More than 3 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been reported administered throughout the nation on back-to-back days for the primary time because the tempo of vaccinations continues to extend throughout the nation.
Almost one-quarter of your entire U.S. inhabitants – and nearly one-third of adults – has acquired no less than one dose, in line with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, warned that information on new circumstances and hospitalizations signifies numbers are once more rising within the Northeast and Upper Midwest.
“The apparent leveling off of cases and hospital admissions, after the consistent decline in early January through the end of February, I consider to be very concerning,” she stated.
A surge might be coming if Americans don’t proceed carrying masks, socially distancing and adhering to different restrictions, she stated.
“Believe me, I get it, we all want to return to our everyday activities and spend time with our family, friends and loved ones,” she stated. “But we must find the fortitude to hang in there for just a little bit longer.”
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►Krispy Kreme is offering a candy incentive to encourage vaccinations – free doughnuts through the end of 2021. Starting Monday, customers who present a sound COVID-19 vaccination card at areas nationwide will get a free Original Glazed doughnut. The freebie is legitimate in any respect 369 Krispy Kreme retailers in 41 states.
►On Sunday, Florida turned the primary state to have greater than 1,000 identified circumstances of coronavirus variants. The U.S. reported one other 834 variant circumstances since Thursday alone and now has 6,638 identified circumstances; nearly 6,400 of them are of the B.1.1.7 kind, the one first discovered within the United Kingdom, CDC data shows.
►Students in California school rooms can sit three ft aside as an alternative of six below new pointers adopted by the state, which follows Friday’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggestions.
►1 in 4 Americans in current weeks have seen someone blame Asian American people for the coronavirus epidemic, a brand new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds. The nationwide survey was taken Thursday and Friday, within the wake of final week’s mass taking pictures in Georgia of eight folks, six of them ladies of Asian descent.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29.8 million confirmed coronavirus circumstances and greater than 542,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: 123.3 million circumstances and 2.71 million deaths. More than 156.7 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and 124.4 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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- AstraZeneca vaccine 79% efficient; U.S. authorization to be sought
- CDC starts $2.25B program for underserved communities, including those in rural areas
- Opinion: Wuhan lab’s possible role in pandemic deserves closer look
- Funeral homes knew something was wrong before COVID became a crisis
- VP Kamala Harris visiting Florida to promote stimulus package
- Sen. Rand Paul dismissive of Fauci’s mask messages
- Miami Beach remains in state of emergency because of spring breakers
- Pressure grows for White House to issue reopening guidelines for borders
- Schools testing for virus to allow in-person class: ‘It’s worth it’
AstraZeneca stated Monday that superior trial information from a U.S. research on its vaccine shows it is 79% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% efficient in stopping extreme illness and hospitalization. The U.S. research comprised 30,000 volunteers, 20,000 of whom got the vaccine whereas the remaining bought dummy pictures.
Investigators stated no elevated danger of blood clots was discovered. Use of the AstraZeneca vaccine was suspended in a number of European international locations final week amid experiences of blood clots in a small variety of sufferers, however the European Medicines Agency subsequently said the vaccine was safe and effective.
“We are preparing to submit these findings to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and for the rollout of millions of doses across America should the vaccine be granted U.S. Emergency Use Authorization,” said Mene Pangalos, a company spokesman.
The CDC will spend $2.25 billion over the next two years to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on high-risk and underserved communities, not only racial and ethnic minorities but also people in rural areas, the agency announced.
A new program will provide funding to public health departments so they can enhance their testing and contract tracing, implement mitigation and preventive measures against the coronavirus and improve their data collection, among other goals.
“This investment will be monumental in anchoring equity at the center of our nation’s COVID-19 response – and is a key step forward in bringing resources and focus to health inequities that have for far too long persisted in our country,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
The notion that more than 2.7 million deaths worldwide – so far – could be the result of a lab accident has been met with skepticism and derision by many journalists and scientists who often portray it as a crackpot conspiracy theory fueled by former President Donald Trump’s China-bashing rhetoric. Without question, the lab-leak theory has been politically and racially weaponized in ugly ways. But that rhetoric needs to be separated from legitimate questions about lab safety that are deserving of investigation.
Labs in Wuhan may not have played any role in the origin of the pandemic, but a year later no source has been found, and the world deserves a thorough, unbiased investigation of all plausible theories conducted without fear or favor. Read more here.
– Alison Young
Funeral dwelling operators knew as early as January 2020, earlier than the CDC started notifying most people, that one thing new was killing folks. The operators knew before COVID-19 was ever listed as a cause of death, Maine funeral dwelling operator Jeffrey Pelkey says.
Pelkey, 54, recalled an unprecedented day when two elderly couples, both from local nursing homes, arrived within 24 hours. Soon cemeteries closed, concerned about the risk for their workers. Funeral homes became storage facilities for the dead, waiting to be buried.
“It was almost like a reality television series hit us that we didn’t sign up for,” Pelkey said.
Vice President Kamala Harris will journey to Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday to tout the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan.
It will be her first visit since crisscrossing Florida last fall during the presidential campaign. Harris’ stop in the Sunshine State is part of the administration’s “Help is Here” tour to highlight what it says are the benefits of the American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden signed into law on March 11.
The Democratic National Committee on Monday unveiled billboards in Miami and Tampa to remind voters that Florida’s two U.S. senators, Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, opposed the measure.
– Antonio Fins, Palm Beach Post
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday continued his clash with Dr. Anthony Fauci over whether vaccinated Americans should continue to wear masks. “Sorry Dr Fauci and different fearmongers, new research reveals vaccines and naturally acquired immunity DO successfully neutralize COVID variants,” Paul tweeted. “Good information for everybody however bureaucrats and petty tyrants!”
The GOP senator and Fauci tangled at a Senate hearing last week, with Paul dismissing as “theater” Fauci’s claims that vaccinated Americans should continue to wear masks. Fauci cited questions over the impact of virus variants on vaccines. Fauci pressed his case Friday, saying on “CBS This Morning” that Paul’s claim that mask wearing was unnecessary was “lifeless improper.”
Miami Beach’s entertainment district will remain in a state of emergency because an influx of spring breakers has inundated the city. A curfew went into effect at 8 p.m. Saturday and will last at least until the same time Tuesday, Miami Beach Interim City Manager Raul Aguila said. All restaurants, bars, and businesses are required to be closed by 8 p.m.
“At the height of spring break, we’re fairly merely overwhelmed within the leisure district,” Aguila said. “Folks, this isn’t a straightforward determination to make. We are doing that to guard the general public well being and security.”
On the anniversary of the United States closing the borders to its neighbors to the north and south due to the pandemic, lawmakers and households throughout the nation separated by the border proceed to languish with no clear finish in sight. “This has been a 12 months of battle for binational households,” said Devon Weber, founder of Let Us Reunite, a campaign of 2,200 families lobbying the U.S. government for greater travel exemptions for communities separated by the border shutdowns.
“Your life is in limbo and it is extraordinarily irritating. Heartbreaking is the phrase that involves thoughts,” Weber stated. Each month in the course of the pandemic, border restrictions have been reauthorized with no clear end.
– Matthew Brown
As part of the push under President Joe Biden to reopen schools, the administration announced last week that it would make $10 billion available for K-12 schools to expand coronavirus screening of staff and students. Quick, rapid antigen tests that offer results in 15 minutes, like the ones used at McSwain Union Elementary School in Northern California, are likely to be adopted more broadly.
The CDC this week released new recommendations in tandem with Biden’s school-testing initiative. Biden administration officials say more details are coming, but the lack of national coordination so far has states and districts charting their own paths.
Schools that already set up testing regimes adopted different practices. Medical technology companies have raced to meet their needs with testing products and services. Health experts are split on what tests are best. And some staff and students’ families have balked at testing. Even with the growing vaccination program, testing remains critical to track new cases and variants that might make the virus more contagious or deadly.
“It’s one thing that may have made a world of distinction months in the past,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “And it’s going to make a world of distinction if we will do it immediately.”
– Erin Richards, Ken Alltucker
Contributing: Morgan Hines and Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press