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Why Some Vaccinated People Are Dying of COVID
As the Delta variant of the coronavirus surges through the U.K., almost half of the country’s recent COVID-19 deaths are of people who have been vaccinated. But doctors and scientists aren’t sounding the alarm about the apparently high proportion of deaths among the vaccinated population.
On the contrary, they say the figures so far offer reassurance that vaccines offer substantial protection against the variant, particularly after two doses. Delta, first identified in India, has since spread to at least 85 countries, including the U.S., where it is now estimated to be the most common variant.
Dad: My Son’s School Made Him Get COVID Vaccine, Now He Has Heart Condition
A 17-year-old student developed symptoms of a heart condition about one week after his first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine and was subsequently diagnosed with a heart condition, his father said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”
The teen already had COVID and recovered, but was required to get the vaccine in order to play soccer.
The teen’s father, Fabio Berlingieri, said his son was vaccinated on June 15, and about a week later started complaining that “his heart was hurting every time he had a heartbeat.”
Boy, 16, Had Cardiac Arrest After Exercise Following 1st Pfizer Vaccine Dose
The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday (5 July) that it is investigating an incident involving a 16-year-old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest after lifting weights six days into receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The ministry on Monday (5 July) said it was alerted to the incident on Saturday by the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), where he had been treated at its emergency department following his collapse at home on the same morning.
Texas Man in ICU After Getting J&J COVID Vaccine in Rare Breakthrough Case
Isaac Cary, a 64-year-old Uber driver, received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine in March, and started feeling ill in June, CBS Austin reported. At first, he thought he had allergies, and later said he has been in contact with a positive case, his friend Lisa Bovee told the news outlet. He is now on a ventilator.
Three in 10 U.S. Adults Say They Haven’t Had COVID Vaccine and Likely Won’t Get It, Poll Shows
As the Biden administration seeks to propel its vaccination programme forward, vaccine hesitancy appears to remain a lingering issue, with more than a quarter of U.S. adults saying in a new survey that they have not yet had a COVID jab and are unlikely to do so in the future.
In the new ABC News/Washington Post poll, three in 10 adults said they had not yet had a dose of a coronavirus vaccine and “definitely” or “probably will not” get one.
Thousands Thought They Were Getting the COVID Vaccine. They Were Injected With Salt Water Instead
Thousands of people have fallen prey to an elaborate wide-ranging scam selling fake coronavirus vaccines in India, with doctors and medical workers among those arrested for their involvement, authorities say.
At least 12 fake vaccination drives were held in or near the financial hub Mumbai, in the country’s western Maharashtra state, said Vishal Thakur, a senior official of the Mumbai police department.
“They were using saline water and injecting it,” Thakur said. “Every fake vaccination camp that they held, they were doing this.” An estimated 2,500 people were given fake shots, he said. The organizers charged their victims fees for the shots, earning up to $28,000 in total.
Animals at Oakland Zoo Receive Experimental COVID Vaccine
A California zoo has administered some of the first doses of an experimental coronavirus vaccine to its animals, according to a statement posted by the zoo Friday. Northern California’s Oakland Zoo administered the jab to tigers, bears, mountain lions and ferrets, the zoo announced in a press release Friday.
The vaccines, which have been distributed across the country, will “protect the health and well-being of more than 100 mammalian species living in nearly 70 zoos, as well as more than a dozen conservatories, sanctuaries, academic institutions and government organizations located in 27 states,” according to the Oakland Zoo.
Israeli Study Finds Pfizer Vaccine Only 64 Percent Effective Against Delta Variant
Israel’s health ministry said Monday that the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine appears to be just 64 percent effective against preventing symptoms from the fast-spreading Delta COVID-19 variant, but remains highly effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalizations.
According to data released by the ministry, the vaccine’s ability to prevent symptomatic has dropped by roughly 30 percent over the past two months.
Previous studies in May showed the Pfizer vaccine to be over 94 percent effective in preventing COVID-19, while new data shows that number dropping to just 64 percent from June to July, The Times of Israel reported.
Experts Question if WHO Should Lead Pandemic Origins Probe
As the World Health Organization draws up plans for the next phase of its probe of how the coronavirus pandemic started, an increasing number of scientists say the U.N. agency isn’t up to the task and shouldn’t be the one to investigate.
Numerous experts, some with strong ties to WHO, say that political tensions between the U.S. and China make it impossible for an investigation by the agency to find credible answers. They say what’s needed is a broad, independent analysis closer to what happened in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
COVID Vaccine Patch in the Works, Won’t Require Injections
Scientists are now working on a needle-free vaccine patch against COVID-19. Instead of getting injected, recipients would need only to place the patch on their skin.
A group of global researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have teamed up with a company called Vaxxas to test their newly developed COVID-19 vaccine patch, KXAN reported.