Israel: “85-90% of the hospitalizations are in fully vaccinated people”

Dr Kobi Haviv, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem: “95% of the severe patients are vaccinated”. “85-90% of the hospitalizations are in fully vaccinated people.” “The effectiveness of the vaccine is waning/fading out”

 

So what is Plan B if the vaccines fail with a new coronavirus super-variant?

 

 

Iceland: 70% vaccine breakthrough – 1,565 infections of which 1,091 are fully vaccinated

Iceland’s Covid dashboard confirms the vaccine breakthrough rate in that country is about 70% for infections, as per the information given below.

 

 

The data for the above post can be found at Iceland’s Covid dashboard, in the table shown below.

 

 

Iceland’s Covid Dashboard

 

 

Israel: National lockdown if booster jabs don’t work

An official in the high-level coronavirus cabinet, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells the Kan public broadcaster that the government will wait and see what the effects of the third vaccine booster shot are before declaring a nationwide lockdown.

“The chances of a lockdown in August are slim,” the official says. “The assessment is that they’ll wait two weeks to see if the third shot helps bring down serious cases among the over 60s and if we see a wave of vaccinations among teenagers. If that doesn’t happen, the question is not if there will be a lockdown, but when.”

TimesofIsrael.com report

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Booster jabs may be extended to younger Israelis

At the last Corona Cabinet meeting on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett raised the possibility that Israel would soon advance to a 40-60-year-old vaccine with third impulse injections – but the head of public health services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sharon Elrai Price, reacted and cooled Bennett’s initiative

Ynetnews.com report

 

 

 

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USA, Maryland: “I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID”

I’m an epidemiologist at a major medical research university.  I had gone to a house party in Montgomery County. There were 15 adults there, all of us fully vaccinated. The next day, our host started to feel sick. The day after that, she tested positive for COVID-19. At this point, 11 of the 15 have tested positive for COVID.

Baltimore Sun report

 

 

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Shi Zhengli: We need to learn to live with the virus

Shi Zhengli, China’s ‘Bat Woman’, has said that new variants of Sars-Cov-2 will continue to emerge, but that vaccines are ‘effective’.  “We shouldn’t panic, but we need to prepare to co-exist with the virus in the long term,” Shi told media on Wednesday.

Globaltimes.cn report

 

 

UK: 52% vaccine breakthrough for hospitalized over-50s

The Covid-19 Actuaries Response Group have recently issued a report on Covid-19 hospitalizations by age and vaccine status, based on data from the UK government’s own reports.

The news is relatively good for fully vaccinated under 50’s, they are far less likely to be hospitalized than older age groups or the unvaccinated, but it’s a very different story for fully vaccinated over-50’s who now make up 52% of all Covid-19 hospitalizations.

Although the over-50s age group has seen a high take-up of the various vaccines available in the UK, they have been hit surprisingly hard by vaccine waning, and a third vaccination in just eight months is now being rolled out for this age group, a measure also introduced in Israel recently. 

Covid-19 Actuaries Response Group report

 

Israel: 60% of severely ill Covid patients are fully vaccinated

USA: Washington State Vaccine Breakthroughs by Variant up to 4th August 2021

This week’s update from Washington State showing vaccine breakthrough cases and which Sars-CoV-2 variant is causing them up to 4th August 2021. Of note this week is another big jump for Delta B.1.617.2 vaccine breakthrough cases, which have increased from 254 to 405 in one week. Delta is now responsible for more breakthrough cases in Washington State than any other variant.  There are also further small increases in vaccine breakthrough cases for the Alpha and Gamma variants.

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 4th August 2021

4th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.240535%10%151
AlphaB.1.1.734330%41%6
GammaP.117515%9%7
EpsilonB.1.42911610%15%0
IotaB.1.526272%3%1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
OtherOther504%19%-4
Total1142100%100%161

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 28th July 2021

28th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.733734%43%29
GammaP.116817%10%12
EpsilonB.1.42911612%15%3
DeltaB.1.617.225426%7%141
IotaB.1.526263%3%4
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther546%18%4
Total981100%100%193

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 21st July 2021

21st July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.730839%44%-1
GammaP.115620%10%9
EpsilonB.1.42911314%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.211314%4%23
IotaB.1.526223%3%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%-1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther506%19%0
Total788100%100%30

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 14th July 2021

14th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.730941%44%12
GammaP.114719%10%6
EpsilonB.1.42911315%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.29012%4%20
IotaB.1.526223%3%1
BetaB.1.351111%1%0
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther496%20%0
Total757100%100%39

 

 

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Bangladesh: the unvaccinated aren’t allowed on the streets

The Bangladeshi government will not allow any unvaccinated people aged 18 or above on the streets from August 11, the day it will relax the ongoing lockdown.  “Anyone above 18 years will not be allowed on streets and on any mode of transport unless they are vaccinated,” Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, who presided over the meeting, told reporters.

The Dailystar.net report

 

 

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Preprint: C.37 Lambda variant exhibits higher infectivity and immune resistance

“In this study, we demonstrated that three mutations, the RSYLTPGD246-253N, L452Q and F490S mutations, respectively confer resistance to the vaccine-induced antiviral immunity. Additionally, the T76I and L452Q mutations contribute to enhanced viral infectivity. Our data suggest that there are at least two virological features on the Lambda variant: increasing viral infectivity (by the T76I and L452Q mutations) and exhibiting resistance to antiviral immunity (by the RSYLTPGD246-253N, L452Q and F490S mutations).”

BiorXiv preprint: SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant exhibits higher infectivity and immune resistance

 

 

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Covid-19 patients resting heart rate affected for more than 2 months after infection

Individuals with COVID-19 took longer to return to their resting heart rate (RHR), sleep and activity baselines compared with symptomatic individuals who were COVID-19 negative. This difference was most marked for RHR, with COVID-19–positive individuals initially experiencing a transient bradycardia followed by a prolonged relative tachycardia that did not return to baseline, on average, until 79 days after symptom onset.  A small subset of COVID-19–positive participants maintained an RHR more than 5 beats per minute greater than their baseline RHR that did not return to their normal for more than 133 days.

Jama Network Preprint

 

 

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Alzheimers Association: COVID-19 associated with acceleration of Alzheimer’s symptoms

Key results:  Biological markers of brain injury, neuroinflammation and Alzheimer’s correlate strongly with the presence of neurological symptoms in COVID-19 patients.  Individuals experiencing cognitive decline post-COVID-19 infection were more likely to have low blood oxygen following brief physical exertion as well as poor overall physical condition.

“These new data point to disturbing trends showing COVID-19 infections leading to lasting cognitive impairment and even Alzheimer’s symptoms,” said Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association vice president of medical and scientific relations. “With more than 190 million cases and nearly 4 million deaths worldwide, COVID-19 has devastated the entire world. It is imperative that we continue to study what this virus is doing to our bodies and brains. The Alzheimer’s Association and its partners are leading, but more research is needed.”

Alzheimers Association

 

 

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China: Sars-CoV-2 returns to Wuhan

Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan will begin testing its entire population, after a handful of positive coronavirus cases were detected there.  Wuhan has recorded seven locally transmitted cases – the first local infections in more than a year.

BBC.co.uk report

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Authorities in Wuhan on Tuesday said they would test its entire population for Covid-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged reported its first local infections in more than a year.  Authorities announced on Monday that seven locally transmitted infections had been found among migrant workers in the city, breaking a year-long streak without domestic cases after it squashed an initial outbreak with an unprecedented lockdown in early 2020.

 

 

 

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USA: Sars-CoV-2 association with PM2.5 particles during wildfire smoke events

We found that a 10 µg/m3 increase in the 7-day average PM2.5 concentration was associated with a 6.3% relative increase in the SARS-CoV-2 test positivity rate, with a 95% confidence interval (CI) of 2.5 to 10.3%. This corresponded to an estimated 17.7% (CI: 14.4–20.1%) increase in the number of cases during the time period most affected by wildfire smoke, from 16 Aug to 10 Oct 2020.

Nature.com article

 

 

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Japan: Covid-19 hospitalizations could be limited to severe cases

Hospitalizations in areas of Japan with many coronavirus infections could in principle be limited to patients with severe symptoms and those at high risk of developing them, while people not hospitalized would basically be required to recover at home, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on Aug. 2.

People admitted to hotels for recuperation would be limited only to people who are thought to have circumstances that suggest they could spread the coronavirus with others at home.

The Mainichi report

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided that only patients with severe cases of COVID-19 can be admitted to hospital, making a policy U-turn. The government had previously said that all patients except for those with mild coughing symptoms should be hospitalized in principle.

Japan reported 12,017 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, the second highest on record

 

 

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