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    At least four people have joined a class-action lawsuit filed against a North Jersey company accused of selling bogus COVID-19 tests in at least one South Jersey location, NorthJersey.com reports. Filed Dec. 15 in Atlantic County Superior Court, the suit alleges Infinity Diagnostic Labs -- headquartered in Teterboro -- advertised antibody tests as $75 rapid coronavirus tests. The tests were distributed out of Infinity's Ventnor City location, which shuttered following an FBI raid earlier this month, the news outlet says. "Infinity put corporate profit ahead of people’s health and well-being by advertising, selling and administering a fake active COVID test which they knew would not diagnose persons who were actually infected with this dreadful disease," the suit reads. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains only saliva or nasal swab tests can detect a current COVID-19 infection -- not finger-stick tests, which are only used to detect antibodies that develop...
    AMAZON mistakenly thought Chelsea had taken the lead through Christian Pulisic's early shot against Aston Villa. The American winger, 22, slammed the ball into the side netting in the 12th minute causing the virtual crowd noise to stir and Amazon's live scoreboard to show Chelsea leading 1-0. 3Amazon showed Chelsea leading 1-0 when Christian Pulisic hit the side nettingCredit: Amazon 3Pulisic had a great early opening but shot just off targetCredit: Guardian News & Media / Free to use by all titles in perpetuity under NMC agreement The former Borussia Dortmund man had pounced on a loose pass to fashion an opening but rattled the wrong side of the net. He was a constant threat and bright spark for Frank Lampard's side as they looked to bounce back from the 3-1 hammering at Arsenal on Boxing Day. Lampard rung the changes with six new players in the starting XI...
    Copper kills most germs within hours, and renders others non-infectious. Nicole Lienemann / EyeEm / Getty Images Copper can kill viruses and other germs by disrupting the protective layers of the organisms and interfering with its vital processes. A new study found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the coronavirus pandemic, is no longer infectious on copper within 4 hours, whereas it can survive on plastic surfaces for 72 hours.   Copper has many applications in hospitals and other places where germs are likely to spread. This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases related to allergies and immunology for internal medicine at NYU Langone Health.   This story is part of Insider's guide on How to Kill Germs. While you may think that antiseptic wipes or sprays are necessary to kill germs, there's actually a metal that kills germs on contact — no cleaning supplies necessary. Believe...
    The chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLeft ramps up pressure on Biden for lobbying ethics pledge DeWine says Ohio teachers, school staff to be next group to receive COVID-19 vaccine Schumer on Trump's call for K in direct payments: 'I'm in' MORE (D-N.Y.) should not challenge Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSunday shows preview: COVID-19 relief waiting on Trump's signature; government continues vaccine roll out Trump and Pelosi should unite for ,000 relief checks Schumer on Trump's call for K in direct payments: 'I'm in' MORE (D-N.Y.) in the 2022 Democratic primaries, according to the New York Post. “I think it would be a primary driven by ambition more than by need,” state party boss Jay Jacobs told the newspaper, saying he believed the progressive congresswoman would “absolutely” lose to Schumer. “Chuck Schumer has been a progressive force in the state for decades,”...
    LONDON (AP) — The head of drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is developing a coronavirus vaccine widely expected to be approved by U.K. authorities this week, said Sunday that researchers believe the shot will be effective against a new variant of the virus driving a rapid surge in infections in Britain. AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot also told the Sunday Times that researchers developing its vaccine have figured out a “winning formula” making the jab as effective as rival candidates. Some have raised concern that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being developed with Oxford University, may not be as good as the one made by Pfizer already being distributed in the U.K. and other countries. Partial results suggest that the AstraZeneca shot is about 70% effective for preventing illness from coronavirus infection, compared to the 95% efficacy reported by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. “We think we have figured out the...
    LONDON (AP) — The head of drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is developing a coronavirus vaccine widely expected to be approved by U.K. authorities this week, said Sunday that researchers believe the shot will be effective against a new variant of the virus driving a rapid surge in infections in Britain. AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot also told the Sunday Times that researchers developing its vaccine have figured out a “winning formula” making the jab as effective as rival candidates. Some have raised concern that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being developed with Oxford University, may not be as good as the one made by Pfizer already being distributed in the U.K. and other countries. Partial results suggest that the AstraZeneca shot is about 70% effective for preventing illness from coronavirus infection, compared to the 95% efficacy reported by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. “We think we have figured out...
    The COVID-19 vaccine is proving effective against new variants in Britain and South Africa, the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States is “going to be doing the studies ourselves.” “These are viruses and continually mutating all the time,” he said. “Most of the time the mutations dont have a functional significance. But every once in a while when you track it, you see something that gives a hint of, or maybe even a reality of a higher degree of transmissible.  “Our British colleagues have looked at it. We are looking at it intensively now,” he continued. “Did it make somebody more ill? ? It doesnt appear to be that way.  “The other issue does it escape the protection that is induced by the vaccines that we are currently using? And according to our British colleagues, that does not seem to be the case.”...
    ROME (Reuters) - Almost 10 months after the first Italian patient tested positive for the new coronavirus, Italy on Sunday vaccinated the first residents against COVID-19. Three health workers at the Rome Spallanzani hospital were inoculated shortly before 0700 GMT with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a statement by the commissioner for the epidemic Domenico Arcuri said. "The vaccine went very well and it was an exciting, historical moment," 29-year-old nurse Claudia Aliverini told state-owned television RAINEWS24. "It is the beginning of the end and I hope to be the first of over 60 millions of Italians". Italy on Thursday became the eighth country in the world to exceed 2 million officially recorded cases. It has reported 70,909 deaths, the highest toll in Europe and the fifth highest in the world. The vaccine will be free of charge and health workers and elderly people will be the first...
    ROME (AP) — European Union countries officially kick off coordinated effort to vaccinate millions against COVID-19. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NITRA, Slovakia (Reuters) - Slovakia on Saturday started to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus as the country joined a coordinated push by the European Union against the global pandemic. Vladimir Krcmery, a member of the government's Pandemic Commission, was the first person in the country inoculated by the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BionTech. Hungary also began vaccinating its people on Saturday, a day ahead of rollouts in several other countries including France, Germany and Spain. (Reporting by Radovan Stoklasa, Writing by Robert Muller, Editing by Alexandra Hudson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, public health, Czech Republic, coronavirus, Europe, Slovakia, Spain
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey is taking another step forward in the fight against coronavirus as the state saw more than 5,000 new cases overnight.Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, healthcare workers will start receiving the Moderna vaccine at Essex Community College, which is one of five locations in the county where the vaccine is being made available.Vaccinations with the Moderna shot got underway at University Hospital in Newark on Thursday.One of the first people to receive the vaccine was the hospital's president who says so far he feels good.ALSO READ | NYC's first COVID vaccine recipients provide health updateEMBED More News Videos Eyewitness News checked in with some of the first recipients of the COVID vaccine in New York to see how they are feeling and if there were any side effects. "We've already done over 1,000, we're almost reaching our allocation of the initial Pfizer stock, that we...
    Concern over a new fast spreading variant of the coronavirus in England has leading manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer working to ensure their Vaccines will still be effective. While early evidence suggests the strain might be as much as 70-percent more transmissible, experts we spoke with are still optimistic about the vaccine rollout.RELATED: European Union recommends against nonessential travel to United Kingdom"Those vaccines are remarkable. The magnitude of the immune response is much better than what we've been seeing with the standard flu vaccine," says Stanford infectious disease expert Dr. Catherine Blish, M.D., Ph.D.Dr. Blish also believes covid-19 mutations are part of the normal viral pattern.CORONAVIRUS LIVE: Get running updates on the coronavirus pandemic here"Should we keep our eye on it? Absolutely. But also, this is not surprising in any way. Viruses mutate, it's what they do. it's part of their natural evolution," she adds.Health experts in the U.K. say there's...
    Dawn was still hours away when the Essex Boys crept out of bed and fired up their banks of computers. With their high-powered machines, they could speculate at lightning speed on the lucrative commodities markets 3,500 miles away in New York. And in the bare-knuckle trading pits where their mentor, Paul ‘Cuddles’ Commins, had learned the ropes, there is an old adage: snoozers are losers. On this, of all days, it was never more apt. A group of Essex traders on April 20 made more than £400 million in profit on an audacious trade betting on the collapse of the oil price  Paul Commins, pictured, orchestrated the audacious deal which made the Essex traders rich As they well knew, it was a day when tens of millions could be lost on the oil market — yet for the slickest and most courageous operators, vast profits might equally be...
    Loading the player... A sense of relief that an end to the global coronavirus pandemic may soon be in sight has been tempered by news that a new variant of the virus has surfaced in the United Kingdom and South Africa.  However, experts are saying the RNA technology in both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine versions can be “tweaked” and defeat newer COVID-19 strains as well.  A bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown during a press conference in Fort Lauderdale. Broward Health Medical Center recently began vaccinating frontline healthcare workers with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and are now inoculating caregivers with both. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) “It’s very easy,” Drew Weissman, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, told The Washington Post.  Still, despite the ease in making changes to the vaccines, the process may be complicated by regulatory and manufacturing requirements.  Read More: How...
    Cassie Scerbo Opens Up About How She Handles Internet Trolls Amid New Romance With Gleb Savchenko (Exclusive) Money Lost by Mall Santas and Elves in 2020 South Africa seek to change fortunes against Sri Lanka after Covid hiatus South Africa and Sri Lanka will end a lengthy Covid-induced break from Test cricket when the first of two world championship Test matches starts at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday. © SAJJAD HUSSAIN South Africa Quinton de Kock made his Test debut in 2014 Neither side has played a red-ball international since January, when South Africa finished 3-1 losers in a home series against England while Sri Lanka were winning a two-match series 1-0 in Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka can call on most of the players who shocked the Proteas by winning both Tests on their previous tour of South Africa two seasons ago. On paper, South Africa are weaker than...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A lawsuit against Contra Costa County over its early adoption of a health order banning outdoor dining at restaurants is on hold since a state order went into full effect, making the county’s earlier restrictions a moot point, an attorney for the plaintiff restaurants said Thursday. The civil suit against Contra Costa County, filed Dec. 11 by four restaurants whose owners opposed the county’s early adoption of the COVID-19-related dining restrictions, is now scheduled to return to court sometime in April, said Joseph Tully, an attorney representing the restaurants. The restaurateurs’ lawsuit has been rendered moot at this point, Tully said, because the state’s stay-at-home order went into effect Dec. 16, triggered by the availability of intensive care unit beds in the Bay Area going below 15% The hope with restrictions, health officials have said, is to relieve crowded hospital emergency rooms to the extent possible....
    A woman who works for life coach and motivational speaker Tony Robbins filed a lawsuit against him on Wednesday, claiming he refused to accommodate her need to work from home after being hospitalized with a severe case of the coronavirus. Robbins' employee Despina Kosta alleged he made false claims of helping her by asking a doctor who was a friend of his for care when she was placed in a medically-induced coma, according to a report from The New York Times.  Kosta, 52, is accusing Robbins, his company Robbins Research International and his wife Bonnie P. Robbins of violating multiple disability laws. Kosta contracted the coronavirus in April, the Times reports, and was placed in a medically induced coma from April 12 to May 1. She said her recovery was difficult, struggling to walk or hold a cellphone. Kosta said that comments Robbins made on a podcast had caused her distress,...
    CHICAGO -- After his weeks-long battle with COVID-19, R&B singer Jeremih is opening up about the fight of his life for the first time on camera.The Chicago native said in his 33 years of living, he had never once been treated in the hospital and considered himself to be very healthy. But everything changed in November, when he was placed in ICU due to COVID-19. He said he wasn't sure when, and at times if, he would make it out alive.A Grammy-nominated singer, producer and artist, Jeremih is used to making headlines for his songs and talent, not for his health, and certainly not because he was fighting for his life against COVID-19."It's very real," he said. "I had to go through it and I would hate for anyone else to have to go through it as well."WATCH: Full interview with Jeremih, Chance The Rapper EMBED More News Videos See...
    Moderna says it’s confident that its COVID-19 vaccine will provide protection from the highly contagious coronavirus strain that’s spreading in the UK and other countries. Research has shown the shot is “equally effective” against several other variants of the virus that emerged earlier in the pandemic, the Massachusetts biotech firm said in a statement. The company said it will perform more tests in the coming weeks to make sure the same is true for the UK strain. “While we plan to run tests to confirm the activity of the vaccine against any strain, the broad range of potential neutralizing antibodies made possible by the Moderna COVID 19 Vaccine provide confidence that our vaccine will also be effective at inducing neutralizing antibodies against them,” Moderna said Wednesday. Both Moderna and BioNTech — the German company that developed another vaccine with Pfizer — have offered reassurances about their shots after the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- After his weeks-long battle with COVID-19, Chicago R&B singer Jeremih is opening up about the fight of his life for the first time on camera.The South Side native said in his 33 years of living, he had never once been treated in the hospital and considered himself to be very health. But everything changed in November, when he was placed in ICU due to COVID-19. He said he wasn't sure when, and at times if, he would make it out alive.A Grammy-nominated singer, producer and artist, Jeremih is used to making headlines for his songs and talent, not for his health, and certainly not because he was fighting for his life against COVID-19."It's very real," he said. "I had to go through it and I would hate for anyone else to have to go through it as well."WATCH: Full interview with Jeremih, Chance the RapperEMBED More News...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As we approach Christmas and New Year’s, there’s concern about another surge upon a surge as people across the country gather to celebrate. A local couple who recently had COVID-19 is urging people against that and to play it safe so you don’t end up in the hospital during a time when hospitals are filling up fast. Vicki and Tom Straub spent time at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights after testing positive for COVID-19. “I will never go back into the hospital. I’ve determined that,” said Vicki Straub. That’s how Vicki of New Kensington feels after she spent a week in the hospital with the virus. She just got out a little over a week ago. “I consider myself a fairly active person so to do this to me was mental as well as physical. I was out of my mind,” said Vicki. Her husband Tom,...
    Moderna Inc says it expects its COVID-19 vaccine to protect people against the new mutant British variant of the coronavirus. The new strain, known as SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01, is feared to be 70 percent more contagious and to spread more easily among children. Moderna's jab works by coding for the spike protein on the outside of the virus that it uses to enter and infect human cells. In a statement on Wednesday, Moderna said the spike protein of the new strain has a difference of less than one percent compared to the protein that the vaccine was encoded for.  However, the Cambridge-based pharmaceutical company says it will be running tests on its show in the coming weeks 'to confirm this expectation.'  Moderna Inc says it believes its coronavirus vaccine will provide protection against the new U.K. variant. Pictured: A subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial...
    Two new studies give encouraging evidence that having COVID-19 may offer some protection against future infections. Researchers found that people who made antibodies to the coronavirus were much less likely to test positive again for up to six months and maybe longer. The results bode well for vaccines, which provoke the immune system to make antibodies — substances that attach to a virus and help it be eliminated. Researchers found that people with antibodies from natural infections were “at much lower risk … on the order of the same kind of protection you’d get from an effective vaccine,” of getting the virus again, said Dr. Ned Sharpless, director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. “It’s very, very rare” to get reinfected, he said. The institute’s study had nothing to do with cancer — many federal researchers have shifted to coronavirus work because of the pandemic. Both studies used two...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New Jersey and Pennsylvania health officials are urging people to stay vigilant against COVID-19 and not let their guard down with the holidays upon us. As we head into Christmas and New Year’s, health officials are urging people to stay safe. There are currently over 6,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state of Pennsylvania — double the peak we saw in the spring. About 20% of them are in the intensive care unit. So far, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says 41,000 health care workers have been vaccinated. The state wants to ensure every health care worker who wants to be vaccinated will be. “Our message today to hospitals is to start to reach out and to work together with EMS providers and agencies, as well as other non-affiliated health care providers, and work together to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Dr. Levine said. The Centers...
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is running on her 100% support for Trump, but isn't for his latest idea to help struggling Americans. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is America's wealthiest senator. But on Wednesday, she rejected the idea of providing $2,000 payments to struggling constituents, indicating she'd only consider it if it were offset by other spending cuts. Asked if she would support increasing the $600 direct payments included in this week's compromise pandemic relief legislation to $2,000 — as demanded by Donald Trump on Tuesday night — Loeffler reportedly said, "I'll certainly look at supporting it if it repurposes wasteful spending toward that, yes." Loeffler, who was appointed to a vacant Senate seat last December, is currently locked in a tight special election race against Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock. The winner in their Jan. 5 runoff will serve the final...
    VIDEO2:3402:34New Covid strain has an unusually large number of mutations, WHO chief scientist saysStreet Signs Asia SINGAPORE – The world must remain vigilant for the next six months, while the coronavirus vaccine is rolled out as it will take time before most of the population receive their vaccinations, the World Health Organization's chief scientist told CNBC. "We are going to approach the beginning of the end, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said on Wednesday. "However, there's still a tunnel we have to go through, and the next few months are going to be very critical." Confirmed cases of Covid-19 have continued to rise at an alarming pace, with global infections topping 78 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech has been approved for emergency use in countries including the U.K., U.S. and Canada, while...
    Bradley Cortright December 22, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is urging Americans not to become lax in their adherence to public health experts’ guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. He warned that “even with the changes and approach” he intends to implement once he is sworn in “people are still going to be getting sick and dying from COVID.” “Our darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us, not behind us, so we need to prepare ourselves, to steel our spines as frustrating as it is to hear. It’s going to take patience, persistence, and determination to beat this virus,” he continued.  He vowed that on day one of his administration, he would work to implement masking requirements, a new testing strategy, and “accelerate protective gear.” “And we’re going to challenge Congress and the American people to step up immediately, as well, to do their...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Tuesday it had paused enrollment of critically ill COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care unit support in its trials testing blood thinners against the respiratory illness. Enrollment continues for moderately ill hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the agency said. All trial sites have paused enrollment in this group of most critically ill hospitalized COVID-19 patients, based on deliberations of data review boards consisting of independent experts, the NIH said in a statement. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-activ-trial-blood-thinners-pauses-enrollment-critically-ill-covid-19-patients Increased bleeding is a known complication of full-dose blood thinners and a potential for harm in this group could not be overruled, the agency said. The NIH in September announced the launch of two of the three late-stage clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of different types of blood thinners in treating COVID-19 among adults. (Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel) Copyright 2020...
    The President-elect has warned the American public that the Coronavirus pandemic’s “darkest days” are ahead as the country moves into the winter months. President-elect Joe Biden made the ominous warning Tuesday to Americans during his press conference in Delaware, according to CNN, promising Americans that he would “tell it to you straight” and tell the truth during the crisis. “And here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us, not behind us.” Biden said, as reported by CNN. (RELATED: Deborah Birx Says She’s Retiring After Criticism Of Thanksgiving Weekend Trip) Biden warns that the “darkest days” of the pandemic are still to come and calls on Congress to be ready early next year to produce another stimulus package https://t.co/5lZpOpuSlU — Bloomberg (@business) December 22, 2020 While Biden acknowledged that most Americans were frustrated to hear about buckling down for the winter months,...
    Two House Democrats were the only lawmakers to break with their party and vote against the $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package, which came after months of bickering between members of Congress.  WHAT'S IN THE NEW $900B CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE? Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, instead stood with 50 Republicans and 1 independent against the long-awaited relief bill, which passed the Senate later the same night. They both voted against the first package that included defense and immigration spending as well.  The relief package will send a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, and a $300 per week bonus federal jobless benefit to the unemployed, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters. But Tlaib called the bill "woefully inadequate in addressing the needs of people," as the bipartisan agreement slashed benefits to half of what was doled out in the initial CARES...
    More On: COVID vaccine US to study allergic reactions from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer, Moderna testing COVID-19 vaccines against new UK strain Here’s how many Americans say they will get COVID vaccine Vatican: OK to get virus vaccines using abortion cell lines The scientist who co-founded the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine says he is “confident” it will be effective against a new strain circulating in the UK and other countries, according to a report. Dr. Ugur Sahin, BioNTech’s co-founder and CEO, said it is “highly likely” that the jab can “also deal with the COVID variant,” adding that it could also adapt the shot if necessary, The Sun reported. Scientists worried that the new strain — which was first detected after an unexpected spike in cases in the UK in early December — could be more contagious because its 17 mutations include changes to the “spike” protein, the part of the virus...
    Ugur Safin, co-founder of BioNTech, said today it is 'highly likely' the firm's vaccine will work against the mutant strain of Covid spreading rapidly in the UK The co-founder of BioNTech said today it is 'highly likely' the German firm's vaccine will work against the mutant strain of Covid spreading rapidly in the UK. Ugur Sahin promised that in the unlikely scenario the jab becomes ineffective, his team could re-engineer the vaccine to target the new variant within six weeks. His comments come amid concerns the strain might make vaccines less effective because of the mutations that have occurred on the virus's spike protein, which it uses to latch onto human cells and cause illness. Alterations to the spike are significant because most Covid vaccines, including Pfizer/BioNTech's approved jab, work by targeting this protein. It is feared these changes could also stop people from becoming immune if they have been infected with a different strain previously.  ...
    More On: COVID vaccine Here’s how many Americans say they will get COVID vaccine Vatican: OK to get virus vaccines using abortion cell lines New tool tells you when you may be able to get COVID-19 vaccine Ilhan Omar slams lawmakers like AOC for ‘shameful’ COVID vaccination Pfizer and Moderna, the two companies whose COVID-19 vaccines have been rolled out in the US, are testing their jabs to see if they are effective against the new strain spreading across the UK and other countries, according to a report. “Based on the data to date, we expect that the Moderna vaccine-induced immunity would be protective against the variants recently described in the UK,” Moderna said in a statement, CNN reported. “We will be performing additional tests in the coming weeks to confirm this expectation,” it added. Pfizer said it is “generating data” on how well blood samples from people immunized...
    As the U.S. embarked on a historic mass immunization effort last week against the novel coronavirus with the recently authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and now Moderna, a top White House official is urging recipients to continue mitigation measures. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Fox & Friends co-hosts Tuesday that scientists are still working to confirm whether individuals inoculated against COVID-19 still need to wear masks and keep up with social distancing after receiving the shot. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS BY STATE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW "We’re still studying some fundamental scientific questions though, such as, once you’ve been vaccinated, do you still need to wear a mask to protect others, could you still be carrying the virus even though...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said that even Republican Senators who stood with President Donald Trump as he misled on the coronavirus and attacked mitigation measures should get the Covid vaccine first, as a way to encourage a skeptical public to do the same. Amid widespread consternation at scenes of GOP senators who backed Trump and stonewalled coronavirus relief for months jumping the metaphorical line for the vaccine, The ReidOut host Joy Reid asked the VP-elect to weigh in on the outrage. During their interview Monday night, Ms. Reid praised President-elect Biden for being vaccinated in public “as a message to the country,” and telling Harris that “people want you to get the vaccine, they want to see the incoming administration get it because you’re going to be moving into what is essentially a sick building, a White House that is a hot spot.” “But there’s a lot of question, a...
    THE boss of BioNTech said he is confident the Pfizer vaccine will work against the new coronavirus strain. Ugur Sahin said further studies will be needed to be completely sure the jab can provide protection against the UK variant. 1Credit: PA:Press Association He said the German pharmaceutical company hopes to have certainty within the coming weeks. However as the proteins on the variant are 99 per cent the same as the original version, BioNTech has scientific confidence in the vaccine, he said. "The likelihood that our vaccine works ... is relatively high", he said. BioNTechs vaccine, developed together with U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, is authorized for use in more than 45 countries including Britain, the United States and the European Union. It comes after the Prime Minister warned a new strain of coronavirus which is 70 per cent more contagious is spreading rapidly in the South East of England....
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., addressed the Senate Monday afternoon as his colleagues prepared to vote for a $900 billion coronavirus relief package and told his fellow Republicans who backed the stimulus that they are no better than the Democrats they criticize who align themselves with socialism. "To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better," Paul said. The House passed the relief package and lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill prior to the Christmas holiday. The relief package will send a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters. "If free money was the answer... if money really did grow on trees, why not give more free money?" he said. "Why not give it out all the time? Why stop at $600 a person? Why not $1,000? Why...
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is leading the fierce backlash against Congress members for being among the first to receive the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as health care workers, ahead of the elderly and vulnerable.   Over the weekend several lawmakers including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were among the first to be inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.   Chris Sununu lashed out at Congress members over the weekend, saying 'Since when is doing nothing an essential function?'  In New Hampshire Sens. Maggie Hassan, Jeanne Shaheen, and Congessman Chris Papas opted out of the congressional vaccine supply saying while they have faith in the vaccine, they want to make sure those who need it most get first priority.   'Because every single one of those vials that’s being used for a congressman or a senator that has been doing nothing, that hasn’t been on the front...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of thousands of health care workers in the tri-state area are receiving their first doses of the COVID vaccine. Shipments are now arriving from both Pfizer and Moderna but there is a glitch with some deliveries. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are getting fewer vaccines this week than they were expecting. Christmas is just days away and officials are worried holiday gatherings will cause another COVID spike. This as Pennsylvania and New Jersey are seeing a slight virus plateau, the numbers are still very high but not growing as fast. And the vaccine rollout is hitting a few glitches. New Jersey will get about 100,00 fewer doses of the COVID vaccines than expected, federal officials have taken the blame for miscalculations. “They say it was an honest mistake,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. But New Jersey also missed a federal deadline by one day to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Monday announced that three more lawsuits have been filed against restaurants operating indoor dining in violation of the current COVID-19 restrictions. According to Ellison, the lawsuits include St. Patrick’s Tavern in New Prague, Pour House in Clarks Grove and The Interchange in Albert Lea. Ellison says St. Patrick’s Tavern had 150 to 200 vehicles in its parking lot on Dec. 18 and witnesses reported the establishment was standing room only, with it “packed inside so tightly that it was difficult to move around inside.” The state also received more than a dozen complaints about Pour House, including a report that the bar was operating at max capacity and no face coverings were being worn by any employee or customer. RELATED: AG Ellison Files Suits Against 2 Restaurants That Reopened In Defiance Of State Orders (Dec. 17) The Interchange...
    MORE than half a million Brits have received a Covid jab as the NHS races to protect the nation at record pace. Boris Johnson last night celebrated the major milestone, saying the progress should give the nation “hope and confidence”. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8More than half a million Brits have now received a Covid vaccinationCredit: PA:Press Association 8The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is being offered by hundreds of GP surgeries and hospitals across the country Credit: Getty Images - Getty 8Millions of people are due to get the jab by the end of the yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty The UK was the first in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — with Maggie Keenan, 91, among the first to get it on December 8. It is now being offered by hundreds of GP surgeries and hospitals, with millions of people...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin said on Monday he was confident a COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by his company would be effective against a variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain. He said on Bild TV that the German company would investigate the mutation in the coming days but that he viewed the matter with "with a degree of soberness". Countries across the globe shut their borders to Britain on Monday due to fears about a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, causing travel chaos and raising the prospect of food shortages in the United Kingdom. Sahin was speaking shortly after the European Union cleared regulatory hurdles for the vaccine, co-developed with Pfizer, to be rolled out after Christmas. The note of calm from the CEO about the UK mutation echoed the World Health Organization, which cautioned against major alarm, saying this was a normal part of...
    Christy Ruffell, manager of clinic nursing standards at UCHealth Medical Center, left, administers the Covid-19 vaccine to CNA Luis Perez, right, at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital on December 14, 2020 in Fort Collins, Colorado.Helen H. Richardson | The Denver Post | Getty Images President Donald Trump's coronavirus vaccine czar said Monday that he expects Pfizer's and Moderna's Covid-19 shots will be effective against a new mutation of the virus found in the U.K. The comment came after the U.K. on Saturday said it identified a new mutation of the virus that can spread more quickly than previous variants. Countries including Italy, Germany, Canada and Israel have barred flights from the U.K. following reports of the new strain. The mutations include changes to the spike protein that the virus uses to infect human cells. The vaccines induce an immune response against several structures found around the spike protein, a multifunctional mechanism that allows the virus to...
    Madison Summers December 21, 2020 0 Comments White House coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir is seeking to encourage people that the COVID-19 vaccine candidates will be effective against other variants of COVID-19. Giroir, the assistant secretary for Health, sought to tamp down fears over the new COVID-19 variant reported in the U.K. during Monday’s CNN “New Day” interview. “We have every reason to believe that the vaccine will be effective against any variant that we’ve seen, including the new variant in the U.K.,” he said. Giroir also said, “It is not any more lethal or any more dangerous than the normal coronavirus, no evidence to suggest that, no reason to believe it.” He noted that it has not been proven the variant is more transmissible. (for copy editor- 0:20) U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced over the weekend that there will be stricter coronavirus restrictions implemented and that there...
    White House coronavirus testing chief Adm. Brett Giroir said the coronavirus vaccines rolling out in the United States are effective against "any variant we've seen," including a new fast-spreading strain identified in the United Kingdom, which has led to travel bans across Europe. "We have every reason to believe that the vaccine will be effective," Giroir told CNN's John Berman. "We will be able to prove that in a short period of time, but there’s no reason for catastrophic thinking because the vaccine is coming." Giroir said he was "not trying to downplay" the new strain of the virus but emphasized that there is no evidence suggesting the new strain is more deadly than the one already ravaging the U.S. and much of Europe. "What there is no evidence of, nor reason to believe — it is not any more lethal or any more dangerous than the normal...
    Scientists are in a race to prove that the coronavirus vaccines will work against the new mutant strain which is spreading across the country. Government experts have said the results from testing will take a couple of weeks, as scientists as Porton Down in Wiltshire scramble to analyse the strain. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4The new strain of the virus has spread through the south of the country Credit: Getty Images - Getty The experts are growing samples of the strain and once these are ready, will add serum taken from patients who have received the vaccine to test the response. Experts today said that the scientists on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) team are “being careful” with their analysis. Dr Julian Tang, Honorary Associate Professor/Clinical Virologist, University of Leicester said a higher genomic growth rate...
    BRITS have been held against their will at airports in Europe as the EU moves to ban all travel from the UK. The move comes after a new mutant strain of Covid sparked the Tier 4 lockdown in London and the South East. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Passengers were made to sleep in the terminal at Hanover airportCredit: Twitter 3Emergency vehicles on the tarmac at the Hanover airport Credit: AP:Associated Press Countries including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, and Bulgaria announced restrictions on UK travel. In Germany, officials at Hanover airport set up campbeds for 63 people who arrived from Britain. One passenger Manuela Thomys said in a video “we are being held against our will” and “please don’t leave us” while others decided to turn back to the UK.  The video published by Bild also showed...
    VIDEO2:2402:24Existing Covid vaccines should be effective against new UK strain, professor saysSquawk Box Asia SINGAPORE — Existing vaccines for Covid-19 will be effective in fighting off infection from new strains of the coronavirus, a U.S. doctor told CNBC this week. His comments came after the U.K. on Saturday said it identified a new mutation of the virus that can spread more quickly than previous variants. Countries including Italy, Germany, Canada and Israel have barred flights from the U.K. following reports of the new strain. Vin Gupta, an affiliate assistant professor from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, said he's confident that the current vaccines will protect against different strains of Covid. "There is a strong belief here that the vaccine, as it exists today … will have effectiveness in warding off infection from this new strain in England, in addition to the old strain that we've...
    DENVER (AP) — Former XFL kicker Taylor Russolino will make his NFL debut Saturday for the Denver Broncos with Brandon McManus sidelined because of COVID-19 concerns. The 31-year-old rookie has played in the Canadian Football League and made nine of 10 field goals in the XFL this spring, including a 58-yarder. The Broncos signed him to their practice squad after their no-QB debacle last month when all four of their quarterbacks were disqualified from facing the Saints, one for having the coronavirus and the others for failing to wear their masks around their infected teammate. After that, the Broncos decided to cover themselves should either of their specialists end up quarantined, bringing in Russolino, who can punt and kick. He was isolated from the rest of the team until this week, when McManus went on the COVID-19 reserve list as a close contact. If the game were on Sunday,...
    (CNN)Hope* -- that's what a Covid-19 vaccine represents to me.So much of what I have reported on during the past year has been about the relentless march of the coronavirus around the globe and across this country, upending lives and economies. Now, being able to report on the first vaccines designed to protect us against the chaos and uncertainty, I am filled with hope.That is why, when I was offered a chance to get vaccinated Friday morning, I jumped at it.Because I am a high-risk health care worker, who -- despite being on television most days -- goes to the hospital on a regular basis to see and operate on patients, I am part of the first group of people to be offered the vaccine. I have to say, getting that shot felt like a profound and historical moment. And it didn't hurt a bit.But I didn't make my decision...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — US clears second COVID-19 vaccine, adding Moderna shots to the fight against a worsening pandemic. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With hours to go before a number of relaxed COVID-19 regulations go into effect for Minnesota businesses, penalties are starting to be handed down to a number of restaurants for allowing indoor dining in defiance of the executive order. The nix on indoor dining is one of the things that will remain in effect on Saturday and the ensuing weeks. The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday announced it had issued cease-and-desist orders to The Pizza Depot in Becker and to Hooligans Lakeside in Lake Park. “COVID-19 protocols are designed to slow the spread of this virus and reduce the impacts of this pandemic,” MDH assistant commissioner Dan Huff said. “Our preference is always to work with business to bring them into compliance, and we consider regulatory actions as a last resort. The vast majority of businesses are doing their best to help slow down the spread...
    (CNN)With a Covid-19 caseload heading toward 10 million people, India is the world's second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, trailing only the United States. But it is aiming to lift itself out of the crisis in the coming months with a massive vaccination drive -- covering in its first phase almost as many people as the entire US population.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has identified 300 million people to receive the first doses of the vaccines. The priority group is made up of 30 million health care workers, policemen, soldiers and volunteers, and 270 million vulnerable people -- mostly citizens above the age of 50 and 10 million others with serious comorbidities.The producers of three leading coronavirus vaccine candidates have applied for emergency use authorization, and all of them require two doses to provide sufficient immunity. That adds up to a total of 600 million shots, and Modi's...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County on Friday continued to embark on an ambitious mission to vaccinate thousands of frontline health care workers against COVID-19 by Christmas Day.L.A. County-USC Medical Center was among the hospitals where the Pfizer vaccine was being administered.The rollout comes as hospitals across the state have been struggling to care for patients amid diminished ICU capacity, which fell to 0% in the 11-county Southern California region earlier this week.Staff at Glendale Memorial Hospital began receiving the vaccine shot on Thursday, while nearly 600 L.A. County health care workers were vaccinated.Find out how many people may get a COVID-19 vaccine before youEMBED More News Videos ABC7 Chicago's Mark Rivera walks you through how to use the COVID-19 vaccine calculator to find your place in line to get the shot.
    RAM said the restaurant and food industry in Maryland has lost $1.4 billion since the COVID-19 pandemic started, with establishments having to lay off or furlough 150,000 workers. (WTOP/Ken Duffy) A group that represents restaurants across Maryland is asking local judges to block indoor dining bans recently imposed in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and Baltimore City. “All with the goal of having indoor and outdoor dining restored as soon as possible,” said Restaurant Association of Maryland President and CEO Marshall Weston during a press conference Friday announcing the court filings. RAM said the restaurant and food industry in Maryland has lost $1.4 billion since the COVID-19 pandemic started, with establishments having to lay off or furlough 150,000 workers. Joined by other restaurant owners and workers, Weston is challenging the data that local leaders are using to justify stringent COVID-19 restrictions. “If indeed restaurants were a source of COVID, we...
    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — The Restaurant Association of Maryland announced Friday it has filed legal action against three jurisdictions in the state with the goal of having indoor and outdoor dining restored. The group’s president and CEO, Marshall Weston, Jr., announced during a news conference Friday morning it was seeking temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against Baltimore City as well as Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The legal action asks for capacity limits to be set to the same level as those allowed statewide under Gov. Larry Hogan’s latest order. Maryland restaurants announce legal action to overturn dining restrictions @wjz pic.twitter.com/oRievJnVte — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) December 18, 2020 Lawyers representing some of the restaurants said they hope those businesses will be able to offer indoor and outdoor dining for Christmas. Lawyers representing restaurants say they hope to stop indoor/outdoor dining bans statewide through the courts in a matter...
    Dr. Oz asks U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams why the public should trust the science and get a vaccine when they are able to.     Watch THE DR. OZ SHOW, weekdays at 3 p.m. on CBS 62. Related
    Modernas COVID-19 vaccine, which the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve quickly, will protect recipients against both the disease and infection, which has a significant difference in controlling the rapid spread of the virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday.  "If you protect against clinical disease, thats very good," Fauci, the director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said on NBCs "Today." "But if you also even prevent a person from getting actually infected, that would mean that youre preventing someone from passing the infection on to someone else, and that kind of interferes with the chain of transmission." Fauci added that with the impending approval, Modernas shots will likely start within a few days, most likely at the early part of next week.  Meanwhile, the United States has made investments in six vaccine candidates, and five of them have either...
    In a long and darkly insidious opening monologue, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson strongly suggested something was seriously off about the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines, mocking their “glitzy entrance” and saying the euphoric response to them “feels false” and is “too slick.” The press and the public’s ominously upbeat tone, he intimated, was part of a widespread “social control” campaign to censor anyone who dares to ask questions about them (even if those questions are little more than baseless conspiracy theories). The Fox host began his show on Thursday by casting a decided skeptical eye on the coronavirus vaccine effort, just hours after the FDA advisory committee voted to approve the Moderna version for emergency use authorization. But what others hailed as more good news, Carlson looked askance at, mocking what he said was a “glitzy entrance” that is “accompanied by the kind of corporate image campaign you typically associate with higher...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s 911 dispatchers say they are inadequately protected against COVID-19 while on the job. They voiced their concerns to city leaders Thursday night. “We are the first line of defense,” Michelle Aikens-Lynn said. “The first person they call is 911 and that comes through Philadelphia 911 police dispatch.” Aikens-Lynn has been a dispatcher there for more than two decades. “We love our job, we love what we do,” Aikens-Lynn said. But she and others are concerned about working conditions at the dispatch room at Philly police headquarters. “We basically have become the collateral damage of the police department,” she said. In a Zoom meeting with city leaders Thursday afternoon, Aikens-Lynn and other dispatchers outlined what they claim are dangerous working conditions for a pandemic, including cramped spaces and not enough barriers. “Right now we have I think six dividers for 43 people. There is no way possible...
    Carl Nassib and Cory Littleton were the two of the Raiders’ big-ticket free acquisitions in the offseason, and neither has approached the level of production both they and the club had expected. They’ve got three games to get it right heading in to Thursday night”s AFC West game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. With defensive end Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) and linebacker Nicholas Morrow (concussion) both inactive, Nassib will have bigger roles on a defense that will be led for the first time by interim coordinator Rod Marinelli. Marinelli took over the Raiders’ defense when Paul Guenther was fired Sunday night following a 44-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Other Raiders inactives are safety Johnathan Abram (concussion), cornerback Damon Arnette (concussion), tackle Brandon Parker, quarterback Nathan Peterman and cornerback Nevin Lawson. Lawson, a likely starter for Arnette, is out because of an illness....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After Gov. Hogan put the call out to nurses and nursing schools that the state needs more personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of nursing students decided to graduate early and join in the fight. Eager nurses graduated early on Thursday and will thrust toward the frontlines of the pandemic. Lucas Boulter is a graduate of 2020’s December Class at the University of Maryland Medical System School of Nursing. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines He has been working as a Nursing Assistant in the Medical ICU and plans to continue that work once he passes his boards. “I’m actually more excited than ever,” he said. “I feel like the stakes are higher. That might deter some people, but I like the challenge it poses.” Classmate Sanju Garung will be working...
    With more year-end gatherings coming up, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is hoping to curb travel and urge residents to keep celebrations muted. “Today, the Maryland Department of Health is issuing a public health advisory, which lowers the gathering limit from 25 to 10,” Hogan announced at a Thursday briefing. “They are also advising Marylanders against all nonessential activities and holiday gatherings with people outside of your immediate household.” Hogan said he is also issuing an emergency order that requires limiting travel to essential matters only. Marylanders who travel outside the state, or travelers who come to Maryland, will be required to get a negative COVID-19 test result, or to self-quarantine for 10 days. The tighter limits were announced as Hogan touted the state’s strong health metrics compared with other states in the U.S. “After doing so well for so long, we simply cannot afford to let our guard down over...
    The Giants have lost one of their best players in another COVID-related issue. Star cornerback James Bradberry will miss Sunday night’s game against the Browns after going on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Bradberry, 27, came in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and is not affiliated with the Giants. The contact occurred outside the team’s practice facility. Earlier Thursday, the Giants announced that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID-19 and he will miss Sunday night’s game. Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, the Giants’ tight ends coach, will call the offensive plays against Cleveland. Bradberry joined the Giants as a free agent this year on a three-year, $43.5 million contract.
    An unprecedented order has been prompted in Orange County to prevent hospitals from diverting ambulances to other facilities. The move comes after the county shattered COVID-19 patient admittance records,The county reported 23 fatalities on Wednesday, the same day frontline workers in the county received COVID-19 vaccinations. The most recent fatalities, which date back to earlier this month, raised the death toll to 1,718.The region also logged 3,231 new diagnoses of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative case total to 111,168.RELATED: Orange County rolls out mobile field hospitals to handle surge in COVID-19 patientsEMBED More News Videos Orange County continues to set new records for coronavirus diagnoses and hospitalizations, while county officials have rolled out mobile field hospitals to handle the surge in patients. Hospitalizations jumped from 1,371 Tuesday to 1,486 on Wednesday, including 319 intensive care unit patients, up from 296 the previous day.Both are new records -- a daily...
    This is America: Stop gaslighting me with the Asian model minority myth Roku, HBO Max finally strike deal (yes, youll be able to stream Wonder Woman 1984) Freddie Kitchens to call plays against Giants after Jason Garrett tests positive for COVID-19 There will be a familiar person calling plays against the Cleveland Browns Sunday night when they face the New York Giants. © Provided by Touchdown Wire Freddie Kitchens was the head coach in Cleveland last season. He was fired after one year and hired by the New York Giants as tight ends coach. Now, after offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID-19, Kitchens will get the chance to call plays against his former team. The Giants’ coaches and players did not meet in person on Monday or Tuesday. Per league guidelines, they worked remotely. The Giants did practice in person on Wednesday. In another possible quirky coincidence,...
              Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is warning residents to watch out for scams related to the coronavirus vaccine distribution that began this week. Yost has said scammers could potentially impersonate distributors or other health officials to mine for personal information such as a Social Security number with promise of putting them on a list to get vaccinated. “A single dose of information can vaccinate you against fraud,” Yost said in a statement this week. Yost also said that scammers may also ask for advance payment to secure consumers’ place in line and warned that scammers could reach out over email, phone call, post mail, text message or social media accounts. Scammers have been attempting to con consumers since the first week of COIVD-19 lockdown in March, according to data from Yost’s Constituent Services Section. The attorney general’s office said it has seen 39...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes condemned the Trump administration’s deadly negligence over Covid-19 and called it out for exacerbating the pandemic, pointing to explosive, newly-released White House memos that openly encouraged a do-nothing, “herd immunity” approach. On Wednesday, Politico obtained email records from a top HHS official, Paul Alexander, that repeatedly pressed for a “herd immunity” strategy that would encourage the spread of the coronavirus, urging as a policy perspective that “we want them infected.” “It’s a strategy we have seen unfold before our eyes. We’ve talked about it here on the show,” Hayes said t the outset of his show. “It’s been apparent to all of us reporting on this and watching. We now have the smoking gun evidence, e-mails obtained by Politico, in which the very people at the center of this say what exactly they were doing. That they wanted people to get the virus.” Pointing out the ongoing death toll under...
    Pompano Beach, Florida (CNN)After Covid-19 ravaged nursing homes nationwide, claiming victims without loved ones nearby, seniors at a long-term care facility in Florida started getting vaccinated Wednesday. About 90 of the most vulnerable residents and 80 health care staffers received their first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at John Knox Village, the senior living community said. Vera Leip, 88, has lived there for 16 years. She was among the first seniors in Florida to get vaccinated Wednesday. Vera Leip was among the first to get a vaccine at John Knox Village in Broward County, Florida.Leip was supposed to get her dose around 9 a.m. Wednesday, but her vaccination was delayed until after Gov. Ron DeSantis arrived around 1 p.m. DeSantis left without taking questions from reporters. Read MoreThe Covid vaccinations of seniors at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach were moments away, when suddenly media access was denied. We asked...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore VA Medical Center began administering COVID-19 vaccinations to its frontline healthcare workers, veterans residing in long-term care units and inpatients with spinal cord injuries. Wednesday. The Baltimore center is among the 37 VA medical centers across the country that received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week. The sites were chosen based on their ability to vaccinate a large number of people and properly store the vaccine. “We at the VA Maryland Health Care System are proud to be a part of the initial 37 VA medical centers receiving the vaccine,” said Jonathan Eckman, acting director of the health care system. “We are dedicated to ensuring all Veterans receiving care at VA and our employees are ultimately offered the vaccine.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective in preventing COVID-19. Two doses are needed, 21 days apart. The VA...
    The White House coronavirus testing czar says Americans will have to still follow mitigation measures after receiving coronavirus vaccines. Adm Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, warned that people will need to wear face coverings and practice social distancing for a while longer. 'Although we're very positive about the vaccine, it is absolutely imperative that we continue our work to wear masks, to avoid crowded spaces, to physically distance, to avoid travel if you can,' he told CNN's New Day on Wednesday. 'Because until the vaccine gets widespread, this is still our best measures to flatten the curve and save lives.'   In an interview on CNN's New Day on Wednesday, Adm Brett Giroir warned Americans will have to continue wearing masks and social distancing after receiving coronavirus vaccines (pictured) Giroir (right) told host John Berman (left) this is because...
    The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decided not to raise fines on businesses that continue to defy COVID-19 restrictions. Agreeing that existing citations haven’t done much to promote compliance, the supervisors held off voting on increasing the maximum fine amount (currently $1,000) that the county can issue to businesses that continue to operate in violation of the rules. At a meeting Tuesday, the supervisors heard dozens of public comments chastising the board for even considering the idea of raising fines. Speakers who identified themselves as small-business owners said they were being financially crippled by pandemic-related closures. “People are losing their businesses and there’s so little discussed on that,” one speaker said. “Suddenly we go to this, ‘There’s these bad actors.’ Maybe they’re desperate! Maybe they are losing their business… You’re all out of touch.” In the past month, several gyms in Contra Costa County have received fines...
    The nation's top infectious expert says that more than three-quarters of the U.S. population will need to receive COVID-19 vaccines to achieve 'herd immunity.' Dr Anthony Fauci said that, although the country will start to see the effects of the vaccine when about 50 percent are immunized, much more is needed to suppress the deadly virus.  'If you really want true herd immunity, where you get a blanket of protection over the country...you want about 75 to 85 percent of the country to get vaccinated,' Fauci told Vox's Today Explained. 'I would say even closer to 85 percent. We've got to get as many people as we possibly can.' It comes one day before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) advisory committee is set to meet to recommend whether or not to approve Moderna Inc's vaccine and add a second jab, along with Pfizer Inc's, to the national rollout....
    LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly 140,000 people in the United Kingdom have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first week of roll-out of the shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the minister in charge of deployment of the vaccine said on Wednesday. "A really good start to the vaccination program. It's been 7 days and we have done: England: 108,000, Wales: 7,897, Northern Ireland: 4,000, Scotland: 18,000. U.K Total 137,897," Nadhim Zahawi said in a tweet. "That number will increase as we have operationalised hundreds of PCN (primary care networks)," he said. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout, editing by Estelle Shirbon) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, vaccines, coronavirus, United Kingdom, Europe
    The second vaccine against COVID-19, created by Moderna, is expected to secure emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration by week’s end, and it offers more hope in the world’s battle against coronavirus. Scientists on the pandemic frontlines regard this week’s deployment of the Pfizer vaccine as a turning point in the battle to save lives and say it’s significant that the first vaccine is being quickly followed by another one that is just as effective. “We’ve just got the first tool that came along…and short on the heels of that, we’ve got the Moderna vaccine, which in many respects, according to the data that has been published, looks just as successful and just as useful or valuable as a vaccine,” said Dr. Wilbur Chen, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Chen said the Moderna vaccine’s estimated efficacy against COVID-19...
    BOSTON (AP) — Officers at a Dartmouth detention center used excessive force when they deployed pepper spray, police dogs and a flash bang device against inmates who refused to be tested for COVID-19, according to a state report released Tuesday. In a scathing report, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office determined that the Bristol County sheriff’s office violated the civil rights of federal immigration detainees after some became destructive in a May altercation. The report acknowledged that some inmates had thrown plastic chairs at officers and damaged property, but it says the scene had been calm for an hour when a sheriff’s team entered and used force. Attorney General Maura Healey urged the Department of Homeland Security to terminate its contract with the sheriff’s office and threatened to sue the sheriff’s office if it fails to implement changes. ICE detainees damaged a Bristol County detention center (WBZ-TV) “This callous disregard for...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —After months on the front lines, Chicago Doctor Marina del Rios was first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports from Loretto Hospital. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called it Vaccine Day in Chicago and a moment of hope, as the first of the medical front line workers gets shots. At 10: 42 a.m, with the vaccine thawed and arms swabbed, UIC emergency room doctor Marina Del Rios became the first Chicagoan vaccinated against COVID-19. “As we say in Spanish, we mend the heart through guts,” Del Rios said. It was just three days ago, while putting up Christmas decorations, that she learned she would be first. “Latino physicians are unicorns. There’s not many of us,” she said. And she thinks it’s partly why she was selected, sending a strong message to a community where some may be reluctant to get vaccinated. “It...
    BOSTON (AP) — Officers at a Dartmouth detention center used excessive force when they deployed pepper spray, police dogs and a flash bang device against inmates who refused to be tested for COVID-19, according to a state report released Tuesday. In a scathing report, the Massachusetts attorney general's office determined that the Bristol County sheriff's office violated the civil rights of federal immigration detainees after some became destructive in a May altercation. The report acknowledged that some inmates had thrown plastic chairs at officers and damaged property, but it says the scene had been calm for an hour when a sheriff's team entered and used force. Attorney General Maura Healey urged the Department of Homeland Security to terminate its contract with the sheriff's office and threatened to sue the sheriff's office if it fails to implement changes. “This callous disregard for the well-being of immigration detainees is unacceptable and must...
    A White House official lost his right foot and lower leg to a battle with COVID-19 that began over three months ago, according to a friend.  Crede Bailey, director of the White House security office, contracted the virus in September, before the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett that led to a new round of infections. His office handles credentials and works with the Secret Service. Dozens of White House officials have since tested positive for COVID.  Bailey’s family has asked the White House not to draw attention to his condition, and President Trump has not publicly acknowledged his illness.  FAUCI SAYS BIDEN, HARRIS SHOULD GET COVID VACCINE ASAP 'FOR SECURITY REASONS' Bailey’s friend Dawn McCrobie organized a GoFundMe page to raise money for his medical expenses. “First let me say that Crede will NOT be happy I've done this as he is a proud man...
    By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas' top health official said Tuesday they are relieved the state has begun distributing a coronavirus vaccine but they stressed that the public still needs to adhere to social distancing and other precautions for several more months. The Ascension Via Christi health care system administered the first doses of the vaccine to 115 physicians and employees at its St. Francis hospital on Monday. Vaccinating health care workers will speed up this week, but it likely won't be an option for the general public until late spring or early summer, Kelly said. “I am relieved that we are really truly turning the corner now on this virus,” Kelly said during a virtual meeting with University of Kansas Medical Center officials. Long-term care residents will get the vaccine after health care workers, and state officials are working with...
    Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder ABC 13 screengrab Attorneys for the Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have called for sanctions against lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder, who sued the governor over his response to COVID-19.  Uhlfelder made headlines earlier this year for going to Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to encourage people to stay home. He said DeSantis didn't do enough to protect the state's residents from COVID-19. His lawsuit calling for a stay-at-home order and a mask mandate was dismissed in court.  In court papers filed on Friday, attorneys for DeSantis said Uhlfelder's lawsuit was "empty political posturing" that "warrants repercussions." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Attorneys for the Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have called for sanctions against a lawyer who sued the state's highest government official over his relaxed response to COVID-19. Daniel Uhlfelder, who in May dressed up as a Grim Reaper to warn people against...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania just reported more than 9,500 new positive cases of COVID-19 pushing the Commonwealth past half a million cases since the pandemic began. Doctors say that even though we’ve been dealing with this virus since March, we are just now in the beginning of the fight. “I looked at the study. I feel very confident about it. So people are nervous, but I think as they see more people get vaccinated, their confidence will build,” said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. Philadelphia’s top health official is showing confidence that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will help. Dr. Farley says initial shipments of the vaccine arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and shipments will occur weekly until everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. “You know, it’s that moment where the tide has turned and we can now go on the offensive. That’s what we’re really beginning to see...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court on Tuesday again sided with religious groups in Colorado and New Jersey that argued that the states' covid-related restrictions on worship services violated religious liberty rights, the latest in a string of rulings against pandemic guidelines in recent weeks. In unsigned orders, the justices wiped away lower court opinions in challenges that went in favor of the states: one brought by the Rev. Kevin Robinson and Rabbi Yisrael A. Knopfler in New Jersey and the other brought by a small Colorado church. The cases highlight the impact of Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the bench. Before her arrival, Chief Justice John Roberts had sided with the liberals, including the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, against houses of worship in similar disputes. Since Barrett's arrival, however, and the establishment of a strong 6-3 conservative majority, the court now has reversed course and has the necessary votes to side...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Vaccinations are expected to begin Tuesday in Philadelphia and doctors are doing everything they can to make sure the process runs smoothly. Doctors say that even though we’ve been dealing with this virus since March, we are just now in the beginning of the fight. “I looked at the study. I feel very confident about it. So people are nervous, but I think as they see more people get vaccinated, their confidence will build,” said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. Philadelphia’s top health official is showing confidence that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will help. Dr. Farley says initial shipments of the vaccine arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and shipments will occur weekly until everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. “You know, it’s that moment where the tide has turned and we can now go on the offensive. That’s what we’re really beginning to see...
    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Inmates at the El Paso County Jail and the ACLU of Colorado have filed a lawsuit against the sheriff, alleging their lives were unnecessarily put at risk during the pandemic. (credit: CBS) More than 1,000 inmates have tested positive at the jail, according to state data, making it one of the largest outbreaks in the state. The lawsuit against Sheriff Bill Elder is based on hundreds of letters and dozens of interviews with inmates at the jail. It was filed by the ACLU and three private attorneys in federal court on Sunday. El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder (credit: CBS) This is the second lawsuit of its kind the ACLU of Colorado has filed this year. The first one in Weld County resulted in a judge ordering the sheriff to provide masks and better protections to inmates. Attorneys are hoping for a similar outcome in...
    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Inmates at the El Paso County Jail and the ACLU of Colorado have filed a lawsuit against the sheriff, alleging their lives were unnecessarily put at risk during the pandemic. (credit: CBS) More than 1,000 inmates have tested positive at the jail, according to state data, making it one of the largest outbreaks in the state. The lawsuit against Sheriff Bill Elder is based on hundreds of letters and dozens of interviews with inmates at the jail. It was filed by the ACLU and three private attorneys in federal court on Sunday. This is the second lawsuit of its kind the ACLU of Colorado has filed this year. The first one in Weld County resulted in a judge ordering the sheriff to provide masks and better protections to inmates. Attorneys are hoping for a similar outcome in El Paso County. From late October to early...
    Leaders of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) declared Monday that Catholics have a “moral responsibility” to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community,” state Fort Wayne Bishop Kevin Rhoades, chairman of the U.S Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, and Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, in a joint statement. “In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good,” the bishops state. The risk to public health posed by the coronavirus is very serious, the bishops assert, “as evidenced by the millions of infections worldwide and hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States of America alone.” Moreover, “in many cases the most important effect of...
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    By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House will investigate an incoming lawmaker accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago when they were young, Republican leaders announced Monday. House leaders in a joint statement said the House Ethics Committee will launch an investigation of the claims of abuse against incoming Republican Rep. Rick Roeber when the Legislature convenes in January. Roeber's adult children first spoke publicly of the abuse to the Kansas City Star, which published details in September. Voters in suburban Kansas City elected Roeber in November. After his election, Roeber's children wrote a letter begging the House's presumptive incoming speaker, Republican Rep. Rob Vescovo, not to allow him to serve. “To think that this man would have a say over laws that impact thousands of children is just too much,” according to the letter signed by three of his children. “A...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vaccinations against COVID-19 began Monday in California amid a huge surge in infections and hospitalizations. Intensive care unit nurse Helen Cordova received a shot of the Pfizer vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who watched and applauded, tweeted that Cordova was one of the first Californians to be vaccinated. The first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine left Michigan early Sunday for 145 distribution centers nationwide. California’s initial batch was scheduled to total 325,000 doses. The vaccine was sent to hospitals and other sites across the country that can store it at extremely low temperatures — about 94 degrees below zero. Pfizer is using containers with dry ice and GPS-enabled sensors to ensure each shipment stays colder. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: California, Associated PressRelated ArticlesBest StatesStates With Most...
    RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities on Monday prevented a protest in the capital Rabat against the kingdom's move to normalise ties with Israel following a deal brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump. A heavy police presence backed by water cannons and anti-riot forces deployed in the main avenue leading to Parliament square, where a group of pro-Palestinian rights organisations had planned the sit-in. Police prevented demonstrators from reaching the square. Two prominent activists, Sion Assidon, Morocco coordinator for the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, and lawyer Abderrahman Ben Amrou, were escorted away by authorities and asked to leave the area. "Unfortunately, political normalization ... comes after a long process of economic, agricultural, tourism and academic ties," Assidon, a Moroccan Jew, told Reuters. BDS is a group that calls for economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian land. There are nearly 1 million Jews hailing from Morocco...
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    President Trump said Sunday he was reversing an administration directive to vaccinate top government officials against COVID-19, while public distribution of the shot is limited to frontline health workers and people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Mr. Trump made the announcement hours after his administration confirmed that senior U.S. officials, including some White House aides who work in close proximity to Mr. Trump and Vice President Pence, would be offered coronavirus vaccines as soon as this week under federal continuity of government plans. "People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary," the president said in a tweet. "I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time." It wasn't immediately clear what the scale of the vaccination program was supposed...