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Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 26: New Mutation Worries Scientists as Global Deaths Cross 2.5 Million Mark

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 26: New Mutation Worries Scientists as Global Deaths Cross 2.5 Million Mark

The world has recorded over 113.5 million coronavirus cases since the appearance of the virus in late 2019, while the death toll on Thursday crossed the 2.5 million mark. In the United States, over 29 million people have been infected, and the death toll there is over 520,000.
The death toll in California from the coronavirus hit the 50,000 mark Wednesday. The Golden State has lost more residents to the coronavirus than …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 24: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Meets Requirements for Emergency Use Authorization

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 24: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Meets Requirements for Emergency Use Authorization

A little over one year after the coronavirus started appearing in cities other than Wuhan, it has sickened almost 113 million people across the globe. Over 2.49 million people have died from it, and 88 million have recovered although some will have lasting aftereffects including lung damage.
Meanwhile there were 71,802 new cases in the United States, a 37% 14-day change, and 2,328 new deaths, a 23% reduction averaged over the …

Coronavirus Update – Feb. 23: Biden Calls 500,000 Death Toll a ‘Heartbreaking Milestone’

Coronavirus Update  – Feb. 23: Biden Calls 500,000 Death Toll a ‘Heartbreaking Milestone’

“Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone,” said President Joseph Bide, marking the shocking death toll in the United States with a moment of silence Monday.
The World Health Organization found that Chinese officials did “little” in terms of epidemiological investigations into the causes of the initial outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan in the first eight months following the onset of the virus, according to an internal document.  The news, …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 22: U.S. Crosses 500,000 Mark in Covid-19 Deaths

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 22: U.S. Crosses 500,000 Mark in Covid-19 Deaths

The United States crossed the 500,000 mark in coronavirus-related deaths at some point over the weekend, a little over one year after the first death from the coronavirus occurred in the country in Washington state.  The milestone as crossed as the number of new cases there continued to decline on a steep slope.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor and the Biden administration’s chief medical officer, forecast “a …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 20: Biden Sees ‘Normalcy’ Ahead, CDC Finds Vaccines ‘Safe’

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 20: Biden Sees ‘Normalcy’ Ahead, CDC Finds Vaccines ‘Safe’

U.S. President Joseph Biden predicted that the nationwould be “approaching normalcy by the end of this year,” but warned that he can’t make that a “commitment to you.” The president made his remarks while visiting a Pfizer plant outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, which currently manufactures the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Research conducted in Israel found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides strong protection against the coronavirus after one dose. In addition, Pfizer and BioNTech said …

New CDC Study Finds the Vaccines Are Quite Safe and Side Effects Are Rare

New CDC Study Finds the Vaccines Are Quite Safe and Side Effects Are Rare

Just as 41 million Americans had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had some fairly reassuring news: “Health care providers and vaccine recipients can be reassured about the safety of Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines,” the CDC said in a paper published in Morbidity and Morbidity Weekly.
The report, which covers the first month of vaccinations, namely …

Airline Industry Comes Out in Favor of International Contact Tracing Program

Airline Industry Comes Out in Favor of International Contact Tracing Program

Airlines in the United States voiced support for a voluntary international contact tracing program that would help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The list of airlines includes Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
The carriers said they support collecting contact information including the passenger’s legal name, two phone numbers, and the passenger’s e-mail address.  The airlines would also collect the permanent …