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    On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” former Biden transition team COVID adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel stated that “by the end of September or October,” we can “have a real return to normalcy.” Emanuel said that “we should not let up. … We should not ease up, allow indoor dining, big groups of more than 25, getting rid of mask mandates. We have to hold on for another two or three months in this condition.” Host Chris Cuomo then asked, “But do you think that maybe the science has now lost to the social pressure and the balancing of equities in the regard of, it’s going down. Vaccines are coming up. Only a small fraction die. The cases seem to be getting better now because people are having less viral load from mask wear or whatever other myth they believe. And we’ve had enough. We’re not going back. We’re only going...
    As COVID-19 rates continue to decrease, many people are feeling cautiously optimistic that normal life will soon resume. A survey of 21 experts found that most of them believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, according to research by The New York Times. Americans may be able to get back to their pre-pandemic lives this summer. Unless … Researchers cautioned that people should not underestimate COVID-19.  Although signs are pointing to the end of the pandemic, a shift in the virus or how people respond to it could send infection and death rates to rising again. Factors that could cause the pandemic to go on longer include COVID-19 variants becoming less susceptible to vaccines and the efficacy of vaccine delivery nationwide. The New York Times isn’t the only institution trying to figure out when life can get back to normal. The Government Executive’s...
    Many or most of the people in Israel and Scotland have gotten COVID-19 inoculations and reports from both confirm that vaccines largely prevent people from getting sick. But another question is emerging: Do they also block infection? Much is riding on the answer, experts say. If vaccines being rolled out worldwide ward off not only symptoms but the virus itself, that could sharply slow the pathogen's spread and hasten the return to normalcy. "If the true impact on infections was very high, it would be great news because that is what we need for herd immunity," Marc Lipsitch, director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told AFP. Herd immunity is achieved when most of a population -- estimates vary between 60 to 80 percent -- have acquired defenses against a virus, whether through vaccination or...
    President Biden has said he hopes Americans can 'return to normalcy' by the end of this year. Biden's wish was aired during a visit to a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility in Michigan on Friday, as the number of people in hospital with the coronavirus dipped below 60,000 for the first time since November, with 2,477 daily deaths having been recorded. The levels are now similar to earlier peak levels of hospitalizations that were seen before the surges of last spring and summer.  'I believe we'll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year and this Christmas will be different than last but I can't make that commitment to you. There are other strains of the virus,' Biden said.  President Joe Biden delivered remarks on the vaccine roll-out. He toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant on Friday and said he hoped for 'normalcy' by Christmas here are currently...
    The White House admitted on Wednesday that it has no timetable for when the coronavirus will be conquered, and life might return to normal. The comments by press secretary Jen Psaki come less than a day after President Biden said he hoped that normalcy might be reached by Christmas, the latest in a series of shifting timelines. Scientists say the goal requires sufficient people to be vaccinated for the general population to reach herd immunity, but emerging coronavirus variants, uncertainties about the efficacy of vaccination, and anti-vaxxer movements provide extra challenges. On Wednesday, Psaki bowed to the uncertainty. “This is the question, as I'm sure is the case for all of you, that every neighbor, every friend, every family member asks, at least me, in the street when I'm walking my dog in the morning,” she said. “We want to be straight with the American public though. We are...
    Savannah Rychcik February 17, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is careful to predict when the country will go back to normal but suggests he has an idea. During a town hall event hosted by CNN on Tuesday night, host Anderson Cooper asked Biden when he thinks the pandemic will be over and the country will be able to go back to the way it was. “It’s a high probability that the vaccinations that are available today and the new one, Johnson & Johnson, God willing will prove to be useful, that with those vaccinations the ability to continue to spread the disease is going to diminish considerably,” Biden said. He added, “So if that works that way, as my mother would say with the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors, that by next Christmas I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, then we are today.” Watch...
    The US may not reach herd immunity and return to some semblance of normalcy until Thanksgiving at the current pace of COVID-19 vaccinations and speed of variant spread, Biden administration officials told the Daily Beast.  That's far later than the end-of-summer target date by which Dr Anthony Fauci has estimated that American life might get back to normal.  Dr Fauci, however, remains 'cautiously optimistic' that that day could come by fall if the general public starts getting vaccines by 'April, May, June,' but admitted he's concerned that variants could stretch that timeline in an interview with the Daily Beast.  So far, 10.5 percent of the US population has received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.   But if American officials were to follow Israel's model of reopening, restaurants, gyms and stores when 90 percent of over-50s are vaccinated, these businesses could be operational as early as June, a DailyMail.com analysis...
    Over the last few weeks, the new Biden Administration has made clear that “Build Back Better” in terms of border security will entail more dismantling than building. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden revoked procedures designed to swiftly adjudicate asylum applications and end “catch-and-release.” The “Executive Order on Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border” immediately revokes the following: (1)  Executive Order 13767 of January 25, 2017 (Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements). (2)  Proclamation 9880 of May 8, 2019 (Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States). (3)  Presidential Memorandum of April 29, 2019 (Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System). (4)  Presidential Memorandum of April 6, 2018 (Ending “Catch-and-Release” at the Border of...
    MinnPost photo by Tom OlmscheidRep. Tom EmmerPodcast plea. WJON’s Jay Caldwell reports: “Emmer praised many of the accomplishments by the Trump Administration including “Operation Warp Speed” but denounced the January 6th Capitol breech saying the violence was unacceptable. He says he’d like things to become “boring” or “normal” again in Washington. … I asked Emmer if there is division in the Republican party. He responded with saying there is division with the Democratic party with those pushing a socialist agenda like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Acasio-Cortez versus other more traditional democrats.” Commish cries ‘fake’ news. The Star Tribune’s Kim Hyatt reports: “A St. Francis woman says an Anoka County commissioner harassed her repeatedly after she raised concerns about a message he posted on Facebook as the insurrection by supporters of former President Donald Trump unfolded at the U.S. Capitol. Danylle Peardon, 44, said her concern about the post quickly shifted to concerns...
    My favorite coronavirus narrative is how Hollywood still backs Democrats, even as Democrats kill the movie theater business. See if this doesn’t put a smile on your face… Here’s Dr. Anthony Frauduci in September: I said, if you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021.” Here’s Hollywood today: In delaying tentpoles, rather than sending major titles to streaming platforms, much of Hollywood is betting that audiences will be comfortable going back to cinemas after the vaccine rolls out. Here’s Frauduci in October I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality. Here’s Hollywood today: The week of Jan. 18 saw the dominoes fall again as a slew of high-profile spring...
    Coronavirus updates: Schools can reopen safely, CDC says; Eli Lilly treatment cuts hospitalizations 70%; US buying 200M more vaccine doses New Zealand tells travelers to stop copying other peoples travel photos Studios Hold Out Hope for Theaters’ Return to Normalcy Studios Hold Out Hope for Theaters’ Return to Normalcy Illustration by Jan Feindt Despite more delays, don’t expect Hollywood studios to abandon ship and offload their most precious cargo — event tentpoles. They’re still willing to wait for a proper theatrical run, and are hopeful that COVID-19 vaccines may calm the waters and allow moviegoing to resume in earnest by fall, if not late summer. Throughout the pandemic, the vast majority of big-budget event pics have seen their releases repeatedly pushed back amid ongoing theater closures in major markets and other locales, versus being sold off to a streamer or sent to an in-house streaming service. That’s because a...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You can go back to your favorite table at your favorite Philadelphia restaurant. Starting today, indoor dining is back, but there are a few restrictions. Capacity is limited to 25%. Some in the restaurant industry are hopeful this is the start of an eventual return to normalcy. “No one’s really asked restaurant owners what we think about it so we’re kind of just reacting and it is what it is,” Anthony Notafranceso said. Notarfranceso owns South House on South 13th Street. “I think since indoor dining in November is probably the last time I made an actual cocktail,” Notarfranceso said. Now that restaurants can return to 25% indoor capacity beginning Saturday in Philadelphia it’s time to shake it up. “Obviously the first time in March, nobody one knew what was going on. It was a lot more scary. And then in September when we opened, it was...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In a virtual conversation with California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the general public could potentially begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations by April and estimated life could begin returning to normal in the early fall of 2020. Newsom asked Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, whether or not the country was on track with predetermined plans for the vaccination process. As the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses per person, Fauci said the original proposal was 40,000 doses for 20,000 people by the end of December. Fauci said Tuesday that there have been approximately 11,000 doses administered with 2-3,000 people vaccinated, but the feeling heading into January is that the efforts will catch up if people do their part by getting vaccinated. Fauci estimated that herd immunity could be achieved once 70-85% of the population gets vaccinated. “I believe that if we...
    The U.S. could return to normalcy in either “summer or early fall” of 2021 if a majority of Americans receive a coronavirus vaccination, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a Monday interview. “We’ve got to make sure that people get vaccinated,” Fauci told NBC New York’s David Ushery in a televised interview. “So if 75-85 percent of the people in the country get vaccinated as the vaccine becomes available, and the general public — not speaking of the people of the highest priority who have underlying conditions — the young men and women…” “If they get vaccinated through April, May and June, and really do a full-court press to get everybody vaccinated, you can get back to normal or at least approaching close to normal, as you get into the late summer and early fall.” Vaccines from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and...
    Kentucky teenage cancer survivor dies from Covid-19 First on CNN: Key government agency acknowledges Bidens win and begins formal transition Jim Cramer unveils list of return to normalcy stocks to buy on vaccine optimism "I think you have to buy a couple of these vaccine winners on any weakness, although when it comes to retail, I just say buy some, period, because there's no time to wait for a dip," CNBC's Jim Cramer said. "No matter what, I'd pick two or three of these names, then wait for the next piece of bad news that freaks people out so you can buy them into weakness," the "Mad Money" host said of his "return to normalcy" stocks. "If you just owned the stay-at-home names, you got bushwhacked today. But don't worry, I think you'll get another chance to pick up some of these vaccine winners at lower levels," he...
    VIDEO4:1904:19Cramer recommends buying these 'vaccine winners' on any weaknessMad Money with Jim Cramer After Wall Street digested more positive coronavirus vaccine news and investors grew more optimistic on the reopening trade, CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday unveiled a list of "return to normalcy" stocks. "I think you have to buy a couple of these vaccine winners on any weakness, although when it comes to retail, I just say buy some, period, because there's no time to wait for a dip," the "Mad Money" host said. The comments come after AstraZeneca, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, said earlier in the day that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate was up to 90% effective at preventing contraction of the disease that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. It was the third drugmaker this month to announce positive data in its vaccine study. The news buoyed stocks, with...
    America might reach herd immunity from the coronavirus sometime around May, according to a timeline laid out by Operation Warp Speed's top science adviser. Dr. Moncef Slaoui spoke with Jake Tapper during Sunday’s “State of the Union,” addressing the timeline for delivering vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer – each of which is pending approval. An advisory panel is meeting Dec. 10 to determine whether or not to approve the vaccines. Should the panel grant approval, Slaoui said that the government will move fast to deliver the vaccines across the country. Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) "Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I would expect maybe on day two after approval, on the 11th...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that Americans should expect a gradual return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic as Pfizer potentially rolls out its highly-effective vaccine at the end of the year. Speaking with Jake Tapper on Sunday morning’s “State of the Union,” Fauci speculated that it may not be until the second or third quarter of 2021 that Americans might expect to “start approaching a degree of normality.” “It’s not going to be a light switch, Jake,” Fauci said. “We’re not going to turn it on and off, going from where we are to completely normal.” “It’s going to be a gradual accrual of more normality as the weeks and the months go by as we get well into 2021.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, waits to testify at a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and...
    The earliest doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will likely be rolled out for first responders in late December — but we’ll be stuck with mask wearing, social distancing, and tough restrictions on businesses, theaters and arenas throughout next year, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Thursday. “I can forsee that even with a really good vaccine, that mask wearing will continue well into the third or fourth quarter of 2021,” Fauci said in an interview with National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins. And only after that, “there will be a graded, gradual progression toward normalcy” in 2022, he said in the half-hour interview. “We’ve got a long road yet to go,” Collins agreed. Fauci laid out his most thorough, recent timeline for recovery yet as the U.S. continues to see 70,000 new COVID-19 cases and some 800 deaths a day. The good news is that right now, more than 100,000 Americans...
    Joe Biden has based his presidential campaign on a promise to restore "normalcy" if he unseats President Trump, but the former vice president will act as nothing more than "a gateway drug to radicalism," Ben Shapiro argued Wednesday. "He's been campaigning as Captain Return to Normalcy, that I am a return to all things that are good and steady in American life,'" the "Ben Shapiro Show" host told listeners. "One of the reasons that Donald Trump was elected in the first place was because the old normal was not very good," Shapiro observed. "It turns out that the old normal, which was filled with corrupt politicians like Joe Biden, was ... filled with politicians who were going to basically follow the diktats of the radical left." Biden has repeatedly pushed back against Republican efforts to tie him to the party's progressive wing — even as some Democrats pledge to make radical changes should they win control of the White...
    This is a rush transcript from “The Ingraham Angle" September 22, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.     LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Hannity, I thought of you, because I flipped over briefly to see what the other side was doing tonight, and your old friend Peter Strzok what's on TV.   HANNITY: Oh, no, seriously.   INGRAHAM: Talking about Russia, Russia, Russia.   HANNITY: Well, Russia conspiracy - is he still on that?   INGRAHAM: Yes.   HANNITY: Did he talk about his insurance policy? Did he talk about--   INGRAHAM: No.   HANNITY: --smelly Trump voters like me and you that go to - you know why like Walmart? You get everything in one spot it's cheap. You save money.   INGRAHAM: No, I'm telling you, I thought, wait a second...
    Voters have faith that President Trump will ensure recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the election sees mail-in balloting numbers reaching historic highs, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told “Fox & Friends Weekend.” In Blackburn’s state of Tennessee, early voting has reached a record high of more than 1.4 million ballots already cast. The Senate Judiciary Committee member argued that this spike doesn’t necessarily mean the election is leaning left. She mentioned that while a Cato Institute survey revealed 62% of Americans don't want to disclose their vote, 56% feel they’re better off than four years ago, according to a Gallup Poll. AOC CLAIMS YOUNG VOTERS WILL CHOOSE BIDEN BECAUSE THEY CAN INFLUENCE HIM MORE EASILY  Blackburn said she spoke with an independent voter this week who claimed she’s “exhausted with living in fear,” and changed her vote upon recognition that Trump will deliver the “normalcy” she seeks on the road to pandemic recovery. ...
    Epidemiologist Danielle Ompad recently emerged from her makeshift home office to return to work at New York University's School of Global Public Health in Manhattan. "It is only me on this floor right now, and there are probably two to 15 empty cubicles and 10 offices," she told CBS MoneyWatch.  New York City, where nearly 24,000 people have died from COVID-19, remains in a kind of suspended animation more than six months after the disease raced across its five boroughs and crippled America's largest metropolis. Although many health care, grocery store and other essential workers have never stopped reporting in to their respective workplaces, office dwellers have been holed up at home since March and are only slowly filtering back to office buildings that had been shuttered for months. The occupancy rate of commercial properties in New York City remains only 15%, according to key-card access data from security company Kastle...
    Joe Biden has staked his presidential campaign in a pledge to restore "normalcy" if he unseats President Trump in the November election, even as some Democrats pledge to make radical changes should they win control of the White House and both chambers of Congress. Biden has repeatedly pushed back against Republican efforts to tie him to the party's progressive wing — "I am the Democratic Party right now," he declared Tuesday night during the first presidential debate in Cleveland — yet other Democratic leaders have endorsed policies that have the potential to reshape the country, including eliminating the filibuster, granting statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and expanding the Supreme Court. "As far as the filibuster, I'm not busting my chops to become majority leader to do very little or nothing," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday during an interview with MSNBC. "We are going to get a whole lot...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new survey by PNC says small and mid-sized businesses in Pennsylvania have been hit hard by the pandemic. About half of business owners say their sales are down, and 16 percent say their sales have dropped by more than half. Slightly more than three-quarters of business owners don’t believe they’ll return to normal in the next six months, and about 30 percent don’t think they’ll ever go back to the way things were pre-pandemic. But there is some good news: more than 40 percent of business owners who had to furlough workers have already started to rehire. Seventy-six percent of businesses reported making adaptations to their operations in response to the coronavirus. For the survey, 150 interviews were conducted with small and mid-sized Pennsylvanian businesses self-reporting revenue of $100,000 to $250 million.
    Texas Assistant AG Says He Was Fired Over Tweets Supporting QAnon Target is rolling out hundreds of new food products, including gourmet pastas and pizzas The health of college athletes shouldnt be sacrificed in order for a return to normalcy The headline was alarming: roughly one-third of Big Ten student-athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 were found through cardiac MRIs to have myocarditis after contracting the disease. It wasn’t entirely true, however. While Penn State athletics doctor Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli did make those comments to a group of school directors, what was left unsaid was that not all of the Big Ten student-athletes who were COVID-positive had undergone cardiac MRIs, and it wasn’t clear why those who did undergo the testing were chosen for it. But doctors are seeing myocarditis, the inflammation of the heart muscle, in COVID patients, which should give us pause, especially when it comes to...
    HEALDSBURG (CBS SF) — The LNU Lightning Complex, which has been burning in Sonoma, Lake, Marin, Napa and Solano counties, was 55 percent contained by late Saturday as thousands of evacuees continued to return to their homes and businesses. The fire complex, the third largest wildfire outbreak in California history, had grown to 373,920 acres, destroyed 1,210 structures and claimed five lives. While some were dealing with the destructive nature of the massive blaze, others found that their homes and businesses escaped damage. The owner of New Tree Ranch, Ed Newell, on Wallace Creek Road in Healdsburg didn’t expect his property to survive the fierce flames. Traces of fire retardant in the garden are still evident. The fire crawled onto part of the 120-acre vacation retreat, but it was largely spared. About one mile away, homes on the same street didn’t have the same fate. “Kind of strange,...
    Firefighters hinted Wednesday at plans for allowing residents evacuated from the wildfire that has raged through the Santa Cruz Mountains to return home as they make progress in corralling the flames that have consumed more than 500 homes and continue to threaten more than 24,000. The 77,000 residents evacuated from Bonny Doon, Davenport, the San Lorenzo Valley towns of Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond and Felton, and parts of Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley, are the most out of 136,000 forced to flee the major Northern California wildfires that erupted after an Aug. 16 lightning storm. “If we can successfully go through the next 24 to 36 hours, get the perimeter established in there, over the course of the next 72 to 120 hours — that’s anywhere from four to five days out — we will look at hopefully bringing some sense of normalcy back to this area,” said California Department...
    For the first time since March, CNN’s New Day originated entirely from its New York studio — with anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota seated at the same desk, albeit six feet apart. “In the same actual room at the same actual time for the first time since March!” Berman said at the outset of Monday’s broadcast. “I barely recognize you,” Camerota joked. Camerota celebrated the show’s return to its home base. “It is so great to be back in the studio,” Camerota said. “It’s just this moment of normalcy, it feels like,” Camerota said. “Except I have to wear [suit] pants,” Berman deadpanned — noting that he’s opted for jeans for much of the pandemic while working from home. Berman and Camerota are outliers among CNN employees — most of whom are still working from home. According to a report from The Wrap, only limited staff is expected...
    President Trump has a message for professional and college athletes contemplating whether to suit up amid the coronavirus: Play ball — but only after the closing lines of the "Star-Spangled Banner." "So, college football, get out there and play football. People want to see it. And stand for your American flag, stand for your national anthem because people are not happy when that doesn't happen," Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. " You look at the NBA and what's happening with the NBA and their poor ratings. I don't know; can't imagine why. But they didn't stand, they didn't show respect to our flag." When it comes to the resumption of college and professional sports, Trump has an ostensible conflict between normalcy — one GOP operative said that "Make America normal again" would be his best possible reelection campaign slogan — and the national anthem. "The...
    By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer TORONTO (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took a short break from watching the final few exhibition games Thursday to ponder the significance of awarding the Stanley Cup some two months from now — should all go as planned. The magnitude of the task it took to simply reach the cusp of resuming play following a four-and-a-half month pause certainly suggests this year’s celebration has the potential of being a shared experience. “That’s a very profound question, and I think the answer is extraordinary times present extraordinary challenges. And it takes an extraordinary group of people with an extraordinary effort to get the result you want,” Bettman told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “If you look at the NHL family as a whole, starting with our fans, our players, our people at the league office and our club, the focus, the determination,...
    TORONTO (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took a short break from watching the final few exhibition games Thursday to ponder the significance of awarding the Stanley Cup some two months from now — should all go as planned. The magnitude of the task it took to simply reach the cusp of resuming play following a four-and-a-half month pause certainly suggests this year’s celebration has the potential of being a shared experience. “That’s a very profound question, and I think the answer is extraordinary times present extraordinary challenges. And it takes an extraordinary group of people with an extraordinary effort to get the result you want,” Bettman told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “If you look at the NHL family as a whole, starting with our fans, our players, our people at the league office and our club, the focus, the determination, the desire and the effort —...
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