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Clearing the air: You too can get the vaccine, and you must! – Times of India

Clearing the air: You too can get the vaccine, and you must! – Times of India

Now that the vaccines are finally here, the phones have not stopped ringing about if, when, which, where… Yes! You must take the vaccine. If you are over 60 or have comorbidities that are commonly known or even unknown (your physician would be able to tell you) then you need to enlist. The world was struck by a devastating pandemic after 100 years and still you want to ask whether? The more aged your immune system, the greater your need to vaccinate ASAP now that your time has come. The government has been very clear that phase 2 has begun and you too can get the jab, so you must. So what if the private hospital round the corner is not inoculating, we doctors went to municipal centres where the drive was immaculate. The vaccine is the same and the delivery method is unchanged, so what’s th...
Detroit declined Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week, but will take them in future – Detroit Free Press

Detroit declined Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week, but will take them in future – Detroit Free Press

The city of Detroit declined to accept 6,200 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine this week, state health officials said a day after Mayor Mike Duggan said during a briefing Tuesday that the city was “gonna protect Detroiters with a 95% vaccine." On Wednesday night, Duggan's spokesman John Roach said the city had enough Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to more than cover all of the upcoming week's scheduled appointments and that the city would take Johnson & Johnson vaccines "in the next round … giving Detroiters that option." He said the city is in the process of setting up a separate Johnson & Johnson vaccine site and patient option. In his comments Tuesday, Duggan was referencing Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, which were shown to be 94% and 95% effective in cl...
COVID Deaths Soar in Brazil as Bolsonaro Blasts Lockdowns. Experts Warn It Will “Get Worse.” – Democracy Now!

COVID Deaths Soar in Brazil as Bolsonaro Blasts Lockdowns. Experts Warn It Will “Get Worse.” – Democracy Now!

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: World Health Organization officials warned Wednesday COVID-19 cases are increasing worldwide after falling for more than a month. We begin today’s show in Brazil, which set a daily record for COVID-19 deaths Wednesday for the second day in a row. Brazil’s death toll has now topped nearly 260,000, the world’s second worst after the United States. Brazil’s most populous state, São Paulo, announced new lockdown measures Wednesday. This is the governor, João Doria. GOV. JOÃO DORIA: [translated] We will now face the worst two weeks of the pandemic since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Brazil. This is a sad reality. For these sad reasons, we will comply with the recommendation of the contingency center, an...
COVID-19 cases decline in NC nursing homes, visitors allowed – WRAL.com

COVID-19 cases decline in NC nursing homes, visitors allowed – WRAL.com

By Keely Arthur, WRAL reporter Wake Forest, N.C. — State health officials said Thursday that nursing homes across North Carolina could resume allowing visitors indoors. Visitors have been generally barred from nursing homes since last March to limit the spread of coronavirus to the very vulnerable population inside. The only exceptions have been when residents are close to death so families members can see them one final time. But the state Department of Health and Human Services said coronavirus infections in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are "rapidly declining." North Carolina was adding about 4,000 cases in nursing homes and residential care facilities each month last fall, but the number spiked...
New COVID-19 vaccine appointments at all mass vaccination sites fully booked for next week – WCVB Boston

New COVID-19 vaccine appointments at all mass vaccination sites fully booked for next week – WCVB Boston

Appointments for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the state's mass vaccination sites are fully booked for next week.About 12,000 new appointments were made available early Thursday for first-dose appointments at the state's seven mass vaccination sites. "Due to high demand and a very limited vaccine supply from the federal government, all appointments at mass vaccination locations for next week have been booked," state officials said just before 11 a.m.A teacher from Cape Cod, who is older than 65, has been trying for a couple weeks now to get an appointment. “I got up early. I went online. I found a spot, and it told me that the event won’t start until 8:30 a.m. Well at 8:30 a.m. I’m already teaching kids,” Chuck Hollander-Essig said.Last week, approximately 50,000 first-dose ...
Detroit declined Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week, but will take them in future – Detroit Free Press

Detroit declined Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week, but will take them in future – Detroit Free Press

The city of Detroit declined to accept 6,200 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine this week, state health officials said a day after Mayor Mike Duggan said during a briefing Tuesday that the city was “gonna protect Detroiters with a 95% vaccine." On Wednesday night, Duggan's spokesman John Roach said the city had enough Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to more than cover all of the upcoming week's scheduled appointments and that the city would take Johnson & Johnson vaccines "in the next round … giving Detroiters that option." He said the city is in the process of setting up a separate Johnson & Johnson vaccine site and patient option. In his comments Tuesday, Duggan was referencing Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, which were shown to be 94% and 95% effective in cl...
Forget COVID-19? CDC offers tips on surviving zombie apocalypse – fox13now.com

Forget COVID-19? CDC offers tips on surviving zombie apocalypse – fox13now.com

ATLANTA — Because 2021 isn't horrible enough with a worldwide pandemic on our hands, there may also be a zombie apocalypse to worry about this year and the CDC wants you to be prepared. Nostradamus, a locked-in member of the "seer" Mount Rushmore, predicted that a zombie apocalypse will occur in 2021 after a Russian scientist creates a biological weapon that produces a virus that turns humans into, well... zombies. As if you didn't know already, it's currently 2021. Because one of the main responsibilities of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to prepare people for the worst case scenarios in case disaster strikes, the agency issued a blog post to help humans get through a possible zombie apocalypse. In case the walking dead take over the planet, the CDC advises those still...
Pennsylvania mask mandate to remain in place for now, health secretary says – WTAE Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania mask mandate to remain in place for now, health secretary says – WTAE Pittsburgh

in regards to just if Pia is going to see kind of the mask mandate ending any time soon, or if there are any just timelines or things that you guys are using to measure when that would be something safe to implement. Sure. So we didn't get to touch on it in today's briefing. But we still want to highlight that. We have made progress earlier this week with the governor's announcement of progressing incrementally by lifting certain mitigation measures. And I think that is indicative of the progress that the state is making on key factors. We've talked through covid cases, hospitalizations, deaths and the presence of the variant. And really understanding how the vaccine plays and supports those relaxation of mitigation efforts is something that we are consistently evaluating. Um, ...
This Could Cause a Fourth Wave of COVID, CDC Director Warns – Best Life

This Could Cause a Fourth Wave of COVID, CDC Director Warns – Best Life

For many Americans, it may feel like we're already in the final stretch of the pandemic. With over 25 million people in the U.S. fully vaccinated and COVID cases on a largely downward trajectory, there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, many health experts have warned against celebrating prematurely. Recently, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, MD, warned that we could soon be experiencing a fourth wave of COVID. Keep reading to find out what she thinks could lead to another outbreak, and for more on the current state of the pandemic, Dr. Fauci Just Said That He's Worried About COVID in These 2 States. ShutterstockDuring a March 1 White Hou...
Historic COVAX Vaccine Delivery In Ghana Met With Pride — And Skepticism : Goats and Soda – NPR

Historic COVAX Vaccine Delivery In Ghana Met With Pride — And Skepticism : Goats and Soda – NPR

Ghana is the first country to receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX program. Above: The vaccines are unloaded at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on February 24. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images Ghana is the first country to receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX program. Above: The vaccines are unloaded at the Kotoka International A...