New York Times: Fall Vaccination Campaign Will Bring New Shots, Worse Access

New York Times: Fall Vaccination Campaign Will Bring New Shots, Worse Access. “At the very moment a better coronavirus vaccine is expected to finally become available, America’s vaccination program is feeling the effects of a long period of retreat. Local programs to bring shots to the places where Americans gather and the institutions they trust have folded, a consequence in some cases of congressional resistance to more pandemic response spending.”

New York Times: South Africa’s latest surge is a possible preview of the pandemic’s next chapter.

New York Times: South Africa’s latest surge is a possible preview of the pandemic’s next chapter. . “South Africa experienced a decline in cases after hitting an Omicron-fueled, pandemic peak in December. But in the past week, cases have tripled, positivity rates are up and hospitalizations have also increased, health officials said. The surge has the country facing a possible fifth wave. The spike is linked to BA.4 And BA.5, two subvariants that are part of the Omicron family.”

ABC News: Americans who haven’t had COVID are now in the minority following omicron surge

ABC News: Americans who haven’t had COVID are now in the minority following omicron surge. “A new CDC analysis estimates that at least three out of every five Americans have antibodies that indicate a prior COVID-19 infection. Prior to the omicron-fueled surge in cases from December 2021 to February 2022, only an estimated one-third of people in the U.S. were estimated to have a prior infection.”

ABC 7: Howard University to go virtual April 14-22 due to rising COVID positivity rate

ABC 7: Howard University to go virtual April 14-22 due to rising COVID positivity rate. “Administrators at Howard University sent an email to students Wednesday to notify them that the school will toggle to virtual learning from April 14-22 due to rising COVID positivity rate. The letter states that HU’s positivity rate has more than doubled in the past week, from 2 to 5 percent. Administrators cite the BA.2 variant as the reason for the rise.”

Independent: Omicron Covid symptoms ‘last half as long as common cold – if you’re triple jabbed’, study says

Independent: Omicron Covid symptoms ‘last half as long as common cold – if you’re triple jabbed’, study says. “Omicron symptoms disappear in half the time of a common cold if the sufferer has received three Covid jabs, a new research study has shown. Researchers at King’s College London studied 62,000 vaccinated people during the Omicron outbreak which began in November 2021. The scientists found notable differences in recovery times depending on how many Covid doses sufferers had received.”

Globe and Mail: Getting COVID-19 twice with Omicron is more common as immunity wanes

Globe and Mail: Getting COVID-19 twice with Omicron is more common as immunity wanes. “Christine Enns said she was shocked when a rapid test showed she had tested positive for COVID-19. Enns, who received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot, already had the virus in early February and thought reinfection was rare…. Reinfection of COVID-19 was considered unusual, but then the Omicron variant arrived.”

As Yet Another Wave of Covid Looms, New Yorkers Ask: Should I Worry? (New York Times)

New York Times: As Yet Another Wave of Covid Looms, New Yorkers Ask: Should I Worry?. “The city is registering about 1,500 new cases a day and a positivity rate of nearly 3 percent, both figures more than double what they were a month ago. In Manhattan, where the last wave also first emerged, the positivity rate is above 6 percent in some neighborhoods. In another potentially worrisome indicator, the prevalence of fevers across the city — which can offer a forewarning of Covid trends — has reached levels last seen at some of the worst points of the pandemic, according to data from internet-connected thermometers.”

NBC News: As omicron lurks, Native Americans wary of boosters

NBC News: As omicron lurks, Native Americans wary of boosters. “Nationally, 72 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives of all ages had received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine as of March 28, and 59 percent were fully vaccinated — having received two doses of Moderna’s or Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s. A much smaller share had received booster shots — 44 percent of fully vaccinated Native Americans ages 12 and up, below the booster rates for whites, Asian Americans, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.”

COVID-19 in Israel: New variant similar to Omicron, no rise in serious cases (Jerusalem Post)

Jerusalem Post: COVID-19 in Israel: New variant similar to Omicron, no rise in serious cases. “The R-rate currently stands at 1.35, a slight reduction compared to late last week when it measured at 1.4, but still considerably higher than it had been in recent weeks. The increase in infections that is reflected in the R-rate can also be seen in the number of total new infections over the last seven days – around 88,500 – which were 85.3% higher compared to a week prior. Despite the considerable increase in daily infections, there has not been an increase in serious cases, they are, in fact, still continuing to decline.”