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    The WHO investigation team in Wuhan has announced that it will not release its provisional findings. A group of scientists point out, in a forum, the flaws in the investigation and question the independence of the investigators. Rather false VSIt has now been more than a year since the first cases of covid-19 appeared in Wuhan, China. And more than two months that a team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) was dispatched to the site to investigate the origins of the pandemic in collaboration with the Chinese authorities. This Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports that the investigating team decided not to release its provisional findings. The decision comes amid growing tensions between the United States and China over the conditions of access offered by Beijing to WHO experts during their investigation.
    Seven Senate Democrats and one Independent voted against a procedural vote on $15 minimum wage Friday. Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed an amendment during the “vote-a-rama” in the Senate, where a vote can be forced on anything. As senators were introducing their amendments to be voted on, Sanders put forward a procedural vote on a $15 minimum wage, which was cut out of Democrats’ original COVID relief bill. Independent Maine Sen. Angus King joined with the seven Democrats to vote against the minimum wage increase. THESE SEVEN DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST A $15 MINIMUM WAGE:  Tester Manchin Sinema Shaheen Carper Coons Hassan The Senate last held a “vote-a-rama” in early February to pass a budget resolution which gave Democrats the ability to bypass the 60-vote filibuster for their coronavirus relief package. Republicans forced a number of votes on issues that Democrats might not want to put their names...
    The WHO investigation team in Wuhan has announced that it will not release its provisional findings. A group of scientists point out, in a forum, the flaws in the investigation and question the independence of the investigators.
    Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccineJohnson & Johnson via Reuters Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan rejected an initial allotment of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, citing sufficient supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to cover demand from eligible residents. "Johnson and Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure that residents of the city of Detroit get the best," Duggan said at a Thursday press briefing. The FDA on Saturday authorized J&J's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the third shot to be approved for distribution in the U.S. and the only vaccine that requires just one dose Clinical trial data shows J&J's vaccine is 66% effective overall at protecting against Covid, compared with about 95% for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. While some have raised concern over the J&J...
    By Ganesh Setty | CNN Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined an initial allocation of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine this week even as nationwide demand continues to outpace available supply. Duggan, a Democrat who has been mayor since 2014, said he turned down the shipment because the city is able to meet current demand with its supply of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines — even as his administration expanded vaccine eligibility Thursday to residents ages 50 and older with chronic medical conditions. “So, Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure the residents of the City of Detroit get the best,” Duggan said during a news conference Thursday. The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday authorized the one-dose J&J vaccine, which was found to be 72% effective in...
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    Sony Playstation 5 : Codemasters has announced that from now on DiRT 5, DiRT Rally 2.0 and GRID players playing in UK you will start to see a series of advertising messages with warnings and advice from the British Government. Codemasters and the UK Government Against COVID-19 As detailed, there are two messages currently in the awareness campaign. One of them prays “Stay home, protect public health, save lives“, in a clear warning to citizens to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The other slogan is”Every mind counts“, whose objective is to offer help for mental well-being in these hard times that we are having to live. This is not the first time that Codemasters has joined forces with the UK Government as Similar messages were introduced in several of its games last year to help raise public awareness of the danger posed by the coronavirus. In fact,...
    While a majority of states and cities are still vaccinating higher priority groups of people, one county in Arizona is now allowing any resident over the age of 18 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Gila County, which is located east of Phoenix, entered Phase 2 of their vaccine prioritization late last month, opening up eligibility to the general population.  Part of the the decision to open vaccine eligibility is because Gila County has one of the lowest percentages of COVID-19 vaccine doses used in Arizona. Michael O'Driscoll, director of Public Health and Emergency Management for the county, told CBS affiliate KPHO-TV that they received permission from the state last week to offer the vaccine in a drive-thru clinic last weekend.  "Prior to that, we were struggling to find enough people to make appointments to that, so the state gave me permission to offer it to any resident 18 and...
    With California now dedicating 40% of its COVID-19 vaccine supply to underserved communities, one challenge is making sure the doses actually get to those in need. Even before the change in policy, people in wealthier communities have used redistributed access codes to secure vaccine appointments intended to be reserved for lower-income neighborhoods. One solution, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, will be to use single-use access codes to secure appointments, instead of group-access codes. Newsom also acknowledged that counties have had problems with the state’s vaccine appointment system, My Turn, and pledged to continue improving it. “We’re going to have to target appointments and make sure individuals that live in our targeted communities are actually the ones who get the specific codes, who get the appointment blocks,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services secretary,said. “And that becomes easier not just on My Turn, but through phone banking and...
    Here's how passing the COVID relief bill will help communities of color
    LONDON, Mar 5 (.) – Europe’s governments and airlines hope vaccine certificates and digital health apps can help make travel a reality again this summer, after a year of COVID restrictions. -19. What options are being considered, how do they work, and what are the concerns? WHAT IS NEEDED AND WHY? There are currently multiple travel restrictions, with different rules for each country. Many countries require a recent negative COVID-19 test result to be demonstrated. Complying with changing regulations is difficult for passengers and airlines. A digital health or travel app would aim to show passengers up-to-date requirements for their destination and show COVID-19 test results and any vaccination certificates. “These solutions will therefore be vital to reducing this complexity and streamlining the customer journey,” said Luis Gallego, CEO of IAG, which owns British Airways. Airports say that checking test results, passenger location forms for contact tracking and other documentation...
    The map above shows the approximate boundaries of the 10 ZIP codes in the Bay Area that will receive COVID-19 vaccine priority under the state’s plan to reserve 40% of the supply for low-income Californians. The 10 are among the 446 California ZIP codes in the lowest quartile of the state’s Healthy Places Index, which measures socioeconomic opportunity. They are: 94102, San Francisco 94130, Treasure Island 94601, 94603, 94621, Oakland 94801, Richmond 94590, Vallejo 94535, Travis Air Force Base 95652, Elmira (Solano County) 94512, west of Rio Vista Related Articles Why blood type A may increase COVID-19 risk High school dropout’s Bay Area startup aims to save restaurants from fees, Karens US adds a strong 379,000 jobs in hopeful sign for economy When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? Kaiser Permanente, big player in state COVID-19...
    San Antonio, Texas (CNN)A college student struggling with multiple health conditions, a Texas cattle farmer eager to reunite with his 90-year-old mother and a restaurant owner who lost too many friends to the pandemic -- they are among those who got Covid-19 vaccines despite the general lack of trust in vaccines among communities of color. America's history of racism in medical research and a lack of trust in the federal government has made many Black and Latino Americans hesitant to take a vaccine since one was first approved in December. And in the last few months, people of color have been vaccinated at far lower rates than White Americans in part due to this mistrust and a lack of access, experts have said.JUST WATCHEDAd campaign fights vaccine skepticism among Black AmericansReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHAd campaign fights vaccine skepticism among Black Americans 04:03Earlier this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. On March 2, 2020, three days after the first death from COVID-19 in the United States, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz gathered legislative leaders and his top health officials for a closed-door meeting on the novel coronavirus that emerged from China. More than two months before, health authorities in Wuhan said they were treating dozens of cases of people sickened by the mysterious new virus. There was no proof yet that it could spread from humans to other humans, but that proof came soon. The first Chinese death came on Jan. 11. Ten days later, the first case in the U.S. was confirmed: a Seattle man in his 30s who had recently returned from Wuhan. “This will get to Minnesota at some...
    VIDEO2:5802:58We're still a long way from a full recovery, says Raymond James' Scott BrownPower Lunch It's been one year since the coronavirus crisis brought the economy to its knees, and some people may never financially recover. Despite recent signs of improvement — including modest job gains and progress on Covid-19 vaccine shots, which paves the way to a more open economy — about half of working adults in the U.S. said the pandemic's impact will make it harder for them to achieve long-term financial goals, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. Among those who said their financial situation has gotten worse, 44% said it will take three years or more to get back to where they were 12 months ago — and 1 in 10 said their finances will never entirely be the same. More from Personal Finance:Americans increased their credit card debt because of CovidA financial...
    Changes Made by Cuomo Aides Dramatically Decreased Death Toll from COVID-19 in Nursing Homes MiamiMundo / Eldiariony When top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received a report written by state health officials, which included a tally of how many nursing home residents in New York had died from the pandemic as of June 2020, they were alarmed. The number of seniors who had died from COVID-19 in the state was more than 9,000 by that time in June of last year, and it was not known to the public, and the governor’s senior advisers wanted to keep it that way. So they rewrote the report for publication, based on interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times. The extraordinary intervention, which came just as the Cuomo was beginning to write a book about his pandemic achievements, was the earliest known act so far in what critics have...
    Democratic Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined an allotment of Johnson & Johnson’s new single-dose coronavirus vaccine because, according to him, it isn’t “the best” vaccine available. “So, Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure the residents of the City of Detroit get the best,” Duggan said at a news conference Thursday, according to CNN. The mayor said he would add a Johnson & Johnson vaccine center if it was needed to meet demand, but he doesn’t see that happening in the next couple of weeks. This is pretty outrageous: “Detroit would have received 6,200 of the J&J one-shot doses, but declined to do so and did not get more Moderna and Pfizer doses to make up for it…” https://t.co/cfZCeK2JDe — Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 5, 2021 The Johnson & Johnson...
    L to R: The author as a child and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The author I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder as a kid. Until the pandemic started last year, I had no idea how bad it could be. It finally began to feel like exactly what it is — a serious and life-affecting mental illness. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. I was a toddler the first time I felt too afraid to fall asleep. I screamed and cried until my parents let me sleep in bed with them. It became an almost nightly routine.  When I was 8 years old, I started to understand what I was feeling. I felt butterflies in my stomach, but each butterfly grew larger and fluttered faster with every breath I took. I squeezed my "special blankie," the tattered covering I'd slept with ever since I was born, and...
    Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) warned of the negative effects that could accompany completely lifting Covid-19 restrictions, questioning why “a little more caution isn’t the very best medicine.” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle sat down with the governor on Friday morning, first praising the successful vaccine rollout in his state before asking if he has felt pressure from businesses or constituents to reopen West Virginia as other states begin to lift restrictions. “Really, Stephanie, not much. You know, I mean we do hear it some, but — and believe me be, I don’t like the masks either. But, you know, I would really subscribe to just this: I would say one robin doesn’t make Spring,” he replied. “I mean, if you’ll just step back and think about that, you know when robins start to come back and everything, if we instantaneously react sometimes it could be kind of foolish because all of a sudden we may turn around...
    Covid swab tests go either up the nose and into the nasal cavity or prod the back of the throat, and both options are uncomfortable and invasive.  There are several emerging methods being developed as alternatives, including saliva tests, urine tests and now, a 'scream test'. Dutch inventor Peter van Wees has developed a way of analysing exhaled particles from a person's breath for signs of the coronavirus.  But to get enough particles and to ensure virus can be detected, the people being tested must scream or sing at the top of their lungs in an airlocked cabin.   Dutch inventor Peter van Wees has developed a way of analysing exhaled particles from a person's breath for signs of the coronavirus An industrial air purifier collects all the particles exhaled by the person, which are then analysed for the virus An industrial air purifier collects all the particles emitted, which...
    The restrictions in Europe due to the covid-19 pandemic remain for the moment due to the rebound in infections in some countries, however the possibility of a vaccination passport could be the first step towards the return to mobility without endangering the sacrifices of the last year. AUSTRIA The announced lifting of restrictions for Easter in Austria is in doubt given the notable increase in new infections with coronavirus. The Austrian Ministry of Health was yesterday “alarmed” by the rise in new infections, which has occurred gradually since the country opened certain sectors a month ago, such as schools and services such as hairdressers or massage therapists. Of course, gastronomy, cultural events, amateur sports and hotels have been closed since last November. In this context, the reliefs announced for the gastronomy sector, foreseen as of Holy Week throughout the country, are once again in...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has a 60% approval rating of his job performance from Americans and even more backing for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for Biden’s pandemic response extends across party lines. Overall, 70% of Americans back his handling of the virus response, including 44% of Republicans. Biden has made the pandemic his central focus, urging Americans to follow stringent social distancing and mask guidelines and vowing to speed up distribution of critical vaccines. He’s also argued that until the spread of the virus is under control, the economy won’t fully recover. Overall, 48% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 37% in December. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden’s virus response — Senate takes up $1.9T...
    As we all know, COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and even death for many people across our nation and around the world. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best and safest choice to protect you, your family, and your community. Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe? Since there is currently no cure for COVID-19, prevention is our best strategy. When you get the vaccine, your immune system gets a boost to help prevent you from getting COVID-19. The two COVID-19 vaccines being administered now, Pfizer and Moderna, have been approved for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are fully endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The vaccines were developed and tested in large clinical trials (tests) to make sure they met important safety standards. Many people...
    Hi Everyone! T.G.I.F.! READ MORE: 30-Year-Old Woman Shot In SW Baltimore Friday A bit of a chill to start this day to be sure. And forget the wind and wind chill, an honestly chilly air mass is here for the weekend. But skies will be clear and sunshine is a good thing. Knowing that the forecast high for next Thursday is posted at 68° just makes the weekend high temps in the mid 40s irrelevant. That warm up next week, we discussed yesterday, is even more impressive by adding that one more day on to the seven-day forecast. And nature will respond. READ MORE: A Year Ago, Maryland Reported Its First COVID Cases. Today Gov. Hogan Will Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives To The Virus There is a golf course I drive by heading home and early this week I made it a point to notice the color of...
    Today, Dr. Anthony Fauci released a 4-pronged plan as to how we’re going to conquer the variants spreading coast to coast.     Watch THE DR. OZ SHOW, weekdays at 3 p.m. on CBS 62. Related
    Changes Made by Cuomo Aides Dramatically Decreased Death Toll from COVID-19 in Nursing Homes MiamiMundo / Eldiariony When top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received a report written by state health officials, which included a tally of how many nursing home residents in New York had died from the pandemic as of June 2020, they were alarmed. The number of seniors who had died from COVID-19 in the state was more than 9,000 by that time in June of last year, and it was not known to the public, and the governor’s senior advisers wanted to keep it that way. So they rewrote the report for publication, based on interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times. The extraordinary intervention, which came just as the Cuomo was beginning to write a book about his pandemic achievements, was the earliest known act so far in what critics have...
    WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has a 60% approval rating of his job performance from Americans and even more backing for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for Biden’s pandemic response extends across party lines. Overall, 70% of Americans back his handling of the virus response, including 44% of Republicans. Biden has made the pandemic his central focus, urging Americans to follow stringent social distancing and mask guidelines and vowing to speed up distribution of critical vaccines. He’s also argued that until the spread of the virus is under control, the economy won’t fully recover. Overall, 48% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 37% in December. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden’s virus response — Senate takes up $1.9T relief bill,...
    The setbacks in the delivery of the doses of the vaccine of the covid-19 by pharmaceutical companies it has been more common than desired since last January. Pfizer-BioNtech, AztraZeneca and Moderna, the three companies that supply the drug that arrives in Spain, have communicated at various times both delays in the distribution of their compound as reductions in quantities. The focus, in recent times, has been on Moderna, which has spared up to 28,000 doses in the four shipments What have you done. . In the case of the American company, it has delivered to date 387,600 doses to the different communities autonomous, as reflected in the March 4 vaccination report prepared by the Ministry of Health. However, the Government had announced that 415,600 doses would arrive in shipments on January 12 (35,700), January 31 (52,000), February 7 (127,900) and February 26 (200,000). “The gap is due to Moderna reported...
    US COVID-19 vaccination program is our can do World War II moment Toys in quarantine, paper test kits: COVID has changed the way children play. Heres how. Best & Worst Refi Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Getty / Kurt Krieger / Kurt Krieger - Corbis The Live-Action Pinocchio Cast Is Truly a Wish Upon a Star Come True The latest Disney movie to get the live-action treatment is Pinocchio, and the movie is finally finding some of its major cast members! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast includes Oscar winners and top-tier A-listers, along with a budding young star playing Pinocchio himself. The movie is set to begin production this month, combining live-action acting with high-tech computer imagery and animation. It's set to debut on Disney+ at...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Today — Friday, March 5 — marks a year since Maryland reported its first cases of the coronavirus. After several weeks of testing people with symptoms, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the first three positive cases. All of the patients were Montgomery Country residents — a married couple in their 70s and a woman in her 50s. They all contracted the virus while traveling abroad. READ MORE: Maryland Officials Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force As State, Baltimore Officials Spar Over Relief Funding Hogan put Maryland under a state of emergency that same day, and submitted emergency legislation to allow the state to use the “rainy day fund” of up to $50 million from the Revenue Stabilization Account for response efforts. TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread We would later learn that the trio had been on a cruise along the Nile River in Egypt and...
    Halfpoint Images | Moment | Getty Images When it comes to retirement planning, women are saving less than men. The coronavirus pandemic is only making it worse. Nearly three-fourths, or 72%, of women with investable assets of $100,000 or more said the crisis has negatively impacted their ability to retire, according to a January survey by Nationwide Retirement Institute. "It doesn't help that so many women are now pulled out of the workforce because of Covid," said certified financial planner Zaneilia Harris, president of Harris & Harris Wealth Management Group, based in the Washington metro area. More than 2.3 million women have left the workforce since February 2020, bringing their labor force participation rate down to levels not seen in more than three decades, according to the National Women's Law Center.We need to give ourselves permission to make ourselves a priority.Zaneilia HarrisPresident of Harris & Harris Wealth Management GroupPre-pandemic numbers...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in Texas is nearing the 44,000 mark — with 315 more deaths reported on Thursday alone. On March 4 Dallas County reported 27 COVID-19 deaths and 781 new cases, while Tarrant County had 18 additional deaths. READ MORE: Former Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall Explains Why No Action Was Ever Taken Against Officer Bryan Riser, Now Charged With Capital Murder According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state’s COVID-19 death toll stood at 43,878 on March 4. The state’s confirmed and probable coronavirus cases rose by 5,903 pushing the state’s total cases since the start of the pandemic to nearly 2.7 million. READ MORE: Gov. Greg Abbott Responds To Criticism For Ending Mask Mandate, Fully Reopening Texas: Theres Never Going To Be Uniform Agreement On This There is a bit of good news –the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations...
    In another of her videos posted on social media, the former lawyer could be seen standing up to a police officer ordering her to stop filming. “I have the right to monitor what the state is doing,” she replied calmly to the man who tried to snatch her cell phone. With the approach of International Women’s Day on March 8, Zhang Zhan is “the symbol” of the search for the truth about what happened in the metropolis of central China, quarantined on January 23, 2020, notes his lawyer. A search against the narrative imposed by the communist regime, namely a heroic fight against the virus, culminating with the virtual eradication of the epidemic in the most populous country in the world. Appeared at the end of 2019, the new coronavirus that was not yet called Covid-19 was to spread over the surface of the globe, killing more than 2.5...
    Sellers on 15 different "dark web" marketplaces have dispersed hundreds of doses of what they allege are COVID-19 vaccines, according to a new study by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. What's more, Kaspersky's researchers believe a significant portion of those sales, as much as 30%, could be of actual vaccines. "There is evidence that suggests some of these sellers are providing real doses," said Dmitry Galov, a researcher at Kaspersky who led the study of illicit online vaccines sales. "There are pictures of packaging and medical certificates. It looks like some of these people do have inside access to medical institutions." The doses are available for as much as $1,200 a pop, and Kaspersky researchers, who finished their study two weeks ago, say some vaccine hawkers have completed as many as 500 transactions. Galov said the prices have been rising recently and that all of the sales are conducted in cryptocurrencies, such as...
    SUSAN Boyle was all smiles as she got her Covid vaccine and said "there’s light at the end of the tunnel". The Sun's Jabs Army supporter gave a thumbs up following her trip to the vaccine centre in West Lothian. 4Susan Boyle gave onlookers a thumbs up after getting her Covid vaccine Susan, who turns 60 on April 1, said getting the vaccine had boosted her spirits, as she thanked the NHS and the "science" that is fighting coronavirus. She told The Sun: "Monday felt for the first time like there is light at the end of the tunnel. "There is so much disinformation surrounding the vaccine but I encourage you to go out and get the vaccine when it’s available to you. "I am grateful for science and grateful for medicine and especially grateful to the wonderful NHS nurses and doctors, thank you." 4Susan Boyle is arguably Britain's...
    "Cancel." At no point in history has that word been so popular as it has been in the last year. From weddings to graduations, March Madness to the Masters, it seems as if nearly everything was canceled.   But there are some things in this life that can never be canceled. God’s love. The inherent value He assigns to each and every human being. The work being done around the world in His name.  There is no doubt that ministry looks different now than it did pre-pandemic, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. But the mission has not changed. If anything, it is now more critical than ever, which is why we can never stop fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves.   JANICE DEAN: 'MAKE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE' -- WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT KINDNESS AND GOODWILL IN A TOUGH TIME Thankfully, we serve a God for whom nothing is too big....
    A NEW coronavirus variant has been detected in the UK for the first time. There are now a catalogue of strains circulating in the UK, each with their own characteristics but some more of a concern than others. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 6There are now eight mutated versions of Covid under health officials' watchlist The latest one, announced yesterday, is thought to have originated on British soil, but it's not clear where. As scientists work out more to understand it, common symptoms of the coronavirus to keep looking out for are a cough, high temperature, loss of taste and smell, fatigue and a headache. There are now eight mutated versions of Covid under health officials' watchlist - four are labelled "variant under investigation" (VUI), and four are "a concern" (VOC). Those of a concern go by the unofficial names of the...
     Presented by Facebook      Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 513,091; Tuesday, 514,657; Wednesday, 516,608; Thursday, 518,453; Friday, 520,356. Senate Democrats voted by the narrowest margin on Thursday to take up a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill, teeing off what's expected to be a sprint through the weekend to help millions of struggling Americans. President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines should and shouldn't do, according to two sources at the agency familiar with its drafting.  The upcoming guidance, first reported by Politico, is expected to include that fully vaccinated individuals should be able to gather in small groups with other people who have also been vaccinated. The CDC currently does not recommend in-person gatherings with the general public, saying "gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice."  Even for people who have been fully vaccinated, other mitigation measures will still be recommended, including wearing a mask in public and social distancing. A source at the CDC who is familiar with the guidance confirms that it won't be released Thursday, when it was expected to be. There was no word on when it would be...
    POPE Francis has arrived in Iraq for a four-day trip - defying fears over security and the country's spiralling Covid infection rate. The historic tour, which the Pope has called a "pilgrimage of peace", is the first time a pontiff has visited the war-torn country. 8The Pope has arrived in Iraq for a four-day trip despite security and Covid fearsCredit: Reuters 8Crowds of people gathered in Baghdad to greet the PopeCredit: Reuters 8Security forces standing guard in Iraq ahead of the Pope's visitCredit: AP:Associated Press The 84-year-old is making the trip to reassure Iraq's dwindling Christian community, and he will also reach out to Shi'ite Muslims when he meets Iraq's top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Pope Francis has felt duty-bound to make the "emblematic" visit - his first international trip since the pandemic began - because the country had suffered so much for so long. He has insisted on...
    (CNN)I promise that if you or someone you love has survived Covid-19 I rejoice for you.Likewise, if you or a loved one are among the fortunate who have received the vaccine that can protect the body from this devastating disease, I am truly happy about that. My father, Gary D. Respers Sr., was not so fortunate. Now every bit of good news about how we are progressing against the pandemic has been both hopeful and triggering for me. My daddy died the night of February 18, leaving a hole in our family that can never be filled. He was 69. Read MoreThe Respers family circa 1990. From left - Gary Sr., Patricia, Lisa, Gary Jr., Danielle and KyleHe was funny, sweet, kind, hard-working, devoted to his family and as proud to be my father as I was to be his daughter. He and my mother would have celebrated their 50th...
    CASES of Covid-19 are still rising in 13 places in England and this interactive map reveals if your area is on the list. Official data from Public Health England (PHE) states that 95 per cent of local authorities have seen a fall in cases with just three areas remaining at the same infection rate. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... The fall in cases in 299 areas in England comes after it was last night revealed that a new variant of the virus is currently being investigated by PHE. The health body said 16 cases of a Covid strain known as VUI-202102/04 have been detected. It is understood to be an evolution of the UK variant, containing the E484K mutation, and similar to the one found in Liverpool earlier this year. Further surge testing has also been announced in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, and Brent, north west London...
    How did Joe Biden manage to eke out a presidential win after washing up in fourth place in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire? Co-host Molly Jong-Fast still wants to know. “I’ve spent much of the week talking about being wrong about Cuomo, but I would like to take a minute to talk about being wrong about Biden,” she tells NBC News’ Jonathan Allen, co-author of the new book Lucky: How Biden Barely Won the Presidency, on the latest episode of The New Abnormal. While Molly and others were writing Biden’s political obituary in February 2020, his staffers were suggesting the former vice president refinance his house to put money into his dying campaign, Allen says. “It’s not the most unheard of thing for a candidate to do it,” he says, but “a presidential candidate doesn’t do that. And the subtext of going to him to tell him that is...
    The British variant already has reached 85% of coronavirus cases in some areas of the Community of Madrid. This was underlined this Friday by the Deputy Minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero, and the General Director of Public Health, Elena Andradas, during the press conference to update the epidemiological and healthcare situation in the region. At the moment, although the capital does not register cases of either the South African or the Brazilian strain, the Kent variant continues to expand “week by week”, with an average presence of 50%. However, in some areas 85% has already been registered, reports Zapatero. So much so that “The Alcorcón Foundation has 58% of the cases detected with the British strain, Alcalá de Henares 47%, Ramón y Cajal 41%. In Gregorio Marañón, there are 41% “, said the vice-counselor. Similarly, the University Hospital of La Princesa registers 50%...
    TODAY, March 5 marks one year since Britain saw its first citizen die from Covid-19. To mark the anniversary, Brits are being asked to light a candle and hold a minutes silence for Covid Memorial Day. 1To mark the anniversary, Brits are being asked to light a candle and hold a minutes silence for Covid Memorial DayCredit: Getty Images - Getty What is Covid Memorial Day?  A day-long “virtual commemoration” of those we have lost to Covid-19 over the last year culminating in a 7pm candle-lit minute’s silence. On 5 March 2020, the BBC reported that a 75-year-old woman in the Royal Berkshire Hospital had become the first Briton to die of COVID-19. Exactly one year and so many deaths on, Covid Memorial Day will be a moment for Britain’s to take a moment to grieve. Virtually every nation that has had large numbers of Covid deaths have held national...
    A picture taken on February 28, 2021 shows palm trees on the empty "Promenade des anglais" in Nice, on the French riviera.VALERY HACHE | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Airlines in Europe are looking at sunshine and beaches as their route to making money again. The sector has been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with people being advised to stay at home. Lufthansa said on Thursday that it registered a 75% drop in the number of passengers between 2019 and 2020 — highlighting the devastating impact experienced by many airlines since Covid hit. However, they are now studying ways to adjust business models as economies attempt to reopen in the coming months. "European carriers will pivot to leisure travel," Adrian Yanoshik, an equity analyst at Berenberg, told CNBC Wednesday. "This is a tactical response. You follow the flow of people," he said. As European economies look at easing...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday came out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. A look at some of the major changes in the bill now being considered by the Senate versus what passed the House last week. WHO GETS A CHECK President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have agreed to tighten eligibility for the $1,400 payments. Under the House bill, the cash payment would phase out for singles with incomes between $75,000 and $100,00. But under the Senate bill, the phaseout stops at $80,000. Under the House bill, the cash payment for married couples phased out between $150,000 and $200,000. But under the Senate bill, the phaseout stops at $160,000. Most Americans will still be getting the full amount under either bill. The median household income was $68,703 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Roughly 8 million fewer households will get a...
    (CNN)For the past year, countries around the world have shared data on Covid-19 cases and deaths with the World Health Organization (WHO) -- information that is crucial in informing the global fight against the disease. However, three countries stand out as appearing either less than transparent or in denial about the scale of the problem. The East African nation of Tanzania has not updated its Covid-19 data since early May, leaving the last number of reported confirmed cases at 509 and the death toll at 21. The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan, a secretive, highly authoritarian state, "has not reported any Covid-19 cases to WHO to date," according to a WHO statement. But human rights groups say the disease is spreading widely there. North Korea similarly has not recorded a single case of Covid-19. Most experts view that claim as suspect, however. The reclusive country has tested only a fraction...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday came out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. A look at some of the major changes in the bill now being considered by the Senate versus what passed the House last week. WHO GETS A CHECK President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have agreed to tighten eligibility for the $1,400 payments. Under the House bill, the cash payment would phase out for singles with incomes between $75,000 and $100,00. But under the Senate bill, the phaseout stops at $80,000. Under the House bill, the cash payment for married couples phased out between $150,000 and $200,000. But under the Senate bill, the phaseout stops at $160,000. Most Americans will still be getting the full amount under either bill. The median household income was $68,703 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Roughly 8 million fewer households will get...
    Andrew Cuomo's aides asked the state health department to change its definition of COVID nursing home deaths, it has been claimed, in a bid to reduce the total and lessen the criticism of the embattled New York governor. On Thursday night The Wall Street Journal reported that Cuomo's team sought the changes in July. The bombshell report comes hours after one of three women accusing Cuomo of sexual assault spoke out on television for the first time, adding to his horrendous week. On Friday the state assembly will vote on whether to revoke Cuomo's emergency powers, two months early. The additional authority was approved in the early days of the pandemic last year, and designed to give Cuomo sweeping powers to rapidly change laws, in the midst of the public health emergency. Calls have been growing for some time for the powers to be removed. On Thursday, sources told the...
    The autonomous communities have notified the Ministry of Health this Thursday 6,037 new cases of COVID-19, 2,676 of them diagnosed in the last 24 hours. These figures are lower than those of the same day last week, when 9,568 positives were reported. The total number of infections in Spain already rises to 3,142,358 since the start of the pandemic, according to official statistics. The cumulative incidence in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 153, compared to 159 yesterday. In the past two weeks, a total of 72,083 positives have been registered. In this Thursday’s report they have been added 254 new deaths, compared to 345 last Thursday. Up to 70,501 people with a positive diagnostic test have died since the virus arrived in Spain, according to data collected by the Ministry. In the last week, 681 people with a confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis have died in...
    Miami : The United States on Thursday recorded fewer than 40,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours for the first time in five months, according to the Johns Hopkins University pandemic monitoring system. This number peaked at nearly 300,000 new cases on January 8 in the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than half a million deaths from the disease. But now it’s back down to levels before Thanksgiving celebrations in November and Christmas, when travel and gatherings defied safety warnings, and were the cause of further spread of the virus in the United States. . Another encouraging sign as the country continues its vaccination campaign is that daily deaths and hospitalizations from coronavirus have also decreased. Currently, three vaccines are being administered in the country, and the administration of President Joe Biden says the campaign to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100...
    New York : More than 15,000 residents of nursing homes in New York have died in the pandemic. Photo: Justin Heiman / . When top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received a report written by state health officials, which included a tally of how many nursing home residents in New York had died from the pandemic as of June 2020, they were alarmed. The number of seniors who had died from COVID-19 in the state was more than 9,000 by that time in June of last year, and it was not known to the public, and the governor’s senior advisers wanted to keep it that way. So they rewrote the report for publication, based on interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times. The extraordinary intervention, which occurred just as Cuomo was beginning to write a book about his pandemic achievements, it...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police on Thursday issued an alert to the public about shots being fired at buildings on Inner Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast. The suspect fired a gun and damaged residents’ windows or the building façade at several buildings in the 1100 block of North Lake Shore Drive, police said. The block is lined with luxury high-rises. READ MORE: Man Shot, Wounded In Vehicle In Humboldt Park One incident took place Thursday morning, while three others all happened on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 11. READ MORE: I Would Hope It Would Get Better: Seniors Navigate The Tech Terrain To Get Their COVID Shots Police did not have a description or information about the shooter. MORE NEWS: Northern Illinois Residents Drive Hours South To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Anyone with information is asked to call Area Three detectives at (312) 744-8263.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Bay Area commutes are still a lot quicker now then they were before the pandemic, but more lengthy travel times could return once kids are back in school. On the 7:30 a.m. San Francisco-bound BART train from the Pleasant Hill BART station, most seats were filled, but not all. By West Oakland, a couple people were standing. This is what the morning commute into the city looks like these days. Some regulars say they are seeing some more traffic. BART train during pandemic (CBS) However, the numbers that transit agencies have tell a different story. BART ridership is still nearly 90% below its pre-pandemic levels. Per virus safety protocols, BART considers its cars crowded when they reach 30 passengers. A check of the daily car passenger counts shows only a handful of cars reached into the high 20s. Simply put, BART has not even started to...
    Washington (CNN)Ahead of the Senate debate on the stimulus bill, Republican Senate leadership criticized the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package during a news conference Tuesday. Instead of focusing on the bill's economic provisions designed to revive the US economy, Republicans have attacked it for including funds for non-health care related spending and failing to push schools to reopen for in-person learning. Here's a look at some of those claims and the facts around them: Nothing for schools School reopening has been seen by many as one of the benchmarks of the country's pandemic recovery. As such, funding for schools was expected to be included as part of the coronavirus relief package. However, during Tuesday's press conference, Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, argued that "nothing in the bill we're talking about is designed to get kids back in school." Read MoreFacts First: This is false. The bill includes nearly $130...
    California is embarking on a radically different strategy in its strategy to vaccinate the state — placing a new focus on getting shots into the arms of the neediest of Californians, who have suffered the most in the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday formally announced that the state will reserve 40% of all COVID-19 vaccines going forward to people living in areas that are generally low-income and have crowded housing. Specifically, they will be targeted for people living in roughly 400 ZIP codes who live in the lowest 25% of the California Healthy Places index, a measure of socioeconomic opportunity that takes into account economic, social, education, housing and transportation factors. Generally speaking, the efforts target residents who live in low-income areas where homes are crowded — areas that have suffered high rates of disease and death from COVID-19. Why make the change now? As vaccines have rolled...
    DARTS ace Phil “The Power” Taylor finds himself on the pointy end for a change as he gets his jab. The 60-year-old - winner of a record 16 world championships and the most successful player in history - lined up for his vaccine at a JCB factory in Cheadle, Staffs, yesterday. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 5Darts ace Phil 'The Power' Taylor finds himself on the pointy end for a change as he gets his jabCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 5Phil got his first dose of the life-saving jab from nurse Emma Junasziw at the JCB plant which has been partially converted into a vaccine huCredit: SWNS:South West News Service He received his first dose of the life-saving jab from nurse Emma Junasziw at the plant which has been partially converted into a vaccine hub. Urging other Brits to get jabbed, Phil, of Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s the time of year when allergies kick up. Now some clinics say they are seeing a rise in patients confusing allergy symptoms with the coronavirus. “Allergy season did not go away cause of COVID,” said nurse practitioner Elyse Roelans. READ MORE: Some People Turned Away From MDC North Campus Vaccination Site Due To Lack Of Needed Medical Form According to Roelans, the pollen count has been a higher than normal. As a result, the CVS Minute Clinic where she works has seen an increase in patents worried they have COVID when it’s just allergies. “People are worried because the first sign of having any cold like symptom, they don’t know whether it’s COVID-19 or it’s allergies,” she said. South Florida resident Axel Pantaleon was among them. “I was worried at first that it was COVID, but I ended up getting tested, so it worked out well,”...
    A Paratrooper assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, prepares for a Airborne Operation at Fort Bragg, N.C., on May 7.Spc. Hubert Delany III | US Army WASHINGTON – White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that U.S. service members who are eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine but opt out are inadvertently "part of the problem" of lengthening the pandemic. "You're part of the solution to this outbreak," explained Fauci to a virtual audience during a town hall with Blue Star Families, a non-profit dedicated to issues facing military families. "Because by getting infected, even though you may not know it, you may be inadvertently transmitting the infection to someone else, even though you have no symptoms," Fauci said. "In reality, like it or not, you're propagating this outbreak. So instead of being part of the solution, you are innocently and inadvertently being...
    A year ago, millions of us marched demanding equality and respect. A few days later the pandemic began in Mexico. Life, after twelve months of confinements and partial openings, is not what we knew or had built until March 8. By the way, it was not an easy life: women in the world earned less than men, so we saved less; We had less secure jobs and a higher proportion of us worked in the informal sector, so we have less access to social security, that is, to public health, education, housing or pension services. We were less prepared to face the pandemic and the economic crisis just because we were women. Thus, 2020 overwhelmed us not only by highlighting the existing gaps, but also by making them deeper and more painful. Today, in Latin America, the decline in women’s labor participation is 10 years, according to ECLAC. In Mexico,...
    A new COVID-19 vaccine strategy could help immunize more vulnerable Bay Area communities that for weeks have been left behind. But with doses still in short supply, the state’s plan to address inequities in distribution hinges on California’s ability to get more shots. The day after state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that 40% of California’s vaccines will be earmarked for low-income, disadvantaged communities, experts and local officials were cautiously optimistic the plan will help get vaccines to neighborhoods with high numbers of infections and deaths and disproportionately low numbers of immunizations. Once California has administered 2 million vaccinations in those communities — which Ghaly expects to happen in the next week or two — the state will make it easier for some counties to reopen. “It’s very heartening to see,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, who has been pushing for improved vaccine access in Richmond, San...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — On average, 79,000 people are being vaccinated every day  in Illinois. Governor JB Pritzker said he’s hopeful that will be at least 100,000 a day by mid-March. READ MORE: Northern Illinois Residents Drive Hours South To Get COVID-19 Vaccine The biggest push is to get the shot into the arms of our state’s seniors. But some with pre-existing conditions are going to great lengths to get their shots. CBS 2’s Steven Graves has more. On Thursday, nearly 30,000 seniors signed up to get the COVID vaccine at the United Center, but there are highs and lows with signing up. Technology is the main driver in these processes. And for those seniors who needed that personal interaction, they were not afraid to look for it. Chicagoan Ronald Bogan has the paperwork. “There’s the appointment date and time.” It’s proof of his online-booked COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the United...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Thursday, March 4Here's why Governor Andrew Cuomo's job is safe (for now), as harassment probe startsWhile there are still calls for Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down from Republicans, those with influence in the state, say they want to wait to see the results of the state attorney general's investigation. In his first public appearance since three women came forward with sexual harassment allegations, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the accusations but said he would not resign.Lawmaker asks Pelosi to investigate 'tainted' food allegedly harming...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  Thousands are all signed up for appointments at the soon-to-open United Center mass vaccination site. Crews are putting the finishing touches on huge tents in the parking lot. READ MORE: Despite Unemployment Numbers, Illinois Per Capita Income Climbed In 2020 During COVID-19 Pandemic Online and phone registration started Thursday for the 110,000 available slots. People over 65 get first priority. People in Phase 1B Plus can sign up starting on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. There will be a limited number of vaccines that will be distributed on March 9, but the full day of shots will begin on Wednesday March 10. The center will operate seven days a week for the next eight weeks. READ MORE: Body Found In Storage Unit Near Rockford Identified As Missing Woman From McHenry County In a joint statement from the city of Chicago, Cook County, the state of Illinois and FEMA,...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate is negotiating how much to adjust the Democrats' massive coronavirus relief package that passed the House last week.While the final Senate bill has not been released yet, lawmakers are expected to make two major changes -- narrowing eligibility for the stimulus checks and nixing an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.The bulk of the Senate legislation will, however, largely mirror the $1.9 trillion package approved by the House and laid out by President Joe Biden in January. Once the chamber passes its version of the bill, it goes back to the House for a vote and then onto the White House for Biden's signature.Senate Democratic leaders are facing more hurdles to advancing the legislation since the party can't afford to lose a single member thanks to the 50-50 split in the chamber. Plus, they must adhere to the strict rules of reconciliation,...
    More On: joe biden White House continues to deny Trump’s ‘Warp Speed’ got COVID vaccines done Psaki defends Biden’s weekend Delaware trips, says he ‘lives in Wilmington’ US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts Texas gov fires back at Biden: Releasing migrants with COVID is ‘Neanderthal thinking’ Joltin’ Joe is back. President Biden on Thursday made one of his most head-turning comments since being sworn in when he told an Indian-American aerospace engineer that immigrants from the subcontinent are “taking over” the US. “It’s amazing. Indian-descent Americans are taking over the country — you, my vice president, my speechwriter,” Biden told Swati Mohan, NASA’s guidance and controls operations lead for the Mars Perseverance rover landing. Biden made the seemingly tone-deaf effort at levity before telling the NASA group that diversity in the US allows for the betterment of “every single solitary culture.” The president said, “One of the reasons why...
    Friday is the anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in the D.C. area, with a case cropping up in Maryland (with D.C. and Virginia both logging their first cases two days later). It has been a year of lockdowns, sickness and death, and Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke with WTOP about what has been learned, the outlook for the country, vaccines, how the virus surprised him and more. Asked what he wanted to make sure Americans knew about the state of the battle against the virus a year into it, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said, “I want them to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, particularly that we have multiple, highly efficacious vaccines.” The most important recent development, of course, is the introduction of three COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., from Pfizer,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines were administered at the M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site on Thursday. The line was long but move quickly. “I was thrilled to get my vaccine to start with and then even more so when I found out it was Johnson & Johnson,” Al Hergenhan said. The Maryland National Guard helped the University of Maryland Medical System administer the shots. “There are times when we have to serve overseas and then there are times when we get to serve at home,” Jeffrey Woolford, with the Mobile Vaccination Support Team, said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines For the rest of the week, M&T Bank Stadium will administer the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to as many as 2,400 people per-day. “It’s the first day with a new...
    (CNN)The US Senate is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill in the coming days before it heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law. This may seem like a major win for the new administration and congressional Democrats, but it's actually a Pyrrhic victory -- one that they may come to regret in the weeks and months ahead. Lanhee ChenThe expectation was that Biden would work to find common ground with Republicans on economic recovery, particularly after the two sides came together in late December 2020 to enact the last round of Covid-19 relief. Despite President Biden's many calls for unity and bipartisanship, however, Democrats have acted unilaterally this time around.Because this is the first major legislative initiative of Biden's presidency, the Democrats' unwillingness to compromise may have poisoned the well when it comes to future bipartisan action. This go-it-alone approach will only...
    Men, older adults and smokers are all more prone to coronavirus infection due to their biology, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed hundreds of thousands of samples of respiratory cells from the nasal passages and airways of participants. They found that the 'hook' of cells the virus latches onto and uses to infects our cells is much more prevalent in males who are older and smoke traditional cigarettes. The team, led by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, says the findings do not explain the biological pathways for why some at higher risk of being infected with COVID-19 but also why some groups should be prioritized for vaccination. A new study from Harvard and MIT found men, older adults and smokers had higher levels of ACE2, the receptor the coronavirus uses to enter and infect cells (above) This group also had higher levels...
    Faster driving, more traffic deaths in pandemic year; CDC delays easing restrictions for vaccinated Americans: Live COVID-19 updates GLAAD Says Major News Outlets ‘Failed’ in Coverage of Equality Act Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad © Provided by Dot Esports Daniel Drakos is a man who’s done it all.  His portfolio includes choreographed dance, a workout video, rap battles, EDM bangers, and casting the League of Legends European Championship. It’s all in a day’s work for Drakos and the on-screen talent of the LEC.  Growing out of humble beginnings as the younger sibling of the NA LCS, the LEC plays host to broadcast talent and a production team that’s helped nurture the league into its own unique product—one that brought in over 300,000 average concurrent viewers over the course of the 2020 Summer Split, according to data from Esports Charts. After the COVID-19 pandemic forced...
    (CNN) — The United States is holding firm to the strategy to administer two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines a few weeks apart. Still, the idea of expanding the supply by dispensing only one dose hasn’t faded away. The Trump administration’s surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said in a tweet on Tuesday that the good protection available with one shot “is better than great protection for a few.” He later clarified with a second tweet that he wasn’t recommending that it was 100% the way to go, but that it was worth “giving states the flexibility to try it.” Although 80.5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United States and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is entering the US supply, demand still far outpaces the number of vaccines available. That has not swayed vaccine makers, the US Food and Drug Administration or the CDC...
    President Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas "lied to the American people" about the growing border crisis, former Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Thursday on "The Faulkner Focus." The Border Patrol in Texas has reportedly released more than 100 illegal immigrants into the U.S. since January who have tested positive for the coronavirus following their arrival, officials on the U.S.-Mexico border told Fox News.Republicans are demanding a briefing from Mayorkas after the alleged false claim. TEXAS BORDER RESIDENT BLASTS BIDEN'S 'TRULY SHAMEFUL' IMMIGRATION POLICIES ON 'FOX & FRIENDS' MARK MORGAN: "The DHS secretary this week lied to the American people, Harris, and look, that doesn't bring me pleasure to say this when he said there wasn't a crisis … Look, in the middle of a global pandemic when less than eight percent of our own citizens have received the vaccine, kids are still not in school. Businesses are...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — CBS News is looking at the challenges faced by many women during the pandemic. See below for the “Women and the Pandemic” stories from CBSNews.com. Economic fallout from pandemic disproportionately hits Latinas Women who lost jobs due to COVID turn to food delivery platforms Women struggling amid pandemic’s economic fallout Pregnant women are concerned about whether to get the COVID vaccine due to lack of data Misinformation about COVID vaccine and infertility raises alarm for women “We are in a moment of rage”: Inside the movement to win basic income for moms Meanwhile, Time.com released “Women and the Pandemic,” which profiles a number of women and how the pandemic has affected their lives. READ MORE: New Jersey Could Soon Celebrate Bruce Springsteen Day, Grover Cleveland Week READ MORE: New Jersey Eyes Doubling Beach Restoration Budget To Get $50 Million A Year From moms...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — CBS News is looking at the challenges faced by many women during the pandemic. See below for the “Women and the Pandemic” stories from CBSNews.com. Economic fallout from pandemic disproportionately hits Latinas Women who lost jobs due to COVID turn to food delivery platforms Women struggling amid pandemic’s economic fallout Pregnant women are concerned about whether to get the COVID vaccine due to lack of data Misinformation about COVID vaccine and infertility raises alarm for women “We are in a moment of rage”: Inside the movement to win basic income for moms Meanwhile, Time.com released “Women and the Pandemic,” which profiles a number of women and how the pandemic has affected their lives. READ MORE: New Jersey Could Soon Celebrate Bruce Springsteen Day, Grover Cleveland Week READ MORE: New Jersey Eyes Doubling Beach Restoration Budget To Get $50 Million A Year From moms...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A group that had filed a lawsuit against California’s COVID-19 restrictions against youth sports says they’ve reached a settlement that will allow all high school sports to resume across the state. “Let Them Play” organizers announced the settlement on Thursday. The suit alleged that the state didn’t have adequate basis to support its COVID-19 restrictions, which have placed nearly all youth sports programs on hold since last year. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: When Could You See Another Economic Relief Payment? The settlement comes after California public health officials announced a loosening of restrictions last month against some outdoor youth sports in counties where coronavirus infections are subsiding. This meant that sports like football and soccer could resume, but indoor sports like basketball, wrestling and volleyball could not. READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Why Your Next Relief Payment May Not Be $1,400 However, the settlement means that...
    (Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said his state will set aside 40% of its COVID-19 vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities and will establish a "vaccine equity metric," local media reported. "Vaccinating our most impacted communities, across our state, is the right thing to do and the fastest way to end this pandemic," Newsom said during a news briefing, according to a local Fox affiliate in Los Angeles. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, United States, coronavirus, California
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from March 4, 2021: Fourteen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday, for a total of 6,521. Of the people whose deaths were announced Thursday, two were in their 90s, three were in their 80s, seven in their 70s and two in their 60s. Seven of the 14 people whose deaths announced Thursday were residents of long-term care facilities. Article continues after advertisement MDH also said Thursday there have been 487,374...
    The health professionals of the ICU of the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona have taken this Thursday to Margarita Pascual, a 72-year-old patient with Covid-19 who has been in intensive care for 36 days, to sunbathe on the Paseo Marítimo in the Catalan capital, where you have been able to see the sea. The patient has been left bedridden in critics, connected to an oxygen cylinder and family and friends were waiting for him at the door They have been able to greet her and see her for the first time in many days and have even brought her their dog Luna, who is being cared for by a friend. The health professionals who take care of Margarita, who already tests negative for coronavirus, they have placed sunglasses on the doors of the hospital. Humanization project The assistant doctor of the ICU service of Hospital del Mar, Andrea Castellví, who...
    Coronavirus infections continue to decline in Spain and the average incidence of covid stood at 153 cases in 14 days this Thursday, very close to the average risk of virus transmission; that is, below 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, according to the latest official data. According to the balance of the Ministry of Health, most of the Spanish regions are already at almost medium risk levels, except for the North African autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and the Madrid region, which continue to be at extreme risk, above 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The pressure on the ucis has also been reduced again, albeit very slightly, to 25.4%. Hospital admissions for covid patients are 10,200 (978 less than on Wednesday), which represents an occupancy of 8.1%. The total number of deaths in Spain rises to 70,501, with 254 new deaths today and 681 in the...
    By Gillian Flaccus, Heather Hollingsworth and Russ Bynum | Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Jean Andrade, an 88-year-old who lives alone, has been waiting for her COVID-19 vaccine since she became eligible under state guidelines nearly a month ago. She assumed her caseworker would contact her about getting one, especially after she spent nearly two days stuck in an electric recliner during a recent power outage. It was only after she saw a TV news report about competition for the limited supply of shots in Portland, Oregon, that she realized no one was scheduling her dose. A grocery delivery service for homebound older people eventually provided a flyer with vaccine information, and Andrade asked a helper who comes by for four hours a week to try to snag her an appointment. “I thought it would be a priority when you’re 88 years old and that someone would inform me,” said...
    Counties across California will likely be allowed to ease restrictions on businesses and activities more quickly in the coming weeks, as part of an accelerated reopening strategy state officials announced in tandem with a new policy targeting vaccine supplies to hard-hit communities. In the Bay Area, the change could allow Contra Costa County to join Alameda, Santa Cruz and Solano counties in leaving the most-restrictive stage of the state’s coronavirus regulations as soon as next week. And other Bay Area counties that have already graduated out of the “purple” tier, as the tightest limits are known, could in the near future have a quicker path to adopting even less-restrictive rules. State officials late Wednesday announced a new strategy of reserving 40% of COVID vaccine doses for less-wealthy neighborhoods that have borne a disproportionate share of coronavirus cases and deaths. They are pairing that plan with relaxed standards for moving through...
    Travis Barker Gushes Over Kourtney Kardashian and Her Love Note 8 best investment apps in March 2021 Former University of Georgia golfer Greyson Sigg has a happy-go-lucky demeanor that he carries wherever life takes him. © Provided by Golfweek Greyson Sigg Like last Tuesday, two days before playing in the Puerto Rico Open, the third career PGA Tour event of his career. Sigg sat on the balcony of his hotel, kicked his feet up on the rail, looked out at the ocean and settled in for an hour of media interviews. His first appearance on SiriusXMs PGA Tour Radio was canceled because of breaking news of Tiger Woods’ car accident that severely injured the 15-time major champion. The station apologized, and Sigg understood. “I mean, it’s the greatest golfer of all time, of course, nobody wants to hear from me about playing in Puerto Rico,” said Sigg, poking fun...
    By Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are jamming their agenda forward with a sense of urgency, an unapologetically partisan approach based on the calculation that it’s better to advance the giant COVID-19 rescue package and other priorities than waste time courting Republicans who may never compromise. The pandemic is driving the crush of legislative action, but so are the still-raw emotions from the U.S. Capitol siege as well as the hard lessons of the last time Democrats had the sweep of party control of Washington. Republicans are mounting blockades of Biden’s agenda just as they did during the devastating 2009 financial crisis with Barack Obama. Democrats, in turn, are showing little patience for the GOP objections and entertaining few overtures toward compromise, claiming the majority of the country supports their agenda. With fragile majorities in the House...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The signs saying a community clinic had vaccines available for local residents was supposed to attract attention, but unintentionally caught the ire of a City of Aurora Code Enforcement Officer. “It did increase the number of people coming in which was great,” said Dr. P.J. Parmar who runs Ardas Family Medicine inside the Mango House. “We’re targeting people in 80010 which is the poorest zip code in the metro area, and the one thing they all do is go down Colfax.” READ MORE: Aurora Doctor Hands Out Flyers Notifying Residents In 80010 Zip Code His Facility Has The COVID Vaccine (credit: CBS) For weeks, Parmar has been working to get the word out to the underserved community that he has vaccine shots available for free. He just needs more eligible people to come get it. Signs are plastered around the Mango House which is home to...
    New York : Arizona Republican Senator Paul Gosar. Photo: Drew Angerer / . The amendment in the House of Representatives to the economic rescue package of the President Joe Biden to send stimulus checks of $ 10,000 instead of $ 1,400 it was more of a symbolic move than a real proposal. The provision was dismissed “without pain or glory” in the lower house as part of the discussion of the “American Rescue Plan” of the Biden Administration of $ 1.9 billion. Arizona Republican Representative Paul Gosar submitted the amendment so that checks for $ 10,000 would be distributed to those most affected by the COVID-19. The money to comply with the provisions of the amendment would come from the portions of the law that Gosar believes are not focused on helping the Americans most affected by the pandemic of the United States. coronavirus. But...
    Amelia Brown woke up with soreness and a rash on her arm a week after getting her first Moderna shot. Amelia Brown Some people may experience a rash on their injection arm after getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The rash is likely a delayed allergic reaction or hypersensitivity. Experts say there's no need to panic, and the rash is not a reason to avoid getting your COVID-19 shots. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Some recipients of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have reported a red, welted rash that showed up days after they got their shots. This delayed skin reaction occurred in less than 1% of phase 3 clinical trial participants, according to a letter to the editor published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. Amelia Brown got her first Moderna shot in California on January 11, and her injection arm felt itchy a...
    California is making big changes to the way it distributes COVID-19 vaccines. Under a new plan that will be outlined in detail Thursday, state officials plan to reserve 40% of vaccines to underserved communities. This marks a major shift in how the vaccines are distributed and comes amid growing evidence that white and Asian communities are getting more doses than Black and Latino communities. The changes are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 by targeting areas that have been hard hit by the coronavirus. While it presents another shift in an already rocky rollout, officials said it could lead to a quicker reopening of the economy. Here is what we know: How does the change work? In Southern California, targeted communities would include South Los Angeles, East L.A., Koreatown, Chinatown, Compton, southeast L.A. County, the eastern San Fernando Valley, Santa Ana and a number of heavily Latino communities...
    CDC delays release of guidelines easing restrictions for vaccinated Americans; Selma march goes virtual: Live COVID-19 updates Haaland’s nomination for Interior secretary advances to full Senate The PFL officially has a home for 2021 and is touting safety as being of the utmost importance. © Provided by MMAJunkie On Thursday, the PFL announced that this year’s regular season will be held at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., as the league will operate in a “state-of-the-art bubble environment” in an effort to keep fighters and staff safe. As part of COVID-19 protocols, the PFL said athletes will be required to report to the bubble 17 days prior to their scheduled fights, which will allow for initial quarantine and additional measures. The PFL said it will work with health experts to ensure safety protocols are adhered to. Daily COVID-19 tests, facial covering requirements, and keeping fighters separated in the...
    (CNN)Italy has invoked European Union powers to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Australia, in a dramatic escalation of a dispute between the EU and drug giant AstraZeneca. The country's move marks the first time the powers have been used.Italy used the powers to prevent AstraZeneca from exporting 250,000 doses on Thursday, a spokesperson for Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi told CNN on Thursday.Paola Ansuini said Italy and the European Commission had agreed on the action. The move was first reported by the Financial Times.In late January the EU engaged in a public and acrimonious fight with AstraZeneca over vaccine delays, after the company advised the bloc that it would deliver tens of millions fewer doses than agreed by the end of March. The EU's vaccine rollout has continued to falter. Only 5.5% of the 27-nation bloc's population of 447 million has received a first vaccine dose,...