AstraZeneca, Sputnik vaccines face hurdles if COVID shots become annual affair – Yahoo News

By John Miller and Ludwig Burger ZURICH (Reuters) – Vaccines from AstraZeneca, Russia’s Gamaleya Institute and Johnson & Johnson fight the coronavirus with another virus, leaving scientists concerned the shots may lose potency if annual inoculations become necessary to fight new variants. So-called viral vector shots – also used by several Chinese COVID-19 vaccine developers – use harmless modified viruses as vehicles, or vectors, to carry genetic information that helps the body build immunity against future infections. However, there is a risk that the body also develops immunity to the…

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One Medical Loses Vaccine Partnerships with SF, Alameda, San Mateo Co., officials say – NBC Bay Area

San Mateo County and Alameda County say they’ve stopped allocating additional vaccines to One Medical, an SF-based national healthcare practice, the Investigative Unit confirmed with the counties Thursday. One Medical is a national healthcare provider with patients who pay $199 to become new members. On Wednesday, our team reported San Francisco County Department of Public Health (SFDPH) penalized One Medical for vaccinating ineligible patients and planning unauthorized vaccination events, like walk-ins and an Oracle Park mass vaccination launch. We received this information after asking SFDPH about reports we received of…

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One Medical Loses Vaccine Partnerships with SF, Alameda, San Mateo Counties – NBC Bay Area

San Mateo County and Alameda County say they’ve stopped allocating additional vaccines to One Medical, an SF-based national healthcare practice, the Investigative Unit confirmed with the counties Thursday. One Medical is a national healthcare provider with patients who pay $199 to become new members. On Wednesday, our team reported San Francisco County Department of Public Health (SFDPH) penalized One Medical for vaccinating ineligible patients and planning unauthorized vaccination events, like walk-ins and an Oracle Park mass vaccination launch. We received this information after asking SFDPH about reports we received of…

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Fauci says people vaccinated for COVID-19 may soon socialize together – Daily Mail

Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that there have been ‘very serious discussions’ between the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about allowing people who have received their full course of COVID-19 vaccinations to socialize together. Fauci, Joe Biden‘s chief medical adviser, said that ‘common sense’ showed that the risk was ‘extremely low’.  Fauci spoke as the number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 fell to its lowest level since November 4, according to The COVID Tracking Project. Their data from Thursday showed that hospitalizations decreased again, as…

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Brazil To Buy 20 Million COVID-19 Vaccines From India’s Bharat Biotech – NDTV

Brazil signed a contract to purchase 20 million doses of Covaxin. Brasilia: Brazil’s Health Ministry on Thursday signed a contract to purchase 20 million doses of Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine made by India’s Bharat Biotech, for delivery between March and May. The ministry said in a statement that the deal is worth 1.6 billion reais ($290,000), with the first 8 million doses expected to arrive in March. To speed up the buying of vaccines in Brazil and deal with the second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the world, the ministry said it…

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Many COVID-19 restrictions lift in Washington County, vaccine eligibility expands to some high-risk – St George News

ST. GEORGE — As far as restaurants and bars are concerned in Washington County, physical distancing of patrons is no longer required. That comes after Washington County moved to the “moderate” level of the Utah COVID-19 Transmission Index on Thursday.   Gov. Spencer Cox gestures with his mask, predicting that he would no longer need to wear one on July 4 as he spoke during a press conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 25, 2021 | Screenshot from Gov. Spencer Cox Facebook page, St. George News And amid continuing…

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Coronavirus Update #52: Purim Warning Due to Recent Uptick – COLlive

Coronavirus update for the Crown Heights community from The Gedaliah Society and Dr. Eli Rosen: Crown Heights has seen a recent uptick in COVID cases, do not join Purim festivities if you have any symptoms. Full Story Throughout the month of February, we have had continued cases on a daily basis, in a fluctuating pattern. Over the past several days we have seen an uptick, unfortunately, just as we go into Purim. We have had approximately 130 cases since the beginning of February, with at least 40 in the last…

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Fact or fiction: Bay Area vaccine sites are giving out extra shots – SF Gate

While demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is surging amid scarce supply, stories are flying around about pharmacies, hospitals and mass vaccination sites passing out excess doses to people who just happen to be at the right place at the right time. There is also a lot of talk about waiting lists that vaccination sites use when they need to dispense doses at risk of expiring. This is all based on the theory that some people aren’t showing up for their appointments, or something goes wrong like a freezer breaks down,…

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Coronavirus update San Antonio, Feb. 25: Leaders report 404 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths – KSAT San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night. Nirenberg reported 194,736 total COVID-19 cases and 2,514 total deaths in Bexar County, an increase of 404 new cases as of Thursday. Four new deaths were reported today. The 7-day rolling average will be reported during Monday’s briefing since there wasn’t enough data this week due to lack of testing because of last week’s winter storm. City officials also reported that…

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Coronavirus in Oregon: 553 new cases, 10 new deaths as seniors face problems booking vaccine appointments – OregonLive

The Oregon Health Authority announced 553 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and 10 new deaths. The new figures came as huge numbers of senior citizens trying to book vaccine appointments ran into technical problems on the state’s website, which crashed Thursday for some users. Websites used to schedule vaccine appointments also failed three days earlier. After Monday’s scheduling problems, clinic operators said their websites had been moving slowly because of the large number of people visiting them. The Oregon Health Authority did not immediately clarify what caused Thursday’s problems.…

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