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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Friday reported 2,110 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 144 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,200,120 cases and 21,910 deaths. Next week, Los Angeles County said it expects to receive 53,700 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Photo by Johnny Milano/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Of the new deaths reported, 41 people were over the age of 80, 58 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 35 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, seven people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. Long Beach and Pasadena reported one death each. READ MORE: LA Teachers Warn Of Possible Strike If LAUSD Returns To Class In April Public Health also announced that more than 2,415,000 doses of vaccine have been administered across the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco's red tier status, and the hope it could move to the less restrictive orange tier later this month, opens a door to revive tourism. The economy is part of Building A Better Bay Area. A slow, long-term recovery could bring back jobs and fill restaurants and hotels.On a picture perfect day, every one of San Francisco's signature attractions is a visual delight. Many are reopening and coming back to life. What's missing are visitors, who may like how it's quieter and more intimate now without crowds if they come.RELATED: CA to allow theme parks like Disneyland, live shows to resume at reduced capacity on April 1It may take longer to get tourists to feel comfortable about flying here from across the country. So the focus with more people vaccinated is on local and regional West Coast visitors, especially those cooped up for the last...
    The messy and confusing distribution of vaccines has prompted a broad array of nonprofits and volunteers nationwide to step in to fill the gaps. Disaster-relief charities are providing both their equipment and their logistical skills. They know how crises can exacerbate existing inequities — and how their expertise can make a big difference. Meanwhile, organizations that serve people of color, LGTBQ people, the homeless, elderly and others are jumping into the fray. They are seeking not only to reduce the fear of vaccines but also to help local and state governments vaccinate more people. Nonprofits are also racing to deploy young volunteers who have the patience and computer savvy to overcome the torturous vaccine portals that have bewildered many people in search of shots. In Southern California, Community Organized Relief Effort, a nonprofit founded by the actor Sean Penn to work in Haiti, is now collaborating with the Los Angeles...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Since the COVID-19 vaccine became available, volunteers have stepped forward online to help connect people with the shot, and many are kids who felt the need to find a solution in their neighborhoods. Using a computer isn’t exactly easy for everyone, but for teens, it’s second nature. CBS 2’s Meridith Barack spoke with two students who, in between school and catching up with friends, have made it their mission to make sure complete strangers are getting vaccine appointments. READ MORE: At First Reluctant, More Blacks Now Seeing Benefits, Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccines It’s before sunrise–5:41 a.m. to be exact–and Highland Park High School student Avi Rubin is awake, waiting for the clock to strike 6. He has the Walgreen’s vaccine site up on his computer, ready to fill appointments. The teen not only devotes his early mornings, but his lunch hour, and other free time to finding...
    Loading the player... Health experts say just because people are getting vaccinated does not mean the country is ready to go back to normal. Read More: Dems OK tighter income limits for COVID-19 stimulus checks The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is crafting guidelines for those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. But despite taking the drug the regulations are still pretty tight, per Politico. As of Friday, there is no word yet when the instructions will be released. Despite the release of the vaccines some experts are concerned there could be another surge in cases as people become more relaxed with taking precautions. But on Monday, at a White House COVID briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed “doubly vaccinated” folks have low risk — “so low that you would not have to wear a mask, that you could have a good social gathering within the home.”  The Johnson &...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Nikia Glenn is surrounded by women and men of science, yet even she was reluctant. “I think I was the same as other people, with the not knowing, wondering,” she said. “Just a lot of questions about the science behind the vaccinations.” READ MORE: Community Group Focuses On COVID-19 Education In Most At-Risk Neighborhoods Glenn, the human resources director at the New Roseland Hospital, was among the overwhelming majority of the hospital’s largely Black workforce who chose not to get the vaccine when it was first made available. But since then, the number of workers vaccinated at the hospital has jumped from 23% to 42%. Glenn is among them. “What’s changed is education,” Glenn said. “I went after just educating myself about the benefits of getting vaccinated.” Glenn said a turning point was seeing the Rev. Jesse Jackson get his vaccination at her hospital. Hospital CEO Tim Egan,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Mar. 5, 20214:30 p.m.San Jose Fairmont Hotel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcyThe operator...
    After a year marked by grim milestones, California has cleared a hopeful hurdle in its fight against COVID-19: administering its 10 millionth vaccine dose. Officials confirmed Friday that the state had crossed the threshold, buoyed by a single-day record in terms of inoculations, with 330,155 shots dispensed. Over the last week, providers throughout California have administered a little more than 251,000 doses per day — the highest rolling average yet, according to data compiled by The Times. Nearly 77% of the 13.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered to local public health departments and medical providers statewide have been given out. “The light at the end of the tunnel keeps getting brighter and brighter,” Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted Friday. NEW: CA has now administered 10 MILLION vaccines.The light at the end of the tunnel keeps getting brighter and brighter. pic.twitter.com/R2lCAfQUgx— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 5, 2021 Roughly 6.64 million...
    The injection generates antibodies, which continue to circulate in the organisms of the animals without adverse reactions. March 5, 2021 2 min read This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process. Scientists from the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ) reported advances in animal testing of the COVID-19 vaccine that they are developing, which bears the name of QUIVAX 17.4. Tests carried out on experimental animals, as well as on goats, sheep and pigs, “have reported antibody titers of 1 in 2 million; well above the regular levels of similar products ”, commented Dr. Teresa García Gasca, rector of the House of Studies. This vaccine, developed by a team led by Dr. Juan Joel Mosqueda Gualito, generates antibodies, which continue to circulate in the organisms of animals without adverse reactions. To make the injection,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- March 6, 2020 marks one year since the first major news conference about COVID-19 in San Francisco. The city's Director of Public Health, Dr. Grant Colfax, announced there were two known coronavirus cases in San Francisco at the time. He also spoke about social distancing; it was one of the first times many had ever heard of the concept.Dr. Colfax caught up with ABC7 News anchor Jobina Fortson to reflect on the past year. He watched a clip of the March 6 press conference and immediately responded by acknowledging the lives lost to the deadly disease.RELATED: CA to allow theme parks like Disneyland, live shows to resume at reduced capacity on April 1"It has been such a challenging year," Dr. Colfax replied. "I think at that time while we were taking aggressive action and very concerned, it was still unfathomable to so many of us that...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A Pennsylvania pharmacy chain is gearing up to help get teachers and students safely back in the classroom. Rite Aid Pharmacy announced on Friday that it will soon begin administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at its vaccination sites. The pharmacy said it plans on using allocated doses of the vaccine to get shots into the arms of educators, school staff and child care providers. READ MORE: Moderna Arm: Some People Develop Reaction To Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Governor Tom Wolf said Rite Aid is “an integral part of the vaccination effort” and the pharmacy has “agreed to use their Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocation to give child care workers who provide an essential service the option to get a vaccination.” The federal government is supplying Rite Aid with 30,000 doses of the vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership, separate from the state’s allocation....
    Chicago (CNN)Hattie Blumenberg can't easily get to a mass vaccination center. The 90-year-old woman has limited transportation, and leaving her Chicago home would require someone physically carrying her from the house to a vehicle.But a new program at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center is helping protect Blumenberg and other people who live in neighborhoods with the highest Covid-19 death and positivity rates. Its doctors are distributing vaccines to Rush patients who are 65 and older and can't get to a clinic.Thanks to the program, Hattie and her daughter, Jackie Blumenberg, have gotten the Covid-19 vaccine in their home. The [email protected] program offers house calls to eligible patients and so far has vaccinated at least 71 people. The program has 120 people enrolled and a hospital spokesperson says the waitlist is growing. "It a blessing and it's great," Hattie Blumenberg told CNN moments after she got the vaccine. "I hope everybody...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas expects more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses next week, state officials said Friday. According to a Texas Department of State Health Services statement, the vaccines will be first doses, with 245,000 doses being the new single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. READ MORE: This Is Beyond Bullying: Justice Sought For Plano ISD Boy Allegedly Abused By Haggard Middle School Students The federal government will send more than 200,000 doses directly to pharmacies and federally qualified health centers. The state will distribute more than 930,000 first doses to providers in all but 20 of the state’s counties, along with 457,000 second doses. State health officials said Texas has administered nearly 6.3 million doses, with more than 4 million people having received at least one dose. READ MORE: Woman Says She Was Attacked While Hiking At Fort Worth Park Meantime, the state reported 5,913 new confirmed and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – About a week after the Moderna vaccine, some people develop a reaction. “We’ve had a few cases. Folks have reached out because it’s a little unusual,” says Asti Drug pharmacist Chris Antypas. READ MORE: High School Spring Sports Kick Off After Being Canceled Last Year During Pandemics Start Genese Hendrickson says her reaction looked like someone had ripped an adhesive bandage off. “It was a big rectangle, two and a half to three inches long, maybe an inch and a half to two inches wide,” says Hendrickson, adding, “It left that imprint where it would be bubbled and red. It did itch.” An itchy, red rash pops up on the arm that was injected. This can happen up to a week later. “It is some sort of immune reaction,” says Dr. James DeAngelo of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Associates. “It’s technically not an allergy. It’s...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas expects more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses next week, state officials said Friday. According to a Texas Department of State Health Services statement, the vaccines will be first doses, with 245,000 doses being the new single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The federal government will send more than 200,000 doses directly to pharmacies and federally qualified health centers. The state will distribute more than 930,000 first doses to providers in all but 20 of the state’s counties, along with 457,000 second doses. Meantime, the state reported 5,913 new confirmed and probable cases Friday of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, bringing the total of Texas cases during the pandemic to 2,678,295. The state estimates that 147,360 of those cases were active Friday. Of those, 5,065 cases required hospitalization as of Thursday, the most recent day for which the state provided data. That was 198 fewer than...
    (CNN)Four elderly sisters in New Jersey haven't been able to have their regular get-togethers during the coronavirus pandemic, but they made an exception to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.Edith Camp, 96, Bernice Cecil, 92, Nora McDonald, 86, and 84-year-old Rose Ramsey -- got their second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill, south of Philadelphia.As children, they were known as the Langley sisters, and the four wore buttons with pictures of their other sisters -- Pauline Taylor, who wasn't able to come, and Doris Papiano, who died in 2011.From left, Rose Ramsey, Edith Camp, Nora McDonald, and Bernice Cecil receive the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill.It was Cecil's idea for them to get their shots together, according to Ramsey's daughter Lori Goldsmid.It "was my aunt Bernice's idea to have them together, you know, for a little bit...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For the very first time today, hundreds of people in Des Plaines received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports many patients are looking forward to “life after vaccine.” CBS 2 spoke to patients on Friday who walked out after just a few minutes now fully vaccinated. READ MORE: First Case Of Brazil Variant Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Illinois But what does that really mean for their day-to-day? The answer still isn’t very clear. Diane Campbell is in the 65-plus group. “We had cell phones, laptops,” Campbell said. “Refresh, refresh, refresh.” Carisa Mitchell works in healthcare. “I kept trying and trying and trying,” Mitchell said. And I finally got in.” They’re the latest recipients of the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the first large-scale J&J vaccination site in Illinois. “I used to work for Johnson and Johnson years ago, so...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts Department of Health announced on Friday that the state has administered two million COVID vaccine doses. According to the state’s vaccination report on Friday, 1,355,389 Massachusetts residents have received the first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Meanwhile, 646,005 residents doses have been administered the second dose of either vaccine. There have also been 4,406 Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine doses administered, bringing the total doses to 2,005,800. As of Friday, 2,420,360 total vaccine doses have been shipped to the state, meaning 82.9% of the doses reported to the Massachusetts Immunization Information System have been administered.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Mar. 5, 20212:30 p.m.California to let Major League Baseball, Disneyland reopenCalifornia officials are...
    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The number of COVID-19 cases across New York State continues to drop, but Long Island has the dubious distinction of ranking number one in new positives. Vaccination sites popped up in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Friday. Some are for teachers and school staff only. READ MORE: New Jersey Health Officials Bring States First Doses Of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine To Union City Senior Complex Slowly, many schools are returning to some in-person learning, and teachers getting vaccinated is a big reason why. Among those teachers is Frank Luisi, from Oceanside High. “It is going to build a stronger feeling, and that’s going to get to the kids, too, that we can overcome this,” Luisi told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip...
    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado meatpacking plant that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak last year suspended operations Friday so that workers could receive COVID-19 vaccines on-site. Workers at the JBS USA-owned plant received their shots in a temporary clinic set up in a hallway, The Greeley Tribune reported. More employees will be vaccinated Saturday in a partnership with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, the union representing about 3,000 workers at the plant. The union said it expected as many as 350 people per hour to get shots. Doctors and nurses were on hand to monitor vaccine recipients for any adverse reactions. Six employees and a corporate supervisor at the plant died and 291 workers tested positive for the virus during an outbreak last year, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment. JBS suspended operations In April to deep-clean the plant, install a new...
    (CNN)The pace of Covid-19 vaccine administration in the US continues to improve, each day bringing the country closer to herd immunity -- the point at which enough people are protected against a disease that it cannot spread. This week, President Joe Biden said that the US will have enough vaccine for every adult by the end of May, and a CNN analysis of federal data shows that herd immunity is likely not far behind. At the current pace of about 2 million shots per day -- the latest seven-day average of doses administered reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- the US could reach herd immunity by summer through vaccinations alone. It will likely be even sooner, if factoring in individuals who may have some natural immunity due to prior infection. When will the US reach herd immunity and what will it look like?Herd immunity...
    Decreasing COVID-19 cases and the easing of many local restrictions has American optimism surrounding the coronavirus at an all-time high. A new Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans believe the COVID-19 situation is improving, the first time a majority has felt that way since Gallup began asking the question in April. Meanwhile, 26 percent of Americans believe the situation remains as is, while only 14 percent believe it is getting worse. In the first week of June, 47 percent of Americans believed the situation was improving, the highest mark prior to the latest poll. A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans are feeling optimistic about COVID-19, with 60 percent of respondents saying the situation is getting better in the country Additionally, a record-low 22 percent of Americans are worried about COVID-19 tests being available, while 34 percent of Americans are worried about medical services/treatment...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s health commissioner says he’s frustrated that software issues are letting people skip the line at the FEMA vaccine site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Dr. Thomas Farley said the software allows appointment links to be forwarded, even to people who are not eligible. Farley said the city does not have a way to screen those people, and the software company hasn’t fixed the problem yet. “They may be medically eligible, but they weren’t necessarily the people who were invited. And so if they’re there, we vaccinate them and we will continue to vaccinate them. We also have a goal of just getting the vaccine out as quickly as possible. We don’t want to turn away a large number of people and have all these opportunities, when the federal government is here, be missed,” Farley said. Meanwhile, the FEMA-run site has reached its goal of giving 6,000...
    The New York Times A failure in contraceptive pills could have caused dozens of pregnancies in Chile The public health system delivered, and then quietly recalled, 276,890 boxes of potentially defective contraceptives. At least 140 women believe they got pregnant because of that mistake. It had to be a mistake, thought Melanie Riffo, staring in disbelief at the result of her pregnancy test: positive. She had taken her birth control pills without fail, Riffo said. She and her boyfriend were careful. Doctors had even told his partner that a childhood ailment could have rendered him infertile. “I didn’t understand anything,” Riffo, 20, said of the test that was done in September. “We had taken all the safeguards that you are supposed to take.” Across the Chilean territory, dozens of women like Riffo say they became pregnant last year after taking one of the 276,890 boxes of oral contraceptives that were...
    As the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, it could soon have a new source of hope: a fourth vaccine. An executive at AstraZeneca told CBS News on Friday that the company plans to file for emergency use authorization of its vaccine in the coming weeks, pending the results of a clinical trial.  Ruud Dobber, executive vice president at AstraZeneca, told CBSN anchor Tanya Rivero on Friday that the drugmaker hopes to receive the results of its clinical trial "in the next few weeks." It then plans on immediately seeking emergency use authorization for its two-dose vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration, he said. If authorized, he said AstraZeneca is prepared to deliver tens of millions of doses to the U.S.  "In the first months after the [authorization], we're planning to deliver roughly 50 million doses instantly to Americans," Dobber said.  Aside from the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Three...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  COVID-19 vaccination data by race and ethnicity was released for the first time on Friday on Minnesota Department of Health’s vaccination dashboard. The information is intended to guide vaccine distribution strategies, ensuring that doses get to Minnesotans of all races and ethnicities, including communities which have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. READ MORE: Gov. Walz To Deliver State Of The State Address In Mankato On March 21 “Equitable access has been a cornerstone principle of our vaccination plans since the first doses arrived in Minnesota,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “This data-driven collaboration among members of Minnesota’s health care community will help us build upon and strengthen our equity efforts in every community across the state.” Now, the dashboard shows the percentage of the population who have received the vaccine by race and ethnicity. On the side, it also compares the race and ethnicity of the vaccinated population...
    Miami : All Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) teachers and staff of any age, including custodians, cafeteria staff, and bus drivers, in grades Pre-K through 12 and child care programs will now be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is good news for the District that has been advocating since December for prioritizing the vaccine for employees, particularly those who have direct contact with students. Earlier this week, the Biden administration released Federal Retail Pharmacy Program guidelines prioritizing COVID-19 vaccines for school personnel in grades Pre-K through 12 and child care workers. The COVID-19 Vaccination Retail Pharmacy Program is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national partner pharmacies including CVS, Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, and independent pharmacy networks to Increase Access to COVID-19 Vaccination Across the US The federal program will prioritize vaccinating all school personnel and child care workers during the month of...
    SAN DIEGO (CBS Los Angeles) – Nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have received a COVID-19 vaccine, it was reported Thursday. The four orangutans and five bonobos received an experimental vaccine developed by drug maker Zoetis, per CBS News. The zoo chose to give the great apes the vaccine after several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park contracted COVID-19 in early January. “That made us realize that our other apes were at risk,” Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health officer for the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, told the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper Thursday. “We wanted to do our best to protect them from this virus because we don’t really know how it’s going to impact them.” They mark the first known non-human primates to get the shot, according to CBS News. Zoetis announced in late January that it had received a request from the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Catholic Church leaders are telling parishioners that the newly approved Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is “morally compromised,” because it is linked to cells obtained from aborted fetal tissue. In a statement, the leaders of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said people should choose vaccines made by Pfizer or Moderna instead if they are available. READ MORE: Dont Swab, Just Scream: Dutch Inventor Tests New Way To Detect COVID The Archdiocese of Miami agrees. “If you had a choice between the three vaccines we recommend either Pfizer or Moderna, which are cleaner ethically. But if you have no choice, due to material cooperation, you should still be able to take the vaccine in good conscience.” The stance contradicts the Vatican, which earlier this year said it was acceptable for Roman Catholics to get “any” COVID-19 vaccine, even one derived from aborted fetuses. READ...
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Urgent calls for COVID-19 vaccine fairness rang through African countries on Friday as more welcomed or rolled out doses from the global COVAX initiative, with officials acutely aware their continent needs much more. “Rich countries should not be so selfish,” Pontiano Kaleebu, head of the Uganda Virus Research Institute, said as his country received its first doses. “It’s a concern, and everyone is talking about it.” The East African nation of 45 million people was receiving under 1 million vaccine doses — 864,000. It’s the first batch of a total of 18 million COVAX doses for Uganda, but when all will arrive is not known. That number is “not going to do much,” said Monica Musenero, an epidemiologist and presidential adviser, though she added that “we can advocate for more vaccines, but we should also appreciate what we’ve got.” The foundation of Nobel Peace Prize winner...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from March 5, 2021: 488,170 cases; 6,534 deaths Data shows people of color getting vaccinated at lower rates than whites 488,170 cases; 6,534 deaths Thirteen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday, for a total of 6,534. Of the people whose deaths were announced Friday, four were in their 90s, three were in their 80s, two were in their 70s, two were in their 60s and two were in...
    (CNN)Several great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against Covid-19 a few weeks after the zoo's gorillas tested positive for the virus. Members of the zoo's bonobo and orangutan troops were vaccinated using doses from a supply intended strictly for non-human use, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) said in statement to CNN.Veterinarians for the SDZWA, the nonprofit that oversees the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park, identified members of the bonobo and orangutan troops most at risk who could be easily vaccinated, the organization said. San Diego Zoo gorillas make full recovery from Covid-19Vaccinations began in January and have continued up to this month, and the animals received their second dose after three weeks. "The animals are doing well and we have seen no adverse reactions from the vaccine. The wildlife in our care is closely monitored throughout their lives," said Darla Davis,...
    With the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine providing health officials with an additional option for vaccinating those eligible, CVS announced it will be expanding its vaccination program to nearly 150 more locations in New York, including many on Long Island. CVS Pharmacy, which had already been receiving vaccine doses as part of the Federal Pharmacy Program, which are earmarked for specific chains, announced this week that it will be ramping up its vaccination program due to an increased allocation of the vaccine. Those who are eligible and interested in getting vaccinated are now able to register for appointments, with scheduling beginning as of Friday, March 5, and inoculations planned to begin the following day. On Long Island, CVS locations will be scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments in: Nassau County Amityville; Baldwin; Bellmore; Bethpage; Cedarhurst; East Rockaway; Elmont; Farmingdale; Floral Park; Glen Cove; Glen Head; Great Neck; Levittown; Lynbrook;...
    With the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine providing health officials with an additional option for vaccinating those eligible, CVS announced it will be expanding its vaccination program to nearly 150 more locations in New York, including many in the Hudson Valley. CVS Pharmacy, which had already been receiving vaccine doses as part of the Federal Pharmacy Program, which are earmarked for specific chains, announced this week that it will be ramping up its vaccination program due to an increased allocation of the vaccine. Those who are eligible and interested in getting vaccinated are now able to register for appointments, with scheduling beginning as of Friday, March 5, and inoculations planned to begin the following day. In the Hudson Valley, CVS locations will be scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments in: Westchester Ardsley; Bedford Hills; Briarcliff Manor; Bronxville; Croton-on-Hudson; Eastchester; Elmsford; Harrison; Katonah; Larchmont; Mamaroneck; Mount Vernon; New Rochelle;...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – A roller rink at San Jose’s Eastridge Mall became Santa Clara County’s latest mass COVID-19 vaccination site Friday, the third to open in one of the county’s hardest hit areas. The clinic located at the mall’s Aloha Roller Rink aims to offer up to 2,000 vaccinations a day once the state supplies enough vaccine, officials said. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy? “Locating a mass vaccination site in East San José is how we will vaccinate our residents and workers who have been infected by COVID-19 in much higher numbers,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Aloha Roller Rink was only in operation for 16 months before it was shut down during the first wave of COVID-19 restrictions last March. The carpeted area of the rink is being used for check-ins, registrations and administering shots, while the...
    Vials of undiluted Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to administer to staff and residents at a senior living community in Falls Church, Virginia, on December 30, 2020. Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines are being sold via online black markets, according to a new cybersecurity report. Sellers are asking $500 per dose, on average, in the form of cryptocurrency that's hard to track. As many as 30% of dark web doses may be real, experts say, but may be expired or not safely stored.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. COVID-19 vaccines have hit the dark web.  As cities and states struggle to vaccinate long waitlists of people in a timely manner, some seeking protection against the novel coronavirus are turning to dubious online marketplaces. As many as 30% of these black market offerings might be legitimate, culled from leftover stock, according to a...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Slightly more than 15% of Kansas residents have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the state's white residents getting the shots at higher rates, according to health department data released Friday. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported on its website that 439,127 people have been vaccinated in the state. The agency said 658,459 doses of the vaccine have been administered so far, including 219,306 second doses. A racial breakdown shows that 311,948 people who got the shots were white, a rate of about 124 per 1,000. That compares to the 9,781 Black Kansans who have been vaccinated, a rate slightly below 55 per 1,000. A breakdown of people vaccinated by ethnicity shows 324,827 who self-identified as not Hispanic received the vaccine, a rate of more than 127 per 1,000. That compares with 27,023 Hispanic Kansans who got the vaccine,...
    The White House COVID-19 response team said Friday that all coronavirus vaccines currently available were safe and effective and urged Americans to take whichever one they had access to, after the mayor of Detroit reportedly declined an allocation of the Johnson & Johnson drug. At a news briefing Thursday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he was declining a shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, adding that while it was a very good vaccine, he felt the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were better and he wanted to get the people of Detroit “the best.” At a virtual news briefing Friday, coronavirus special adviser Andy Slavitt said that the White House reached out to the mayor and that there had been a misunderstanding. It was not Duggan’s intent to refuse the vaccine, said Slavitt, adding, "In fact, he is very eager for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.” National Institutes of Health...
    More On: COVID vaccine Dr. Fauci warns of COVID-19 spike in coming weeks Dr. Fauci rebukes Detroit mayor for reportedly rejecting Johnson & Johnson vaccines Is Sacha Baron Cohen dealing COVID-19 vaccines to his A-list pals? California coronavirus vaccination site gives thousands wrong vaccine dosage Nearly 55 percent of Americans age 65 or older have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot,  the White House said Friday. “Six weeks ago, only 8 percent of seniors — those most vulnerable to COVID — had received a vaccination. Today, nearly 55 percent of people age 65 or older have received at least one shot,” Andy Slavitt, senior adviser to President Biden’s coronavirus response team, said during a White House press briefing. “Altogether, we’ve administered more than 82 million shots — more than any country in the world,” Slavitt said. Getting shots in seniors’ arms is crucial because people over 65 make up nearly...
    Rich Hunter, from the WTOP Traffic Center, gets his first COVID-19 vaccine. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) Over the past year, I have become familiar with medical terms that I could have gone my entire life without ever knowing what they mean: coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, community spread, super-spreader and my personal favorite, efficacy. But on Jan. 18, 2021, my wife, Kathy, and I received a text, an email and a phone call that we were eligible to register for our first vaccination for COVID-19. We’re in Phase 1b in Fairfax County because of underlying medical conditions. It was not lost on me that it would have been my Mom’s 89th birthday if she lived to see what our world has become. Kathy also found out that we were two of 41,000 residents that registered that day. The likelihood of getting our first vaccination soon seemed unlikely, but we were happy to get started...
    WASHINGTON -- More than 27 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from federal health officials for what they should and shouldn't do.The Biden administration said Friday it's focused on getting the guidance right and accommodating emerging science, but the delays add to the uncertainty around bringing about an end to the pandemic as the nation's virus fatigue grows."These are complex issues and the science is rapidly evolving," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday. "We are making sure and taking time to get this right and we will be releasing this guidance soon."Such guidance would address a flood of questions coming in from people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19: Do I still have to wear a mask? Can I go to a bar now? Can I finally see my grandchildren?The need has slowly grown since...
    More On: Coronavirus COVID-19 relief no-go for go-go joints Mystery patient with Brazilian COVID variant found after 5-day manhunt Eating out in NYC? Your old 20 percent tip may not cut it Japan supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread Dr. Fauci warned Friday that the US may soon be hit with a spike in COVID-19 cases — even though the country has administered more vaccine shots than any other nation. The recent plateau in cases from record-high post-holiday rates is actually a sign that Americans should mask up and brace for another potential boom in infections, Fauci said while citing past coronavirus data trends at a White House press briefing. “We’ve just now recently experienced the worst surge,” Fauci said. “The issue is that we are starting to plateau. That plateau is about 60,000 to 70,000 cases a day. When you have that much viral...
    Boris Johnson shakes hands with Indian prime minister Narendra Modiv in New Delhi, 2017 – AFP via Getty Images Boris Johnson is planning a springtime trip to India to tout Britain’s vaccine success and push for progress on deepening trade relations after Brexit. The visit will be the Prime Minister’s first official overseas trip in a year after the Covid-19 pandemic has kept him at home. Mr Johnson had initially planned his Indian tour in January but that was cancelled as the emergence of Covid variants sent the country into lockdown again before Christmas. The visit will happen before the G7 meeting of world leaders in Cornwall in June, with Mr Johnson possibly flying out as early as next month. While specifics of the visit are still being worked up, Mr Johnson is expected to visit Delhi and possibly Pune, a sprawling city in the west of India. It is...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- People lined up early Friday morning for a pop-up vaccine clinic in San Jose's Alviso neighborhood."I got here at 6:30 a.m. My neighbor got here at 5 a.m.," said Lydia Sanchez, who has struggled to find a vaccine."I'm a school teacher. I have been trying every day since the last week when they opened up and I can't because they keep being full," Sanchez said.The Alviso Health Clinic hosted the site with Gardner Health Services. City Council Member David Cohen helped make it happen.RELATED: Santa Clara Co. community health clinics press on despite vaccine shortage"It's one of the zip codes with higher Covid rates so I thought 'let's get a vaccine clinic out here," Cohen said.Cohen said people from his office along with Gardner Health services went door to door and handed out fliers about the clinic to try and make sure it only served...
    More On: COVID vaccine Is Sacha Baron Cohen dealing COVID-19 vaccines to his A-list pals? California coronavirus vaccination site gives thousands wrong vaccine dosage Javits Center vaccines should be reserved for Manhattan residents: lawmakers Scream your heart out inside this COVID-19 test booth The mayor of Detroit reportedly rejected Johnson & Johnson vaccines for his city, telling the feds the shots just aren’t as good as Moderna’s and Pfizer’s versions — prompting a rebuke from Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday. “We’ve got to get away from this issue of comparing one against the other except to say that we have a highly efficacious group of three vaccines,” Fauci said when asked about Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s reported decision to reject more than 6,000 Johnson & Johnson doses this week. “In the important area of preventing disease leading to hospitalization, and death, [ the Johnson & Johnson vaccine] is...
    Ten female athletes seek damages after findings of abuse against San Jose State trainer 8 Democrats defect on $15 minimum wage hike © michael dantas/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images OUTSIDE THE BOX Load Error Despite wealthy countries such as the U.S. ramping up COVID-19 vaccination efforts, it still may take years to vaccinate the world, especially poorer countries, and the economic and humanitarian impacts could be devastating. But an injection of just $25 billion into global vaccine production efforts by the U.S. government could save millions of lives and help prevent economic disaster. The most up-to-date numbers paint incredibly different futures between wealthy and low-income countries. At the current rate of vaccination, analysts predict that developing countries, including almost all of Southeast Asia, may not reach meaningful vaccine coverage until 2023. Comparatively, President Joe Biden has promised that the U.S. will have enough vaccine doses to inoculate every adult within the...
    JACKSON– Walmart will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at several locations near Jackson with clinics inside the Walmart supercenters starting March 4th through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Eligible patients can schedule a vaccine appointment via Walmart website, making it convenient to get vaccinated while vaccine supplies last. Vaccines will be available to those who meet the current phase of vaccine eligibility in Ohio which can be found at the Ohio Department of Health website. Insurance is not required, there is no cost to receive the vaccine, and appointments for the second vaccination will be made while at the first appointment. Walmart anticipates these events will take place over the next several weeks as allocation allows. Locations administering the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations include: Walmart Supercenter, 100 Walmart Dr., Jackson, Ohio, 45640 Walmart Supercenter, 2145 Eastern Ave., Gallipolis, Ohio, 45631 Walmart Supercenter, 929 E State St., Athens, Ohio, 45701 Walmart...
    By EMILY HAYNES of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy The messy and confusing distribution of vaccines has prompted a broad array of nonprofits and volunteers nationwide to step in to fill the gaps. Disaster-relief charities are providing both their equipment and their logistical skills. They know how crises can exacerbate existing inequities — and how their expertise can make a big difference. Meanwhile, organizations that serve people of color, LGTBQ people, the homeless, elderly and others are jumping into the fray. They are seeking not only to reduce the fear of vaccines but also to help local and state governments vaccinate more people. Nonprofits are also racing to deploy young volunteers who have the patience and computer savvy to overcome the torturous vaccine portals that have bewildered many people in search of shots. In Southern California, Community Organized Relief Effort, a nonprofit founded by the actor Sean...
    MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin reported 539 new coronavirus cases and 18 deaths Thursday.The state's seven-day average of new cases as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services was 555.More than 565,000 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,458 have died of the disease since the pandemic started.RELATED: When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Find out where you are in lineMore than 1 million in Wisconsin get vaccinatedMore than 1 million people in Wisconsin have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Friday.Additionally, more than 572,000 people have been fully vaccinated, based on the latest totals from the state Department of Health Services.As of Thursday, Wisconsin had administered at least one dose to 17.6% of its population, ranking it 18th nationwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That was ahead of the national average of 16.3%.More than 1.6...
    Connecticut continues to impress with its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, with many gladly saying the process was simple, rather than the reports of frustration among those seeking vaccination appointments across the country. Robert Smith, a Fairfield resident who was among the thousands to become eligible for the vaccine in Connecticut on Monday, March 1, had only good things to say about his experience as he was able to swiftly lock down an appointment and receive his first shot within days. Smith said that he first went to a healthcare provider website on Monday that was overburdened with Connecticut residents looking to make appointments for the vaccine and would not load, saying that his “expectations had been met.” However, he logged into his town’s website and was able to get a Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) account within seconds, and he promptly received a return email about an appointment...
    In its next priority group for COVID vaccinations, North Carolina is including everyone who has smoked 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. Group 4, eligible on March 24, covers several groups ages 16-64: essential workers, homeless or incarcerated people, those living in dormitories or other “close group settings,” and those with “high-risk medical conditions.” Among the latter category are current or former smokers, even if they’ve only smoked a cumulative total of five packs. The rule become joke fodder for Twitter wits and late-night talk show hosts, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. Some people pondered the value of taking up smoking for the next three weeks to qualify for the shot; others wondered whether marijuana cigarettes could be included. A North Carolina health official told the News & Observer that those seeking shots will be allowed to “self-attest” to status as a 100-cigarette smoker. In North Carolina, a major tobacco-producing...
    The messaging that all three authorized vaccines are good options appears to be sinking in around the country. When the first batch of single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrived in States this week, people were excited to take it. In Connecticut, Hartford HealthCare let people decide which type of vaccine to sign up for, and the Johnson & Johnson shot was more popular than expected. People were also given the choice at a Miami vaccination site. One recipient told CNN that she picked Johnson & Johnson because it’s one dose; she’s afraid of needles and only wanted to do it once. A Minnesota couple told KTTC-TV that they were eager to get a vaccine that was only one dose. That’s a big relief for experts who worried that the shot faced a communications problem. Even though the vaccine was just as good as the other two authorized vaccines...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Detroit this week turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, with Mayor Mike Duggan favoring shots from Pfizer and Moderna for now. “Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best,” he said Thursday. “And I am going to do everything I can to make sure that residents of the city of Detroit get the best.” Duggan’s comments conflicted with guidance from top state and federal health officials. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said earlier in the week that people who are offered the J&J vaccine should “take it because declining … could be the difference between life and death.” In a statement Friday, she cautioned against comparing the three vaccines — as the mayor did — because of differences in when and where each company conducted its studies, with the Pfizer and...
    With Los Angeles County closer to a wider economic reopening than it’s been in months, residents are being urged to double down on the steps necessary to thwart coronavirus transmission — including avoiding travel over the coming spring break season. Though the nation’s most populous county continues to see a steady, if slowing, slide in terms of newly reported COVID-19 cases, that progress is precarious and could easily be reversed, officials say. “With increased case numbers in other states, and more circulating variants of concern, spring travel can lead to another surge that, frankly, would be almost impossible to tolerate,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement Thursday. “Travel increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.” California California thinks it can stop COVID by flooding poor areas with vaccine. Will it work? California California thinks it can...
    Southfield (CBS Detroit) – It’s been a year since Covid turned our world upside down and Johnson & Johnson – which just gained FDA approval – is the latest company to join in the battle against it with its new vaccine. Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that arrived at Oakland County Health Division (Credit: Jaime Fenner, Oakland County) Pfizer and Moderna have vaccines being given to people in Michigan and J & J shipped vaccines this week. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy? Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Alex Gorsky, Chairman/CEO of Johnson and Johnson J & J Chairman/CEO Alex Gorsky, who hails from Michigan, talks exclusively with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain about the vaccine, the effort that went into it and what’s ahead in the battle against this 100-year pandemic. READ MORE: Metro Detroit Women, Linda Orlans and Carla Walker-Miller, Honored in Southeastern...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 1,442 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 33 deaths on Friday.IDPH reported a total of 1,194,702 COVID-19 cases, including 20,700 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.As of Thursday night, 1,166 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 263 patients were in the ICU and 121 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.RELATED: Illinois coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaWithin the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 103,336 specimens for a total of 18,492,848 since the pandemic began.The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 26-March 4 is 2.8%.RELATED: Illinois COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by countyA total of 3,780,305 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 443,700 doses allocated to federal government partners...
    CORONA (CBSLA) – The city of Corona teamed up with Riverside County to offer seniors a a chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine. A COVID-19 vaccine event at the Corona Senior Center in Corona, Calif. March 4, 2021. (CBSLA) The two-day Pfizer vaccine event was being held Thursday and Friday at the Corona Senior Center. It was open to anyone age 65 and older. For information on getting an appointment, click here. Through Thursday, Riverside County has recorded 290,744 cases and 3,884 deaths from the disease. Over 547,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — HealthPartners opened its first drive-up vaccination site at its headquarters in Bloomington and is prepared to open more drive-up sites as vaccine supply increases. Due to the recently authorized Janssen vaccine, HealthPartners is now able to vaccinate more than 600 patients per day through the drive-up vaccination site and an estimated 20,000 vaccines per week system-wide as supply allows. READ MORE: Appeals Court: Judge Erred In Not Reinstating 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin HealthPartners officials say the drive-up site is set to represent a new phase in Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign and will complement their continued hospital and clinical vaccination sites. The healthcare provider is currently vaccinating patients by invitation only as eligibility requires patients to be a minimum of 65 years old and seen within the healthcare system in the last three years. READ MORE: COVID-19 In MN: 1 Year Since 1st Case Detected In MN,...
    President Joe Biden's coronavirus is staying mum on the idea of bringing President Donald Trump in for a public service announcement to promote vaccine use – after it was revealed the president and the first lady got a shot before leaving office. Senior coronavirus advisor Dr. Andy Slavitt fielded a question about the former president at Friday's covid briefing as a potential way to address vaccine hesitancy, which polling shows is concentrated in certain communities including Republicans and Trump supporters. Among those groups are some Trump supporters who have doubts about taking it – potentially making the former president a valuable spokesman. Nevertheless, the Biden team has said the nation was unprepared for the vaccine rollout when they took office, Trump was impeached for incitement of insurrection, and Biden has blasted Trump for ignoring science in his pronouncements about the coronavirus.  President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania...
    Getting a mammogram or other cancer check soon after a COVID-19 vaccination? Be sure to tell the doctor about the shot to avoid false alarm over a temporary side effect. That’s the advice from cancer experts and radiologists. Sometimes lymph nodes, especially in the armpit, swell after the vaccinations. It’s a normal reaction by the immune system but one that might be mistaken for cancer if it shows up on a mammogram or other scan. “We need to get the word out,” said Dr. Melissa Chen, a radiologist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who recently had to reassure a frightened patient who sought cancer testing because of an enlarged lymph node. An expert panel from three cancer centers — MD Anderson, New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering and Boston’s Dana-Farber — published recommendations in the journal Radiology last week on how to handle scans complicated by the side...
    Dr. Franklyn Rocha Cabrero holds a sign as he joins with protesters outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Broward Transitional Center on May 1, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida. A federal judge in New York slammed immigration officials at a detention center in the state for continuing to fail to protect detained immigrants against the novel coronavirus pandemic, Mother Jones reports. Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia experienced an outbreak in the earliest weeks of the pandemic last year. Nearly a year later, immigrants jailed at the facility remain at risk due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the report, while dozens of the more than 250 immigrants at Batavia are eligible for the vaccine due to medical conditions, officials have claimed they haven’t been able to get vaccines from state health officials. But when advocates suggested booking outside appointments that ICE could then take them to (ICE already does this for certain...
    CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (KDKA) – Friday marks another day of mass vaccinations for people who fall under Pennsylvania’s Phase 1A guidelines. This time, it’s taking place at Dick’s Corporate Headquarters in Coraopolis. Dick’s teamed up with Allegheny Health Network and Highmark to make this possible. AHN says this is the largest single-day vaccination clinic in Western Pennsylvania so far. People are getting the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy? Cindy Lesifko and her husband Michael are thrilled they were able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “It was like winning the COVID lottery,” said Cindy Lesifko. “I jumped on the site and this Dick’s came up and we were able to get on right away then.” (Photo: KDKA) On top of ease, Phillip Panaia and his daughter who’s a teacher at Norwin School District said it was painless. “The vaccine...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine begins to be administered in the state, Minnesota health officials on Friday reported 813 more cases and 13 more deaths. The state now approaches 490,000 total positive cases of COVID-19 — one year since the first case was detected in Minnesota. The state’s death toll is now at 6,534, with about 62% of the deaths occurring in long-term care or assisted living facilities. READ MORE: They Both Just Lived For Family: Best Friends Die Days Apart From COVID Vaccinations continue to ramp up with the Janssen vaccine now in the state. As of March 3, over 975,000 people in the state have received at least one vaccine dose. Over 516,000 people have completed the vaccine series. READ MORE: Mpls. Convention Center Take On New Purpose As Community Vaccination Site Nearly 26,000 people have needed hospitalization since the...
    Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccineJohnson & Johnson via Reuters Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan rejected an initial allotment of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, citing sufficient supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to cover demand from eligible residents. "Johnson and Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure that residents of the city of Detroit get the best," Duggan said at a Thursday press briefing. The FDA on Saturday authorized J&J's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the third shot to be approved for distribution in the U.S. and the only vaccine that requires just one dose Clinical trial data shows J&J's vaccine is 66% effective overall at protecting against Covid, compared with about 95% for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. While some have raised concern over the J&J...
    By Ganesh Setty | CNN Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined an initial allocation of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine this week even as nationwide demand continues to outpace available supply. Duggan, a Democrat who has been mayor since 2014, said he turned down the shipment because the city is able to meet current demand with its supply of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines — even as his administration expanded vaccine eligibility Thursday to residents ages 50 and older with chronic medical conditions. “So, Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure the residents of the City of Detroit get the best,” Duggan said during a news conference Thursday. The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday authorized the one-dose J&J vaccine, which was found to be 72% effective in...
    During a briefing by President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Response Team, NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith floated the idea of a Donald Trump public service announcement for the coronavirus vaccine. At Friday morning’s briefing, White House Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Andy Slavitt joined Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky to brief reporters on the pandemic. During the Q&A period, Keith asked a multi-part question that concluded “Has anyone in this administration tried reaching out to president Trump, who got his vaccine privately, about maybe doing a PSA?” An anonymous Trump adviser recently revealed the then-president secretly received the vaccine in early January. After responding to the other parts, Slavitt said “Do you have another part of your question? I’m sorry, I feel like I’ve forgotten one thing that you asked.” After a few seconds, Keith chimed in “Yes, the question was whether anyone in this administration has reached...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County's latest COVID vaccine site opened Friday morning in Des Plaines.The site, located on Oakton Street not far from O'Hare Airport, is one of the first to offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.Appointments for the Des Plaines mass vaccination site can be made at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or by phone at (833) 308-1988. The site will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. "Today with our opening, we are very excited to say we are offering 800 vaccination slots today ," said Ratna Kanumury with Cook County Health.RELATED: United Center COVID vaccine sign-up continues with appointments available on ZocdocJack Alberts, 83, got emotional as he arrived for his appointment, reflecting on how tough it has been not to see his grandchildren."I haven't seen my grandchildren...excuse me...in over a year and that's kind of tough," he said.Alberts like many others scrambled to book an appointment when...
    While a majority of states and cities are still vaccinating higher priority groups of people, one county in Arizona is now allowing any resident over the age of 18 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Gila County, which is located east of Phoenix, entered Phase 2 of their vaccine prioritization late last month, opening up eligibility to the general population.  Part of the the decision to open vaccine eligibility is because Gila County has one of the lowest percentages of COVID-19 vaccine doses used in Arizona. Michael O'Driscoll, director of Public Health and Emergency Management for the county, told CBS affiliate KPHO-TV that they received permission from the state last week to offer the vaccine in a drive-thru clinic last weekend.  "Prior to that, we were struggling to find enough people to make appointments to that, so the state gave me permission to offer it to any resident 18 and...
    With California now dedicating 40% of its COVID-19 vaccine supply to underserved communities, one challenge is making sure the doses actually get to those in need. Even before the change in policy, people in wealthier communities have used redistributed access codes to secure vaccine appointments intended to be reserved for lower-income neighborhoods. One solution, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, will be to use single-use access codes to secure appointments, instead of group-access codes. Newsom also acknowledged that counties have had problems with the state’s vaccine appointment system, My Turn, and pledged to continue improving it. “We’re going to have to target appointments and make sure individuals that live in our targeted communities are actually the ones who get the specific codes, who get the appointment blocks,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services secretary,said. “And that becomes easier not just on My Turn, but through phone banking and...
    The map above shows the 446 ZIP codes in California that will receive COVID-19 vaccine priority under the state’s plan to reserve 40% of the supply for low-income residents. The ZIP codes are in the lowest quartile of the state’s Healthy Places Index, which measures socioeconomic opportunity. Click here for a closer look at the 10 Bay Area counties on the list. Related Articles Why blood type A may increase COVID-19 risk High school dropout’s Bay Area startup aims to save restaurants from fees, Karens US adds a strong 379,000 jobs in hopeful sign for economy When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? Kaiser Permanente, big player in state COVID-19 vaccine effort, has had trouble vaccinating own members
    The map above shows the approximate boundaries of the 10 ZIP codes in the Bay Area that will receive COVID-19 vaccine priority under the state’s plan to reserve 40% of the supply for low-income Californians. The 10 are among the 446 California ZIP codes in the lowest quartile of the state’s Healthy Places Index, which measures socioeconomic opportunity. They are: 94102, San Francisco 94130, Treasure Island 94601, 94603, 94621, Oakland 94801, Richmond 94590, Vallejo 94535, Travis Air Force Base 95652, Elmira (Solano County) 94512, west of Rio Vista Related Articles Why blood type A may increase COVID-19 risk High school dropout’s Bay Area startup aims to save restaurants from fees, Karens US adds a strong 379,000 jobs in hopeful sign for economy When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? Kaiser Permanente, big player in state COVID-19...
    San Antonio, Texas (CNN)A college student struggling with multiple health conditions, a Texas cattle farmer eager to reunite with his 90-year-old mother and a restaurant owner who lost too many friends to the pandemic -- they are among those who got Covid-19 vaccines despite the general lack of trust in vaccines among communities of color. America's history of racism in medical research and a lack of trust in the federal government has made many Black and Latino Americans hesitant to take a vaccine since one was first approved in December. And in the last few months, people of color have been vaccinated at far lower rates than White Americans in part due to this mistrust and a lack of access, experts have said.JUST WATCHEDAd campaign fights vaccine skepticism among Black AmericansReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHAd campaign fights vaccine skepticism among Black Americans 04:03Earlier this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the...
    Days after Sacha Baron Cohen confirmed the end of “Borat,” it appears that the British comedian has found lucrative work elsewhere — peddling COVID-19 vaccines to celebs. In a sketch during Thursday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Cohen was interrupted by what appeared to be a burner cell phone ringing while answering the question, “Was it fun to play Borat?” Trailing off his serious statement on the political impact of Borat, Cohen excuses himself to answer his cell phone — a number he seems to recognize. He greets the caller, named Bono. “Yep, I’ve got AstraZeneca; got some Pfizer. What do you want?” he asks the caller while rifling through a mini-fridge in the background, filled with oat milk and what appears to be hermetically sealed vaccines. “Yea, Venmo is fine,” he concludes on the call. “Did I hear you correctly? Was that Bono?” Kimmel asks, to which...
    Democratic Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined an allotment of Johnson & Johnson’s new single-dose coronavirus vaccine because, according to him, it isn’t “the best” vaccine available. “So, Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure the residents of the City of Detroit get the best,” Duggan said at a news conference Thursday, according to CNN. The mayor said he would add a Johnson & Johnson vaccine center if it was needed to meet demand, but he doesn’t see that happening in the next couple of weeks. This is pretty outrageous: “Detroit would have received 6,200 of the J&J one-shot doses, but declined to do so and did not get more Moderna and Pfizer doses to make up for it…” https://t.co/cfZCeK2JDe — Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 5, 2021 The Johnson & Johnson...
    MORE than one million Brits have now had their second Covid vaccine dose in a huge milestone for the NHS. 45,045 extra second jabs dished out in England yesterday pushed the extraordinary total to 1,008,907. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3A vaccination centre in Darlington where a woman is given a doseCredit: Getty Images - Getty Thousands more Brits are now protected against catching Covid or getting seriously ill from the bug. The UK's jabs rollout has been hugely successful, with more than 21million having had their first inoculation. All of Britain's over 80's and 70's have now been offered or taken up either the Oxford or AstraZeneca shot, as the over 60's can now come forward for theirs. In more good news Covid cases are now lower than they were in October - with infections plummeting by over a third in a week....
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth Independent School District is teaming with Texas Health Resources to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all school district employees — including part-time and substitute employees. Employees who have not yet received a vaccination can sign up through Fort Worth ISD. Then, Texas Health Resources will be in touch with registrants to schedule a time and place for them to get vaccinated. READ MORE: Teen Arrested After Innocent Driver Is Killed When Grand Prairie PD Chase Ends With Crash In Dallas “You have all continued to serve our children and our community since this crisis began,” said Superintendent Kent Scribner. “And, we are grateful that we’ve been able to partner with Texas Health Resources to offer this opportunity.” READ MORE: Texas Schools "Chivalry" Assignment Told Girls To "Walk Behind Men Daintily," And "Not Complain" Texas Health, which is a designated a vaccination hub for Tarrant...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Just one day after school and childcare workers learned they can now get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has announced it will start giving the vaccine to eligible at-risk children and young adults. To be eligible, they must between 16-21, who are currently under the care of physicians or specialists for medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as posing an increased risk for severe illness associated with COVID-19. READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In South Florida The hospital will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. READ MORE: How To Spot The Difference Between COVID & Allergy Symptoms Patient at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital receives COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital) The hospital has already vaccinated 500 eligible patients through outreach to other area hospitals and health systems, pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in Florida that resulted in hundreds of referrals for vaccine appointments....
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey now has another tool in its fight against COVID-19, as the first doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine were administered Friday.Governor Phil Murphy, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and other local officials were joined by J&J CEO Alex Gorsky at the Union Plaza Apartments to watch senior citizens become among the first recipients of the new shot.Hudson County and each of its municipalities are working collaboratively to bring COVID-19 vaccines directly to its most vulnerable and hard to reach communities, including directing the county's initial allocation of 1,500 J&J vaccines primarily to North Hudson municipalities like Union City.ALSO READ | Vaccine supply will 'explode' around Easter, Murphy saysThe expanded distribution comes one day after the Garden Sate marked the one-year anniversary its first confirmed COVID-19 case, which was diagnosed in a man from Fort Lee.Since then, the state has reported about 800,000...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A two-day "Rock 'N' Relief'' concert series that will feature live and virtual performances by the Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Carly Simon, DeadMau5, Miguel, Macy Gray and dozens of other musicians will kick off Friday at Dodger Stadium to raise money for mobile COVID-19 vaccination units to help with more equitable vaccine distribution.Amazon Music will stream the concert series live from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday on the Amazon Music mobile app and the Amazon Music Twitch channel at twitch.tv/amazonmusic. Xfinity and Rolling Stone's YouTube channel will also broadcast the series.The concert is aimed at providing entertainment to the community - in the safety of their cars -- while they wait to receive the vaccine at Dodger Stadium, which is serving as the largest vaccination site in the United States, organizers said."Our critical mission within this moment of the pandemic is to provide equitable relief...