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    (CBS Local/CBS Miami) – With 46 cases, Florida has more instances of the UK COVID-19 variant than any other state in the U.S., according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. California is second on the list with 40 reported cases. Colorado is third with six, according to the CDC’s data. Nationwide, there are 122 cases, compared to 52 earlier this month. The U.K. variant, also known as B.1.1.7., is thought to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the original strain, however, the CDC says there is no evidence that it’s more deadly. On Jan. 4, South African health officials announced they also detected a new, seemingly more contagious strain but for now, the UK variant was the only new strain discovered in Florida. In addition, scientists are confident so far that the current Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will still work against the known variant strains. The Florida...
    (CNN)The Navajo Nation has identified 75 communities with an "uncontrolled spread" of Covid-19 in the first two weeks of January, according to a Tuesday news release. That's more than double the number of communities with uncontrolled spread the Nation had identified in November. At the time, Navajo leaders said the spread was "largely due to travel off the Navajo Nation and family gatherings."The Navajo Nation faces a battle to protect its elders and traditions as Covid-19 deaths spikeNow, they expressed concern about Covid-19 variants circulating in the US. "With more and more reports of the COVID-19 variant being reported in various regions, we must continue to take all precautions," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. "I am hopeful that we are beginning to see a downward trend, but that depends on the actions of all of us."Read More"We all have a part to play in bringing down...
    President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held a memorial in front of the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool Tuesday night as a way to mourn the loss of more than 400,000 Americans who died from the COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has caused plenty grief as cases surged during the winter. According to the Associated Press, Biden said that though it’s “hard sometimes to remember,” it’s “how we heal.” Other cities participated in the memorial by dimming lights as they did in Chicago or by lighting up building in the color of amber. Biden also invited others to ring church bells at 5:30 p.m. as part of the remembrance. Locally, San Jose and San Francisco lit up their City Hall in amber. Levi’s Stadium and Grace Cathedral adopted the colors as well. The photo gallery below shows others joining the national memorial. San Jose San Jose City Hall is lit...
    By Bill Barrow and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for Americans lost. His arrival coincided with the awful news that the U.S. death toll had surpassed 400,000 in the worst public health crisis in more than a century — a crisis Biden will now be charged with controlling. “To heal we must remember,” the incoming president told the nation at a sunset ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. Four hundred lights representing the pandemic’s victims were illuminated behind him around the monument’s Reflecting Pool. “Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights into the darkness … and remember all who we lost,” Biden said. The sober moment on the eve of Biden’s...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for Americans lost. His arrival coincided with the awful news that the U.S. death toll had surpassed 400,000 in the worst public health crisis in more than a century — a crisis Biden will now be charged with controlling. “To heal we must remember,” the incoming president told the nation at a sunset ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. Four hundred lights representing the pandemic’s victims were illuminated behind him around the monument’s Reflecting Pool. “Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights into the darkness … and remember all who we lost,” Biden said. The sober moment on the eve of Biden’s inauguration — typically a celebratory time in Washington when...
    More On: joe biden Wall Street ready for Janet Yellen’s return to economic power Lockdowns don’t work and other commentary Tony Blinken says ‘Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China’ All the singers and celebrities performing at Joe Biden’s inauguration WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris paid tribute to the nation’s 400,000 COVID-19 victims at a memorial in Washington, DC, marking the grim milestone before being sworn into office on Wednesday. The president-elect’s first stop after arriving in the nation’s capital was to the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial where 400 lights have been erected to reflect the lives lost to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Biden and Harris, who were joined by incoming first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, both delivered solemn remarks punctured by a performance of “Amazing Grace” by Lori Marie Key, a 29-year old nurse from Michigan who...
    As the nation approaches the one-year mark of the first life lost to COVID-19, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is asking residents to join him and other local leaders in a citywide memorial service for those who have lost their lives to the devastating COVID-19 disease. At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, San Joseans are asked to put down their devices, pause their conversations and remember the community members who are no longer with — a harsh result of a global pandemic that has swept across the nation and torn apart families and communities in its wake. Beginning at 5:25 p.m., Mayor Sam Liccardo will speak briefly and then hold a moment of silence from his Facebook page. At that same time, prominent buildings and professional sports stadiums across the city will be lit up in remembrance. “Our community has endured much grieving, as we remember the many friends, loved ones, and...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The looming fear of more violent riots leading up to Inauguration Day, on top of COVID-19 concerns, can take a toll on your mental health.The nation and the world all saw what took place in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, and now with federal and state officials taking precautions at all 50 state Capitols, the anticipation can be stressful.RELATED: 2019 most stressed states in the US"Research studies that show that news events can result in real trauma, where watching the news constantly that repeated exclusive videos, in and of itself can almost mimic what it's like to go through a real-life, traumatic event," said Dr. Aderonke Pederson.Dr. Pederson is an instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She said three-quarters of Americans said the future of the country in the political climate was a significant source of stress.RELATED: Stressed out? Your...
    UK coronavirus cases rose by 38,598 today as the death toll grew by a further 671. A total of 3,395,959 people have now caught the bug in Britain while 89,261 have died since the start of the pandemic. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Ambulances drop off patients and then wait for assignments at the Royal London Hospital in WhitechapelCredit: Alamy Live News Last Sunday, 54,940 new infections were recorded, along with 563 deaths. The grim figures come as the nation wages war on Covid-19, completing a total of 3,857,266 vaccinations in England between December 8 and January 16. Of those, 3,365,492 were first doses of the vaccine and 426,102, were second doses. It comes as... Lockdown set to be lifted in March but ‘it won’t happen in one big bang’ and Tiers system will return, says Dominic Raab...
    Several Brazilian politicians, including President Jair Bolsonaro and Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, have admitted that the country’s healthcare system is nearing collapse in several regions due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to CNN, the admission from Brazilian leaders comes after the South American nation was rocked by reports that patients were dying from asphyxiation after stores of oxygen are close to running out in both the city of Manaus and its larger state of Amazonas. Demand for oxygen has jumped by 500 percent over the past two weeks alone. “I would say yes, there is a collapse in healthcare in Manaus. The line to get a hospital bed has grown a lot, today we have about 480 people waiting in line. And the reality is that there is a lower supply of oxygen — not an interruption, but a lower supply of oxygen,” confessed Pazuello while on a video...
    COVID-19 is everywhere – or is it? As odd as it sounds, there are 11 countries that have remained pandemic-free since the coronavirus ravaged the rest of the world. Not shockingly, they are Pacific island nations with little to no outside traffic and who locked down early, banning all international visitors from their shores. The 11 countries, according to the Star, who have not logged one case of COVID are: The Cook Islands Population: 17,000 Precautions included school closings on Rarotonga, the most populous of the country’s 15 islands, and encouraged social distancing in public – but after a few weeks, life went back to normal. Tuvalu Population: 11,500 Borders were closed immediately with a strict two-week quarantine imposed on anyone entering the country. Tonga Population: 104,000 Early on, this island nation rerouted cruise ships and implemented a ban on international travel. Pitcairn Islands Population: 50 Populated entirely by the...
    BRITS are fed up to the back teeth with Covidiots bending the rules. As our poll finds today, most want cops to crack down much harder on reckless imbeciles who put lives at risk. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Athena Picture Agency 4 Most people want cops to crack down much harder on reckless imbeciles who put lives at risk, according to our poll PA:Press Association 4 Boris Johnson has handled the crisis much better than EU or American leaders Just 12 per cent said the authorities had been too harsh, while 52 per cent said the police had not been tough enough in enforcing restrictions. With the NHS at breaking point, the public is rightly in no mood to tolerate anyone who plays fast and loose with the nation’s health. The supermarket giants must also play their part to...
    (CNN)States are racing to get Covid-19 vaccine supplies and distribution in order as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Friday of more contagious variants of coronavirus potentially exacerbating the spread.CDC officials implored Americans to continue with preventative measures against the coronavirus, while highlighting the variant first identified in Britain known as B.1.1.7.The B.1.1.7 variant appears to more readily infect human cells and one CDC simulation of its transmissibility raised concerns that it could become the most dominant form of coronavirus in March. New, contagious coronavirus variant could worsen pandemic, CDC warnsThe CDC called for continued and aggressive vaccine distribution to try and stem the tide. "Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public," CDC researchers warned.On Friday, 3,258 people died of Covid-19 in the US, as the total number of deaths from the pandemic edged closer to 400,000. The nation also recorded...
    The Centers for Disease Control has published several fact sheets and information online to inform health care administrators about the COVID-19 vaccine, including a list of people who should not take it. On Thursday, the CDC reported that Texas has administered more doses than any other state so far. On the CDC website, fact sheets for health care providers administering the vaccine and for recipients and caregivers are provided, along with full prescribing information, instructions about vaccine storage, and adverse event reporting. Both the CDC and Pfizer-BioNTech, which produced and distributed the first approved COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., state multiple times that the vaccine “has not been approved or licensed by the FDA.” It has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization for individuals 16 years of age and older. A six-page fact sheet for health care providers states that...
    The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccination to include older citizens across the United States has led to bottlenecks, computer system failures, and resentment in many states due to overwhelming demand for the vaccines. MiamiMundo / Apnews The Mississippi Department of Health stopped accepting appointments the same day it began due to a “monumental spike” in applications. People had to wait hours to book their vaccinations through a state website or toll-free number on Tuesday and Wednesday, and many were pulled from the site due to technical problems and had to start the process over. In California, counties were begging for more doses of the vaccine to reach millions of their elderly citizens. Hospitals in the south of the state ran out of available appointments in a matter of hours. Telephone lines collapsed in Georgia. Until a few days ago, health workers and nursing home patients had been prioritized in most...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a whopping $1.9 trillion economic recovery plan for digging out of the coronavirus-fueled economic downturn that he’ll pitch to Congress as one of his first acts as commander in chief. The big-spending bailout, which he’s calling the American Rescue Plan, proposes $1,400 checks for most Americans, an extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September and a national vaccination program as local distribution rates continue to fall short. “The crisis of deep human suffering is in plain sight. There’s no time to waste. We have to act and we have to act now,” Biden said in a speech from Wilmington, Del., on Thursday evening in which he called for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to help him pass his ambitious plan. “This is what economists are telling us. More importantly, it is what the values we hold dear in our...
    President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation from Wilmington, DE on Thursday evening, pledging to direct additional resources to speed up distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, which he criticized as a “dismal failure” so far, and promised 100 million shots would be given in his first 100 days as president. Biden praised the bipartisan Covid relief package that Congress passed in December, calling it “a very important first step,” but said it was “just a down payment.” “We need more action, more bipartisanship, and we need to move quickly,” Biden said, adding that his plan would “aggressively” speed up America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The vaccines offer so much hope, and we’re grateful to the scientists and researchers and everyone who participated in the clinical trials,” Biden continued. “But the vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure thus far.” Biden described his goal as “100 million shots at the end of my first 100 days as...
    President-elect Joe Biden will address the nation at around 7:15 p.m. EST on Thursday night to discuss the raging Covid-19 pandemic and sluggish vaccine distribution, as well as a reported $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill to combat the continuing economic crisis. Watch the address above, via PBS NewsHour.     Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Here’s what’s happening Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August, offering evidence that the resurgent virus has caused a spike in layoffs. The Labor Department issued the latest figures for jobless claims, which remain at levels never seen until the virus struck in March. Before the pandemic, weekly applications typically numbered around 225,000. Last spring, after nationwide shutdowns took effect, applications for jobless benefits spiked to nearly 7 million — 10 times the previous record high. — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus action plan aims to bring new urgency to the nation’s vaccination campaign coupled with another round of economic relief. The Biden plan being unveiled Thursday comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s deadliest wave yet. More than 385,000...
    (CNN)The US may be struggling to vaccinate citizens against coronavirus, but pharmacy chains say they can help speed up the balky rollout.Pharmacists nationwide will have the capacity to administer 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine once supply is available, Steven Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Wednesday."Based on conservative assumptions, pharmacies have the capacity to meet the demand for 100 million vaccine doses in one month when that level of the vaccine supply is available," Anderson told reporters on a phone call Wednesday. As sites shift from Covid-19 testing to vaccinations, health officials warn balance is neededSo far, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US has vaccinated only about 10 million people, and distributed just over 29 million doses of vaccine. States say they are struggling to vaccinate people, in part because of lack of public health...
    THE US has set another Covid death record on Tuesday with nearly 4,500 in 24 hours as the total death toll has now surpassed the past 10 flu seasons combined. The nation on Tuesday surpassed 380,000 total deaths since the first case of Covid was detected in the US in January of 2020. 5Covid cases in the US have continued to skyrocket in the past month 5The US logged another grim milestone in the ongoing pandemic on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty The grim milestone comes as the US is averaging more than 3,000 deaths each day for the first time since the pandemic began. The numbers continue to skyrocket across the nation, as the latest figures show 230,000 people tested positive for the virus in the country on Tuesday. Health experts did warn that there would be a surge in Covid cases following the holidays, since many Americans...
    DR Anthony Fauci has warned that there is a "possibility" that the US has its own super-contagious Covid strain as the nation continues to experience a massive spike in infections. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said that the recent spike in cases is similar to that seen in the UK, after a super-contagious strain of the virus was first detected there. 4Fauci said the US may have its own mutant strain of the virusCredit: ABC 4The coronavirus has killed more than 379,000 Americans "It could be a possibility that we have our own mutant that's being more easily transmissible," Fauci told the Washington Post on Monday. "We don't know. We're looking for it," he added. "If you look at the slope of our curve, which is very steep, it looks a bit like the curve in the UK." Fauci's concerning comments come as the US continues...
    Almost a month into receiving COVID-19 vaccines, only 147,645 Minnesotans have received a shot — 37% of the nearly 400,000 doses allocated to the state. That means the state's providers have given first doses of the two-dose vaccine to 30% of the 500,000 health care workers and long-term care residents prioritized first in the vaccination schedule. Almost 400,000 doses have been allocated to Minnesota registered provider sites, but that doesn’t mean all those doses are in the state or are currently available to providers. Last week, Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the slow vaccine rollout and cited logistics challenges and reporting delays as explanations. “If you are thinking the pace is too slow, I’m right there with you,” Walz said Wednesday, adding that the state has been promised another 66,000 doses by Monday. It’s unclear how long it will take to vaccinate the state’s 5.6 million...
    The Cherokee Nation has prioritized native language speakers for the coronavirus vaccine as its population dwindles in the wake of spiking COVID infections. The nation, which is primarily located in northeastern Oklahoma, is prioritizing the last 2,000 members for the COVID vaccine who can speak in the Cherokee language fluently in an effort to preserve their culture, CNN reported Tuesday. Native speakers are being vaccinated alongside health care workers after the first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in December, CNN reported, with vaccinations for those 65 and older beginning earlier this month. Around 600 speakers have been vaccinated so far, with a goal of having half of the speakers vaccinated by the end of the week. Only about 2,000 people in the world can speak the Cherokee language fluently. As Covid-19 spread, that number began to dwindle. Now the Cherokee Nation is prioritizing vaccinations for Cherokee speakers in an...
    (CNN)Even before the pandemic hit, the Cherokee Nation was dealing with a crisis: the potential disappearance of its native language.Only about 2,000 people alive on this earth can speak the Cherokee language fluently. And as Covid-19 began to spread, that number started to dwindle.So when the Cherokee Nation began receiving shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine, the tribal government identified Cherokee speakers as among the first groups to be eligible for the shot."When you lose a speaker and you're a tribe that has only 2,000 fluent speakers left, you've lost something that isn't just irreplaceable, as all life is, but is really a national treasure," Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. told CNN. "Whether they survive and whether they pass down their knowledge will help determine in a couple of generations if there is a Cherokee language left."Vaccinating Cherokee language speakers alongside frontline health care workers is just the latest effort the...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Some state are opening football stadiums, major league parks and convention centers, here in North Texas the fairgrounds in Dallas is the site of the first COVID-19 vaccination hub. The so-called mega-centers are meant to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people. After a frustratingly slow rollout involving primarily health care workers and nursing home residents, states are moving on to the next phase before the first one is complete, making shots available to such groups as senior citizens, teachers, bus drivers, police officers and firefighters. Similarly, in Britain, where a more contagious variant of the virus is raging out of control and deaths are soaring, seven large-scale vaccination sites opened Monday at such places as a big convention center in London, a racecourse in Surrey and a tennis and soccer complex in Manchester. Across the U.S., where the outbreak has entered its most...
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune returned Sunday to Germany, where he spent two months for treatment of a COVID-19 infection, this time to treat a related foot problem, the presidency announced. The complication from the coronavirus infection was initially to be treated during his stay, cut short by pressing presidential issues at home, the statement said. Tebboune, 75, disappeared from the radar of his North African nation after leaving for treatment Oct. 28. The name of the clinic caring for him was never announced and he spoke to the nation only shortly before his return Dec. 29. Before boarding a plane to Germany on Sunday, he said he would undergo an operation as part of follow-up care, describing the intervention as “light” and saying he would follow national issues during his brief absence. He provided no details on the operation. Tebboune thanked officials “for their mobilization, firstly...
    THIS is a war now and those of us who have known nothing but peace – everyone under the age of 76 – have struggled to get our heads around that reality. When it comes to combating, it feels like we still have our L-plates on. Too much complacency, too many cock-ups, too little comprehension that this virus wants to kill everything we love. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9Brigadier Phil Prosser, Commander of the 101 Logistic Brigade, during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus Credit: PA:Press Association How else to explain that only from next week, with almost 80,000 dead, are we going to require anyone flying into the UK to produce a negative coronavirus test?  How else to explain that there were initially concerns Public Health England — the miserable quango tasked with protecting the health of the...
    More On: jobs report US loses jobs for first time since April amid new COVID lockdowns November jobs report shows slower-than-expected numbers US adds 638K jobs in October as COVID recovery slows US economy adds 661K jobs amid COVID-19 pressure December’s grim jobs report should help President-elect Joe Biden set his priorities for his first months in office: The country needs to end the pandemic and get the US economy roaring again. Democrats’ other desires (and Republicans’!) need to take a back seat. Where economists had predicted a small employment gain of around 77,000, the nation instead lost 140,000 jobs — mainly thanks to new shutdowns as the hospitality industry took yet another hard hit. It was the first report since April to see a net jobs loss. In all, the nation has regained about half the 22 million jobs lost in the pandemic’s first two months, but the...
    On the same day that Donald Trump sent his followers to capture the Capitol and threaten the lives of lawmakers in an attempt to overthrow the nation, COVID-19 killed over 4,000 American in a single day. The 4,100 who were tallied at WorldOMeters by the end of Wednesday was, by far, a new record. That record held all the way until Thursday, when 4,200 died. Thursday also brought 261,000 new cases in a single day, also a new record. As Trump focuses on nothing but encouraging violence and protecting his own fading power, it appears that the federal government is giving zero attention to the crisis that has now killed 375,000 Americans. Nothing is being done to address the inadequate testing. Nothing is being done to provide guidance on the increased need for masks and social distancing. Nothing is being done to address the stumbling efforts to roll out vaccines. Nothing is...
    CORONAVIRUS deaths in the US have topped 4,000 for the first time. The harrowing toll continues to break records as the virus keeps a tight grip on the nation, with US Covid cases continuing to climb past 21.5million. 1Coronavirus cases in the US have surpassed 4,000 in a single day for the first timeCredit: AFP or licensors On Thursday alone, 4,085 Americans died from Covid-19, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. The nation's death toll is now 365,448, according to the count. The staggering single-day death count breaks a record from the day before. Also on Thursday, the US recorded a new record number of new infections, with almost 275,000 positive tests. As the virus continues to ravage the US, there's hope that vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna may bring some relief to the nation. Doses must be rationed in early months, however, as states prioritize jabs going...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- New tragic records continue to be set in Los Angeles County and throughout the state of California for deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19.A person in Los Angeles County now dies every eight minutes from the coronavirus, according to health officials. A person now dies every 8 minutes from #COVID19 in LA County. Stay home to save lives, always wear a mask when out for essentials and avoid gathering with people you dont live with. pic.twitter.com/unlZvXX8V9— Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA) January 7, 2021And the state of California for the first time reported a record of 1,042 deaths over a two-day period, while the nation as a whole for the first time reported more than 4,000 deaths in a single 24-hour period.In Los Angeles County, another 258 deaths were reported Wednesday.Much of the current surge started in early November after Halloween and was then accelerated by gatherings over...
    By WCCO’s Caroline Cummings MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police presence at the Minnesota State Capitol has expanded even more after Wednesday’s breach in Washington D.C. What once was a bustling state capitol building during session before the pandemic is now mostly quiet. As 2021’s regular session of the legislature began, most lawmakers were out of the building due to the pandemic, and patrol cars and a chain linked fence keeping the public away. Dozens of officers were sent to the building Wednesday, with some guarding the chamber doors. And for legislative leaders inside — including Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler — they say increased protection is welcome. “We do feel safe, but they are smart to take precautions. I don’t mind the extra safety measures in light of what we’ve seen this summer. We still have a fence around the capitol, and now...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The tacit message Florida is sending to the nation is: “Come on down to the Sunshine State for a COVID-19 vaccination vacation, but hang around for a while.” As Gov. Ron DeSantis said, people setting up appointments for COVID-19 shots shouldn’t just fly in and out of the state and cut in line ahead of residents and snowbirds who spend months in the Sunshine State. “We are discouraging people to come to Florida, just to get a vaccine,” DeSantis told reporters in Miami on Monday. “I think if they called Jackson (Memorial Hospital) and said, ‘Hey, I’m in New York, I can’t get vaccinated, can I come down,’ we would say, ‘don’t do that.’ ” But the governor also said he’s fine with people who have a seasonal residence in Florida getting in line for vaccinations, since “they’re not just kind of flying by night for a...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ranked Michigan among the worst in the nation for administering vaccines to health care workers, first responders and others who fall into the top priority for immunizations. Michigan officials say they are doing what they can to encourage more vaccinations, but some front line workers are declining to be vaccinated, according to the Detroit Free Press. CDC data released Monday that showed there have been only six other states — Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi and North Carolina — that have vaccinated fewer people per capita. The Detroit Free Press reports according to the state health department data as of Monday, Michigan received 520,150 doses of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s coronavirus vaccines — only 27 percent of those vaccine doses had been administered. This means nearly 380,000 doses remain in freezers unused. Michigan health officials told the Detroit Free...
    European Medicines Agency, the European Union’s health authority, has recommended Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine be granted conditional approval throughout the EU. "EMA has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna to prevent Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in people from 18 years of age," the EMA wrote in a statement. The announcement marks the second vaccine given a recommendation for clearance in the 27-nation European bloc, after having already approved one manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech. “This vaccine provides us with another tool to overcome the current emergency,” said Emer Cooke, executive director of EMA. With the approval recommendation from the EMA, the Moderna vaccine will be subjected to approval by the EU’s executive commission. Cooke insisted that the recommendation comes after a deliberative process from the EMA, noting a clinical trial of approximately 30,000 participants proved the efficacy of the Moderna vaccine. “As for all medicines, we will closely...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European Union medicines agency recommends approval of Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the 27-nation bloc. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nearly two weeks after most other European Union nations, the Netherlands on Wednesday began its COVID-19 vaccination program, with nursing home staff and frontline workers in hospitals first in line for the shot. Sanna Elkadiri, a nurse at a nursing home for people with dementia, was the first to receive a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Veghel, 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of the capital, Amsterdam. The Dutch government has come under fierce criticism for its late start to vaccinations. Prime Minister Mark Rutte told lawmakers in a debate Tuesday that authorities had focused preparations on the easy-to-handle vaccine made by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, which has not yet been cleared for use in the EU, and not the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge did not comment on the criticism as he spoke before Elkadiri rolled...
    A massive number of residents have fled the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area amid the COVID-19 pandemic — more than any region in the country, a sobering moving company survey reveals. The United Van Line’s annual moving survey for 2020 found that New Jersey led all states with 70 percent of people involved in moving fleeing the Garden State, while only 30 percent moved in. New York state was tied for second worst with Illinois — with departures accounting for 67 percent of all moves between March and October. Not far behind was neighboring Connecticut, where 63 percent of all moves were residents leaving the Nutmeg State. But the exodus for the greater New York City metropolitan region was even worse. In Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, 81 percent of the moves through United Van Lines were outbound trips — up from 74 percent in 2019 —...
    RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- Governor Gavin Newsom says the speed at which people are being vaccinated for coronavirus in California is "not good enough."Monday, the Department of Consumer Affairs granted a waiver for dentists to administer the vaccine. This is one of many ideas out there to help speed things up.I-TEAM: CA doctor says vaccine distribution not going as planned, doses delayed for vulnerable communities"When is it going to be distributed to the public? We're in January already," says Nelda Welten of Richmond, California.Welten is referring to the COVID-19 vaccine and a rollout that some are calling very slow.Nine of Welten's family members have died from COVID-19 complications in Texas as she dealt with the virus personally in California.She says none of her Texas family members had any pre-existing conditions that she knew about and range in age from 31 to 62.VIDEO: Gov. Gavin Newsom explains why COVID-19 vaccine rollout...
    BORIS Johnson has tonight ordered everyone in England to stay at home until mid-February as he launched an emergency shutdown to try and save Britain's NHS. In a dramatic escalation in the fight against Covid, the PM ordered the closure of all schools and non-essential shops for at least the next six weeks. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Boris announced a new national lockdown in a sobre message to the nationCredit: PA:Press Association Lockdown at a glance From tonight, stay at home until mid-February (all of England) Law to come in when regulations will be laid tomorrow All schools shut until Feb half term Nurseries and special schools to stay open Kids continue to see both parents if they are divorced All shielders should stay home as in Tier 4  Non essential retail to shut if they haven't already No takeaway...
    Inflatable Christmas tree costume linked to 44 COVID-19 infections and one death at California hospital Three Kings Day: Are businesses missing out on the second Christmas? Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress & Anxiety Away Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The Surgeon General Just Issued This Stark Warning About COVID A new year may have begun, but many of 2020's problems are still carrying over. As many medical experts feared, the pandemic is continuing to grow into record-breaking territory. In December, new COVID infections in the U.S. rose more than 40 percent from November, which had seen more than twice as many cases as any previous month since the pandemic started, according to a USA Today analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. Similarly, the country reported more deaths...
    By Danica Kirka and Anruddha Ghosal | Associated Press The campaign to vanquish the coronavirus is picking up speed, with Britain beginning to dispense the second vaccine in its arsenal Monday. But authorities in France and elsewhere in Europe are coming under fire for slow rollouts and delays. In the U.S., meanwhile, government officials reported that vaccinations have accelerated markedly after a sluggish start. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said over the weekend that 1.5 million shots were administered in 72 hours, bringing the total over the past three weeks to about 4 million. Britain on Monday became the first nation to start using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, ramping up its nationwide inoculation campaign amid soaring infection rates blamed on a new and seemingly more contagious variant of the virus. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first shot at Oxford...
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 146 additional known cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths. The figures reported by tribal health officials late Sunday increased the tribe’s totals since the pandemic began to 23,728 cases and 819 deaths. The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick. The Navajo reservation has been under a 57-hour weekend lockdown that began Friday evening and ended Monday morning. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that it could not be emphasized enough the importance of staying home and abiding by a mask mandate. He added following these measures was crucial since some areas of Arizona do not have similar steps in place. The reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Copyright...
    A man receives a nasal swab COVID-19 test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid a coronavirus surge in Southern California on December 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images Three states across the U.S. have now identified cases of the new coronavirus strain in people with no travel history, a sign that the variant could already be spreading unknowingly among Americans. Florida health officials on Thursday announced that they found the state's first case of Covid-19 with the new, more infectious virus variant. The man, who lives in the county just north of West Palm Beach, is in his 20s with no history of traveling, the Florida Department of Health said in a Twitter post. The Florida man is among the first handful of people to be diagnosed with the new variant, known as B.1.1.7., first identified in the United Kingdom....
    (CNN)Native Americans are losing their elders to Covid-19. As death tolls continue to climb, tribes are struggling to protect some of their last remaining knowledge and language keepers. "Every time one of those elders leaves this world, it's like a whole library, a whole beautiful chapter of our history, of our ceremonies -- all that knowledge, gone," Clayson Benally, a member of Navajo Nation, said. "It's not written, it's not dictated, you're not going to find it on the internet."Native Americans were already decimated by a virus. Theyre scared it could happen againSelf-isolating in their Flagstaff, Arizona, homes, Clayson and his sister Jeneda Benally have been working to pass on the knowledge of their elder father, Jones Benally, during the pandemic. "I take it as the greatest responsibility I've ever had in my life to make sure that our knowledge keepers, to make sure that my parents, come out on...
    Savannah Rychcik January 1, 2021 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is hopeful 2021 will be a year when Americans can come together and tackle the challenges facing the nation. “The challenges we face as a nation will not disappear overnight, but as we look forward to the start of a new year, I’m filled with fresh hope about the possibilities of better days to come,” Biden tweeted on Thursday. He added, “After a year of pain and loss, let us unite, heal, and rebuild in 2021.” The challenges we face as a nation will not disappear overnight, but as we look forward to the start of a new year, I’m filled with fresh hope about the possibilities of better days to come. After a year of pain and loss, let us unite, heal, and rebuild in 2021.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 31, 2020 His message he...
    (CNN)As the US ushered in 2021, more than 125,300 Covid-19 patients remained hospitalized -- another record for the fourth day in a row. The high count is a grim reminder that even with 2020 behind us, the pandemic continues to ravage parts of the country. And some local leaders warn the worst is still ahead. "We are still going to have our toughest and darkest days," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told CNN.Los Angeles County, as well as state state of California, have battled brutal surges of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the past weeks, which in part were driven by Thanksgiving gatherings, health officials said. The surging hospitalizations in the county are pushing hospitals to the "brink of catastrophe," said Dr. Christina Ghaly, Los Angeles County Health Services director.With Covid-19 hospitalizations rising, California doctor says sometimes beds only open up when patients dieIn Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp said a...
    Joe Biden's inauguration will include a tribute to those who lost their lives to the coronavirus with church bells ringing across the nation and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminated.  It will the first time the pool, which is located on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial, will be lit to memorialize American lives lost.  Biden's Presidential Inaugural Committee invited other cities to join in the tribute in a national moment of unity and remembrance, which will take at 5:30 p.m. ET on January 19 - the evening before Biden takes the oath of office. Cities are encouraged to light their own buildings and ring church bells as part of the ceremony, which will be led by Biden on the National Mall.  The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be lit up the night before Joe Biden's inauguration to pay tribute to those who lost their lives to COVID...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is planning a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to honor those killed by the coronavirus the day before he is sworn into office on Jan. 20. The Presidential Inaugural Committee said Thursday that it would hold the event the evening of Jan. 19, calling it the “first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost.” It is also inviting communities around the country to join Washington in lighting up buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. in “a national moment of unity and remembrance.” "In the midst of a pandemic — when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors — it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in the nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is planning a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to honor those killed by the coronavirus the day before he is sworn into office on Jan. 20. The Presidential Inaugural Committee said Thursday that it would hold the event the evening of Jan. 19, calling it the “first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost.” It is also inviting communities around the country to join Washington in lighting up buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. in “a national moment of unity and remembrance.” “In the midst of a pandemic — when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors — it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in the nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to...
    WESTWOOD (CBS) – It started at noon then rippled across the state and the nation: church bells ringing in remembrance of all the lives lost to COVID-19. “Let’s face it, there was a lot of sadness this year,” says Father Paul Soper of Saint Margaret Mary Church in Westwood.”People lost a lot, and most importantly, a lot of folks lost family members.” The bells at St. Margaret tolled for 15 minutes as parishioners stood silently outside. “As an individual, I think you often feel there’s not much you can do to contribute, to help stop it or to let those folks know who have lost someone that the community does care about them,” said Mike Raftery. At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, the sound of the bells rang across the South End. Cardinal Sean O’Malley said, “We’re tolling the bells to recall the 330,000 Americans who have...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Yes, 2020 was a terrible year for live music. After a promising start, the entire industry shut down in mid-March as concerts were canceled and venues went dark; music-industry workers lost their jobs and scrambled to pay rent. But there were some bright spots in the darkness: Industry insiders united, musicians found new ways to create, and much of the scene showed up for the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are the ten biggest music stories of 2020: Related Stories The Ten Biggest Arts and Culture Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020 How Bandmates From Denny & the Way Outs Reunited Over Cancer The Beginning of the EndAs February bled into March, COVID-19 started...
    Amid boasts from Russian President Vladimir Putin about the country's success in keeping the nation's COVID fatality rate low, new statistics released by the government show a tripled death toll over what has been reported up until this point. New numbers released on Monday by Rossat, the state statistical agency, report that deaths from all causes in the nation rose by 229,732 from January to November over the same time period last year, according to multiple news outlets that analyzed the data. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said during a briefing on Monday that more than 81% of that increase was due to COVID-19, meaning at least 186,000 Russians died during that period due to the virus. Up until this point, Russia has only reported about 55,000 coronavirus deaths. As of Tuesday afternoon, the website containing the new statistics was inaccessible. When the link is clicked, a...
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 122 new coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths. The latest figures released Sunday by the Navajo Department of Health bring the total number of cases on the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 22,277. The death toll from the pandemic now stands at 777. According to the tribe, 11,402 people have recovered from COVID-19. The Navajo Nation renewed a mandated lockdown Monday requiring all residents to stay home except for emergencies, shopping for essentials like food and medicine or traveling to an essential job. The lockdown is slated to last until Jan. 11. The tribe also issued full weekend lockdowns for the weekend after New Year's Day and the weekend starting Jan. 8. Essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants can only operate Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Copyright 2020...
    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has become the latest European country to report a case of the more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain. Health officials said Monday that a Finnish citizen who had recently arrived from Britain for a Christmas holiday was diagnosed with the new COVID-19 variant in the southeast Kymenlaakso region over the weekend. The person’s recent connections were traced and his family members have been isolated. Finnish health officials said they believed the variant hasn’t spread further. Authorities have urged all those who arrived from Britain since Dec. 7 to get a coronavirus test. Last week, Finland halted all scheduled flights with Britain until early January. Nordic neighbours Sweden and Norway reported their first cases of the new COVID-19 variant on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Denmark reported its first such case earlier in December.
    HUGE efforts to develop a home-grown Covid-19 vaccine have “paid off” — with the new Oxford jab expected to get approval as early as Monday. The UK’s Vaccines Minister told The Sun on Sunday the massive effort had been heroic and displayed “the best of British at every stage”. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5The new Oxford jab is expected to get approval as early as MondayCredit: AFP or licensors 5Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said 'the heroic efforts of the team at the University of Oxford have paid off'Credit: Alamy Live News Our world-leading scientists have led the round-the-clock lab to jab mission and have delivered in nine months what normally takes years. Now regulators have been passed the full data package for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The rescue mission, with huge input from researchers and engineers across the UK, will deliver...
    More On: Coronavirus Scientists start new trial for COVID-19 antibody treatment Dems fear possibility that COVID will cost Pelosi her job County closed for Christmas instead of giving COVID vaccines Man wins $250K after losing job and dad to COVID-19 The new coronavirus strain blamed for the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the UK has escaped to the rest of the world. Cases of the more-contagious mutation of the virus that sent much of the UK into a near lockdown before Christmas have been confirmed not only in multiple European countries, but also in Japan and Australia. Japan identified five cases with the UK strain, all in people who recently arrived from the UK, The Guardian reported. The five people have been quarantined, but the strain’s presence is concerning in a country that was successful quelling COVID in the early days of the pandemic and is seeing a rapid...
    ABC Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and her Bachelor Nation beau Jason Tartick have contracted the coronavirus. Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and her Bachelor Nation beau Jason Tartick took to Instagram on December 24 to reveal they have contracted the coronavirus. According to the couple, they had been quarantining to see family over the holidays. During that time they allowed one person to come over for work after multiple days of getting tested for COVID-19. She found out a test the morning of her visit was positive after having already left the couple. Now, Tartick and Bristowe are exhibiting symptoms. Tartick described his symptoms as a fever, aches and sleep sweats. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jason Tartick (@jason_tartick) “I know so many people are suffering and going through so much. This 2020 year has been about overcoming things, this will be something...
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 157 new coronavirus cases but no additional related deaths. The latest figures reported Wednesday by the Navajo Department of Health bring the total number of cases on the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 21,513. The death toll from the pandemic remains at 755. According to the tribe, 11,292 people have recovered from COVID-19. The Navajo Nation remains in a three-week lockdown requiring all residents to stay home except for emergencies, shopping for essentials like food and medicine or traveling to an essential job. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says residents must not become complacent just because frontline health care workers on the reservation have started receiving recently approved vaccines. He implored people to not gather over the holidays with anyone outside their own household. Nez and other officials were scheduled to hold an online town...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday announced a third national lockdown in an effort to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases. Netanyahu said that the new restrictions would start on Sunday evening and remain in place for 14 days if the cabinet approves, according to Reuters. Under the proposed restrictions, travel would be limited, schools would shut down partially and shops and businesses would close. Residents would also be limited to travelling only one kilometer from their homes unless they are commuting to work or buying essential goods, such as groceries, Reuters noted. The nation's Christian population would be restricted to celebrating Christmas with prayer and worship in gatherings of 10 people or less in indoor spaces and no more than 100 people in outdoor spaces. News of the lockdown comes just as Israel has begun to roll out its coronavirus vaccine. Netanyahu received the nation's very first inoculation on Saturday. He encouraged others to do so as well. “That...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois so far, the most of any state in the nation, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday afternoon. As of Tuesday night, a total of 100,991 vaccine doses have been administered in Chicago and the rest of Illinois. The city oversees its own vaccination program, while the state manages vaccine distribution for the rest of the state. Pritzker said allocations from the federal government arriving this week include 23,400 Pfizer vaccine doses outside of Chicago, 15,600 Pfizer doses in Chicago, and another 37,050 Pfizer doses set aside specifically for long-term care facility residents and staff outside Chicago. Illinois also expects 174,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, with another 48,000 doses expected for the city of Chicago. Meantime, the Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 6,762 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, as well...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois so far, the most of any state in the nation, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday afternoon. As of Tuesday night, a total of 100,991 vaccine doses have been administered in Chicago and the rest of Illinois. The city oversees its own vaccination program, while the state manages vaccine distribution for the rest of the state. Pritzker said allocations from the federal government arriving this week include 23,400 Pfizer vaccine doses outside of Chicago, 15,600 Pfizer doses in Chicago, and another 37,050 Pfizer doses set aside specifically for long-term care facility residents and staff outside Chicago. Illinois also expects 174,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, with another 48,000 doses expected for the city of Chicago. Meantime, the Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 6,762 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, as well...
    LIMA, Peru — Peru has passed 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infection. It is the fifth nation in Latin America to report that number as the region struggles with the pandemic’s economic and health effects. Peru’s government was quick to declare lockdown measures for its 32 million people last March as the pandemic spread in Europe. But in spite of closing its airports for almost six months and ordering most of its residents to stay at home it has struggled to contain the virus. Officials say they had recorded 1,000,153 cases as of Tuesday evening. More than 37,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Peru. That gives the Andean nation the world’s second highest per capita death toll from the pandemic, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Congress has easily passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package. It would deliver long-sought cash to...
    OPTIMISM does not come naturally to me. So you might imagine Boris’s announcement on Saturday played right into my sceptical hands. It felt like he threw me a giant, noxious cowpat from his field of befuddlement and I grudgingly caught it. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8A glimmer of light.. then Boris hurls a cowpat of gloom, says Ulrika JonssonCredit: PA:Press Association It’s been a bit of a year. Every day since March we’ve been climbing the mountain of fear and confusion. As a nation we’ve trotted tentatively on the horse of hope across fields of anticipation. Alone and isolated, we were often forced to navigate the road of despair and panic into the lane of unpredictability and unease, passing ditches of distrust and suspicion along the way. It’s been more than a bugger of a year — and it ain’t...
    OPTIMISM does not come naturally to me. So you might imagine Boris’s announcement on Saturday played right into my sceptical hands. It felt like he threw me a giant, noxious cowpat from his field of befuddlement and I grudgingly caught it. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates PA:Press Association 7 A glimmer of light.. then Boris hurls a cowpat of gloom, says Ulrika Jonsson It’s been a bit of a year. Every day since March we’ve been climbing the mountain of fear and confusion. As a nation we’ve trotted tentatively on the horse of hope across fields of anticipation. Alone and isolated, we were often forced to navigate the road of despair and panic into the lane of unpredictability and unease, passing ditches of distrust and suspicion along the way. It’s been more than a bugger of a year — and...
    MORE than half a million Brits have received a Covid jab as the NHS races to protect the nation at record pace. Boris Johnson last night celebrated the major milestone, saying the progress should give the nation “hope and confidence”. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8More than half a million Brits have now received a Covid vaccinationCredit: PA:Press Association 8The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is being offered by hundreds of GP surgeries and hospitals across the country Credit: Getty Images - Getty 8Millions of people are due to get the jab by the end of the yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty The UK was the first in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — with Maggie Keenan, 91, among the first to get it on December 8. It is now being offered by hundreds of GP surgeries and hospitals, with millions of people...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro promoted a bizarre conspiracy theory about the potential effects of the novel coronavirus vaccine during a speech with his supporters. Bolsonaro had been infected with COVID-19 earlier this year and recovered after a short illness. According to The New York Post, the president claimed that because he had already battled the virus, he would not be getting a shot as he had “antibodies” that would help protect him against a reinfection. “I’m not going to get [the vaccine]. Some say I’m setting a bad example. Hey a–hole, oh idiot, what are you saying about the bad example, I already had the virus, I already have antibodies. Why should I get the vaccine again?” Bolsonaro said. However, the Bolsonaro then descended into anti-vaxx rhetoric, which echoed his recent decision to go against his nation’s Supreme Court by declaring that no citizen would be required to take a...
    WASHINGTON -- An expert committee put people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers next in line for COVID-19 shots as a second vaccine began rolling out Sunday to hospitals, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.The developments occurred as the nation seeks to ramp up a vaccination program that only began in the last week and so far has given initial shots to about 556,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Initial shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. left a distribution center Sunday, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.WATCH: Debunking COVID-19 vaccine rumors and myths EMBED More News Videos CNN's Sanjay Gupta helps separate fact from fiction when it comes to a possible COVID-19 vaccine. Public health experts say...
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    OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Initial shipments of 2nd COVID-19 vaccine authorized in US roll out as nation works to bring pandemic under control. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 235 new COVID-19 cases plus three more virus-related deaths. In all, the tribe has reported 20,810 coronavirus cases resulting in 745 deaths since the pandemic hit the vast reservation in March. The new statistics released Saturday night came as the reservation entered the latest in a string of weekend-long lockdowns designed to limit activity that can spread the virus. Health officials said almost 190,000 people on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested and nearly 11,000 have recovered from COVID-199 Navajo Department of Health officials said 62 communities on the reservation reported new cases Friday. Communities of particular concern include Kayenta, Tonalea, Shiprock, Tuba City, Leupp, Rock Springs, St. Michaels, Tachee/Blue Gap, Tsayatoh and Cameron. The Navajo Nation remains in a three-week lockdown that requires all residents to remain home at...
    More On: COVID vaccine Owe, here we go! Running the deficit for COVID relief will haunt the nation Chicago area hospital pauses COVID-19 vaccinations following allergic reactions Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu receives COVID vaccine Staten Island teachers, parents protest mandatory COVID vaccines The first shipments of Moderna’s COVID-19 shot began leaving warehouses early Sunday — widening the vaccination effort to end the pandemic in the US. McKesson Corp, which is distributing the vaccine, said in a statement around 6 a.m. that they had kicked off the rollout of COVID-19 shots and ancillary supply kits. Shipments of the vaccine arrived at the distribution centers Saturday to be packed into containers and loaded on trucks after the Food and Drug Administration granted the drug emergency use authorization. The vaccine is expected to be rolled out to more than 3,700 locations across that nation. The US government has said that it plans to...
    More On: Coronavirus Chicago hospital pauses COVID-19 vaccinations following allergic reactions Missouri mom shares bloody images of eighth-grade son’s COVID-19 hospital room What virus? More than 1 million travelers screened by TSA Friday Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu receives COVID vaccine With COVID still raging and public officials idiotically closing vast swaths of the economy, now shouldn’t be the time to start pinching pennies with another massive pandemic relief package, as Congress is doing while this column goes to press. Or maybe it is time. The deal on the table isn’t the largest of the stimulus packages that have been passed since the pandemic started. It’s “just” $900 billion — down from the $2.2 trillion the Democrats initially pushed, and the $2.4 trillion deal reached during the early days of the pandemic. But it does raise some thorny questions: When will all this spending be paid off, and who will...
    It's right - says Paul Hunter THIS lockdown in all but name is absolutely the right thing for Boris Johnson to do. I was expecting bad news from the Prime Minister yesterday.But not THIS bad. 4New restrictions stop people travelling out of Tier 4 areasCredit: JOHN MATHER/IMAGEVIEW It means I am under no doubt whatsoever that these restrictions — including restrictions on people travelling out of Tier 4 areas — are absolutely the right thing to do. It was what Boris said that scared me more than anything else. The line that stood out for me was when he said the estimated R value could rise by 0.4 or greater. At that point, I knew we were stuffed. Sadly, this lockdown had to happen. His words, in fact, have left me feeling depressed at the stark reality of what we face. Nothing is certain other than death and taxes...
    States are receiving less vaccine than promised. We now know why. COVID-19 vaccine facts: Moderna approved, hidden costs, when you can get vaccinated Gonzaga reminds nation whos No. 1, handling No. 3 Iowa after extended COVID break The Gonzaga Bulldogs showed why they’re the No. 1 team in the country on Saturday, beating No. 3 Iowa, 99-88. No one knew how ready the Zags would be after not playing a game in 17 days and having five games either postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. It was the most anticipated matchup of the weekend, with the preseason AP Player of the Year candidate Luka Garza from Iowa and projected lottery pick Jalen Suggs from Gonzaga sharing the floor. The Zags were 3-0 heading into the game, having previously beaten Kansas, West Virginia and Auburn. Iowa was coming off a monster win against North Carolina where it made 17 threes...
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Friday reported 175 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new virus-related deaths. In all, the tribe has reported 20,569 coronavirus cases resulting in 742 deaths since the pandemic hit the vast reservation in March. The new statistics come as the reservation enters the latest in a string of weekend-long lockdowns designed to limit activity that can spread the virus. Health officials said more than 186,000 people on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested and nearly 11,000 have recovered from COVID-199 Navajo Department of Health officials said 62 communities on the reservation reported new cases Friday. Communities of particular concern include Kayenta, Tonalea, Shiprock, Tuba City, Leupp, Rock Springs, St. Michaels, Tachee/Blue Gap, Tsayatoh and Cameron. The Navajo Nation remains in a three-week lockdown that requires all residents to remain home at all...
    CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta laid into President Donald Trump for his failure to address or show empathy for the suffering amid record numbers of coronavirus deaths. On Thursday night’s edition of AC360. Acosta roasted Trump on a variety of issues as he delivered a live update to fill-in host John Berman — but made his most pointed remark about Trump’s response to the tsunami of Covid deaths wracking the country. Berman began by noting “Jim, we haven’t seen the president today, and even on Twitter, his preferred method of communication, he only mentioned the vaccine in a tweet about the stock market and stimulus talks,” and asked, “do we know what the president actually did today?” “Well John, you know how it is with short-timers, they take that long lunch, they cut out of work early,” Acosta said, and quipped “This is the president who has turned...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed Moderna Inc that it will rapidly work towards the finalization and issuance of emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, commissioner Stephen Hahn said late Thursday. Earlier in the day, a panel of external advisers to the FDA overwhelmingly endorsed emergency use of Moderna vaccine candidate, virtually assuring a second option for protecting against COVID-19 for a pandemic-ravaged nation. The FDA is expected to grant the EUA as early as late Thursday or Friday, providing another ray of hope to a nation that has lost more than 300,000 lives to COVID-19 and as record numbers of patients threaten to overwhelm U.S. hospitals and healthcare workers. (Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, United States, India, coronavirus, European Union, United Kingdom, Europe, Germany
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 287 new COVID-19 cases and one new related death. In all, the tribe now has reported 20,395 coronavirus cases resulting in 732 deaths since the pandemic began. Health officials said more than 186,000 people on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested and nearly 11,000 have recovered from COVID-19. Navajo Department of Health officials said 77 communities on the reservation still have uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus. Tribal officials have said nearly all intensive care unit beds on the reservation are being used as COVID-19 cases surge. The Navajo Nation remains in a three-week lockdown that requires all residents to remain home at all times with the exception of essential workers that are required to report to work, cases of emergencies, and to obtain essential items such as food, water...
    By MORGAN LEE and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The first doses of the coronavirus vaccine are being administered in Native American communities from the desert highlands of New Mexico to a coastal fishing tribe outside Seattle as the federal government and states rush to protect one of the most vulnerable U.S. populations. The two-pronged effort includes a massive logistical operation by the federal government's Indian Health Service focusing on vaccinating health care workers at sovereign Indigenous nation clinics across the country and urban clinics serving off-reservation Native Americans. The agency's initial allotment of about 22,000 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech arrived Monday at distribution centers on vast portions of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico and in urban places like Phoenix, where hundreds of health care workers who care for Native Americans got vaccinated on Thursday. But many tribes selected...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The first doses of the coronavirus vaccine are being administered in Native American communities from the desert highlands of New Mexico to a coastal fishing tribe outside Seattle as the federal government and states rush to protect one of the most vulnerable U.S. populations. The two-pronged effort includes a massive logistical operation by the federal government’s Indian Health Service focusing on vaccinating health care workers at sovereign Indigenous nation clinics across the country and urban clinics serving off-reservation Native Americans. The agency’s initial allotment of about 22,000 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech arrived Monday at distribution centers on vast portions of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico and in urban places like Phoenix, where hundreds of health care workers who care for Native Americans got vaccinated on Thursday. But many tribes selected a separate route to receive vaccine deliveries through state...
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 160 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day plus four more related deaths. In all, the tribe now has reported 20,095 coronavirus cases resulting in 731 deaths since the pandemic began. Health officials said more than 186,000 people on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested and nearly 11,000 have recovered from COVID-19. Navajo Department of Health officials said 77 communities on the reservation still have uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus. Tribal officials have said nearly all intensive care unit beds on the reservation are being used as COVID-19 cases surge. The Navajo Nation remains in a three-week lockdown that requires all residents to remain home at all times with the exception of essential workers that are required to report to work, cases of emergencies, and to obtain essential...
    Each day at the height of the pandemic in Peru, Ronald Marín visited a crowded, dusty cemetery to offer final prayers for dozens of victims of COVID-19, their coffins wrapped in plastic like suitcases preparing for a flight. Many had died before a priest could deliver last rites. Relatives asked if their loved ones had perished in sin. The young Venezuelan migrant lay worker tried to offer some solace, telling them that ultimately, God is merciful. “Behind every death is a family,” he says. “Behind every death is a name.” The magnitude of loss in this South American nation that for months held the grim title of first worldwide in per capita COVID-19 deaths is striking. A recent poll found that seven in 10 Peruvians know someone who died from the virus. Many know far more than just one. Marín estimates he knows at least 50. “On every block, there...
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has called the coronavirus vaccine 'a free shot of toxic waste' in a speech urging his followers not to take it.   Farrakhan, 87, was speaking virtually at the National Afrikan/Black Leadership Summit on Saturday when he made the comments.  The vaccine roll out began across the United States Monday, with intensive care nurse Sandra Lindsay in New York among the first to receive the Pfizer shot on the day the death toll from the virus hit 300,000.    But Farrakhan, whose allegedly anti-Semitic, anti-white and anti-gay comments have previously prompted the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center to label him an extremist, said: 'We are so frightened over this Covid, now they're getting us ready for this vaccine.  'Do you believe satan is concerned about vaccinating you? You trust him? After all he has done to destroy us? How could you allow him to stick...
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan discouraged viewers from getting the coronavirus vaccine, implying that it was part of a government conspiracy meant to lower the Black population. Addressing viewers at a virtual event for the National Afrikan/Black Leadership Summit, Farrakhan said Black people are “the most prone to the COVID virus," while also likening the vaccine to harmful water in Flint, Mich. WARNOCK PRAISED FARRAKHAN'S NATION OF ISLAM AS 'IMPORTANT' IN 2013 SPEECH “Now we have to survive because the death plan is in motion," Farrakhan said. He claimed that Black people suffer from coronavirus more than others because of underlying conditions like heart failure, diabetes and obesity – conditions that he said are prevalent in the Black community because “they send the worst food” to ZIP codes with large Black populations. Farrakhan went on to suggest that what people really need to combat COVID-19 is vitamin D from sunlight, not a vaccine. “Do you...