CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 04/22/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 04/22/2021

EARLY VOTING MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD ENDS TOMORROW. PLEASE GO VOTE TODAY

J. Harris: This last chart shows that Harrison County is running 6-10% BEHIND the percentage of completed immunizations to Gregg and Smith counties, TEXAS, and the USA!

We’ve got to vaccinate our people. 

We need and will get more LOCAL immunizations WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON. 

Vaccine Breakthrough Infections with SARS-CoV-2 Variants

“Emerging variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are of clinical concern. In a cohort of 417 persons who had received the second dose of BNT162b2 (Pfizer–BioNTech) or mRNA-1273 (Moderna) vaccine at least 2 weeks previously, we identified 2 women with vaccine breakthrough infection. Despite evidence of vaccine efficacy in both women, symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 developed, and they tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by polymerase-chain-reaction testing. Viral sequencing revealed variants of likely clinical importance, including E484K in 1 woman and three mutations (T95I, del142–144, and D614G) in both. These observations indicate a potential risk of illness after successful vaccination and subsequent infection with variant virus, and they provide support for continued efforts to prevent and diagnose infection and to characterize variants in vaccinated persons. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and others.)”

J. Harris: Both cases involved females, one with an unvaccinated, infected partner. Both cases were very mild. GET YOUR VACCINATION.

India’s massive COVID surge puzzles scientists

J. Harris: Short, readable article provokes serious thoughts — like why didn’t this happened last year? Good read. 

OTHER HOPKINS SUGGESTIONS”

1. Lagging Vaccination Rates Among Rural Seniors Hint At Brewing Rural-Urban Divide (NPR) Chris Reimer had never heard of Leopold, Mo., when he found himself rushing down a winding, two-lane road toward the rural, 65-person community in February. Reimer, a social media manager in St. Louis, had made a split-second decision when he saw a local television reporter tweet about a 2,000-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic opening to anyone after 3 p.m. that day.

2. J.&J. Will Resume its Europe Vaccine Rollout After the E.U.’s Regulator Says the Shot Should Carry a Label (New York Times) Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that it would resume the rollout of its coronavirus vaccine in Europe after the European Union’s drug regulator said that a warning should be added to the product indicating a possible link to rare blood clots, but that the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAKED:

He who laughs last thinks slowest

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?

I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

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