CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/26/2021

J. Harris: The numbers are slow coming in today. Trend in Texas is fewer new cases, fewer covid hospitalizations, more ICU beds in our area  G, and increased deaths statewide. 

CHRISTUS COVID-19 Vaccine Hub

J. Harris: Harrison County patients are directed to get shots in either Gregg or Smith County Hubs. Get on the lists. (https://vaccinate.christushealth.org/)

Harrison County announced 286 new cases of COVID-19 in last week

(From the MNM)

Allergic Reactions Including Anaphylaxis After Receipt of the First Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

(J. Harris Anaphylaxis revisited: CDC identified 21 case reports out of 1 893 360 first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. That’s a rate of 21/1893360 or 11 cases per million vaccinations. 4 were hospitalized. No one died. That’s about as safe as a shot of anything can get.)

Allergic Reactions Including Anaphylaxis After Receipt of the First Dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, December 21, 2020–January 10, 2021 During December 21, 2020–January 10, 2021, monitoring by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System detected 10 cases of anaphylaxis after administration of a reported 4,041,396 first doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (2.5 cases per million doses administered). In nine cases, onset occurred within 15 minutes of vaccination. No anaphylaxis-related deaths were reported. (CDC MMWR, 1/22/2021)

(J. Harris: Rare reactions, no deaths with the Moderna vaccine in this study.)

From Hopkins selections”

1. The Proportion of SARS-CoV-2 Infections That Are Asymptomatic (Annals of Internal Medicine) Sixty-one eligible studies and reports were identified, of which 43 used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing of nasopharyngeal swabs to detect current SARS-CoV-2 infection and 18 used antibody testing to detect current or prior infection. In the 14 studies with longitudinal data that reported information on the evolution of symptomatic status, nearly three quarters of persons who tested positive but had no symptoms at the time of testing remained asymptomatic. The highest-quality evidence comes from nationwide, representative serosurveys of England (n = 365 104) and Spain (n = 61 075), which suggest that at least one third of SARS-CoV-2 infections are asymptomatic.

2. Moderna Says its Covid-19 Vaccine Is Less Effective Against One Coronavirus Variant (STAT News) Moderna is studying adding booster doses to its vaccine regimen after finding its Covid-19 vaccine was less effective against a coronavirus variant that was first identified in South Africa,

PRESS RELEASE

FEMA Leads Whole-of-Government COVID-19 Response Update FEMA is helping identify and fill resource gaps, using federal funding to accelerate state vaccination efforts and working to establish vaccine sites, in alignment with President Joseph R. Biden’s COVID-19 response plan. FEMA established a new Interagency Vaccination Task Force in FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center and is deploying FEMA staff to vaccination sites in support of state requests. This new task force is developing data dashboards to track personnel movement and vaccine distribution. (FEMA, 1/25/2021)

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