Friday, January 22, 2021

Tag: COVID19

HEALTH
Yellow Zone declared for Utica, Rome after rise in COVID-19 cases

A portion of Oneida County was placed in a Yellow Zone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday during a routine press briefing on the pandemic.

The zone encompasses the Utica and Rome areas, including New Hartford, Whitestown, Marcy and Westmoreland.

“There is a problem there and we have to be honest about it,” Cuomo said.

Here are the yellow zone restrictions:

  • Public and private schools must test 20% of a school over two weeks. If those results are lower than the zone’s current seven-day positivity rate, testing at that school is no longer required. 
  • Businesses can operate. 
  • Restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor dining, with a four-person maximum per table. 
  • Worship services are limited to 50% capacity.
  • Mass gatherings are limited to 25 people, either indoors or outdoors. The limit was reduced to 10 people in private residences after Cuomo imposed further restrictions statewide, effective Nov. 13.

Utica and Rome were

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Moderna to distribute 6 million COVID-19 vaccines as soon as Friday upon FDA emergency approval

U.S. officials said on Monday they are planning to ship just under 6 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine once it receives emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.



a hand holding an object in his hand: Moderna to distribute 6 million COVID-19 vaccines as soon as Friday upon FDA emergency approval


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Moderna to distribute 6 million COVID-19 vaccines as soon as Friday upon FDA emergency approval

CNBC reports that McKesson, a medical supply company, will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine for packaging and distributing to 3,285 sites, according to Gen. Gustave Perna who is in charge of logistics for Operation Warp Speed, the White House’s COVID-19 vaccine program. Perna said that UPS and FedEx have been tasked with getting the vaccine doses to their final locations.

CNBC reports that the vaccine could be approved as early as Friday, one week after Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine was granted emergency use authorization. Similar to Pfizer, Moderna’s vaccine is given in two doses spaced four weeks apart.

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New Covid-19 variant identified in UK, minister says as London heads back into strict lockdown

London will return to a strict lockdown this week, after coronavirus cases soared in the British capital, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Monday.



a view of a large body of water with a city in the background: London venues including pubs and restaurants will close as the English capital is to go back into a strict lockdown later this week.


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London venues including pubs and restaurants will close as the English capital is to go back into a strict lockdown later this week.

Hancock said London will be moved from England’s Tier 2 “high alert” local restrictions to the “very high” Tier 3 on Wednesday morning at 12:00 a.m., along with nearby areas in south and west Essex, and south Hertfordshire.

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Under the highest restriction level, all hospitality venues including pubs, cafes and restaurants will close except for takeout and delivery.

People should avoid traveling outside their area and reduce the number of journeys they make wherever possible.

“Over the last three weeks we’ve seen very sharp exponential rises in the virus across London, Kent, parts of Essex and Hertfordshire,”

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When Dr. Fauci and other experts say you can expect to get vaccinated for Covid-19

On Monday, Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, became the first American to receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccination outside of a clinical trial, after the FDA granted its emergency use authorization Friday.





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This week, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to send out 2.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and “we hope we will see as much of that used as humanly possible this week,” secretary Alex Azar told NBC News’ “TODAY” on Monday.

“We know we have the vaccine available to get to 20 million people by the end of December and then a total of 50 million by the end of January,” Azar said.

Under the CARES Act, the Covid-19 vaccine will be free to anyone who wants it, but providers will be able to charge an administration fee (which is covered by

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States ready for first Covid-19 vaccinations as America nears 300,000 deaths

Eleven months after the earliest recorded case of coronavirus in the United States, medical workers are preparing to give the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with deliveries set to arrive at administration sites from around 8 a.m. ET Monday.



a group of people standing in front of a store: LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 13: UPS employees move one of two shipping containers containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine inside a sorting facility at UPS Worldport on December 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The flight originated in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Clevenger - Pool/Getty Images)


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LOUISVILLE, KY – DECEMBER 13: UPS employees move one of two shipping containers containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine inside a sorting facility at UPS Worldport on December 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The flight originated in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Clevenger – Pool/Getty Images)

Thousands of vials of the vaccine were collected for distribution across the country Sunday after it passed its last regulatory hurdle.

“We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive vaccine on Monday, another 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final 66 sites on Wednesday, which will complete the initial

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COVID-19 Changed Science Forever – The Atlantic

This article was published online on December 14, 2020.

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In fall of 2019, exactly zero scientists were studying COVID‑19, because no one knew the disease existed. The coronavirus that causes it, SARS‑CoV‑2, had only recently jumped into humans and had been neither identified nor named. But by the end of March 2020, it had spread to more than 170 countries, sickened more than 750,000 people, and triggered the biggest pivot in the history of modern science. Thousands of researchers dropped whatever intellectual puzzles had previously consumed their curiosity and began working on the pandemic instead. In mere months, science became thoroughly COVID-ized.

As of this writing, the biomedical library PubMed lists more than 74,000 COVID-related scientific papers—more than twice as many as there are about polio, measles, cholera, dengue, or other diseases that have plagued humanity for centuries. Only 9,700 Ebola-related papers have been published since its discovery in

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FDA OKs Emergency Use of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in people 16 years of age and older. 

The much-anticipated emergency use authorization (EUA) of this vaccine — the first such approval in the United States — was greeted with optimism by infectious disease and pulmonary experts, although unanswered questions remain regarding use in people with allergic hypersensitivity, safety in pregnant women, and how smooth distribution will be.



Dr William Schaffner

“I am delighted. This is a first, firm step on a long path to getting this COVID pandemic under control,” William Schaffner, MD, professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, said in an interview with Medscape Medical News.

The FDA gave the green light after the December 10 recommendation from the agency’s Vaccines and

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South Korean leader warns of tightest restrictions yet amid record COVID-19 case increases

South Korea’s president warned Sunday that the government may be forced to issue its tightest restrictions on public life so far in the face of surging numbers of new COVID-19 cases.



South Korean leader warns of tightest restrictions yet amid record COVID-19 case increases


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South Korean leader warns of tightest restrictions yet amid record COVID-19 case increases

Reuters reported that Moon Jae-in said during a news conference that South Korea could move to its third level of coronavirus-related restrictions if case numbers are not brought under control, a level that would mean an end to in-person classes for schools as well as a provision requiring only essential workers reporting to work in person.

“Unless the outbreak can be contained now, it has come to the critical point of considering escalating social-distancing measures to the third level,” he said, according to the news agency.

Video: Leana Wen, MD, says it’s not unreasonable for schools to require covid vaccine in the future

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First COVID-19 vaccine shipments leave Pfizer plant in Michigan

The first shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines were reportedly transported from the pharmaceutical company’s facility in Portage, Michigan early Sunday.

According to CNN, roughly 184,275 vials of the vaccine, spread across about 190 boxes, left the plant in freight trucks. The vials will reportedly be delivered to every state by the start of the coming week.

The company is also reportedly sending out an additional 390,000 vials on Monday.

The development comes several days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency authorization to the vaccine, which was produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, on Friday.

A day later, a panel of advisers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also voted to recommend the medication be administered to those in the country ages 16 and older. The director of the CDC is expected to accept that recommendation, clearing the way for vaccines to be administered. The vaccine

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Trucks with first COVID-19 vaccine in US get ready to roll

The first trucks carrying a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the United States were set to pull out of a Michigan manufacturing plant Sunday, with the shots that are critical to stopping the nation’s coronavirus outbreak destined to reach states a day later.

An assembly line of workers began in the early morning hours pulling doses out of a freezer, boxing the vaccine and loading the units onto pallets so they could be placed on trucks at a Pfizer plant in Michigan. Dry ice, shipping labels and packing tape were on hand as the workers — donning masks, face shields and gloves — put together the packages inside the warehouse.

One forklift driver transported the boxes to a loading area where a second forklift driver transferred the pallets from inside the facility onto a semitruck.

Shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will set in motion the biggest vaccination effort in

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