The White House stated Tuesday that greater than 22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines might be distributed within the subsequent seven days, a brand new excessive that will ship the every day common over 3 million for the primary time.
The encouraging information comes as the primary main wave of stimulus checks ought to turn out to be out there in financial institution accounts throughout the nation – as much as $1,400 per individual, a household of 4 might see $5,600.
More than 15% of U.S. adults are actually totally vaccinated and 28% have had not less than one dose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Mississippi joined Alaska on Tuesday in opening the vaccine eligibility flood gates. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stated Tuesday the vaccine might be out there to anybody within the state 16 years and older by the top of March, and Connecticut is getting ready to open to folks 16 years of age and over beginning April 5.
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►Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Trump made the pitch throughout a 20-minute phone interview with Fox News.
►The well being minister of Canada’s most populous province says Ontario seniors received’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 response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has 20% elevated transmissibility, and is reasonably neutralized by vaccines, in response to the CDC.
►Moderna has given the primary COVID-19 vaccine doses to youngsters below 12 years of age, the corporate introduced Tuesday. The Massachusetts-based biotech firm intends to recruit 6,750 wholesome youngsters below 12 for the trial.
►Just over 1 million Arizona residents are actually totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, state officers introduced Tuesday.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29.5 million confirmed coronavirus circumstances and greater than 536,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: More than 120 million circumstances and a couple of.66 million deaths. Nearly 143 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and greater than 111 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: Outdoor seating isn’t always safer than indoor dining. Some buildings could also be comparatively secure, others could possibly be worse, trapping aerosols inside.
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The stimulus money rolling into financial institution accounts right this moment will put meals on the desk and pay lease for a lot of Americans struggling financially due to the pandemic.
But many younger traders plan to make use of their aid funds to snatch up stocks, in response to a latest survey from Deutsche Bank. Half of respondents between 25 and 34 years previous plan to spend 50% of their COVID-19 aid funds on shares, the research confirmed, which revealed the report in February. It surveyed 430 customers of online dealer platforms between Feb. 5 and 9.
Marlon Watkins, who misplaced his job final spring, obtained one other one within the fall. “It was a wake-up call,” Watkins said. “Now I’m back on my feet and want to invest so that I’m prepared for the next time something like this happens.”
– Jessica Menton
Catholics might be somewhat confused by reports on differing messages about the acceptability of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to a cell line from an abortion being used in its production.
The differences have been resolved and Catholic teaching is clear: Catholics have a moral duty to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by being vaccinated. However, if given the choice, they should avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Should they choose not to be vaccinated, they have a moral obligation to mask, socially distance and “do their utmost” to avoid becoming infected or infecting others, the Vatican said. Read more here.
– Elizabeth Weise
Duke University, already operating under lockdown to combat a rise in coronavirus infections, on Tuesday reported 231 cases from last week, almost as many as the school had the entire fall semester.
“This was the highest number of positive cases reported in a single week,” the school said 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 school issued a “stay in place” order Saturday, requiring students living in Duke-provided housing to remain in their residence hall room or apartment at all times except for essential activities related to food, health or safety. Students living off-campus are required to stay there, with a few exceptions.
Rush events by unaffiliated fraternities appear to be the main culprit 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.
Sweden on Tuesday joined the rising variety of European nations suspending using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine — an inventory that features Germany, France, Spain and Italy — due to reviews a couple of potential hyperlink to blood clots that the corporate and different consultants say probably are unrelated to the vaccine. The short-term pause has been branded as irresponsible by some 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’s totally laborious to unscare them,” he stated.
Contributing: The Associated Press