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    White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt appeared stumped Wednesday when asked on MSNBC to explain California and Florida’s similar COVID-19 trends, despite having wildly different responses to the pandemic. Slavitt said the virus was still very unpredictable and "a little bit beyond our explanation." "What we do know is that the more careful people are, the more they mask and social distance. And the quicker we vaccinate, the quicker it goes away and the less it spreads," Slavitt said, noting that variants make it harder to predict. "As we all have learned … this is a virus that continues to surprise us. It’s very hard to predict. And all around the country, we’ve got to continue to do a better job, and I think we are, but we’re done yet."   California has emerged as one of the strictest states in the nation, with Gov. Gavin Newsom, a...
    EFE videos The Colombian church modifies the rite of Ash Wednesday due to the pandemic Bogotá, Feb 17 (EFE) .- The Catholic Church of Colombia had to adapt the celebration of Ash Wednesday to the restrictions imposed by the covid-19 pandemic, with which it is the parishioners themselves who put the cross on their foreheads , instead of receiving it from the priest. With the current biosecurity measures, among which is social distancing and a low occupation of the temples, the First Cathedral of Bogotá, located in the central Plaza de Bolívar, opened its doors to dozens of people who arrived and received in their hands the ash, a rite that marks the beginning of Lent. The priests, instead of drawing the cross themselves, put the ashes with small plastic spoons in the hands of the assistants, who once returned to their positions spread it on their foreheads. “There has...
    This morning, the first 580,000 doses of the vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, arrived at the international airport of the Buenos Aires town of Ezeiza, thanks to the transfer of technology from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. This shipment is in addition to the 400,000 doses that Argentina received last Friday from Sputnik V and that it has already begun to distribute to the provinces, for which the country received a total of 1.22 million doses of the Russian vaccine – half of the first dose and half of the second-, far from the 5 million expected last January. The country has until today 1,800,000 doses of vaccines against covid-19 when counting the four flights received with Sputnik V (including the doses of the first component and those of the one applied 21 days after the first inoculation) and the doses of Covishield (the second component...
    Gov Ron DeSantis has recently come under fire for giving special vaccine access to two wealthy neighborhoods in Florida.  According to WFLA, the Florida Division of Emergency Management opened a vaccine clinic in Lakewood Ranch on Wednesday. The site is located at the Premier Sports Campus and is only for residents living in the 34202 and 34211 zip codes.  Manatee County Commission Chair Vanessa Baugh told the station that the opportunity 'was made possible by Governor DeSantis' who she says called Schroeder-Manatee Ranch President, Rex Jensen, 'wanting to do a vaccination site near Lakewood Ranch'. Gov Ron DeSantis (center) has recently come under fire for reportedly giving special vaccine access to two wealthy neighborhoods in Florida The site is located at the Premier Sports Campus and is only for residents living in the 34202 and 34211 zip codes. A man gets the coronavirus vaccine at the Lakewood Ranch site on...
    A home without power in Argyle, TexasChris Rusanowsky/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.If you’re reading this in Texas, chances are you’re huddled over your phone in a cold, dark home, using cell service to access the internet. More than 3 million people in the Lone Star State—and tens of thousands more in states including Louisiana and Mississippi—are without power thanks to a winter storm that has battered a normally balmy region and killed more than 30 people. Scientists say that human-caused climate change is partly responsible for the extreme southern sweep of the polar vortex; the warming Arctic could be disrupting the jet stream and sending that cold air where it doesn’t normally go. Even record-breaking cold is a sign that the climate is out of whack and a harbinger...
    What a difference a president makes. Look what’s happening in the grips of a pandemic when millions have lost their jobs and with it their health insurance: xOpen enrollment is back! Starting today and running through May 15, the Biden-Harris Administration is opening a special health insurance enrollment period to ensure every American has the opportunity to get covered. Head to https://t.co/Z1ZSzQNxNn and sign up today.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 16, 2021 Yes, for the next three months, if you need health insurance you can get it through an open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you already have a plan, you can explore other options and have the opportunity to find a new one. You can find out if you and your family are eligible for Medicaid or for the Children's Health Insurance Plan. And this time around, the government is spending about $50 million on marketing and...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of coronavirus vaccine shots that have been given in Virginia is ticking up, but the state is still falling short of its desired inoculation rate because too few vaccines are coming in, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. “On average, we’re giving almost 34,000 shots per day,” the Democratic governor said at a news conference. “As you know, our goal is to be doing 50,000 shots a day. We have the infrastructure to do that — when we can get the supply.” Virginia's coronavirus dashboard showed Wednesday afternoon that more than 1.4 million doses have been administered. And there have been about 366,000 people who've been fully vaccinated. About 8.5 million people live in the state. Northam pointed to a new, centralized website that went live Tuesday and has so far allowed 240,000 people to pre-register for the vaccine. The website is https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/. A call...
    Another winter storm will bring snow, ice to 100M people in South, East Coast In tribute to Limbaugh, Trump revisits false election theories, claims ‘riots’ would’ve erupted if Biden lost (Bloomberg) -- It’s not easy putting a number on what is undoubtedly the largest forced blackout in U.S. history. Load Error If you take the Texas power grid operator’s word for it, the rolling outages that have plunged much of the state into darkness amid an unprecedented cold blast have affected at least two million homes and businesses. If you trust a well-known website that scrapes data from 725 utility outage maps nationwide, it’s about 3.3 million in Texas alone, and 3.6 million across four states. But that may not include rolling outages that some power companies aren’t accustomed to reporting. And if you’re looking at the sheer size of the power load that fell off of Texas’s...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to more than 740,000 people in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Wednesday. Gov. Tony Evers praised the milestone, calling it “exciting news” while also urging people to remain vigilant. RELATED: COVID In MN: 940K+ Total Vaccine Doses Administered; State’s Positivity Rate Continues To Decrease “While we’re not there yet, 1 million doses means real progress toward that goal,” Evers said in a recorded message. Evers, 69, received his first dose of the vaccine on Friday. To date, nearly 264,000 people have received both doses and 740,450 have gotten at least one, the state health department reported. Wisconsin ranked seventh in the percentage of its population that has received at least one dose through Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. In Wisconsin, 12.7% of the population had...
    President Biden at CNN town hall Tuesday House committees have completed much of the work to draft the pieces of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan into legislative text. Next stop is the Budget Committee where it will be combined as a single package, slated to pass in the House before the end of the month. The highlights: $1,400 survival checks to most Americans, with decreasing payments for individuals making more than $75,000/year ($150,000 for couples) and cutting off at $100,000 ($200,000 for couples) in income. That will be based on 2020 income for people who have filed prior to the checks being cut. Those who haven't will eventually get the full amount after they've completed their returns; $400/week supplements to unemployment insurance checks through August 29; $350 billion for state, local and tribal governments; $20 billion to speed up the national vaccination program; and $170 billion to...
    By Jeff Martin and Jocelyn Noveck | Associated Press ATLANTA — The icy blast across much of the U.S. injected more confusion and frustration into the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Wednesday just when it was gathering speed, snarling vaccine deliveries and forcing cancellation of countless shots around the country. Across a large swath of the nation, including the Deep South, the snowy, slippery weather either led to the closing of vaccination sites outright or held up the necessary shipments, with delays expected to continue for days. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said doses expected this week were delayed by weather elsewhere in the country, forcing the city to hold off making 30,000 to 35,000 vaccination appointments. “So appointments we would have been putting up available to people right now, we have to hold them back because the vaccine hasn’t arrived,” de Blasio said. In Washington, White House COVID-19...
    By JEFF MARTIN and JOCELYN NOVECK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The icy blast across much of the U.S. injected more confusion and frustration into the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Wednesday just when it was gathering speed, snarling vaccine deliveries and forcing cancellation of countless shots around the country. Across a large swath of the nation, including the Deep South, the snowy, slippery weather either led to the closing of vaccination sites outright or held up the necessary shipments, with delays expected to continue for days. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said doses expected this week were delayed by weather elsewhere in the country, forcing the city to hold off making 30,000 to 35,000 vaccination appointments. “So appointments we would have been putting up available to people right now, we have to hold them back because the vaccine hasn’t arrived,” de Blasio said. In Washington, White House COVID-19...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The icy blast across much of the U.S. injected more confusion and frustration into the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Wednesday just when it was gathering speed, snarling vaccine deliveries and forcing cancellation of countless shots around the country. Across a large swath of the nation, including the Deep South, the snowy, slippery weather either led to the closing of vaccination sites outright or held up the necessary shipments, with delays expected to continue for days. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said doses expected this week were delayed by weather elsewhere in the country, forcing the city to hold off making 30,000 to 35,000 vaccination appointments. “So appointments we would have been putting up available to people right now, we have to hold them back because the vaccine hasn’t arrived,” de Blasio said. In Washington, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said: “People are working as...
    LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference Wednesday afternoon providing updates on the State’s response to COVID-19. To date the state has administered 1,657,215 vaccines. Michigan is ninth nationwide for total vaccines administered Whitmer said. It’s been 22 days since Whitmer announced the MI Recovery Plan which would provide crucial support for Michigan families, small businesses and frontline workers. The MI COVID Recovery Plan unleashes over $5 billion in bipartisan federal aid funds. There’s $575 million to expand COVID testing tracing and lab capacity in Michigan. $225 million to support small businesses. Several other key investments to keep Michigan families afloat including unemployment benefits, food programs and rental assistance. “Right now, we’re leaving that $5 billion just sitting on the table. Other states are deploying these resources, Michigan needs to as well,” said Whitmer. “The recovery plan will help us...
    Former President Trump – in his first public comments since leaving office – praised conservative talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh following the firebrand's death from lunch cancer, and pointed to his friend's vast reach and support. Trump last talked to Limbaugh three or four days ago, he said in an interview with Fox News, shortly after Limbaugh's wife announced he had passed away. "He was very brave, in theory he could have been gone four months ago. He was a fighter," Trump said. "His fight was very, very courageous." Trump praised Limbaugh's "record" number of listeners and fans. "Thirty-nine million people, that's an audience you don't hear about anymore," the former president added, calling the experience for listeners "religious." "That's an audience that you don't get anymore," Trump said. "He had an insight few people had," Trump said. "He got it. He was very street smart." Trump...
    Loading the player... Winter weather that has overwhelmed power grids unprepared for climate change and left millions without electricity in record-breaking cold kept its grip on the nation’s midsection Wednesday. At least 20 people have died, some while struggling to find warmth inside their homes. In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage; another perished as they used a fireplace to keep warm. Read More: Winter’s wrath: bitter cold, no power and a deadly tornado Blame the polar vortex, a weather pattern that usually keeps to the Arctic, but is increasingly visiting lower latitudes and staying beyond its welcome. Scientists say global warming caused by humans is partly responsible for making the polar vortex’s southward escapes longer and more frequent. More than 100 million people live in areas covered Wednesday by some type of winter weather warning, watch or advisory, as yet...
    Winter weather that has overwhelmed power grids unprepared for climate change and left millions without electricity in record-breaking cold kept its grip on the nations midsection Wednesday. At least 20 people have died, some while struggling to find warmth inside their homes. In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage; another perished as they used a fireplace to keep warm. Blame the polar vortex, a weather pattern that usually keeps to the Arctic, but is increasingly visiting lower latitudes and staying beyond its welcome. Scientists say global warming caused by humans is partly responsible for making the polar vortexs southward escapes longer and more frequent. More than 100 million people live in areas covered Wednesday by some type of winter weather warning, watch or advisory, as yet another winter storm hits Texas and other parts of the southern Plains, the National Weather...
    President Joe Biden will unveil legislation this week to provide a pathway to citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The 'U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021' will reflect Biden's priorities on the issue, including expanding the refugee resettlement program and deploying more technology to the Southern border.  It provides an immediate pathway to citizenship for farmworkers, DACA recipients, and Temporary Protected Status holders.  There is also an 8-year path to citizenship for others, which includes a five-year path to a green card and a three-year path to citizenship after background checks and other steps. 'There certainly is part of the proposal that the president outlined and proposed on Day One that is an earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at her briefing on Tuesday.  President Joe Biden will unveil legislation...
    HOUSTON -- The winter weather that has overwhelmed power grids unprepared for climate change and left millions without electricity in record-breaking cold kept its grip on the nation's midsection Wednesday.At least 20 people have died, some while struggling to find warmth inside their homes. In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage; another perished after flames spread from their fireplace.Blame the polar vortex, a weather pattern that usually keeps to the arctic, but is increasingly visiting lower latitudes and staying beyond its welcome. Scientists say global warming caused by humans is partly responsible for making its southward escapes longer and more frequent.More than 100 million people live in areas covered Wednesday by some type of winter weather warning, watch or advisory, as yet another winter storm hits Texas and parts of the Southern Plains, the National Weather Service said.Utilities from Minnesota to...
    The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is considering a gradual lifting of the containment measures imposed as part of the fight against the epidemic due to the new coronavirus from May, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday. This would result in a reopening of pubs and restaurants in May, while the full resumption of hospitality and tourism activities at the national level would not take place until July. “Leisure businesses may not return to a ‘generally normal’ situation until July as part of a non-containment roadmap,” writes the Daily Mail. Slight relaxation A slight easing of the restriction measures could take place in April with the reopening of large hotels and the possibility of making vacation rentals, adds the Daily Mail. According to the newspaper, the prime minister’s final decision on the matter has not yet been taken. A “cautious but irreversible” deconfinement Boris Johnson, who will present their...
    The president of the United States, Joe biden, has ensured that USA could go back to normal in the next Christmas, “For next Christmas I think we will be in a very different situation, God willing, than we are today.” This was stated by the president at an event organized by CNN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Joe Biden hopes to receive enough vaccines for the entire population in the summer. The leader predicted it after communicating that at the end of July there will be vaccines available for all people residing in the country, “By the end of July we will have more than 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate all Americans.” The president participated in this act of the chain to turn the page to the political trial with the former president Donald trump. Biden also added that “within a year, I think there will be significantly...
    ANOTHER 1.7 million Brits have been told to shield from Covid-19, joining the 2.2 million already on the list. People who were already shielding included those with severe respiratory conditions or people undergoing treatment, but the new list takes into account your ethnicity and weight. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5The most vulnerable Brits have been shielding throughout the pandemic and another 1.7 million have now been added to the listCredit: Getty Images - Getty Throughout the pandemic various studies have suggested that people who are obese are more at risk from severe Covid-19. Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS previously said high levels of obesity may have fuelled Brit fatalities. The UK is the second fattest nation in Europe, after Malta. More than a quarter of Brits are obese – with a body mass index over 30. It compares to...
    By Stanley Widianto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Nearly 4,000 Indonesian firms, many of them textile companies, have signed up to take part in a proposed scheme that would allow the private sector to purchase COVID-19 vaccines procured by the government and inoculate their staff. Proponents argue the scheme would speed up vaccinations, kick-start key areas of the economy that have been hammered by the pandemic and lessen the government's burden as companies would bear the costs of distributing the vaccines and conducting vaccinations. But some health experts worry about the potential for inequity if workers end up getting prioritised for vaccines over more vulnerable sections of the population. The scheme was proposed by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry last month and the health ministry is currently working on draft rules but they have yet to be approved. "The scheme is for the people. Vaccinations would go faster and once...
    New York : According to data from the Participation report of the Physical Activity Council, tennis practice increased by 22% in 2020 to 21.64 million people in the United States who played a sport considered to be of low risk of contagion of the coronavirus. Of these, 2.96 million were people who played tennis for the first time, while 3.82 million are players who returned to the practice after having previously abandoned it. The study, prepared by Sports Marketing Surveys, collects the practice of more than 120 sports and activities. “We are delighted that so many new and existing players have returned to the sport, especially in such a challenging year for so many people,” said Mike Dowse, executive director and CEO of the USTA (the United States Tennis Association). “While we continue to face challenges, it is clear that many people recognize tennis as the ideal sport for...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he will urge the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to adopt a resolution calling for cease-fires in conflict zones to allow the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. Britain holds the council presidency this month and Raab is chairing a virtual high-level meeting of the U.N.’s most powerful body on the problem of ensuring access to vaccines in conflict areas. Diplomats said 11 foreign ministers are expected to speak, including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Britain says more than 160 million people are at risk of being excluded from coronavirus vaccinations because they live in countries engulfed in conflict and instability, including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. “Global vaccination coverage is essential to beating coronavirus,” Raab said ahead of the meeting. “That is why the U.K. is calling for a vaccination cease-fire to...
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Public workers, people over 60 and traders and security personnel are next in line for COVID-19 shots in Indonesia on Wednesday, after more 1.1 million mostly health workers received the vaccine in the first phase of inoculation. The second phase started at Tanah Abang Market, Southeast Asia’s biggest textile bazaar, with the target of at least 55,000 traders who will be getting China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine. President Joko Widodo said that the second stage of the vaccination program is targeting 38.5 million people — 16.9 million public workers and 21.5 million elderly people. In all, Indonesia plans to vaccine 181 million people, or 70% percent of the population. “We hope that public workers, including security officers, market traders, journalists, athletes, and staff at the shops and malls will get the vaccine. Other provinces will follow after it started in Jakarta. So we hope that...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The city of Denver is allocating nearly $24.3 million to help people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Denver City Council passed three resolutions on Tuesday night aimed at serving residents in need. (credit: CBS) The funding includes a nearly $22 million federal grant agreement for the Emergency Rental Assistance program and a $1.5 million contract expansion for the Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program. RELATED: State Lawmakers Consider Fines & Fees To Generate Additional Revenue  “Too many residents are facing housing insecurity as a direct result of this pandemic,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Investing these additional federal and local resources to help keep people in their homes, and to help connect our most vulnerable residents toward stability, will provide much needed relief to those who need it most.” A third resolution will expand temporary Safe Outdoor Spaces in Denver for people experiencing homelessness. Denver City Council...
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened its first mass vaccination sites against COVID-19 on Tuesday, one in Los Angeles and one in Oakland, as part of President Joe Biden’s administration’s plan to make inoculation faster. and reach out to minority communities, which have been hard hit by the pandemic. About 40 white tents were set up in the sprawling parking lot at Cal State Los Angeles. Several dozen cars were already lining up with people sitting inside for half an hour before opening at 9 a.m. The center is in East Los Angeles, an area with a large number of Latinos. Its goal is to vaccinate up to 6,000 people per day. Another similar site opened in Oakland. Meanwhile, the freezing weather that prevails in much of the country has forced the cancellation of some vaccinations and threatens to interrupt delivery of doses in the coming days. The Houston public...
    Certain essential workers in Los Angeles County, including teachers, will become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations starting March 1, but will probably face competition as supplies are expected to remain limited. The next pool of eligible Angelenos includes educators and child-care workers; food and agriculture workers, which include grocery store employees; and law enforcement personnel and other emergency responders. “We anticipate opening up many different sites and setting up special, what we call closed sites for all these sectors on March 1,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a briefing. More than 1.3 million people fall into those groups. About 2.2 million people in L.A. County who work in healthcare, live in long-term care facilities or are 65 and older are already eligible to be vaccinated. Given the sheer number of people who need to get their shots, “we’re all going to still need to have a...
    By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With California Gov. Gavin Newsom possibly facing a recall election later this year, the Democratic-controlled state Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that would require all active registered voters get a ballot in the mail at least 29 days before the election. The bill, which now heads to Newsom's desk, is similar to a law in effect for the 2020 general election that was designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus by curtailing the number of people who voted in person. The law does not prevent people from voting in person at polling places. But by sending everyone a ballot in the mail, it means fewer people are likely to vote in-person on Election Day. There are only two elections scheduled for 2021, both to fill vacancies in the state Legislature. But an effort to remove Newsom from office before...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Tuesday it is releasing $15 million from its emergency relief fund to help Guinea and Congo combat new outbreaks of Ebola. U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock made the announcement, and U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the funding will help both countries respond to the outbreak and support neighboring countries to prepare. This is the first time that Ebola has been recorded in Guinea since an outbreak that ended in 2016. The West African nation officially declared it had an Ebola epidemic after at least three people died and four others became infected. Neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia have put their citizens on high alert because of the situation in Guinea. The three nations battled the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak from 2014 to 2016, which began in Guinea and in which more than 11,300 people died. Dujarric said the outbreak in Congo “is...
    A winter storm that left millions of users without power amid historically low temperatures claimed more lives Tuesday, including three people who were found dead after a tornado struck a coastal town in North Carolina and four people. of a family who perished in a fire at a residence in the greater Houston area while using a campfire to keep warm. The storm that disabled power grids and paralyzed activities in the southern plains left heavy snowfall and freezing rain from New England to the southeastern United States, where it caused extremely low temperatures. Freeze factor alerts were issued from Mexico to Canada. In total, 15 deaths have been reported in the United States. Some of the causes of death were traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning. The weather also affected vaccination efforts against COVID-19 in the country. The administration of President Joe Biden noted that there may be delays...
    Starship prototype SN9 launches from the company's development facility in Boca Chica, Texas.SpaceX SpaceX completed another monster equity funding round of $850 million last week, people familiar with the financing told CNBC, sending the company's valuation skyrocketing to about $74 billion. The company raised the new funds at $419.99 a share, those people said — or just a cent below the $420 price that Elon Musk made infamous in 2018 when he declared he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private. The latest raise also represents a jump of about 60% in the company's valuation from its previous round in August, when SpaceX raised near $2 billion at a $46 billion valuation. SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.SpaceX CEO Elon Musk raises his arms in celebration beneath a Starship rocket prototype under construction in Boca Chica, Texas.Steve Jurvetson on flickrIn addition to SpaceX further building a...
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines produced in China arrived in Hungary on Tuesday, the first of 27 nations in the European Union to receive a Chinese vaccine. Hungarian officials, including Prime Minister Viktor Orban, have criticized the EU’s common procurement program for vaccines, claiming it is slow and costing lives. « If the vaccines do not come from Brussels, we must obtain them from elsewhere … Hungarians cannot be allowed to die simply because Brussels takes too long to acquire vaccines, » Orban said last month. A cargo plane carrying 550,000 doses of vaccines developed by the Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm landed at Budapest International Airport from Beijing on Tuesday. The shipment is enough to treat 275,000 people with two doses each, said Dr. Agnes Galgoczy of the National Center for Public Health. « With this vaccine, Hungary now has five different types available so that we can vaccinate...
    LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Britain will on Wednesday callfor a United Nations resolution to help negotiate ceasefires sothat people in conflict zones can be vaccinated againstCOVID-19, saying member states have a moral duty to protect thevulnerable. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will chair a virtual meetingof the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the threatfacing the more than 160 million people living in areas ofinstability and conflict, such as Yemen, South Sudan, Somaliaand Ethiopia. “We have a moral duty to act, and a strategic necessity tocome together to defeat this virus,” Raab said in a statement. He will also urge U.N. members to come together to supportequitable access to vaccines, warning that new virus variantswill take hold in places where people have not been vaccinated,potentially threatening the rest of the world with new waves. Mexico is also expected to raise concerns about unequalaccess to vaccines globally. Britain says it...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Tuesday it is releasing $15 million from its emergency relief fund to help Guinea and Congo combat new outbreaks of Ebola. U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock made the announcement, and U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the funding will help both countries respond to the outbreak and support neighboring countries to prepare. This is the first time that Ebola has been recorded in Guinea since an outbreak that ended in 2016. The West African nation officially declared it had an Ebola epidemic after at least three people died and four others became infected. Neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia have put their citizens on high alert because of the situation in Guinea. The three nations battled the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak from 2014 to 2016, which began in Guinea and in which more than 11,300 people died. Dujarric said the outbreak in Congo...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, offered on Tuesday a more cautious note about when vaccines might be more fully available across the country. Last week, Fauci said the country could see “open season” for COVID-19 vaccine doses by April. However, in an appearance on “L.A. Times Today,” he said the timeline may be more like “late May and early June.” “We were expecting a greater number of doses from Johnson & Johnson, and it looks like, even though it’s a good vaccine, that we’re not going to have a substantial amount of doses until we get into April and May,” he said during the program, which is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Tuesday. “So I think it’s probably going to be a little bit later than the date that I had originally thought, because I was not anticipating that we would have this much...
    FIVE million homes were hit by power cuts and at least 12 people died as Storm Uri plunged swathes of America into a deep freeze and sparked a killer tornado. A state of emergency was declared in Texas, where wind turbines froze and generators were shut down as temperatures fell to the lowest in decades and hundreds of cars crashed on icy roads. 27Aerial views of the devastation caused by a tornado that struck Brunswick County, N.C. on February 16 27People push a car after getting stuck in the snow in TexasCredit: AP:Associated Press 27Tree branches have been covered in snow in MichiganCredit: AP:Associated Press 27Three people are dead and 10 are injured from the tornado in North CarolinaCredit: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office 27Storm Uri cuts off power in TexasCredit: Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s Office 27A car stuck in snow in Houston, where ice caused more than 100 crashesCredit: Getty Images...
    Millions of New Yorkers with health conditions that leave them at high risk of illness from COVID-19 can theoretically sign up for appointments at state-run vaccination sites starting Sunday, but a lack of vaccine supply means many will be frustrated in their search for a shot. Seven million New Yorkers, including health care workers and people over 65, were already eligible for vaccinations under previous state rules. Starting Monday, 3 million more people over 16 with so-called comorbidities will become eligible. In order to be vaccinated, people will have to provide a doctor’s letter, a signed certification or other medical information showing they have an eligible health condition. New York’s list includes cancer, pregnancy, heart conditions, weakened immune systems, sickle cell disease, diabetes, neurologic conditions, liver disease, obesity, pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease and intellectual and development disabilities such as Down Syndrome.
    Bloomberg Variants of the virus do not mean that it is infinite: F. Flam (Bloomberg) – About a year has passed since the first alarms were triggered by the coronavirus and, despite the fact that infections have decreased, new fears continue to emerge. The variants of covid-19 have generated concern among the most pessimistic who think that an even larger wave of infections is coming soon. It is true that the virus is mutating in more significant ways than biologists anticipated last summer. But also, new research suggests that the number of tricks the coronavirus has up its sleeve could have a limit, and that would keep vaccines effective. If scientists have been surprised by the variants, it is because they had not fully realized that the way in which the coronavirus tends to mutate is different from how influenza or HIV do. This new virus has the talent to...
    (Reuters) - The United States has administered 55,220,364 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Tuesday morning and delivered 71,657,975 doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The tally of vaccine doses are for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccines as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the agency said. According to the tally posted on Feb. 14, the agency had administered 52,884,356 doses of the vaccines and distributed 70,057,800 doses. The agency said 39,670,551 people had received one or more doses, while 15,015,434 people have got the second dose as of Tuesday. A total of 5,968,542 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said. (Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, vaccines, United States, coronavirus
    PARIS (Reuters) - France reported 586 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, down from 724 a week ago, while the seven-day moving average of deaths fell to 381, the first time the average was below 400 since late January. The 586 deaths included 351 deaths in hospitals, from 412 on Monday, and 235 deaths in retirement homes over the past four days. The health ministry usually reports retirement home deaths on Tuesdays and Fridays. Hospital numbers eased again, with the total number of people in hospital with COVID-19 down by 283 to 26,239 and the number of people in intensive care down by 33 to 3,348. The number of new confirmed virus infection cases rose by 19,590 to 3.49 million, compared to an increase of 18,870 a week ago. The seven-day moving average of new cases increased to over 18,400. The ministry also reported that at total of 3.16 million vaccination...
    A woman walks on an empty street on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas Montinique Monroe/Getty Images More than 5 million Americans are without power on Tuesday. The majority of outages are throughout Texas, according to poweroutage.us. The outages come as cold temperatures and more winter weather loom across the US. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. More than 5 million people across the US are without power Tuesday morning, with most outages centered in the state of Texas, as the US deals with record-low conditions and record-setting winter weather. According to poweroutage.us, which tracks power outages nationwide, most of the issues are in Texas, Oregon, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. As of early Tuesday, more than 4,400,000 people across the state of Texas are without power, according to the data. Just over 220,000 people were without electricity early Tuesday in Oregon, while about 185,000 were without...
    Where's everybody going? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened nearly 4 million passengers over the holiday weekend, as travelers flew to see their special someone for Valentine’s Day or skipped town for the three-day Presidents Day weekend. According to the federal agency’s latest checkpoint travel numbers, 3.9 million people passed through security screening between Friday and Monday. The number marks the second-busiest weekend so far this year, following 4.4 million screened between Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day) and Jan. 4. Though the sum may seem high, a spokesperson for the TSA pointed out that the figure is just a fraction of traditional traffic in years past. (iStock) COVID-19 TESTING WON'T BE MANDATED BEFORE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FOR NOW, CDC SAYS Though the sum may seem high, a spokesperson for the TSA pointed out that the figure is just a fraction of traditional traffic in years past, before the coronavirus pandemic...
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines produced in China arrived in Hungary on Tuesday, making it the first of the European Union’s 27 nations to receive a Chinese vaccine. A jet carrying 550,000 vaccine doses developed by the Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm landed at Budapest’s international airport after flying in from Beijing. The shipment is enough to treat 275,000 people with the two-dose jab, Dr. Agnes Galgoczy of the National Public Health Center told a press conference. “With this vaccine, five different types are now available in Hungary so that we may get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Galgoczy said, adding that vaccine shots won’t begin until the shipment is evaluated by the National Public Health Center. Hungarian health authorities were the first in the EU to approve the Sinopharm jab for emergency use on Jan. 29. That came after a government decree streamlined...
    JUSTIN SPIKE, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A shipment of a COVID-19 vaccines produced in China arrived in Hungary on Tuesday, making it the first of the European Union's 27 nations to receive a Chinese vaccine. A jet carrying 550,000 vaccine doses developed by the Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm landed at Budapest’s international airport after flying in from Beijing. The shipment is enough to treat 275,000 people with the two-dose jab, Dr. Agnes Galgoczy of the National Public Health Center told a press conference. “With this vaccine, five different types are now available in Hungary so that we may get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Galgoczy said, adding that vaccine shots won't begin until the shipment is evaluated by the National Public Health Center. Hungarian health authorities were the first in the EU to approve the Sinopharm jab for emergency use on Jan. 29. That came...
    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will kick off its COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday amid concerns that a shortage of special syringes could lead to the waste of millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine as the country grapples with its third and most serious wave of infections. Japan's vaccination programme chief Taro Kono announced the launch of the programme at a news conference on Tuesday after the government officially approved Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, the first such approval in Japan. But fears are growing in Japan that millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine could be wasted due to a shortage of special syringes that maximise the number of shots used from each vial. The government has made urgent requests, but manufacturers are struggling to ramp up production fast enough, creating the latest headache for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who suffers from weak public support. "We are...
    THE race is on to give an extra one million Brits Covid jabs as the shielding list is extended. More "clinically vulnerable" people will be bumped up the list to get the vaccine as their status changes, the HSJ reports. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4More people are to be added to the shielding list - meaning they will get their vaccine soonerCredit: AFP or licensors Letters reportedly sent out to GP surgeries yesterday said the clinically vulnerable group should now shield until March 31. The initial end date for people told to shield was February 21. The letter from NHSE, the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Digital to GPs said: "[A] new data-driven risk assessment… has been developed to help identify people who may be at high risk from Covid-19. "It has been used at a national level...
    (CNN)A winter storm that has pummeled much of the United States will move through the Northeast on Tuesday, leaving a trail of destruction across some states unaccustomed to such harsh weather. The low-pressure system has had a deadly impact: At least 15 people have died in weather-related vehicle accidents since the cold temperatures set in. In Oklahoma alone, 123 people were in the hospital Monday with weather-related injuries.As snow blankets typically temperate states like Texas and Oklahoma and power outages cause misery in Louisiana, about 200 million people remain under some sort of weather-related alert.LIVE UPDATES ON THE WINTER STORMThe storm is expected to move out through the Northeast late Tuesday, leaving a tail of heavy snow and ice in its path, CNN Meteorologist Tyler Maudlin said.Read MoreTemperatures are expected to rise as it moves, though record cold morning and afternoons will linger through Saturday and million are bracing for...
    The National Energy Regulatory Center (Cenos) announced that from 6:17 pm to 11 pm, “rotating” power outages will begin due to the inability to meet the electricity demand. Electrical failures will be coordinated by Sense Central Electricity Authority (CFE) from the north and from the west and east. Also read: Darkness affected 4.6 million people in northern Mexico; The CFE says he is not guilty In a series of tweets, The Prices He added that “strategic areas are guaranteed not to be affected” and added a “request for support”. The general publicAnd to the industrial sector to reduce the consumption of non-essential electrical energy ”. The Center ensured that this would facilitate security and continuity and contribution to the national interconnected system. #CENACEinforma Rotating load cuts are being carried out to maintain the load-generation balance, starting at 6:17 pm today, based on increased demand at evening and night peaks....
    About three million people were without power Monday in Texas due to a major winter storm, which affects about 40 states from the United States, and which has caused the closure of several airports and the largest oil refinery in the country. According to the website poweroutage.us, which documents power outages, nearly 2.8 million people were without power in Texas; more than 325,000 in Oregon; nearly 117,000 in Louisiana; and 106,631 in Mississippi. The television network CNN indicated that the Federal Aviation Administration closed this Monday theairports from Baton Rouge Metro and from Lafayette, Louisiana, due to ice and snow. To these facilities are added the airports of Houston (Texas) and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers, in Mississippi. For its part, Motiva Enterprises announced the temporary closure of Port Arthur Manufacturing Complex, the largest crude oil refinery of the United States, located in Port Arthur, Texas, due to “the temperatures unprecedented...
    Joe Biden plans to release an immigration reform bill that would grant path to citizenship to 11 million undocumented immigrants, according to a report Monday.  The president is expected to unveil the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in the coming days, sources have told NBC.  It will reportedly include a pathway to citizenship for millions, an expansion of the refugee resettlement program and more technology at the southern border.  The Trump administration slashed refugee admissions by more than 85%, setting the limit at 15,000 for fiscal year 2021, which started in October.  President Biden during his campaign vowed to raise that to 125,000 for this year and possibly boost it even higher in subsequent years.  Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez said the plan 'is about fixing our broken immigration system' but also 'building a better one that reunites families, brings the undocumented community out of the shadows and on a path to citizenship'.  He said the...
    Despite tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in vastly different ways, California and Florida have experienced similar trends with the number of cases and death rate on the decline in recent weeks. California has emerged as one of the strictest states in the nation, with Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, shutting down businesses and schools. His administration said it was implementing these measures based on counties’ ICU capacity. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has taken an entirely different approach. Though he took similar measures to Newsom early on in the pandemic, he eventually lifted statewide restrictions on the economy and prohibited law enforcement for fining people. The latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows California has reported nearly 3.5 million COVID-19 cases in total, while Florida has reported more than 1.82 million.   FILE: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions during a press conference on the...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Tuesday that the government reached deals to buy additional coronavirus vaccines for 23 million people, the Yonhap news agency reported. The deals include Novavax vaccines for 20 million people and Pfizer products for 3 million, Yonhap said, quoting Chung as saying at a meeting. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Tom Hogue) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: South Korea, vaccines, coronavirus, Asia
    A blackout left more than three million people without electricity on Monday in six northern states of Mexico since a winter storm in the United States interrupted the delivery of gas to the Latin American country, affecting the electricity supply, the government reported. « Of the 4,766,901 users in the northern region of the country, 3,088,517 were affected and so far electricity service has been restored to 65%, » reported the state company Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), responsible for national supply, on his Twitter account. « Significant » cuts in the gas supply coming from the United States began this Monday due to the freezing of pipelines, which affected local power plants that use this fuel, the commission said earlier in a statement. The affected facilities are located in the northern states of Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Nuevo León, at a time when these entities suffer freezing temperatures due to the polar...
    Four people in Oregon, who were fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine, have tested positive for coronavirus, health officials revealed on Friday.   This makes Oregon among the first states to report 'breakthrough cases,' which occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their second dose of the vaccine. Both vaccines approved for emergency use authorizations - Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna - are 95 percent effective, meaning five percent who get vaccinated may still get sick, which official says is serious but not surprising. '[This is] not to be unexpected in a vaccine that while phenomenal, with 95 percent effectiveness, still means five percent may still be infected,' Dr Patrick Allen, director of Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said at a Friday press conference Two of the breakthrough cases are in Yamhill County, about 40 miles from Portland, and the other two are located in Lane County,...
    Miami : Heavy snowfall and ice build-up from a winter storm hit much of the United States this Sunday and part of Monday with at least 46 states under weather alerts. Texas is one of the hardest hit, with 2.3 million people being without power on Monday amid freezing temperatures and a storm that has been called “extremely dangerous.” The National Weather Service reported early Monday that at least 150 million people were under ice or winter weather warnings. As the storm continues to intensify, authorities urged residents to prepare and avoid going out for the next few days, as another winter front will hit the center of the country starting Tuesday. The coast-to-coast storm has left several million people without power across the country while ice on roads has caused crashes with multiple vehicles. Massive flight cancellations have also been recorded. This Sunday 2,388 flights were canceled and...
    Millions of Americans traveled for President's Day weekend despite warnings from health experts to avoid taking to the skies. New data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows that 4.03 million people passed threw airport security checkpoints between Thursday and Sunday. On Friday alone, a total of 1.15 million people took flights. These are the highest figure seen in more than a month when 4.4 million were screened by the TSA between New Year's Day and January 4. It comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that travel could trigger more surges in COVID-19 infections and amid airlines' fury that the White House might start requiring negative tests for domestic travelers  New TSA data shows 4.03 million Americans passed threw airport security checkpoints between Thursday (February 11 - purple) and Sunday (February 14 - purple)for President's Day weekend This the highest figure seen in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the state nears 1 million total vaccine doses administered, Minnesota health officials on Monday reported 611 more virus cases and two additional deaths. According to the daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health, the state has now identified 474,169 total positive cases since the pandemic began (460,537 patients have recovered). Meanwhile, the state’s death toll now sits at 6,378, with about 63% of the deaths being among patients in long-term care and assisted living facilities. RELATED: Fit February: How Much Sleep We Really Need In hospitals as of Feb. 11, there are 73 patients with COVID-19 requiring intensive care unit beds. Additionally, 253 patients with the virus are in non-ICU beds. A total of 25,197 people who contracted the virus have needed hospitalization; 5,197 of those patients needed intensive care treatment. RELATED: Minnesota Weather: Wind Chill Advisory Extended Through Monday, Warm-Up Begins...
    (CNN/CBS13) — Though officials and health experts say the end of the Covid-19 pandemic will rely on a large proportion of Americans being inoculated, nearly a third of US adults say they have not decided if they will get the vaccine when it is offered to them. About 31% of adults say they plan to “wait and see” how it works out for other people — and about two-thirds of that group say they may be persuaded to get one if they’re convinced it would be highly effective in preventing illness, according to an analysis released Friday of a previous study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Wait and see” adults are “an important target for outreach and messaging” if the nation aims to increase the numbers of people willing to get the vaccine, but it is important to understand that their concerns vary, the foundation wrote. Of the “wait and see” group, 61% said they’d be more...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Coronavirus case numbers are stabilizing in parts of the Middle East but the situation remains critical, with more than a dozen countries reporting cases of new variants, the World Health Organization said Monday. Ahmed al-Mandhari, director of WHO’s eastern Mediterranean region, which comprises most of the Middle East, said in a press briefing from Cairo that at least one of the three new coronavirus variants was reported in the 13 countries in the region. He did not name the countries. All three of the new variants are more contagious, according to WHO. Al-Mandhari said there are nearly 6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the region and about 140,000 deaths. WHO urged people to continue taking precautionary measures against the virus. The organization said 6.3 million vaccinations have been administered in 12 countries in the eastern Mediterranean. “Vaccinations are a turning point in facing the virus...
    (CNN)Uninsured Americans who want to buy Affordable Care Act coverage have another three months to do so, thanks to an executive order President Joe Biden signed last month.More on Covid-19 relief Why you shouldn't expect another stimulus check for weeks - if at all Democrats want to give parents cash instead of a tax credit Here's what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden's stimulus) Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far The federal Obamacare exchange, healthcare.gov, reopens for a special enrollment period on Monday. Most states that run their own marketplaces are also doing the same or are extending their sign-up season for several more weeks.The President is hoping that some of the 15 million uninsured people eligible for Affordable Care Act policies -- 9 million of whom qualify for federal financial assistance -- will participate. Individuals making up to about $51,000...
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A plane carrying Zimbabwe's first coronavirus vaccines, 200,000 doses donated by China, arrived in the capital Harare on Monday. A further 600,000 doses from China are set to arrive in early March, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said last week. It is unclear how much the cash-strapped southern African nation will pay for the second batch of the vaccines from China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm). Zimbabwe's Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, head of the delegation receiving the vaccines that included the finance minister, said frontline health workers would be the first to be vaccinated. "This is a timely donation...our people have suffered from this pandemic. The vaccine offers the possibility that our people who have borne the brunt of the economic ravages of the pandemic might finally turn a new page," Chiwenga said. Zimbabwe has set aside $100 million for vaccine procurement, and is looking to buy 20 million...
    (CNN)Nearly 170 million people are under winter weather advisories Monday, with icy roads, power outages, and dangerously low temperatures threatening to snarl traffic and paralyze cities from coast to coast.In the nation's heartland, at least 11 people have died in weather-related vehicle accidents since cold temperatures took hold of the country. Nine died in three separate incidents in Texas Friday, one person was killed in Kentucky, and another died in a wreck in Oklahoma Sunday.Over half a million customers were without power as of early Monday morning, with the majority of outages reported on the coasts in Oregon and Virginia. At least 9 dead in crashes across Dallas-Fort Worth area due to winter stormsThe severe winter weather has sparked emergency declarations in at least seven states, including Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas -- which has borne the brunt of the cold weather.Officials in Harris County, Texas warned...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was pleased to have met the ambitious target of offering a vaccine in the four priority categories by mid-February. A new stage of the vaccination campaign begins this Monday, February 15. First injections to the 15 million people considered a priority With 117,000 dead, the United Kingdom is the country most bereaved by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. The British government has been repeatedly criticized for its slowness and hesitation in this health crisis. Sunday February 14, Boris Johnson however announced that more than 15 million vaccination against the Covid-19 were carried out in the country. As promised, people over the age of 70, frontline caregivers, nursing home workers and residents, and the most vulnerable patients received their first injection in mid-February. “We have reached an important milestone in the national immunization program” The head of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the subzero temperatures continue, many Minnesotans are dreaming of a warm escape — and health experts are worried about a possible rise in COVID-19 cases with more travel. There were 779 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on Sunday. The positivity rate is below 3%, which is the lowest it’s been since last summer. Blaine resident Shelby Smith and her family of four are in Florida this week. It was their family’s first time flying in a year. “I felt overall pretty safe. It was the flying, though, I mean, that’s the one thing that they can’t really, they can’t really change,” Smith said. She has been working from home full time and doing distance learning with her two young children during the pandemic. She says they ultimately decided to go on vacation for their mental health. (credit:...
    The unemployment rate in the United States has fallen to 6.3% in January after jobs were destroyed in December due to the impact of the new wave of coronavirus infections, as reported by the labor statistics office of the US Department of Labor. In January, the country was back on the job creation path with 49,000 additional non-farm payrolls. Since May 2020, the United States has regained more than 12 million jobs, 60% of the jobs lost in April, when the crisis destroyed nearly 21 million. Thus, the unemployment rate has been moving away from the historical highs that it reached in spring and summer, of up to 14.7%. In October 2009, the peak of the global financial crisis that began in 2008, the unemployment rate in the United States reached 10%, while the historical maximum until this year was in December 1982, when it reached 10.8%...
    (Reuters) - The United States has administered 52,884,356 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sunday morning and delivered 70,057,800 doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The doses are for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines as of 6 a.m. ET (1100 GMT) on Sunday, the agency said. According to the tally posted on Saturday, the agency had administered 50,641,884 doses of the vaccines. The agency said 38,292,270 people had received one or more doses while 14,077,440 people have received the second dose as of Sunday. A total of 5,822,871 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, United States, coronavirus
    “Today we have reached a milestone in the UK’s national immunization program,” the UK Prime Minister tweeted. “NEW FANTASTIC: more than 15 MILLION people have now received their first vaccine against Covid”, greeted on Twitter his Minister of Health Matt Hancock. Criticized many times for its … Follow La Tribune Share economic information, receive our newsletters
    LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Sunday that it reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to the most vulnerable people in the country, increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a lockdown imposed in early January. Some 15 million people, or 22% of the U.K. population, have received their first shot or were offered one. The figure includes most people in the government’s top four priority groups, including everyone over 75, frontline healthcare workers and nursing home staff. “15,000,000! Amazing team,'' Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, said in a tweet that featured a red heart. “We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults.'' British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to unveil his roadmap for easing restrictions on...
    WASHINGTON -- HealthCare.gov's market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits.This enrollment period during the coronavirus pandemic is an early test of President Joe Biden's strategy to use the Affordable Care Act as a springboard toward health coverage for all. Advancing on a parallel track, the new COVID-19 relief bill from House Democrats would offer a generous, though temporary, increase in subsidies for people covered by the law known as "Obamacare.""It is a hugely important signaling move," said Katherine Hempstead of the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "The administration is doing more than having open enrollment here, they're saying they want to make this coverage more affordable."While policy experts like Hempstead are taking note, it's unclear how uninsured Americans will respond. Former President Barack Obama's health law has...
    LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Sunday that it reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to the most vulnerable people in the country, increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a lockdown imposed in early January. Some 15 million people, or 22% of the U.K. population, have received their first shot or were offered one. The figure includes most people in the government’s top four priority groups, including everyone over 75, frontline healthcare workers and nursing home staff. “15,000,000! Amazing team,” Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, said in a tweet that featured a red heart. “We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to unveil his roadmap for easing restrictions on...
    Loading the player... HealthCare.gov’s market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits. This enrollment period during the coronavirus pandemic is an early test of President Joe Biden’s strategy to use the Affordable Care Act as a springboard toward health coverage for all. Advancing on a parallel track, the new COVID-19 relief bill from House Democrats would offer a generous, though temporary, increase in subsidies for people covered by the law known as “Obamacare.” “It is a hugely important signaling move,” said Katherine Hempstead of the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The administration is doing more than having open enrollment here, they’re saying they want to make this coverage more affordable.” This screen grab from the website shows the main web page for the HealthCare.gov. HealthCare.gov’s market for subsidized health...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov’s market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits. This enrollment period during the coronavirus pandemic is an early test of President Joe Biden’s strategy to use the Affordable Care Act as a springboard toward health coverage for all. Advancing on a parallel track, the new COVID-19 relief bill from House Democrats would offer a generous, though temporary, increase in subsidies for people covered by the law known as “Obamacare.” “It is a hugely important signaling move,” said Katherine Hempstead of the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The administration is doing more than having open enrollment here, they’re saying they want to make this coverage more affordable.” While policy experts like Hempstead are taking note, it’s unclear how uninsured Americans will respond. Former President Barack...
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov’s market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits. This enrollment period during the coronavirus pandemic is an early test of President Joe Biden’s strategy to use the Affordable Care Act as a springboard toward health coverage for all. Advancing on a parallel track, the new COVID-19 relief bill from House Democrats would offer a generous, though temporary, increase in subsidies for people covered by the law known as “Obamacare.” “It is a hugely important signaling move,” said Katherine Hempstead of the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The administration is doing more than having open enrollment here, they're saying they want to make this coverage more affordable.” While policy experts like Hempstead are taking note, it's unclear how uninsured Americans...
    COVID cases could be as low as they were towards the end of last year's first wave in just two weeks, raising hopes of lockdown easing, new data shows. In another boost, a single vaccine dose offers 67 per cent protection from the virus after three weeks, details logged on the ZOE Covid symptom app show. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the Zoe app, has revealed new data shows the vaccine rollout is offering 67 per cent protection after one jabCredit: Sky News 5Britain is believed to have yesterday smashed the vaccine target of jabbing 15 million of the most vulnerable peopleCredit: PA:Press Association 5 Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on app used by 4.5 million people, said the data fuels hopes Britain's vaccine rollout will eventually have "knocked the virus on the head". The top epidemiologist...
    MILLIONS of people have been plunged into lockdown in the New Zealand city of Auckland after three cases of Covid were found. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the three-day tightening of restrictions on Sunday. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces tighter lockdown restrictions in Auckland on SundayCredit: Getty Images - Getty It means everyone will be required to stay at home, except for essential shopping and essential work. The PM said measures will also be hardened in other areas of the country but will not be as strict as Auckland. The last minute decision was made following an urgent meeting with other Cabinet members. Ms Ardern said they decided to take a cautious approach until they find out more about the outbreak, including whether the infections are of the more contagious variants. The...
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and delivered about 69.9 million doses. The tally of vaccine doses is for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccines as of 6:00 a.m. ET Saturday, the agency said. According to the tally posted on Friday, the agency had administered 48.4 million doses of the vaccines, and delivered about 69 million doses. The agency said about 37.1 million people had received one or more doses while more than 13 million people have got the second dose as of Saturday. About 5.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said.     
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will begin giving COVID-19 shots to those aged 65 and over on Monday as it closes in on its target to offer vaccines to 15 million people in priority groups including the elderly and frontline healthcare workers. The government set Monday as the deadline to deliver a first vaccine dose to everyone in its top four priority segments, including all those aged 70 and over, a goal it looks likely to reach. According to the latest official figures, 14.56 million people have received a shot, allowing health officials to expand the programme to those aged 65 to 69, and to other clinically vulnerable people. The National Health Service (NHS) said about 1 million people had already received invitations. "Every jab in the arm is another step closer to returning to normality in the future and that's why we're now inviting the next priority group to book...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered over 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and delivered about 69.9 million doses. The tally of vaccine doses are for both Moderna andPfizer/BioNTech, vaccines as of 6:00 a.m. ETon Saturday, the agency said. According to the tally posted on Friday, the agency hadadministered 48.4 million doses of the vaccines, and delivered about 69 million doses. The agency said about 37.1 million people had received 1 or more doses while over 13 million people have got the second dose as of Saturday. About 5.7 million vaccine doses have been administered inlong-term care facilities, the agency said. (Reporting by Derek Francis in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, vaccines, United States, India, coronavirus
    BORIS Johnson raised the nation’s hopes of loosening the lockdown yesterday as the NHS was poised to hit its jabs target. The PM is expected to announce today that 15million people have been vaccinated — 24 hours ahead of schedule. 4Boris Johnson will announce the UK has passed its vaccine targetCredit: AP:Associated Press ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates He declared: “I’m optimistic. I won’t hide it from you.” Mr Johnson is now preparing to give Brits some of their freedoms back when he unveils his “roadmap” on February 22. Outdoor socialising will be among a host of banned activities that will be allowed from next month. Getting kids back to school is still his top priority but he will also lift curbs on people meeting for a coffee in the park. The only interaction allowed under current rules is for two adults...
    By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials urged this week that people wear masks — and wear them properly — as the state reported an additional 964 new infections on Saturday. More than 6,300 people have died in Minnesota and more than 470,000 people have had confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. State figures show more than 209,010 people have received the full two-dose series of the vaccine. However, health officials point out people need to wear masks correctly. Researchers at the University of Minnesota reviewed video of public events and found nearly a quarter of people were wearing masks under their noses. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: New York Gov. Cuomo lauded early in pandemic, now panned on nursing home deaths. Tight supply creates reluctance over federal vaccine sites. Oxford University is testing the AstraZeneca vaccine in children. Union says meatpacking workers should be vaccinated...
    Organizers of a campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom say they have obtained the required number of signatures to trigger a special election. The secretary of state's office will need to process the signatures and determine if they are valid. Around 1.5 million people have signed the petition, more than the required amount, Fox News has confirmed. Organizers said they expect to have 1.6 million signatures by Sunday. Organizers are aiming for 2 million signatures by mid-March due to the verification process and the campaign is seeking a comfortable margin. The group noted there was a 25% disqualification rate among signatures collected last time. A spokesperson for Newsom’s office did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment. FORMER SAN DIEGO MAYOR SIGNS PETITION TO RECALL GOV. NEWSOM: 'WE NEED A CHANGE NOW'  California recall initiatives are not uncommon – though they rarely make it onto the ballot. However, people may be particularly displeased this year with Newsom, who has...
    BRITAIN is inching closer to its target of 15million jabs which could trigger lockdown easing. Boris Johnson has confirmed Britain is just half a million vaccines away from the government's target which could help kids get back to school. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3The target is to vaccinate all four of the most vulnerable groups by Monday, Feb 15.Credit: PA:Press Association 3Today's figures show 14,556,827 people have now received the vaccineCredit: Twitter 3 The target is to vaccinate all four of the most vulnerable groups, which is around 15million people by Monday, Feb 15. The Prime Minister set the ambitious goal during a Downing Street briefing in December, pledging that a successful rollout would offer an exit strategy from lockdown. Now 14,556,827 people have now received the vaccine leaving just 443,173 Brits in the top four most vulnerable categories left to get...
    By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans’ annual pre-Lenten Mardi Gras celebration is muted this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered bars closed during the Mardi Gras weekend that started Friday and runs through Tuesday. The lavish parades are canceled and there are limits on gatherings. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the annual pre-Lenten bash celebrated along much of the Gulf Coast — with the biggest celebration in heavily Catholic New Orleans. Last year’s revelry is considered to have contributed to an early surge that made Louisiana a coronavirus hot spot. Some locals are making the best of it, decking their houses like parade floats. A giant carton of popcorn, huge lollipops and a Paul Bunyan-sized ice cream cone are among the decorations on one two-story house aptly titled “Snacking in Place.” Motorists can drive by an array of idled floats at...
    By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — The Biden administration’s plan to open 100 vaccination sites by the end of the month was initially embraced by governors and health officials, who considered it a needed lifeline to get more Americans inoculated against the coronavirus. But reality has quickly set in: Some are hesitating to take the offer, at least for now, saying they don’t need more places to administer doses. They just need more doses. The plan involves mobilizing thousands of staffers and contractors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. They already have been providing money, staffing or logistical support for many state and local vaccination efforts. So far, just over 46 million doses have been administered, and the administration’s goal is to ramp up daily doses to 1.5 million. Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, told governors on a conference...
    As intense and emotional as Richard Sherman is while trying to help his football team win, he’s just as passionate when he instructs folks on a societal challenge: financial stability. The star cornerback of the San Francisco 49ers and one of the NFL’s most outspoken leaders, Sherman has partnered with the NFL Alumni Association and Million Stories Media as part of the Million Stories initiative. The partnership emphasizes financial literacy education to prepare for future job loss or career changes. The idea, which Sherman discusses in his “Adulting with Richard Sherman” video, focuses on having an emergency fund. He wants to combat financial mismanagement through free, accessible educational resources. The video features celebrities, business leaders, and, well, Americans. “This is a bit of a different approach because, at least with Richard, you have a player reaching out to the general population with advice and his story,” says Shelley Miles,...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon received its first batch of coronavirus vaccines Saturday ahead of a nationwide campaign to start vaccinations in the tiny Mediterranean country, which has seen a sharp rise in cases and fatalities in recent weeks. The 28,500 Pfizer doses from Brussels arrived on a plane from Lebanon’s national carrier and were to be taken to the Health Ministry’s warehouse, state-run National News Agency reported. From there, the vaccines will be sent to other parts of the country. The first vaccinations are scheduled to take place in limited numbers on Sunday at four medical centers in the capital Beirut before the process begins in more than a dozen centers on Monday, local media reported. Within two weeks, the Health Ministry says 57 vaccination centers are to be set up nationwide. Lebanon has registered more than 334,000 cases of coronavirus and 3,915 deaths since the country’s first registered case...
    (CNN)Uninsured Americans can start signing up for coverage on the federal Affordable Care Act exchange starting Monday, but the Biden administration has not allocated more funds to help them enroll. 5 ways Biden plans to reset health care President Joe Biden last month ordered the launch of a three-month special enrollment period as a key part of his effort to rebuild the Affordable Care Act. To help raise awareness of Obamacare coverage options -- and the federal subsidies to help pay for premiums -- the administration is pouring $50 million into marketing and outreach.However, there hasn't been any announcement of additional funding for enrollment assistance, which the Trump administration slashed by 84%, on average, since 2017. Some 30 organizations received a total of only $10 million last summer.That has worried some navigator groups, who weren't prepared to keep increased staffing levels beyond the traditional open enrollment period in November and...
    California is adding 4 million to 6 million more people to the eligibility list to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but officials warn that actually getting inoculated with remain a frustrating process as long as chronic shortages in supply remain. Starting March 15, people ages 16 to 64 who are disabled or at high risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 will be eligible for vaccination. That will bring the total number of Californians eligible to 17 million to 20 million. But with supplies so limited, ultimately it will be up to local providers to decide who gets the vaccine immediately, with medical workers, first responders, people 65 and over, teachers and essential workers all vying for shots. “We’re all frustrated,” said Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “We know we could do much more if we had available doses.” “Reprioritizing who...
    More than five million migrants from the European Union have applied to live permanently in Britain under the EU settlement scheme, with applications still open until June 2021. Of those, nearly 2.5 million (2,497,600) have already been granted permanent leave to remain, and more than two million (2,039,800) have been granted pre-settled status, meaning that they can apply in five years for full legal residency. Another 38,900 had their applications refused, 50,600 were deemed invalid, and 51,400 were withdrawn or void, according to provisional Home Office figures reported by The Telegraph on Thursday. Since the EU Settlement Scheme opened in March 2019, 5,060,600 EU nationals have applied. Applications are still open until June 30th, 2021, five years and one week after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. The status is open to all EU, European Economic Area (EEA), and Swiss citizens who were resident in the United Kingdom by December 31st,...