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California clinics: More vaccines going to rich than at-risk – The Associated Press

California clinics: More vaccines going to rich than at-risk – The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teresa Parada is exactly the kind of person equity-minded California officials say they want to vaccinate: She’s a retired factory worker who speaks little English and lives in a hard-hit part of Los Angeles County. But Parada, 70, has waited weeks while others her age flock to Dodger Stadium or get the coronavirus shot through large hospital networks. The place where she normally gets medical care, AltaMed, is just now receiving enough supply to vaccinate her later this month. Parada said TV reports show people lining up to get shots, but “I see only vaccines going to Anglos.” “It’s rare that I see a Latino there for the vaccine. When will it be our turn?” she said. Gov. Gavin Newsom has repeatedly called equity his “North Star” for vaccinating a diverse state of ...
Seychelles bids to reach COVID herd immunity by mid-March – The Associated Press

Seychelles bids to reach COVID herd immunity by mid-March – The Associated Press

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles had one of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, and this month it aims to again break ground by reaching so-called “herd immunity.” In an interview with The Associated Press, President Wavel Ramkalawan said that goal should be reached in mid-March, “when we would have vaccinated 70,000 of our people. That represents 70% because our population is 100,000.” The country depends heavily on tourism, and when COVID-19 vaccinations in Seychelles began in January, some workers in the tourism industry were among the first to receive them, along with health workers and the president himself. By the end of February, about 44% of those vaccinated had gotten a second shot. The country has benefited from so-called vaccine ...
More COVID-19 variants emerge closer to home: What to know about the ones discovered in Brazil, New York, California – USA TODAY

More COVID-19 variants emerge closer to home: What to know about the ones discovered in Brazil, New York, California – USA TODAY

Health officials are urging Americans to not let their guards down against COVID-19 as researchers discover new variants that may already be more transmissible and could also be somewhat resistant to the vaccine. “At this level of cases, with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing Monday. “These variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress.” While experts have been following variants first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa, they're also seeing red flags in other variants discovered closer to home in Brazil, New York and California.  In Monday’s briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said a recent study found ...
‘It’s Like Buying Bruce Springsteen Tickets’: The Hunt to Find a Vaccine Shot – The New York Times

‘It’s Like Buying Bruce Springsteen Tickets’: The Hunt to Find a Vaccine Shot – The New York Times

When it became clear there would be little progress, “We had to go looking,” he said. In early February, with six inches of fresh snow on the ground and a nearly impassable mound plowed into the base of his driveway, he said a Rite Aid called with the news that they had one spare dose. “I said, I’ll take it,” said Dr. Shah, who got his second dose on Tuesday. “Come rain, come shine, come snow, I’ll be there.” But leftovers are getting harder and harder to find. More people are looking, and the extras are dwindling as pharmacies and public-health agencies get better at matching each day’s available vials with their list of appointments. Vaccine teams in Fairfax County, Va., fill up individual syringes from a shared supply of vaccines to make sure they are not cracking open new vials at the...
US halts plasma study to treat mild COVID-19 citing unlikely benefit – Fox News

US halts plasma study to treat mild COVID-19 citing unlikely benefit – Fox News

The National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday it stopped a clinical trial testing convalescent plasma in mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients after an independent board found no difference in hospitalizations, deaths or in preventing progression to severe illness. An independent data and safety monitoring board convened on Feb. 25 to assess trial data, and concluded that while the plasma "caused no harm, it was unlikely to benefit this group of patients," per a news release.The board recommended to stop enrolling new patients into the study, and this was done "immediately," according to the release. CONVALESCENT PLASMA QUESTIONED AS CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT IN INDIA: REPORT "The recent data analysis from the study indicated no significant difference in the proportion of participants ...
Tactical shift: Europe seeks vaccine overdrive to catch up – Associated Press

Tactical shift: Europe seeks vaccine overdrive to catch up – Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — Slow off the blocks in the race to immunize its citizens against COVID-19, Germany faces an unfamiliar problem: a glut of vaccines and not enough arms to inject them into. Like other countries in the European Union, its national vaccine campaign lags far behind that of Israel, Britain and the United States. Now there are growing calls in this country of 83 million to ditch the rulebook, or at least rewrite it a bit. Germans watched with morbid fascination in January as Britain trained an army of volunteers to deliver coronavirus shots, then marveled that the U.K. — hit far worse by the pandemic than Germany — managed to vaccinate more than half a million people on some days. The U.S. drive-thru inoculation centers and the COVID-19 shots given out in American grocery store p...
Two more Mainers with COVID-19 have died as total cases top 45,000 – WMTW Portland

Two more Mainers with COVID-19 have died as total cases top 45,000 – WMTW Portland

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says two more Mainers with COVID-19 have died as total cases top 45,000.The number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died is now 705. The two new deaths were reported in York County.The Maine CDC reported an additional 147 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 45,091.MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA: Deaths: 705 Total cases: 45,091 Confirmed cases: 35,411 Probable cases: 9,680 Cumulative positivity rate: 2.84% 14-day positivity rate: 1.3% Currently hospitalized: 67 Patients in intensive care: 24 Patients on ventilators: 8Get more detailed COVID-19 data from the Maine CDCMaine COVID-19 Vaccine LatestBeginning March 3, Mainers 60 and older are...
Hydroxychloroquine not recommended for coronavirus treatment: WHO panel – Fox News

Hydroxychloroquine not recommended for coronavirus treatment: WHO panel – Fox News

An expert panel advising the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a strong recommendation against using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. Guidance published in the British Medical Journal this week draws on findings from six trials with over 6,000 participants, and "high certainty evidence" found that the anti-malarial drug "had a small or no effect" on deaths and hospital admissions, while "moderate certainty evidence" found little effect on lab-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. US HALTS PLASMA STUDY TO TREAT MILD COVID-19 CITING 'UNLIKELY BENEFIT' The drug is no longer considered a 'research priority,' the panel said. (iStock) "The panel considers that this drug is no longer a research priority and that resources should rather be oriented to evaluate other m...