CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 9/2/2022

There is too much information in this mailout, but some really good stuff hit the desk today. Texas is no longer compiling or providing detailed Covid information for daily release. Take your time and just read a couple of articles a day over the long holiday. Have a nice Holiday, perhaps our last bad Covid holiday? 

FROM YOUR EPIDEMIOLOGIST

1. ” Cliff notes” ON FALL COVID BOOSTERS

2. Considerations for your fall booster

(J. Harris: Fabulous article, readable. Discussed mix and match and the timing for vaccinations in persons who have had Covid infection.)

THE BEST CDC WEBSITE FOR COVID IN THE FUTURE:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

(J. Harris: The CDC has done a great job of streamlining its website and eliminating non-pertinent information.)

ROM: THE WASHINGTON POST: 

1. AN INTERESTING OPINION PIECE

Opinion The world might be done with covid, but I’m still keeping my distance

2. ANOTHER VIEW:

Opinion I’m a doctor. Here’s why my kids won’t wear masks this school year.

FDA Authorizes Updated Moderna and Pfizer Booster Shots

(J. Harris: Good basic up-to-date Booster information.)

Philanthropist donates $172 million to speed up drug development for the next pandemic

”…Geoffrey Cumming, who made a global fortune in oil and gas, as well as solar power investments and management, is putting up what is purportedly the largest ever gift to medical research in Australia to create the Cumming Global Center for Pandemic Therapeutics. Stunned by the economic and political impact of COVID-19, he “wanted to do something to protect the world in the next pandemic,” says James Angus, a former dean of medicine at the University of Melbourne and a friend of Cumming…”

FROM NEJM:

1. (LETTER) Risk of BA.5 Infection among Persons Exposed to Previous SARS-CoV-2 Variants

”…Overall, we found that breakthrough infections with the BA.5 subvariant were less likely among persons with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection history in a highly vaccinated population, especially for previous BA.1 or BA.2 infection, than among uninfected persons…”

(J. Harris: From Portugal study of highly vaccinated population. Suggests to me that the new vaccine should be helpful.)

2. Covid-19 Vaccines — Immunity, Variants, Boosters

(J. Harris: The ultimate update at this time. Complex.)

FROM THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION:

What doctors wish patients knew about the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

(J. Harris: An alternative to genetically engineered vaccines)

FROM HOPKINS 

1. “…UNITED STATES

The US CDC is reporting 94.3 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 and 1,040,314 deaths. Average daily incidence continues to decline, down from the most recent high of 129,363 new cases per day on July 21 to 88,286 on August 30—the lowest average since May 12. Average daily mortality continues to decline, down to 383 on August 30 from a recent high of 486 on August 12….

Both new hospital admissions and current hospitalizations continue to decline, down 2.9% and 6.3%, respectively, over the past week. Both trends peaked around the last week of July, similar to trends in daily incidence.”

FROM PRECISION VACCINATIONS:

1. Japan Approves and Purchases Antibody Combo for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19

”…United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca plc announced today that Evusheld, a long-acting antibody combination, has been approved in Japan for both prevention and treatment of symptomatic COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection….

The decision by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) marks the first global marketing approval for Evusheld (tixagevimab and cilgavimab) as a treatment for COVID-19.

2. COVID-19 Pill Vaccine Candidate Posts Positive Phase 2 Study Results

(J. Harris: (An ORAL Covid Vaccine in trials which seems to work even better in previously infected or vaccinated folks.)

AND LAST BUT  NOT LEASED WITH AN EXTRA FOR THE HOLIDAY: 

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