CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 03/09/2021
FROM THE MNM:
AVAILABLE VACCINES IN TEXAS
You can keep the above and recheck daily. You can download an updated Excel spreadsheet of every Vaccine site in Texas. You can select for Counties and get all the local sites (p17). The net will not let me send this much on a PdF, usually. (Like Norweigan housekeepers, the Net can be capricious.)
1. CDC Says Fully Vaccinated Americans Can Spend Time Together Indoors and Unmasked (STAT News) People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can now spend time together indoors and unmasked, according to new Biden administration guidance. Fully immunized Americans can also visit with low-risk individuals from other households even if they haven’t yet received a vaccine. And if vaccinated individuals are exposed to Covid-19, there’s no need to either quarantine or get tested for the disease, according to new recommendations released Monday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2. Multitude of Coronavirus Variants Found in the US — but the Threat is Unclear (Nature) Despite having world-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and experiencing more COVID infections than any other country, the United States has until recently lagged far behind in sequencing coronavirus genomes and spotting worrisome variants. But in recent weeks, US researchers have identified a host of new variants, including in California, New York State, Louisiana and elsewhere. And they are continuing to ramp up SARS-CoV-2 sequencing efforts.
3. In Oregon, Scientists Find a Virus Variant With a Worrying Mutation (New York Times) Scientists in Oregon have spotted a homegrown version of a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that first surfaced in Britain — but now combined with a mutation that may make the variant less susceptible to vaccines. The researchers have so far found just a single case of this formidable combination, but genetic analysis suggested that the variant had been acquired in the community and did not arise in the patient.
SOME GOOD NEWS: A NEW VACCINE COMING SOON
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, February 2021 On February 28, 2021, after a transparent evidence-based review of all available data, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued an interim recommendation for use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥18 years for the prevention of COVID-19. The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has high efficacy against COVID-19–associated hospitalization and death. Persons may receive any ACIP-recommended COVID-19 vaccine and are encouraged to receive the earliest vaccine available to them. Use of all EUA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines is critical in controlling the pandemic. (CDC MMWR, 2/5/2021)
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