Spain: Fully boosted healthcare worker reinfected with SARs-CoV-2 after just 20 days

A fully boosted 31-year-old Spanish woman has contracted two different SARS-CoV-2 variants within three weeks. The 20-day gap between infections is the shortest known....More...

EMA: “Too early to consider using a fourth dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines”

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and EMA’s COVID-19 task force (ETF) have concluded that it is too early to consider using a fourth dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer’s Comirnaty and Moderna’s Spikevax) in the general population....More...

Bill Gates: “Omicron, is a type of vaccine…”

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was recently recorded as saying “Sadly, the virus itself, particularly, the variant called omicron, is a type of vaccine, that is, it creates both B-cell and T-cell immunity, and it’s done a better job getting out to the world population than we have with vaccines.”...More...

UK: ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey, March 2022

The latest UK Office for National Statistics COVID-19 Infection Survey has just landed. The key points of the report are…

  • 3 million people (roughly one in 20) were infected with Covid on March 12
  • One in thirteen people infected in Sutton
  • Worst ever infection rate in Scotland
  • Around one in fourteen infected in Wales
  • Around one in fourteen infected in Northern Ireland

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UK: It’s the largest Covid wave EVER *8 UPDATES*

Nearly two hundred and seventy thousand symptomatic cases recorded in a single day in Britain.

The ZOE Covid app is showing extraordinary infection figures for the UK....More...

Hong Kong: Omicron BA.2 with S:I1221T mutation at 100% of recent sequences *6 UPDATES*

A catchup post looking at the BA.2 variant with mutation S:I1221T. The combination is found in  most of the recent BA.2 sequences from Hong Kong, so the mutation may be significant....More...

Preprint: Effectiveness of the BNT162b2 vaccine among children 5-11 and 12-17 years in New York after the emergence of the Omicron variant

For children 5-11, VE against cases declined from 65% to 12% by 28-34 days. In the Omicron era, the effectiveness against cases of BNT162b2 declined rapidly for children, particularly those 5-11 years....More...

Hong Kong: Link between Covid cases and deaths re-established *4 UPDATES*

Hong Kong may impose a hard lockdown that confines people to their homes, authorities signalled Monday 28th February 2022, with the city’s zero-COVID strategy in tatters and bodies piling up in hospitals....More...