The White House stated Tuesday that more than 22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines shall be distributed within the subsequent seven days, a brand new excessive that might ship the each day common over 3 million for the primary time.
Of that complete, 16 million doses could be distributed to the states and the remainder to federally administered applications, together with mass vaccination websites, retail pharmacies and group well being facilities.
And with greater shipments, more states are permitting all adults to get vaccinated.
Mississippi joined Alaska on Tuesday in opening the vaccine eligibility flood gates. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stated Tuesday the vaccine shall be obtainable to anybody within the state 16 years and older by the tip of March, and Connecticut is making ready to open to folks 16 years of age and over beginning April 5.
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►Former President Donald Trump stated Tuesday he would urge his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine, he stated throughout a 20-minute phone interview with Fox News.
►The well being minister of Canada’s most populous province says Ontario seniors gained’t obtain the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine since there’s restricted information on its effectiveness in older populations.
►B.1.427, the variant first found in California, is now a “variant of concern” in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has 20% elevated transmissibility, and is reasonably neutralized by vaccines, in accordance with the CDC.
►Moderna has given the primary COVID-19 vaccine doses to kids below 12 years of age, the corporate introduced Tuesday. The Massachusetts-based biotech firm intends to recruit 6,750 wholesome children below 12 for the trial. “This pediatric study will help us assess the potential safety and immunogenicity of our COVID-19 vaccine candidate in this important younger age population,” stated Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna.
►Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talked about the state’s vaccination tempo as a cause to elevate his masks mandate and COVID restrictions efficient final week, saying in a March 2 tweet that, “Texas is OPEN 100%.” He did not point out that Texas trails most states in vaccination rate.
►Just over 1 million Arizona residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state officials announced Tuesday.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 536,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 120 million cases and 2.66 million deaths. Nearly 143 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and more than 111 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re reading: If you get the choice, which COVID-19 vaccine should you choose? For now, experts are clear: The best vaccine is the one about to go into your arm. But as the vaccine supply grows, Americans eventually might find someone asking, “Which vaccine do you want?”
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Thousands of Latinos were sterilized in the 20th century. Amid COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, they remember
Virginia Espino, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an expert in reproductive injustice, said it’s unclear how many women were sterilized at the LAC-USC Medical Center. The lawyer for the women who brought the lawsuit estimated “tons of.”
Many didn’t communicate fluent English and didn’t perceive the kinds they signed and, in some instances, had been coerced into signing. Many had labor problems and had been advised lies that they or their infants would die in the event that they did not signal.
“As far as justice, they never received that,” stated Espino, who documented the ladies’s tales as co-producer of a movie referred to as “No Mas Bebés,” (“No More Babies” in Spanish). Insidious sterilizations didn’t happen inside that hospital solely. Throughout the twentieth century, about 20,000 ladies and men had been sterilized in California alone below state eugenics insurance policies, according to researchers. The insurance policies focused sufferers of state-run asylums or group houses. A disproportionate quantity had been Hispanic.
As COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, hesitancy amongst weak communities, together with Hispanic folks, is piqued — and historical past is unearthed. Read the full story.
— Nada Hassanein
Duke experiences highest variety of constructive instances in a single week
Duke University, already working below lockdown to fight an increase in coronavirus infections, on Tuesday reported 231 instances from final week, nearly as many as the college had the complete fall semester.
“This was the highest number of positive cases reported in a single week,” the college stated in a statement. “The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine.”
The faculty issued a “stay in place” order Saturday, requiring college students residing in Duke-provided housing to stay of their residence corridor room or residence always apart from important actions associated to meals, well being or security. Students residing off-campus are required to remain there, with a couple of exceptions.
Rush occasions by unaffiliated fraternities seem like the principle perpetrator for the outbreak.
“This (stay-in-place) action is necessary to contain the rapidly escalating number of COVID cases among Duke undergraduates, which is principally driven by students attending recruitment parties for selective living groups,” the college stated.
US specialists query EU determination to droop AstraZeneca vaccine
Sweden on Tuesday joined the rising variety of European nations suspending the usage of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine — an inventory that features Germany, France, Spain and Italy — due to experiences a few doable hyperlink to blood clots that the corporate and different specialists say probably are unrelated to the vaccine.
The short-term pause has been branded as irresponsible by U.S. scientists, who say it threatens the worldwide vaccination effort.
“It creates the perception that these vaccines are dangerous,” stated Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “The only way out of this pandemic is by vaccination.”
The World Health Organization has urged countries to continue using the vaccine, saying there’s no evidence of a connection to blood clots. Canadian health authorities not only reaffirmed their belief that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, but changed their recommendation Tuesday so that the drug is available to people 65 years and over, as well.
Offit said taking the AstraZeneca vaccine off the market without strong supporting evidence could adversely impact the perception of other vaccines. “While it is easy to scare folks, it is very exhausting to unscare them,” he stated.
Contributing: The Associated Press