Transmission among vaccinated people could raise the risk of a variant that can evade vaccines

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An employee receives a COVD-19 vaccine from a National Guard soldier at a pop-up vaccination stand at the Vermont Creamery in Websterville, Vermont on June 29, 2021.
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Coronavirus transmission among vaccinated people could raise the risk of an even more dangerous variantThe CDC says vaccinated people should mask up indoors again as cases of the Delta variant surge. A study suggests that transmission among vaccinated people could lead to new variants that evade vaccines.The virus is "just a few mutations potentially away" from evading vaccines, the CDC said.

Elsa Gavina receives the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Manuel Bonilla Stadium on April 26, 2021 in Lima, Peru. Peru continues to vaccinate citizens over 80 years old.
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CDC document offers more evidence that booster shots could help immunocompromised people in the face of DeltaDelta will make breakthrough cases more common among immunocompromised people, a CDC document says.The document says mRNA vaccines are far less effective at preventing hospitalizations among people with weakened immune systems. US regulators may eventually recommend booster shots for immunocompromised people.

Noom cofounder and CEO Saeju Jeong

The 9 healthcare startups that took in the most cash as VCs made record bets on transforming pharmacies and biotechGlobal healthcare startups raised a record $34.7 billion in 2021’s second quarter.Caris Life Sciences, CMR Surgical, Exscientia, and Noom raised the most money.Top fundraisers include precision medicine companies and insurance and pharmacy startups.
More stories we’re reading:
Pfizer and Moderna increased their vaccine prices in the EU (Financial Times)Telehealth startups just raked in a record $5 billion. Meet the 5 investment firms that placed the most bets.(Insider)See the internal CDC slides about the Delta variant and breakthrough infections (Washington Post)Israel will roll out a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to older people, citing a drop in protection against severe disease driven by the Delta variant (Insider)- Lydia
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