COVID-19 updates for Monday, February 15
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The 3 major variants, B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1, all share N501Y mutations. Now 7 US variants have emerged sharing Q677H/P mutations, next to the furin cleavage site, raising the question of a more fit virus medrxiv.org/content/10.110… nytimes.com/2021/02/14/hea…
This past week left me with many questions about ’s origins mission. So I had a long interview with yesterday about why the lab hypothesis has NOT been ruled out and what's known about when, where and how emerged.
Now moving to vaccinations for 55+, Israel’s largest healthcare provider reported a 94% drop in symptomatic Covid-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, despite most cases being the B.1.1.7 variant. Awaiting data.
A powerful and important piece by my friend Asif Merchant. Perspective | I work in a nursing home. Here’s why my colleagues are skipping the vaccine.