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The global pace of Covid-19 vaccine development and rollouts has accelerated since January, ushering in a new phase of pandemic prevention through active immunization against a disease that has infected 130 million worldwide and killed nearly 3 million.
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•Apr 20, 2021 TODAY
Everyone 16 and older in all 50 states is now officially eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. But there is mounting concern about vaccine hesitancy, with a number of cities seeing appointments go unfilled while cases of the virus surge. NBC national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reports for
An EU regulator says the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks.
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All U.S. states have expanded vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said every Canadian who wants a vaccine will have one by the end of September.By Amanda Coletta and Emily Rauhala
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•Apr 19, 2021 WION
Amid a devastating second wave, India has decided to open vaccinations to all adults. But, how can India and the world crush this surge? WION's Palki Sharma tells you how some countries managed to beat the Wuhan virus.
•Apr 19, 2021 DW News
The World Health Organization warns cases in many countries are still rising at an alarming rate. Some other nations are confident they're over the worst. DW's correspondent Tania Krämer reports from Israel, where a rapid vaccination program has brought with it some welcome freedoms.
•Apr 17, 2021 DW News
The world has reached another grim milestone in the history of the coronavirus pandemic. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 deaths have passed the three million mark. The worst-hit country is the United States with more than 566,000 deaths. In Brazil more than 368,000 people have lost their lives to the pandemic, and in Mexico at least 211,000. They are followed by India and the United Kingdom. If you look at the European region as a whole it accounts for the highest total number of deaths at just over 1 million and 23,000. India is one of the hardest-hit countries - and it's facing an alarming surge in infections. Day after day for more than a week, it's reported a new record daily rise in cases. The situation is particularly dire in the capital Delhi - which has been placed on a weekend lockdown in a bid to contain the spread. But infection numbers are also exploding in other cities - like Mumbai. There's been nationwide criticism that the weeks-long Kumbh Mela religious festival hasn't been cancelled. Millions of Hindu pilgrims have been bathing in the Ganges to wash away their sins - many disregarding coronavirus restrictions. Less than 10 percent of India's 1.4 billion people have been vaccinated. To date, two vaccines are being produced in India. And facilities exist to produce even more. But the pharma companies have so far refused to sign patent waivers - saying there's no evidence that would boost production. And a new struggle lies ahead - ever more aggressive mutations. It's proving too much for millions who find work in the big cities. They are forced to look elsewhere during the lockdown. But last year food was scarce there too. +++ Germany is seeing its biggest spike in coronavirus cases since January. One of the main reasons is the slow pace of vaccinations. Fewer than one in five Germans has received a first dose. The rise in cases has prompted a warning from medical workers that intensive care units are being pushed to the brink. DW reporter Tessa Walther visited a Berlin hospital that is close to capacity. In recent weeks, the number of COVID patients in Germany’s ICUs has been rising sharply again. By now, the peak of the second wave of the pandemic has almost been reached. Intensive care beds are becoming scarce, and the workload of staff continues to grow. But it's not just the sheer increase in COVID patients that worries the team. Their patients' health is deteriorating faster in this third wave of the pandemic. They are also on average younger than before, probably also because most people over 80 years old have already been vaccinated. To what extent German hospital capacities are reached varies greatly from region to region. While some are already completely full, others are still coping. One thing would help: More vaccinations. If the number of COVID patients continues to rise, other important treatments would have to be postponed. In some areas in Germany, that is already the case. The situation, many doctors agree, is serious.
•Apr 17, 2021
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Global Covid-19 deaths have reached a grim milestone, surpassing the 3 million mark on April 17, 2021. The United States, Brazil and Mexico are the top three countries with the highest number of virus-related deaths.
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•Apr 18, 2021 BBC News
Brazil has seen more than 370,000 deaths from Covid, one of the highest rates in the world. However the country’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has refused to order a lockdown, to help control the pandemic. Public health officials have urged him to do so, but the President insists the economic impact of a lockdown is worse than the effects of the virus. Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Mark Lowen in Sao Paolo.
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•Apr 16, 2021 DW News
Europe is in the grips of an intense third wave in the coronavirus pandemic. In France, more than 100,000 people have now died from COVID-19. Meanwhile, Germany is seeing its largest rise in new infections since early January, despite vaccinations picking up pace. New national controls have been approved by the country's cabinet, but they could take another week to pass through the parliament. Doctors and health officials are pleading for immediate action. More than 29,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, the highest number since early January. Doctors are warning that in parts of the country only ten percent of intensive care beds are unfilled. The head of Germany's Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, is alarmed. But not all decision makers share that sense of urgency. In particular, some regional leaders have been reluctant to implement tough restrictions. Now Chancellor Merkel is introducing a change in the law - to grant the central government temporary powers to enforce lockdowns in areas with high infections. But even for the Health Minister Jens Spahn, this could be too little, too late: The new nationwide regime mandates school closures and contact restrictions when infection rates hit defined levels. Much of the public supports tough action, but critics say the focus is too much on limiting personal freedoms, for instance with the proposed introduction of nighttime curfews. Restrictions in some parts of Germany have been light for much of the pandemic. But as laws are tightened, people here are having to face the fact that the coronavirus not only costs lives - it corrodes liberty as well.
The Covax initiative aims to help developing countries, with the easy-to-store AstraZeneca vaccine as the centerpiece.
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•Apr 15, 2021 BBC News
India's Covid caseload has risen sharply in the past few weeks. The country's been reporting more than 150,000 cases a day. In January and February daily cases fell below 20,000. So, how did India get from relative calm to its new crisis? Workplaces, markets and malls have reopened, and transport is operating at full capacity. Big weddings, festivals and election rallies are also being held. The result: a situation that one doctor described as a "Covid tsunami". The BBC's Vikas Pandey and Anshul Verma report. Additional inputs by BBC Marathi, graphics by Nikita Deshpande. Additional footage from Reuters and Getty.
•Apr 15, 2021 DW News
The risk of dying from COVID is much higher than getting a blood clot from a vaccine. But even more concerning is a new report from Oxford University that shows catching the coronavirus puts you at even more risk of a deadly blood clot. Each delay puts more lives at risk, as the coronavirus spreads. It's a balancing act between speed and caution in the fight against COVID-19.
Apr 15, 2021 DW News
India has set another new record for coronavirus cases – 200,000 in the last 24 hours. And just in the first half of this month, two-million new infections have been logged. Experts are blaming complacency and frustration among the public for the surge. Many states have started reimposing restrictions, such as curfews. As the cases increase, so too does the demand for vaccinations. As hospitals scramble to increase capacity, there are clear signs the Indian healthcare sector is again coming under severe strain. DW’s Manira Chaudhary reports from Ghaziabad.
The country reported a record 184,372 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to health ministry data, bringing the nationwide tally of infections to 13.9 million.
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The FDA and CDC have called for a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, following serious blood clotting disorders in six recipients.
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•Apr 14, 2021 DW News
Health authorities in Germany are sounding the alarm about the growing number of COVID-19 cases. Today's figures show a huge increase in the seven-day-average to more than 150 confirmed infections per 100,000 people. Hospitals have been pleading with the government to tighten restrictions. Doctors also point out that the average age of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units is getting younger. Despite repeated warnings from health workers about the urgency of the situation, German lawmakers are mired in a fierce political debate over restrictions imposed to fight the pandemic. A new law to fight COVID-19 is in the works, and a decision is due Friday. But Doctors on the front line are frustrated. The question remains: How many more Germans have to die, before lawmakers do something substantial to stop the surge of COVID-19?
•Apr 14, 2021 DW News
In India, new coronavirus infections hit a daily record of 184,372. Hardest hit is the country's economic engine: the state of Maharashtra and its capital Mumbai, where a lockdown aims to curb the spread of infections. But it also cripples businesses and those struggling to make ends meet. Mumbai is the capital of one of India's richest and most industrialized states. And leader of the country's exploding COVID-19 resurgence. Now a tight lockdown has been extended to weekends. Some say its choking businesses and livelihoods. The impact on the broader economy has been considerable too. Industrial output contracts fell 3.6% in February, faster than expected and giving fuel to concerns that the economy is slowing. Not all states in India haven't implemented a lockdown. And now there are fears that unless this second wave is brought under control fast, it could dash hopes of a swift recovery in one of the world's fastest growing economies.
•Apr 14, 2021 60 Minutes Australia
The world was told the Coronavirus leaped from animals to humans at a market in China – but many scientists now fear it leaked from a lab. Experts reveal the new research techniques that put us all at risk.
•Apr 14, 2021 DW News
The global vaccination drive is happening at two speeds: Richer countries have plenty of funding and plentiful vaccine-doses. Poorer countries have neither. It could be years before some are fully-vaccinated. Recent setbacks with AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson, the most accessible vaccines, aren't helping. And that's raising questions about when widespread vaccination coverage will be achieved? By the end of the year in high-income countries. Middle-income nations will have to wait another year. Poorer places aren’t expected to be vaccinated before 2023. If at all. A key factor holding back the vaccination drive is patents.
•Apr 13, 2021 CBS News
As CBS News' Debora Alfarone reports, federal health officials are advising a temporary stop to administering Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine after reports of some adverse reactions. CBS News reporter Alex Tin joins CBSN's "Red and Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano to discuss the latest on the vaccine situation.
•Apr 13, 2021 South China Morning Post
The announcement comes after J&J vaccine deliveries were delayed.
The agencies said they are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun and Christopher Rowland
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•Apr 12, 2021
India has recorded a new surge in COVID-19 infections. Daily cases have topped 168.000, pushing India past Brazil to become the world's second worst hit country. Authorities are hoping to curb the spread by imposing new restrictions and trying to persuade more people to get vaccinated. But many states are also complaining of a vaccine shortage.
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People under 30 are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine after a review into rare blood clots.
Primary efficacy rate was 50.7 per cent, results of final-stage trials in Brazil show.
The holy fasting month of Ramadan, which begins this week, comes as much of the world has been hit by an intense new coronavirus wave.
Blinken’s sharp words underscored criticism from other members of the Joe Biden administration over Beijing’s lack of transparency in the crucial early days of the pandemic.
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•Apr 11, 2021 BBC News
India reported a record daily increase of over 150,000 coronavirus cases - and more than 800 new deaths - on Sunday. Since the pandemic began, the country has confirmed more than 12 million cases and over 167,000 deaths. It has the third-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world after the United States and Brazil.
The comments from the head of China’s Centers for Disease Control marked a rare admission from a government that has already distributed hundreds of millions of doses to other countries. By Gerry Shih
The pandemic ravaged first-nation communities in many parts of the world. Australia bucked the trend.By Rachel Pannett
Feng Duojia added at a recent forum that the country has administered 130 million shots in its Covid-19 vaccination campaign to date Apr 10, 2021 01:34 PM
The South African variant was found to make up about 1 per cent of all the Covid-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest health care provider, Clalit.
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Gao Fu, the head of the country’s CDC, says the health authorities are looking at ways to overcome relatively low efficacy rates.
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The Robert Koch Institute for disease control says 12.7 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters across Germany demanded stricter lockdown measures.
Amid a new push to vaccinate Homeland Security employees, the wife of a hospitalized Border Patrol agent urges others not to delay COVID-19 shots.
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The vaccine ARCoV uses the same revolutionary technique as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna products, and early trials suggest it may prove just as effective.
US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said in April that of the 2,479 vaccinated people in a study, three had confirmed coronavirus infections.
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•Apr 9, 2021 CBS News
Variants are fueling a rise in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations across the U.S. as vaccination efforts face new setbacks. But as Nikki Battiste shows us, one doctor believes the nation will "overcome" this virus by June. Dr. Teresa Amato, the director of emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, joined CBSN with more on how we'll get there.
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India produces most of the world's jabs but its own vaccination drive appears to be struggling.
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Safety concerns about rare blood clots and controversy over slow deliveries threaten to derail the roll-out of the vaccine in many countries.
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If the federally run mass clinic at the Pennsylvania Convention Center closes, the city will lose access to about 42,000 doses per week.
According to researchers at University College London, almost three-quarters of the population now have antibodies against the virus, either through vaccination or past infection.
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•Apr 8, 2021 DW News
Brazil has registered a record number of COVID-related deaths in 24 hours. Health authorities reported over 4,000 deaths, as new variants fuel a surge in cases that has overwhelmed hospitals. The total death toll in Brazil is now over 330,000 which is second only to the US. However, President Jair Bolsonaro has refused to mandate a nationwide lockdown, and opposes local lockdowns, claiming the damage to the economy outweighs health risks. India also reported a record number of new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The recent surge in cases has brought the average daily number of infections above the previous record of 97,000 last seen in mid-September. India's government has so far refused to impose a nationwide lockdown, instead asking states to decide on how to impose local restrictions.
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Pressure on the federal government to rethink its allocation strategy has mounted as access to immunization expands nationwide but new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania.
As tens of millions of people in the United States complete their coronavirus vaccinations, a small fraction have tested positive for the virus after being inoculated and in rare cases requiring hospitalization, according to data from state health departments. But experts say the rarity of the breakthrough illnesses shows the vaccines are highly effective.By Lena H. Sun and Joel Achenbach
The state has already, however, announced significant changes loosening restrictions on gatherings that go into effect April 15.
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•Apr 7, 2021 DW News
Portugal has started easing coronavirus restrictions after a strict lockdown that lasted more than two months. Cafes, museums and shops can now welcome back guests, under strict hygenic guidelines. It's a comeback story for Portugal, which back in January, had one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in the world. Despite half a year of restrictions, Germany is still struggling to contain a third wave of coronavirus infections. The high caseload is fueling calls for a tougher lockdown, but some German states are experimenting with easing restrictions. Amnesty International's annual report says COVID-19 has further amplified "massive" global inequalities. And it accuses many world leaders of using the pandemic to crack down on human rights. The report singles out three groups that have been disproportionately affected: First: women. They've suffered an increase in domestic violence, borne the burden of homeschooling, and in many cases lost their income because they had informal jobs that they couldn't do under lockdowns. Second. Health workers around the globe have suffered more fatalities than any other group. Chronic underinvestment in health systems means many hospitals are understaffed, and their workers are not sufficiently protected against the virus. And finally, the pandemic has also worsened the already precarious situation of refugees and migrants. Lockdowns and border closures have left some trapped in squalid camps, without access to vital supplies. Other developments in the COVID-19 pandemic: In France, the number of patients in intensive care is at its highest in almost a year. France is now in a month-long lockdown. India has hit another new record number of daily cases. New Delhi, Mumbai and dozens of other cities are imposing curfews to try to slow the soaring infections. And a top official at the European Medicines Agency says there IS a link between the Astra Zeneca vaccine and rare blood clots. The agency is expected to release a new assessment of the drug this week.
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California plans to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses and workplaces June 15. Officials say enough people should be vaccinated by then to allow life to approach a pre-pandemic normal.
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•Apr 6, 2021 DW News
North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) State Premier Armin Laschet called for a harder lockdown on Monday as Germany struggles to contain a third wave of the coronavirus. However, Laschet's request has been met with skepticism from fellow German lawmakers. The chairman of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and one of her potential successor as chancellor said that Germany needed harder lockdown measures to stem a rise in cases of COVID-19. Thuringia State Premier Bodo Ramelow (The Left party) expressed doubt over his counterpart's strategy. "We can meet at any time, but there must be something on the table first that we can actually decide on together and, above all, implement it," he told Der Spiegel. "The current speeches are again patchwork and hectic." "I think a lot of what Mr Laschet says is unclear," said Berlin State Premier Michael Müller (SPD). "A bridge lockdown is temporary with what measures? I don't think Mr Laschet has thought things through." The co-chairwoman of The Left party, Janine Wissler, also criticized Laschet. "It is irresponsible that the numbers have risen so high that so many people have fallen ill and the intensive care units are full," she told Der Spiegel. "Whether his proposals are based on insight or because he has lost the power struggle against the chancellor, remains be seen. In any case, this crisis management makes one become fearful and anxious." Germany, despite months of restrictions, has seen a rise in coronavirus infections as it lags behind Britain, Israel and the United States in its vaccination pace. COVID-19 cases in India rose by a record daily amount on Monday — 103,558 — taking the total to 12.59 million. The news came as the country's richest state, Maharashtra, which accounts for more than half of the new cases, introduced stringent regulations. The state, which includes India's financial capital, Mumbai, is closing malls, cinemas, bars, restaurants and places of worship. There will also be a complete lockdown on weekends, Nawab Malik, a minister in the state government, told reporters. A day earlier, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar confirmed he had tested positive for COVID, becoming the latest Indian celebrity to contract the virus. Some more of the latest developments in the pandemic: - New Zealand has announced it will open a travel bubble with Australia on April 19. It will allow quarantine-free travel between the neighboring nations. - Starting next month, Singapore will accept visitors who use a mobile travel pass containing digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines. It is one of the first countries to adopt the inititative. - And new data from Israel suggests that the vaccination of adults also protects unvaccinated people living around them. So far, more than half of the Israeli population has been innoculated.
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•Apr 12, 2021 CBS News
Misinformation about the coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccines is spreading, particularly on social media platforms. Sara Fischer, a media reporter for Axios, joined CBSN to discuss why COVID-19 misinformation is such a rampant problem.
•Apr 12, 2021 DW News
Hungary has the highest number of people vaccinated in Europe and one of the highest COVID-related death rates worldwide, relative to its population. Healthcare workers say restrictions should've been in place sooner and should stay in place longer. Access to Hungarian hospitals for independent media to verify what's going on is almost impossible. DW met one doctor who dared to speak on camera about the situation inside. Our correspondent Fanny Facsar reports.
•Apr 4, 2021 Reuters
The U.S. has put Johnson & Johnson in charge of a plant that ruined 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and stopped British drugmaker AstraZeneca from using the facility, a senior health official said.
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•Apr 4, 2021 60 Minutes
Sharyn Alfonsi reports on corruption allegations clouding Florida's efforts to vaccinate its residents
Worry, exhaustion, constantly changing safety rules and long hours of wearing PPE during the pandemic are just a few difficulties America’s health-care workers cite, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. By Scott Clement, Cece Pascual and Monica Ulmanu
•Apr 5, 2021 DW News
What might life be like after the COVID-19 pandemic? British-American sociologist Richard Sennett is one of the world's most important theorists of urban studies, or the architecture and social life of cities. He's currently a member of the Council of Urban Initiatives for United Nations Habitat. Since the beginning of the outbreak Sennett has written about his concerns for city-life amid growing pandemic restrictions. He helps us imagine a post-pandemic world.
•Mar 31, 2021 60 Minutes
A lack of transparency from Chinese officials and looming geopolitical consequences have damaged the credibility of a WHO-led inquiry into how the virus that causes COVID-19 originated. Lesley Stahl reports.
A member of the WHO team that visited Wuhan says the city’s Huanan market sold products that had come from areas where virus-carrying bats live.
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by Robert Moran and Laura McCrystalSanitation workers, maintenance and janitorial staff, utility workers, and postal and package delivery workers in the city will be eligible to get coronavirus vaccines next week.
•Mar 31, 2021 DW News
Birth rates are declining around the world. Many countries are reporting historically low birth rates during the pandemic - as much as 10 percent less in some places. Family planning during the coronavirus pandemic has become difficult. After all, it's hard to get into the mood - or be optimistic about the future - during a pandemic.
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The Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech safely protects kids 12 years and older, results likely to lead to inoculating the children before this summer.
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People arriving in Italy from other EU countries before 6 April will have to quarantine for five days.
Boris Johnson and more than 20 other leaders say another health crisis is a matter of "not if, but when".
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•Mar 30, 2021 DW News
Authorities in the cities of Berlin and Munich had earlier decided to limit the use of the vaccine. People under 60 can still receive the shot, but only "at the discretion of doctors, and after individual risk analysis and thorough explanation," according to a document seen by the DPA news agency. The decision came amid fresh concern over unusual blood clots reported in a tiny number of younger people who received the vaccine. Germany's permanent vaccine commission, known by the short name STIKO, earlier on Tuesday published new guidelines recommending that the AstraZeneca vaccine be issued only to those over 60. It said it had made the decision "on the basis of currently available data on the occurrence of rare, but very serious thrombosis-related side-effects." The commission said that it would issue guidelines on what to do for adults under 60 who had received a first AstraZeneca shot and were due another by the end of April.
Only 4% of Mexicans have gotten at least one COVID-19 shot, so those with the means are traveling to the U.S., especially Texas, to get inoculated.
The discussion around a passport has been led by various industries, including airlines, music venues and sports leagues. Biden officials have repeatedly said there will be no national mandate.By Annie Linskey, Dan Diamond and Tyler Pager
As vaccine access rapidly expands, some say vulnerable homebound people are being left behind.
The finding could pave the way for shots for teens and pre-teens before the next school year.
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Report on inquiry was delayed ‘not because of any interference or our laziness’ but because those involved were ‘striving to ensure its quality’, he says
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•Mar 30, 20211 CBS News
Following the release of a long-awaited report from the World Health Organization and Chinese scientists about the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the United States and other countries published a statement that raises doubt about the study's credibility. CBS News reporter Alex Tin joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano to discuss their concerns, and why the U.S. declined to join a group of world leaders who are calling for a global pandemic treaty to be drawn up.
by Robert Moran and Laura McCrystalSanitation workers, maintenance and janitorial staff, utility workers, and postal and package delivery workers in the city will be eligible to get coronavirus vaccines next week.
New Zealand said it wants to independently analyse the report on the origins of the coronavirus before making any comment.
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•Apr 1, 2021 CNBC
A large portion of the U.S. population still doesn’t want to get the new Covid vaccine, but they might not have a choice. Powers at the federal and state level, not to mention the legal rights granted to employers under U.S. labor law, may make it impossible for Americans to escape inoculation against the coronavirus.
•Mar 30, 2021 BBC News
Cancer patients have told the BBC of the devastating impact Covid-19 is having on their treatment. Hundreds of thousands of Americans deferred their screenings last year, and many who wanted care could not access it due to the pandemic's strain on hospitals. Now, experts predict that an excess of cases of serious cancers is on the horizon. The BBC spoke to Dr Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, about the alarming trend.
Mumbai authorities asked all private offices to work from home through April as India’s financial hub battles a massive resurgence of infections.
•Mar 27, 2021 DW News
German health officials are warning that the third wave of COVID-19 currently gripping the country could prove deadlier than the previous two. They're urging the public to limit social contact over the Easter holiday to slow the spread of the virus. More than 21,000 new cases were reported on Friday. The head of Germany's disease control center says the highly-contagious UK variant B117 is now the dominant strain of the virus in the country.
•Mar 29, 2021 DW News
Kids and the coronavirus. It’s supposedly harmless for them. But is that true? A year after the pandemic struck, hospitals are reporting an increasing number of young admissions. They’re suffering from the so-called Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome, or PIMS. Worldwide, doctors have seen this condition emerge weeks after a COVID-19 infection. The WHO keeps track of the severe illness in children and young people.
Adults with certain medical conditions can be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19.
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If you're thinking it's safe to go back to normal, think again. The coronavirus keeps evolving.
•Mar 29, 2021 CNN
Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus task force coordinator until former President Donald Trump, revealed in an interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta that the number of coronavirus deaths could have been "decreased substantially" if cities and states across the country had aggressively applied the lessons of the first surge toward mitigation last spring, potentially preventing the surges that followed. "I look at it this way. The first time we have an excuse," Birx said. "There were about a hundred thousand deaths that came from that original surge. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially."
The communist island, with a history of biotech skill, is developing vaccines it hopes to share with countries including Iran and Venezuela.By Anthony Faiola and Ana Vanessa Herrero
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The state has made significant progress in its vaccination effort after Gov. Tom Wolf came under intense scrutiny, but that progress still depends, in part, on where you live.
India says it is “calibrating” its vaccine exports in an attempt to curb a spike in Covid-19 cases, raising doubts about whether it can maintain its balancing act in meeting local and international vaccine demand.
Philippines recorded 10,016 new infections on Monday, bringing the overall tally to 731,894, with deaths at 13,186, one of the highest caseloads in Asia.
There’s a serious problem that gets overlooked when we talk about “vaccination hesitancy”: Many adults are perfectly willing to get vaccinated, but are simply very afraid of shots.
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Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.
Online conspiracy theories are exacerbating existing vaccine scepticism.
Venezuela's president will not be able to post for 30 days for disinformation over a herbal remedy.
•Mar 29, 2021 DW News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says regional leaders need to put an end to the chaos plaguing Germany's fight against the coronavirus. In a virtual summit last week leaders from both state and federal governments failed to agree on decisive measures.
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Statewide, anyone age 40 and up — down from 50 last week — can be inoculated at a pharmacy, state or county-run location.
Travel nurses come from all over the Unites States to aid overburdened healthcare systems. As of mid-March, the California Department of Public Health has deployed nearly 2,000 travel nurses across the state to help vaccinate.
•Apr 2, 2021 DW News
The World Health Organization has criticized the speed of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Europe, saying it's quote - "unacceptably slow". The number of new cases across the region has increased for the sixth consecutive week, and just ten percent of the European population has been given their first vaccination dose. The warning from the WHO comes as the EU failed to meet its vaccination targets and distribution schedule by the end of March. Fear and frustration is growing in Germany with coronavirus cases on the rise. Authorities reported nearly 22,000 new infections on Friday, and 232 deaths. Germans have lived in some form of lockdown since last year. DW correspondent Leonie von Hammerstein asked people in Berlin how they would describe the government's pandemic management. Thousands of Germans have travelled to the Spanish Island of Mallorca this year for Spring Break. For many it's an annual tradition. But in the middle of a pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned against this. Vacationing in times of the coronavirus is controversial, as it is considered a so-called pandemic driver. DW reporter, Jan-Philipp Scholz, finds out from tourists and locals whether all the fun is worth the risk.
Mar 29, 2021 ABC News (Australia)
Queensland Health authorities are scrambling to contain a growing coronavirus cluster, as millions of residents in Greater Brisbane officially enter lockdown. Subscribe: http://ab.co/1svxLVE Read more here: https://ab.co/2O1OxTL As of 5:00pm today, people in five local government areas that make up Greater Brisbane — Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton and Redlands — are under strict stay-at-home orders under the snap three-day lockdown. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was extremely worried about the escalating situation. "I didn't sleep last night, so I am very worried. I am very concerned," she said. "We have done it before, we have got through this together and I'm sure that if everyone does the right thing we will be able to get through it." Residents can only leave their homes for essential shopping, exercise in their local area, work or study which cannot be done from home and to provide care. Across the state, masks are now mandatory outside the home, including in workplaces, on public transport and in rideshare services. All Queenslanders must carry a mask at all times when they leave their home and wear one in indoor public places and outdoor public venues where social distancing is not possible. The restrictions also apply to anyone who has visited Greater Brisbane since Saturday, March 20. ABC News provides around the clock coverage of news events as they break in Australia and abroad, including the latest coronavirus pandemic updates. It's news when you want it, from Australia's most trusted news organisation.
Will NYC Go Bankrupt?
•Mar 27, 2021 CNBC
Mass unemployment, colossal bankruptcies, and a shattered tourism industry have ravaged New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. In January 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed raising taxes on the wealthy, while cutting Medicaid and school spending to balance the multi-billion dollar budget deficit. Opponents say tax hikes could lead to a mass exodus of the wealthy New Yorkers who fund a large portion of the city’s revenue. Others say that the crisis has exasperated existing inequalities and cutting social services will only hurt those most affected.
Rural and conservative Pennsylvanians' resistance to COVID-19 vaccination is likely to become more pronounced as younger people become eligible for shots.
During a pandemic, Latino leaders have succumbed when they are most needed.
Jesenia De Moya Correa Mar 28
Many employees are still weighing the risks. Others are competing for appointments with the rest of us.
Harold Brubaker Mar 27
As Alabama lags with one of the worst vaccination rates in the country, health care workers scramble to give shots to the most vulnerable populations. By Stephanie McCrummen
By Dan Keating, Naema Ahmed, Harry Stevens, Jessica Wolfrom and Monica Ulmanu
Health-care workers in Washington, D.C., are trying to make the coronavirus vaccine more accessible in Black communities and combat lingering skepticism.
Birx has been criticized for not speaking more frequently and more forcefully against former president Donald Trump.
By Amy B Wang
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•Mar 28, 2021 BBC
People should not "squander the gains" made against coronavirus in recent months, the head of NHS England has warned ahead of lockdown restrictions easing on Monday. NHS England national medical director Prof Stephen Powis said "enormous progress" had been made, but it "does not mean job done". Outdoor gatherings in England are allowed from Monday. Boris Johnson has said the roadmap for easing restrictions remains on track.
Even as vaccinations increase, officials urge caution during the holidays.
The statewide weekly positivity rate for March 21 to 27 rose to 6.62% from the previous week's 6.04%. Cases are rising among the younger age groups, but seniors ages 65 and up are seeing decreases in infections.
•Mar 24, 2021 Bloomberg Quicktake: Now
Brazil reported more than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths for the first time in a 24-hour period, as the pandemic spreads unchecked across Latin America’s biggest economy and overruns its health system. The Health Ministry said that 3,251 people died Tuesday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 298,676, the second most globally. Cases surged by 82,493, and 12.13 million people have now been infected. A more contagious variant that originated in the Amazonian city of Manaus has spread rapidly nationwide since the New Year as part of a second wave that’s prompted neighbors to shut borders and experts to warn about the consequences of not controlling the outbreak. Most of Brazil’s states have ICU occupancy rates above 80% with some at full capacity while the vaccine rollout has seen just 6% of the population receive a first dose. Large states like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro only closed restaurants and bars in the past few weeks, and governors are scrambling to prevent a total collapse of hospitals with beaches cordoned off and holidays brought forward to keep people home. President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the severity of the pandemic and stressed the need to keep the economy open, said in a nationwide address Tuesday that life will be back to normal “very soon“ as the country is about to become self-sufficient in vaccine production. We will make 2021 a vaccination year for Brazilians,” Bolsonaro said, hours after he administered the oath of office to his fourth health minister in a year. The president’s address was met with louder than usual pot-banging protests in many cities across the country. Shouting from their windows, some protesters called him murderer. “To confront something of this magnitude you need to be absolutely focused on controlling the pandemic with an excellent nationwide coordination and that’s not happening,” said Amaury Lelis Dal Fabbro, a doctor of infectious diseases and professor at the University of Sao Paulo.
•Mar 26, 2021 CBS News
More than half of the U.S. is now seeing a rise in coronavirus infections. As CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports, the head of the CDC is worried this could lead to another surge. Then Dr. Teresa Amato, the director of emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, joins CBSN to discuss the latest.
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•Mar 25, 2021 CBS News
President Biden has set a new goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of April. It comes as at least 20 states are reporting a rise in new cases. As CBS News' Mola Lenghi reports, officials say the variant first found in the U.K. may be to blame. Then, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital, joins CBSN's Lana Zak with his insight.
•Mar 25, 2021 South China Morning Post
Rising anti-Asian violence is a problem not only in the US, where incidents of racial violence have been growing amid the pandemic. Reports of violence and verbal abuse against ethnic Asians have also been increasing across Europe, including in the UK, Germany and Italy. In France, several dozen people gathered on March 24, 2021, outside a Paris court where five men were being tried for alleged online incitement of violence against Asians.
Mar 25, 2021 BBC News
EU leaders are meeting virtually to discuss vaccine supplies and improving distribution as coronavirus cases continue to rise in several countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the EU's decision to procure coronavirus vaccines jointly as the bloc struggles with delays in rollout. Pressure is mounting on EU nations to deliver after other countries, like the UK, achieved much faster vaccination. The European Commission is seeking added controls on vaccine exports. Such controls could affect supply to the UK, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned against imposing "blockades". European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that the summit would "ensure that Europeans get their fair share of vaccines".
Pennsylvania reported more than 4,000 cases for the first time in a month, the most infections in a single day since the beginning of February.
Ese Olumhense Mar 25
“Ready. Set. Philly!” aims to attract workers, shoppers and tourists back to the city’s central business districts. Center City has more open office space than at anytime in the last 16 years.
Jacob Adelman Mar 24
The strength of the immune response and the length of time that the protection lasts is very different between vaccine immunity and natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccines offer more reliable immunity.
Jennifer T. Grier, The Conversation
Opinion by Marty Makary and Nicole Saphier
David R. Baker
Researchers are getting serious about understanding a disease patients call ‘Long COVID.’ Its symptoms include aches, fatigue, sleep problems and brain fog.
Follow the latest updates in the global pandemic and the vaccine effort.
•Mar 25, 2021 CBS News
After U.S. health officials called out AstraZeneca for using "outdated information" in its vaccine trial results, the drugmaker has released updated data showing its vaccine is 76% effective against symptomatic COVID-19. Dr. Leo Nissola spoke with Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers on CBSN about whether the change is significant, plus he discusses a study that found U.S. media coverage of the pandemic is more negative than other countries'.
•Mar 24, 2021 CBS News
With air travel increasing around the U.S., some are questioning if it's safe to travel once vaccinated. Dr. Susannah Hills spoke with Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers on CBSN about what to know before you travel abroad and how the pandemic may progress based on new data from the World Health Organization.
•Mar 24, 2021 DW News
Brazil recently registered 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day. Brazil has been tumbling from one negative record to the next of late. The so-called "Brazilian mutation"has seen infection rates skyrocket: The country is currently registering more than 70,000 new infections every day and daily COVID-related deaths recently surpassed 3,000, the most ever since the pandemic began — so far. Still, it is safe to say that Brazil would likely be doing far better if the federal government in Brasilia had taken the first wave of infections in Manaus as a warning. Although the government guarantees citizens basic health care, it is not available everywhere. And Brazil was so short on doctors before the coronavirus appeared that for a time the government "leased" thousands of Cuban physicians from the communist regime in Havana.
Corporations and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.
The antiviral drug molnupiravir, still in clinical trials, would give doctors an important new treatment and a weapon against coronaviruses and future pandemics
By Cynthia Koons and Riley Griffin
Millions of shots per day are paying off in the U.S.
•Mar 23, 2021 South China Morning Post
Researchers wearing headlamps and protective suits have been catching and swabbing thousands of bats in the Laguna province of the Philippines, looking for other strains of coronavirus. They call themselves ‘virus hunters’ and hope to develop a simulation model that can help the world avoid another health crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic.
•Mar 22, 2021 CBS News
Countries around the world have seen a decline in birth rates since the coronavirus pandemic began. Phillip Levine, a professor of economics at Wellesley College, joins CBSN to discuss what's behind the "baby bust" and what impact it could have.
•Mar 24, 2021 South China Morning Post
Hong Kong has temporarily cancelled bookings at all 21 community vaccination centres providing the BioNTech jab. The suspension will be in effect until further notice, after the vaccine’s Chinese distributor, Fosun Pharma, notified Hong Kong and Macau of a batch found with packaging defects. Dozens of people had already been inoculated with vaccines from the specified batch at some centres ahead of the suspension notice being issued on the morning of March 24, 2021.
Government announces the cancellation of bookings at all 21 community vaccination centres providing the German-made jab ‘until further notice’. Director of health says local staff sounded the alarm to manufacturer on issues such as cracked and leaking BioNTech vials.
Carrie Lam says her officials will look to reach travel agreements with other destinations based on vaccine recognition.
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•Mar 23, 2021 NBC News
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is halting the state’s reopening plans just days after loosening some Covid-19 restrictions, cases are going up again. The state department of health has reported 400 cases of Covid-19 variants.
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The comments were immediately retracted by the prime minister, who “made it absolutely clear it was a joke” and a reference to the film “Wall Street,” another attendee told the BBC.By Antonia Noori Farzan and Jennifer Hassan
•Mar 22, 2021 Channel 4 News
Boris Johnson has warned that the third wave of coronavirus sweeping through Europe is likely to “wash up on our shores as well". And it's emerged that Mr Johnson spoke to President Macron and Chancellor Merkel yesterday to urge them to co-operate over vaccines after the EU threatened to block exports to the UK. But there was also good news as a large-scale study in the United States showed the AstraZeneca vaccine is both safe and highly effective. The latest 24-hour government figures show a further 17 people are reported to have died with Covid, although figures on a Monday are often low. This is the lowest daily figure since September, bringing the UK total to just over 126,000. There have been another 5,300 new cases in the UK. And another 367,000 people received their first dose of the Covid vaccine yesterday. Almost 28 million people have now received their first dose of a vaccine, which means more than 30 million doses have now been handed out across the UK.
•Mar 23, 2021 DW News
Germany is extending the current lockdown through to April 18, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday. The country will enter an even stricter lockdown from April 1 to April 5, over the Easter holiday period when shops, including grocery stores, will largely have to close. Merkel warned that Germany needed to "break the exponential growth of the third wave." Case numbers have reached levels that authorities say will overburden intensive care units. Tuesday's announcement marks a reversal from earlier this month when state leaders agreed to begin a cautious reopening process. Talks between leaders of Germany's 16 federal states and Merkel lasted until the early hours of the morning following a lengthy interruption. What are the new measures? As well as prolonging existing measures such as the closure of cultural, leisure and sporting facilities, tougher restrictions will apply over the Easter period. - Churches will be asked to hold services marking the Christian festival online. - No more than five adults from two households will be able to meet over the five-day period. - Testing and vaccination centers can remain open. - Public gatherings will be prohibited. - Almost all shops will be shut during the five days. Only grocery stores may open on Saturday, April 3. - Anyone from Germany holidaying abroad will have to be tested before boarding a flight back to Germany. - The "emergency brake" will halt further reopenings and will apply to areas exceeding 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period. If an area has an incidence rate of over 100 for three consecutive days, harsher lockdown measures will once again apply.
By Riley Griffin March 23, 2021, 1:42 PM EDT Updated on March 23, 2021, 2:48 PM EDT
Opinion by Eugene Robinson
Opinion by Michele L. Norris
Michelle Fay Cortez, Jason Gale and Suzi Ring
•Mar 22, 2021 Wall Street Journal
A year into the coronavirus pandemic, many schools are only partially open for fear they could fuel the spread of the virus. Experts explain what the actual risks are for spreading Covid-19 in schools and how proper controls can change that equation.
A California school official has found students who slept in tents, students who lived in homeless shelters and students who took their school-issued laptops along as they harvested dates in groves outside of cell range. But the home visits that haunted him most were the ones where he discovered nothing at all. By Eli Saslow
Gun violence killed nearly 20,000 Americans last year, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, more than any other year in at least two decades. Another 24,000 died by suicide with a gun.
Reis Thebault and Danielle Rindler, Washington
New Jersey has the highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the United States, with close to 28,000 residents testing positive in the last seven days.
Mar 22, 2021
Several states are seeking to extend COVID-19 restrictions into April as Germany battles a third wave of the coronavirus, according to a draft plan obtained by news agencies on Sunday. Top officials are set to discuss the shutdowns on Monday. The proposal comes as the coronavirus incidence rate crossed the critical mark of 100 cases per 100,000 people. The government had previously announced that this would be enough to trigger new curbs. The draft document, seen by the DPA and AFP news agencies, cited the high infection rate, which is being "accelerated by COVID-19 variants." Europe's biggest economy had begun easing restrictions before the latest wave of infections. The authorities reopened schools in late February, and some shops were allowed to resume business earlier this month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference on Friday that Germany should not hesitate to go into lockdown again if necessary.
Rising infections dash German hopes of easing a lockdown that has lasted more than four months.
The reality behind Russia's pandemic is most likely to be found in its excessive mortality rates.
Some 21 million people in France are affected, while in Poland shops and hotels are shut nationwide.
•Mar 20, 2021 Wall Street Journal
An aggressive Covid-19 variant called P.1 has spread from the Amazon to other parts of Brazil and has now been identified in U.S. cases. WSJ’s Paulo Trevisani reports from Porto Alegre’s overwhelmed hospitals, where doctors say young people are getting ill.
The result is a boost for the troubled vaccine, which had its rollout paused across Europe last week after reports of a relative handful of rare but worrying blood clots.By William Booth and Carolyn Y. Johnson
The vaccine maker is preparing to apply for emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. But its shot may not be needed in the United States.
Jennifer Jacobs and Kasia Klimasinska
Unnamed Chinese expert quoted in national tabloid as saying ‘politics overseas’ could shape conclusions.
Hunt for Covid’s Origin Points to China Animal Trade: Scientists tracing the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic believe they’ve identified a possible transmission source.
An analysis of SARS-CoV-2 samples collected in mid-December found subtle genetic differences between them. The variation indicates the virus may have circulated surreptitiously for weeks in the community before doctors were alerted to it via a handful of severely ill patients with a mysterious viral pneumonia.
Island to prioritize health workers for its first doses after Premier Su Tseng-chang takes jab, with contracts signed to secure about 20 million doses in total.
March 22, 2021
•Mar 10, 2021 Financial Times
The FT explains how the vaccine market works – including the cost of a vaccine and the vaccine development process – and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This short documentary features global experts including Bill Gates, the CEOs of Moderna and Gavi, and the lead scientist behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
•Mar 22, 2021 DW News
It's been lockdown after lockdown, with another on its way here. It's been a year now since Germany officially classified the coronavirus as a pandemic. There are lots of lessons to be learnt from this crisis. The biggest challenge being understanding. How we perceive the dangers of a microscopic pathogen. How science progresses. And how politicians decide what's best for us. One year of DW's COVID-19 Special tracking the ups and downs of a pandemic.
Jabs vs. Jab-Nots: Vaccine Passports Will Exclude Less Fortunate
James Paton and Suzi Ring
Building a Covid Travel Passport Is a Serious Tech Challenge
Tara Patel and Natalia Drozdiak
•Mar 23, 2021 BBC News
Lights have shone around the UK in memory of all those who have lost their lives in the past year. Buildings were lit up and people went stood on doorsteps with candles and torches for a moment of reflection on the first anniversary of national lockdown. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked people for their "courage, discipline and patience" over the past 12 months, but admitted there were things he wished - in retrospect - the government had done differently in the early handling of the pandemic.
•Mar 17, 2021 DW Documentary
Around the world, pandemic-related lockdowns have hit our globalized economy hard. Supply chains have been disrupted, industries crippled. The coronavirus has laid bare the risks of global interconnectedness. Is the crisis the beginning of the end of globalization? In early 2020, when much Asian production and manufacturing was shut down, the effects were quickly felt in supply chains. The flow of raw materials and other products that drives global trade dried up. Hamburg port operator HHLA reported losses of up to 40 percent, with supply shortfalls bringing production at German factories to a temporary halt. Coronavirus-related lockdowns in Europe led to garment workers in Bangladesh losing their livelihoods. This documentary shows how such global dependencies function during a pandemic. Is it time to bring back local production, to ensure populations are provided for even in times of crisis? This film shows that many are thinking hard about the issue. Companies are diversifying their supply chains, or stepping up digitalization efforts. In Germany, public funds are being used to encourage home-grown production of protective equipment in order to secure supplies in the future. But for the majority of German companies such measures would make production drastically more expensive. Globalization is in many ways the cause of exploitation and social injustice, yet if developing countries were to lose huge orders without compensation, the result would likely be dire. "Many more people will die from hunger than from the pandemic," fears globalization expert Ian Goldin of Oxford University. But could the coronavirus crisis also bring positive changes, like a fairer division of labor, more conscientious consumption, less pollution, and more social responsibility?
•Mar 21, 2021 Sky News Australia
The former lead investigator who spearheaded a taskforce for the US government into the origins of COVID-19 has declared the virus may have been the result of work done for a biological weapons program in Wuhan. David Asher – a now senior fellow at the Hudson Institute – spoke to Sky News about investigations into the origins of COVID-19 and suspicions as to who may have been first infected with the virus in Wuhan. He spoke of work undertaken at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as well as the theory it may have developed SARS-COV-2 while working on a potential coronavirus vaccine. The possible vaccine was potentially being developed as an antidote to a bioweapen, he said. "Whether they were developing this vaccine, if it exists, as an antidote ... hard to know," he told Sky News host Sharri Markson. "There's going to be the need for a huge global investigation, well beyond the WHO". He said events and information have arisen which "made us feel the Wuhan Institute was highly probably the source of the COVID epidemic".
Revisiting Huanan and Wuhan’s other markets (Video)
"Nobody that we’ve spoken to thought it began here." One year after the #coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, @ek_obrien visits the city considered the ground zero of #Covid19 in China (Source: Bloomberg)December 30th, 2020, 7:55 PM EST
•Mar 18, 2021 DW News
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday declared the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe for use after it was suspended by 13 EU member states. The EMA held a special meeting to look into the connection between unusual blood clot disorders discovered in several cases after people had received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Germany, France, Spain and others temporarily halted vaccinations with the British-Swedish shot after EU member states reported 30 cases of blood clot disorders, including a rare and difficult-to-treat condition called cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT). Some 5 million people have so far been administered the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the EU.
Germany, France, Italy and Spain will restart vaccine programme after regulator's review.
The German-made doses should protect people from the variants found in Britain and Brazil, but not enough data available on the Sinovac shots from China to reach same conclusion, say experts advising government.
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Ian Wishart, Ania Nussbaum and Milda Seputyte
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By Aaron Blake
The lingering obstacles to vaccinating health-care workers foreshadows the challenge the United States will face as it attempts to get the vast majority of the population vaccinated. By William Wan, Frances Stead Sellers, Naema Ahmed and Emily Guskin
•Mar 18, 2021 BBC News
Crowds protesting against hate crimes against Asian Americans appeared in Washington DC following the Atlanta spa shootings. On Tuesday, eight people at three different parlours in and around the US city of Atlanta were killed. Six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent. Atlanta's police chief, Rodney Bryant, said it was too early in the investigation to conclude that Tuesday's shootings had not been a hate crime. Activists and advocates have pointed to an increase in racially-motivated attacks against Asian Americans throughout the pandemic. In late 2020, the UN issued a report detailing an "alarming level" of racially-motivated violence and other hate incidents against Asian Americans.
US Congress told shootings were result of rising attacks on Asian-AmericansAsian-American congresswomen say the killings ‘are the aftermath of one year of hateful attacks’; a Texas Republican who objects on free-speech grounds is ‘putting a bull’s-eye on the back of Asian-Americans’, Representative Grace Meng says tearfully.
•Mar 18, 2021 BBC News
Most of the European countries that suspended the use of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine have said they will start using it again after the EU's medical regulator declared it “safe and effective”. Italy, Germany, France and Spain are among those resuming use of the jab after a pause over fears of a link to blood clots in a small number of people. The UK's regulator said any link between the jab and clots is unproven and the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risks.
•Mar 17, 2021 BBC News
There will be a significant reduction in the availability of coronavirus vaccines from the end of March. The NHS has written to local health organizations urging them not to take any new appointments from the 29th March. Those who already have bookings are not expected to lose their slot. The BBC has been told that fewer batches of AstraZeneca vaccines are available than expected. Despite that, ministers insist that the vaccination targets they set are still achievable. Meanwhile the European Union is continuing to struggle with its own vaccine supply problems, as some countries face a third wave of the pandemic. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by political editor Laura Kuenssberg, health editor Hugh Pym and Brussels correspondent Nick Beake.
By Chris Morris Reality Check Correspondent
•Mar 17, 2021 DW News
The Colombian coastal town Tumaco wasn't prepared for the pandemic. The intensive care unit was only built AFTER COVID-19 had reached the city and infected thousands. Far from the capital Bogota, the population here has never been the focus of government decisions. Now it's paying for the lack of health infrastructure like many other remote parts of the country. The coronavirus is riskier for indigenous communities with a lack of health services and clean water as well as high poverty rates.
•Mar 16, 2021 DW News
The Czech Republic is among the countries in Europe worst affected by COVID-19. The number of people who have died is one of the highest per capita in the world. DW's Alexandra von Nahmen visited the town of Tachov, which has been hit hard by the virus.
•Mar 16, 2021 DW News
The measures meant to protect us from the corona-virus aren't always inclusive - take social distancing. Not at all easy and sometimes impossible to adhere to for people with disabilities. Roughly one in six people have or experience a form of disability. When it comes to COVID-19, are people with disabilities more vulnerable?
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Minnesota’s numbers are creeping up, as are Maryland’s and New Jersey’s. Many places, including New York City and surrounding counties, are no longer seeing declines, despite intensive vaccination efforts.By Joel Achenbach, Ariana Eunjung Cha and Jacqueline Dupree
Giving smaller portions in multiple shots is often better than a large dose of vaccine in a single shot.
The Conversation Published: 8:00am, 18 Mar, 2021
As of 11 March, 3.9 million doses had also been exported from the EU to Canada, and 3.1 million to Mexico. One million doses have been sent to the US, even though it is a major manufacturer in its own right and has not exported any vaccines to the EU.
The US is using export controls under the Defense Production Act, first introduced during the Korean War in the 1950s, to prevent companies exporting vaccine doses or ingredients without federal government authorization.
By Chris Morris Reality Check Correspondent
•Mar 10, 2021 CBS This Morning
Nearly a year after New York City became the nation's coronavirus epicenter, "CBS This Morning" was granted extraordinary access to the ongoing fight to save lives. Two doctors who shared the emotional toll inside the hospital in video diaries early in the pandemic showed Mola Lenghi the progress, and continuing peril, of a year on the COVID-19 front lines.
The new single-shot J&J vaccine doesn't need subzero storage, and could help harder-to-reach communities get access to coronavirus protection.
•Mar 15, 2021 FRANCE 24 English
Half of #Italy’s regions have gone into the strictest form of #lockdown in a bid to curb the latest spike in coronavirus infections that have brought #Covid-19 hospital admissions beyond manageable thresholds.
•Mar 12, 2021 CBS News
Italy is bracing for a third wave of the coronavirus more than one year after first going into lockdown as an early hotspot of the pandemic. CBS News foreign correspondent Chris Livesay joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero from Rome with more about how the nation has changed its approach to battling COVID-19 over the past year.
•Mar 16, 2021 ABC News (Australia)
Australia's AstraZeneca rollout will not be put on hold, as the country's top experts remain confident the vaccine is safe. It comes after several countries in Europe suspended the vaccine amid several cases of blood clots in people who've had the jab
European Medicines Agency today said it remains "firmly convinced" that the benefits of AstraZeneca's (NASDAQ:AZN) COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks, The Wall Street Journal reports. https://seekingalpha.com/news/3673150-ema-standing-behind-safety-of-astrazeneca-covid-vaccine-wsj
By Jenny StrasburgUpdated March 16, 2021 10:08 am ET
HKU infectious diseases expert Yuen Kwok-yung describes finding as ‘exciting’ but says more work will be needed to ascertain the drug’s use.
March 16, 2021
Sources confirm rules imposed on public gatherings and eateries to remain through the end of the month amid a surge of interest in the city’s newly expanded vaccination drive.
•Mar 15, 20211 CNBC Television
Ireland and the Netherlands have joined the growing list of countries that have suspended the use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford over blood clot concerns. CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" crew discuss. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi Germany, France, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands have joined the growing list of countries that have suspended the use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford over blood clot concerns. The Dutch government said Sunday that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine would not be used until at least March 29, while Ireland said earlier in the day that it had temporarily suspended the shot as a precautionary step. On Monday, the German government also said it was suspending its use, with the vaccine regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, calling for further investigations. The Italian medicines authority made a similar announcement on Monday afternoon and French President Emmanuel Macron also said the vaccine’s use would be paused pending a verdict from the EU’s regulator. The World Health Organization has sought to downplay ongoing safety concerns, saying last week that there is no link between the shot and an increased risk of developing blood clots. The United Nations health agency has urged nations to continue using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Despite this, a number of European countries have already paused the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. It has added to the woes of the region’s ailing vaccination campaign at a time when Germany’s public health agency has warned that a third wave of coronavirus infections has already begun. Thailand has also halted its planned deployment of the vaccine. The move to pause its use by Dutch and Irish officials came shortly after Norway’s medicines agency said it had been notified of three health workers being treated in hospital for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of blood platelets after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Norway has put its Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine program on hold. Geir Bukholm, director of the division of infection control and environmental health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said Norway’s medicines agency would “follow up on these suspected side effects and take the necessary measures in this serious situation.”
•Mar 15, 2021 DW News
Germany on Monday halted use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the Health Ministry announced in a statement. Several other EU countries have stopped use of the vaccine because of the possibility of blood clots. The Health Ministry announced that use of the vaccine was "suspended as a precaution" on the basis of advice from the national health regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI). According to the Health Ministry, the European Medicines Agency will decide "whether and how the new information will affect the authorization of the vaccine" pending an investigation. In addition to Germany, nations across Europe and worldwide have halted use of the vaccine because of possible clotting risks. Italy and France both issued similar statements on Monday afternoon, soon after Germany. Last week, Denmark became the first country to suspend implementation, with Norway, Iceland and Bulgaria following. Non-European nations to have suspend use of the vaccine include Thailand and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Paris Weekend Lockdowns; Astra Vaccine Review: Virus Update
Online bookings for the two vaccines on offer jump to 144,000 from 18,600 a day earlier. City confirms 18 new infections, five of which are tied to Ursus Fitness in Sai Ying Pun.
•Mar 14, 2021 60 Minutes
New, mutated strains of the coronavirus are causing worry around the world as health officials race to vaccinate as many people as possible. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on why the new strains are popping up.
•Mar 16, 2021CNBC Television
Dr. Jeffrey Weitz, a leading expert on thrombosis, discusses whether decisions by European countries to suspend use of Astrazeneca's COVID vaccine are warranted.
The U.S. is recording at least 55,300 new Covid-19 cases and at least 1,300 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.
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•Mar 15, 2021 BBC News
Germany, France and Italy have halted rollouts of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after a series of incidents in Europe involving blood clots. They join several smaller European nations who have halted vaccinations as a precaution while checks are made. The World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that the incidents are caused by the vaccine. It said it was reviewing reports relating to the jab, but it was important vaccinations continued.
Mar 15, 2021 FRANCE 24 English
#Brazil reported 1,127 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours and 43,812 new cases of the #coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, ending the most lethal week since the pandemic began a year ago. #Hospitals are faltering as a highly contagious coronavirus variant tears through the country.
March 15, 2021
Mon March 15, 2021 12:41 PM|Canada Newswire|About: LLY
TORONTO, March 15, 2021 /CNW/ - Eli Lilly and Company recently announced new data from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled BLAZE-1 Phase 3 study, demonstrating bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555) 700 mg and etesevimab (LY-CoV016) 1400 mg together significantly reduced COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths ("events") in high-risk patients recently diagnosed with COVID-19. These results provide additional efficacy and safety data that support the use of the dose recently granted both Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a positive scientific opinion by the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).
•Mar 15, 2021 CBS News
The death toll and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are declining in the U.S. after a devastating surge of infections this winter. But the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warns that we could still see surges if mitigation measures are lifted too early. Naomi Ruchim joins CBSN AM with more.
Advocates have championed a system that would not create unnecessary barriers to obtaining shots. But a looser verification system brings its own challenges.
Ten more counties have moved into California’s red tier, allowing more businesses to reopen.
•Mar 13, 20213 CBS This Morning
Michigan and Colorado say they will be able to vaccinate all adult residents sooner than the Biden administration's May 1 target date. The announcement comes as the U.S. has administered more than 100 million COVID vaccine doses. But health officials are sounding the alarm as states continue to loosen restrictions.
By Amy B Wang
•Mar 11, 2021 CBS News
We’ve lived with COVID-19 for more than a year now. When will the coronavirus finally disappear? Public health experts say you’re not going to like the answer: Never.
•Mar 12, 2021 USA TODAY
Nurses struggling to take vital signs. Anguished faces on iPad screens. A chaplain praying with a patient. These are the scenes playing out daily inside of a COVID-19 ICU.