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First, surges in Covid-19 infections led to shortages of hospital beds and staff. Now it’s oxygen

(CNN) Hospitals in parts of the South are running out of oxygen supply as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations continue soaring, driven by the swaths of people who remain unvaccinated and a dangerous coronavirus variant that has infected millions of Americans. Several hospitals in Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana are struggling with oxygen scarcity. Some are at […]

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FDA grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid shot, clearing path to more vaccine mandates

[CNBC] The FDA granted Pfizer and BioNTech full U.S. approval of their Covid-19 vaccine.The move may encourage some unvaccinated Americans to get the shots as well as give more private businesses across the nation greater confidence to implement vaccine mandates.Up until now, the mRNA vaccine was on the U.S. market under an Emergency Use Authorization.The […]

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Italy says 99% of COVID deaths since Feb were not fully vaccinated

(Reuters) – Almost 99% people who have died of COVID-19 in Italy since February this year were not fully vaccinated, the National Health Institute (ISS) said on Tuesday. The study, contained in a regular report on COVID-19 deaths released by the public health body, added that the few fully vaccinated people who died of COVID […]

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Guillain-Barré and Vaccines: What You Need to Know

[New York Times, Reuters] The link between the rare neurological disorder and the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine may be real, but the risk appears to be very small. Johnson & Johnson’s beleaguered Covid-19 vaccine may be associated with a small increased risk of Guillain–Barré syndrome, a rare but potentially serious neurological condition, federal officials said on […]

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CDC now calls coronavirus Delta variant a ‘variant of concern’

(CNN) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now calls the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, also known as B.1.617.2, a “variant of concern.” The variant of concern designation is given to strains of the virus that scientists believe are more transmissible or can cause more severe disease. Vaccines, treatments and tests that detect the […]

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The CDC’s Covid-19 vaccination card, annotated

(CNN) Nearly 170 million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the United States — which means the same amount have been handed a version of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s white record card. The CDC’s vaccination card is likely to be the primary proof of vaccination going forward as the US continues […]

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West Virginia To Give Away Guns As Covid-19 Vaccine Incentive

[WebMD] Guns to Help Promote COVID Vaccine in W. Virginia June 2, 2021 — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced new COVID-19 vaccine incentives on Tuesday, including a $1.5 million cash prize, custom-outfitted trucks, and custom hunting rifles and shotguns, according to Forbes. Weekly lotteries will take place from June 20 to Aug. 4, with a drawing for […]

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A doctor who died from Covid-19 left his family a sports card collection worth $20 million

[CNN] For over four decades, a doctor from Florida avidly collected baseball cards and sports memorabilia with some items dating back to the 1880s. Now, his collection, which is valued at $20 million, is going up for auction. Dr. Thomas Newman, a neurologist, died following complications from Covid-19 in January, according to his wife, Nancy. […]

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We have all longed for this moment’: Federal guidance says vaccinated Americans may go without masks.

[The New York Times] Federal health officials on Thursday advised Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus that they could stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most settings, the clearest sign yet that the pandemic might be nearing an end in the United States. The new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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50,000 fans attend rock concert in COVID-free New Zealand

[New York Post] As the rest of the world isolates, New Zealand rocks! More than 50,000 people gathered for a massive rock concert in the island nation, which is free of social-distancing requirements after virtually stamping out COVID-19 with strict policies. The band Six60 has been playing to huge crowds across the county, and its Saturday tour […]

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