Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 27: Moscow Lifts Restrictions, World Crosses 100 Million Mark in Cases

By Anna Breuer on 27 January 2021
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Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow

The world crossed the 100 million mark for coronavirus infections, and now has over 101 million. The United States has 25 million cases, one quarter of the world’s total.

The U.S. State Department is warning Americans that the agency will be limited if they travel abroad and are stranded due to a positive test result for the coronavirus. The State Department has urged Americans to avoid traveling abroad for non-essential reasons. “The Department of State is committed to helping U.S. citizens overseas who find themselves in dire situations, but that assistance is likely to be limited,” said the Bureau of Consular Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee. “Our goal is to help people avoid those dire straits in the first place.”

The number of Americans willing to be inoculated against the coronavirus is increasing, according to a new survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that was released Wednesday.

The Biden administration said it was nearing a deal that would result in the vaccination of over 300 million Americans by the end of the summer.  States will see an increase of 16% in the quantity of vaccines they receive starting next week.

Meanwhile, French pharmaceutical company Sanofi said it would produce over 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine starting this summer in order to meet the strong demand in Europe.

In Moscow, the city’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, lifted most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions, saying that virus “is on the decline.”

A Vancouver-based Canadian casino executive, Rodney Baker, and his wife, Ekaterina, stand accused of posing as motel workers in order to get coronavirus vaccine injections meant for locals.  They chartered a plne to Beaver Creek last Thursday to receive the vaccine, local authorities said.

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