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Dr. Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Wednesday 3-Feb-2021

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Dr. Stuart Weiss, FACEP, FAAP, CBCP

February 3, 2021
CoViD-19 News and Information you can trust. Welcome new members from the Rapid Test Center.

To my readers: I apologize for just presenting headlines for the past two days. I have been under the weather with a non-CoViD illness (yes, there are still other things to catch during the pandemic). I hope to be back up to speed tomorrow.

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Coronavirus update for February 3, 2021
World Wide Updates
Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 60,000 

AstraZeneca vaccine appears to substantially reduce transmission of the coronavirus, study shows

UK likely past “this peak” of pandemic, says England’s Chief Medical Officer

Pope Francis gets second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

World Economic Forum annual meeting postponed again, now scheduled for August

UNICEF announces deal for 1.1 billion vaccine doses for world’s poorest countries

Nicaragua issues emergency use authorization for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

Switzerland declines authorization of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Lawmakers condemn “appalling” video of England’s chief medical officer being verbally abused in the street

GSK and CureVac plan to develop Covid-19 vaccine against “multiple emerging variants”

Increasing number of EU countries not administering AstraZeneca vaccine to the elderly

Olympic athletes won’t need Covid-19 vaccine for Tokyo Games

British scientists say the next dangerous Covid variant is likely already out there. We just don’t know it yet

China to supply COVAX with 10 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

First came Covid lockdown. Now a bushfire is forcing these Australians to evacuate

Mexico issues emergency use authorization for Sputnik V vaccine, orders millions of doses

Large UK study confirms Covid-19 antibodies last at least 6 months

Saudi Arabia to suspend entry from 20 countries to contain spread of Covid-19

WHO team heads to China bat lab at the center of coronavirus conspiracies

New Zealand regulator approves Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

More than half of Delhi’s population has had Covid-19, survey shows

Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine works against South Africa variant, Chinese researchers say

The number of Covid-19 infections in the UK is still alarmingly high, prime minister says

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, interim trial results suggest

AstraZeneca is 75% effective for 90 days after single shot, study finds

Coronavirus strain in UK picks up mutation that could impact vaccines, experts say

Canada inks deal with Novavax to manufacture coronavirus vaccine in Montreal

Belgium limits AstraZeneca jab to under-55s

Switzerland demands more data before Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine approval

Foreign visitors to show negative Covid-19 test to enter Sweden

Ukraine prepping to ease lockdown in some regions

Total Cases Worldwide: 104,822,205
Total Deaths Worldwide: 2,274,924
Total Recovered: 76,459,549

US Updates

California opens mass vaccination sites as part of federal pilot program

West Virginia governor calls for more localized approach to Covid-19 vaccine administration

Yankee Stadium mass vaccination site will open Friday

Deploying the Defense Production Act to help with vaccine production is on the table, White House says

Federal government has partnered with 21 pharmacy chains to administer Covid-19 vaccine

Nearly 34 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in US, CDC says

41% of Americans approve of how US is handling pandemic, Pew survey finds

11 known cases of UK variant in New Jersey, governor says

South Carolina expands vaccine eligibility to people 65 and older

Biden administration has sent $1.7 billion to states and others to aid community vaccination efforts

There isn’t an official recommendation to double mask, but it may be “common sense,” Fauci says

States begin to identify deaths believed to be linked to Covid-19 UK variant

One million Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to veterans, White House says

Teachers don’t have to be vaccinated for schools to safely reopen, CDC director says

New Jersey eases indoor dining restrictions citing declining Covid hospitalizations

Fauci suggests Johnson & Johnson vaccine could get emergency use authorization in next two weeks 

New York City health commissioner tests positive for Covid-19

CDC’s ensemble forecast now projects up to 534,000 US Covid-19 deaths by Feb. 27

Pharmacy vaccine strategy will “test the waters,” former Biden transition Covid-19 adviser says

Indoor dining can happen if “you don’t have people sitting right next to each other,” Fauci says

US reports more than 110,000 new Covid-19 cases

Many US Marine recruits had been infected with coronavirus, study finds

Younger adults are the biggest spreaders of coronavirus in US, study suggests

There is hope that Covid-19 deaths will decrease in the coming weeks, CDC director says

Muluma meet-and-greet in Miami shut down by police over COVID concerns

Florida officials call for audit after 1,000 doses of COVID vaccine found spoiled in Palm Beach County

Total US cases: 27,116,193
Total US deaths: 460,800
Total Recovered: 16,852,459
Total Tested in US: 312,205,736

Total cases in CA: 3,346,212
Total deaths in CA: 42,005

Total cases in TX: 2,438,003
Total deaths in TX: 37,859

Total cases in FL: 1,744,619
Total deaths in FL: 27,023

Total cases in NY: 1,478,855
Total deaths in NY: 44,270

Total cases in IL: 1,134,231
Total deaths in IL: 21,420
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