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Researchers: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a 'superspreader event' linked to 267K COVID-19 cases

Sturgis rally liked to voer 200,000 new casesThe Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota could be considered a super-spreader event for COVID-19 and should be linked to about 267,000 cases nationwide at a cost of $12.2 billion, researchers say in a recently released paper.

The researchers from San Diego State University's Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies published a preliminary version of the paper late last week with the IZA Institute for Labor Economics. The paper is based on anonymized cellphone location tracking data and is the first known research to estimate the COVID-19 case spread and public health cost of the rally in Sturgis, S.D.


9 Drug Companies Issue a Joint Pledge to Thoroughly Vet Vaccines

Big Oharma pledges safe vaccine

Nine drug companies issued a joint pledge on Tuesday that they would “stand with science” and not put forward a vaccine until it had been thoroughly vetted for safety and efficacy.

The companies did not rule out seeking an emergency authorization of their vaccines, but promised that any potential coronavirus vaccine would be decided based on “large, high quality clinical trials” and that the companies would follow guidance from regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.

“We believe this pledge will help ensure public confidence in the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which Covid-19 vaccines are evaluated and may ultimately be approved,” the companies said.


Pharma Companies Plan Joint Pledge on Vaccine Safety

Pharma companies plan joint pledge of safety

A group of drug companies competing with one another to be among the first to develop coronavirus vaccines are planning to pledge early next week that they will not release any vaccines that do not follow rigorous efficacy and safety standards, according to representatives of three of the companies.

The statement, which has not yet been finalized, is meant to reassure the public that the companies will not seek a premature approval of vaccines under political pressure from the Trump administration. President Trump has pushed for a vaccine to be available by October — just before the presidential election — and a growing number of scientists, regulators and public health experts have expressed concern over what they see as a pattern of political arm-twisting by the Trump administration in its efforts to combat the virus.

The companies’ joint statement was planned for early next week, but it may be released before then after its existence was made public on Friday by The Wall Street Journal. The manufacturers that are said to have signed the letter include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi.


U.S. coronavirus deaths projected to more than double to 410,000 by January

Covid-19 deaths to hit 400,000 by JanuaryU.S. deaths from the coronavirus will reach 410,000 by the end of the year, more than double the current death toll, and deaths could soar to 3,000 per day in December, the University of Washington’s health institute forecast on Friday.

Deaths could be reduced by 30% if more Americans wore face masks as epidemiologists have advised, but mask-wearing is declining, the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said.

The U.S. death rate projected by the IHME model, which has been cited by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, would more than triple the current death rate of some 850 per day.


'A real kick in the gut': Dwayne Johnson, his wife and two young kids test positive for COVID-19

Dwayne Johnson and family test positiveDwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to Instagram on Wednesday for a candid announcement: He, his wife and two young daughters all tested positive for COVID-19.

"My wife Lauren, as well as my two baby girls and myself – we have all tested positive for COVID-19," the actor shared in a video. "I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things that we have ever had to endure as a family and for me personally. ... And I've gone through some doozies in the past."

Johnson, 48, added that he wishes it was only [him] who contracted the virus.


CDC documents say states should prepare to distribute Covid-19 vaccines as soon as late October

Vaccine readiness for covid-19 ordered The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told public health officials around the United States to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine as soon as late October. It also provided planning scenarios to help states prepare.

The documents were posted by The New York Times and the CDC confirmed to CNN it has sent them to city and state public health officials.
The scenarios offer details about distribution for two Covid-19 vaccines when supplies "may be constrained." The documents prioritize particular populations for the vaccines, including health care professionals, essential workers, long-term care facility residents and staff and national security populations.
TVNL Comment: No vaccine will have completed stage 4 testing of tens of thousands of volunteers by the end of October.  This is a political move by Trump to fool the public days before the election.

As Scores Of U.S. Universities See Coronavirus Outbreaks, Nation Tops 6 Million Cases

covid cases top 6 million in US

The United States on Monday surpassed 6 million confirmed coronavirus cases as recorded infections surge at some universities nationwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

At least 183,000 people nationwide have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that was first documented in China in December. As of Monday, the U.S. continued to lead the world in the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, with Brazil and India trailing behind it.

Public health officials have warned that the actual number of COVID-19 cases is likely much higher than what has been reported. This is partly because many infected people are asymptomatic and may not seek a diagnostic test.


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