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    Chris Markowski, the host of “Watchdog on Wall Street,” discussed the November jobs report, the growing employment divide between Republican and Democrat states and more. WATCH: Check out more from the Daily Caller News Foundation: ‘Insidious, Horrible Propaganda’: Matt Walsh Challenges Left’s Gender Narrative In New Book ‘They Essentially Practice McCarthyism’: Adam Carolla Calls Out Hollywood, Previews New Comedy Show ‘Dangerous Precedent’: Chad Wolf Warns Of Dire Result For Border Crisis If Vaccine Mandates Stand ‘Terrible Message To Send’: Trump’s DHS Acting Secretary Rips Biden For Potential Migrant Payments Sen. Blackburn Warns That China Is ‘Intent On Global Domination,’ Says US Defends Taiwan Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.
    "The way that it will end, at least in my view, is when we encounter this new variant that is highly infectious but is not very aggressive, meaning that a lot of people will get infected but none of them will develop serious symptoms. And in a sense that will be the way the population will really gain herd immunity, and then the coronavirus will just fade away," he added. 'Maybe this new variant is the light at the end of the tunnel,' says immunologist www.youtube.com Mass hysteria followed Omicron's identification last week, as scientists issued warnings about the strain's unprecedented number of mutations and governments around the world enacted travel bans to stem the pathogen's spread. Global markets also cratered in response to concerns over the new variant. On Monday, Moderna's CEO caused further alarm by suggesting that current COVID-19 vaccines may not be effective against Omicron. Granot was careful to note that further study is needed and that there still may be reasons for concern. It's certainly possible that the current vaccines are less effective...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson is still a ways off from making his return to the court for the Golden State Warriors, but they’re already getting an emotional lift from the thought of adding their beloved shooting star to the mix. “I think Klay’s imminent return is a huge factor for our team. There’s a sense of anticipation and energy that is directly linked to Klay’s return,” coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday. “There’s just a very good sense of who we are and what’s ahead, and I think everybody’s excited about it.” The Warriors have won five of their first six games, despite two big missing pieces that will fit in to the puzzle as the season progresses. Golden State got good news on James Wiseman to begin the week, when he was cleared to resume all team activities at practice. Thompson, who has missed back-to-back seasons with tears in his left ACL then his right Achilles, continues to make “incremental” progress in his recovery, Kerr said Tuesday. Further away than Wiseman, Thompson hasn’t yet been cleared...
    MARSHFIELD (CBS) – Power and tree crews worked feverishly on Saturday to restore and clean up from the powerful Nor’easter that did widespread damage to many South Shore communities. And today’s stormy conditions are making things challenging. In Marshfield, generators could be heard outside many homes that are still without power. Eighty-three-year-old Phil Mason is one of them. “I’ve been hit in every storm since ’78. Seventy-eight was brutal – didn’t have a generator. This is probably the second most powerful storm,” Mason said. READ MORE: Most Power In The State Will Be Restored By Midnight; Baker Says Halloween Will Go 'According To Plan'Marshfield Town Administrator Michael Maresco said this has been a rough week. “We are down to the last 20 percent of people without power. That translates to about 2,600 households. We’re told by Eversource executives that they hope to have substantial competition by six o’clock tonight, weather permitting,” Maresco said. For power crews, it’s a race against time. They are trying to get power restored to these homes that have been without for the past few...
    Researchers note that conditions could continue to deteriorate until the country officially turns a corner, indicating the need for continued mitigation procedures, but that an optimistic scenario could see a drastic reduction in the number of cases come spring 2022 compared to now. "Deaths from COVID-19 would fall from about 1,500 a day now to fewer than 100 a day by March 2022," NPR reported. New infections, according to Lessler, would slowly but surely continue to drop from approximately 140,000 per day to approximately 9,000 a day by March. Such a scenario projects that there will be no significant winter surge, though a "moderate" surge is plausible. Due to the inherent uncertainty of the models, Lessler added, cases could continue to rise to as many as 232,000 per day before dropping off — though such a development is "very unlikely," NPR noted. "We have to be cautious because the virus has shown us time and time again that new variants or people loosening up on how careful they're being can lead things to come roaring back,"...
    (CNN)Although we're closer than ever to resuming life as usual in the United States, globally, the end of the pandemic is horrifyingly far away. India is now the epicenter of the worst ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and the situation there could get worse before it begins to get better.Despite hope in the United States, where the situation is likely to be much better by summer and at the new normal in the fall, we can't be blinded by the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. India's surge is a reminder that the virus is learning and adapting to us faster than we are learning and adapting to it. The pandemic is more severe than ever and, fueled by variants, is an ongoing and increasing risk. If we get our response right, we can save more than a million lives in the coming year.Dazzling scientific progress resulted in rapid development of Covid vaccines that are more effective than many experts dared to hope. But although Israel, the UK, and, soon, the US will enter a new reality with the virus...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- No artificial fan noise was necessary for Monday night's San Jose Sharks game. For the first time in 14 months, fans were welcomed back into the SAP Center.ABC7 News captured cheers from season ticket holders, as doors opened to guests ahead of Monday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.With protocols fit for the pandemic, fans said being welcomed back into "The Tank" proved we're finally taking a step forward.RELATED: Sharks to welcome back hockey fans at SAP Center, notable changes expected"This is finally like the light at the end of the COVID tunnel," Ann-Marie Nelson said.Fan, Angie Varni explained, "It's almost like taking our kids to kindergarten for the first time. Like, not knowing what to expect."The team is taking every precaution. Ahead of Monday's reopening, Sharks President Jonathan Becher told reporters about the number of changes to be expected.A quick rundown includes fans having to be masked. Visitors will need to show proof of completed vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test. For a fee, there's even an option to test on-site. Specific changes can be...
    ORANGE (CBSLA) — A new study from Chapman University finds that consumer confidence in Orange County is soaring back to pre-pandemic levels as businesses begin to reopen and more people receive their coronavirus vaccinations. “We are seeing our economy come back to life,” one shopper said. READ MORE: Officials: Fight Until Justice Runs Down Like Water But Avoid Violence In Protests, Rallies Walking around Orange Circle antique mall, it’s like the whirlwind that was 2020 did not happen at all with shoppers, patrons and even cigar smokers out in force. “Everybody seems to be on a positive note and wanting to spend the money,” said shopper Reynold Quijada. Chapman University Professor Marc Weidenmier co-wrote the newly released Orange County Consumer Sentiment Index. After a sharp drop last year, he found the first quarter of 2021 is breaking records. READ MORE: Court Documents Show Woman Suspected In Deaths Of Children Was Involved In Custody Battle A poll of 500 O.C. residents found the following data, among several more: The first-quarter’s survey shows a 56% jump in those who see improvement...
    FORT LIGONIER, Pa. (KDKA) — A major local tourist attraction closed by the coronavirus pandemic is now again open seven days a week. People come from around the world to visit Fort Ligonier. It is reopening, which is a big deal for merchants in the town bearing the fort’s name. READ MORE: Doctors Using Herpes Virus To Treat Patient With Melanoma Tumor In October 1758, the French and Native Americans launched an all-out assault on the British at Fort Ligonier. They failed. Recently, the coronavirus tried to do the same thing. But as of Thursday, that also failed. “Today is the first time we have been reopened seven days a week since November 2019,” said Mary Manges, the director of Ft. Ligonier. The museum and the fort itself shuttered initially, then eventually re-opened just a few days a week. READ MORE: State House Committee Wrestles With Election Changes Amidst Concerns Over Voter Suppression “We typically see about 27,000 visitors a year. In 2020, we saw just under 8,000,” Manges said. Dianne Stewart runs Abigail’s Coffee Shop....
    After choosing to sit out an abbreviated 2020 MLB season due to health concerns, Giants catcher Buster Posey is slated to make his return to the lineup in Thursday’s season-opener against the Seattle Mariners. Posey, who elected not to play after he and his wife Kristen adopted identical newborn twin girls, said he’s already received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. “I see it for me, my personal take on it is light at the end of the tunnel,” Posey said. The league is incentivizing players and staff members to get vaccinated when they become eligible by loosening health and safety protocols that have been in place since the start of the 2020 season. According to The Athletic, teams were informed Monday that clubs that show that 85% of their Tier 1 personnel –players and staffers in close contact with players– who receive COVID-19 vaccines will have protocols designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus adjusted. Among the protocols that will change after 85% of Tier 1 personnel are fully vaccinated are a reduction...
    “We now have 52 factories working 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Europe to produce” vaccines against Covid-19, said the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, responsible for monitoring the manufacture of vaccines, to the Grand RTL-Le Figaro-LCI jury. “We have the capacity to produce and deliver for our fellow Europeans the 360 ​​million doses planned for the end of the second quarter and the 420 million that are needed (…) to start talking about this collective immunity and achieve it “mid-July, added Breton. He had already argued last week that Europe could achieve collective immunity on July 14. “The light at the end of the tunnel, we see it,” he said, estimating that “it took a few more weeks for the spread of the virus to be limited and at the same time to be very significantly vaccinated”. “We will indeed have to move up a gear, but now we know that we will be able to do it” on an industrial level, he insisted. “The British are unable to conduct vaccination policy on their...
    Americans raised on the entertainment staple of happy endings are finding difficulty conceptualizing when and what it will mean to return to life as it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some Los Angeles and New York residents told the Associated Press that they have even become cynical that a definitive end is in sight regardless of the growing availability of vaccines and declining hospitalizations in many states across the nation.   'I don´t know that I see a specific ending,' says Erica Rhodes, a comedian in Los Angeles who has found unique ways to perform through the pandemic. 'I don´t foresee a moment in time when I say, `Oh, everything´s exactly as it was.`' The kind of finish that the coronavirus has in store for weary Americans has no distinct ending. That´s a hard pill to swallow for a nation long trained - in some cases quite literally - to expect well-defined and often optimistic conclusions to tortuous sagas.   'Finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do,' President Joe Biden said this month. 'In fact,' he...
    New York : After living months of uncertainty, some without employment due to the mandatory confinement, the artists who have already injected themselves predict a future return to face-to-face activities and even the reestablishment of their personal finances. “After the year that I have thrown myself unemployed and locked up in New York, after so many losses and how it has hit not only the entertainment industry, but the world in general, it obviously feels like there is already a light at the end of the day. tunnel”, he claimed Mauricio Martinez in interview. The Mexican actor recalled that before getting vaccinated he was nervous and excited, but he felt very grateful to have been a candidate due to his history with cancer. Evocating a news story from The New York Times, he mentioned that in the state where he resides, small meetings at home or closed places will be allowed for those who have received the two injections, in addition to that restaurants will reopen at 75 percent of their capacity (outside of New York City) in mid-March....
    BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been roughly a year since the way we traveled changed. As fewer people left their homes, much less people flew to other places. But as Massachusetts now eases COVID-19 restrictions, more people are venturing out of their homes. READ MORE: Yo-Yo Ma Performs At COVID Vaccine Site In Mass. After Getting 2nd Dose From dining to flying, the light at the end of the dark coronavirus tunnel seems closer than ever. A different story from last year at this time, which hurt to travel and hospitality industry dramatically. “I have been inundated. People are really want something to look forward to, and they just want to leave home and go somewhere,” Rhonda Gilberg of TRAVELLUSTER said. These days, Gilberg is fielding a lot of calls. “People want to go to the Caribbean, I would say, that is very popular right now. The U.S. parks, Arizona, Hawaii,” Gilberg said. READ MORE: Stop Asian Hate Rally In Boston Calls Out Recent Attacks On Asian Americans The Lenox Hotel in Boston is also getting busier. “It’s the light at...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — One year after the discovery of the first coronavirus case in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that it has been a tough and trying year, but there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel with the growing availability of vaccines. Wolf, speaking at a news conference outside a Rite Aid pharmacy in Steelton where people with appointments were waiting to be vaccinated, announced on March 6, 2020, that Pennsylvania had confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus. Since then, Pennsylvania has seen several spikes in cases, counted more than 944,000 confirmed or probable cases of the virus and attributed more than 24,200 deaths to it. More than 868,000 people have been fully vaccinated in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Health. READ MORE: Battleship New Jersey On Camden Waterfront Reopens For Weekend Tours “This has been a tough year,” Wolf said. “I’m not sure there isn’t anybody in Pennsylvania who isn’t frustrated, sad, maybe even grieving for a loved one who has been lost. … There’s a lot of sadness....
    New York : I am writing these lines from Paraguay, a country that I visit for a series of interviews and activities. So that means I have returned to South America for almost the first time in a year. It has been extremely rare to return to the airports, still half empty and involved in a maelstrom of health security, how could it be otherwise. The world we know has changed, it has tempered itself to the new circumstances. The first “green shoots” already appear after the international vaccination data. Optimism gradually recovers, because everyone, absolutely everyone, wants to travel. Either to reconnect with family and friends, or simply to go sightseeing. If it is of conscience, better. In Europe, airlines and tour groups have seen summer bookings skyrocket above 300%. Stock exchanges are also beginning to rebound from the blow, predicting – including uncertainty and caution – a dim light at the end of the tunnel. In Latin America, Mexico is preparing for recovery. Despite the crisis, it was the most visited country on the entire continent in...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) — One year after the discovery of the first coronavirus case in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that it has been a tough and trying year, but there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel with the growing availability of vaccines. Wolf, speaking at a news conference outside a Rite Aid pharmacy in Steelton where people with appointments were waiting to be vaccinated, announced on March 6, 2020, that Pennsylvania had confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Extends Nursing Home Virus Response Program Since then, more than 24,200 Pennsylvanians have died from the virus and the state’s case count sits at over 944,000. Now the state Health Department says more than 868,000 people have been fully vaccinated and more than 1.9 million first doses have gone into arms. READ MORE: Thousands To Be Vaccinated At Western Pennsylvanias Largest Single-Day Clinic “This has been a tough year,” Wolf said. “I’m not sure there isn’t anybody in Pennsylvania who isn’t frustrated, sad, maybe even...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One year after the discovery of the first coronavirus case in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that it has been a tough and trying year, but there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel with the growing availability of vaccines. Wolf, speaking at a news conference outside a Rite Aid pharmacy in Steelton where people with appointments were waiting to be vaccinated, announced on March 6, 2020, that Pennsylvania had confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus. Since then, Pennsylvania has seen several spikes in cases, counted more than 113,000 confirmed or probable cases of the virus and attributed more than 24,200 deaths to it. More than 868,000 people have been fully vaccinated in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Health. “This has been a tough year,” Wolf said. “I’m not sure there isn’t anybody in Pennsylvania who isn’t frustrated, sad, maybe even grieving for a loved one who has been lost. ... There’s a lot of sadness. But at this point though we have something we didn't...
    SUSAN Boyle was all smiles as she got her Covid vaccine and said "there’s light at the end of the tunnel". The Sun's Jabs Army supporter gave a thumbs up following her trip to the vaccine centre in West Lothian. 4Susan Boyle gave onlookers a thumbs up after getting her Covid vaccine Susan, who turns 60 on April 1, said getting the vaccine had boosted her spirits, as she thanked the NHS and the "science" that is fighting coronavirus. She told The Sun: "Monday felt for the first time like there is light at the end of the tunnel. "There is so much disinformation surrounding the vaccine but I encourage you to go out and get the vaccine when it’s available to you. "I am grateful for science and grateful for medicine and especially grateful to the wonderful NHS nurses and doctors, thank you." 4Susan Boyle is arguably Britain's biggest TV success storyCredit: AP:Associated Press Susan became one of TV's biggest ever success stories when she belted out I Dreamed A Dream on Britain's Got Talent. In the 12...
    Friday is the anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in the D.C. area, with a case cropping up in Maryland (with D.C. and Virginia both logging their first cases two days later). It has been a year of lockdowns, sickness and death, and Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke with WTOP about what has been learned, the outlook for the country, vaccines, how the virus surprised him and more. Asked what he wanted to make sure Americans knew about the state of the battle against the virus a year into it, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said, “I want them to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, particularly that we have multiple, highly efficacious vaccines.” The most important recent development, of course, is the introduction of three COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Fauci said you should take any vaccine you can get. “The important thing is to get yourself vaccinated and protected,” Fauci told WTOP. “Don’t wait...
    The doctor Pablo Demelo, a specialist in Internal Medicine who has lived through the three waves of the coronavirus pandemic at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, encourages people to get vaccinated, to keep their guard up and to have a little more patience because “the end is near.” “The end seems to be there, you can see it. You have to hold out a little bit, have a little patience and wait for the vaccine to arrive. Let’s not lower our guard now because, for the first time, we can say that you see the light at the end of the tunnel “, affirms in an interview. After being infected with covid “very soon, on March 9” and being sick for two weeks, Demelo has been “seeing sick without pause” in the three waves. The first it was the most “chaotic” At the hospital level, although it had an important collaborative work between colleagues: all medical and surgical services were involved, 99% of the hospital was dedicated to covid care. Remember that stage with “chaos, a lot of...
    GARLAND, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The National Guard came to the aid of Garland residents approaching two weeks without running water. “We’re starting to see a little bit of the light at the end of the tunnel for this crisis. We’ve gone from the beginning the week when we had 5,800 apartments without water that has steadily reduced,” said Richard Aubin, a member of the Garland City Council, representing District 5. READ MORE: North Texas Smoke Shop Employee Adam Omar Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Man He Suspected Of Stealing There are still around 130 tenants in the Lake Village North apartments on I-30 that are going on 10+ days without running water. The National Guard delivered 115,000 bottles of water on 16 pallets to the leasing office of the Lake Village North apartments. The delivery will supply water for drinking, cooking and toilets for tenants who are still suffering through the winter storm aftermath. READ MORE: Yes, Face Masks Are Still Required In Collin County Even With Disaster Declaration Rescinded Work crews continue to remove ruined wet carpets and repair...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Six million vaccine shots delayed by the winter storm. Claims of possible herd immunity by spring. Worries that health officials haven’t been upbeat enough about the vaccine. It was a week of swirling pandemic headlines, some of them seemingly contradictory. “Winter storm aside, which has caused a huge amount of static in the system, there are a couple things that are going on that are very much on the good side,” says UCSF Epidemiologist George Rutherford. Among the good news is that case numbers are plummeting across most of the country, including California. “In certain parts of the state you’re really starting to see the dynamics of transmission change,” Rutherford said. “And I think that’s largely because of naturally acquired immunity.” But will that acquired immunity, along with early vaccination efforts, get the entire country to herd immunity as soon as April as some have suggested? “I think that’s highly unlikely,” Rutherford says. The country – and California – still needs to do a lot of vaccinating, an endeavour that is going to require broad...
    “The economic situation remains difficult this winter (…), however the light is now appearing at the end of the tunnel”, summed up the European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, during a press conference. For the current year, the forecasts of the European executive presented Thursday turn out to be a little less positive than those of last autumn. Rebound from summer Regarding the 19 countries of the euro zone, the Commission expects 3.8% economic growth in 2021 (compared to 4.2% expected so far), after the historic drop of -6.8% in 2020. In 2022, growth in gross domestic product (GDP) should again reach 3.8%, which is a marked improvement from the 3% forecast in November. The arrival of vaccines, in particular, makes it possible to anticipate a … Follow La Tribune Share economic information, receive our newsletters
    Actor Anthony Hopkins, 83, has shared the moment he received the COVID-19 vaccination after a year of 'self-imposed quarantine.' The Silence Of The Lambs actor wore a face shield and mask as he got vaccinated from inside his car at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Hopkins called the moment the 'light at the end of the tunnel' as he posted video of the injection to his Twitter account on Friday. 'Light at the end of the tunnel': Actor Anthony Hopkins, 83, has shared the moment he received the COVID-19 vaccination after a year of 'self-imposed quarantine'  The video begins with Hopkins sitting in the passenger seat of his car, as a healthcare worker begins the injection process. 'Here we go,' she says, before inserting the needle into his upper arm. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Selma Blair makes sweatpants chic with matching blazer while... Charlotte Cornwell dead: Rock Follies star has passed away... 90 Day Fiance promises drama as it follows the dating lives... Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster reflect on...
    Despite hospitals overflowing with patients, heartbreaking numbers of deaths and COVID-19 infection rates hovering at dangerous levels, there are some signs that the daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases is beginning to flatten in California. It may take a few more days or weeks to be assured of the trend — and the flattening could be reversed if people ease up further on mask wearing and social distancing. But a number of state and local officials are voicing cautious optimism that the unrestrained, exponential daily worsening of the pandemic has slowed. Gov. Gavin Newsom described the flattening numbers as “light at the end of the tunnel,” adding that the coronavirus test positivity rate and the number of people in hospitals and intensive care units with COVID-19 have been declining. “We’ve seen some encouraging signs,” Newsom said. “But now, more than ever, it’s incumbent upon us not to let our guard down, not to let our masks off and to make sure that we’re doing everything in our power to maintain that discipline purposefulness to work our way through...
    UPTOWN — Chicago’s most beloved music venues and theaters, closed since the spring and hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, might have some hope now that there’s federal aid coming — but it’s not certain yet they’ll be saved. The $15 billion Save Our Stages bill was signed into law Sunday as part of the federal government’s $900 billion pandemic stimulus package. The arts legislation is meant to provide a financial lifeline to independent venues struggling through coronavirus, even if theaters won’t open anytime soon. The aid comes after months of venue owners pleading for federal assistance, saying the industry was in dire straits without immediate support. Live entertainment venues have largely been closed since the spring. In September, representatives of the 40 venues making up the Chicago Independent Venue League — known as CIVL — said 90 percent of local music halls would not survive another six months without financial help. That means the federal relief could be a lifeline. But the program’s success will hinge on its implementation and rollout — details that have yet to be finalized, industry sources said....
    MONONGAHELA, Pa. (KDKA) — As coronavirus vaccines reach the arms of more health care workers across the country, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine is encouraging hospitals to take the next steps of their role in the supply chain. “My message today to hospitals is to start to reach out and to work together with EMS providers and agencies, as well as other non-affiliated health care providers and work to get them vaccinated as soon as possible,” she said at a Wednesday press conference. Levine says the Pennsylvania Department of Health is encouraged by the number of vaccines becoming available, especially with the recent authorization of the Moderna vaccine for emergency use. The state’s vaccination plan is taking off in the Mon Valley and already getting vaccines to local first responders. A spokesperson for Monongahela Valley Hospital told KDKA that they had adequate doses of the vaccine to give to their employees and distributed them to first responders in the community. The Charleroi Fire Department is one of the agencies that received the vaccine from the hospital. “It’s a...
    PORTSMOUTH — In their daily lives, most people take precautions to avoid exposure to COVID-19. For Dr. Ron Miller and his wife, Jessi Miller, that isn’t really an option. Dr. Miller is an emergency room physician at Southern Ohio Medical Center, where Jessi is a respiratory therapist. They both care for COVID-positive patients every day. Like all healthcare workers, their lives have been impacted by the pandemic since it began. Fortunately, there finally appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel: The COVID-19 Vaccine. “I feel like the vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel leading to getting back to normal,” Jessi Miller said. “This vaccine is as safe as any other, if not safer,” Dr. Ron Miller added. It’s certainly a lot safer than being infected with COVID. Over the course of the pandemic, the Millers have seen COVID-19 present in conditions ranging from asymptomatic to dying. “I’ve seen people with ankle fractures who are COVID-positive and didn’t know they have it, and I’ve seen people who come in and require a ventilator...
    SAN JOSE — It was cold and windy at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Thursday as 210 skilled nursing facility workers gathered to be among the first people in the county to receive the new coronavirus vaccine, a “light at the end of a dark tunnel” for health officials still dealing with a rampaging virus. The devastation the virus has caused could not be ignored Thursday as health officials across California reported that Wednesday was the deadliest day in the state’s history with 428 new COVID-19 victims added to the state’s death toll and a whopping 51,773 new cases reported. The same day, ICUs in the Bay Area fell below 15% capacity for the first time since the start of the pandemic, triggering new stay-at-home orders for counties that hadn’t already enacted more restrictions. But even as the virus’ spread accelerates, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said Thursday all is not bleak. “We have come a long way in fighting this virus and certainly this third surge has challenged us in ways the other two surges...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County’s only public hospital and one of the country’s largest, Parkland is now distributing its first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to essential healthcare staff. Frontline staff at the hospital received the vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 15. On Monday, more than 100 employees for the Methodist Health System received their first doses of the vaccine. Another 500 are expected to receive theirs during the next two days. The 5,850 doses Methodist received were the first to arrive in North Texas, outside of clinical trials. Two other hospital systems – UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources in Fort Worth – are scheduled to receive the same number on doses on Tuesday. “This is the first time in a long time I’ve felt giddy. I felt excited and optimistic. And I think that’s a general sense with many of us in healthcare because it’s the first time we’ve actually had something that we know will make a meaningful impact in transitioning us back to normalcy,” said Dallas Medical Society President Dr. Mark Casanova. Casanova sits on a Dallas...
    Daniel McCarthy watched a Queens, N.Y. nurse’s televised COVID-19 vaccination Monday to become the first New Yorker with the vaccine and among the earliest ranks with the shot. One emotion welled inside McCarthy: Relief. “The vaccine sends the message we are gaining control back,” said McCarthy, a registered nurse working in outpatient care for a Long Island, N.Y.-based hospital system. In the pandemic’s early spring days, McCarthy stood outside for 15 minutes to calm his nerves before walking inside the home of his first patient recovering from a coronavirus hospitalization. In those first months, he paid multiple trips to approximately 25 patients. Then there was a lull from summer to early fall, some of those months going without any new patients. That all changed last month. “Right after Thanksgiving, I’m started to get bombarded” with new patients — four new patients over the weekend and three the week before that, he noted. Daniel McCarthy Courtesy Daniel McCarthy McCarthy doesn’t need to calm himself by his car or linger on doorsteps anymore. “The more you...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida hospitals began receiving the coronavirus vaccine on Monday and that included Memorial Healthcare and Jackson Healthcare Systems in South Florida. Memorial and Jackson are two of five healthcare systems in Florida chosen to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. At Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County, the initial shipment arrived Monday morning and, per CDC guidelines, will be used to inoculate South Florida’s frontline workers in contact with COVID-19 patients. WATCH: First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipment Arrives at Memorial Healthcare System   The vaccine couldn’t have come soon enough. “We’ve been in this journey now for 10 months. Our first patient came to us on March 7, said Memorial Health System President and CEO Aurelio Fernandez at an afternoon news conference. “And now for the first time, we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel.” Memorial received 19,500 doses of the vaccine that is being prioritized for ER and critical care staff first. “We have to take care of those individuals who are taking care of all of you,” said Fernandez. WATCH: Memorial Healthcare System News Conference on...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom grasped for an encouraging tone last week as he leveled a new round of restrictions on coronavirus-weary Californians in hope of tamping down an alarming surge in cases. Hunker down one last time for a few weeks to bend the curve. Vaccines are coming. But in the week since Newsom announced his new stay-home order with tighter restrictions on travel and shopping and a ban on outdoor restaurant dining, infections have spiked to record highs, intensive-care wards filled faster than expected in many areas and some of the state’s rules have met open defiance. Amid signs that Thanksgiving gatherings fueled new infections, Christmas and New Year holidays now loom with the specter of more cases. While the new stay-home order comes with a tentative sunset after three weeks, depending on results, epidemiologists say the early January lifting Newsom forecast is unrealistic. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert and professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley. “Unless something remarkable is going to happen and people meticulously follow...
    London (CNN)The UK became the first country to begin administering a fully vetted and approved Covid-19 vaccine this week, starting with the elderly and frontline health workers.Thousands of people have been given doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine since the rollout began on Tuesday. But some have questioned the speed at which it was approved by UK regulators as two health care workers -- who both carried an adrenaline auto injector and had a history of allergic reactions -- had allergic symptoms after receiving the shot.CNN asked UK residents for their views, and whether they would take the vaccine once it was made available to them. Most said they were eager to have the injection and return to normal life after months separated from loved ones. But others, including those with separate health issues, voiced doubts about the vaccine's safety after its rapid development and approval process, and said they would prefer to wait to see any long-term effects.'Watching others die gives me flashbacks'Read MoreDr. Hamza Ansari, pictured with wife Michelle and daughter Mia, said he was "excited" about the vaccine...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Michael Patrick Leahy breaks down the Texas lawsuit filed Monday at midnight against the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin claiming voter fraud in the obtainment of Joe Biden’s electoral college votes. Michael Patrick Leahy:  It is Tuesday, December 8, 2020. This is the so-called safe harbor day that under federal statutes states that are uncontested are to appoint the presidential electors. But wait! There’s a curveball. And there are actually a couple of curveballs here. We’re going to talk about the second curveball with the guy who’s throwing that curveball. Representative Mo Brooks from Huntsville, Alabama. He’s a member of the House of Representatives and has said that he will challenge the results of the electors selected in key states including Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. I think he’s always going to challenge Arizona when a joint session of...
    World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there is a “light at the end of the tunnel” as progress continues to be made on coronavirus vaccines. The WHO chief said the world can begin to “dream” about the end of the pandemic, which has dominated global news, politics, and economics for most of 2020. He made the remarks during a high-level session on the pandemic at the United Nations General Assembly. “With positive results in recent weeks from vaccine trials, the light at the end of the tunnel is growing steadily brighter. Although the path ahead remains treacherous, we can begin to dream [about] the end of the pandemic,” Tedros said, according to the Hill. “But let me be clear: We simply cannot accept a world in which the poor and marginalized are trampled by the rich and powerful in the stampede for vaccines,” he continued. “This is a global crisis, and the solutions must be shared equitably as global public goods, not as private commodities that widen inequalities and become yet another reason some people...
    (CNN)Across the US, preparations are well underway to quickly distribute Covid-19 vaccines once authorized, but experts say before that promise of relief, the coming months will likely be difficult. What will come next is likely the country's "worst-case scenario in terms of overwhelmed hospitals, in terms of the death count," according to emergency medicine physician Dr. Leana Wen. "There's just so much virus in our communities right now," she said. For churchgoers during the Covid-19 pandemic, a deadly lesson from the 1918 fluHer words echoed a bleak forecast by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, who warned Wednesday the next three months are going to be "the most difficult in the public health history of this nation."It's a grim reality already reflected in the numbers. The past two days have each seen more than 200,000 daily new cases. And as infection numbers surge, the US has been adding one million cases to its total tally every six days for the past three weeks. Read MoreHospitalizations also reached six figures for the first time ever this...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 2,122 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, Dec. 3. That total includes 1,637 confirmed cases and 485 probable cases. This is the second highest number of new COVID-19 infections Dallas County has seen reported in a single day. There is a cumulative total of 130,830 cases (PCR test), including 1,224 confirmed deaths in Dallas County since the pandemic began. “It’s a strong reminder that now is the time for shared sacrifice and patriotism in forgoing the few things that doctors tell us are not safe and instead focusing on thankfulness for all the things we still can do in this time of increased spread while looking forward to getting back to our pre-COVID activities after the vaccine has been broadly distributed in the next few months,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a statement. “I anticipate that we will be giving the vaccine to healthcare workers and the nursing home population later this month and so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” More to...
    At last, light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel: At least two highly effective vaccines should begin distribution before year’s end. Moderna this week followed Pfizer in announcing plans to have a vaccine on the market by the end of December, and other companies are likely to soon follow. US Health Secretary Alex Azar expects enough doses to vaccinate 20 million Americans before Jan. 1, with a real hope of universal US vaccination by mid-2021. Thank President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed for not only funding research and the development of production facilities, but for goosing the bureaucracies that would normally make these unprecedented developments impossible. Moderna’s vaccine tested 95 percent effective: In its 30,000-person clinical trial, only 95 contracted the virus — and 90 of them had received placebos. None of the only five cases who’d gotten both doses of the vaccine became severely ill, suggesting that even when it “fails” it may partly succeed. Each company says it will ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use approval, which should come rapidly. Both vaccines (Pfizer reports 90 percent...
    VIDEO3:5303:53Pfizer, BioNTech announce Covid-19 vaccine candidate is 90% effectiveSquawk Box Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC on Monday that he believes the world "can see light at the end of the tunnel," after the U.S. pharmaceutical giant announced its coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 for those who had no evidence of previously being infected. There are more than 50 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 1,257,747 people have died. Nearly a fifth of all global infections and fatalities are in the U.S. The race to develop a safe and effective vaccine has been closely watched as companies accelerated a process that normally takes years. "It is a great day for science. It is a great day for humanity when you realize your vaccine has 90% effectiveness. That's overwhelming," Bourla in interview with CNBC's Meg Tirrell on "Squawk Box." "You understand that the hopes of billions of people and millions of businesses and hundreds of governments that were felt on our shoulders,...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian health authorities are confident the second wave of hospital admissions related to COVID-19 has peaked in the hard-hit country. Speaking at a news conference by the coronavirus crisis center Monday, virologist Yves Van Laethem said about 400 people were hospitalized due to coronavirus complications on Sunday, compared with 879 on Nov. 3. “Subject to an unpleasant surprise,” the peak in hospital admissions was reached that day, Van Laethem said. Some 6,948 patients are currently being treated in Belgian hospitals following a COVID-19-infection. It’s about 500 less than on Nov. 3. To break the chain of contamination, Belgium has returned to partial lockdown measures including the closure of nonessential shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the extension of the autumn school vacation. The measures seem to have had an impact, as the number of patients in intensive care is also tending to stabilize, Van Laethem said. As much of Europe battled with soaring infection rates, there were fears last month that Belgium would reach its maximum capacity for COVID-19 patients in intensive care by mid-November....
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spelled out a dire prediction for President Trump should the election come down to the House to be decided. “We have all sorts of opportunities to take down that one vote,” Pelosi said during a news conference Thursday morning. “There ain’t no light at the end of the tunnel for you in the House of Representatives,” she added, referring to Trump. In the case of an Electoral College deadlock or if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a “contingent election” is held, and the results are decided in the House, according to the 12th Amendment. Each House state delegation votes as a whole for one candidate, rather than a vote from each representative. What candidate receives the vote is determined by the tallies of each representative within the delegation. This means the presidency may not be decided by who controls the House but rather who controls more state delegations. Currently, Republicans control 26 delegations and Democrats control 22. Pennsylvania is tied and Michigan has a 7-6 plurality for Democrats, but one independent -- Justin Amash,...
    Grim milestone ONE million people worldwide have now been confirmed to have died with Covid-19 since the disease first emerged in China late last year. Each and every one of the victims has left behind a grieving family, whose pain cannot be overlooked. 2Worldwide coronavirus deaths have hit 1million - but there's light at the end of the tunnelCredit: Alamy Live News But tough though this year has been, we should take comfort in the wider picture: modern medicine and cutting- edge technology mean the world is better prepared to face this pandemic than at any other time in human history. Thanks to 21st century ventilators, deaths were mainly confined to those already nearing the end of their lives. Social distancing was made palatable by online communication. And if and when a vaccine is invented, it will be possible to roll it out across the entire world relatively quickly. As for the second wave here in the UK, we must remember to put it in context. Yes, cases are rising in Britain. But because handwashing, masks and social distancing...
    FOXBORO (CBS) – Some gyms opened their doors for the first time in months Monday as Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening plan got underway. The Fit Factory in Foxboro welcomed back members starting bright and early at 6 a.m. “We’ve been building up to it,” said Chris Brown, general manager of the facility. “It was like the light at the end of the tunnel has arrived.” Arrows on the floors guided members down one-way paths to promote social distancing. Sanitizing stations were set up along the way, which were also equipped with masks. “It is reassuring for sure,” said Ken Clark, a gym member. “They put a lot of effort into this. Separated the machines by 6 feet, cleaning stations if you look around, all over the place. And I see people cleaning their machines now more than they did before, which is kind of nice.” Brown says he’s had conversations with members who have expressed concerns over the coronavirus. He says more people were hired to help maintain the safety guidelines established by the state. “We have additional staff...
    HADDONFIELD, N.J. (CBS) — Tuesday marks 100 days since New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order shutting down nonessential businesses. It was an effort to flatten the curve and prevent COVID-19 from overwhelming health systems. Many businesses in New Jersey have been allowed to reopen since that initial shutdown order, but some remain closed and are now on the edge of failing. “I wanted to bring attention to the fact that businesses are dying and a lot of people’s futures are extremely uncertain,” said Matt Scarfo, owner of Full-Time Fitness. Scarfo recently went on a 250-mile run from Full-Time Fitness in Morris County to Washington, D.C. “I certainly learned more about myself in those nine days than I did in the 41 years prior,” he said. Philadelphia Health Commissioner Worried ‘We May Take Steps Back’ As Coronavirus Spikes Across Country When Eyewitness News last spoke with Scarfo, a husband and father of three, ran 50 miles to Trenton. The runs are his way of protesting the shutdown orders. He says he didn’t want to risk his business license...
    New York (CNN Business)The coronavirus pandemic has devastated America's economy and millions of workers have lost their jobs. It is by far the worst economic shock most people have witnessed in their lifetimes and it's going to get worse before it gets better.Economists polled by Refinitiv expect the US economy to shed another 8 million jobs in May, bringing the tally of jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic to 28.5 million -- more than three times the number of jobs lost during the 2008 financial crisis.That would push the unemployment rate to nearly 20%, a record high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is set to release its jobs report at 8:30 am ET Friday, began tracking monthly data in 1948. The only silver lining: we might be nearing the peak.America went on lockdown in March to prevent the further spread of the virus. The BLS data is based on a survey that wraps around the middle of the month. That's why the job losses in March -- 881,000 -- were modest compared to the following month. In April, 20.5...
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