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There is so much negativity in the news about COVID-19, we want to give you all the positive good news that is happening with research, clinical trials, improvements, vaccines and anything that we can be positive about that you may not have seen.

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96% of Britons develop antibodies after one Covid jab, study finds

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More than 90% of Britons develop antibodies to coronavirus after having one dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, and almost 100% do so after their second jab, research shows.

The findings, based on a study of 8,517 people in England and Wales, are the latest evidence to show that the two mainstays of Britain’s vaccine drive are proving highly effective.

The research found that 96.42% of people who had either vaccine had developed antibodies 28 to 34 days after their first dose. That rose to 99.08% within seven to 14 days of the second jab.

Both vaccines were equally good at triggering the antibodies needed to fight off Covid-19, the researchers from University College London (UCL) found.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/18/96-of-britons-develop-antibodies-after-one-covid-jab-study-finds

Germany to offer Covid jabs to all adults from June 7th

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Germany will ditch its Covid vaccine priority list and start offering jabs to all adults from June 7th, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Monday, as the country’s inoculation drive picks up pace.

The move means anyone aged 16 and up will be eligible for a vaccine in Germany, scrapping the existing priority criteria based on age, jobs and pre-existing medical conditions.

“We have agreed to lift the priority system on June 7th… in doctor’s practices, among company doctors and in vaccination centres,” Spahn said after talks with Germany’s 16 regional health ministers.

After a stuttering start, Germany’s jabs campaign has kicked into high gear in recent weeks as vaccine supplies increased and general practitioners joined the effort alongside vaccination centres.

Germany last week hit a fresh record when it vaccinated more than 1.35 million in a single day.

Overall, 37 percent of adults in Germany, Europe’s most populous country, have now had their first jab. More than 11 percent are fully vaccinated.

https://www.thelocal.de/20210517/germany-to-offer-covid-jabs-to-all-adults-from-june-7th/

Texas reports 0 COVID-related deaths for the first time since March 2020

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For the first time in about 14 months, the state of Texas reported zero deaths from COVID-19.

The great news comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines for vaccinated Americans, declaring it safe to participate in most activities without a mask.

Gov. Greg Abbott thanked Texans in a tweet Sunday, announcing the big milestone in the state’s fight against COVID-19.

According to Abbott, this is the first time Texas has reported zero coronavirus-related deaths since data first began being tracked in March 2020.

On top of zero reported deaths, Texas is also reporting the fewest COVID-19 cases in over 13 months, the lowest seven day positivity rate ever, and the lowest hospitalization rate in 11 months, according to the governor.

https://abc13.com/health/gov-abbott-congratulates-texans-as-state-reports-0-covid-deaths/10650095/

Increasing confidence vaccines work against Indian variant

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The UK has “increasing confidence” that Covid-19 vaccines work against the Indian variant of the virus, the health secretary has said.

Scientists believe that the variant is more transmissible and cases of it nearly tripled to 1,313 in the past week in England.

But Matt Hancock said early lab data showed vaccines remained effective.

He said the majority of those in hospital in Bolton – a hotspot for the Indian variant – were unvaccinated.

More than 20 million people in the UK have now had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest government figures.

Mr Hancock welcomed the new milestone as “great news” and said the UK was making “extraordinary strides” as millions now have the fullest possible protection against the virus.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57134181

Herd immunity in the U.S.? San Francisco offers reasons for optimism

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Adam Bergeron is looking forward to reopening the Balboa Theater, the independent movie theater in San Francisco he owns and operates.

He’s watched as other movie theaters around the U.S. welcomed audiences back ahead of his. But San Francisco has been slower to reopen than other cities. Now, the time feels right.

“San Francisco’s been a model for doing Covid the right way, if there is such a thing,” Bergeron said.

“At this point, everyone I know is completely vaccinated. The cases are going down. And we just chose a time that seemed like it was going to be the right time,” he added. He’s planning to reopen May 14 with a “Godzilla” marathon.

San Francisco and its suburbs have been cautious, maintaining various restrictions while other parts of the country reopened businesses and eased mask mandates. Meanwhile, its vaccination rate is among the highest of any major U.S. city, with two-thirds of all adults having received at least one dose.

And as parts of the city open up — some San Francisco bars have waitlists to get a table again — experts are offering a cautious optimism. The city may be seeing signs of herd immunity.

“This is our moment to put the pandemic behind us,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s health director. “It’s clear that the vaccines are our way out of this.”

Herd immunity is about transmission. If enough people can’t catch and spread a virus, particularly in a community that already has few cases, the virus struggles to find new hosts. Eventually, infections would naturally taper off. It’s a simple concept, yet it can be elusive and difficult to define — particularly at the national level.

Locally, though, it can be clearer. Over the past seven days, San Francisco, home to more than 870,000 people, recorded an average of only 26 new Covid-19 cases per day. Two-thirds of all adults in San Francisco and almost 60 percent of the greater metro area of 4.7 million have been vaccinated with at least one dose — one of the highest rates in the U.S. Its positive test rate sits at 1.2 percent.

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/herd-immunity-us-san-francisco-offers-reasons-optimism-rcna815

Wales has now given a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to two million adults (80% of it’s adult population)

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Wales has reached the impressive milestone of vaccinating two million adults against coronavirus.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Sunday, May 16 show that 2,019,160 over 18s have now received their first dose and 915,674 the full course.

Wales has now given the first jab to 80% of its adult population which is some way ahead of England (68%), Scotland (67%) and Northern Ireland (68%).

The programme is pushing ahead with first doses for the younger age groups, with 40.5% of people aged between 18 and 29 having had their vaccination.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/2-million-vaccines-jab-wales-20598439.amp

More than 20 million now fully vaccinated in UK after having both coronavirus jabs

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More than 20 million adults in the UK are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 after receiving both jabs, according to government figures.

Some 391,246 people were given their second dose on Saturday, meaning a total of 20,103,658 (38.2% of all adults) have now had two shots.

Also on Saturday, 237,331 had their first jab, bringing the total number of people who have been given at least one dose to 36,573,354 (69.4% of the adult population).

The government has said it remains on track to offer a first dose to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We have more great news about the vaccination rollout and are making extraordinary strides as 20 million people now have the fullest possible protection from this virus – huge thanks to the team for hitting this milestone.

“The latest real-world data has once again demonstrated how effective the vaccine is at providing life-saving protection, with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine providing 97% protection against mortality.”

https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-more-than-20-million-now-fully-vaccinated-in-uk-after-having-both-coronavirus-jabs-12308155

In a major milestone, more than 50% of California residents have gotten a COVID-19 shot

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California has achieved a milestone in its five-month-long vaccination campaign: More than 50% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

Today, roughly 19.6 million Californians have received at least one injection. Overall, about 38% of California residents are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received either both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

After an initially slow rollout, California has gained steady ground when it comes to administering vaccinations. California ranks 12th among all states in the nation for having the greatest percentage of its residents vaccinated with at least one dose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-05-15/50-percent-of-californians-are-vaccinated-against-covid-19

Italian study shows COVID-19 infections, deaths plummeting after jabs

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COVID-19 infections in adults of all ages fell by 80% five weeks after a first dose of Pfizer (PFE.N), Moderna (MRNA.O) or AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccine, according to Italian research published on Saturday.

The first such study by a European Union country on the real-world impact of its immunisation campaign was carried out by Italy’s National Institute of Health (ISS) and the Ministry of Health on 13.7 million people vaccinated nationwide.

Scientists started studying data from the day Italy’s vaccination campaign began, on Dec. 27 2020, until May 3 2021.

The analysis showed that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, hospitalisation, and death decreased progressively after the first two weeks following the initial vaccination.

“As of 35 days after the first dose, there is an 80% reduction in infections, 90% reduction in hospitalisations, and 95% reduction in deaths,” the ISS said, adding that the same pattern was seen in both men and women regardless of age.

“This data confirms the effectiveness of the vaccination campaign and the need to achieve high coverage across the population quickly to end the emergency,” ISS president Silvio Brusaferro said in the statement.

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/italian-study-shows-covid-19-infections-deaths-plummeting-after-jabs-2021-05-15/

Daily record: 1.35 million vaccinations in Germany

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Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn reports a new daily record for vaccinations in Germany. Accordingly, around 1,353,453 doses of corona vaccine were inoculated on Wednesday. This means that almost 36 percent of all Germans have been vaccinated at least once and 10.6 percent are even fully protected.

According to Spahn, by the end of May the focus will no longer be on the first vaccination, but on the second vaccination. This is necessary in order to achieve full vaccination protection for those who have already been vaccinated once. The first vaccinations would then come to the fore again in June, says the CDU politician.According to the RKI, there had already been three days in the past few weeks before the new daily record was set on which more than a million injection syringes were used. In total, about 38.6 million vaccine doses were administered up to and including Thursday. The vaccination rate varies depending on the federal state. The Saarland has the highest quota of at least first vaccinated persons at 40.4 percent. At 31.1 percent, Saxony is slightly behind the other federal states.

https://www.tagesschau.de/newsticker/liveblog-coronavirus-freitag-231.html#Tagesrekord-135-Millionen-Impfungen-in-Deutschland