21 August 2021

• Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, Florida – where cases of the Delta variant have surged – asks residents to limit their use of water because it has become necessary to boost the supply of liquid oxygen for COVID-19 patients. Source 

• Britain’s government is starting a SARS-CoV-2 antibody surveillance program which will send antibody test kits to people who test positive for SARS-CoV-2, using the information to assess reinfection rates, measure breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people – and study people who did not mount an immune response after vaccines. Source 

• After a flurry of recent calls to Mississippi’s poison control center from people seeking to prevent or treat COVID-19 with ivermectin, an anti-parasitical medicine often used in animals, the US FDA issued a warning, saying, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” Source 

• In the US, more vaccinate mandates are expected as soon as Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose Covid-19 vaccine gains full FDA approval  – which is likely to happen within days. Source

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