Some Jewish groups blast the end of Roe as a violation of their religious beliefs : NPR

According to the Women’s Rabbinic Network, some of the religion’s most sacred texts — the Torah, the Mishnah and the Talmud — view a fetus as a soul only once it’s born.
— Read on www.npr.org/2022/06/26/1107722531/some-jewish-groups-blast-the-end-of-roe-as-a-violation-of-their-religious-belief

South Dakota governor says she will ban abortion pills prescribed online | The Hill

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) on Sunday said she will ban telemedicine appointments with abortion care providers who prescribe pills online in the GOP-controlled state in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Noem told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that she brought a bill forward in…
— Read on thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/3537363-south-dakota-governor-says-she-will-ban-abortion-pills-prescribed-online/

She cannot ban interstate commerce!

For some desperate COVID patients, lung transplants are the best chance at survival | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mr. Franklin is one of a growing number of patients who need transplants after having their lungs ravaged by the coronavirus. UPMC has so far performed six lung transplants on COVID-19 patients, including Mr. Franklin, and is evaluating several more patients. Most of them need double-lung transplants because both lungs get infected and suffer profound damage.

Nationally, about 10% of lung transplants now go to COVID-19 patients, according to data provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from the United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS. Last year, 268 out of 2,524 total lung transplants performed in the United States were due to COVID-19. In all, around 400 people across the country have received lung transplants because of the virus since the pandemic began.

A transplant is a last-resort option for patients whose lungs are irreversibly damaged. The procedure is risky and involves a lifetime of taking anti-rejection drugs that suppress the immune system. But without it, these patients would die from COVID-19 complications.

With more patients in need of lungs than there are organs available, such transplants also raise questions about how donor organs should be allocated, especially since some people who need them were unvaccinated by choice. Mr. Franklin didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine because he had questions about its safety and effectiveness.

“It might be one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made,” he said.

Source: For some desperate COVID patients, lung transplants are the best chance at survival | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Avian Flu Diary: EID Journal: Early SARS-CoV-2 Reinfections within 60 Days and Implications for Retesting Policies

During the first two years of COVID, reinfection – while it was well documented – was fairly rare. But after antigenically highly divergent Omicron variant(s) emerged in late 2021, reinfections – and vaccine breakthrough infections – have soared.
As a result, some of the assumptions about reinfections and the duration of immunity following infection (and vaccination) that worked reasonably well with the first 3 COVID variants (D614G, Alpha & Delta) may no longer apply.

Source: Avian Flu Diary: EID Journal: Early SARS-CoV-2 Reinfections within 60 Days and Implications for Retesting Policies