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Pandemic of the Unvaccinated; Facebook’s ‘Killing People’; Infectious Games

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, warned that COVID-19 is becoming a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” with outbreaks in parts of the country with low vaccination coverage. (Forbes)

From Arkansas to Missouri, undervaccinated areas of the country are seeing a surge in severe cases from the Delta variant. (New York Times, The Atlantic)

President Biden decried how Facebook and other social media sites are “killing people” with the spread of vaccine misinformation. (CNBC)

Tennis player Coco Gauff tested positive for COVID-19, forcing her to drop out of the Olympics, as did an alternate for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. (NPR)

Overall, 61 people tested positive for the virus since July 1 inside the Olympic Village, though an outbreak among the South African men’s soccer team became the first cases identified. (Washington Post)

As of Monday at 8 a.m. EDT, the estimated COVID-19 toll in the U.S. was 34,080,890 cases and 609,021 deaths, increases of 226,763 and 1,864, respectively, versus this time a week ago.

CDC confirmed a case of monkeypox in a Texas resident who returned from Nigeria; the person is now hospitalized in Dallas.

Meanwhile, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said schools can’t make unvaccinated students quarantine if they’re exposed to the virus this fall. (CNN)

On the eve of Britain’s “Freedom Day” — when most COVID restrictions lifted — cases have spiked and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in quarantine after a recent exposure. (Washington Post)

Until the potential carcinogen can be eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels, FDA said certain manufacturers can distribute varenicline (Chantix) tablets containing N-nitroso-varenicline above the “acceptable intake limit of 37 ng per day but below the interim acceptable intake limit of 185 ng per day.”

Merck announced approval of its pneumococcal 15-valent conjugate vaccine (Vaxneuvance) to prevent invasive disease from Streptococcus pneumoniae in adults.

Connecticut’s Attorney General accused members of the Sackler family of intimidation, saying sanction threats were aimed at pressuring the state into dropping its objections to the “inadequate” bankruptcy plan for Purdue Pharma.

A CBS News poll found that 74% of unvaccinated adults would not get the vaccine even if their own doctor recommended it.

As certain Bay Area counties reimpose indoor mask mandates, one restaurant owner considered firing all her unvaccinated workers. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A potato chip bag, tape, and quick thinking by a New York police officer saved a man’s life from a deep stab wound. (Fox News)

  • Molly Walker is deputy managing editor and covers infectious diseases for MedPage Today. She is a 2020 J2 Achievement Award winner for her COVID-19 coverage. Follow

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