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  1. Paywalled: Terry McAuliffe keeps inflating coronavirus numbers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/10/26/terry-mcauliffe-keeps-inflating-coronavirus-numbers/
  2. Interim data shows that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine produces a strong immune response in children ages 6 to 11, the company announced Monday. The European Medicines Agency said early Monday it initiated a “rolling review” of evidence on the efficacy and safety of molnupiravir, the antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to treat covid-19 — an initial step in the longer process toward authorization. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “severe outcomes” for covid-19 patients did not increase significantly since the delta variant started spreading widely — suggesting that while the variant is more contagious, it does not cause more severe illness. Analyzing data from 14 states, the CDC found that the proportion of patients who were admitted to an intensive care unit, put on a ventilator or died “did not significantly change from the pre-Delta period to the Delta period.”
  3. Paywalled. Germany portrays itself as a climate leader. But it’s still razing villages for coal mines. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/23/germany-coal-climate-cop26/
  4. Paywalled: A ballot initiative on reforming the police after George Floyd’s death is tearing Minneapolis apart While some progressive activists support the measure, others — including many Black leaders — say it’s too vague and will only exacerbate the city’s violent crime spike. Money quote: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/22/minneapolis-police-reform-ballot-initiative/
  5. A Canadian judge ordered that Pastor Artur Pawlowski — who went viral this year for kicking "Nazi" police officers out of his church and after his arrest for holding a service in defiance of COVID-19 mandates and getting cuffed again last month on a Calgary International Airport tarmac reportedly for contempt of court — must preach "science" as part of his problematic sermons, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. Say what? In addition to paying a $23,000 fine, obeying all COVID-19 mandates, clocking 120 hours of community service at a homeless shelter, food bank, or charity — no, his ministry work doesn't count — Pawlowski also must place on the record the scientific side of the COVID-19 debate if he continues to preach about the issue over the course of his 18-month probation, the CBC said.
  6. IMO most likely scenario. At least a few leading insurrectionists would have escaped to Spanish America where they would bide the time...........
  7. Did You Get the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine? Your Booster Is Coming. Yale Medicine experts share seven things you need to know about the J&J booster. https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/johnson-and-johnson-covid-booster Pfizer and BioNTech Announce Phase 3 Trial Data Showing High Efficacy of a Booster Dose of Their COVID-19 Vaccine. https://investors.biontech.de/news-releases/news-release-details/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-phase-3-trial-data-showing-high
  8. She has become an un-person.
  9. At least 65,000 more men have died of covid-19 than women in the United States by the end of August, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. Israel said it has identified a mutated delta variant, AY.4.2, the first case of the mutant confirmed in the country. The AY.4.2 variation of the coronavirus, which was described by one expert as a “descendant” of the delta variant, is being monitored in Britain, though it is unclear whether AY.4.2 poses a significant risk of being more contagious or more capable of evading protection provided by vaccines. It has not been categorized as a “variant of interest” or a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization.
  10. Talk of the need for coronavirus booster shots has prompted many Americans to seek antibody tests. In most cases, however, getting an antibody test to determine immunity is a fool’s errand, infectious-disease doctors agree. The tests for antibodies, also known as serology tests, do not provide the answers that most people are seeking. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration advise against using antibody tests to determine one’s level of immunity against covid-19. So does the Infectious Disease Society of America, which represents infectious-disease specialists.
  11. Boosters and Extra Doses for Those At Risk https://www.vaccines.gov/ COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
  12. Recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may need a booster shot — and while they could benefit from a second dose of the original vaccine, they might derive even greater protection if the boost comes from a different vaccine technology, according to data that emerged Wednesday. The documents included an FDA review of Johnson & Johnson’s tests of a second dose of its own vaccine and a preprint study that tested mixing booster doses from different companies. The data could provide a potential road map for the 15 million people who received Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States, many of whom have felt left out because the vast majority of U.S. vaccine recipients received messenger RNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
  13. Paywalled: A Food and Drug Administration review released Tuesday found that a booster shot of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine enhanced virus-fighting antibodies in people who had received the standard two-dose regimen at least six months earlier. FDA reviewers noted that a half-dose booster shot of the Moderna vaccine topped off the level of antibodies, the most easily measurable barometer of immunity. But they also pointed out that the utility of a booster will depend on factors that are unclear at this moment — such as whether the protection of initial vaccination has dropped substantially. “Overall, data indicate that currently US-licensed or authorized COVID-19 vaccines still afford protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death in the United States,” the reviewers wrote. Free: Is it the ‘worst cold ever,’ the flu or covid? What to know before winter Health officials fear a potential collision with coronavirus infections https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/10/13/worst-cold-ever-covid-flu-season/
  14. Pandora papers reveal hidden riches of Putin’s inner circle. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/03/pandora-papers-reveal-hidden-wealth-vladimir-putin-inner-circle
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