CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 05/28/2021
FROM THE NYT TODAY: NOTICE DAILY CASES PER 100,000 POPULATION
Scientists Are Figuring Out if Fully Vaccinated People Will Need Booster Shots — and Which One (New York Times) U.S. scientists are expanding efforts to evaluate when fully vaccinated people will need booster shots — and, if so, whether people can switch brands — in the latest chapter of the global quest to stop the pandemic.
“In this prespecified interim analysis of a randomized clinical trial, treatment of adults with either of 2 inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccines significantly reduced the risk of symptomatic COVID-19. Data collection for the final analysis is pending” (J. Harris: This “immunological boost” makes sense and will bear watching.)
(A Becker summary of a NYT summary of an article in Nature}The first study, published in Nature May 24, involved 77 people who were infected with COVID-19 about a year earlier and had since recovered. Researchers focused on memory B cells, which retain a memory of the virus, and found that while the antibody levels in the participants’ blood samples dropped in the months after infection, memory B cells lingered in the bone marrow, ready to produce antibodies as needed.
1. PRESS RELEASE
Antibody Testing Is Not Currently Recommended to Assess Immunity After COVID-19 Vaccination: FDA Safety Communication The US Food and Drug Administration is reminding the public and health care providers that results from currently authorized SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests should not be used to evaluate a person’s level of immunity or protection from COVID-19 at any time, and especially after the person received a COVID-19 vaccination. While a positive antibody test result can be used to help identify people who may have had a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, more research is needed in people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination. Currently authorized SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests have not been evaluated to assess the level of protection provided by an immune response to COVID-19 vaccination. If antibody test results are interpreted incorrectly, there is a potential risk that people may take fewer precautions against SARS-CoV-2 exposure. (FDA, 5/19/2021)
2. PRESS RELEASE
More Than 10 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered by Community Health Centers The US Department of Health and Human Services announced that Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program-funded health centers and Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) have administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide—with 61% provided to racial and ethnic minorities. Community health centers, which largely serve the nation’s underserved and most vulnerable communities, have been central to President Biden’s commitment to ensuring equity and access in the COVID-19 response and vaccination program. Critical to this effort has been the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, a collaboration between HRSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provides a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to HRSA Health Center Program-supported health centers in addition to COVID-19 vaccines that health centers might receive through their states. This program started on February 9 with an initial cohort of 25 health centers, and expanded in less than two months to include all HRSA Health Center Program-funded health centers and LALs on April 6, increasing its reach to 1,470 health centers nationwide. (HHS, 5/19/2021)
AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:
1.What do you call a fly without wings? A walk!
2. I’m no cheetah, you’re lion!
3. One lung said to another, “we be-lung together!”
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