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Ahead Of Winter Olympics, Beijing Begins Rollout Of Booster Shots

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China’s capital city is due to host the Winter Olympics in four months, and anyone who received two-dose Chinese vaccines and is “at risk,” which includes Games workers or participants, is eligible for a booster. Separately, a Chinese disinformation campaign blaming Maine lobsters for covid has been revealed.

115,000 Health Workers Died From Covid Over 18 Months, WHO Thinks

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The World Health Organization estimate of 115,000 global health worker deaths covers the period from January 2020 to May 2021. News outlets cover other covid news, including the death of parents of five children, record hospitalizations in Alaska, high death rates in rural Georgia, and more.

Operators Worry Holiday Season Air Cargo Will Be Hit By Vax Mandates

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A report in Politico says a trade group representing companies like UPS and FedEx is worried that President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates will “wreak havoc” among workers at the busiest time of year. But airlines American and Southwest say the mandates likely won’t hit their flight plans in December.

Third Dose Of Pfizer Vaccine Is 95.6% Effective, Large Study Shows

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Researchers studied more than 10,000 people ages 16 and older who were fully vaccinated. Among the participants who received a third Pfizer dose, just five people developed symptomatic cases of covid-19. In comparison, 109 participants who received a placebo developed covid infections.

CDC: Americans Can Choose Any Booster They Want, Starting Today

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All adults who received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose covid vaccine are recommended to get a second dose at least two months later. The CDC noted that regardless of which manufacturer you choose for a booster, it’s not required for a person to be considered fully immunized.

Russia Has Pandemic Daily Death High, Orders Workers Home For A Week

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President Vladimir Putin said reluctant citizens should get vaccinated as daily deaths hit a pandemic high of 1,028. Meanwhile, India hit a milestone of 1 billion covid vaccines administered — among a population of 1.4 billion. But only about 30% of eligible people are fully vaccinated.

McLaren Health Settlement Reduced To $5 Million In Flint Lead Water Suit

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A judge agreed that McLaren hospital could reduce its share of a $641 million payout to people affected by lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Separately, two new lawsuits allege “hundreds” of children have been exposed to dangerous lead levels in water in Jackson, Mississippi.

All New York City Public Workers Ordered To Get Covid Shots

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Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered that all NYC municipal workers must get covid shots. The Oct. 29 deadline for first shots comes with a threat of potentially being fired. Separately, a video of unmasked NYPD officers on the subway pushing someone who asked them to mask-up goes viral.

US Says It’s Shared 200 Million Covid Shots With World’s 7.8 Billion People

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The White House announced reaching the 200 millionth covid shot shared to boost global vax efforts. Axios reports pressure on the Biden administration to share more shots is rising. How “waning” antibodies are normal and how different zodiac signs are adopting vaccines are also in the news.

More People Poisoning Themselves With Ivermectin To Beat Covid: Report

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Human poisonings from ivermectin, a common cattle antiparasitic not approved for use as an anti-covid drug, rose “sharply” in August, says a report from Oregon Poison Center. Meanwhile, the Navy has identified a 15th sailor who has died after being infected with covid.

White House Unveils Plan To Quickly Vaccinate Children Ages 5-11

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The government has already purchased enough doses for all 28 million children in this group. The doses will be shipped to pediatric and primary care offices, school and community health clinics, and pharmacies. The supplies will include smaller needles.

FDA Approves Moderna, J&J Boosters; CDC Votes Today On Mix-And-Match

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The new recommendations practically assure that the booster rollout will get even more complicated for Americans as they weigh whether to get a full dose of Pfizer, a half-dose of Moderna, a second dose of J&J or an mRNA shot to go with their first J&J jab. Confused yet?

Brazil Accuses President Jair Bolsonaro Of Killing People With Covid

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A congressional panel will recommend the president be charged with crimes against humanity over his handling of the pandemic, including allegations of intentionally letting people fall ill. Separately, surges in U.K., Russia and Turkey mean Europe was the only region to report a covid rise last week.