years) April 11, 2023
… The investment, dubbed “Project NextGen” and first announced by White House and HHS officials in an interview with the Washington Post, aims to provide better protection from coronaviruses, including the one that causes COVID-19, that might become future threats.
“While our vaccines are still very effective at preventing serious illness and death, they are less capable of reducing infections and transmission over time,” the HHS spokesperson said.
“New variants and loss of immunity over time could continue to challenge our healthcare systems in the coming years.”…
The project, set to be based at HHS, will coordinate across the government and with the private sector on advancing a pipeline of new vaccines and treatments, the HHS spokesperson said. It will cover all phases of development from lab research and clinical trials to delivery.
It will focus on creating long-lasting monoclonal antibodies resistant to new COVID-19 variants as well as broader vaccines that can protect against several different coronaviruses.
The project also seeks to speed up the development of vaccines that produce mucosal immunity and can be administered through the nose, in hopes they can dramatically reduce infection and transmission rates.
Worth reading the whole thing:
… As government officials close the book on the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, health authorities are turning their attention to the next chapter of the vaccination campaign.
Though nothing is etched in stone, federal officials are considering the authorization of another booster shot this spring.
The timing of that decision — and who would be eligible — remains unclear. But for older residents or those with underlying health conditions that make them more likely to develop a severe COVID-19 illness, another booster could provide peace of mind and an additional jolt of protection.
“Lots of people at higher risk are asking whether or not they need another dose. And we’re waiting for guidance on that,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said….
It remains to be seen how much of an appetite there could be for an additional booster in the U.S. In California, 45% of vaccinated seniors have received the updated booster shot. Among all age groups, only 25% of eligible Californians — that is, people who have completed their primary vaccination series — have rolled up their sleeves since the updated bivalent doses became available in September…
Emerging data demonstrate that those who get the bivalent booster shot are better protected against hospitalization and death, with the benefit particularly pronounced among older individuals.
Among people age 65 to 79 in L.A. County, for instance, those who got the updated booster had one-tenth the risk of being hospitalized compared with those who are unvaccinated, and roughly half the risk of being hospitalized compared with those who are vaccinated but haven’t received the bivalent booster.
Even among younger adults, in their 30s and 40s, the benefits were noticeable. Those who got the updated booster had one-sixth the chance of being hospitalized than unvaccinated people, and roughly half the chance of being hospitalized compared with vaccinated people who hadn’t gotten the updated booster.
The same goes with deaths. Those age 65 to 79 who got the updated booster were about one-tenth as likely to die from COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated people. They were roughly half as likely to die compared with vaccinated people who hadn’t received the updated booster…
Health officials have for months touted the benefits of the bivalent boosters, saying they provide added protection against infection, and especially against severe illness.
Still, there appears to be booster fatigue, even in highly vaccinated areas. A Times data analysis showed only two of California’s 58 counties had seen even 40% of their eligible residents get an updated booster as of March 31…
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday he expected the organisation to lift the emergency status of COVID-19 sometime this year, without giving a more specific time frame. https://t.co/qYKfDlH2FP
— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) April 6, 2023
Reality check! Young populations didn't save developing countries from the pandemic. High excess death rates found especially in middle-income nations with few elderly.
Read more: https://t.co/LBfl1J6icu pic.twitter.com/oAeOPqAuwd
— Philip Schellekens (@fibke) April 8, 2023
…Scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention made the remarks at a news conference after weeks of mounting criticism from the W.H.O.
The W.H.O.’s accusations referred specifically to the recent revelation that Chinese scientists had data on environmental and animal samples collected in Wuhan, the city in central China where the virus first emerged, that they had not shared earlier. On Thursday, a top W.H.O. official said that China’s “lack of data disclosure is simply inexcusable.”
Shen Hongbing, the chief of China’s C.D.C, forcefully denied those charges.
“We did not hide any cases, samples or testing and analysis results,” he said. “It is intolerable to the Chinese scientific community and unacceptable to the global scientific community.”…
The recent criticism from the W.H.O. is a shift from the organization’s approach early in the pandemic; back then, it appeared wary of offending Beijing. When W.H.O. experts visited China in 2021 to look into the origins of the pandemic, they allowed China to dictate much of what they could see and say. A findings report issued after that visit offered little clarity on possible origins.
Then came the news last month that several international scientists, from countries including Australia, France and the United States, had discovered previously unseen gene sequences from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan on an online database. The sequences had been uploaded by Chinese researchers, including some affiliated with the country’s C.D.C…
#COVID19 | #India has registered a single-day rise of 7,830 new #coronavirus infections, the highest in 223 days, and the count of active cases in the country has increased to 40,215.
Read: https://t.co/HpfOpL4g0H pic.twitter.com/tmGNONvfkj
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) April 12, 2023
Watching this situation in Nepal, don’t know much beyond what’s being reported in the press. If Covid accelerates again in South Asia hope our low-cost @TexasChildrens Covid vaccine technology helps, including our new omicron booster version https://t.co/VYm1zTM9l7
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) April 12, 2023
Here's the latest variant picture for New South Wales.
XBB.1.5 "Kraken" (27%) is dominant.
XBB.1.9.1 "Hyperion" (13%) is challenging, also note it's cousin EG.1.https://t.co/r9dGEJEJ5v pic.twitter.com/Y8Ppp4mPoA
— Mike Honey (@Mike_Honey_) April 6, 2023
As global confirmed Covid deaths reach a new low for the pandemic, excess mortality estimates are on the rise@OurWorldInData pic.twitter.com/SJfbplurOg
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) April 11, 2023
#Covid's XBB.1.16 subvariant is the "one to watch," according to the World Health Organization. The agency is monitoring XBB.1.16, which has been detected >20 countries & has contributed to a recent surge of Covid cases in India https://t.co/u6FDtP0kXH
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) April 8, 2023
A team from multiple institutions has identified an antibody targeting #Omicron & other #SARSCoV2 variants. Led by scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College, the antibody appears to block all dominant variants & may lead to a new antibody-based therapy https://t.co/5MapaY7vPG pic.twitter.com/GC2vvPyGy5
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) April 9, 2023
#SARSCoV2's multi-organ spread appears to occur when the virus hitch-hikes aboard red blood cells. The new research highlights a key mechanism explaining SARS2's rapid multi-organ presence. Finding is from a pre-print, a study not yet peer-reviewed https://t.co/CnuuQZcXTe
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) April 10, 2023
Despite the stock illo, I suspect this is not about elevator buttons — but it might be useful when one member of the household tests positive and the others haven’t, yet…
*Sigh*… up till now, itchy eyes were a sign you were suffering from allergies, not the ‘rona:
The idea that SARS-CoV-2 causes general & persistent immune compromise is not supported by findings from top research groups with deep expertise in such analyses. Posts Exaggerate Lab Findings About COVID-19’s Impact on Immune System https://t.co/Vb5T8PDiFh via @factcheckdotorg
— Prof. Peter Doherty (@ProfPCDoherty) April 8, 2023
Some people may be forgetting their #Covid pandemic memories. Experts say it's not just the passage of time that makes us forget. Some neuroscientists say we may forget certain memories to protect ourselves from the trauma of the last 3 years https://t.co/IrHRP6whV9
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) April 9, 2023
In my forthcoming book, “The Deadly Rise of Anti-science” I explain the role of this harmful/politically-motivated rhetoric from Sen Johnson and his House/Senate colleagues that caused so many unvaccinated Americans to shun vaccines and lose their lives. https://t.co/BL5FINIuod
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) April 8, 2023
Yeah, well… Just read the article:
Study: Those who avoided #Covid precautions early in the pandemic are more likely to buy firearms https://t.co/Z1qRTluQft via @physorg_com
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) April 10, 2023
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Monroe County, NY:
43 new cases on 04/05/23.
37 new cases on 04/06/23.
46 new cases on 04/07/23.
47 new cases on 04/08/23.
44 new cases on 04/09/23.
26 new cases on 04/10/23.
20 new cases on 04/11/23.
Deaths now at 2236, up 7 since last week.
I see very few people masking in public these days. It makes me wonder why the PCR case counts are so low. Maybe people are being diagnosed with the at-home tests instead, as those aren’t counted anymore, or maybe the COVID cases are so mild that it’s assumed to be a cold and just ignored.
hells littlest angel
Because the only thing that can stop a bad bug with high viral loads is a good guy with a gun. Tax cuts too.
@NeenerNeener: When we caught COVID last month, verified by several home rapid tests, I tried to report the results to the state health department. Their website would only accept results from physicians (needed a special code).
The itchy eyes stuff makes me wonder – it does seem worse this spring, but …
My resting heart rate is still 5-10 points higher than before, but that might be the antihistamine or who knows what…
Stay safe, everyone. Thanks AL.
These two behaviors share a common ancestor: being a Rethug.
The changing symptoms😠😠😠😠
The mystery of where the flu went? Are they serious?😠😠
Nothing wrong with their risk assessment capabilities.
I know, right? 2020 was the only year in the past two decades that I didn’t bother getting a flu shot, because it was hard to see how the flu was going to be able to spread that winter the way it usually does, let alone how I was going to get it when I was hardly ever seeing other people.
It’s sad that Republicans and anti vaxxers won’t be able to use the new cancer vaccines based on the mNRA technology that are coming. Pretty exciting and hopeful! They’ll HATE that.
Joe Rogan will have to tell his idiot followers not to accept groundbreaking cancer treatment because it has covid vaccine cooties.
@Kay: Let’s see, cancer or microchips in my blood… Wow, that is a really tough choice to make.
@NeenerNeener: Since virtually everyone self-tests these days rather than showing up at the ER or something, these numbers are only a small part of the picture. Health depts in NY these days look at wastewater monitoring. If you take a look at that dashboard, you’ll see there’s a very modest uptick in the Rochester area (Monroe county), so I would expect to see a small rise in those PCR reports in the next week or so. The rest of NY is looking ok, with Covid still being detected in most places, but at decreasing levels week over week. Several collection sites in the city have shown a troubling spike, though, over the past couple of weeks, so that’s not good.
Here in CNY, things seem to have settled down quite a bit. This time last year was a complete shitshow where I worked and this spring, I don’t think I know anyone who’s had Covid since January or thereabouts, and the other day when I asked my high schooler if he’d heard about any recent Covid cases at school recently, he couldn’t think of any.
I don’t wish death on anyone, but if they want to die in order to own us libs, I’m not gonna stand in their way.
@jonas: I think some areas will reflect their level of herd immunity, which is where urban living might be safer, ironically.
City people don’t all shop at the only Wal-Mart in fifty miles.
Immunotherapy, the current cancer treatment mentioned in the article that will be combined with the mNRA vaccine, came (partly) out of AIDS research. Wouldn’t it be funny if conservatives end up having fought tooth and nail against all the cancer treatments that work, just because they hate libs? :)
“Dr, Fauci!!!! I’d rather DIE!!!!”
@lowtechcyclist: Who am I to deny them their fates?
“I find your proposal acceptable.”
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@jonas: We’ve been hearing from friends who got it, who were cautious (mostly) about masking and distancing. Including one on CNY. She thinks she got it from a careless friend who came to visit her. Both well over 65.
Another thinks she got it from her mother, who came home from the hospital to stay with them.
We’re still Covid-free. Got the bivalent in September and waiting for the guidance on another shot before a planned overseas trip in August.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@lowtechcyclist: Since finding out about it during lockdown, I still occasionally browse the HerbertCainAward subreddit on Reddit. I don’t know why. I find it depressing. Not so much the militant anti/vaxxers following their beliefs to the grave, but the nutty memes they post while still alive. It depresses me that these memes even exist, that there’s a whole subculture who thinks they make sense.
Of course, the antivaxxers just claim the absence of flu cases during lockdown was because the hospitals were labeling all the flu cases as covid19 to “make more money.”
Just don’t try confusing them with facts.
@NeenerNeener: COVID case counts are useless these days, BUT wastewater counts are also down everywhere and I trust those; also hospital admissions, hospitalizations and deaths are way down, so I do not believe there is a massive COVID wave that is going unseen.
I think that the last few XBB waves got most of the remaining people who had avoided COVID up to now (including the ones who had vaccinations) and there is very little entirely Omicron-naive population left. Protection against initial infection wanes after a few months, but long-term immunity effects how severe the infection will be and how quickly you can clear it. Combine that with the effects of mild spring weather (more outdoor activity, better ventilation and sunlight) and there’s a genuine lull
The most interesting thing to me is that the emergence of the newest XBB sub-variant in Nebraska and Kansas and environs doesn’t seem to have caused a new large wave there.
Somebody much cleverer than I am, back in 2020 when the microchip baloney was on a COVID-vaccine-related upsurge, did a nice snarky job of debunking.
Content Warning: photo of needles at link. Subaru Diane, please do not click.
If the cancer vaccines turn out, Dr Fauci will have been personally involved in two newer cancer treatments – immunotherapy (his AIDS advocacy and agitating for research funding) and doing the same for mNRA vaccines.
That’s pretty damn impressive. Show me a single one of his critics who will have anything like that kind of positive impact. We shoudl be naming airports after him. No wonder he always looks so happy. He’s wildly successful.
It’s Musk. Of course he’s not serious, he’s just stirring the pot to get a reaction.
I don’t have all that much interest in taking the flu shots, but I do every year. I prefer not getting sick. If they offer a third booster, or an annual booster, I will take it. Again, I prefer not getting sick. There is all the difference in the world between how many colds etc. I have had before flu shots and after. Even though I don’t think what I got was the actual flu. If the shots are not outrageously expensive, my health plan will probably cover them fully. If they are expensive there will be a co-pay. Still better than getting sick.
@JaneE: If I recall recent discussion correctly, it sounds like what the CDC has settled on is annual boosters in the fall for everyone, and an extra six-month shot for over-65 and immunocompromised people. I would have preferred the six-month recommendation to cover, you know, me, but I’m not the expert here.
@Matt McIrvin: As far as I know, the FDA has approved the 6 month booster for old people, but not CDC. From discussions I read here, a lot of pharmacies and doctors won’t give you a second bivalent booster until the CDC says OK. I’m getting impatient.
@smith: Your understanding is correct; we’re all just waiting for the various wheels to finish turning so we can get that next booster, but you can’t get it yet. I turn 65 in July so I figure my timing will be about right.
@smith: Interesting distinction. I guess the FDA’s criterion is just “is this safe and effective?” whereas the CDC’s is “is this best policy?” taking all manner of other things into account.
J R in WV
Since I started a harsh series of Chemo treatments for my recently diagnosed cancer, I sought a 2nd bi-valent Covid vaccination at my local Kroger’s Pharmacy, where I get all my prescriptions filled. They did not hesitate, being aware of my recent diagnosis from filling prescriptions to prepare me for my chemo.
My first 8-hour infusion was Monday, and so far side-effects are minimal. Kind of holding my breath, taking all the provided suppression medications to prevent those side effects, so far so good.
Neighbors have been so helpful regarding home house work assistance !!! Willing to pick up things in town, schlep heavy items up into the house, etc. So kind and helpful !!
@J R in WV: Glad to hear a relatively positive report so far. May it continue!