February 14, 2024

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Trump Urges COVID Jabs; Moderna Starts Kids’ Trial; A Decade of Legal Weed

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Former President Donald Trump urged hesitant Americans to get the trick: “I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want it, and a lot of those people have openly voted for me.” (Fox News)

Two strains of SARS-CoV-2, first detected in California, are “worrying variants,” according to the CDC.

Moderna began testing its COVID-19 vaccine in babies and toddlers. (CBS News)

On Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. EST, the US unofficial COVID-19 toll was 29,549,554 cases and 536,922 deaths – an increase from 53,647 and 1,261, respectively, over the past 24 hours.

More than 72 million people in the US have received at least their first dose of COVID vaccine, and 39 million are fully vaccinated, according to the latest CDC data.

The White House expects 22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed over the next week. (Boston Globe)

Sweden and Latvia have joined the list of countries that have suspended their AstraZeneca vaccine rollout due to blood clot concerns, while the head of the European Medicines Agency said the vaccine’s benefits “continued to outweigh the risks”. (CNBC)

Mississippi was the second state to offer immunization rights to anyone aged 16 and over. Other states are here. (CNN)

A Brooklyn pharmacist with extra doses available is running pop-up vaccination events in public housing complexes and other locations to reach out to vulnerable groups. (New York Times)

The $ 6 million COVID-19 testing contest, valued at $ 6 million, announced nine winners. (FierceBiotech)

How do you treat coronavirus? Science summed up doctors’ best strategies.

Hasan Gokal, MD, the Texas doctor accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccine doses, has been cleared of wrongdoing by the State Medical Board. (ABC-13 TV)

Some long-haul COVID-19 patients say their persistent symptoms have subsided after vaccination, but it’s not clear why. (Washington Post)

As COVID-19 vaccinations accelerate, zoos are giving shots to monkeys and other animals potentially susceptible to the virus. (NPR)

A 67-year-old man from San Jose who battled COVID-19 in hospital for more than 100 days is now training for half a triathlon. (NBC Bay Area)

Who got vaccines before anyone else in Trump’s White House? (Vanity Fair)

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Judy George covers neurology and neuroscience news for MedPage Today, writing on Brain Aging, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MS, Rare Diseases, Epilepsy, Autism, Headache, Stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS, Concussion, CTE, Sleep, Pain, and more. consequences