New York City will absolutely reopen on July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned Thursday.
“We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” de Blasio mentioned.
The mayor, talking on MSNBC, cited the town’s “extraordinary” vaccination fee, saying 6.3 million New Yorkers have been jabbed. He mentioned the town is selling a wide-range of choices for getting vaccinated. Among them: Visitors to the American Museum of Natural History will get free vaccinations and free admission to the museum. Broadway shut down fully greater than yr in the past.
The metropolis was among the many hardest hit within the early phases of the pandemic, when lengthy strains fashioned at hospital emergency rooms and ventilators have been at a premium. More than 32,000 New Yorkers have died and greater than 900,000 have examined constructive for the virus.
“This is going to be the summer of New York City,” de Blasio mentioned. “You’re going to see amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again.”
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►Congo needs to return 1.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses, citing a lot vaccine hesitancy within the central African nation of 87 million folks. Africa Centers for Disease Control Director John Nkengasong mentioned there’s a five-week timeline to get the doses administered elsewhere.
►President Joe Biden celebrated his administration passing its purpose of delivering 200 million COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days in workplace, urging all Americans to get vaccinated and describing the nationwide effort as one in every of biggest “logistical achievements this country has ever seen.”
►Cruising may restart in mid-summer in American waters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned late Wednesday in a letter to the cruise industry that USA TODAY obtained.
►Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday mentioned she expects New Mexico to open by the top of June so long as the state reaches its purpose of getting a minimum of 60% of residents absolutely vaccinated by then.
►Britain says it’s shopping for 60 million extra doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to provide booster photographs within the fall.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 32.2 million confirmed coronavirus instances and 574,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: More than 149 million instances and three.1 million deaths. More than 301.8 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and 234.6 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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COVID-vaccine maker Moderna introduced early Thursday that it’ll make as many as 1 billion doses of its photographs this yr and as much as 3 billion subsequent yr. Most of subsequent yr’s doses will go towards vaccinating young children and for booster photographs, that are prone to be wanted as immunity wanes with time and within the face of recent variants. Three COVID-19 vaccines are licensed to be used within the United States, together with Moderna’s, one based mostly on comparable mRNA expertise made by Pfizer and its associate BioNTech and a single-dose shot by Johnson & Johnson.
“As we follow the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, we believe that there will continue to be a significant need for our mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and our variant booster candidates into 2022 and 2023,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel mentioned in a ready assertion.
– Karen Weintraub
The first of a number of emergency relief shipments to India was scheduled to reach in New Delhi on Thursday from Travis Air Force Base in California. The cargo consists of 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators donated by the state of California, 960,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests and 100,000 N95 masks to guard India’s front-line well being care heroes, U.S. Aid for International Development mentioned. USAID mentioned it has already supplied over $23 million in help for the reason that begin of the pandemic, immediately reaching practically 10 million Indians.
India’s coronavirus downside continues to worsen: 379,308 instances and three,645 deaths reported on Wednesday alone, Johns Hopkins University information exhibits. The dying toll has doubled in simply the final 10 days. Cases have doubled within the final 15 days. India accounted for 42% of the world’s instances on Wednesday, and the share continues to extend shortly.
– Mike Stucka
Biden didn’t increase the problem of a doable fourth stimulus verify when he spoke earlier than Congress on Wednesday night time. Democratic lawmakers in each chambers of Congress are clamoring for a fourth spherical of checks to assist Americans who’re nonetheless struggling financially in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Such a transfer may carry greater than 7 million folks out of poverty, in response to a latest evaluation from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan suppose tank.
“Are we recovered? Are folks nonetheless hurting? There’s some proof that we’re not out of the woods but,” Elaine Maag, a principal research associate for the center.
Hearing of excess vaccine and unfilled appointments frustrates Dr. Aaron Roland, a family physician who has been lobbying for doses to inoculate his patients, many of whom are low-income, immigrants or elderly. The San Francisco Bay Area doctor has more than 200 patients who have inquired when he will offer inoculations against the coronavirus. One patient, who is 67, said he walked into a Safeway supermarket because signs said doses were available.
“But they said, ‘Oh no, they’re not really available. You just have to go online, just sign up online.’ It’s not something he does very easily,” mentioned Dr. Roland, whose apply is in Burlingame, south of San Francisco.
California, swimming in vaccine, is in much better form than simply weeks in the past when scoring an appointment was trigger for celebration. Today, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego and different populous counties are promoting that anybody can stroll in for a shot and the state is texting reminders that loads of appointments can be found. Rural Humboldt County even declined 1,000 further doses final week due to lackluster demand.
More than 18 million of an estimated 32 million eligible for vaccine in California are absolutely or partially vaccinated, together with practically half of individuals in economically susceptible ZIP codes hardest hit by the pandemic and 73% of residents 65 and older. The nation’s most populous state, like a lot of the U.S., seems to have hit a vaccine plateau.
But that does not imply everybody who needs a vaccine can get one – as some of Dr. Roland’s patients can attest.
– Janie Har, Palm Springs Desert Sun
Potential COVID surges might have collapsed in practically all states, a USA TODAY evaluation of the info exhibits. National case-count leaders New York, Michigan and now Florida all have reported falling case counts. But the menace has additionally fallen in most states with smaller populations.
“We should be mostly heading down toward a new normal,” tweeted Dr. Ashish Ok. Jha, dean of Brown University’s faculty of public well being, noting that the majority U.S. adults are actually a minimum of partially vaccinated. Clinical trials are underway for vaccinating kids as younger as 6 months outdated.
Florida, which nonetheless leads the nation in new instances, has seen these case counts fall 12% from the earlier week. It solely grew to become the chief as a result of counts in Michigan have plunged greater than 36% from earlier this month.
– Mike Stucka
Contributing: The Associated Press