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  1. New study shows antiviral drug can eliminate Covid after two days. New study shows antiviral drug can eliminate Covid after two days (msn.com) Former Biden Covid advisor dismisses White House warning on case numbers: 'Based on pixie dust'. Former Biden Covid advisor dismisses White House warning on case numbers: 'Based on pixie dust' (msn.com) FDA authorizes first home test to detect COVID-19 and flu with single nasal swab. FDA authorizes first home test to detect COVID-19 and flu with single nasal swab (msn.com)
  2. Slow Joe fails again: Anthony Fauci, the president's chief medical advisor, says he "just can't explain" a White House tweet stating the COVID-19 vaccine wasn't available when President Joe Biden took office. Fauci made the remarks Friday to CNN's Jake Tapper, who asked him about the since corrected tweet that seemed to falsely give credit to Biden for the vaccine's development. The exchange comes as the Biden administration seeks to defend its record against withering criticism from political opponents. During the segment, Tapper pointed to a Thursday tweet from the White House stating that "when President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available." "But as you know, that's not true," said Tapper. "There was a vaccine available, it might not have been widely available, but it was available." Anthony Fauci at a Loss When Asked About Biden's COVID Vaccine Claim (msn.com)
  3. Paywalled: Flood of weapons to Ukraine raises fear of arms smuggling Vague U.S. assurances spark concern about lost military equipment in Ukraine, a longtime hub of arms trafficking Ukraine’s illicit arms market has ballooned since Russia’s initial invasion in 2014, buttressed by a surplus of loose weapons and limited controls on their use. A State Department spokesman said the United States has conducted thorough vetting of the Ukrainian units it supplies while forcing Kyiv to sign agreements that “do not allow the retransfer of equipment to third parties without prior U.S. government authorization.” But the means of enforcing such contracts are relatively weak — and made even weaker by Washington’s own mixed history of compliance, as recently as last month. Ukraine’s history as a hub for arms trafficking dates to the fall of the Soviet Union, when the Soviet military left behind large amounts of small arms and light weapons in Ukraine without adequate record-keeping and inventory control. According to the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research organization, a portion of the Ukrainian military’s 7.1 million small arms in stock in 1992 “were diverted to conflict areas” underscoring “the risk of leakage to the local black market.” The problem grew more acute after Russia’s invasion in 2014, which saw combatants looting arms and munition-storage facilities of Ukraine’s Security Service, Interior and Defense ministries. “Irregular fighters on both sides progressively gained access to a wide range of military-grade equipment, including the full spectrum of small arms and light weapons,” according to a report by the Small Arms Survey in 2017. “Officials estimated that at least 300,000 small arms and light weapons were looted or lost between 2013 and 2015,” providing a boon the country’s black market run by Mafia-style groups in Donbas region and other criminal networks. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/05/14/ukraine-weapons-trafficking/
  4. COVID SCIENCE-Symptoms linger two years for some; inflammatory protein patterns may provide long COVID clues. COVID SCIENCE-Symptoms linger two years for some; inflammatory protein patterns may provide long COVID clues (msn.com) Novavax confident Covid vaccine will receive FDA authorization in June after delays. Novavax confident Covid vaccine will receive FDA authorization in June after delays (msn.com)
  5. Michigan Republican who shared antisemitic posts and rape comments loses safe election seat. Michigan Republican who shared antisemitic posts and rape comments loses safe election seat - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
  6. The Promising Treatment for Long COVID We’re Not Even Trying. The Promising Treatment for Long COVID We’re Not Even Trying (msn.com) Newer COVID-19 variants less likely to cause smell and taste loss. Newer COVID-19 variants less likely to cause smell and taste loss (msn.com) Shares of Veru Inc. shot up 14.4% in premarket trading Wednesday, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed that the biopharmaceutical company's COVID-19 treatment can be submitted for a request for Emergency Use Authorization. The company said the FDA's agreement was based on efficacy and safety data from a completed Phase 3 trial of its sabizabulin treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients at high risk for acute respiratory disease syndrome. Veru stock soars after FDA agrees COVID-19 treatment can be submitted for EUA application (msn.com)
  7. COVID Provides Antibodies Against Common Colds, Study Finds. COVID Provides Antibodies Against Common Colds, Study Finds (msn.com)
  8. The lucky few to never get coronavirus could teach us more about it Scientists turn their attention to finding the rare individuals who have not yet contracted the virus Scientists around the world are investigating how a dwindling number of people such as Green have managed to dodge the coronavirus for more than two years, even after the highly transmissible omicron variant drove a record-shattering surge in cases this winter. But finding individuals who have truly never had a coronavirus infection — not just those who had an asymptomatic infection or less severe case of covid-19 and did not know they had contracted the virus — is tricky. “Those people should be exceedingly rare in the United States at this point,” said Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and who helps develop models that estimate how far the virus has spread. IHME models suggest that the number of people who have had the coronavirus in the United States may be even higher than recent CDC estimates based on blood tests, Murray said. The CDC said nearly 6 in 10 Americans have had the virus at least once; IHME estimates that total is closer to 76 percent of U.S. residents. Paywalled: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/05/08/study-never-get-covid/
  9. Coronavirus wave this fall and winter could potentially infect 100 million, White House warns. Coronavirus wave this fall and winter could potentially infect 100 million, White House warns (msn.com) Long Covid Risk Worse After Delta Than Omicron, Data Show. Long Covid Risk Worse After Delta Than Omicron, Data Show (msn.com)
  10. WHO says true COVID death toll is 15 million, far higher than the 6 million counted by Johns Hopkins. WHO says true COVID death toll is 15 million, far higher than the 6 million counted by Johns Hopkins (msn.com) May 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. health regulator said on Thursday it was limiting the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for adults due to the risk of a rare blood clotting syndrome, the latest setback to the shot that has been eclipsed by rivals. UPDATE 3-U.S. limits use of J&J's COVID vaccine on blood clot risks (msn.com)
  11. He is hiding for being under investigation by FBI. She is sitting quietly ln legislature like almost every one else there. Drifted into anonymity. Same as Savchenko.
  12. I wasn't aware Ukraine invaded Russia.
  13. Doctors investigating why some report rebound in COVID symptoms after Paxlovid. Doctors investigating why some report rebound in COVID symptoms after Paxlovid (msn.com) Will New Vaccines Be Better At Fighting Coronavirus Variants? Will New Vaccines Be Better At Fighting Coronavirus Variants? (msn.com) Pfizer’s Advice on Retaking Covid Drug Contradicted by FDA Pfizer’s Advice on Retaking Covid Drug Contradicted by FDA (msn.com) This is the #1 Way You'll Get New COVID Variant, According to Doctors This is the #1 Way You'll Get New COVID Variant, According to Doctors (msn.com)
  14. Fewer than 1 in 5 US parents say they'll get Covid-19 vaccines for kids under 5 as soon as they can, survey finds. Fewer than 1 in 5 US parents say they'll get Covid-19 vaccines for kids under 5 as soon as they can, survey finds (msn.com) Omicron subvariants: New, fitter Covid-19 viruses begin to drive their own waves. Omicron subvariants: New, fitter Covid-19 viruses begin to drive their own waves (msn.com)
  15. Harris negative for COVID-19 after taking antiviral pill. Harris press secretary Kirsten Allen said Harris, who was prescribed the antiviral treatment Paxlovid last week, was negative on a rapid antigen test. Harris negative for COVID-19 after taking antiviral pill (msn.com)
  16. Putin to undergo cancer surgery, transfer power to ex-FSB chief: report. https://nypost.com/2022/05/02/vladimir-putin-to-undergo-cancer-surgery-transfer-power/
  17. The Ghost of Kyiv is one of the most successful pieces of propaganda promoting the prowess of the nation’s fighting forces and lifting morale. Although Ukrainian officials and former president Petro Poroshenko promoted the myth, the air force warned people to not “neglect the basic rules of information hygiene” and to “check the sources of information, before spreading it.”
  18. Pfizer Inc. slumped after Paxlovid, its pill for treating Covid-19, failed to show benefit as a preventive therapy in a trial. The company said late Friday that the drug failed to hit its main goal of reducing the risk that adults exposed to the coronavirus through contact with a household member would become infected. Compared with those who took a placebo, people who received Paxlovid had about a third less risk of infection, which wasn’t statistically significant. Biden Administration's Muddled COVID Messaging Just Got More Confusing. On Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, told PBS NewsHour the U.S. is "out of the pandemic phase," only to walk back that comment the next day, clarifying to the Associated Press, "by no means does that mean the pandemic is over." Then Fauci avoided the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday due to COVID concerns, but a maskless Biden did attend, skipping the meal but still interacting with other attendees. Biden Administration's Muddled COVID Messaging Just Got More Confusing (msn.com) Paywalled: Virus mutations aren’t slowing down. New omicron subvariant proves it. The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has had billions of chances to reconfigure itself as it has spread across the planet, and it continues to evolve, generating new variants and subvariants at a clip that has kept scientists on their toes. Two-and-a-half years after it first spilled into humans, the virus has repeatedly changed its structure and chemistry in ways that confound efforts to bring it fully under control. And it’s not showing signs of settling down into a drowsy old age. Even with all the changes so far, it still has abundant evolutionary space to explore, according to virologists who are tracking it closely. What that means in practical terms is that a virus that’s already extremely contagious could become even more so. The vaccines currently deployed were all based on the genomic sequence of the original strain of the virus that spread in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. They essentially mimic the spike protein of that version of the virus and trigger an immune response that is protective when the real virus shows up. But the variants that have emerged can evade many of the neutralizing antibodies that are the immune system’s front line of defense. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/05/01/coronavirus-more-mutations/
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