Category Archives for "COVID-19"

COVID-19, also referred to as the coronavirus, is sweeping the globe. It’s a pandemic the vast majority of us have never experienced. We need to hunker down, stay home, and “flatten the curve” is we want to minimize the effects of this deadly virus.

Vaccine reserve was already exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access – The Washington Post

Vaccine reserve was already exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access - The Washington Post 1When Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced this week that the federal government would begin releasing coronavirus vaccine doses held in reserve for second shots, no such reserve existed, according to state and federal officials briefed on distribution plans. The Trump administration had already begun shipping out what was available beginning at the end of December, taking second doses directly off the manufacturing line.

Now, health officials across the country who had anticipated their extremely limited vaccine supply as much as doubling beginning next week are confronting the reality that their allocations will remain largely flat, dashing hopes of dramatically expanding access for millions of elderly people and those with high-risk medical conditions. Health officials in some cities and states were informed in recent days about the reality of the situation, while others are still in the dark.

Because both of the vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States are two-dose regimens, the Trump administration’s initial policy was to hold back second doses to protect against the possibility of manufacturing disruptions. But that approach shifted in recent weeks, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Source: Vaccine reserve was already exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access – The Washington Post

CDC says Arizona has US’s highest rate of new COVID-19 infections | TheHill

CDC says Arizona has US's highest rate of new COVID-19 infections | TheHill 2Arizona has become the state with the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracker reported Monday.

The CDC’s U.S. map indicated Monday evening that the Copper State had surpassed neighboring California as well as other hot spots in South Carolina and Tennessee to surge into the lead with a spiking rate of new cases. The state is now reporting an average daily case rate of more than 121 per 100,000 people, the only state in the U.S. averaging more than 100 new cases a day per 100,000 residents.

Source: CDC says Arizona has US’s highest rate of new COVID-19 infections | TheHill

U.S. vaccinations in 2020 falling far short of target of 20 million people | Reuters

U.S. vaccinations in 2020 falling far short of target of 20 million people | Reuters 3(Reuters) -Only about 2.8 million Americans had received a COVID-19 vaccine going into the last day of December, putting the United States far short of the government’s target to vaccinate 20 million people this month.

Shots are reaching nursing home residents at an even slower pace than others first in line even though they are most at risk of dying of the virus.

Only 170,000 people in long-term care facilities received a shot as of Dec. 30 even though 2.2 million doses were distributed for residents, according to data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 14 million doses of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines have been distributed to states so far, federal officials told reporters on Wednesday, shy of its goal to ship 20 million doses this month.

Source: U.S. vaccinations in 2020 falling far short of target of 20 million people | Reuters

Luke Letlow, Louisiana congressman-elect, dies of covid-19 at 41 years old – The Washington Post

Luke Letlow, Louisiana congressman-elect, dies of covid-19 at 41 years old - The Washington Post 4Luke Letlow, a congressman-elect from Louisiana, died of covid-19 on Tuesday at a hospital in Shreveport, according to state officials.

Letlow, 41, won a runoff earlier this month to represent the state’s 5th Congressional District, succeeding his former boss, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), who didn’t run again after three terms in Congress.

Letlow is the highest ranking U.S. politician to die of covid-19, which has now killed more than 337,000 Americans. He was scheduled to be sworn into office on Sunday.

Letlow announced that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Dec. 18, the Monroe News-Star reported, and initially quarantined at his home in Richland Parish in northeastern Louisiana. By the next day, he was admitted to the hospital with worsening symptoms and later transferred to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport.

Source: Luke Letlow, Louisiana congressman-elect, dies of covid-19 at 41 years old – The Washington Post

Trump signs $2.3T relief, spending package | TheHill

Trump signs $2.3T relief, spending package | TheHill 5President Trump on Sunday signed the government funding and coronavirus relief package, the White House said, averting a government shutdown and delivering economic aid as the pandemic worsens.

Trump signed off on the $2.3 trillion package from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., days after he expressed displeasure with the spending outlined in the omnibus and complained that the coronavirus relief measure should include direct payments of $2,000 per person, up from $600.

But the delay came after Trump single-handedly brought the government to the brink of a shutdown and unemployment benefits expired for millions of Americans Saturday as the bill went unsigned.

Source: Trump signs $2.3T relief, spending package | TheHill

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