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  • Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine Protection Against Omicron Fades Just Weeks After Second And Third Doses, Study Finds

    05/16/2022 10:44:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/16/2022 | Robert Hart
    Immunity against the omicron coronavirus variant fades rapidly after a second and third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, according to peer reviewed research published in JAMA Network Open on Friday, a finding that could support rolling out additional booster shots to vulnerable people as the variant drives an uptick in new cases across the country. KEY FACTS * Levels of omicron-specific “neutralizing” antibodies—which can target the virus and stop it from replicating—decline rapidly after a second and third dose of Pfizer’s shot, according to the Danish study of 128 people who had received two or three doses. *...
  • China Faces Omicron ‘Tsunami’ If It Abandons Controversial Zero-Covid Policy, Researchers Warn

    05/10/2022 7:21:25 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/10/2022 | Forbes Staff
    China faces an omicron “tsunami” that could overwhelm hospitals and kill more than 1 million people if it abandons its “zero-Covid” strategy, according to a new study published in Nature Medicine on Tuesday, as officials double down on the controversial policy despite worsening social and economic damages of such strict lockdowns.
  • COVID 'stealth' variant is fueling rise in cases in HALF of US states with infections up 25% up on last week - but White House pandemic chief says Americans should not be 'excessively concerned'

    04/11/2022 9:43:19 PM PDT · by bitt · 47 replies ^ | 4/11/2022 | MANSUR SHAHEEN
    Covid cases are now rising in 26 U.S. states and are up 25% nationwide, reversing the months-long trend of case declines coming off of the winter Omicron surge Dr Ashish Jha, the White House Covid response coordinator, told NBC Monday that he is not overly concerned about this recent shift Hospitalizations with the virus are at their lowest point of the pandemic so far, Jha notes, with Covid deaths having cratered 25% over the past week as well The 'stealth' variant is largely responsible for these increases, now making up 72% of US cases, the CDC reports . Covid cases...
  • Study finds curcumin is a potential therapeutic agent against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2

    05/03/2022 8:59:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    News Medical Life Sciences ^ | Apr 29 2022 | Shanet Susan Alex, Reviewed by Danielle Ellis, B.Sc.
    A recent study published in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine demonstrated that the phytochemical curcumin is a potent therapeutic prospect against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Omicron variant. The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused over 508 million SARS-CoV-2 cases and six million deaths to date globally. As of now, the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant is the dominant strain worldwide. Omicron was designated a variant of concern (VOC) since it can evade vaccine- and infection-induced immunity due to several mutations in its spike (S) protein, including 15 amino acid substitutions across the receptor-binding...
  • Moderna Targeting Fall Release for Omicron Variant-Specific COVID-19 Boosters

    05/01/2022 4:09:36 PM PDT · by lightman · 25 replies
    epoch times ^ | 1 May A.D. 2022 | Jack Phillips
    A top executive at vaccine maker Moderna said that an Omicron- and subvariant-specific COVID-19 vaccine booster will be potentially released by the company in the fall. “We announced a couple weeks ago a new, variant-specific booster that we’ve been testing, and we have an additional candidate, our lead candidate, in testing now that I believe is going to be even more superior,” Moderna Chief Medical Officer Paul Burton told CBS on Sunday. “We are confident that by the fall of this year, we should have large amounts of that new booster vaccine that will protect against Omicron and other variants,...
  • COVID Variant Proportions

    04/26/2022 12:18:56 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 19 replies
    COVID Data Tracker ^ | April 26, 2022
    Monitoring Variant Proportions SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is constantly changing and accumulating mutations in its genetic code over time. New variants of SARS-CoV-2 are expected to continue to emerge. Some variants will emerge and disappear, while others will emerge and continue to spread and may replace previous variants. To identify and track SARS-CoV-2 variants, CDC uses genomic surveillance. CDC's national genomic surveillance system collects SARS-CoV-2 specimens for sequencing through the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance (NS3) program, as well as SARS-CoV-2 sequences generated by commercial or academic laboratories contracted by CDC and state or local public health laboratories. Virus...
  • COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review 22 April 2022

    04/22/2022 7:13:27 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    CDC ^ | 22 April 2022 | CDC
    Since the last weekly review: New cases up 35.3% (from very low levels) New Hospitalizations up 8.3% Deaths down 9.4% Test Positivity Rate 5.3% (up from 3.7% last week) Variants: About 100% of new cases are Omicron, about 95% of those are the sub-variant BA.2 family, with about 19% of the total being the currently fastest growing sub-variant (BA.2.12.1).
  • The Shots Have Failed, So Let’s Amp Up Global Vaccination Rates!

    04/20/2022 5:06:11 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 19 Apr, 2022 | Debra Heine
    African countries have done well during the pandemic without high rates of vaccination. The Biden regime won’t stand for that. The White House on Monday announced a second global COVID-19 summit to discuss how to bolster vaccination rates internationally, despite data from around the world showing the mRNA and adenovirus-vector vaccines do not stop the spread of the virus, and appear to be associated with a higher rate of non-COVID deaths. In a joint statement with Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal, the White House said the purpose of the summit, which is scheduled to be held virtually on May 12,...
  • 2 New Omicron Subvariants Being Tracked

    04/12/2022 6:35:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    Webmd ^ | 4-12-22 | Ralph Ellis
    The World Health Organization is analyzing a few dozen cases of two new sub-variants of the Omicron strain to determine how infectious and dangerous they might be, according to Reuters. The agency said it added BA.4 and BA.5 to its monitoring list because of their "additional mutations that need to be further studied to understand their impact on immune escape potential,” Reuters said. All versions of Omicron have proven to be highly transmissible. The BA.2 subvariant now represents about 94% of all sequenced cases but does not appear to cause severe disease, Reuters said. Last week, the CDC said BA.2...
  • COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review, 8 April 2022

    04/08/2022 4:24:26 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 5 replies
    CDC ^ | 8 April 2022 | CDC
    Since the prior weekly report: New Cases UP 4.9% (reversing a downward trend since mid-January) New Hospitalizations down 10.3% Deaths down 22.1% Variants: About 100% Omicron, BA.2 is projected to be 72.2% of that. Test Positivity up to 3.1% (second week of rise)
  • Shanghai becomes new COVID-19 Epicenter with record cases for 6th consecutive day

    04/07/2022 8:15:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Money Control ^ | 04/07/2022
    Shanghai, the global financial hub and China’s biggest city, has become the epicentre of COVID-19 cases in the country as it set a record of six-straight days of logging around 20,000 cases, as the city ramped up mass testing to tackle the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. The Chinese mainland reported 1,284 new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 322 in Shanghai, on Wednesday, China’s National Health Commission reported on Thursday. Wednesday also saw 21,784 new asymptomatic cases, including 19,660 in Shanghai, it said. Shanghai with a population of about 26 million, which remained under lockdown for several days, has already...
  • Omicron subvariant BA.2 has become dominant COVID strain in US — but cases not spiking

    04/06/2022 4:29:43 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    Nypost ^ | 04/06/2022 | Ben Kesslen
    COVID-19 case numbers have remained stable in the US, even as the highly contagious BA.2 subvariant has spread to become the dominant form of the virus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the new subvariant now accounts for around 72% of cases nationally, though figures show it has not driven a new surge like it has in European countries
  • COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review, 1 April 2022

    04/01/2022 1:30:23 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    CDC ^ | 1 April 2022 | CDC
    Since the last weekly report: Cases down 3% New hospitalizations down 15.8% Deaths down 14.4% Variants: Omicron is estimated to be about 100% of new cases. Of that, sub-lineage BA.2 is projected to be 54.9% Test positivity rate is 2.4% (up slightly from 2.2% last week), but the total number of tests declined by 5.9%.
  • (EXCLUSIVE) Experts: 'Omicron Covid-19 likely came from a lab, too’

    03/26/2022 10:00:00 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 43 replies ^ | March 26, 2022 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Scientists say Omicron appears to have a clear lab origin Future lab releases of Covid-19 variants are “likely” When Omicron emerged, many scientists were bowled over by the lightning speed with which it spread. Although public health officials had warned that the original Covid-19 was highly contagious and fast-moving— it looked like it was standing still next to the Omicron variant. Watch video at link: Link Now, some scientists examining the virus have concluded “vast” genetic mutations that likely occurred in a lab setting are what makes Omicron spread so quickly. Omicron was first detected in Botswana, South Africa, reported...
  • COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review, March 25, 2022

    03/25/2022 5:46:11 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 4 replies
    CDC ^ | March 25, 2022 | CDC
    Since the last weekly summary: Cases Down 5.4% New Hospitalizations Down 21.0% Deaths Down 29.5% Test Positivity Rate steady at 2.2% Variants: About 100% Omicron, with the BA.2 sub-variant growing to 34.9% of those.
  • W.H.O: The BA.2, or ‘Stealth Omicron,’ is Taking Over as the Dominant Variant Circulating Worldwide

    03/23/2022 4:02:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    US News and World Report via MSN ^ | 03/23/2022 | Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder
    The highly transmissible subvariant of omicron known as BA.2, or “stealth omicron,” is the dominant strain circulating worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Virtually all new coronavirus cases reported to WHO are from omicron, which has several subvariants. The BA.2 subvariant was responsible for nearly 86% of the omicron cases sequenced over the past month, according to the organization. “Among the major omicron descendent lineages, weekly trends show that the relative proportion of BA.2 has increased steadily since the end of 2021, with BA.2 becoming the dominant lineage by week seven of 2022,” WHO wrote in a report released...
  • Fauci: US Not Likely to See Surge From New COVID-19 Omicron BA.2 Subvariant

    03/21/2022 8:09:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 03/21/2022 | Jack Phillips
    Chief White House COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the United States will see another surge of the CCP virus due to the spread of a subvariant of Omicron.The subvariant, known as BA.2, has been blamed by some officials for an uptick in cases across Europe and the United Kingdom in recent days.“Hopefully, we won’t see a surge. I don’t think we will. The easiest way to prevent that is to continue to get people vaccinated. And for those who have been vaccinated, to continue to get them boosted, so that’s really where we stand right...
  • Fauci Does Not Expect New COVID Variant to Cause a Surge in Cases

    03/20/2022 10:56:05 AM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies ^ | 20 March A.D. 2022 | Landon Mott
    White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he does not believe the new variant of the coronavirus will lead to a surge in cases or a return to pandemic lockdowns. During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Fauci told host George Stephanopoulos that the new BA.2 variant is more transmissible than the original omicron variant of the virus. He said it is about 50-60 percent more transmissible and could become the dominant variant in the U.S. According to Fauci, the new variant is "about 80 plus percent, 85 percent of the isolate" whereas, in the U.S., it...
  • COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review, 18 March 2022

    03/19/2022 1:19:22 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 8 replies
    CDC ^ | 18 March 2022 | CDC
    For the week ending 18 March 2022: New Cases down 16.6% New Hospitalizations down 27.2% Deaths down 11.4% Variants - About 100% Omicron, the BA.2 sub-variant has grown to 23% of those. Test Positivity Rate is now down to 2.2%. Vaccinations decreased 17.6% from the previous week.
  • China Orders 51 Million Into Lockdown as COVID Surges

    03/14/2022 3:33:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2022 | Britt Clennett and Karson Yiu
    Chinese officials on Monday reported 1,437 cases across dozens of cities.China is facing its worst COVID crisis since early 2020, when the world first witnessed an entire population locked down to contain the coronavirus in Wuhan and its surrounding province. Two years on, it's now sending tens of millions of people into lockdown in the entire northeastern province of Jilin, where 24 million people live, and the southern cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan, with 17.5 million and 10 million, respectively. China, the last major country to relentlessly pursue a Covid-zero policy, reported 1,437 cases across dozens of cities on Monday....