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COVID Vaccine Immunity Is Waning–How Much Does That Matter?

11 hours 41 min ago

(Nature) – Six months ago, Miles Davenport and his colleagues made a bold prediction. On the basis of published results from vaccine trials and other data sources, they estimated that people immunized against COVID-19 would lose approximately half of their defensive antibodies every 108 days or so. As a result, vaccines that initially offered, say, 90% protection against mild cases of disease might only be 70% effective after 6 or 7 months. “It felt a little bit out on a limb at the time,” says Davenport, a computational immunologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. But on the whole, his group’s predictions have come true. (Read Full Article)

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Facebook and Google Condemned Over Ads for ‘Abortion Pill Reversal’

12 hours 5 min ago

(The Guardian) – Facebook has served “abortion reversal” adverts 18.4m times since January 2020, according to a report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), promoting an “unproven, unethical” and “dangerous” procedure. Google shows the adverts on more than four-fifths of searches related to abortion across a number of US cities, according to the CCDH research, targeted at search terms such as “unwanted pregnancy” and “abortion pill”. The adverts promote an unproven theoretical use of high doses of the hormone progesterone to “reverse” the effects of taking mifepristone, the first of a pair of drugs used in a medical abortion. (Read Full Article)

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N.Y. Vaccine Requirements for Teachers, Health Workers on Hold

12 hours 47 min ago

(Bloomberg) – Two vaccine mandates imposed on health workers in New York state and New York City teachers were temporarily blocked by judges. State court judge Laurence L. Love issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday barring New York City’s health department from requiring education workers to be vaccinated. Love’s order was issued just hours after a federal judge temporarily blocked New York state officials from imposing a Covid-19 vaccine requirement on health care workers who claim the shot violates their religious beliefs. (Read Full Article)

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NYC’s Rikers Island Jail Spirals Into Chaos Amid Pandemic

September 16, 2021

(Associated Press) – A spate of inmate deaths. Cellblocks unguarded. Staggering staffing shortages caused by AWOL guards. Detainees deprived of food and medical care. New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, troubled by years of neglect, has spiraled into turmoil during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not just inmates and advocates saying that. City officials, including the mayor, admit there are serious problems. One jail watchdog called it “a complete breakdown in the operation of the jails.” (Read Full Article)

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Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company’s Response Is Weak, Documents Show.

September 16, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – Scores of internal Facebook documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show employees raising alarms about how its platforms are used in some developing countries, where its user base is already huge and expanding. They also show the company’s response, which in many instances is inadequate or nothing at all. Employees flagged that human traffickers in the Middle East used the site to lure women into abusive employment situations in which they were treated like slaves or forced to perform sex work. They warned that armed groups in Ethiopia used the site to incite violence against ethnic minorities. They sent alerts to their bosses on organ selling, pornography and government action against political dissent, according to the documents. Facebook removes some pages, though many more operate openly, according to the documents. (Read Full Article)

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France Suspends 3,000 Unvaccinated Health Workers Without Pay

September 16, 2021

(The Guardian) – France has suspended 3,000 health workers without pay for refusing the Covid vaccine. The health minister, Olivier Véran, said the staff had been notified in writing before the government-imposed deadline to have at least one dose. Véran said “several dozen” had resigned rather than have the vaccine, but with an estimated 2.7 million health workers in France, “continued healthcare is assured”, he said. (Read Full Article)

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Study of Up to 40,000 People Will Probe Mysteries of Long Covid

September 16, 2021

(Science) – Weeks or months after their coronavirus infection clears, many people diagnosed with COVID-19 still have debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, foggy thinking, and headaches. Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a nearly $470 million grant to enroll up to 40,000 adults and children newly and previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 in a study that will probe the causes of these postinfection effects, dubbed Long Covid, and look for clues to treatments and prevention. (Read Full Article)

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Idaho Rations Health Care Statewide Amid Massive COVID Surge

September 16, 2021

(Associated Press) – Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement after St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho’s largest hospital network, on Wednesday asked state health leaders to allow “crisis standards of care” because the increase in COVID-19 patients has exhausted the state’s medical resources. Idaho is one of the least vaccinated U.S. states, with only about 40% of its residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only Wyoming and West Virginia have lower vaccination rates.  (Read Full Article)

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Parents Seek Out Covid-19 Vaccine Trials for Their Children Ahead of Official Authorization

September 16, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – Many parents across the U.S. are racing to put their children in Covid-19 vaccine trials to try to protect them from the virus sooner rather than later. The shots haven’t been proved to work safely for youngsters, and child volunteers in later-stage trials may get a placebo, rather than the vaccine. Yet parents said they were willing to take the chance and submit their children to the trials’ blood draws, Covid-19 tests and appointments to safeguard them, as well as their family and classmates. (Read Full Article)

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The U.S. Will Require Would-Be Immigrants to Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated for COVID

September 15, 2021

(NPR) – People applying to immigrate to the U.S. will have to show they’ve been vaccination against COVID-19 as part of a required medical exam, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says. The new policy takes effect on Oct. 1. The requirement includes an exception for children who are too young to receive the vaccine, as well as people with medical conditions that rule them out for the shot. It also outlines a waiver process for people who refuse to be vaccinated due to religious and other reasons. (Read Full Article)

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As COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Rise, Religious Exemptions Grow

September 15, 2021

(Associated Press) – About 3,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And an Arkansas hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it is apparently calling their bluff. Religious objections, once used sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot. (Read Full Article)

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The Fight to Manufacture COVID Vaccines in Lower-Income Countries

September 15, 2021

(Nature) – Vaccines against COVID-19 are not reaching many people in the global south, despite donations from wealthy nations. Less than 1% of people in low-income countries are fully vaccinated, and just 10% are in lower-middle-income countries, compared with more than half in high-income countries. Many researchers say the best way to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines is to enable countries in the global south to make their own. “Charity is good, but we can’t rely on charity alone,” says Peter Singer, an adviser to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). (Read Full Article)

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FDA Scientists Strike Skeptical Tone on Need for Covid-19 Vaccine Booster at This Time, Likely Fueling Debate

September 15, 2021

(STAT News) – Food and Drug Administration scientists have expressed skepticism about the need for additional doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for all people who have received it. The assessment by the agency’s staff, included in documents released Wednesday, sets up a high-stakes debate over who will need an additional booster dose — and when they will need it — at the meeting of experts being convened by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. (Read Full Article)

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Australian University Says Chinese Uyghur Study Breached Ethics Code

September 15, 2021

(Reuters) – An Australian university said on Wednesday that it has asked journal publisher Wiley Online Library to retract a research study conducted by a former faculty member that helps Chinese facial recognition software better identify ethnic Uyghurs. Curtin University said that the study published by the academic Wanquan Liu and co-authors at Chinese universities in 2018 was conducted without its knowledge and had breached its ethics code. (Read Full Article)

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Judge Blocks Medical Worker Vaccine Mandate in NY State

September 14, 2021

(ABC News) – A federal judge temporarily blocked the state of New York on Tuesday from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after a group of health care workers sued, saying their Constitutional rights were violated because the state’s mandate disallowed religious exemptions. (Read Full Article)

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BMA Drops Opposition to Assisted Dying and Adopts Neutral Stance

September 14, 2021

(The Guardian) – The British Medical Association (BMA) has dropped its opposition to assisted dying and adopted a neutral stance on the issue. The doctors’ union, which represents about 150,000 medics, voted to change its official position? following a debate by members at its annual representative meeting in London. It had opposed legalising assisted dying since 2006. (Read Full Article)

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FDA Vaccine Regulators Argue Against Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters in New International Review

September 14, 2021

(STAT News) – A group of international experts — including, notably, two outgoing Food and Drug Administration vaccine regulators — argues in a new paper against offering Covid-19 vaccine boosters to the general population. (Read Full Article)

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Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show

September 14, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – For the past three years, Facebook has been conducting studies into how its photo-sharing app affects its millions of young users. Repeatedly, the company’s researchers found that Instagram is harmful for a sizable percentage of them, most notably teenage girls. (Read Full Article)

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New York Hospital to “Pause” Delivering Babies After Resignations Over Vaccine Mandate

September 13, 2021

(Axios) – A hospital in upstate New York says it will “pause” its maternity services this month after several employees chose to resign rather than get a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine. (Read Full Article)

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Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning

September 13, 2021

(The Atlantic) – If you want to make sense of the number of COVID hospitalizations at any given time, you need to know how sick each patient actually is. Until now, that’s been almost impossible to suss out. The federal government requires hospitals to report every patient who tests positive for COVID, yet the overall tallies of COVID hospitalizations, made available on various state and federal dashboards and widely reported on by the media, do not differentiate based on severity of illness. Some patients need extensive medical intervention, such as getting intubated. Others require supplemental oxygen or administration of the steroid dexamethasone. But there are many COVID patients in the hospital with fairly mild symptoms, too, who have been admitted for further observation on account of their comorbidities, or because they reported feeling short of breath. Another portion of the patients in this tally are in the hospital for something unrelated to COVID, and discovered that they were infected only because they were tested upon admission. How many patients fall into each category has been a topic of much speculation. In August, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System decided to find out. (Read Full Article)

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