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    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Seniors who finally got an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at UPMC Outpatient Center met another challenge — long lines in cold weather. “That lady already had to go in an ambulance because she was collapsing. It’s too cold to have older people with nothing to warm up,” says Leila Mandel of Pittsburgh. RELATED: Beaver County Man Arrested For Allegedly Storming U.S. Capitol This woman held a spot for her husband, who waited in the car until she could get closer to the entrance. “For the elderly to wait out in this weather and the mobility issues, it needs to be a little better, UPMC,” says Arlene Schmidt of Cranberry. In a statement, UPMC urges people not to come to the clinic without an appointment. Community partners identified and invited vulnerable people for vaccination. But people in line do have appointments. “If you look around at all...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- As Bronx resident John Lemon headed into a church in the Bronx to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the 84-year-old was skeptical -- a sentiment shared by many in Black communities."I'm not all excited about it," Lemon said. "I'm going to go on the side of caution."In order to understand that distrust in the health care system, history must be understood first.Henrietta Lacks is the subject of an HBO film. The mother of five had cervical cancer, and while undergoing treatment --having had no idea -- doctors harvested cells from the tumor.So-called "Hela cells" have led to groundbreaking treatments with everything from cancer to HIV. Even now, scientists are using those very cells to study COVID-19.The problem is Henrietta's family also didn't know about the sample, not until long after she died in 1951, something her great granddaughter and grandson says haunts them."Her cells launched a...
    By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press/Report for America JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The number of African Americans in Mississippi who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus has risen slightly in the past 10 days, although overall numbers of Black residents getting vaccinations are still lagging far behind white Mississippians. Around 20% of all of those in the state who have now received the vaccine are Black, according to the Department of Health. More than 70% are white. On Feb. 2, only 17% of all residents that had been vaccinated in Mississippi were Black. The Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity created a survey for Black residents so officials can better understand some of the barriers to access within communities, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said. “There's a lot of Black folks who don't trust (the vaccine), and I don't think it's a surprise," Dobbs said Friday during a virtual...
    MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin reported 938 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths Friday.In total, the state has seen 554,048 cases and 6,151 deaths related to the virus, since the pandemic began.Wisconsin's seven-day percent positive by test is 3.4%.RELATED: When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Find out where you are in lineA new report says the coronavirus has taken its toll on Wisconsin's transportation fund, the state's primary source for road and infrastructure projects.The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum reported the top two revenue sources for the fund, fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, fell short of projections by more than $116 million in fiscal year 2020.Travel plans changed last year for many Wisconsinites who opted to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.A federal package passed in December could provide relief for the fund. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials estimates the package will provide Wisconsin...
    The race is on to get Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. People in the D.C. area are eager to get shots, and every week, it seems, more venues are offering vaccine doses — but supply remains extremely limited, which has led to some frustration and confusion over where, how and when to get vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know. More Coronavirus news Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Latest COVID-19 vaccination numbers in DC, Maryland and Virginia Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.   Q: Can I get a vaccine in the D.C. area? Across the D.C. area, officials are rolling out the coronavirus vaccines in phases. In general, vaccines are still limited to those in the health care field and some other...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Select Walgreens across the state will begin vaccinating those eligible against COVID-19 Friday as The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports 2,598 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 32 additional deathsThey are prioritizing healthcare works, those over 65 and those with preexisting conditions. Earlier this week, Walgreens' site crashed when individuals who wanted the vaccine rushed to sign up.Chicago and area counties will not expand 1B eligibilityEMBED More News Videos Chicaog and the collar counties said the shortage vaccine supply means they will not be adding the new groups that fall into expanded 1B vaccination eligibility. While the state may overall be expanding who is eligible to be vaccinated in group 1B, the city of Chicago and not one of the collar counties will follow suit."We've administered the vaccine as fast as supply will allow," said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. "And now we're...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Select Walgreens across the state will begin vaccinating those eligible against COVID-19 Friday.They are prioritizing healthcare works, those over 65 and those with preexisting conditions. Earlier this week, Walgreens' site crashed when individuals who wanted the vaccine rushed to sign up.Chicago and area counties will not expand 1B eligibilityEMBED More News Videos Chicaog and the collar counties said the shortage vaccine supply means they will not be adding the new groups that fall into expanded 1B vaccination eligibility. While the state may overall be expanding who is eligible to be vaccinated in group 1B, the city of Chicago and not one of the collar counties will follow suit."We've administered the vaccine as fast as supply will allow," said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. "And now we're in the same situation as LA County, where we will be temporarily closing some sites because we've exhausted our current vaccine...
    The autonomous communities have administered until this Friday a total of 2,423,045 doses of COVID-19 vaccines of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (102,538 of them in the last 24 hours), 83.1% of those distributed, amounting to 2,914,755 units, the same as this Thursday. In addition, a total of 1,000,485 people have already received the second dose from which immunity begins to be generated, 57,207 more than this Monday. This represents 41.3% of the total doses administered. The Ministry of Health has provided this information in the activity report of the vaccination process against COVID-19 based on data collected between December 27, the day the vaccinations began, and this first day of February. The data indicate that in that period they have been received in Spain a total of 2,914,755 doses of vaccines2,528,955 of them from Pfizer, with 2,249,702 doses administered; 192,000 corresponding to Moderna, with 61,569 already inoculated; and 193,800 from AstraZeneca,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- President Biden saying the country is on track to deliver 100 million vaccine doses one month earlier than expected.The administration has now secured 200 million additional doses from Pfizer and Moderna to be delivered this summer.Looking ahead, Dr. Anthony Fauci says anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one by spring."I would imagine by the time we get to April, that would be what I call for better wording, open season," Dr. Fauci said.Fauci also says that he thinks children as young as first grade could be authorized to get the shots by September.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:NJ Parents can...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts has now administered over one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to its residents, the state announced Friday. A total of 1,034,018 shots have been given as of Thursday evening. “We’ve surpassed the goal that we set for ourselves at the beginning of Phase 2, to be able to administer 242,000 doses a week,” said Baker on Thursday. “We’re growing our capacity. If we get more from the feds, which we anticipate and hope that we will at some point in the not-too-distant future, more people get vaccinated.” RELATED: Space Heater Caused Deadly Fire At Holliston Home That Had No Working Smoke Detectors According to the state’s weekly COVID-19 vaccination report, Massachusetts has now received 1,413,026 cumulative doses. The first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the state on December 14. Every Thursday the state opens tens of thousands of new appointments at its mass vaccination centers....
    PARIS (AP) — France’s highest health authority recommended Friday that people who have had COVID-19 receive only one dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus. The High Authority of Health, or HAS, said that since recovered individuals had developed an immunity response akin to a vaccine, a single shot is probably sufficient. “A single vaccine dose will also play the role of reminding” a previously infected person’s immune system how to fight COVID-19, the independent body said in an opinion report. If applied, the decision is expected to speed up the pace of France’s vaccination drive. All three of the vaccines authorized for use in the European Union — made by Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca — were developed to be administered in two doses delivered a few weeks apart. In trial studies, a two-shot dosing schedule was shown to be the only way to increase immunity against the...
    PARIS (AP) — France’s highest health authority recommended Friday that people who have had COVID-19 receive only one dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus. The High Authority of Health, or HAS, said that since recovered individuals had developed an immunity response akin to a vaccine, a single shot is probably sufficient. “A single vaccine dose will also play the role of reminding” a previously infected person's immune system how to fight COVID-19, the independent body said in an opinion report. If applied, the decision is expected to speed up the pace of France's vaccination drive. All three of the vaccines authorized for use in the European Union -- made by Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca -- were developed to be administered in two doses delivered a few weeks apart. In trial studies, a two-shot dosing schedule was shown to be the only way to increase immunity against the virus to...
    [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...
    VLADIMIR Putin says he won't be getting the Covid vaccine soon because he doesn't want "to monkey around" - in an apparent joke about the Oxford jab. The Russian president, 68, was speaking about his country's Sputnik V remedy and insisted he is no hurry to become inoculated saying he "could" get it in the late summer. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Vladimir Putin joked he wouldn't get the Covid vaccine because he didn't want to 'monkey around'Credit: Reuters However, Putin then made a joke which appeared to reference fake news peddled by Kremlin-backed trolls that the Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine could turn people into apes. When asked if we could get the jab early to encourage uptake in Russia, he said: "I don't want to monkey around" in front of the cameras, reports Kommersant. Memes and videos depicting the British-made Oxford vaccine­ as...
    By KONSTANTIN TESTORIDES and DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — As its neighbors boast of progress in their vaccination programs, North Macedonia is still waiting to deliver its first shot — adding political tension to the tiny nation's pandemic health crisis, and highlighting difficulties that some countries bordering the European Union are facing. In a statement to The Associated Press, the country's government on Friday said plans to receive 8,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from neighbor Serbia this week had been held up for “technical reasons” with additional documentation needed for the transfer. That handover had been expected Thursday with a ceremony planned at the Tabanovce border crossing that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had been due to attend. Vucic's office also said that more documentation was needed after the event was canceled. That news has deeply frustrated North Macedonia which has yet to secure a single dose of...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — As its neighbors boast of progress in their vaccination programs, North Macedonia is still waiting to deliver its first shot — adding political tension to the tiny nation’s pandemic health crisis, and highlighting difficulties that some countries bordering the European Union are facing. In a statement to The Associated Press, the country’s government on Friday said plans to receive 8,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from neighbor Serbia this week had been held up for “technical reasons” with additional documentation needed for the transfer. That handover had been expected Thursday with a ceremony planned at the Tabanovce border crossing that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had been due to attend. Vucic’s office also said that more documentation was needed after the event was canceled. That news has deeply frustrated North Macedonia which has yet to secure a single dose of COVID vaccine for its 2.1 million population. The...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will have difficulties making use of all available COVID-19 vaccines in April, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with broadcaster ZDF on Friday. Once a 7-day coronavirus incidence of under 35 per 100,000 people is reached, further relaxations beyond the opening of shops may follow, she added. "For the next opening step after retail, we have to be careful whether we stay stable below 35," Merkel said. "When we have opened up shops and we are ... stable below 35 for two weeks, then we can consider the next step." The number of new daily infections in Germany has been falling, prompting some regional leaders to push for a timetable to ease the lockdown, which has been in place since mid-December. But concerns are growing about the impact of more infectious variants of the virus on case numbers. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; writing by Kirsti...
    DURHAM, N.C. -- Pharmacies around the United States are preparing to administer about a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that officials say can help in the fight against the virus.Beginning Friday, Americans who meet their state's eligibility guidelines can receive vaccines in 6,500 CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid locations. The doses are in addition to the allocation that has gone out to states -- which many local officials have said does not yet meet their demand.The number of vaccinations has been on the rise each week. As of Thursday, nearly 46.4 million doses of the vaccines had been administered in the US, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Right now, those eligible have been largely limited to the elderly, healthcare workers and people most vulnerable due to comorbidities.But by April, that access could expand to the more general public, and most Americans could be inoculated...
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has approved China's CanSinoBio COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, Health Minister Faisal Sultan said on Friday. "Yes, Correct," Sultan texted Reuters after being asked to confirm that the country's Drug Regulation Authority had met and approved the vaccine. CanSinoBIO last week released interim efficacy results of a multi-country trial, which included Pakistan, showing 65.7% efficacy in preventing symptomatic coronavirus cases and a 90.98% success rate in stopping severe infections. (Reporting by Asif Shahzad; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, Sweden, vaccines, Pakistan, Russia, India, coronavirus, Hong Kong, Asia, United Kingdom, Europe
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Select Walgreens across the state will begin vaccinating those eligible against COVID-19 Friday.They are prioritizing healthcare works, those over 65 and those with preexisting conditions. Earlier this week, Walgreens' site crashed when individuals who wanted the vaccine rushed to sign up.Chicago and area counties will not expand 1B eligibilityEMBED More News Videos Chicaog and the collar counties said the shortage vaccine supply means they will not be adding the new groups that fall into expanded 1B vaccination eligibility. While the state may overall be expanding who is eligible to be vaccinated in group 1B, the city of Chicago and not one of the collar counties will follow suit."We've administered the vaccine as fast as supply will allow," said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. "And now we're in the same situation as LA County, where we will be temporarily closing some sites because we've exhausted our current vaccine...
    President Joe Biden has said Americans wearing masks as protection against the coronavirus 'through the next year' can save a significant number of lives as experts warned herd immunity may not be achieved until Thanksgiving. Speaking during a visit to the National Institutes of Health complex on Thursday, Biden also gave updates about the U.S. vaccine supply. 'You know that wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives, a significant number of lives,' Biden said. 'Masking is the easiest thing to do to save lives,' he said. 'We need everyone to mask-up. And by the way, I know it's a pain in the neck, but it's a patriotic responsibility, we're in the middle of a war with this virus.' Even though he was standing 10 feet away from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, the president said he would continue to wear his mask. Health officials...
    By The Associated Press LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal is getting more help from its European Union partners to ease pressure on hospitals crunched by the pandemic, with France and Luxembourg the latest countries to offer medical workers. The Portuguese health ministry says France is sending a doctor and three nurses, while Luxembourg is providing two doctors and two nurses. The health ministry said in a statement late Thursday the medics should arrive next week. The German army sent eight doctors and 18 nurses earlier this month to help at a Lisbon hospital. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and in intensive care fell Thursday for the third straight day, but Portugal’s seven-day average of daily deaths remained the world’s highest, at 1.97 per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Germany reinstates some border controls to fight variants. Dr. Fauci expects coronavirus shot categories to...
    LISBON, Portugal — Portugal is getting more help from its European Union partners to ease pressure on hospitals crunched by the pandemic, with France and Luxembourg the latest countries to offer medical workers. The Portuguese health ministry says France is sending a doctor and three nurses, while Luxembourg is providing two doctors and two nurses. The health ministry said in a statement late Thursday the medics should arrive next week. The German army sent eight doctors and 18 nurses earlier this month to help at a Lisbon hospital. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and in intensive care fell Thursday for the third straight day, but Portugal’s seven-day average of daily deaths remained the world’s highest, at 1.97 per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Germany reinstates some border controls to fight variants. Dr. Fauci expects coronavirus shot categories to open up by April...
    (CNN)Pharmacies around the United States are preparing to administer about a million doses of Covid-19 vaccines that officials say can help in the fight against the virus.Beginning Friday, Americans who meet their state's eligibility guidelines can receive vaccines in 6,500 CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid locations. The doses are in addition to the allocation that has gone out to states -- which many local officials have said does not yet meet their demand.US pharmacies could administer up to 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine a month. Heres how The number of vaccinations has been on the rise each week. As of Thursday, nearly 46.4 million doses of the vaccines had been administered in the US, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Right now, those eligible have been largely limited to the elderly, healthcare workers and people most vulnerable due to comorbidities.But by April, that access...
    (CBS Detroit) – Walmart and Sams Club stores are joining the vaccine race to fight the coronavirus. The big-box chains will start administering COVID-19 vaccines tomorrow. RELATED: Celebrating the First Black Owned and Operated TV Station, WGPR The retailers will provide the service at more than one thousand pharmacies in 22 states beginning this week. Walmart says it will focus on locations in underserved communities. RELATED: Ford is Designing See-Through Medical Grade Masks The companies are aiming to deliver nearly $13 million coronavirus vaccine doses every month. MORE: Detroit Announces Plan For Adults With Developmental Disabilities Now Eligible For COVID Vaccine © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    New York : So far, more than 42 million doses of vaccines have been distributed throughout the country. Photo: David Dee Delgado / . Target is encouraging its workers to get the covid-19 vaccine, since the store chain will give its more than 350,000 employees up to four paid hours. Two hours would be for them to go for the dose and two hours would be back. It will also give them up to $ 15 to take each of these Lyft trips. Other stores like Kroger and Starbucks will also be doing similar actions. Kroger will give a one-time payment of $ 100 to employees if they show proof that they have received the Covid-19 vaccines. On the other hand, Aldi, Trader Joe’s and Instacart also said they would pay workers to encourage them to get vaccinated. Starbucks earlier this week announced that it...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — On Thursday, Arkansas reported 25 more deaths from the coronavirus as the state's hospitalizations from the virus continued to drop. The Arkansas Department of Health said the state's COVID-19 deaths now total 5,199, while its hospitalizations dropped by 23 to 712. The state's coronavirus cases rose by 1,103 to 311,043. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Arkansas has decreased by 477.1, a decrease of 26%, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he found the trends encouraging that the state's battle plan against COVID-19 was having the desired effect. “For the second day in a row, we see a decrease of over 50% in new cases from last week," he said in a Thursday statement. "Vaccine administration has progressed throughout the state, with an increase of over 94,000 since last week. We must...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS/AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the U.S. will have enough supply of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans. Biden made the announcement at the sprawling National Institutes of Health complex just outside Washington as he visited some of the nation’s leading scientists on the frontlines of the fight against the disease. Biden toured the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory that created the COVID-19 vaccine now manufactured by Moderna and being rolled out in the U.S. and other countries. RELATED: 38-Hour Shutdown Coming For Ballys Casino In Atlantic City The U.S. is on pace to exceed Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, with more than 26 million shots delivered in his first three weeks. “That’s just the floor,” Biden said. “Our end goal is beating COVID-19.” Biden announced on Thursday that...
    The White House announced on Wednesday that President Joe Biden will be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks, despite receiving the vaccine for coronavirus. White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to reporters on Wednesday, confirming that President Biden will be regularly tested for the novel coronavirus, even after receiving both required doses of the Pfizer vaccine in January. The vaccine provides approximately 95% protection from the disease, effective within a few weeks of the second dosage. “There is 95% protection from the vaccine, but it’s not 100 percent protection,” Psaki explained, “so the president’s doctor believes it is reasonable and prudent to randomly test the president every two weeks as surveillance.” Psaki further confirmed that Biden tested negative on February 4. While President Trump was tested daily during the earlier stages of 2020’s global pandemic, frequency was reduced in the months following. Trump did contract the virus in late...
    Reuters February 11, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday said the coronavirus vaccination program he inherited from Donald Trump was in “much worse shape” than he had expected, while urging patience and said the government has bought 200 million more doses. “We’re not going to have everything fixed for a while, but we’re going to fix it,” Biden said in remarks at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. With demand for the vaccine far outstripping supply, Americans are struggling to get appointments for their inoculations, leaving Biden with an acute problem less than a month after taking over from Trump. Biden said Trump, who spent his last two months in office in a futile effort to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election that he lost, did not order enough vaccine and did not do enough to get people lined up to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The South African variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Illinois.The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Thursday the first cases of COVID variant B.1.351 has been confirmed in the state, in a Rock Island resident. The state is currently reporting 22 cases of the United Kingdom variant B 1.1.7.Both variants seem to spread more rapidly, health officials said, and could lead to more cases of the virus or even another surge. They reminded the public of the urgent need to wear a face mask, remain social distanced, limit in-person gatherings outside the household of all sizes and to get vaccinated when it is your turn.In the meantime, Illinois health officials reported 2,825 new COVID-19 cases and 102 deaths Thursday.The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 1,155,833, with a total of 19,841 deaths, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.EMBED More News Videos Governor...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Hours are being limited at three coronavirus vaccination sites in suburban Cook County due to a lack of vaccine. The Cook County Department of Public Health said on Thursday that the Tinley Park Convention Center vaccination site will operate only on Friday and Monday, the Triton College site in River Grove will only operate on Friday and Saturday, and the South Suburban College site in South Holland will only operate on Friday. RELATED: Vincent Richardson, Who Fooled CPD And Worked Full-Duty Shift When He Was 14, Has Been Charged With Impersonating Police Officer Again Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week that in about two weeks, anyone in Illinois with an underlying health condition or disability will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of their age. But Chicago and the Cook County suburbs will not be participating because of a lack of vaccine to go around....
    BETHESDA, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden criticized the coronavirus vaccination program he inherited from his predecessor, Donald Trump, on Thursday and urged Americans to have patience as he fixes it. "We're not going to have everything fixed for a while, but we're going to fix it," Biden said in remarks at the National Institutes of Health. He said the U.S. government has signed contracts for 100 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 100 million more from Pfizer. (Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, vaccines, United States, coronavirus
    BETHESDA, Md. -- President Joe Biden visited some of the nation's leading scientists on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 on Thursday, as he announced the U.S. will have enough supply of the vaccine by the end of the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans.Biden toured the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the sprawling National Institutes of Health complex just outside Washington that created the COVID-19 vaccine now manufactured by Moderna and being rolled out in the U.S. and other countries. He was also set to address the agency's team of researchers and scientists, who have investigated treatments for COVID-19 and other dangerous diseases.The U.S. is on pace to exceed Biden's goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, with more than 26 million shots delivered in his first three weeks. Meanwhile, Biden is moving to ease supply bottlenecks and ensure the nation has...
    An advisor to New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: CDC study says double masking works | House Democrats propose multibillion-dollar COVID-19 relief package | Industry groups back ObamaCare reforms proposed by Democrats Cuomo announces New York arenas, venues can reopen Feb. 23 New state privacy initiatives turn up heat on Congress MORE (D) sent an email to the state's hospitals Feb. 5 instructing them to  vaccinate their hospital staff against the coronavirus before the elderly, according to Time Magazine. “If, and only if, all phase 1a eligibility groups been exhausted hospitals may vaccinate individuals in the 65+ category,” Larry Schwartz, the state's vaccination chief reportedly said in the email obtained by Time.  “You must schedule those employees before you do any other eligible 1a populations,” Schwartz continued.  New York, like many other states across the country have limited the coronavirus vaccine administration to its most vulnerable groups including frontline health care...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Registration opened on Thursday in Delaware for residents to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Right now, it is only open to Delawareans who received their first dose at a state-sponsored vaccination event on or before Jan. 18. Only 3,800 Delawareans are eligible to register. RELATED: Bruce Springsteen Took Shot Of Tequila With Fans While Taking Picture With Them Before DWI Arrest, Report Says “Our goal is to vaccinate as many Delawareans as possible, as quickly and equitably as possible,” Gov. John Carney said. “These second dose events will temporarily reduce our ability to expand access to first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. But we are making significant progress in vaccinating vulnerable 65+ Delawareans and front-line health care workers. That will help limit spread of COVID-19 and serious illness among our most vulnerable populations.” Delaware says more than 10% of its residents have received...
    CHICAGO (CBS Chicago/CBS News) — Illinois public health officials on Thursday announced that a case of coronavirus variant B.1.351 – first identified in South Africa – has been found in Illinois. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case was found in Rock Island resident. RELATED: Judge Wont Issue Arrest Warrant Or Increase Bail For Kyle Rittenhouse For Failing To Notify Court Of New Address Illinois is also reporting 22 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom. “We expected to see more cases of variants detected in Illinois, including the B.1.351 strain,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a news release. “These variants seem to spread more rapidly, which can lead to more cases of COVID-19 and even another surge. Our best path to defeating this virus as quickly as possible remains wearing our masks and getting vaccinated when it’s...
    By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden visited some of the nation's leading scientists on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 on Thursday, as his administration looks to boost supplies of vaccines to end the pandemic. Biden toured the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the sprawling National Institutes of Health complex just outside Washington that created the COVID-19 vaccine now manufactured by Moderna and being rolled out in the U.S. and other countries. He was also set to address the agency's team of researchers and scientists, who have investigated treatments for COVID-19 and other dangerous diseases. The U.S. is on pace to exceed Biden's goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, with more than 26 million shots delivered in his first three weeks. Meanwhile, Biden is moving to ease supply bottlenecks and ensure the nation...
    By Alexandra Alper and Eric Beech | Reuters WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to announce on Thursday that his administration has secured deals for an additional 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Biden said on Jan. 26 that the United States aimed to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime. However, Biden said on Thursday the United States would not have enough coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of the summer to vaccinate all Americans. This is a breaking story, check back for updates.
    MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin reported 1,239 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths Thursday.In total, the state has seen 553,110 COVID-19 cases and 6,140 deaths related to the virus, since the pandemic began.Wisconsin's seven-day percent positive by test is 3.6%.RELATED: When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Find out where you are in lineNearly 200 Walgreens pharmacies across Wisconsin are expecting to receive coronavirus vaccines directly from the federal government starting this week.The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday announced the beginning of the program that targets underserved areas.The state health department says the vaccinations will be provided for free under the state and federal partnership.Initially, about 17,800 doses of vaccine will be sent to 178 Walgreens locations in Wisconsin.All who are eligible for vaccination, which includes anyone over age 65, must schedule an appointment by phone or through the Walgreens website.Interactive not displaying correctly? Click here to open in...
    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden visited some of the nation’s leading scientists on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 on Thursday, as his administration looks to boost supplies of vaccines to end the pandemic. Biden toured the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the sprawling National Institutes of Health complex just outside Washington that created the COVID-19 vaccine now manufactured by Moderna and being rolled out in the U.S. and other countries. He was also set to address the agency’s team of researchers and scientists, who have investigated treatments for COVID-19 and other dangerous diseases. The U.S. is on pace to exceed Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, with more than 26 million shots delivered in his first three weeks. Meanwhile, Biden is moving to ease supply bottlenecks and ensure the nation has enough of the current two-dose vaccines to...
    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Medical teams working to immunize Brazil's remote indigenous villages against the coronavirus have encountered fierce resistance in some communities where evangelical missionaries are stoking fears of the vaccine, say tribal leaders and advocates. On the São Francisco reservation in the state of Amazonas, Jamamadi villagers sent health workers packing with bows and arrows when they visited by helicopter this month, said Claudemir da Silva, an Apurinã leader representing indigenous communities on the Purus river, a tributary of the Xingú. "It's not happening in all villages, just in those that have missionaries or evangelical chapels where pastors are convincing the people not to receive the vaccine, that they will turn into an alligator and other crazy ideas," he said by phone. That has added to fears that COVID-19 could roar through Brazil's more than 800,000 indigenous people, whose communal living and often precarious healthcare make...
    The Defense Department on Thursday touted what it considers the high percentage of coronavirus vaccines it has distributed among military troops in response to growing concerns that a broad swathe of its personnel are refusing to get inoculated. [ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters the department has so far ordered more than 1 million doses and as of Thursday morning had received roughly 968,000. Of those, 800,000, or about 82%, have been administered – almost 600,000 were first doses, and more than 200,000 were second doses. The active-duty force numbers roughly 1.3 million members, with about 800,000 reservists. Kirby's accounting of the vaccines administered so far was in response to questions about sizable elements of the military that appear to be refusing to take it. And he reiterated that the coronavirus vaccine, for now, remains voluntary, unlike other vaccinations and medicines that almost...
    The social media platform Instagram has permanently removed the account of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for posting false information regarding vaccines and COVID-19.   In a statement Wednesday, Facebook, which owns Instagram, said, “We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.”   Kennedy’s Facebook page, which has carried some of same information and has over 300,000 followers, remains active.  Kennedy is the son of the former senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and worked for decades as an environmental lawyer. In recent years, he is better known as an anti-vaccine crusader.   He chairs a nonprofit organization, Children’s Health Defense, which is skeptical about the health benefits of vaccines. Kennedy has lobbied Congress to give parents exemptions from state vaccine requirements for children.   Kennedy has said he is not opposed to vaccines, as...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo warned New Yorkers not to "let their guard down" despite the updated CDC guidance."Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance regarding quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. According to the guidance, 'asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals', meaning those who have received both shots and at least two weeks have passed since the second shot, are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot."From the outset of the pandemic, New York State has followed the science and listened to the experts, and quarantine requirements only for New Yorkers who have received both shots will be similarly updated to reflect the CDC's new guidance. However, the science regarding COVID transmissibility post-vaccination remains unsettled, and this updated guidance is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down."All New Yorkers, including those...
    The government of Ukraine issued a decree this week banning the distribution of Sputnik V, a Russian coronavirus vaccine candidate President Vladimir Putin hastily approved last year, Reuters reported Wednesday, after warning the product was a “hybrid weapon” against the country. The administration of President Volodymyr Zelensky has escalated its measures to diminish the influence of Russian propaganda operations in the country, most recently shutting down a media network owned by a close ally of Putin’s, given the greater context of a protracted invasion and war by Russian separatists in the nation’s east. Russia also invaded and annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014; it remains under Russian control today. Zelensky arrived in the eastern Donetsk region of the country on Thursday, on a visit to assess the on-the-ground condition in the war there. Separatist groups in the greater Donbass region, where a war has been ongoing since 2014,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois health officials reported 2,825 new COVID-19 cases and 102 deaths Thursday.The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 1,155,833, with a total of 19,841 deaths, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.EMBED More News Videos Governor JB Pritzker speaks at a vaccination site in Elgin Thursday. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 96,525 specimens for a total of 16,918,910.How much protection does the COVID-19 vaccine offer? How vaccinated people should approach seeing othersAs of Wednesday night, 1,954 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 448 patients were in the ICU and 227 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 4-10 is 3.9%.RELATED: Illinois COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by countyA total of 1,929,850 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with...
    The social media platform Instagram has permanently removed the account of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for posting false information regarding vaccines and COVID-19.   In a statement Wednesday, Facebook, which owns Instagram, said, “We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.”   Kennedy’s Facebook page, which has carried some of same information and has over 300,000 followers, remains active.  Kennedy is the son of the former senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and worked for decades as an environmental lawyer. In recent years, he is better known as an anti-vaccine crusader.   He chairs a nonprofit organization, Children’s Health Defense, which is skeptical about the health benefits of vaccines. Kennedy has lobbied Congress to give parents exemptions from state vaccine requirements for children.   Kennedy has said he is not opposed to vaccines, as...
    By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal started inoculating the country’s firefighters against COVID-19 on Thursday, as a January surge of cases ebbed amid a lockdown but deaths and pressure on hospitals remained high. Portuguese firefighters, who number about 15,000, commonly operate ambulances, and they are to be vaccinated over a two-week period. Authorities are due to begin inoculating more than 40,000 police officers in coming days. The national vaccine plan launched last month with the inoculation of health workers and staff and residents of care homes for older adults. Health Minister Marta Temido acknowledged Thursday there had been some “stumbles” in the country's vaccine rollout, which authorities largely blame on the late delivery of doses. Temido said the goal is still to give 70% of the population -- around 7 million people -- a jab by the end of September. The seven-day average of daily deaths...
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    There’s another option for people searching for a coronavirus vaccine in the Bay Area. CVS on Thursday began offering appointments for COVID-19 shots at its stores in the Bay Area. The pharmacy chain will begin inoculating people Friday. Eligible people — those over age 65 and health care workers — can book an appointment at CVS.com, by calling 800-746-7287 or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Related Articles Coronavirus: Santa Clara County leads widespread improvement in Bay Area CDC: Fully vaccinated people can skip quarantine, but only for three months California unemployment claims jump sharply Robert Kennedy Jr. banned from Instagram because of COVID misinformation 7 great Bay Area things to do Valentine’s weekend The stores offering the vaccine will shift and availability will depend on vaccine supply. As of Thursday, stores in Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, Daly City, Fremont, Lafayette,...
    LOS ANGELES -- Hing Yiu Chung lives in a racially diverse San Francisco neighborhood hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While vaccines have been difficult to come by, the 69-year-old got one by showing proof she lives where she does.She had to wait in line for two hours with other seniors, some who were disabled or leaning on canes, for a chance at a couple hundred shots available each day through a local public health clinic in the Bayview neighborhood."Fortunately, it wasn't a cold or rainy day, otherwise it would have been harder," she said in Chinese.The experience wasn't ideal, but targeting vulnerable ZIP codes is one way San Francisco and other U.S. cities and counties are trying to ensure they vaccinate people in largely Black, Latino and working-class communities that have borne the brunt of the pandemic. In Dallas, authorities tried to prioritize such ZIP codes, which tended to...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived at CVS Pharmacy and Rite-Aid locations across New Jersey, though all appointments are already booked.Eligibility includes people age 65 and over, anyone 16 and up with medical conditions as defined by the CDC, and first responders."CVS will be receiving approximately 19,900 doses, and Rite Aid will be receiving 7,500 doses," Governor Phil Murphy said. "As these doses are being delivered through the federal pharmacy partnership, they will not dip, and this is an important point, they will not dip into our otherwise impact our state allocation."RELATED | Fully vaccinated people can skip COVID quarantines if exposed to someone infected, CDC saysAppointments can be made at select CVS stores in Brigantine, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Dumont, East Brunswick, Edison, Elizabeth, Flemington, Green Brook, Hackettstown, Harrison Township, Hazlet, Highlands, Ledgewood, Northvale, Princeton, Ringwood, Seaside Heights, Tabernacle, Union, Union City, Vernon, Villas, Vineland, Voorhees, West...
    AstraZeneca said in a company document released Thursday that it could take six months or longer to develop effective vaccines against some of the new coronavirus variants. In a 2020 company review, the drug maker said that it “hopes to reduce the time needed to reach production at scale to between six and nine months, by utilizing existing clinical data and optimizing its established supply chain.” Though AstraZeneca’s first vaccine has shown to be effective against the original novel coronavirus strain and is being distributed throughout the United Kingdom and European Union, recent studies have shown that it is far less effective against a new South African strain that is spreading around the world. Following the new data, South Africa halted the distribution of AstraZeneca’s vaccine within the country, where its native, more contagious strain has become dominant. (RELATED: AstraZeneca Begins Developing Vaccines For Coronavirus Variants) Patients receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19...
    New York : The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s main health authority, announced this Wednesday that people who are already fully vaccinated (those who have already received two doses) against the coronavirus, they will not have to quarantine if they were exposed to someone infected, except in certain exceptions. “Vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not required to self-quarantine if they meet the following requirements,” the CDC stated in an update to the guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic. Criteria include having received the two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, with at least two weeks elapsed since the second injection. That’s because it takes about two weeks for the body to build the highest possible immunity against the virus after the last dose. People who have been vaccinated more than three months ago will...
    The COVID-19 vaccine site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, along with four other locations in the city, will temporarily close due to massive shortages, Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiLos Angeles vaccination site temporarily shut down by protesters LA mayor receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine after spending days at super site Grammys postponed over coronavirus concerns MORE (D) said. The mayor announced on Wednesday that the city’s five walk-up and drive-thru sites will shut down starting on Friday for at least two days. The sites could reopen on Tuesday or Wednesday, he predicted.  Garcetti slammed the vaccine supply provided to the city, which is expected to be depleted on Thursday, as “unpredictable,” “uneven” and “unacceptable.” He noted that Los Angeles received 16,000 new doses this week, slightly more than the total it administers per day.  Los Angeles received 90,000 doses last week, and 29,000 doses the week before that, he added.  “We’re vaccinating people faster...
    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization and the European Union are launching a 40-million euro ($48.5 million) program to help deploy COVID-19 vaccines in six former Soviet republics, WHO's regional director for Europe said Thursday while highlighting a 4-week decline in confirmed coronavirus cases. The program will involve Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, and complements the work of an existing EU program and the WHO-backed COVAX Facility that aims to deploy vaccines for people in all countries in need whether rich or poor, Dr. Hans Kluge said. “Vaccines offer a way to emerge faster from this pandemic. But only if we ensure that all countries, irrespective of income level, have access to them,” Kluge told reporters from WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Unfair access to vaccines can backfire. The longer the virus lingers, the greater the risk of dangerous mutations,” he added. Kluge also relayed the...
    AstraZeneca said it’s trying to speed up the process of adapting its COVID-19 vaccine to the different coronavirus strains that have emerged around the world. The statement Thursday came amid concerns that the British drugmaker’s shot does not work as well against the variant that was first identified in South Africa. In its annual earnings report, AstraZeneca said it’s working with University of Oxford researchers to adapt the vaccine “to new disease strains if required.” The Cambridge, UK-based company “hopes to reduce the time needed to reach production at scale to between six to nine months, by utilizing existing clinical data and optimizing its established supply chain,” it said. Mene Pangalos, AstraZeneca’s research and development head, said the company started addressing the variants “weeks and months ago” and is hoping to start new clinical trials in the spring after picking the strongest adapted vaccine candidates, according to the Financial Times....
    Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted Thursday morning that April will be “open season” for all Americans to have access to the coronavirus vaccine, not just individuals in high-risk groups. Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that the “number of available doses will allow for much more of a mass vaccination approach” in March and April, which is “more accelerated than what you’re seeing now.” (RELATED: White House Announces Increase In Weekly Vaccine Supply And Launches Another New Direct Shipment Program) WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr Anthony Fauci speaks as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki listens during a White House press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) “If you compare now to what we were doing just a...
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been permanently banned from Instagram for his anti-vaccine activism and his promotion of false information on the coronavirus pandemic. Kennedy, the son of former senator and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, is a Democrat known for his previous work as a lawyer to advance environmental causes. He is also a prominent anti-vax proponent who regularly shared Covid misinformation with his 800,000 social media followers. “We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” said a spokesman for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company. The spokesman said there aren’t any plans to scrub Kennedy’s Facebook page yet, where he has 300,000 followers. While Kennedy claims not to be against vaccines that are proven safe, New York Times notes that he has connected vaccines to autism in the past, plus he claimed that being inoculated against the coronavirus is more dangerous than contracting the...
    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization and the European Union are launching a 40-million euro ($48.5 million) program to help deploy COVID-19 vaccines in six former Soviet republics, WHO’s regional director for Europe said Thursday while highlighting a 4-week decline in confirmed coronavirus cases. The program will involve Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, and complements the work of an existing EU program and the WHO-backed COVAX Facility that aims to deploy vaccines for people in all countries in need whether rich or poor, Dr. Hans Kluge said. “Vaccines offer a way to emerge faster from this pandemic. But only if we ensure that all countries, irrespective of income level, have access to them,” Kluge told reporters from WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Unfair access to vaccines can backfire. The longer the virus lingers, the greater the risk of dangerous mutations,” he added. Kluge also relayed the...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of coronavirus vaccine doses being delivered to North Dakota is increasing. The state will receive a 5% increase in the number of vaccine doses it’s being allocated, according to Gov. Doug Burgum. North Dakota will receive 7,500 doses next week, up from 6,900 doses this week. Also, Thrifty White pharmacies in North Dakota will be getting the vaccine starting this week as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The state's immunization program manager, Molly Howell, said 16 of the 30 Thrifty White locations in North Dakota have registered to receive the vaccine. According to the company's vaccination registration website, its pharmacies are inoculating people 65 and older. North Dakotans who want to be vaccinated may need to go somewhere besides their traditional health care provider, Howell said. Pharmacies, local public health departments or private health care providers all are...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Hundreds of army soldiers are being deployed to Los Angeles to give out coronavirus vaccines.The more dangerous South African variant has now been found in California, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Texas.Meantime, World Health Organization investigators revealed to the Wall Street Journal that COVID-19 may have been spreading in central China two months earlier than first revealed by the Chinese government, as early as October of 2019, but scientists say more research is needed.The Biden administration promising a boost in vaccine shipments in the days ahead as Pfizer and Moderna ramp-up production.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:Citi Field Opens for VaccinesCiti Field is open...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Citi Field prepared to give out more doses of the COVID vaccine on Thursday, in its second full day of operation.After criticism about the number of vaccine doses available at Citi Field, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced two more mega vaccination sites for New York City.York College in Jamaica, Queens and Medger Evers College in Brooklyn will both vaccinate some 3,000 people a day starting on February 24."This is going to make a dramatic impact because the numbers are so big, these mass vaccinations sites. 3,000 per day, you are talking about 15,000 per week. That dwarfs everything. The Javits Center, now our big mass vaccination site, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, they are like 1,000 a day. 3,000 a day is tremendous numbers," Cuomo said.Additionally, the state says it is adding eleven new pop-up vaccine clinics located in Queens, Manhattan, Long Island and the Hudson...
    LONDON (AP) — In a pandemic, homeless people face being more forgotten than they already are. But not by doctors like Dr. Anil Mehta, who is on a mission to bring the coronavirus vaccine to those hardest to reach and often most at risk of getting sick in east London. Mehta, a general practitioner, and his small team of doctors and nurses have been showing up at homeless centers in his local area, a COVID-19 hot spot, offering a free jab to dozens who might otherwise get left behind in Britain’s mass vaccination drive. “They will get missed if we don’t find them proactively,” Mehta said. “They really don’t have anything going for them, in terms of medical care. Finding them is absolutely essential to what we need to achieve in our boroughs.” The homeless aren’t listed among the British government’s highest priority groups for the vaccine rollout — which...
    A cyclist rides past the Eiffel Tower following a light overnight snowfall.LUDOVIC MARIN | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The European Commission has turned more negative on its prospects for the euro zone's economy, projecting a lower growth rate for the region in 2021 as governments grapple with new variants of coronavirus. The Brussels-based institution expects the 19-member region to grow by 3.8% this year. In November, it had forecast a 4.2% GDP (gross domestic product) rate for 2021. The latest forecasts come at a tricky time for the European Union as its Covid vaccine rollout faces issues around production, supply and red tape. At the same time, European governments are concerned about mutations of the virus that are deemed more contagious. The longer the health emergency drags, the longer EU countries have to extend social restrictions and lockdowns, which takes their toll on the economy. "We remain in...
    (CNN)While vaccinations are ramping up across the United States and many parts of the world, some preliminary studies have suggested the current vaccines may not be as effective with emerging coronavirus variants. With companies looking to develop booster shots that target these variants, some have asked — should I wait before I get the vaccine if there could be an even better one later? Or does the arrival of the variants mean that it's even more urgent to get vaccinated now?We spoke with CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, for guidance on how to think about vaccinations in the midst of these emerging variants. CNN: What are these variants and why could they be problematic?Dr. Leana Wen: The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 is an RNA virus. These viruses are known to acquire mutations...
    By The Associated Press BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany didn’t act quickly enough last fall to prevent a second surge in coronavirus infections. “We didn’t shut down public life early enough or systematically enough amid signs of a second wave and warnings from various scientists,” she told lawmakers Thursday. Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed late Wednesday to extend the current lockdown, which was due to expire Sunday, until at least March 7. Schools and hairdressers will be able to open earlier, albeit with strict hygiene measures. Merkel defended a decision to set a target of pushing the number of new weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants below 35 before the lockdown is eased further. “The virus doesn’t follow dates, the virus follows infection numbers,” she said. Germany’s disease control agency said there were just over 64 cases per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide in the past week....
    (Reuters) - Photosharing platform Instagram, owned by Facebook Inc, has removed the account of vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for posting misleading information about COVID-19, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Kennedy, the nephew of late President John F. Kennedy, and his representatives could not immediately be reached for a comment. Facebook and Instagram did not respond to a request for comment. The company permanently removed the account "for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," the Journal said citing an Instagram spokeswoman. https://on.wsj.com/2OvqzQN Kennedy, a lawyer and environmentalist, is the son of the late former U.S. Senator, U.S. Attorney General and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. (Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru, Editing by Timothy Heritage) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, United States, coronavirus
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany didn’t act quickly enough last fall to prevent a second surge in coronavirus infections. “We didn’t shut down public life early enough or systematically enough amid signs of a second wave and warnings from various scientists,” she told lawmakers Thursday. Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed late Wednesday to extend the current lockdown, which was due to expire Sunday, until at least March 7. Schools and hairdressers will be able to open earlier, albeit with strict hygiene measures. Merkel defended a decision to set a target of pushing the number of new weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants below 35 before the lockdown is eased further. “The virus doesn’t follow dates, the virus follows infection numbers,” she said. Germany’s disease control agency said there were just over 64 cases per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide in the past week. The Robert Koch Institute...
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany didn’t act quickly enough last fall to prevent a second surge in coronavirus infections. “We didn’t shut down public life early enough or systematically enough amid signs of a second wave and warnings from various scientists,” she told lawmakers Thursday. Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed late Wednesday to extend the current lockdown, which was due to expire Sunday, until at least March 7. Schools and hairdressers will be able to open earlier, albeit with strict hygiene measures. Merkel defended a decision to set a target of pushing the number of new weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants below 35 before the lockdown is eased further. “The virus doesn’t follow dates, the virus follows infection numbers,” she said. Germany’s disease control agency said there were just over 64 cases per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide in the past week. The Robert Koch Institute...
    For Clément Beaune, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Europeans were not “good enough” on the investment for the development of vaccines against the coronavirus. He deplores a “dropout”. EU must boost vaccine production Faced with the emergence of variants of coronavirus, the vaccine brings hope to overcome the pandemic. Wednesday February 10, theEuropean Union has indicated that it now wants to boost its production of vaccines against Covid-19. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stressed the need for “improve the rise of capacities” to mass production, according to comments reported by The cross. “There is one point where we weren’t good enough, not strong enough, not fast enough …” The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, however felt that Europeans were not “good enough” on investment for the development of vaccines against Covid-19. “There is one...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Approximately a third of Americans say that they are unlikely to receive the coronavirus vaccine due to perceived safety concerns, according to an Associated Press poll released Wednesday. While 67% of Americans said that they either planned to receive the vaccine or had already done so, 17% said that they were unlikely to receive it and 15% said that they were definitely not going to receive it, the poll showed. Among those who expressed vaccine hesitancy, the majority cited concerns over possible side effects and doubts over whether it was really safe, and nearly 40% said that they did not believe that they needed a vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy was highest among younger Americans, Republicans and Americans without college degrees, the poll showed. Similar polls have also shown greater vaccine hesitancy rates among Americans of color, especially black Americans. The uncertainty from millions of Americans persists...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Disability rights advocates said Wednesday state leaders need to give coronavirus vaccine priority to people with disabilities and those at higher risk of exposure and death from COVID-19. “We understand that the vaccines are scarce,” said Silvia Yee, a California Vaccine Community Advisory Committee member. “But it says something very ugly about our values as a state if we tell people with disabilities that they have to wait at the back of the line.” RELATED: Dodger Stadium, 4 Other City-Run COVID-19 Vaccine Sites To Temporarily Close Due To Supply Shortage Loved ones shared stories of loss Wednesday to show why state leaders, like Governor Gavin Newsom, need to give the disability community access to the vaccine. RELATED: Porn King Larry Flynt, Founder Of Hustler Magazine, Dead At 78 Gov. Newsom spoke at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, but there was no mention of a plan or timeline...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — About 6,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine were potentially spoiled at the Soka University Super POD vaccination site in Aliso Viejo Wednesday due to a malfunctioning refrigerator. “It’s in that range,” Orange County CEO Frank Kim said of the number of doses potentially spoiled. “We don’t have an exact number yet.” RELATED: UCLA: Research Could Hold Key To Treatments For Osteoporosis Kim said it’s still possible the vaccines could be used. The Pfizer vaccine must be put in a special deep freezer, and then is transferred to a refrigerator to begin thawing. The next step is to mix it and let it fully thaw at room temperature before inoculations can begin. The vaccine must be used within six hours of being thawed to room temperature. “We’re in discussions with the manufacturer to see what can be done with the vaccine,” Kim said. Kim emphasized that none of...
    GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts advising the World Health Organization about immunization on Wednesday recommended the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine even in countries that turned up worrying coronavirus variants in their populations. The WHO experts’ advice is used by health care officials worldwide, but doesn’t amount to a green light for the United Nations and its partners to ship the vaccine to countries that have signed up to receive the shots through a global initiative. That approval could come after separate WHO group meetings on Friday and Monday to assess whether an emergency-use listing for the AstraZeneca vaccine is warranted. The AstraZeneca vaccine is important because it forms the bulk of the stockpile acquired so far by the U.N.-backed effort known as COVAX, which aims to deploy coronavirus vaccines to people globally. COVAX plans to start shipping hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine worldwide later this month, but...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations, ICU beds and positivity rate fell Wednesday. While the push has been to get tested for the virus, it has shifted to get vaccinated, but the continued struggle remains. RELATED: TIMELINE: When Will It Snow In Maryland? Although the state’s daily COVID-19 numbers continue to be on the right path, the vaccine supply does not, and there continues to be a shortage. Health officials are urging patience. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Americans’ willingness to get a vaccine is rising, now up past 70% in a new poll, but nearly an equal number of Americans are dissatisfied with the vaccination process. “I’ve lost sleep over this botched rollout,” Baltimore City Councilman Yitzy Schleifer said. In a hearing Tuesday night, Baltimore City Council members investigated canceled appointments and overbooking at the city’s vaccination...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois health officials reported 2,825 new COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths Wednesday as Gov. JB Pritzker announced the expansion of Phase 1B eligibility in Illinois.The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 1,152,995, with a total of 19,739 deaths, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.How much protection does the COVID-19 vaccine offer? How vaccinated people should approach seeing othersGov. Pritzker announced Wednesday that Illinois is making plans to expand Phase 1B eligibility on February 25 to people who have comorbidities and underlying conditions as defined by the CDC. In addition, Illinois will also prioritize individuals with disabilities."As quickly as we receive enough vaccine supply, we need to waste no time in protecting a broader section of our most vulnerable population," Pritzker said. "Those who are under 65 and live with comorbidities, such as cancer survivors or those living with heart disease, have an elevated...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials will soon expand coronavirus vaccines to Hoosiers aged 60 to 65 as they continue to sidestep federal recommendations for vaccine rollout and delay the timeline for teachers and other essential workers to become eligible for COVID-19 shots. The decrease in the age of eligibility will happen “as soon as possible," once vaccine becomes available, the state health department’s chief medical officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver announced Wednesday. Hoosiers aged 50 to 59, as well as those under age 50 who suffer from certain comorbidities, will be on deck, Weaver said, although there are no specific timelines in place for when new eligibility expansions will take effect. “After we reach age 60, when we have enough vaccine and have vaccinated an appropriate portion of the 60 to 65 age group, we will then incrementally expand eligibility,” Weaver said, noting...
    By KEN MILLER, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wintry weather across Oklahoma that has left roads slick and hazardous statewide on Wednesday has led to the closings of some coronavirus vaccination sites, including the state's two largest. Both the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and the Tulsa City-County Health Department were closed Wednesday because of inclement weather and say they are notifying people who have appointments by phone and email to reschedule their vaccinations. “We're following up with them ... to let them know when their new appointment will be,” said Leanne Stephens, spokesperson for the Tulsa department. “We did not feel that road conditions were safe” as freezing rain fell in the area. Tulsa County had 2,000 appointments scheduled, Stephens said. Oklahoma County had 700 appointments that have already been rescheduled for March 10, according to spokesperson Molly Fleming. Some hospitals in the two cities that had vaccination appointments...
    BAYSIDE, Queens (WABC) -- A 104-year-old man from Queens has survived the coronavirus and returned to his home on Wednesday after spending only 11 days in the hospital.Paul Barberio, of Bayside, was admitted to North Shore University Hospital on January 31 and was diagnosed with COVID.Dr. Suhail Shah said Barberio needed little medical intervention and was never even close to being put on a ventilator."One of my easiest patients," Shah said.Shah credited Barberio's survival to Barberio's genes. Being 104-years-old already proves that Barberio is a survivor.TRENDING | Video shows man's tearful reunion with dog who saved his life during strokeEMBED More News Videos Michelle Charlesworth has more on the owner of a heroic German shepherd who was released from a New Jersey rehab facility Tuesday. "He's a tough gentleman," Shah said.Healthcare workers cheered and sang as Barberio left the hospital on Wednesday. Barberio thanked them and said, "God bless you."When...
    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 Feb. 10: Eleven more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 6,319.  Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, one was between ages 5 and 9, two were in their 70s, five were in their 80s and three were in their 90s. Seven of the 11 people whose deaths were announced Wednesday were residents of long-term care facilities. Article continues after advertisement MDH also said Wednesday...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky canceled a coronavirus vaccine clinic Wednesday due to inclement weather. The school also canceled in-person classes and said all COVID-19 testing sites would be closed. Meanwhile, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that regional vaccine centers in Lexington, Covington and Bowling Green would be closed Thursday. An ice storm warning was in effect for Lexington, where the state’s flagship university is located, and much of the state through Thursday evening, the National Weather Service said. Kentuckians who had vaccination appointments at any of the regional sites will be rescheduled for the following Thursday, Feb. 18, for the same time, Beshear said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, health, public health, Kentucky, coronavirus, weather, lung disease
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The FDA has expanded its emergency use authorization for Eli Lilly's COVID treatment.The monoclonal antibodies cocktail is now authorized for children and adults over the age of 12 with mild to moderate COVID cases who are at increased risk for severe illness.The authorized use also includes those over the age of 65 who have certain chronic medical conditions.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:NJ Gov. Murphy's family member tests positive for COVIDNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is voluntarily in quarantine after a family member tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement released Wednesday. Murphy does not qualify as an exposed close contact, but...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis hopes to have 80-90% of people age 70 and older fully vaccinated against the coronavirus within the next month. He also believes everyone ages 65-69 will receive their first dose in the same timeframe. (credit: CBS) Polis talked about the COVID vaccine rollout in Colorado during a news conference on Tuesday. He said limiting vaccines to those 70 and older will only cause more harm than good. “We wanted to make sure that we didn’t create a bottleneck that kept the vaccines on shelves when there are folks 65 and older ready to receive it,” said Polis. (credit: CBS) Polis announced Colorado will receive an additional 9,000 doses per week for the next three weeks. He also stressed the importance of rapid turnaround rates, making sure that every dose that comes into the state is used within 3 days.
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