New York City will open excessive faculties subsequent week, stimulus money may begin flowing in two weeks, and America might be swamped with vaccine in a month because the nationwide effort to emerge from the crippling pandemic accelerates.
If Congress approves the stimulus invoice Wednesday and President Joe Biden indicators it by March 14, the primary direct deposits funds of as much as $1,400 per individual may start hitting bank accounts the week of March 22, based mostly on prior reduction plans. Paper checks could also be despatched out the week of March 29.
Dependents are value $1,400, too, which means a household of 4 that totally qualifies will see a payout of $5,600.
Meanwhile, the vaccine surplus anticipated to materialize in coming months eliminates one downside – provide – but accentuates a new one: demand.
“When we start to have more vaccine available, we’re really going to be in bad shape because what we’re going to see is a lot of people who don’t want to get vaccinated,” stated Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the general public well being program on the University of California, Irvine.
In New York City, excessive faculties will reopen for in-person studying March 22, Mayor Bill De Blasio introduced. Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an govt order requiring lecture rooms to reopen March 15, and California introduced it is going to supply monetary incentives for varsity districts to welcome college students again by April 1.
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►The White House stated it elevated the quantity of vaccine doses provided to states and territories from 15.2 million final week to fifteen.8 million this week, and it additionally boosted to 2.7 million the allotment distributed by means of the federal pharmacy plan.
►Johnson & Johnson will probably be “underneath stress” to fulfill a objective of delivering 55 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union by the top of June due to points with the availability of elements and gear, Reuters reported. J&J has agreed to ship 20 million doses to the U.S. this month and 100 million by the top of June.
►Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will lower COVID-19 vaccine eligibility from age 65 to 60 starting Wednesday. New York City has unveiled a program called Vaccine for All Corps aimed at recruiting 2,000 people as vaccinators and to serve in support and administrative roles.
►After initially determining that inoculating prisoners could be a “PR nightmare,” Tennessee officials on Tuesday said some inmates were receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Inmates over 65 years old or who have health conditions that already have priority status will be vaccinated, corrections department spokesperson Dorinda Carter said.
►Four in 10 Americans say they’re still feeling the financial impact of the loss of a job or income within their household, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 527,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 117.5 million cases and 2.6 million deaths. More than 123.2 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 93.7million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re reading: As the U.S. vaccinates more than 2 million people a day, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention released its guidelines for Americans who have received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a breakdown of the CDC guidelines.
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- Los Angeles, other large counties to roll out looser COVID-19 rules
- All Alaskans age 16 or over eligible for COVID vaccine, state officials say
- Study: People with intellectual disabilities at higher risk for COVID
- Smithsonian receives COVID-19 vaccination artifacts
- Summer camps making a comeback
- Elderly NBA legend gets COVID shot – maybe with some help from Fauci
- Ready or not, pandemic behavior in rearview mirror for more Americans
- Airlines ask White House to develop ‘passports’ for vaccinated travelers
- Pressure easing on hospitals as pandemic’s third wave recedes
- This web site could textual content you when a vaccine is about to go unused
- Some stimulus invoice particulars
- Instagram ‘advised’ posts declare vaccines are unsafe, COVID is a hoax
- Coming quickly: An abundance of vaccine. It could not finish the pandemic.
Los Angeles, other large counties to roll out looser COVID-19 rules
Three of the 5 largest counties in California could reopen as early as this weekend for indoor eating, film theaters and gymnasiums at restricted capability underneath a brand new metric aimed toward getting extra pictures to these most weak.
For Los Angeles County, this would be its first time out of the state’s most restrictive closure orders since Gov. Gavin Newsom adopted a color-coded system in August. The other counties likely to see more reopenings are Orange and San Bernardino, also in Southern California.
Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest public school district in the United States, has also reached an agreement with its teachers’ union to reopen in a hybrid format mid-April, pending safety assurances, according to the Los Angeles Times. The deal is topic to approval by the district’s faculty board and have to be ratified by the union, The New York Times reported.
– Janie Har and Christopher Weber, Palm Springs Desert-Sun
Alaska on Tuesday announced it was lifting all restrictions on who can get the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.
Officials said that the state was expanding eligibility for the vaccine to include anyone 16 years and older who lives or works in the state. Just last week, they had expanded the list to include those age 55 and older, essential workers, and those with preexisting conditions.
Alaska is the primary state to take away eligibility necessities for the vaccine, Gov. Mike Dunleavy stated in a news release.
“A healthy community means a healthy economy. With widespread vaccinations available to all Alaskans who live or work here, we will no doubt see our economy grow and our businesses thrive,” Dunleavy said in the release.
People with mental disabilities have a better likelihood of contracting COVID-19 and dying from it, and due to this fact needs to be prioritized for vaccination, in accordance with a study in the New England Journal of Medicine’s digital publication Catalyst.
The report, based on a large national sample, calls intellectual disabilities “the strongest impartial threat issue” for getting the illness attributable to the coronavirus, and the second strongest for dying from it, after age.
But whereas underlying medical situations comparable to coronary heart illness, weight problems and power kidney illness are thought to be making individuals extra weak to COVID-19, Down syndrome is the one mental incapacity included on the CDC’s list of higher-risk conditions.
The Catalyst report makes a case for some rethinking.
“Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on individuals with intellectual disabilities,” the study says. “Patients with mental disabilities and their caregivers needs to be prioritized for vaccination and well being care companies.”
Artifacts from the primary identified COVID-19 vaccination within the U.S. have made their method to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., as a part of the establishment’s effort to doc the coronavirus pandemic.
The museum received the vial that contained the first administered doses of the Pfizer vaccine, together with the vaccination report card, scrubs and hospital ID badge of nurse Sandra Lindsay, believed to be the primary individual to get the vaccine within the nation. The gadgets had been donated by New York-based Northwell Health, Lindsay’s employer.
The Smithsonian is assembling a 3,500-square-foot exhibition known as “In Sickness and in Health” that explores how the U.S. efforts to deal with sicknesses have helped form its historical past.
Many summer season camps, misplaced to the pandemic final yr, will make a return this summer season. New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are amongst a number of states prepared to permit the camps after banning them final yr, in accordance with the American Camp Association. And dad and mom are at the moment scrambling to get their children signed up earlier than slots are crammed, though some states have but to launch their working pointers.
In New York, Andrew and Alyssa Klein held their son and daughter out of camp final yr. But this summer season they’re letting them go to a camp in Maine.
“We have to figure out a way to live our lives safely,” Andrew Klein stated. “We can’t live in a cocoon. We did that for a year.”
When NBA Hall of Famer Bob Cousy was told over the phone last month he could receive his coronavirus vaccine, the person on the other end of the line could not reveal who facilitated the shot. Cousy, 92, had not asked for help and was fine trying to navigate the process on his own. But Cousy, who won six NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, is old friends with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the preeminent immunologist who was captain of his high school basketball team. About two hours before getting the news about the vaccine, Cousy had spoken with Fauci on the phone.
When asked if Fauci played a part in getting him the vaccine, Cousy was his usual straight-talking, self-effacing self: “Tony is busy saving the freakin’ world every day,” Cousy told The Palm Beach Post. “I can’t imagine.”
– Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post
The number of Americans self-quarantining at home has dropped to the lowest point since late October, according to an Axios-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. The 13% of those polled who reported self-quarantining was down from 19% one month ago. The high point for self-quarantining came one month after the pandemic began, when 55% said in April 2020 they had done so.
More Americans report going out to eat, visiting friends or relatives and visiting a non-grocery retail store in the past week. The 44% who said they visited friends or relatives in the past week was up seven points from a month ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday loosened its guidance restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans, approving indoor visits among vaccinated people.
Leading airline and business groups are asking the Biden administration to develop temporary credentials that would let travelers show they have been tested and vaccinated for COVID-19, a step that airlines believe will help revive the travel industry. Various groups and countries are working on developing so-called vaccine passports aimed at allowing more travel. But airlines fear that a smattering of regional credentials will cause confusion and none will be widely accepted. The groups said vaccination should not be a requirement for domestic or international travel.
“It is crucial to establish uniform guidance” and “the U.S. must be a leader in this development,” greater than two dozen teams stated in a letter to White House coronavirus- response coordinator Jeff Zients.
Detailed information launched this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services illustrates simply how a lot the nation’s hospitals have recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic’s third wave. The share of COVID-19 sufferers make up a smaller share of hospital admissions across the nation, most notably within the West and South, areas hit exhausting by the illness by means of the vacations.
“Overall we are seeing the numbers of COVID patients in our hospitals at the lowest levels in more than a year,” stated Bart Buxton, CEO of McLaren Health Care in Michigan.
– Aleszu Bajak
A brand new standby listing for COVID-19 vaccines is rolling out throughout the nation to connect people with doses that would otherwise go to waste. More than half 1,000,000 individuals have already signed up on Dr. B, which texts customers based mostly on their eligibility standing when there are further doses close by in jeopardy of going unused. Cyrus Massoumi, the web site’s founder, stated Dr. B serves as a “way of helping people help people.”
“You have people who want the vaccines for them or their loved ones, and your vaccine providers want to do the right thing, but they need the appropriate tools to deal with the operational challenges of vaccinating the whole country,” Massoumi advised USA TODAY.
– Ryan Miller
The House of Representatives is poised to cross President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, which incorporates $1,400 checks, billions for vaccines and cash to reopen faculties. The House is predicted to cross the invoice Wednesday. It then goes to Biden, who stated he would signal the laws “as soon as I get it.”
Most Americans incomes as much as $75,000 would obtain full fee, and people incomes between $75,000 and $80,000 would obtain a partial fee. Dependents, even grownup dependents, are value one other $1,400 every. The invoice additionally offers cash to increase $300 weekly unemployment bonus funds by means of August. The invoice additionally makes the primary $10,200 of unemployment advantages non-taxable for households making lower than $150,000.
– Nicholas Wu
Instagram’s “suggested” posts beneficial anti-vaccination content material to customers, at the same time as dad or mum firm Facebook intensified efforts to fight false and deceptive statements about COVID-19, in accordance with new analysis from the Center for Countering Digital Hate. The nonprofit says Instagram advised anti-vaccination posts to heart volunteers who created accounts and confirmed an curiosity in conspiracy theories. In all, 104 advised posts contained false or misleading statements, such as COVID is a hoax and vaccines are unsafe, the analysis discovered.
“Suggested” posts from accounts you don’t observe launched final yr. Facebook advised USA TODAY the analysis carried out between Sept. 14 and Nov. 16 is outdated and doesn’t mirror current modifications to crack down on COVID misinformation.
– Jessica Guynn
As Americans frantically name, click on and line as much as get vaccinated, it is exhausting to think about a shift from shortage to abundance. But Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the general public well being program on the University of California, Irvine, thinks there will be vaccine surpluses in some areas a month from now. Then, the brand new challenges will begin. If individuals refuse to get vaccinated, that might undermine the nation’s capacity to maneuver past the pandemic.
“If we’ve got whole states in this country that don’t want to mask and don’t want to socially distance, then I’m very concerned we’ll have people there who don’t want to be vaccinated either,” she stated. Read more here.
– Elizabeth Weise
Contributing: Associated Press