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SARS-CoV-2 viruses highly magnified

WHO names B1617 fourth COVID-19 variant of concern

Also, India is reporting an increase in potentially deadly fungal lung infections.

Crowded outdoor dining

States plan to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions

While states are becoming optimistic, experts continue to advocate for aerosol-related mitigations.

Woman receiving COVID vaccine

Real-world studies detail high Pfizer COVID vaccine protection

Israeli data show 92% effectiveness against asymptomatic COVID and 97% against symptomatic.

Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine shipment

WHO lists Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

Also, India reports another daily record for deaths—4,197—along with 401,271 new cases.

COVID-19 vaccine being drawn into a syringe

Three vaccines show promise against COVID variants

The vaccines show either effectiveness or a strong immune response against variants of concern.

CDC predicts sharp decline in COVID-19 activity by July

Modeling from the CDC predicts the US will see a sharp drop in infections and deaths in the coming weeks.

Inside CIDRAP

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April 12, 2021
CIDRAP Director and previous Bush Fellowship award winner Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, was recently profiled by the Bush Foundation.

Mar 23, 2021
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and his COVID-19 work, including the very successful Osterholm Update: COVID-19 podcast, was profiled by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Jan 23, 2021
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and colleagues have a commentary in Health Affairs on bolstering US pandemic resilience. 

Nov 9, 2020
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, has been named as part of President-elect Joe Biden's 13-member COVID-19 Advisory Board. The board comprises leading public health experts who will advise Biden, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, and the transition team’s COVID-19 staff.

More Inside CIDRAP

NEWS SCAN

May 10, 2021
  • Mild COVID and the heart
  • COVID-19 mortality predictor
  • H5N8 avian flu risk to people
  • H5 avian flu in 2 nations
May 07, 2021
  • High global COVID deaths
  • Obesity and severe COVID-19
  • Polio in 2 countries
  • Boost in monkeypox-smallpox vaccine supply

Stewardship / Resistance Scan

May 10, 2021
  • Telemedicine bacteremia consults
  • Treating carbapenem-resistant infections

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The Osterholm Quote

“For [COVID] vaccinated individuals, in a private home or wherever, party hard. Enjoy it. You’ve earned it. You can feel safe in doing that, and that’s what we need to help people understand; [vaccinations are] what's going to make a real difference in getting our communities back to this new normal.”