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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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Lollapalooza a ‘Recipe for Disaster,’ Doctors Say, Warning of COVID Spike After Festival

[NBC Chicago] Chicago’s top doctor has said there will “almost certainly” be some COVID cases associated with the four-day music festival While Chicago officials remain hopeful Lollapalooza won’t spur a significant rise in COVID-19 cases, infectious disease experts at Northwestern University are bracing for a jump in infections during the coming weeks. ““It’s a recipe for disaster,” […]

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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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More countries suspend AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears: What we know so far

[CNBC, Getty Images] Thailand on Friday became the first Asian country to halt the use of the jab over safety concerns, shortly after Denmark announced a two-week pause to its nationwide rollout after reports of blood clots and one death.Europe’s drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency, stressed on Thursday that there was no indication the […]

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