COVID-19 updates for Friday, March 26
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Pfizer and BioNTech are starting a trial to test their vaccine in children from six months old and up. reports.
We just submitted a pre-print 'A novel variant of interest (VOI) of SARS-CoV-2 with multiple spike mutations detected through travel surveillance in Africa.' This VOI has 31 amino acids mutations. In Spike has 11 mutations and three deletions in the N-terminal domain
My take in on why still experiences high incidence despite rapid vaccination and what it can learn from what happened in
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Michigan surge 800% in March among people 40-49 years old freep.com/story/news/loc… via
Just published : Transmissibility of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant nature.com/articles/s4158… "A substantial transmission advantage with a 50 to 100% higher reproduction number" Secondary attack rates were 30-40% higher than ancestral strain (non-VOC); no age gradient by modeling
After lots of confusion and back and forth Astra Zeneca out with new estimate of efficacy Headline? Vaccine has 76% efficacy (initially reported 79%) 85% for older folks 0 hospitalizations or deaths My takeaway? Great vaccine, awful communication!
Latest updates and per-state vaccination rates: covidpath.net