Live: Daily Coronavirus News Updates, April 4: What you need to know about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world today

Many pandemic restrictions in the United States and Canada have been eased, but this did not stop protesters from gathering in front of some government officials Houses. Although vaccination and mask rules have been relaxed across the board in recent months, protests have continued outside officers’ residences in states such as Massachusetts and Nova Scotia and Alberta in Canada.

In Washington, Coyote Ridge Corrections Center north of the Tri-Cities is in the midst of the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the state prison system. The state Department of Corrections reported Friday that 186 of the 199 active cases in all of the state’s prisons are currently at the Connell facility.

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Man in Germany gets 90 COVID-19 vaccinations for the vaccination cards

A 60-year-old man in Germany is said to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in order to sell fake vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people who do not want to be vaccinated themselves.

The man from the eastern German city of Magdeburg, whose name has not been released under German data protection rules, is said to have received up to 90 vaccinations against COVID-19 at vaccination centers in the eastern state of Saxony over a period of months before criminal police caught him this month, the German reported dpa news agency on Sunday.

The suspect was not arrested, but is being investigated for the unauthorized issue of vaccination cards and forgery of documents, dpa reported.

He was caught at a vaccination center in Eilenburg, Saxony, showing up for a COVID-19 vaccination for the second day in a row. The police confiscated several empty vaccination cards from him and initiated criminal proceedings.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the impact of the roughly 90 shots of COVID-19 vaccines, which came from different brands, was on the man’s personal health.

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– Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press

How long is COVID accelerating a revolution in medical research

The experiences of patients with long COVID are driving a revolution in research, not just for COVID but for many other conditions as well. Patients who were normally just subjects in the research process become partners in it. They document their symptoms online in real time and help develop questions and strategies for surveys and eventually disseminate the results.

“We bring experiential knowledge and enough outsider’s perspective to see inefficiencies that people enmeshed in the system can’t see,” said Diana Zicklin Berrent, founder of the Survivor Corps, a patient advocacy group working with researchers at Yale and has collaborated with other medical centers.

This is the latest step in the growing understanding that partnering with patients is not only fair and just, but can also improve research. In the late 1980s, as the HIV/AIDS epidemic gathered momentum, ACT UP and other groups successfully pushed to move drugs through the development pipeline faster. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act introduced funding for patient-centred research.

At the same time, advances in technology have mobilized patients to share online emotional support and real-time data about their symptoms. These forces have combined around the long COVID, leading to studies at major medical centers like the University of South Carolina and Yale University that involve patients in every phase of the research.

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—Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post

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