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    By AMY TAXIN and JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teresa Parada is exactly the kind of person equity-minded California officials say they want to vaccinate: She's a retired factory worker who speaks little English and lives in a hard-hit part of Los Angeles County. But Parada, 70, has waited weeks while others her age flock to Dodger Stadium or get the coronavirus shot through large hospital networks. The place where she normally gets medical care, AltaMed, is just now receiving enough supply to vaccinate her later this month. Parada said TV reports show people lining up to get shots, but “I see only vaccines going to Anglos.” “It’s rare that I see a Latino there for the vaccine. When will it be our turn?” she said. Gov. Gavin Newsom has repeatedly called equity his “North Star" for vaccinating a diverse state of nearly 40 million. He partnered...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teresa Parada is exactly the kind of person equity-minded California officials say they want to vaccinate: She’s a retired factory worker who speaks little English and lives in a hard-hit part of Los Angeles County. But Parada, 70, has waited weeks while others her age flock to Dodger Stadium or get the coronavirus shot through large hospital networks. The place where she normally gets medical care, AltaMed, is just now receiving enough supply to vaccinate her later this month. READ MORE: COVID: SF Supes Approve Emergency Ordinance To Increase Hotels To House Homeless People During Pandemic Parada said TV reports show people lining up to get shots, but “I see only vaccines going to Anglos.” “It’s rare that I see a Latino there for the vaccine. When will it be our turn?” she said. Gov. Gavin Newsom has repeatedly called equity his “North Star” for vaccinating...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teresa Parada is exactly the kind of person equity-minded California officials say they want to vaccinate: She’s a retired factory worker who speaks little English and lives in a hard-hit part of Los Angeles County. But Parada, 70, has waited weeks while others her age flock to Dodger Stadium or get the coronavirus shot through large hospital networks. The place where she normally gets medical care, AltaMed, is just now receiving enough supply to vaccinate her later this month. Parada said TV reports show people lining up to get shots, but “I see only vaccines going to Anglos.” “It’s rare that I see a Latino there for the vaccine. When will it be our turn?” she said. Gov. Gavin Newsom has repeatedly called equity his “North Star” for vaccinating a diverse state of nearly 40 million. He partnered with the federal government to set...
    The number of elderly deceased by Covid in Spanish residences since the beginning of the pandemic is 29,782, according to the official accounting of the Executive, which adds the 19,868 confirmed deaths and 9,914 with compatible symptoms with that disease. These data appear in the Imserso report that collects the data provided by the autonomous communities and shows a notable decrease in infections and deaths in recent weeks as a result of the vaccination process. Most of the deaths occurred during the first wave of the pandemic, between March 14 and June 22, when 19,835 people died in residences, 9,976 of them confirmed. Those deaths add another 6,305 in the rest of 2020, for a total of 26,140 in the year. Reduction due to vaccination In other words, in this third wave of 2021, other 3,286 people in residential centers, most of them in the month of January because...
    The image of empty vaccination centers undermines the morale and support of citizens. The strategy must be developed. Acceleration tracks are on the table, such as the approval of the estrogen vaccine for those over 55. CErrors, Errors, Pontocles வார்த்த There are plenty of words to describe the beginning of the vaccination campaign dedicated to frontline health workers. It is still being explored internationally, as it offers the following phase of “Law” aimed at the general public (over 65 and over Community patients), which will begin between 8 and March. 22 Depending on the region. In fact it is at these small or large vaccination centers that the general public will get their vaccine. Citizens will be invited in the same manner as the appointment is booked and booked. After all, these are the same vaccines that people get or can’t get. Therefore, concerns are...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Another mass vaccination site is up and running, and it is at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. With Friday marking a soft launch for the new mass vaccination site, it is all part of the state’s comprehensive equity initiative. But, at least half of the vaccinations available are being reserved for people who live in the community. READ MORE: Johnson & Johnsons One-Shot COVID Vaccine Authorized For Emergency Use “This is an incredible demonstration in the midst of unprecedented times and unprecedented hurt because of a global pandemic that has disproportionally hit our communities,” said Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who was at the site on Saturday. Gov. Charlie Baker said the state is second in the nation with respect to the percent of Black residents who have been vaccinated and above the national average for the Hispanic population. “This is really critical that we get people...
    HONG KONG — Hong Kong has begun administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its mass inoculation targeting all 7.5 million residents. People age 60 and older and health care workers are among some 2.4 million people prioritized to receive vaccines at community centers and outpatient clinics across Hong Kong. The government said Friday registrations for the first two weeks of the program are full. Participants so far will be receiving the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac. A million doses arrived in the city last week, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other top government officials were vaccinated first in a bid to bolster confidence in the program. Hong Kong has struck deals to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Fosun Pharma, which will deliver the shots developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but...
    By The Associated Press HONG KONG — Hong Kong has begun administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its program offering free vaccinations to all 7.5 million residents. People age 60 and older and health care workers are among the some 2.4 million people prioritized to receive vaccines at community centers and outpatient clinics across Hong Kong. The government said Friday registrations for the first two weeks of the program are full. Participants so far will be receiving the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac. A million doses arrived in the city last week, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other top government officials were vaccinated first in a bid to bolster confidence in the program. Hong Kong has struck deals to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccines, from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Fosun Pharma, which will deliver the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:...
    HONG KONG — Hong Kong has begun administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its program offering free vaccinations to all 7.5 million residents. People age 60 and older and health care workers are among the some 2.4 million people prioritized to receive vaccines at community centers and outpatient clinics across Hong Kong. The government said Friday registrations for the first two weeks of the program are full. Participants so far will be receiving the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac. A million doses arrived in the city last week, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other top government officials were vaccinated first in a bid to bolster confidence in the program. Hong Kong has struck deals to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccines, from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Fosun Pharma, which will deliver the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:...
    EFE videos South Korea starts its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 Seoul, Feb 26 (EFE) .- South Korea today began its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 more than a year after detecting its first case in the country and with the aim of having immunized the majority of its population and thus achieve herd immunity in November. The first person to be inoculated with the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, the first that the Asian country has received, was a 61-year-old worker from a senior center whose name has not transpired. In the first round of vaccination, some 300,000 workers and residents in centers for dependents will receive the two pricks that this vaccine requires, although all under 65 years of age, since South Korea, like other countries, has decided not to administer the AstraZeneca drug to seniors pending further clinical data clarify its effectiveness in this age...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is standing by his recent statements that teachers need to be prioritized in Pennsylvania’s vaccination process. READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccine In Pittsburgh: CVS Receiving More Doses Of The Vaccine As of right now, teachers are in the Commonwealth’s “1B” category. Educators in Pittsburgh Public Schools are pushing back against the return to in-person learning until they are all vaccinated. READ MORE: Pop-Up Miniature Golf Course Planned For Oakland Peduto says the city will pay to vaccinate teachers and is calling on the state to provide the doses. “There are nearly 30 states that have created the priority for teachers,” Peduto said. “Pennsylvania is not one of them. And teachers throughout the state, I believe should be treated in that first response the way that emergency workers and those that deal with the public are.” ...
    Ecatepec, Mex.- Almost 5,000 people over 60 years of age received the COVID-19 vaccine in the two centers that were installed in Ecatepec during the first day of vaccination. Since the early morning hundreds of people began to form in long lines, without a healthy distance and many of them with their masks incorrectly placed. There was no order, the lines turned to the vaccination centers, as many people arrived without appointments. The heat wreaked havoc on many of the older adults. Due to the high demand that was presented, the state Health Secretariat confirmed that 17 and not 10 vaccination centers will be opened. « They will be announced on the official platforms in order to avoid crowds, so it is important that they take into account that this process will take place over the next three weeks. » In the cultural and sports center Las Américas, more...
    New York : NEW YORK.– The New York State Department of Health (DOH) reminded New Yorkers that beginning Wednesday, February 24, new vaccination centers run by DOH and the Federation Agency for Emergency Management (FEMA) in Brooklyn and Queens counties Eligible New Yorkers can make appointments for vaccination centers in Brooklyn Y Queens via the New York ‘Am I Eligible’ website or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833) -697-4829) The Queens and Brooklyn centers will operate between 8 am and 8 pm daily, each having the capacity to administer 3,000 daily doses. Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers will open on March 3 – Eligible New Yorkers can begin making appointments starting Wednesday, February 24 at 8 a.m. These sites have the capacity to administer 1,000 doses per day. The governor’s office reported in a statement that, since the beginning of the vaccine distribution process, another worrying trend has emerged: hesitancy or...
    Miami : The Federal Government of the United States will deploy four new mass vaccination centers against COVID-19 in Florida, one of them located on the North Campus of Miami Dade College, informed the Governor of that state, Ron DeSantis, after accepting the proposal. from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The new vaccination center, which will be located in 11380 NW 27 AvenueIt will operate soon, seven days a week, from 7 am to 7 pm with the application of approximately 2,000 doses of vaccines per day. Three other similar vaccination centers will open, in Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville. “MDC is proud to have been chosen to administer vaccines and help our community and the entire country reach normalcy during this global pandemic,” said Miami-Dade College President Madeline Pumariega in a statement. “This latest designation speaks to the important role the College plays in this community and the...
    [The stream is slated to start at 3:15 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden is speaking Friday at Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan as his administration works to ramp up the supply of doses in the U.S. Earlier in the day, administration officials said the massive winter storms across the Midwest and Texas have delayed the delivery of 6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses this week, affecting every state in the U.S. The backlog represents three days' worth of delayed shipments, Andy Slavitt, White House senior advisor for Covid response, said during a press briefing. Slavitt also announced that the administration is working with Florida and Pennsylvania to open five additional vaccination centers. Four of the five vaccination centers will be in the Florida cities of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, he said, adding...
    MIAMI (AP) — Four federal mass vaccination sites are coming to Florida, officials said Friday. Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville will be the locations of the new Community Vaccine Centers, according to a White House news release. The cities and locations were selected based on their proximity to vulnerable populations and officials estimate that the four centers will give up to 12,000 shots a day in total. The locations are Miami-Dade Community College, TGT Poker & Racebook in Tampa, Valencia Community College in Orlando, and Gateway Town Center in Jacksonville. So far, just over 3.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Florida. Since the pandemic began nearly a year ago, more than 1.8 million Floridians have been infected, and nearly 30,000 people have died. On Friday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced that her agency is launching a bilingual vaccine education campaign to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is relaxing coronavirus-related restrictions at some of its long-term care facilities. Indoor visitation will resume at non-Medicare-certified facilities that have been through the COVID-19 vaccination process, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Group activities, communal dining and visitations among vaccinated residents will resume, he said. Included in the updated protocols are assisted living facilities, personal care homes, intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities and independent living centers, Beshear said. “It’s been a long journey and it’s exciting to be able to relax some restrictions,” said state Cabinet for Health and Family Services inspector general Adam Mather. People will be expected to schedule their visits with the facility, and up to two visitors from the same household can visit a resident at one time, state officials said. Visitors will need to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of...
    [The stream is slated to start at 11 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team is holding a news briefing Friday on the pandemic, which has infected more than 27 million Americans and killed at least 475,457 in about a year. Biden announced Thursday that his administration secured deals with Pfizer and Moderna for another 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the U.S. total to 600 million. Because both authorized vaccines require two doses given about three to four weeks apart, the total of 600 million doses would be enough to inoculate 300 million people. In addition to securing more doses for states, the Biden administration is using the military to help administer doses and is setting up mass vaccination centers across the nation. On Wednesday, the administration announced it would partner with...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is partnering with Texas and New York to open additional vaccination centers as it continues its push to vaccinate every American amid the coronavirus pandemic.Three new major community vaccination centers will open in the cities of Dallas, Arlington and Houston in Texas, Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced Wednesday. Together, these sites will be capable of administering more than 10,000 Covid-19 vaccine shots each day, Zients said, and will start vaccinations beginning the week of February 22. The community vaccination sites will be located at NRG Stadium in Houston, AT&T Stadium in Arlington and Fair Park in Dallas, according to Zients. The White House is immediately deploying federal teams to work with state and local officials, he said. Later on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced a federal partnership to open two new mass vaccination sites in Queens and Brooklyn. Read MoreBoth vaccination sites...
    A healthcare worker administers the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination site inside a church in the Bronx borough of New York, on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Biden administration will partner with New York to build and staff two mass Covid-19 vaccination sites in the New York City area aimed at getting shots to minority communities hit hardest by the pandemic. The sites, which will open the week of Feb. 24, will be located at York College in the New York City borough of Queens and at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press briefing on Wednesday. Both sites will be able to administer 3,000 shots a day, making them the state's largest vaccination sites to date. The federal government will be charged with directly supplying the centers with doses, and the sites will be staffed with...
    More On: COVID vaccine Bronx cheer: Yankee Stadium is getting more COVID vaccines than Citi Field NYC passes 1 million mark for COVID-19 vaccine doses Biden’s son-in-law’s work reportedly raises ethical questions 31 cases of UK COVID mutation recorded in New Jersey A nationwide network of community health centers will receive supplies of the coveted coronavirus vaccine in the latest expansion of the mass inoculation effort, federal officials announced Tuesday. Some 250 community health centers — including at least one in each state and territory — will receive a cumulative 1 million doses of the vaccine starting next week, with the program eventually ramping up to be available to all of the approximately 1,400 such centers in the US. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, who is spearheading White House efforts to ensure the federal pandemic response is equitable, said the move would particularly help vaccinate “underserved” communities. “Two-thirds of their [community...
    Bloomberg Chilean peso strengthens along with rising copper: Andes FX (Bloomberg) – Andean currencies performed mixed as investors weighed the bets on US reflation trading and the risk of a weaker dollar. Copper gains may be helping the Chilean currency perform better as it approaches its 50-day moving average. The Chilean peso strengthens 0.2% as copper rises 1.6% against the expectations of higher activity in the US and China. The peso remains close to its 50-day moving average at 728.70 per dollar and if it crosses that level it could pave the way for further appreciation towards 693.5 per dollar. The 747-per-dollar level remains the most immediate resistance, while the Colombian peso has weakened 0.3% and is among the underperforming emerging market currencies. Oil falls 0.3% in London. Investors are targeting the 100-day moving average at 3,633 per dollar, last tested on January 27. There are few events on Chile’s...
    By Tina Bellon (Reuters) - Walgreens and Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday said they will team up to provide educational programs and free transportation to U.S. COVID-19 vaccine clinics to underserved communities and people in rural areas. The companies said the program will roll out in the coming months, once more vaccines become available to the general public, and include free transportation to Walgreens stores and other vaccine clinics. Patients who schedule a Walgreens vaccination appointment will receive an email offering them a pre-scheduled ride, with pilot transportation programs beginning in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and El Paso, the companies said. The efforts center on giving vaccine access to communities of color, who have shown higher rates of skepticism about the safety of vaccines, with many distrustful of government authorities and lacking access to healthcare services. Black and Hispanic populations, overly represented among the working poor and accounting for a large...
    Spain has to speed up vaccination if it wants to reach its goal of having 70% of the population immunized by summer. Following the difficulties arising from the shortage in the supply of vials, From the Ministry of Health they warn that we must prepare to carry out a faster vaccination planIt was massively crowded in the second quarter of the year and thus reached what the president of the European Commission, Úrsula Von der Leyen, defined as “a turning point” in the fight against Covid-19. “The availability of vaccines will increase and there will come a time when we will have problems managing them. It is not something immediate, but it will happen in the coming months, “said Fernando Simón, director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, last week. The forecast is that the supply rate will increase considerably as of spring and as...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The 15 vaccination sites closed on Sunday due to the snow storm are back open for Monday.That includes a Baptist church in Harlem which is serving a pop-up site for second doses.Despite the snow, the Javits Center and some other larger sites were still open on Sunday.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State has surpassed 2.1 million initial vaccinations, and they are just shy of having administered 1.9 million first doses.Citi Field is set to open for vaccinations starting on Wednesday, February 10. Half of the doses there are reserved for Queens residents and the other half is for drivers with TLC licenses and food delivery workers."Foodservice workers, folks, we depend on folks who really have taken care of us and we're there throughout this whole crisis. There'll be special appointments for TLC licensed drivers and food service workers from all over the five boroughs...
    Vaccination centers in New York City were left empty last weekend, as one local health official said: 'We blew our chance to vaccinate thousands.' Pictures show both the Lincoln High School on Coney Island and George Westinghouse Vocational High School in Brooklyn were ghost towns last Saturday.   One Department of Health worker at Hillcrest High School in Queens told The New York Post: 'You cannot imagine how much nothing it was. We could have used that day to vaccinate thousands of people and we just blew it.'  Data shows just over 22,000 doses were administered Saturday; on Friday that figure was more than 36,000.  The vaccine trackers shows half the amount of vaccinations were given on January 30 - 18,866 - compared to the previous day - 39,964.  DailyMail.com has contacted the Department of Health for comment.   The daily number of people getting vaccinated now well surpasses the numbers infected, CNN reports. A total of 102,420...
    The Pentagon will deploy military troops to help Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House announced Friday. Miami World – Telemundo 51 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This means that about 1,000 active duty military personnel will be deployed to assist state vaccination centers. President Joe Biden has called for 100 mass vaccination centers to be established across the country in one month. Two are currently opening in California, and Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in just over a week. Currently, about 6.9 million people have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. That translates to about 2% of the US population. To achieve generalized or “group” immunity, 70% to 85% of Americans must be vaccinated. The United States is making every effort to stop the spread of the...
    VENTURA (CBSLA) — FEMA is giving Ventura County a $2.6 million grant to help with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The grant will cover the county’s expenses for labor, security, refrigeration, supplies, equipment and facility rental to support the distribution of more than 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines at four vaccination centers that will be open seven days a week for 90 days, through April 30. The grant is part of FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which is providing funding to government organizations and certain private nonprofits following a presidential disaster declaration. FEMA has pledged more than $1.98 billion to states, tribes, territories and Washington D.C. for community vaccination centers. As of Thursday, there are 175 federally-supported vaccine centers up and running across the country.
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    WASHINGTON (CBS13/AP) — The Pentagon will deploy more than 1,100 troops to five vaccination centers in what will be the first wave of increased military support for the White House campaign to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two of the five new military teams will go to vaccination centers opening in California. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. Three additional centers are expected to be announced soon. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the Pentagon to supply as many as 10,000 service members to staff 100 centers. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the initial five teams, but the others will be approved in separate tranches as FEMA identifies the other site locations. Each of the five military...
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon will deploy troops to assist in getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said Friday. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt announced that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It means about 1,000 active duty military personnel will deploy to help state vaccination centers. President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two are opening in California, and Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. VOLUNTEER ARMY HELPS FLORIDA ELDERS BOOK COVETED COVID SHOTSThe Pentagon has scheduled a news briefing later Friday to provide more information about the military role. Slavitt said support from the military will play a critical role in supporting vaccination sites, helping administer thousands of shots a day. Currently, about 6.9 million Americans have...
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon will deploy more than 1,100 troops to five vaccination centers in what will be the first wave of increased military support for the White House campaign to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two of the five new military teams will go to vaccination centers opening in California. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. Three additional centers are expected to be announced soon.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the Pentagon to supply as many as 10,000 service members to staff 100 centers. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the initial five teams, but the others will be approved in separate tranches as FEMA identifies the other site locations.Each of the five military teams includes 222 personnel,...
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon will deploy more than 1,100 troops to five vaccination centers in what will be the first wave of increased military support for the White House campaign to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two of the five new military teams will go to vaccination centers opening in California. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. Three additional centers are expected to be announced soon.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the Pentagon to supply as many as 10,000 service members to staff 100 centers. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the initial five teams, but the others will be approved in separate tranches as FEMA identifies the other site locations.Each of the five military teams includes 222 personnel,...
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will deploy troops to assist getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said Friday. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt announced that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It means about 1,000 active duty military personnel will deploy to help state vaccination centers. President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two are opening in California, and Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. The Pentagon has scheduled a news briefing later Friday to provide more information about the military role. Slavitt said support from the military will play a critical role in supporting vaccination sites, helping administer thousands of shots a day. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    The first mass vaccination centers planned by the federal government are set to roll out in California. The first two locations — staffed by employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health and Human Services — will be at the Oakland Coliseum and the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Jeff Zients, President Biden's COVID-19 czar, said the facilities are strategically located next to communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic, according to NBC News. “These sites in California are just the beginning,” Zients said. “We are working with, in partnership, in states across the country to stand up new sites and will have more to say on that in the coming weeks.” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the locations were chosen in part to inoculate low-income people, essential workers, and “communities that are often...
    Six new pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites are being set up in the Hudson Valley this week to provide first doses to thousands of New Yorkers. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites will be coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes, and cultural centers across the state to “bolster the state’s commitment to ensuring fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process.” In the Hudson Valley, pop-up vaccination sites are being set up at:  Grace Baptist Church on South 6th Avenue in Mount Vernon; Nodine Hill Community Center on Fillmore Street in Yonkers; Beulah Baptist Church on Catharine Street in Poughkeepsie; MLK Center on Bethune Boulevard in Spring Valley; Newburgh Armory Unity Center on South Williams Street in Newburgh; Kiley Youth Center on Main Street in Peekskill. All sites are by appointment only. In total, the 35 sites are...
    A pair of new pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites are being set up on Long Island this week to provide first doses to thousands of New Yorkers. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites will be coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes, and cultural centers across the state to “bolster the state’s commitment to ensuring fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process.” On Long Island, vaccination sites were set up at the Islamic Center of Long Island on Brush Hollow Road in Westbury and St. Rosalie’s Hampton Bays on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Both sites were opened on Wednesday, Feb. 3. In total, the 35 sites are expected to vaccinate more than 25,000 people this week, with additional sites expected to open up in the coming weeks. According to Cuomo, since Jan. 15, nearly 9,000 New Yorkers...
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    WASHINGTON —  The federal government is stepping in to help California speed up COVID-19 inoculations, announcing Wednesday the creation of two community vaccination centers, one of which will be located at Cal State in Los Angeles. Jeff Zients, who leads President Biden’s task force on COVID-19, said the initiative will help “two of the communities most hard hit by this pandemic.” The second center will be run out of the Oakland Coliseum. He said both locations will be run in partnership with the state but staffed mostly by federal workers, including officials from Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. “These sites in California are just the beginning,” Zients said. The vaccination centers are part of the Biden administration’s effort to ramp up inoculations as new coronavirus variants emerge. California has struggled to deliver vaccines, and its initial efforts have been marred by...
    Support is growing for a plan to use neighborhood schools to distribute the coronavirus vaccine. Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday endorsed the use of schools as vaccine centers, as the campuses are trusted neighborhood hubs in communities that are being hit hard by infections, including Pacoima, San Fernando, South Los Angeles and the Eastside. The L.A. Unified School District says it has 12 school-based health clinics that are staffed with nurses who are already trained to give vaccinations and are ready to provide coronavirus vaccines. “They do have a very well-thought-out plan for opening up an additional 48 sites [so] when we have enough vaccine and when teachers and staff are eligible to get vaccinated, they’ll be ready to go and help with vaccinating folks at their sites,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She added that it was likely that, at...
    It’s amazing no one has thought of this before: using senior centers as vaccination hubs for the elderly. But now a group of 27 City Council members are pursuing this common sense solution. In a letter sent Friday to Mayor de Blasio, the lawmakers, who hail from both sides of the aisle, urge the city to turn hundreds of senior centers into COVID-19 vaccination hubs to help schedule and distribute the much-needed inoculations. “Senior centers are already a trusted lifeline for many elderly New Yorkers, providing them with social interaction and information,” says the letter, authored by Queens Democrat Robert Holden. Eligible city seniors desperate to get the COVID-19 vaccine told The Post they can’t find available slots and are fed up with the convoluted online signup system. Some just give up. “I am computer savvy, but there’s people my age that have no clue about getting online and...
    More On: COVID vaccine Californian dies hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine, prompting probe Joe Biden’s far-left ‘unity’ will divide us: Goodwin NYC nursing home refused to give rehab patients COVID-19 vaccine: pol Letters to the editor — Jan. 24, 2021 It’s amazing no one has thought of this before: using senior centers as vaccination hubs for the elderly. But now a group of 27 City Council members are pursuing this common sense solution. In a letter sent Friday to Mayor de Blasio, the lawmakers, who hail from both sides of the aisle, urge the city to turn hundreds of senior centers into COVID-19 vaccination hubs to help schedule and distribute the much-needed inoculations. “Senior centers are already a trusted lifeline for many elderly New Yorkers, providing them with social interaction and information,” says the letter, authored by Queens Democrat Robert Holden. Eligible city seniors desperate to get the COVID-19 vaccine...
    By Rodolfo León 0 COMMENTS 01/19/2021 4:42 pm Since the pandemic began last year, the headquarters of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington they have remained empty as all of their employees have been forced to work from home. Now, the company has decided to transform these offices into vaccination centers against the COVID-19. As reported ., Microsoft announced that from now on its offices will be available not only to company employees, but also to any member of the community seeking to be vaccinated against this disease. Here an excerpt from the statement offered by Brad smith, President of Microsoft: “We will reduce the cost of administering vaccines and help people who are uninsured get them. Our goal is to be one of the largest vaccination centers throughout the state. This will not be a place for Microsoft employees; it will be a place for the people of our...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden and his administration vow to ensure Black and brown people get equal access to the Covid-19 vaccine through mobile clinics, vaccination centers and partnerships with local communities, the chair of Biden's Covid-19 Equity Task Force said during a Black clergy event on Monday.Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith said in Biden's first month of office, he will roll out an ambitious national vaccination strategy with the hopes of combating concerns with vaccine access and hesitancy among people of color who are dying from the virus at higher rates.Nunez-Smith, who spoke during a virtual event hosted by Choose Healthy Life -- a group of prominent Black pastors working to combat the pandemic's impact on Black people -- said the administration is committed to helping Black and brown communities overcome the "structural barriers" that could prevent people from getting vaccinated.Many of these challenges were exposed when Covid-19 testing was rolled out last...
    Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner on Monday pressed for using schools as COVID-19 vaccination centers, saying his 900 campuses are “ready to go” — a move that could speed up the reopening of in-person classes for students. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s involvement in vaccine distribution could have the benefit of getting doses for teachers more quickly. As things stand, vaccines may be widely available for L.A. teachers in February. Beutner noted that teachers in other areas — including New York and Riverside — are already getting vaccinated. Others, including teachers in Long Beach, will be soon. Students are unlikely to be immunized for some time because the vaccines have yet to be determined safe for children. Beutner made his case to include schools in the vaccination effort as the COVID-19 pandemic courses through the county and as state and county officials grapple with a confusing and chaotic...
    The Public Health Expert Rafael Bengoa He has referred this Sunday to the decision of the Government to rule out a harsh confinement, as well as to the new restrictions imposed by the autonomous communities before the advance of the third wave of the coronavirus in Spain. In an interview in Antena 3 News, Bengoa has defended that it is the autonomous communities who “should have maximum freedom now to make the changes they deem appropriate “, either adopting” greater restrictions, which they are already doing, or even a home confinement, “he assured. The former director of Health Systems of the WHO has spoken about the vaccination rate against the coronavirus in Spain, precisely when this Sunday some communities have already begun to inoculate the second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine against Covid-19. In this sense, the expert has considered that this rhythm “you have to speed it up a...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The urgency for vaccinations is greater than ever as the CDC warns the highly contagious U.K. variant of COVID could dominate the U.S. by spring. Meanwhile, New York City is opening more vaccination sites, including one in Harlem on Sunday, but it’s still a challenge for many to actually get the shot, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported. The Brooklyn Army Terminal mega vaccination site was locked up tight Saturday. It was supposed to be open 24/7. Imagine the surprise of public school teacher Kaitlyn Palombo when she arrived. “I had an appointment today,” Palombo said. “Unfortunately, this site is closed today so everyone was rescheduled,” she was told by an official there. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info...
    What they usually are havens for the faith of believers They are now, in times of pandemic, centers adapted for vaccination against Covid-19. In the cathedrals of England, like that of Salisbury, the habit has been temporarily suspended and a whole team of male and female nurses has been deployed to provide the vaccine to people over 70 years of age and other groups vulnerable to the disease. The Dean of Blackburn Cathedral, Peter Howell-Jones, is excited to be able to help the community to immunize itself by offering the space of the temples. The British Government plans to vaccinate the elderly, people with pathologies, health workers and caregivers before February 15, which will involve not only a considerable logistical effort, but also having about two million doses of the vaccine each week. More than 3.3 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the UK, and the...
    January 15, 2021 | 2:49 pm Walmart de México y Centroamérica made the parking lots of its stores and price clubs available to the health authorities to install vaccination modules against COVID-19. “Among other things, we have offered that we would make available to the authorities the parking lots of our stores and clubs that we have throughout the country to facilitate the location of the modules that the Army and Navy would operate to apply the dose of the vaccine against coronavirus, ”Walmex shared in an email. The self-service store company added that it would provide staff at both institutions with access to toilets, water and food. The company is the one with the largest number of stores under its Bodega, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart Express (formerly Superama) brands, adding 6.4 million square meters in sales area as of the third quarter of 2020, according to its...
    January 15, 2021 | 2:49 pm Walmart de México y Centroamérica made the parking lots of its stores and price clubs available to the health authorities to install vaccination modules against COVID-19. “Among other things, we have offered that we would make available to the authorities the parking lots of our stores and clubs that we have throughout the country to facilitate the location of the modules that the Army and Navy would operate to apply the dose of the vaccine against coronavirus, ”Walmex shared in an email. The self-service store company added that it would provide staff at both institutions with access to toilets, water and food. The company is the one with the largest number of stores under its Bodega, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart Express (formerly Superama) brands, adding 6.4 million square meters in sales area as of the third quarter of 2020, according to its...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Clara County is moving forward with its plans to expand its COVID-19 vaccination centers despite the uncertainty over supply - a situation they say is primarily the fault of the federal government.For now, the county can only accommodate health care workers and those 75 and up.Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is far exceeding the amount that's available.And in the Bay Area's biggest county, officials say they continue to be hamstrung by the federal government.RELATED: East Bay physician can't wait, holds drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination event for 500 seniors"We learned a few days ago for example that the federal government was going to release stockpiles of vaccines that were being held were for second doses. We learned this (Friday) morning no stockpile exists," said James Williams, Santa Clara County Counsel.Williams says transparency is essential to building public trust, but the process has been anything but easy.WATCH:...
    “We will deploy all the resources of the federal government to set up thousands of local vaccination centers”, in gymnasiums or stadiums, he said at a press conference in his stronghold of Wilmington in Delaware. The future president’s plan also provides for the mobilization of 100,000 caregivers to administer vaccines.
    Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott joined "The Daily Briefing" Friday to discuss how the Lone Star State  became the first in the country to administer one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.  Abbott told host Dana Perino Texas had decided to allow all residents 65 and older to receive the first dose of the vaccine and opened up 28 mass vaccination centers that could administer upwards of 4,000 jabs at each location. GOV. GREG ABBOTT: We were able to make two key pivots that allowed Texas to achieve what we have done now. Importantly, as of today, we have vaccinated more than 1.1 million Texans, and equally important, more than 61% of the vaccines allocated to us have been administered to Texans.  How were we able to do that? Two key things. One is we changed the strategy before other states and before the United States began recommending that we begin to vaccinate people aged 65 and older.  TEXAS SURPASSES 2M CORONAVIRUS CASES, SECOND HIGHEST IN US VideoTexas went ahead and made that decision ourselves knowing that it would widen the...
    Miami : Today is Friday, January 15 and these are the main news of the day: 1.- Joe Biden presented his Recovery and Rescue Plan that includes a check for $ 1,400 and the extension of federal unemployment assistance, in addition to help for small businesses, subsidies for independent workers, increase of the federal unemployment benefit to $ 400 per week and resources for vaccination. 2.- Amid the high demand for the coronavirus vaccine, there may be a shortfall in the doses reaching Miami-Dade County. Authorities say they would have to close vaccination centers like the one in Tropical Park. The county, on the other hand, said that vaccinated people are guaranteed the second dose. 3.- Broward Mayor Steve Geller stated that the county is in a position to complete the vaccination of all residents for the month of July, if everything continues as it is now. He...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are now three vaccination centers in New York City operating 24/7 in order to reach more New Yorkers. CBS2’s Ali Bauman went to check them out overnight, but she found near-empty facilities turning dozens of eligible people away. Thursday evening, hundreds of people desperately flocked to the Brooklyn Army Terminal after a hoax circulated online falsely claiming they were giving vaccine shots indiscriminately. The city soon dispelled the rumor and sent everyone home. MORE: New Yorkers Line Up Outside Brooklyn Army Terminal After Confusion Over COVID Vaccine Availability It was a much different scene with similar frustration about 18 hours earlier when Bauman first got to the Brooklyn Army Terminal, just after 12 a.m. Thursday. “A lot of people keep saying that they’re not going to take the vaccines, but then the ones who do wanna get it, we can’t get it,” one MTA train...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As Dodger Stadium this week is converted from a COVID-19 testing site to a mass vaccination center, the slow rollout of the program was still under scrutiny. Nurse Cherry Costales Jan. 7 prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) “Given the new variant of the virus, we’re really running against the clock,” Dr. Karin Michels, who chairs UCLA’s Department of Epidemiology, said. “We’re running out of time. We must speed up.” Michels said the United States has a lot of vaccines that have yet to be administered and said the rollout would have been better if mass vaccination sites had been set up earlier. “Many countries in Europe have vaccination centers and have the personnel in the centers,” she said. “They have the opposite problem. They don’t have enough vaccines.” The...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is transforming baseball stadiums, fairgrounds and even a Disneyland Resort parking lot into mass vaccination sites as the coronavirus surge overwhelms hospitals and sets a deadly new record in the state. California’s COVID-19 death toll reached 30,000 on Monday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. It took six months for the nation’s most populous state to reach 10,000 deaths but barely a month to jump from 20,000 to 30,000 deaths. California ranks third nationally for COVID-19-related deaths, behind Texas and New York, which is No. 1 with nearly 40,000. Public health officials have estimated about 12% of those who catch the virus will require hospital care, usually several weeks after infection as they get sicker. Gov. Gavin Newsom and public health officials are counting on widespread vaccinations to help stem the tide of new infections, starting with medical workers and the...
    New York : This Monday began the second stage of the vaccination plan against coronavirus in the New York City, known as phase 1B, which in addition to allowing the vaccination of essential workers such as teachers, police and firefighters, also includes the older than 75 yearss. And although until now the only way to opt for a dose is to make an appointment, this Monday morning he saw himself in the ranks of the mass immunization centers open the weekend in The bronx and Brooklyn to dozens of confused older adults thinking that just by going to the place they would be taken care of. And to help especially this segment of the population to understand all the immunization plan details, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday two new ways to find out how and where to get vaccinated, and make an appointment easily: the phone line...
    More than 100 COVID-19 vaccination sites have already been set up in the Hudson Valley, with hundreds more expected to be activated in the region as New York prepares to roll out the vaccine for the general public. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that there are currently 105 vaccination sites active on Long Island, with a total of 713 expected by the time the vaccine is ready for wide dissemination. To date, 3,762 providers have applied and been approved by the state to serve as vaccination sites with 636 locations are now activated and permitted to begin vaccinating eligible New Yorkers, which include frontline healthcare workers. Related story - COVID-19: NY Introduces App That Guides Users To Vaccine Eligibility "The vaccine is the weapon that will win this war and we must move quickly and efficiently to get New Yorkers vaccinated as soon they become eligible," Cuomo said. "All...
    More than 100 COVID-19 vaccination sites have already been set up on Long Island, with hundreds more expected to be activated in the region as New York prepares to roll out the vaccine for the general public. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that there are currently 105 vaccination sites active on Long Island, with a total of 713 expected by the time the vaccine is ready for wide dissemination. To date, 3,762 providers have applied and been approved by the state to serve as vaccination sites with 636 locations are now activated and permitted to begin vaccinating eligible New Yorkers, which include frontline healthcare workers. Related story - COVID-19: NY Introduces App That Guides Users To Vaccine Eligibility "The vaccine is the weapon that will win this war and we must move quickly and efficiently to get New Yorkers vaccinated as soon they become eligible," Cuomo said.  "All health care workers can...
    As public health officials race to vaccinate millions of Americans against COVID-19, demand has grown so much that some states are running out of space to administer doses. The NFL this week suggested a way to perhaps solve that problem: Use team stadiums to host thousands of people waiting in line for a vaccine.  "We have encouraged clubs to contact their state and local health departments to offer stadiums and practice facilities, if practical, to serve as sites for vaccinating the general public," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday. "These will be decisions between the clubs and their local officials based on need, location and availability." Using sports arenas for vaccinations isn't a completely novel idea. The University of Michigan's Big House, the nation's largest college football stadium, became a vaccine site last month and can now administer up to 2,000 vaccines a day. Former hockey stadium Broadbent...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY Over 500 journalists died from COVID-19 in 2020: report Fine whine: De Blasio slams Cuomo’s ‘arrogance’ amid vaccine criticism The cold reality of outdoor dining and takeout during a COVID-19 winter Letters to the editor — Jan. 5, 2021 Under fire for a sluggish rollout, New York officials are considering activating senior citizen centers and recreational centers to dramatically expand access to the coronavirus vaccine, the Post has learned. Using centers for the elderly and youths to boost the number of New Yorkers inoculated from COVID-19 has come up during discussions involving aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local elected officials. “The governor’s office did ask about using recreational centers for vaccination sites,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. Talks particularly centered on utilizing the rec center in Brentwood, the locality with Long Island’s highest coronavirus infection rate, Carpenter said. In turn, Carpenter recommended...
    LONDON (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech was being sent to hospitals across the U.K. in super-cold containers on Sunday, two days ahead of the kickoff of Britain’s biggest-ever immunization program, one being closely watched around the world. Around 800,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to be in place for the start of the rollout on Tuesday, a day that British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has reportedly dubbed as “V-Day,” a nod to triumphs in World War II. “Despite the huge complexities, hospitals will kickstart the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history from Tuesday,” said Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s national medical director. “The first tranche of vaccine deliveries will be landing at hospitals by Monday in readiness.” Last week the U.K. became the first country to authorize the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for emergency use. In trials, the vaccine...
    LONDON – The coronavirus vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech was being sent to hospitals across the U.K. in super-cold containers on Sunday, two days ahead of the kickoff of Britain's biggest-ever immunization program, one being closely watched around the world. Around 800,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to be in place for the start of the rollout on Tuesday, a day that British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has reportedly dubbed as “V-Day,” a nod to triumphs in World War II. “Despite the huge complexities, hospitals will kickstart the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history from Tuesday,” said Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s national medical director. “The first tranche of vaccine deliveries will be landing at hospitals by Monday in readiness.” Last week the U.K. became the first country to authorize the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for emergency use. In trials, the...
    The city of Moscow opening 70 vaccination facilities where thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups had signed up to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort. The centers in the capital started giving shots to willing recipients three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign even though a Russian-designed vaccine has yet to complete the advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety in line with established scientific protocols. The Russian leader said Wednesday that more than 2 million doses of Sputnik V will be available in the next few days, allowing authorities to offer jabs to medical workers and teachers across the country starting late next week. Russian medical worker, right, administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Thousands of doctors, teachers...
    MOSCOW, Russia -- The city of Moscow opening 70 vaccination facilities where thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups had signed up to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort.The centers in the capital started giving shots to willing recipients three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a "large-scale" COVID-19 immunization campaign even though a Russian-designed vaccine has yet to complete the advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety in line with established scientific protocols.The Russian leader said Wednesday that more than 2 million doses of Sputnik V will be available in the next few days, allowing authorities to offer jabs to medical workers and teachers across the country starting late next week.Moscow, which currently accounts for about a quarter of the country's new daily infections, moved ahead of the curve with the opening of the vaccination...
    MOSCOW — Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up Saturday for a coronavirus vaccination in Moscow. The vaccination effort comes three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “large-scale” immunization campaign even though a Russian-designed vaccine has yet to complete the advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety in line with established scientific protocols. The Russian leader said Wednesday that more than 2 million doses of the Sputnik V shot will be available in the next few days, allowing authorities to offer shots to medical workers and teachers across the country starting late next week. On Saturday, Russia reported a record 28,782 daily cases, including 7,993 in Moscow. Russia’s 2.4 million confirmed cases is the fourth-largest caseload in the world behind the United States, India and Brazil. There’s been 42,684 total confirmed deaths in Russia. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: —...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort. The vaccinations come three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign even though a Russian-designed vaccine has yet to complete the advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety in line with established scientific protocols. The Russian leader said Wednesday that more than 2 million doses of the Sputnik V jab will be available in the next few days, allowing authorities to offer jabs to medical workers and teachers across the country starting late next week. Moscow, which currently accounts for about a quarter of the country's new daily infections, moved ahead of the curve, opening 70 vaccination facilities on Saturday. Doctors, teachers and municipal workers were invited to book a time...
    German officials are hoping to make new mass coronavirus vaccination centers safe from potential attacks as they prepare to open. Albrecht Broemme, the former head of Germany’s civil protection agency who is leading the task of opening up six mass vaccination centers in Berlin, told the Associated Press on Friday that there are special security concerns for the facilities. Although no solid threats against the centers have been logged, Broemme said he plans to engage in “intense conversations” with both police and private security groups regarding safety precautions, given the potential for violence. There have been sporadic protests in Germany over coronavirus restrictions, and some in the country have made unfounded claims that the German government will force people to be vaccinated despite denials from officials. “With the centers, it’s indeed possible that people opposed to vaccination or others willing to use violence might say, ‘Let’s...
    BERLIN (AP) — Officials in Germany said Friday that they are taking the potential for attacks on mass vaccination centers into consideration as they set up sites to prepare for European Union regulators authorizing the first coronavirus vaccines. Britain gave the green light Wednesday for emergency use of a vaccine made by German firm BioNTech and U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The European Medicines Agency has indicated it may not decide whether to grant its authorization until Dec. 29, about two weeks later than Germany had expected to launch a national immunization drive. The former head of Germany's civil protection agency, Albrecht Broemme, was tasked with setting up six mass vaccination sites in Berlin. He said security questions still need to be resolved. Unlike with hospitals, which tend to be treated respectfully, “with the centers it's indeed possible that people opposed to vaccination or others willing to use violence might say...
    BERLIN – Officials in Germany said Friday that they are taking the potential for attacks on mass vaccination centers into consideration as they set up sites to prepare for European Union regulators authorizing the first coronavirus vaccines. Britain gave the green light Wednesday for emergency use of a vaccine made by German firm BioNTech and U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The European Medicines Agency has indicated it may not decide whether to grant its authorization until Dec. 29, about two weeks later than Germany had expected to launch a national immunization drive. The former head of Germany's civil protection agency, Albrecht Broemme, was tasked with setting up six mass vaccination sites in Berlin. He said security questions still need to be resolved. Unlike with hospitals, which tend to be treated respectfully, “with the centers it's indeed possible that people opposed to vaccination or others willing to use violence might...
    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,...
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