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AstraZeneca COVID vaccine 70% effective vs. B117 variant

1 Apr, 2021 | 03:55h | UTC

AstraZeneca COVID vaccine 70% effective vs B117 variant – CIDRAP

Original study: Efficacy of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern 202012/01 (B.1.1.7): an exploratory analysis of a randomised controlled trial – The Lancet

 

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[Press release – not published yet] Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 100% effective against Covid-19 in adolescents

1 Apr, 2021 | 03:52h | UTC

Press release: Pfizer-BioNTech Announce Positive Topline Results Of Pivotal Covid-19 Vaccine Study In Adolescents

Commentaries: The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Is Said to Be Powerfully Protective in Adolescents – The New York Times AND Covid: Children ‘well protected by Pfizer vaccine’ – BBC AND Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows ‘100% Efficacy’ In Adolescents – NPR AND Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine protects younger teens – Associated Press AND Pfizer and BioNTech say vaccine prevents Covid-19 in adolescents – STAT

 

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Bill Gates: 5 things you should know about variants

1 Apr, 2021 | 03:49h | UTC

5 things you should know about variants – GatesNotes

 

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Despite Chile’s Speedy Covid-19 Vaccination Drive, Cases Soar

1 Apr, 2021 | 03:46h | UTC

Despite Chile’s Speedy Covid-19 Vaccination Drive, Cases Soar – The New York Times (free registration may be required)

 

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Post-covid syndrome in individuals admitted to hospital with covid-19: retrospective cohort study

1 Apr, 2021 | 03:43h | UTC

Post-covid syndrome in individuals admitted to hospital with covid-19: retrospective cohort study – The BMJ

 

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Opinion | “Vaccine Passport” Certification — Policy and Ethical Considerations

1 Apr, 2021 | 03:40h | UTC

“Vaccine Passport” Certification — Policy and Ethical Considerations – New England Journal of Medicine

Related: Covid-19 vaccine passports will harm sustainable development – The BMJ Opinion AND Covid-19 vaccine passports and vaccine hesitancy: freedom or control? – The BMJ Opinion AND Vaccine certificates: does the end justify the means? – The Lancet Microbe AND Interim position paper: considerations regarding proof of COVID-19 vaccination for international travellers – World Health Organization

 


[Preprint] Single dose of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines shows 62% efficacy for preventing disease and reduces viral load/transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 in residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:38h | UTC

Vaccine effectiveness of the first dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and BNT162b2 against SARS-CoV-2 infection in residents of Long-Term Care Facilities (VIVALDI study) – medRxiv

Commentaries: Single dose of Pfizer and Oxford vaccines shows 60% efficacy in elderly care home residents – NewsMedical AND Care home residents gain 62% protection from single dose of COVID-19 vaccine – University College London

 

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Antibody evasion by the P.1 strain of SARS-CoV-2

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:36h | UTC

Antibody evasion by the P.1 strain of SARS-CoV-2 – Cell

 

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Why indoor spaces are still prime COVID hotspots

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:35h | UTC

Why indoor spaces are still prime COVID hotspots – Nature

 


Transmissibility and transmission of respiratory viruses

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:33h | UTC

Transmissibility and transmission of respiratory viruses – Nature Reviews Microbiology

 


What it will take to vaccinate the world against COVID-19

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:32h | UTC

What it will take to vaccinate the world against COVID-19 – Nature

 


Opinion | Covid-19 vaccine passports will harm sustainable development

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:31h | UTC

Covid-19 vaccine passports will harm sustainable development – The BMJ Opinion

“Where you are born can predict how freely you will be able to travel for opportunity, education, and leisure. Being a citizen of certain countries grants people access to nearly the entire globe, whereas others face challenges just to legally leave the  borders of the country they live in”

 


Opinion | Covid-19 vaccine passports and vaccine hesitancy: freedom or control?

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:29h | UTC

Covid-19 vaccine passports and vaccine hesitancy: freedom or control? – The BMJ Opinion

“Recent debates around “vaccine passports,” or formal/mandatory certification of vaccination, point towards a potential widening societal divide between those who are vaccinated and those who are not.”

 


All the Covid-19 vaccines prevent death and severe disease, and that’s what matters, experts say

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:28h | UTC

All the Covid-19 vaccines prevent death and severe disease, and that’s what matters, experts say – CNN

 


WHO-convened global study of origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part

31 Mar, 2021 | 03:25h | UTC

WHO-convened global study of origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part – World Health Organization

News release: WHO calls for further studies, data on origin of SARS-CoV-2 virus, reiterates that all hypotheses remain open

Commentaries: WHO report into COVID pandemic origins zeroes in on animal markets, not labs – Nature AND WHO Director-General’s remarks at the Member State Briefing on the report of the international team studying the origins of SARS-CoV-2 – World Health Organization

See also: WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

 


WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

30 Mar, 2021 | 03:29h | UTC

WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals – Associated Press

Commentaries: WHO report: Jump from animals most likely COVID-19 source – CIDRAP AND WHO, China Report Suggests COVID-19 Passed From Bats to Humans Through Another Animal – ContagionLive

 


‘Real world’ study by CDC shows Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 90% effective

30 Mar, 2021 | 03:27h | UTC

‘Real world’ study by CDC shows Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 90% effective – STAT

Original Study: Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Personnel, First Responders, and Other Essential and Frontline Workers — Eight U.S. Locations, December 2020–March 2021 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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Point-Counterpoint | Should healthcare providers receive treatment priority during a pandemic?

30 Mar, 2021 | 03:23h | UTC

Introducing Point-Counterpoint Perspectives in the Journal of Hospital Medicine

Point: Healthcare Providers Should Receive Treatment Priority During a Pandemic – Journal of Hospital Medicine

Counterpoint: Prioritizing Healthcare Workers for Scarce Critical Care Resources Is Impractical and Unjust – Journal of Hospital Medicine

Rebuttal: Accounting for the Community’s Reciprocal Obligations to Healthcare Workers During a Pandemic – Journal of Hospital Medicine

 


Study: mRNA vaccine is associated with decreased SARS-CoV-2 viral load in individuals with breakthrough infection, suggesting a role in suppressing onward transmission

30 Mar, 2021 | 03:25h | UTC

Initial report of decreased SARS-CoV-2 viral load after inoculation with the BNT162b2 vaccine – Nature Medicine

 

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Cochrane Library Editorial: Contested effects and chaotic policies: the 2020 story of (hydroxy) chloroquine for treating COVID‐19

28 Mar, 2021 | 22:55h | UTC

Contested effects and chaotic policies: the 2020 story of (hydroxy) chloroquine for treating COVID‐19 – Cochrane Library

Commentary and Infographic: Is chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine useful in treating people with COVID-19, or in preventing infection in people who have been exposed to the virus? – Cochrane Library

Original review: Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for prevention and treatment of COVID‐19 – Cochrane Library

 

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Another study indicates SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.351, but not variant B.1.1.7, has partial resistance to neutralizing antibodies generated by natural infection or mRNA vaccination

28 Mar, 2021 | 22:53h | UTC

Sensitivity of infectious SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 variants to neutralizing antibodies – Nature Medicine

 

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Covid-19: Middle aged women face greater risk of debilitating long term symptoms

28 Mar, 2021 | 22:49h | UTC

Covid-19: Middle aged women face greater risk of debilitating long term symptoms – The BMJ

Linked Opinion: The stigma is real for people living with long covid – The BMJ Opinion

 


Persistent neurologic symptoms and cognitive dysfunction in non‐hospitalized Covid‐19 “long haulers”

28 Mar, 2021 | 22:48h | UTC

Persistent neurologic symptoms and cognitive dysfunction in non‐hospitalized Covid‐19 “long haulers” – Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology

Commentary: 85% of COVID-19 long-haulers have multiple brain-related symptoms – LiveScience AND ‘Brain fog’ and other neurologic symptoms can last for months after Covid – NBC News AND Neurologic Symptoms Persistent for Many COVID-19 ‘Long-Haulers’ – Health Day

 


International travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic: a rapid review

28 Mar, 2021 | 22:38h | UTC

International travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic: a rapid review – Cochrane Library

 

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Routine asymptomatic testing strategies for airline travel during the COVID-19 pandemic: a simulation study

28 Mar, 2021 | 22:34h | UTC

Routine asymptomatic testing strategies for airline travel during the COVID-19 pandemic: a simulation study – The Lancet Infectious Diseases

Commentary: Study outlines testing strategies for safer air travel during the pandemic – University of California – San Francisco

 

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