Vaccine waste; COVID Origin Report Scrapped; Zombie readiness

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As the pace of COVID vaccination increases, so does evidence and reports of wasted products. (NPR)

As of about 8 a.m. ET, the US unofficial COVID-19 toll spanned 28,827,651 cases and 520,368 deaths, up from 413,905 and 12,054 for a week at the same time.

Worldometers’ US trend charts suggest that the pace of new cases is flattening out while deaths have finally fallen below last April’s highs, albeit higher than the summer “second wave”.

Infected by two coronavirus strains at the same time? Apparently it happened in Brazil. (ScienceAlert)

England and four other nations approved a rapid government review of modified COVID vaccines to facilitate drug manufacturers’ response to emerging variants of the virus. (AP News)

Two other antibody therapies proved futile in the ACTIV-3 clinical trial, according to the NIH.

Some older adults eligible for vaccination continue to “fall through the cracks”. (AP News)

The World Health Organization, which sent a team to China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, is scrapping the group’s interim report. (Reuters, Wall Street Journal)

Vaccination of teenagers and children could begin in the near future depending on age and local conditions. (AP News)

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan turned down his city’s initial allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, saying the city has had enough of the others – who are better. (CNN)

Another new variant of the coronavirus has appeared in England. (Reuters)

The Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team was caught at the team’s first game almost a year ago in front of fans with photoshopping masks on fans’ faces. (KDKA)

While most areas of the country are struggling to keep up with vaccination demand, one county in Arizona has doses so high that residents 18 and older can get a chance. (CNN)

In other news:

  • The New York doctor is charged with murder related to five opioid-related deaths. (CBS News)
  • Azura Ophthalmics announced in a three-month Phase II clinical trial that AZR-MD-001 topical significantly improved signs and symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction, the leading cause of dry eye disease.
  • For the millions of people working from home – many for the first time – these simple activities performed for three minutes every hour can help reduce the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. (CNN)
  • One child has died of influenza so far in the current flu season, compared to 200 in the 2019-2020 season. (Fox News)
  • Zombie Readiness – Stay Out There Safe! (CDC)
  • Charles Bankhead is Senior Editor on Oncology and also specializes in Urology, Dermatology and Ophthalmology. He joined MedPage Today in 2007. follow

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