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Fox News Hosts Were Real Mad At ‘Sore Loser’ Democrats In 2018, Supercut Shows



“The Daily Show” put together a supercut of clips from just a couple of years ago that shows conservatives singing a very different tune about accepting election results.

In the montage of videos from after the 2018 midterm elections, Fox News hosts and Republican figures ― including Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro and Greg Gutfeld ― complained that Democrats were being sore losers following disputes in Florida and Georgia.

“Democrats, more so than Republicans, seem to have a problem conceding defeat,” Laura Ingraham said at the time. “Either the election system broke down or some mystery votes are hiding somewhere.”

“Democrats are being sore losers, and they refuse to acknowledge they lost the election. So what do they do? They cry malfeasance, wrongdoing, criminality, fraud,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee at the time.

And Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro bashed Democrats for “refusing to accept the declared results of the national media” ― exactly what President Donald Trump and his allies are doing now that Democrat Joe Biden has been declared the 2020 winner by all the major networks.

In a remarkably dishonest press conference on Monday that even Fox News declined to carry, McEnany claimed Democrats were welcoming fraud and illegal voting, and spouted other misinformation about the integrity of the election, without any evidence. Trump’s closest allies on Fox News are still pushing false narratives that he could still win, even though the network has already called the race for Biden based on official vote counts from each state.

In 2018, Stacey Abrams, who ran against Brian Kemp in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, refused to concede after accusing her opponent of voter suppression. Kemp oversaw the state’s elections as secretary of state during the campaign, and The Associated Press revealed that his office was holding up 53,000 voter applications, mostly from Black residents, prompting accusations that he sought to suppress minority votes in doing so.

And in Florida, recounts took place for two tight races. One for the Senate, between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, and one for the gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum. However, due to technical glitches, the numbers were submitted minutes after the deadline and were rejected. They would likely not have changed the final results, which saw both Republicans take office. 





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Joe Biden Shows His Greatness With Moving Argument For Mask Wearing


President-elect Joe Biden delivered a great argument for mask-wearing that was exactly what America has been missing under Donald Trump.

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Biden said:

The head of the CDC warned this fall, for the foreseeable future, a mask remains the most potent weapon against the virus. Today’s news doesn’t change that urgent reality. I won’t be president until January 20th. My message today is to everyone, is this. Doesn’t matter who you voted for, whether you stood, where you stood before election day, doesn’t matter your party, your point of view. We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months. Not Democrat or Republican lives, American lives.

You know, maybe we saved the life of a person who stocks the shelf at the local grocery store. Maybe saves the life of a member of your place of worship. Maybe it saves the lives of one of your children’s teachers. Maybe it saves your life. So please, I implore you, wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement but it is a good way to start pulling the country together. I want to be very clear, the goal of mask-wearing is not to make your life less comfortable. Or to take something away from you. It is to give something back to all of us, a normal life.

The goal is to get back to normal as fast as possible. And masks are critical doing that. It won’t be forever. That’s how we get our nation back up to speed and economically. We can go back to celebrating birthdays and holidays together, attend sporting events together, get back to lives and connections we shared before the pandemic. It doesn’t matter whether or not we always agree with one another. It doesn’t matter who you voted for. We are Americans and our country is under threat. And now we’re called to do the same thing generations of proud Americans have done in the face of a crisis throughout our history, rise above our differences to defend the strength and vitality of our nation.

Experts say that the US could have this pandemic under control in ten weeks if everyone would wear a mask.

The remarks that Biden gave were why he was elected. No more nonsense, BS, or self-involved spin coming from the Oval Office. Joe Biden is putting the American people first, and instead of false promises coupled with negativity, President-elect Biden is spreading a positive encouraging message with a plan.

The political difference will remain, but America is about to have a president who is all about setting a good example at the top, and this will change the toxic culture that has flourished under Trump.

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As the coronavirus continues to spread, covid-19 trails the economy as top issue for voters, exit polling shows



But about one-third said they were primarily motivated by the economy, including 6 in 10 of the voters who supported President Trump.

A slight majority of voters said it is more important to contain the coronavirus now, even if the necessary measures hurt the economy. About 4 in 10 said the economy is more important, even if restoring the nation’s economic health hamstrings efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Amid the resurgence of the coronavirus in much of the United States, preliminary exit polling showed that voters are closely divided on whether U.S. efforts to contain the virus are going “well” or “badly.” But roughly twice as many voters say efforts to control the pandemic have gone “very badly” than say they have gone “very well.”

Millions of voters who cast ballots in person Tuesday were braving the worst stretch of the pandemic to do so. Nearly 88,000 new infections were reported Tuesday, bringing the U.S. total to more than 9.3 million cases. The virus continued its surge through the Midwest and Plains states. Seven states set records for hospitalizations of patients with covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, including Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Control of the White House and the Senate was up for grabs Tuesday, circumstances not lost on voters whose families and finances have been battered by the coronavirus.

“It’s very personal to me, because it’s right in my immediate family,” said Betty Sullivan, 59, as she stood in line to vote in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday morning.

Two of Sullivan’s sons and three of her grandchildren have contracted the coronavirus. Her oldest son, who is 36 and lives in Atlanta, tested positive after going to a bar. Her youngest son, 32, apparently was infected by a co-worker. Her grandchildren, ages 6, 8 and 14, contracted the virus after being in day care and school within the past three weeks, she said.

“I think in the past, we’ve not really thought too much about voting; we’ve kind of been really, really casual about it sometimes, but, just with everything with the virus, with the pandemic, with the political climate, everybody now really realizes how important it is to get out, to come out and vote,” Sullivan said.

Regardless of the election outcome, the recent staggering increase in coronavirus cases has set the country on a difficult course for the next several weeks. A sharp rise in hospitalizations, already underway, follows the jump in infections, and a subsequent surge in deaths is expected in the weeks after that.

“The trajectory that we’re on is one that we should expect to be on for the coming weeks,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “We should expect to be hunkered down for the coming weeks.”

Stopping a surge in the pandemic, experts said, isn’t like throwing a switch. It’s more like trying to turn around an oil tanker at sea.

“The virus doesn’t know elections, doesn’t know borders, doesn’t know demographics,” said Ali Mokdad, a University of Washington epidemiologist. “Unfortunately, the virus is taking its course irrespective of what happens today.

“The election is not going to change the virus,” Mokdad added. “Our behavior, our response to the virus, hopefully will change.”

Barring a major change in behavior, meaning much more widespread adoption of masks, social distancing and other mitigation measures, Mokdad believes that “some states, a large number of states, will have to do a hard stop, lockdown” by December or January.

Although mortality rates have improved thanks to better medical techniques and drugs, the key driver of the pandemic is rampant community spread in much the country.

“Even a vaccine won’t flick any switch. There will be the hard work of actually vaccinating people,” William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in an email Tuesday.

Columbia University epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman said part of the problem is that human behavior is not easily changed. There is “huge inertia,” he said, and that will make it difficult for officials to slow outbreaks in many parts of the country.

And if the United States follows Europe and enters a new phase of restrictions, there will probably be growing pressure for another large relief package, something Congress has been unable to agree on since the first one expired.

“There’s growing evidence about the need for providing resources to help people comply with public health recommendations,” Nuzzo said. “I fear we have focused on increasing number and type of tests, but have not eliminated the disincentives that people may experience about getting tested. Lost income, in particular.”

Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said he hopes that after the election, “we can come together as a country and collectively fight the virus and not each other. There are no longer red and blue states, counties or cities. They are all covid-colored.”

Sarah Fowler in Jackson, Miss., and Scott Clement and Emily Guskin in Washington contributed to this report.



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Chinese COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial


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FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An experimental COVID-19 vaccine appeared to be safe and triggered an immune response in healthy people, according to preliminary results of a small, early-stage clinical trial.


The study of the vaccine based on inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus (BBIBP-CorV) included more than 600 volunteers in China, ages 18 to 80. By the 42nd day after vaccination, all had antibody responses to the virus, according to researchers.


The vaccine was safe and well-tolerated at all doses tested, study leaders reported. The most common side effect was pain at the injection site. There were no serious adverse reactions.


The findings were published Oct. 15 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.


Similar results were reported from a previous trial for a different vaccine also based on inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus. That trial was limited to people under age 60.


The new trial found that people 60 and older responded more slowly to the vaccine. It took 42 days for antibodies to be detected in all of them, compared to 28 days among 18- to 59-year-olds.


Antibody levels were also lower in 60- to 80-year-olds compared with the younger volunteers.


“Protecting older people is a key aim of a successful COVID-19 vaccine as this age group is at greater risk of severe illness from the disease. However, vaccines are sometimes less effective in this group because the immune system weakens with age,” said study co-author Xiaoming Yang, a professor at Beijing Institute of Biological Products Company Limited.


“It is therefore encouraging to see that BBIBP-CorV induces antibody responses in people aged 60 and older, and we believe this justifies further investigation,” Yang said in a journal news release.


Because the trial wasn’t designed to assess the effectiveness of the BBIBP-CorV vaccine, it’s not possible to know whether the antibody response it triggered is strong enough to protect people from infection with the new coronavirus.


After the researchers complete a full analysis of data from the adults, they plan to test the vaccine in children and teens under age 18.


Larisa Rudenko, a researcher at the Institute of Experimental Medicine in St. Petersburg, Russia, wrote an editorial that accompanied the findings.


She said more “studies are needed to establish whether the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are capable of inducing and maintaining virus-specific T-cell responses.”



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Max Ehrich Shows Off New Pic of Sonika Vaid On His Instagram


Max Ehrich isn’t “afraid” to take his rumored new romance to Instagram.

Less than a month after his very public split from fiancée Demi Lovato, the actor posted a photo of him FaceTiming Sonika Vaid, an American Idol alum Max was spotted out with in October. 

Though Max didn’t caption the pic, commenters were quick to call out the American Princess star. 

One posted, “weren’t you just engaged lol wtf,” while another added, “So you got out of an engagement and post nonstop about Demi then date someone else? It’s ok to be single and heal.”

In an exclusive interview with E!, Sonika said that she and Max had only recently met at a “dinner with mutual friends.” 

“It was a fun night and we all got to hang out and head to the studio together,” the singer, who finished in fifth place on season 15 of American Idol, shared in October. “We’ve just been hanging out since and having fun.”





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Fashion Week Shows Are Having Celebs Do Virtual Front Row


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Designers are reinventing the runway for the pandemic era.

IRL front rows are so last season. For this fashion week — technically, fashion month — some designers are having celebs Zoom in to be a part of a virtual front row.


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While some brands, such as Louis Vuitton (pictured above) and Chanel, are still holding traditional shows, a few designers are reinventing the runway for the pandemic era.

Just like TV and film, business is not quite as usual for the fashion industry amid the pandemic. Almost two weeks ago, Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid kicked off this virtual approach with their very own avatars at — to use the word loosely — the GCDS spring show.

“I guess we figured out how to be in two places at once 👽,” the music artist wrote on Instagram, adding, “Thank you for having us sit at ur virtual show
💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐.”

Last week Balmain held its first-ever virtual runway, where models sauntered past people like Kris Jenner, Megan Thee Stallion, Cara Delevingne, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, and Cindy Crawford, whose video images filled the sidelines of the runway.

Here’s what it looked like up close.

“No matter the distance thank you to be there 🖤,” Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing wrote on Instagram, where he shared video footage from the show.

Today, Gabrielle Union, Storm Reid, Chloë Sevigny, Elle Fanning, Suki Waterhouse, and Sadie Sink, to name a handful, hopped on Zoom to dial into Miu Miu’s first virtual show.

And there were a lot of looks to love — in the virtual front row, not just the show.


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Gabrielle Union stunned in this.

Euphoria‘s Sydney Sweeney, on the other hand, went with no-makeup makeup.

Sadie Sink channeled Elle Woods.

Chloë Sevigny made her return to the front row since welcoming her first child, a baby boy.


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Yoona Lim had the most stylish pandemic-era gloves around.

Suki Waterhouse opted for a polka dot dress.

Karen Elson posted a decadent bathroom selfie, writing, “All dressed up with nowhere to go.”

And Miranda July shared a photo of her faux fur Miu Miu coat with a very valid point: “Think of how much environment we are saving by not all flying to Paris.”

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The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in October


Every month, streaming services in Australia add a new batch of movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for October.

OCTOBER 2

When documentarian Kristen Johnson realized her father, Dick, was in declining mental and physical health, she proposed an idea: What if they prepared for his demise together, by filming a series of simulated deaths? The one-of-a-kind documentary “Dick Johnson Is Dead” combines those strange and sometimes beautiful scenes — which also include a funeral and some guesses at what the afterlife might be like — with wonderful footage of a lovable old man and his doting daughter, spending their last years together. This is a special film, turning an imminent loss into an occasion for reflection and joy.

Based on the popular podcast of the same name, “Song Exploder” invites well-known musicians to analyze their own work, breaking songs down track-by-track and line-by-line. The four-episode first season covers Alicia Keys’ “3 Hour Drive,” Ty Dolla $ign’s “L.A.,” R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion,” and “Wait for It” from the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” In each half-hour installment, the host Hrishikesh Hirway talks to the artists about the choices they made, trying to clarify the mystery of creation by asking for a practical explanation of how music gets made.

OCTOBER 9

A hit at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the writer-director Radha Blank’s dramedy “The 40-Year-Old Version” also stars Blank as a struggling New York playwright, who reinvents herself as a rapper who rhymes about getting older. Shot in lovely black-and-white, this movie is witty and wise about the compromises some artists have to make to get their voices heard, and about the creative options available to those willing to risk failure and embarrassment.

“The Haunting of Bly Manor” is the writer-producer-director Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to his earlier Netflix horror series “The Haunting of Hill House.” Where the earlier show adapted and updated a Shirley Jackson novel, this new season is based loosely on the Henry James novella “The Turn of the Screw,” about a governess who sees ghosts. Some of Flanagan’s cast returns (including Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Kate Siegel), but the characters and the plot are entirely new. What won’t change: Flanagan’s command of quietly disturbing moods.

OCTOBER 16

The TV and movie writer-producer Aaron Sorkin — the man behind “The West Wing” and “A Few Good Men” — returns to the director’s chair for the film “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a look back at the legal aftermath of the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention. Sacha Baron Cohen plays the counterculture hero Abbie Hoffman, leading a cast that includes powerhouse actors like Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne and Mark Rylance. Sorkin’s usual fast-paced dialogue and his willingness to plunge headlong into controversial material makes him a good match for this still-resonant story of dissidents forced to answer in court for acts of civil disobedience.

OCTOBER 21

Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 Gothic novel “Rebecca” has already been adapted into a movie classic: the atmospheric and creepy 1940 Alfred Hitchcock version, which marked the director’s transition to Hollywood. Now another distinctive British filmmaker is tackling du Maurier’s book. Ben Wheatley, known for the edgy cult films “Kill List” and “High-Rise,” directs a stylish new version of “Rebecca” that emphasizes the glamour of the setting: the seaside estate of Manderley, where an emotionally distant aristocrat (played by Armie Hammer) deposits his naïve young bride (Lily James), leaving her to cope with his disapproving housekeeper (Kristin Scott Thomas) and the unsettling mystery of what really happened to his late first wife.

OCTOBER 23

In the animated adventure “Over the Moon,” Cathy Ang is the voice of Fei Fei, a handy teenager who builds a rocket-ship and flies to the moon. Once there, she tries to impress the charismatic goddess Chang’e (Phillipa Soo) by embarking on a quest that involves a handful of nutty lunar creatures. Written by the late Audrey Wells and directed by the veteran Disney animator Glen Keane — with codirection by another Disney alum, John Kahrs — this is a colorful, energetic and emotional movie about a kid and an adult both dealing with personal heartbreak in their own unusual ways.

For his latest Netflix mini-series, the writer-director Scott Frank — who previously created the western “Godless” — adapts “The Queen’s Gambit,” a 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, the author of “The Hustler” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” Anya Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, a top-rank chess master who pulled herself up from a miserable childhood thanks to her singular skills, but who struggles with addiction and self-doubt as an adult. The book is beloved, and Frank and Taylor-Joy are talented enough to give it the sensitive and lively TV version it deserves.

Also arriving: “New Girl” Seasons 1-7 (October 1), “Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood” (October 1), “Emily in Paris” (October 2), “Vampires vs. the Bronx” (October 2), “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet” (October 4), “Hubie Halloween” (October 7), “To the Lake” (October 7), “Deaf U” (October 9), “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts” Season 3 (October 12), “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” (October 14), “Social Distance” (October 15), “Grand Army” (October 16), “La Révolution” (October 16), “Someone Has to Die” (October 16), “Unsolved Mysteries” Volume 2 (October 19), “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” Season 3 (October 21), “Cadaver” (October 22), “Barbarians” (October 23), “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine” (October 27), “Holiday” (October 28), “Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight” (October 28).

OCTOBER 1

Riffing on both grim British police procedurals and dark-toned science-fiction, the sitcom “Code 404” has Daniel Mays playing a London detective who gets murdered during an undercover operation, and then brought back to life as an experimental cyborg. The charmingly irascible Stephen Graham plays the hero’s former partner, who isn’t so sure he wants to help his old buddy solve the mystery of his own death. Though craftily plotted and acted with real conviction, this offbeat crime series is brisker — and funnier — than the typical cops-and-killers fare.

OCTOBER 4

Based on James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award-winning historical novel, the mini-series “The Good Lord Bird” stars Ethan Hawke as the radical abolitionist John Brown, who in 1859 led a violent antislavery demonstration that helped spark the American Civil War. Hawke also cocreated this series, which blends deadpan comedy with white-knuckle action — aided by a stellar cast that includes Daveed Diggs, Wyatt Russell, Rafael Casal and Joshua Caleb Johnson — to make the distant past feel more immediate.

In the 1970s and ’80s, the West Hollywood nightclub The Comedy Store became a launching pad for stand-up comics who would go on to dominate American pop culture for decades, including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Roseanne Barr, Sam Kinison, Jimmie Walker, Jerry Seinfeld and more. The docu-series “The Comedy Store” looks back at the club’s fascinating history, considering how some of the most memorable comedy routines of all time were nurtured at a place where rivalries, disputes and drugs often made what was going on backstage as exciting at what was happening in the front of the house.

OCTOBER 16

Based on Aldous Huxley’s seminal 1932 dystopian novel, the slick science-fiction series “Brave New World” offers an adults-only depiction of a decadent future, where the ruling class pass their idle hours with drugs and orgies. Alden Ehrenreich plays John, an unusually clever lower-class “savage,” who becomes a novelty to the elites, even as he questions how they live. And while the source material is now nearly 90 years old, this show’s illustration of how social revolutions can rapidly take hold is strikingly relevant in 2020.

Also arriving: “Harlots” Seasons 1-3 (October 1), “MisUnderstandings of Miscarriage (M.U.M.)” (October 1), “Where’s Wally?” Season 1 (October 2), “Bran New Dae” (October 7), “Miranda” Seasons 1-3 (October 7), “Cold Feet” Seasons 1-9 (October 8), “The Flash” Season 6 (October 9), “The Spanish Princess” Season 1 — Part 2 (October 11), “Mr. Robot” Seasons 1-3 (October 12), “Mr. Selfridge” Seasons 1-4 (October 14), “Unforgotten” Season 3 (October 19), “Valor” Season 1 (October 22), “Informer 3838” Season 1 (October 27), “The Bay” Season 1 (October 28), “Condor” Season 2 (October 31).

OCTOBER 6

Although the innovative production company Blumhouse is best known for hit horror films like “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious,” the new film series dubbed “Welcome to the Blumhouse” has a somewhat broader scope, encompassing the company’s long history of supporting different kinds of genre pictures and indie dramas. The series’ first two movies, debuting October 6, are “The Lie” (a suspenseful story about parents protecting their possibly murderous child) and “Black Box” (about an amnesiac turning to quack science to piece together his past). One week later brings “Evil Eye” (based on an audio play about an Indian woman who worries that her daughter’s fiancé is the reincarnation of someone horrible) and “Nocturne” (about a pianist who goes to extremes to outperform her more gifted sister).

OCTOBER 16

In Heidi Schreck’s Tony-nominated Broadway play “What the Constitution Means to Me,” she appears onstage as herself — embodying both the 15-year-old who used to win prize money by giving speeches touting the magnificence of the U.S. Constitution, and the adult whose life experiences have made her turn a more critical eye toward what the document does and doesn’t do. Before the show wrapped its run last year, the director Marielle Heller filmed the production, capturing Schreck’s funny and provocative examination of how school kids are too often encourage to limit themselves to a one-dimensional kind of patriotism.

OCTOBER 30

The frequent collaborators Nick Frost and Simon Pegg re-team for “Truth Seekers,” a horror-comedy about a paranormal investigator who uncovers a possible world-ending conspiracy. The pair cocreated the series with James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders, and Frost also stars as the hero, Gus, an intense loner who works as a cable installer while hunting ghosts. Pegg has a smaller role as Gus’s mysterious boss. Although the duo don’t spend much on-screen time together, this show is still a must for fans of “Spaced” and “Shaun of the Dead.”

Also arriving: “Mirzapur” (October 23), “The Challenge: ETA” (October 30).



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COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Shows Promise for Elderly


“These findings could have profound significance if the protection afforded by vaccination among older adults is stronger than that of young adults because older adults are a very important target population for which we are targeting for protection with vaccination,” Chen says.

The purpose of the first phase was to assess safety and determine the most effective dose. Side effects seen in the first study included fatigue, chills, headache, muscle soreness, and pain at the site of the shot.

No placebo shots were given. Instead, recipients received two doses of either 25 micrograms or 100 micrograms given 4 weeks apart. The higher dose generated more antibodies in both groups. It also generated more side effects, including swelling and muscle soreness that lasted several days in some participants.

About 4 weeks after the 25-microgram shots, younger participants made an average antibody concentration of 323,945, while those ages 71 and up made an average concentration of 1,128,391 antibodies. After the 100-microgram shots, those ages 56-70 made an average concentration of 1,183,066 antibodies, compared to 3,638,522 in the older group.

The antibody responses measured in the study don’t necessarily mean that people are protected from infection. Researchers won’t know whether vaccination is protective until the end of the phase III trial, which is underway. But they are an encouraging sign.

“We were happy to see that the 100-microgram dose generated similar antibodies to those observed in 18- to 55-year-old recipients of the vaccine,” says Evan Anderson, MD, an associate professor of pediatric infectious disease at Emory University School of Medicine. The results from the younger adults were reported in an earlier study.

It’s not clear why this vaccine appears to generate such strong antibody responses, even among the elderly. “We don’t understand exactly why these immune responses in the older adults were still robust,” he says.

The study authors write that the antibody responses seen after the second dose of the vaccine are similar to those observed in patients who had recovered from COVID-19 and who had donated their blood for convalescent plasma. But they also note that right now, we don’t have a reliable biomarker that can tell us when someone is adequately protected against the virus.

The results were published today in TheNew England Journal of Medicine.





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We Ranked The Great British Baking Show’s Creepy Cake Busts


The world may currently feel burnt, dry, and soggy-bottomed, but bakers, the tent is open. 

The Great British Baking Show has returned for another season and we in the U.S. only have to wait three days after episodes premiere in the U.K. before we get to watch them on Netflix. It’s excellent news for us all, because sometimes there is nothing in the world more comforting than watching a bunch of frazzled bakers compete for a handshake from a man with the real name of Paul Hollywood

A couple things had to change for 2020, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of going home during the week in between filming each episode, the bakers lived in a “Bake Off Bubble” for seven weeks, adding a whole extra element to the competition since they’re isolated from their families. Matt Lucas also joined the show as a new co-host, replacing Sandi Toksvig, and so far he’s fitting right in.

Even with a few changes, the show remains the same comforting slice of happiness it’s always been…except for one thing. 



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