CDC: possible reverse zoonosis in Michigan mink farm coronavirus outbreak

CDC: “Investigations found that mink from a Michigan farm and a small number of people were infected with SARS-CoV-2 that contained unique mink-related mutations (changes in the virus’s genetic material)....More...

France: Breton coronavirus variant B.1.616 – “A new Sars-Cov-2 variant poorly detected by RT-PCR on nasopharyngeal samples, with high lethality”

We report a nosocomial outbreak of COVID-19 cases related to a new variant, B.1.616, characterized by poor detection by RT-PCR tests on nasopharyngeal samples despite typical clinical, radiological, and biological features of COVID-19. ...More...

CDC: SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Variant Classifications and Definitions including Variant of Interest (VOI), Variant of Concern (VOC) & Variant of High Consequence (VOHC)

Variant of High Consequence (VOHC): A variant of high consequence has clear evidence that prevention measures or medical countermeasures (MCMs) have significantly reduced effectiveness relative to previously circulating variants....More...

CDC: Information about COVID-19 #coronavirus vaccines for people with allergies

If you are allergic to an ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine:  If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).… ...More...

UK AstraZeneca #coronavirus jab trial on children paused as regulator investigates rare blood clots in adults

A vaccine trial into the safety and efficacy of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in children has been paused while the UK medicines regulator investigates a possible link to rare blood clots in adults who had the jab....More...