The United States will provide an “arsenal” of vaccines for the world and can donate 75% of its surplus doses through a global initiative for international locations in want, the Biden administration introduced Thursday.
The administration has pledged to donate no less than 80 million doses by month’s finish. Doses shared through COVAX – a worldwide initiative aimed toward equitable entry – will prioritize Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa, in coordination with the African Union, nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned at a briefing Thursday. The different 25% for rapid wants and to assist tamp down surges round the world.
The plan will prioritize neighbors in our hemisphere but additionally India, Southeast Asia and international locations the place the want is very dire, Sullivan mentioned. Jeff Zients, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, mentioned U.S. vaccine makers are ramping up manufacturing in order that further doses might be offered past the 80 million already dedicated.
“The United States will not use its vaccines to secure favors from other countries,” Sullivan mentioned. “We will continue to donate from our excess supply as that supply is delivered to us.”
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►An unidentified doubles staff has been compelled out of the French Open as a result of of optimistic COVID exams, the French Tennis Federation mentioned. FTF mentioned the pair had been the first optimistic exams of 2,446 performed at the match to this point.
►West Virginia will give away firearms as a reward for residents who’ve obtained a vaccine – half of a Father’s Day lottery that additionally consists of vehicles, scholarships and $1 million in prizes. Gov. Jim Justice mentioned the June 20 lottery will probably be the first that may proceed through Aug. 4.
►California has agreed to pay greater than $2 million in authorized charges in a settlement with church buildings that challenged pandemic closure orders.
►The International Labor Organization says the COVID-19 pandemic has created an “unparalleled” global labor market disaster that will probably be felt for years. The United Nations company mentioned an estimated 8.8% of whole working hours had been misplaced final yr, “the equivalent of the hours worked in one year by 255 million full-time workers.”
►Colorado will give $50,000 scholarships to 25 college students who’ve obtained coronavirus vaccinations in one other incentive to get as many state residents vaccinated as doable. Gov. Jared Polis mentioned Wednesday that Colorado resident college students 12 to 17 who’ve obtained no less than one vaccine dose are eligible.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 33.3 million confirmed coronavirus instances and 595,800 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University information. The global totals: Over 171.7 million instances and three.69 million deaths. More than 136.1million Americans have been absolutely vaccinated – 41% of the inhabitants, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
📘 What we’re studying: Wisconsin lawmakers are advancing a slate of bills that may bar enterprise homeowners, college leaders, or authorities officers from requiring the COVID-19 vaccination or treating unvaccinated individuals in another way.
- Beermaker to ‘purchase America’s subsequent spherical of beer’
- California to contemplate office masks mandate
- Fauci: Prognosis ‘good,’ but vaccination effort must continue
- Staffing crisis slams day care industry as pandemic eases
- First in line, but not all hospital workers want the jab
- Wisconsin lawmakers advance bill to ban requiring proof of vaccination
- Anti-mask vandals deface school mural honoring essential workers
Brewing big Anheuser-Busch will “buy America’s next round of beer” when the nation reaches President Joe Biden’s objective of 70% of adults no less than partially vaccinated, the firm announced. “At Anheuser-Busch, we are committed to supporting the safe and strong recovery of our nation and being able to be together again at the places and with the people we have missed so much,” CEO Michel Doukeris mentioned Wednesday. “This commitment includes encouraging Americans to get vaccinated, and we are excited to buy Americans 21-plus a round of beer when we reach the White House goal.”
Adults 21 and older will probably be ready to add an image of themselves “in their favorite place to grab a beer” at MyCooler.com/Beer to enter to obtain one of the firm’s beers, which embody Budweiser and Bud Light amongst others.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board meets today to consider controversial new workplace rules that may solely permit employees to go maskless if everybody in a room is absolutely vaccinated. The proposal is extra restrictive than suggestions of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the California Chamber of Commerce is amongst companies and organizations crying foul.
“If you are fully vaccinated, (under CDC recommendations) you don’t need to wear a mask inside or outside. That’s the science!” chamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg said in a statement. “Under these (proposed) rules, workers’ freedoms will be controlled by their fellow workers decisions to get vaccinated, not by their own choices.”
The pandemic prognosis is good, but the U.S. must remain vigilant in its vaccine efforts or a lot of good work could be wasted, warned Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci, speaking Thursday on CNN, said the nation is on a “actually good monitor now to actually crush this outbreak.” He warned that upticks in cases following Memorial Day celebrations are possible in areas where vaccination rates or relatively low. But he said the vaccination penetration across the country – about half of U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated – should tamp down the severity of any surges.
Fauci also warned that cruise ships could once again become surge hot spots if many unvaccinated people are on board.
“If you will have a pair of contaminated individuals there, you will have a threat of spreading as we now have seen traditionally with cruise ships,” Fauci warned.
Parents desperately need child care, but day cares are struggling to retain workers. Just half of the child care workers who left early on in the pandemic have returned, said Myra Jones-Taylor, the chief policy officer at the nonprofit Zero to Three, in a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing. The industry’s low pay, rigorous time demands and hit-or-miss benefits make it difficult for its workforce to meet their own child care needs.
“We’re in a staffing crisis in this industry,” said Leslie Spina, the executive director of an early-childhood education provider in Philadelphia. “Workforce development is really in an ugly place right now.” Read more here.
– Alia Wong
Hospital workers, many of whom risked their lives during this pandemic and saw the ravages of the virus up close, were first in line for the vaccines. Yet a sizable group of hospital workers still are not vaccinated. USA TODAY surveyed some of the largest hospital networks and public hospitals in the country. At the nine networks that responded, fully vaccinated rates ranged from 53% to 72%. Rates among 15 of the nation’s largest public hospitals ranged from 51% to 91%. At Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Varon is concerned that unvaccinated staff might spread the virus to patients. Read more here.
“What I don’t understand is how come 40% of my nurses who have worked with me in my COVID unit, where three patients die every day, they still say no,” he said.
– David Heath
Wisconsin lawmakers are advancing a slate of bills that would bar business owners, university leaders or government officials from requiring the COVID-19 vaccination or treating unvaccinated people differently. An Assembly committee heard hours of testimony on the five proposals, one of which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers suggested Tuesday he would not sign into law. That bill would forbid any government official or business owner from requiring any person to provide proof of receiving the vaccination as a condition of receiving services, accessing buildings, participating in events or for any business transaction. The Wisconsin Medical Society, which represents doctors, says those rules help ensure patients and workers in hospitals don’t get sick.
– Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A colourful, 90-foot mural honoring important employees at a rural California faculty district workplace was vandalized with anti-mask graffiti, inflicting greater than $10,000 in damages. The spray-painted messages learn “NO 2 MASKS” and covered the faces of the “bigger than life” farmworkers, first responders, teachers and “on a regular basis heroes” that hung from the Kings Canyon Unified School District office’s wall. The mural had been up for barely a month when the May 21 incident forced the district to take it down.
“We spent 5 months working and planning this mural as a really small token of our appreciation to honor the individuals who make life in our group just a bit bit higher day by day,” said Renee Delport, the district’s communications officer. “Sadly, a month later we had this vandalism happen … It’s a really unhappy day for our college students and for our group.”
– Joshua Yeager, Visalia Times-Delta
Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, and the Associated Press contributed to this column.