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    THE CORONAVIRUS vaccine will be available to all adults in the UK but the priority list will remain "exactly the same", meaning it could take months for all Brits to get the jab. The UK has secured enough Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs for 50 million people, in addition to the Pfizer jabs which would cover 20 million. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Vulnerable Brits are at the top of the list when it comes to the coronavirus vaccination programmeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4 Despite the large quantities of the jab available, the priority list, designed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will remain the same. This means that the most vulnerable people in society will continue to get the jab first, followed by other groups. Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the vaccine as a "great British success story" which will...
    President-elect Joe Biden says the Trump administration’s effort to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus "is falling behind, far behind." Speaking in his hometown of Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday after meeting with advisers, Biden pledged "a more aggressive effort" to get the pace of vaccinations "back on track."FAST FACTS Biden spoke on a day when coronavirus deaths in the U.S. surpassed 350,000. Trump officials leading Operation Warp Speed acknowledged that the vaccine rollout was "unlikely" to meet its goal of 20 million vaccinations by the end of the month. The president-elect also criticized the outgoing administration's lack of COVID testing for Americans, calling it "a travesty."  Biden topped his speech by cautioning that "things are going to get worse before they get better….We need to be honest, the next few weeks and months are going to be very tough, a very tough period for our nation. Maybe the toughest during this entire pandemic." Follow below for more updates on the...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military will vaccinate South Korean troops serving under a joint command against the coronavirus, South Korea's defence ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement comes after U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) requested formal talks with the South Korean defence ministry over plans to inoculate South Korean personnel who serve with the United States Army. (Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Christian Schmollinger) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: diseases, infectious diseases, South Korea, Asia
    VIDEO2:4902:49First case of highly infectious Covid variant detected in ColoradoThe News with Shepard Smith Dr. Carlos del Rio warned "The News with Shepard Smith" that the effort to vaccinate Americans needs to "change dramatically," as the United States missed its vaccination goals two weeks after Americans started receiving shots.  "If we're going to get to have every single American who needs a vaccine and wants the vaccine, vaccinated by July, we need to start vaccinating about 3 million people a day," said del Rio, who is distinguished professor of medicine at Emory University. "That is a huge effort and it's going to require a major coordinating effort and it's going to require funding." Operation Warp Speed leaders promised that the country would have 20 million doses by the end of the year. So far, states have only received 11.4 million doses and approximately 2 million Americans have received shots, according to...
    A nurse prepares a syringe with the Moderna vaccine at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 2020.Joseph Prezioso | AFP | Getty Images With only a few days to go, the United States will likely fall short of its goal to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the year's end as the nation embarks on what will be a historic campaign to inoculate hundreds of millions of people against the coronavirus by the middle of next year. Two Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have now been given emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, paving the way for the first handful of frontline health-care workers and vulnerable long-term care residents to be inoculated against the virus. The Trump administration's vaccine program, Operation Warp Speed, planned to provide 40 million doses of vaccines between the two companies by the end of the year,...
    BOSTON (AP) — Residents of two Massachusetts veterans care centers that were hit hard by the pandemic are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus starting Tuesday, state officials say. Air Force veteran Robert Aucoin, 78, is scheduled to be the first resident of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home vaccinated, according to the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Aucoin, who has lived at the state-run home since 2018, served from 1961 to 1965 and during his service worked as the control tower operator at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. World War II veteran Dominic Pitella is scheduled to be the first resident of the Chelsea Soldiers' Home to be vaccinated, state officials said. Pitella, a former cook with the 559th Air Service Group, served in the Pacific Theater during World War II in 1945. He has lived at the home since 2018. The Holyoke home had one of...
    Pharmacists and technicians at CVS and Walgreens soon will be administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to California residents and staff in long-term care facilities under a coronavirus pharmacy partnership. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state was joining the pharmacy effort Monday. In the announcement, the governor’s office said CVS and Walgreens would start with nursing homes, which will take an estimated three to four weeks, followed by vaccines for staff and residents in assisted living, residential care and other long-term care facilities. The federal program comes at no cost to the state or local governments, according to Newsom’s office. “Vaccinating those most vulnerable among us is critical to fighting this virus,” Newsom said in a statement. “By leveraging CVS and Walgreens resources, we can effectively deploy vaccines to residents and staff at our long-term care facilities, which are at higher risk of Covid transmission – and do it at no cost...
    AURORA, Colo., (CBS4) – A new effort is underway in Colorado and across the country to get more people in long-term care facilities vaccinated against the coronavirus. (credit: CBS) The mobilized effort is part of the Centers for Disease Control’s partnership with CVS, Walgreens, and Managed Health Care Associates, Inc., aimed at offering on-site COVID-19 vaccinations for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to the state, there are 225 skilled nursing facilities, as well as 917 assisted living facilities and other eligible facilities enrolled in the program. On Monday, the program began in some of those facilities. Others are scheduled to start vaccinations in the coming days and weeks. University Heights Rehab and Care in Aurora was one of the first skilled nursing facilities to begin vaccinating residents and staff. Throughout the day, CVS pharmacists methodically administered vaccine after vaccine. Dr. Gregory Gahm, Chief Medical Officer...
    WASHINGTON -- A huge study of another COVID-19 vaccine candidate is getting underway Monday as states in the U.S. continue to roll out scarce supplies of the nation's first shot options.The U.S. has authorized emergency use of two vaccines, one made by Pfizer and BioNTech and the other by Moderna, but doses will be rationed for months.The candidate made by Novavax Inc. is the fifth to reach final-stage testing in the U.S. Some 30,000 volunteers are needed to prove if this vaccine - a different kind than its Pfizer and Moderna competitors - really works and is safe."If you want to have enough vaccine to vaccinate all the people in the U.S. who you'd like to vaccinate - up to 85% or more of the population - you're going to need more than two companies," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, told The Associated Press.The study, which...
    A DEPUTY for a Virginia sheriff’s office has been fired after he allegedly claimed he was “ready to kill” anyone who tried to vaccine his children. Aaron Hoffman was fired after an internal affairs investigation was launched by the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Glendell Hill said in a statement on Saturday. 8Aaron Hoffman has been fired as a deputy with the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly making death threats on ParlerCredit: Facebook 8Hoffman also allegedly called for violence against Chief Justice John Roberts and boasted that he was waiting for a suppressor to be cleared by the ATFCredit: Facebook Hoffman allegedly wrote: “I will kill anyone that touches my children without my consent. Not a threat, but a promise!” Washington D.C. council approved a bill in October allowing children to get vaccines without parental consent, the Washington Post reported. Freelance journalist Molly Conger revealed Hoffman’s disturbing...
    ROME (AP) — European Union countries officially kick off coordinated effort to vaccinate millions against COVID-19. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Moira Warburton TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's indigenous communities have been prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine but distributing it across difficult and remote terrain will be a challenge, as authorities deploy small planes and boats to ship the drug. Canada approved drugmaker Moderna's vaccine on Wednesday, which most indigenous communities are expected to use because it remains stable at 2-8 Celsius (36-46 Farenheit) for 30 days, unlike Pfizer's, which needs to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius and is only stable for a few days after thawing. Even with more transportable vaccines, getting the doses and medical staff to the country's indigenous communities living far from major cities will be a challenge, Shannon McDonald, acting chief medical officer for British Columbia's First Nations Health Authority, said. While many communities are accessible by logging roads or plane, some are reachable only by boat. Some airports are so remote that dog sleds...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging hospitals and other facilities to vaccinate everyone for COVID-19 who qualifies, quickly. Then they should move on to the next phase of vaccinations. Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt said all of the vaccine doses should be given now to as many frontline healthcare workers who want them. Once there are no more frontline healthcare workers to vaccinate, DSHS is telling hospitals and clinics to begin Phase 1B of the vaccine plan. In Texas, that includes people who are over the age of 65 and people who are over 16 who have high-risk health conditions. Here is the full letter from Commissioner Hellerstedt: MORE FROM CBSDFW 4 Robbery Suspects Arrested After Garland AT&T Store Employees Lock Doors Keeping Them Out Texas To Deviate From CDC Recommendations On Who’s Up Next For COVID-19 Vaccinations Texas AG Ken Paxton Asked...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. is encouraging hospitals to get other health care providers vaccinated against coronavirus, including frontline EMS workers. “My message today to hospitals is to start to reach out and to work together with EMS providers and the agencies as well as other non-affiliated health care providers and work to get them vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Health Secretary Dr. Levine at a press conference Wednesday. She says so far 41,444 healthcare workers have received their first shot, and over 30,000 more Pfizer vaccines are on their way. There’s also now a second vaccine from Moderna that will be “flowing this week,” she says. Next week a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens kicks in, offering on-site vaccinations for residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities. RELATED STORIES: COVID-19 In Washington County: 19 Firefighters From Charleroi Fire Department Get...
    Texas will ignore the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions guidance on who should receive the coronavirus vaccine first, opting to provide doses for the elderly before essential workers. Texas will allow residents age 65 or older to receive the vaccine before frontline workers like police, food and agricultural workers, school staff including teachers, and public transit employees, among others. "The focus on people who are age 65 and older or who have comorbidities will protect the most vulnerable populations," Imelda Garcia, who chairs the states Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel and is associate commissioner for the Texas Department of State Health Services Division for Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services, told CNBC. "This approach ensures that Texans at the most severe risk from COVID-19 can be protected across races and ethnicities and regardless of where they work." Dr. Jen Kates, the Kaiser Family Foundations senior vice president and director of global...
    Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have reached an agreement with the federal government to deliver an additional 100 million doses of their Covid-19 by June, Pfizer said Wednesday. The purchase will provide enough supply “to vaccinate every American who wants it by June 2021,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement included in Pfizer’s announcement. The feds previously had an agreement for 100 million doses from Pfizer. The latest order brings the total number to 200 million, which will be enough for 100 million Americans to receive the two-dose vaccine. The New York Times said Wednesday the deal included a call for the federal government to invoke the Defense Production Act to assist in providing supplies and raw materials to Pfizer for production of the vaccine. Pfizer has reportedly sought greater access to materials needed to produce the vaccine since September. The company...
    The Star Tribune’s Christopher Snowbeck says, “CVS Health plans on vaccinating more than 63,000 long-term care residents and workers in Minnesota, with shots to protect against COVID-19 beginning just after the Christmas holiday. … Starting Monday, CVS Health says it will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines at long-term care facilities in 12 states before expanding the effort next week to Minnesota and 35 other states.” The AP’s Andrew Taylor writes: “Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Monday night that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill and thousands of pages of other end-of-session business in a massive bundle of bipartisan legislation as Capitol Hill prepared to close the books on the year. The bill goes to President Donald Trump for his signature, which...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs will provide coronavirus vaccinations for veterans and healthcare workers at 128 additional facilities this week, Stars and Stripes reported. Richard Stone, executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration, said the VA has ordered over 100,000 doses of the vaccine developed by Moderna, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last Friday for emergency use. The VA began administering the Pfizer vaccine at 37 medical centers last week, and will expand that number by 15. "Having a second COVID-19 vaccine will enable us to reach more facilities and vaccinate more healthcare personnel and veterans in additional parts of the country," VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement. There are 113 facilities chosen as locations to administer the vaccine, including hospitals and outpatient clinics, which were selected based on need, according to the VA. The first people to be vaccinated will be...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pharmacy chain CVS Health announced on Monday that the company will begin vaccinating more than 63,000 long-term care residents and workers across Minnesota next week. CVS Health announced that it began vaccinating long-term care residents and staff in 12 states on Monday, and expects to begin administering the shot in 36 more states, including Minnesota, on Dec. 28. The pharmacy giant expects to vaccinate 4 million residents and staff at 40,000 facilities across the country in 12 weeks. Minnesota began administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 shots to healthcare workers last week after the vaccine received emergency approval earlier this month. The state's initial shipment last week contained 46,800 doses, and state health officials expect to receive more than 33,000 this week. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 1,998 new infections and 22 deaths on Monday, the lowest number of single-day cases reported since late October. According to The COVID...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Next week, CVS Health plans to begin giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to 63,000 residents and workers in Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In a statement Monday, the Rhode Island-based company said that beginning on Dec. 28, its workers will head out to nearly 600 nursing homes and assisted living centers in Minnesota that chose CVS as their vaccination partner. Starting this week, the company plans to have teams vaccinating people and workers in long-term care facilities in 12 states. Vaccinations will begin in 36 other states, including Minnesota, next week. The company says it expects to vaccinate up to four million residents and staff at 40,000 long-term care facilities throughout the country. Those living in long-term care facilities have been disproportionately affected by the virus. In Minnesota, people in such facilities have accounted for about 65% of the state’s 4,872...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will focus first on vaccinating high-risk groups over the winter and spring before widening the inoculation to the general public, a senior health official said on Saturday. Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China's National Health Commission (NHC) and director of State Council's vaccine R&D working group, warned that China's COVID-19 prevention efforts were under increasing pressure as temperatures fall. "During the winter and spring seasons, carrying out novel coronavirus vaccination work among some key population groups is of great significance to epidemic prevention," he told a briefing. China aims to actively build group immunity, and the vaccination of high-risk groups - which include workers in the cold chain industry, customs, healthcare, markets and public transport - is just the first part of a "step-by-step programme", he added. China has included two candidate vaccines from Sinopharm and one from Sinovac Biotech Ltd in an emergency-use programme launched...
    (CNN)With a Covid-19 caseload heading toward 10 million people, India is the world's second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, trailing only the United States. But it is aiming to lift itself out of the crisis in the coming months with a massive vaccination drive -- covering in its first phase almost as many people as the entire US population.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has identified 300 million people to receive the first doses of the vaccines. The priority group is made up of 30 million health care workers, policemen, soldiers and volunteers, and 270 million vulnerable people -- mostly citizens above the age of 50 and 10 million others with serious comorbidities.The producers of three leading coronavirus vaccine candidates have applied for emergency use authorization, and all of them require two doses to provide sufficient immunity. That adds up to a total of 600 million shots, and Modi's...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County on Friday continued to embark on an ambitious mission to vaccinate thousands of frontline health care workers against COVID-19 by Christmas Day.L.A. County-USC Medical Center was among the hospitals where the Pfizer vaccine was being administered.The rollout comes as hospitals across the state have been struggling to care for patients amid diminished ICU capacity, which fell to 0% in the 11-county Southern California region earlier this week.Staff at Glendale Memorial Hospital began receiving the vaccine shot on Thursday, while nearly 600 L.A. County health care workers were vaccinated.Find out how many people may get a COVID-19 vaccine before youEMBED More News Videos ABC7 Chicago's Mark Rivera walks you through how to use the COVID-19 vaccine calculator to find your place in line to get the shot.
    (Reuters) - China is planning to vaccinate 50 million people against the coronavirus before the start of the peak Lunar New Year travel season early next year, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Beijing is planning to distribute 100 million doses of the two-dose inactivated vaccines made by Chinese firms Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech Ltd, the report said. (This story corrects company name in the second paragraph to Sinopharm from Sinopharm Group Co, an unrelated company; also changes dateline) (Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, United States, coronavirus, Hong Kong
    A survey released Thursday by New Delhi consulting firm LocalCircles found Indians increasingly reluctant to receive vaccinations for the Wuhan coronavirus as cases in India decline from their September peak. The Indian government is expected to approve several vaccines, including the Pfizer vaccine currently rolling out in the United States, within the next few weeks. “It appears some of the key reasons for the hesitancy are limited information about side effects, efficacy levels, and a growing belief in parts of the population that Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] cannot affect them because of their high immunity levels,” LocalCircles said in a statement quoted by Reuters. Some of the respondents explicitly cited their belief that parts of India are approaching “herd immunity.” The survey found 69 percent of Indians were hesitant to receive a vaccination, at least until more is known about its effectiveness and side effects.  The All India Institute of...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – As the battle over whether schools should be reopened continues to rage, a Los Angeles County supervisor is calling on teachers to be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine. L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn Wednesday sent letters to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling on teachers to be prioritized in the vaccine hierarchy in order to more quickly get students back into the classroom. “If it was ever up for debate before, this pandemic has made it clear once and for all that our classroom teachers are essential,” Supervisor Hahn wrote in the letter. “We need teachers back in their classrooms. They are essential to our kids, our families, and our economy. Our vaccine distribution plan should reflect that fact.” Specifically, Hahn is asking that teachers be moved up into Tier...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is rapidly deploying doses of the coronavirus vaccine to residents and workers at long-term care centers, setting an ambitious target of vaccinating all facilities within three weeks. The state with one of the oldest and most at-risk populations is prioritizing its care center residents alongside health workers. Officials are working with small and local pharmacies to reach long-term care communities across the rural state, leapfrogging most states that are relying on a partnership with CVS and Walgreens to kick in any day now. “We’re making progress towards being the first in the nation to vaccinate all nursing homes and assisted livings in our state,” said Marty Wright, head of the West Virginia Health Care Association, which represents nursing homes and assisted living communities. Wright said nearly 2,000 doses were administered to workers and residents across 18 care centers on Tuesday. He said pharmacies expect...
    By CUNEYT DIL, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is rapidly deploying doses of the coronavirus vaccine to residents and workers at long-term care centers, setting an ambitious target of vaccinating all facilities within three weeks. The state with one of the oldest and most at-risk populations is prioritizing its care center residents alongside health workers. Officials are working with small and local pharmacies to reach long-term care communities across the rural state, leapfrogging most states that are relying on a partnership with CVS and Walgreens to kick in any day now. “We’re making progress towards being the first in the nation to vaccinate all nursing homes and assisted livings in our state,” said Marty Wright, head of the West Virginia Health Care Association, which represents nursing homes and assisted living communities. Wright said nearly 2,000 doses were administered to workers and residents across 18 care centers on...
    The World Economic Forum (WEF) believes a management triumvirate comprising big business, central banks and government can play a “pivitol role” in the global take-up of coronavirus vaccinations. A WEF report published Tuesday points to the personal records held by big businesses as an asset in identifying those who need the vaccinations, underwritten by banking institutions and globalist organizations like the U.N.-subsidiary World Health Organization providing “tracing apps and digital health passports.” “Workplace norms and employers that encourage pandemic-time discipline, even after the vaccination programs kickoff, will play a pivotal role in driving continued positive outcomes,” the report posits. The WEF call came just hours after the Catholic church argued such a vaccine program should not be feared or countered – rather, treated as a natural course of global events. "Being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility...
    A member of the British government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has said that it could take a whole year to vaccinate the entire United Kingdom, adding that it is not known if the new vaccines will actually stop people from passing on Chinese coronavirus. While Britons might have hoped that the recent approval and rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine would have afforded them a return to normal by Spring, SAGE’s Sir Jeremy Farrar and Professor Tim Cook, an intensive care medical consult from the University of Bristol, penned a warning to the contrary in an article for the journal, Anaesthesia. “The scale of the vaccination programme should not be underestimated: 1,000 vaccination centres each vaccinating 500 people a day for five days a week, without interruptions of supply or delivery, would take almost a year to provide two doses to the UK population,” Sir Jeremy and Professor Cook wrote, according to...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- The first COVID vaccinations in New Jersey will happen at University Hospital in Newark.Governor Phil Murphy will be there in the 8 a.m. hour Tuesday to witness it. Tomorrow is a momentous day.Our heroic frontline health care workers will receive the first #COVID19 vaccinations in New Jersey at @UnivHospNewark.I will be there with @NJDeptofHealth Commissioner Persichilli, @ShereefElnahal, and others.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 14, 2020Frontline healthcare workers are first in line to get this first shipment of 76,000 shots from Pfizer which have to be stored in special ultra-cold freezers.EMBED More News VideosGovernor Phil Murphy says Tuesday will be a "momentous" day. Right now, University Hospital has the capacity for 120,000 single shots of the vaccine with another freezer on the way.Meanwhile, at Hackensack University Medical Center, Nurse Robert Robinson told Eyewitness News he contracted COVID back in the spring, and his own coworkers nursed...
    President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he would be changing a prior plan that said White House officials would be among the first to receive a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. “People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time,” the president said. People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020 National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot had previously stated, “Senior officials across all three branches of government...
    The United States began administering the newly approved coronavirus vaccine Monday, with health care workers among the first to get shots.  Critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay was the first to receive an injection in New York state, a moment heralded by outgoing President Donald Trump, who had for months pushed for rapid development of a vaccine even after downplaying the severity of the health crisis early on.    “First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations World!” Trump said on Twitter.  Super-cooled shipments of the vaccine rolled out of a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday for rapid air freight distribution to regional hubs across the United States. Pfizer developed the vaccine alongside its German partner BioNTech.  Army Gen. Gustave Perna, chief officer of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development program, said the vaccine distribution “went incredibly well. Deliveries have begun today as we speak." He said vials of...
    As the network of federal and state officials, pharmacies and health care facilities prepare for the complex distribution of the first COVID-19 vaccines, plans for giving the life-saving doses to nursing home residents are taking shape, but patient advocates still have concerns about the difficult question of consent and what to do if there is not enough to go around. Under California’s guidelines, staff and the residents of long-term care facilities are among the first groups to get the vaccines, along with workers at hospitals and health care facilities who are most at risk of exposure to the coronavirus. While it’s unclear how many doses will be initially available for the state’s care facilities, the state’s directive spells out a hierarchy of prioritization based on types and locations of facilities, and then individuals’ attributes, including age and underlying medical conditions. At long-term care facilities, which have had more than 7,000...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Broward is one of two Florida counties selected for a pilot program aimed at vaccinating those who need constant care. The plan, announced Friday afternoon, involves the Department of Health in Broward, the National Guard, and paramedics. All coming together to distribute the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County have been selected to take part in a pilot project to provide vaccines to staff and residents of skilled nursing facilities. A pilot program will allow vaccines to be provided to residents and staff at Broward’s 35 long-term care facilities. Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday more than 179,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will head to the state. More than 21,000 doses of that allotment will be split between Broward and Pinellas counties. More from CBSMiami.com Miami To Enforce Citywide Curfew Starting...
    VIDEO5:0405:04CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo on plans to roll out Covid vaccineSquawk Box CVS Health Chief Executive Larry Merlo said the company is ready to administer "vaccines into the arms of some of our most vulnerable populations" within 24 to 48 hours upon receiving its share of Covid-19 vaccines. "We're ready to go. We're in great shape and as I mentioned, people are excited to be an important part of this solution," Merlo said Thursday in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Merlo said the company has 10,000 health care professionals ready to administer the shots in nursing homes and assisted living centers. He said the company "has been hiring individuals since this pandemic began" to help with Covid-19 testing. And, he added, it has experience giving seasonal flu shots at long-tern care facilities. The government struck a deal in October with CVS and Walgreens to administer the coronavirus vaccinations...
    LITTLE People, Big World stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s “dangerous” pediatrician has been suspended for “refusing to vaccinate his young patients.” The Sun can exclusively reveal Oregon-based pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas had his license temporarily suspended on December 3 and has been ordered to “stop practicing medicine until further order of the Board.” 8Jeremy and Audrey Roloff's pediatrician has been suspended for 'refusing to vaccinate young patients' Credit: Instagram Audrey, 29, has posted various photos inside Dr. Thomas’ office with her children Ember, 3, and Bode, 11 months, who she shares with her husband Jeremy, 30.  In the Order of Emergency Suspension filed by the Oregon Medical Board, Dr. Thomas’ continued practice “constitutes an immediate danger to the public.” Dr. Thomas allegedly published an alternative vaccination schedule that “decreases the frequency of recommended vaccines” while omitting others, including rotavirus. The suspension papers claim the “Dr. Paul approved” schedule “fraudulently asserts that...
    There's some relief on the way for some of those who are looking for work.CVS Pharmacy is hiring - as it prepares to give you and your family COVID-19 vaccinations.The pharmacy chain is bringing on thousands of extra nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in an effort to vaccinate millions of people next year - when vaccines are widely available. For more information, click here.CVS has already began a major hiring campaign in response to flu season arriving in addition to worsening COVID-19 cases.ALSO SEE | These are the 11 North Carolina hospitals NCDHHS says will receive the first COVID-19 vaccine shipmentsCVS and Walgreens have stood up a "mobile vaccination service" ready to vaccinate people in every nursing home and long-term care facility in the country. The roughly 3 million residents of those facilities are among the most vulnerable for COVID-19 and have been placed at the front of the line...
    Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a former Bush White House medical advisor, urged both the outgoing and incoming president to get any Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it is granted emergency-use approval by the FDA. Speaking with CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday evening, Reiner strongly recommended President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris be among the first in the nation to get inoculated from the coronavirus, as part of the White House protection protocol. “Erin, if the emergency use authorization for the vaccine is issued, let’s say this Thursday, on December 10th, I would vaccinate the president-elect Thursday evening, December 10th,” Reiner said. “I would vaccinate him right away.” Reiner then divulged that, after the anthrax mail attacks in late 2001, then-President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were both vaccinated against that deadly agent. “So think about it this way. We are under attack by this virus,” Reiner noted. “Don’t forget, with the...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpDozens of protesters gathered outside home of Michigan elections chief Arizona legislature shuts down after Giuliani tests positive for coronavirus Trump election claims dominate Georgia Senate debate MORE will sign an executive order on Tuesday affirming that Americans should receive coronavirus vaccines before any are distributed to other nations.  Trump will sign the order during a White House summit on Operation Warp Speed, the public-private program aimed at accelerating the delivery of a vaccine for COVID-19. “The executive order reaffirms to the American people that we’re going to put America first working to ensure that they have access to a vaccine,” a senior administration official told reporters on a call Monday. The executive order also lays out a framework for U.S. government agencies to coordinate in order to assist foreign countries in getting immunizations after the American public is vaccinated, according to the official. “Once we have ensured...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Drug firms’ greed enough to make one nauseous I have moderate to extreme nausea from seemingly endless TV drug ads. “Don’t use (drug) if” – “See your Doctor if” – “Side effects include.” Advertising is expected, but carpet bombing on every medical condition known to man? Apparently, personal physicians are no longer competent to prescribe to our specific needs. We’re not talking nobility here — the research, challenges and costs attendant to bringing new drugs and vaccines to market. This is simply a manifestation of decades of bloated profits by an industry that has steadfastly refused to compete among themselves to help bring drug prices down for the benefit of the American people. Numerous attempts to bring prices in line with other leading nations have been made. None of them have worked to date. Let’s...
    By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health director on Friday said the state should be able to vaccinate all hospital workers, nursing home staff and nursing home residents against COVID-19 by the end of the year. Health department Director Randall Williams told reporters that Missouri is expecting to get close to 340,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines this month, which should be able to cover everyone in the priority groups. Williams said Missouri plans to begin vaccinating non-essential workers in May. Anyone in the state who wants a vaccine should be able to get one by July or August, he said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Missouri, Associated Press
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESFlorida on Thursday ramped up plans to vaccinate seniors for COVID-19 by publishing two emergency rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to allow representatives from the state health department, CVS and Walgreens into the facilities. The emergency rules from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration also gave nursing homes and assisted living facilities until the end of Thursday to sign up on state-supported websites to participate in what’s known as the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care  Program. Announced by President Donald Trump’s administration as part of “Operation Warp Speed,” the government signed agreements in the program with CVS and Walgreens to coordinate efforts to bring vaccines to long-term care centers free of charge  The pair of emergency rules will remain in effect for 90 days but can be extended. Facilities that fail to follow the rules can have their licenses suspended, revoked or face administrative fines....
    THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Plans are finalizing as hospitals prepare to vaccinate the frontline workers against coronavirus within the next few days. (credit: CBS) “Each hospital is developing their own plan, their own tier system following some very strong guidelines,” said HealthONE Vice President of Pharmacy Thomas Branigan. “Over the course of the next week we’ll know exactly which employees are going to be at the highest risk of exposure.” Branigan is working with all 8 HealthONE hospitals in Colorado. Many different departments are working together like taking deep freezers from labs and other areas and preparing them to hold the vaccine at the pharmacy, once it arrives. There are some final questions that will need to be answered. “How are we going to store it? Where are we going to receive it? What kind of security we’re going to have? We don’t know if that will be 500, 1,000,...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Frontline health care workers at 11 hospitals will be among the Kentuckians to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive this month, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. Details about allocating the first vaccine shipments to health workers came as Kentucky surpassed 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. Kentucky’s three deadliest days of the surging outbreak have been this week. Kentucky is expecting to receive about 38,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the first round of shipments later this month, and about two-thirds are reserved for nursing home staff and residents. Health care workers at the 11 hospitals spread across Kentucky will get the remaining 12,675 doses, the governor said. “We believe that we could be vaccinating people here in Kentucky as early as Dec. 15," he said. Emergency room staff and those working with virus patients...
    The US hopes to be able to immunize 20 million people against COVID-19 this month — and 100 million by the end of February, according to a leader of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS). If vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna soon get emergency approval — as expected — then it could see 20 million of the most vulnerable Americans getting shots by the end of the year, Moncef Slaoui, the operation”s scientific advisor, said Wednesday. Another 30 million would get shots in January and then 50 million in February — possibly even more if other leading vaccine candidates get approved by then, too, said Slaoui, who was appointed by President Trump in May. “Between mid-December, and the end of February, we will have potentially immunized 100 million people,” Slaoui said, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). That is around 40 percent of the nation’s adult population and “really...
    By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Even before regulators have approved a single vaccine, the U.K. and countries across Europe are moving quickly to organize the distribution and delivery systems needed to inoculate millions of citizens. “If we can roll it out at a good lick … then with a favorable wind, this is entirely hypothetical, but we should be able to inoculate, I believe on the evidence I’m seeing, the vast majority of the people who need the most protection by Easter,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday after vaccine makers in recent weeks have announced encouraging results. “That will make a very substantial change to where we are at the moment.” The U.K. has recorded more...
    LONDON – With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Even before regulators have approved a single vaccine, the U.K. and countries across Europe are moving quickly to organize the distribution and delivery systems needed to inoculate millions of citizens. “If we can roll it out at a good lick … then with a favorable wind, this is entirely hypothetical, but we should be able to inoculate, I believe on the evidence I’m seeing, the vast majority of the people who need the most protection by Easter,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday after vaccine makers in recent weeks have announced encouraging results. “That will make a very substantial change to where we are at the moment.” The U.K. has recorded more than 55,000 deaths linked to COVID-19,...
    The CEO of Qantas Airlines said passengers on its international flights will likely be required to vaccinate against the coronavirus in the future. “We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travelers that we will ask people to have the vaccination before they get on the aircraft,” Qantas's Alan Joyce said, according to the Associated Press. Qantas is Australia’s largest airline. Joyce added that the company is looking at different options on how to confirm people have been vaccinated. “But certainly for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity,” he said. This week, AstraZeneca became the third major pharmaceutical maker, behind Pfizer and Moderna, to announce promising data on the effectiveness of its coronavirus vaccine. “I think these are really exciting results,” Dr. Andrew Pollard, chief investigator for the Phase 3 AstraZeneca trial, said on...
    Bill Gates is working with the W.H.O., drugmakers and nonprofits to eradicate the coronavirus everywhere, including in the world’s poorest nations. (Calla Kessler/The New York Times) The head of one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers had a problem. Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, needed $850 million so he could begin producing doses of promising coronavirus vaccines for the world’s poor. Poonawalla calculated that he could risk $300 million of his company’s money but would still be more than $500 million short. So he looked to a retired software executive in Seattle. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder turned philanthropist, had known Poonawalla for years. Gates had spent billions to help bring vaccines to the developing world, working closely with pharmaceutical executives to transform the market. In doing so, he became the most powerful...
    The speedy development of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna and other drugmakers is raising hopes of stopping the pandemic, which has killed more than 250,000 people in the U.S. so far this year. But as the coronavirus continues to spread, some experts worry that the plan to inoculate some of the most vulnerable Americans — those living in nursing homes and other eldercare facilities — is inadequate. "The way the government has approached the vaccination distribution for nursing homes has been keeping me up at night," said Michael Wasserman, a geriatric care specialist and president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine. Back in March, Wasserman told CBS News that nursing homes risked becoming COVID-19 "killing fields." Eight months later, he remains deeply concerned, with the coronavirus now engulfing much of the U.S. and official new case counts approaching 200,000 a day. "The government has rolled out a plan without engaging...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An advisory panel said Thursday that the Dutch government should prioritize coronavirus vaccinations for people over age 60, those with underlying health problems and frontline health care workers when the first shots become available. The advice from the Health Council of the Netherlands tackles the question of who should get first access to the vaccines — a potentially thorny issue that governments around the world are starting to confront with vaccines against the virus likely becoming available in the coming months. Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge tweeted that the council’s recommendation was clear: “Give priority in vaccinations to the elderly, the ill and health care workers.” He added that the government would “quickly take an initial decision about the vaccination strategy.” The health council said its proposed strategy was aimed at reducing serious illness and deaths. The confirmed Dutch death toll in the pandemic...
    The head of the US department overseeing the approval of COVID-19 vaccines vowed Monday to move “as quickly as possible’’ to clear them for use — and potentially immunize 20 million Americans in December. “We’re going to devote everything at the FDA to move as quickly as possible,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC. Azar hailed drugmaker Moderna’s announcement Monday that its vaccine appears to be nearly 95 percent effective, calling the data “incredible.’’ News of the vaccine came on the heels of Pfizer last week saying clinical trials indicate its own inoculation  has a 90 percent success rate. Between both companies, “We expect to have approximately 40 million doses by the end of this year, so that would allow us to vaccinate 20 million people in December,’’ Azar said. “And then we hope to have [the] … remaining vaccine manufacturers come online and...
    Dr. Fauci has warned that the country or even the world won't return to 'normality' until 2022 because that's how long it will take for enough people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Fauci, the Director of the CDC, was giving a talk over Zoom to The University of Melbourne in Australia.  He said: 'If we get a vaccination campaign, and by the second or third quarter of 2021 we have vaccinated a substantial proportion of the people, I think it will be easily by the end of 2021, and perhaps even into the next year, before we start having some semblances of normality.'  He said that he was 'very certain' there would be a vaccine in the next few months but it would take longer to roll out. Dr. Fauci warned on Wednesday that it wouldn't be until 2022 that there would be 'semblances of normality' again. He was...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — As the pandemic surges throughout the state, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday that the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines the state receives will go toward frontline medical workers and individuals at high risk of exposure. Sisolak said he is confident in the Federal Drug Administration’s approval process and the state’s capacity to distribute a vaccine, despite fears about the possible politicization of the vaccine and uncertainty about when it will be made available. “There’s a lot of speculation, but there’s no definitive timeline for when one may be approved," he said. Nevada hopes to innoculate 80% of its residents against COVID-19 once a vaccine is available. That could be difficult, though, because of routine struggles to vaccinate its population. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that during last year’s flu season the state...
    Medics and high-risk patients are likely to receive Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine before the end of the year, the professor leading the project said. Adrian Hill said emergency approval would allow those most in need to receive the jab while the final trials are still under way. Full authorisation would then follow, meaning the rest of the population could receive the vaccine from early 2021. Adrian Hill (pictured), the professor leading the Oxford coronavirus vaccine programme, said patients could receive the jab by the end of the year Professor Hill, founder and director of the University of Oxford's Jenner Institute, admitted timing was tight to begin vaccinations before Christmas – but insisted it was indeed possible. 'Billions of doses' are already being produced at ten factories across the globe by a consortium led by British drugs firms AstraZeneca, he said. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Maybe the FDNY’s top doc should take a refresher course on how to properly administer a flu shot. The department posted photos on Twitter last week showing its esteemed Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Prezant, giving a flu shot to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and two other department brass — with his bare hands. But Prezant wasn’t following FDNY protocol: He wasn’t wearing gloves, which is always important when injecting patients — but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s worse, Prezant had a small cut on his thumb, which is seen pressing against Nigro’s shoulder. Photos also show Prezant vaccinating First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and Chief of Department John Sudnik. FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer noted that Prezant, as well as his patients, importantly wore masks while they were doing the vaccinations. But, Dwyer added, “The doctor did acknowledge that gloves should have been worn in this instance.” The...
    Maybe the FDNY’s top doc should take a refresher course on how to properly administer a flu shot. The department posted photos on Twitter last week showing its esteemed Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Prezant, giving a flu shot to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and two other department brass — with his bare hands. But Prezant wasn’t following FDNY protocol: He wasn’t wearing gloves, which is always important when injecting patients — but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s worse, Prezant had a small cut on his thumb, which is seen pressing against Nigro’s shoulder. Photos also show Prezant vaccinating First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and Chief of Department John Sudnik. FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer noted that Prezant, as well as his patients, importantly wore masks while they were doing the vaccinations. But, Dwyer added, “The doctor did acknowledge that gloves should have been worn in this instance.” The photo-ops...
    Postal employee who discarded 112 Louisville ballots no longer works for USPS, could face federal charges 6 Pizza Chains Quietly Vanishing This Year Why the flu shot is important for kids and how to vaccinate your child safely © FatCamera/Getty Images Getting the flu shot is especially important for children. FatCamera/Getty Images Most kids over six months of age should get a flu vaccine. Kids under the age of 8 may need to get two vaccines to build up their antibody levels.  The flu vaccine nasal spray is a useful option for children, but children under 2 years old should not get the nasal spray, as it can cause wheezing. This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  This story is part of Insider's Flu Shot Guide.  Getting a flu shot is an...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As the United States continues to add around 40,000 COVID-19 cases a day, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar says Americans must remain vigilant. “What we need to do is keep calling people to action on the three W’s of wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a face covering when you can’t watch your distance,” he said. Especially, he said, with flu season beginning and colder weather ahead. When it comes to local numbers of COVID-19 cases, he says he sees Dallas as steady to slightly down, based on rolling 7-day averages. But when it comes to potentially reopening bars, Secretary Azar did not weigh in. “We defer to the Governors, though, on what the appropriate measures are in terms of community mitigation steps and getting their communities back up and running,” Secretary Azar said. He also told CBS 11 News...
    Trump claims the military is ready to deliver 200,000 coronavirus vaccines per day. At that rate, it would take nearly four-and-a-half years to vaccinate the U.S. population. At the presidential debate Tuesday night, Donald Trump claimed the government would have a coronavirus vaccine before the November election, and said the country will be ready to vaccinate 200,000 Americans per day once the vaccine is approved. "Well, we’re going to deliver it right away. We have the military all set up. Logistically, they’re all set up. We have our military that delivers soldiers and they can do 200,000 a day. They’re going to be delivering," Trump said.
    White House coronavirus task force member Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday that even a few million doses of a vaccine for the coronavirus would be helpful to inoculate patients and staff in nursing homes, teachers and people with pre-existing conditions. In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giroir called a vaccine “even in a few million doses will be a godsend in terms of outcomes, hospitalizations, morbidity and death.” “If we could vaccinate workers in nursing homes, we could protect the elderly and the vulnerable from disease, that would make an enormous impact on mortalities,” he said. “If we could vaccinate our teachers and those with pre-existing conditions or those surrounding those people. I think this has been misunderstood.” Giroir also said until that time, however, people should wear a face covering, remain socially distant and practice good hygiene. “Biology is independent of politics,” he declared. “If you cannot physically distance, all the doctors, all the public health experts, all of...
    (CNN)Not everyone in China will need to get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the country's top medical official, as Beijing looks to prioritize frontline workers and high-risk populations in a move that underscores rising confidence among policy-makers of their ability to contain the virus. "Since the first wave of Covid-19 appeared in Wuhan, China has already survived the impact of Covid-19 several times," Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a vaccine summit in the city of Shenzhen on Saturday, according to state-run news agency China News Service. The question of vaccinating the public was one of balancing "risks and benefits," he added, pointing to factors like cost and potential side effects. There isn't currently a need for mass vaccination -- though that could change if another serious outbreak takes place, Gao said.The policy marks China apart from many Western governments, most...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Wednesday pharmacists would be allowed to administer routine vaccines to children, calling a drop in immunization from lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus a "public health threat." The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the plan on Wednesday, as children across the country return to daycare, schools and colleges. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a report in May, documented a drop in child vaccination rates since lockdowns were imposed, raising concern about outbreaks of other diseases such as measles. "This decrease in childhood vaccination rates is a public health threat and a collateral harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," HHS said in a statement. The United States has more than 5.5 million cases of confirmed coronavirus infections, the highest in the world, according to a Reuters tally. The amendment under the Public Readiness and...
    Not very long ago, states were reopening their economies after weathering the first wave of COVID-19 infections, and it was easy to be caught up in the enthusiasm about life starting to return to normal. Then infection rates began to spike again, not only in the U.S. but also in countries that had seemed to be very successful in clamping down on the coronavirus earlier this year. Now there are continual reports of vaccines being developed, and executives at companies that have been terribly affected by the economic shutdown have expressed confidence that business will be back to normal by 2022. Maybe we are all still making too many assumptions. Jaimy Lee interviewed Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, who made sobering comments about the effectiveness of vaccines, antibodies and herd immunity and even predicted that we’ll be coping with COVID-19 for decades. How the...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill and Melinda Gates are seeking to "depopulate the Earth" by pushing potential vaccines to end the global coronavirus pandemic, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Saturday in a video that went viral online. "Theyre making money now, plotting to give seven billion, five-hundred million people a vaccination," Farrakhan, 87, said in a July 4 speech. "Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Melinda — you want to depopulate the Earth. What the hell gives you that right? Who are you to sit down with your billions and talk about who can live, and who should die?" At the Nation of Islam in Chicago, Farrakhan issued anti-vaxxer messaging, saying the only way to stop the virus is to repent your sins. "I say to the African presidents: Do not take their medications," he said. He is calling on his followers to come together – virologists, epidemiologists and students of biology and chemistry – for a...
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