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President Biden states that the COVID-19 scheme is ‘based on science and not politics’
President Biden is putting his national COVID-19 strategy into play to ramp up vaccination and testing.
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The cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 strategy plan rests on strengthening the supply chain and using the Defense Production Act to create vaccines – but experts say the plan will require time.
Biden revealed several points of his strategy that would use the Defense Production Act and support the raw material need and expansion capacity to make lipid nanoparticles, an important and complex part of both Pfizer and Modern vaccines.
Biden’s plan, which he called “a wartime undertaking”, is unique in the annals of American medical history. In a 198-page comprehensive national strategy to address the epidemic, he calls for improved vaccine delivery, advanced testing, and wider use of masks, including new requirements at airports and multiple trains, airplanes and buses.
This comes at a time when the nation needs a solution to stop – even slow – coronavirus. The US passed 410,000 deaths this week and pushes Americans against coronoviruses to hit the road: many states are reporting they are running out of vaccines, and tens of thousands are among the first Have managed to make appointments for the dosage. I saw them canceling.
Over the past few days, officials in California, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and Hawaii warned that their supplies were running out. New York City began canceling or postponing shots or stopped making new appointments due to shortages.
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Add. Anthony Founi said that C.N.N. on Friday. The lack of candor and facts surrounding the response to the US epidemic over the past year is very likely a “cost of living”. Asked on Thursday about his experience working on the response to the epidemic for two different administrations, Fauci also said science was able to share “liberating.” Fauci said he did not enjoy correcting the information given by former President Donald Trump during the briefing.
Data from John Hopkins University show that the epidemic is already the second deadliest month for the United States, with 64,147 deaths so far. The country has lost about 3,055 people per day so far this month, a daily toll worse than the human cost of 9/11 attacks. At this pace, by Tuesday, January will become the deadliest month of the epidemic ever.
►President Joe Biden is set to sign two executive orders on Friday that will give low-income families easy access to federal nutrition and food assistance programs and allow federal contractors to pay their workers a minimum of $ 15 an hour And will initiate the process for the need for giving. He was paid emergency. The action is part of Biden’s efforts to provide economic relief to Americans who are still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Least Britain’s National Health Service is preparing at least two London buses to serve as temporary ambulances to transport four COVID patients at once, reports The Guardian. Buses staffed by intensive car physicians and nurses are designed to reduce the stress placed on London ambulance services.
After weeks of railing against the Cine “vaccine tours”, Florida officials will only limit their limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines to residents. Surgeon General Scott Rivekes issued an executive order requiring people to take an appointment to obtain a residency vaccine or to include proof of being a health care provider directly with patients. Until now, a person only needed to prove that they were 65 or older.
4 Today’s Number: According to Johns Hopkins University data, there are more than 24.6 million confirmed coronovirus cases and more than 410,000 deaths in the US. Global totals: more than 97.6 million cases and 2 million deaths.
4 What we are reading: Campus leaders hoped that during the fall semester-19, they would bring the post-fall lessons to a better position to protect students and staff from COVID-19. But this was preceded by a post-holiday increase in cases and deaths. What’s next?
The NFL announced on Friday that 22,000 fans would be in attendance for Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, next month. Of that total, 7,500 fully health care workers will be vaccinated, most of whom will hail from hospitals or health care systems in the Tampa or Central Florida area.
Tickets will be free to recipients. Additionally, all 32 clubs will select vaccinated health care workers from their communities to participate in the big game.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, “These dedicated health care workers continue to risk their lives to serve others, and we owe them our gratitude.”
– Chris Bambaca
The scientific community praised President Joe Biden’s decision to restart the World Health Organization and other global efforts designed to try and stop COVID-19. Henry j. Jane Cates, senior vice president at the Saffron Family Foundation and director of Global Health and HIV Policy, said the move had both symbolic and practical implications.
Pragmatic, as the US funding agency will help balance its budget, fulfill its commitments to promote public health, and protect Americans from new strains of COVID-19 and future disease threats.
And symbolic, as the United States was the agency’s biggest funding and has long been an important player on the global health platform.
In the short term, the United States withdrawing its notice of withdrawal means that it will meet its financial obligations to the organization and prevent its draw of US-provided employees into the WHO. In the long term, US involvement means it will help prepare for advance epidemics, reverse the health consequences of climate change, and promote better health globally, the Biden administration said.
– Karen Wintrab
A fired county public health doctor in Texas was accused of taking a vial of COVID-19 vaccine, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced in a press release Thursday.
Dr. Hassan Gokal took nine doses while working at a county vaccination site on December 29, according to the district attorney’s office. He told another employee what he did a week later, and that employee reported him to supervisors.
“He abused his position to line up his friends and family who were going through the legal process,” Ogg said. “What he did was illegal and he would be held accountable under the law.”
According to the district attorney’s office, Gokal was charged with theft by a public servant who “faces a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of $ 4,000.”
Chicago teachers began disobeying orders to report for in-class classes the following week before the primary students return on Thursday, with the nation’s third-largest school district saying the action could be an “illegal strike” .
The Chicago Teachers Union strongly opposed the re-implementation of Chicago Public Schools’ plans on safety concerns during the coronovirus epidemic. The approximately 355,000 student district, which went online in March 2020, has gradually welcomed the students. Thousands of pre-kindergarten and special education students opted to learn in person this month. Teachers who did not show up were punished.
Roughly 10,000 teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade are expected to report for duty next week, but the union’s House of Representatives late Wednesday approved a resolution to drop classroom teaching and continue from afar. In kindergarten students up to eighth grade have the option of starting two days a week. 1. No withdrawal date has been set for high school students.
Public health experts say the Trump administration’s emphasis is largely on expanding the vaccination campaign to the nation’s estimated 54 million people.
According to state and local officials, the push that began a week ago was not with sufficient doses to meet demand, causing frustration and confusion to strike the outbreak that killed more than 400,000 Americans.
As states have increased their distribution chains, officials in California, New York, Florida, Ohio, West Virginia and Hawaii have warned that their supplies are running out. Andrew Cuomo of the New York Government and Michigan Gov. Gechen Whitmer also questioned manufacturer Pfizer about purchasing the vaccine directly, but have not been authorized to do so.
Some state and local public health officials have complained of not receiving reliable information on the vaccine’s quantity, making it difficult to plan vaccinations.
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