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Biden and Harris honor 500,000 Americans lost in pandemic

As the nation passed a “truly dark and heartbreaking milestone on Monday,” President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris observed a moment of silence during a ceremony at the White House.

Today we mark a truly dark and heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead. More Americans have died in a year in this pandemic than in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War combined. This is more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth. We often hear people described as “ordinary Americans”. There is nothing like it. There is nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were amazing. They have crossed generations. Born in America, immigrated to America. But just like that, many of them took their last breaths on their own in America. As a nation, we cannot accept such a cruel fate. Although we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we must resist becoming numb with pain. We must resist seeing every life as a statistic or a blur or on the news. We must do this to honor the dead, but just as importantly, take care of the living, those they have left behind.

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Video: California to reserve vaccine doses for teachers and school staff

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California to reserve vaccine doses for teachers and school staff

Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Friday that starting March 1, California will set aside 10% of the state’s first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for educators and school workers.

Thirty-five counties in the state of California are currently prioritizing the immunization of teachers and educators. We want this to become the norm for all 58 counties in the state. So as of March 1, not only are we doing this through our third-party administrator, but we are also setting aside 10% of all first doses, starting with a base of 75,000 doses each week that will be available and set aside for educators and educators who support our efforts to bring our children back to face-to-face teaching. This is as of March 1. And the reason we can do it more formally, even though we have allowed it in the past few weeks, is the window of visibility into the future with more vaccinations that we know are coming now. the Biden administration.

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Video: New data demonstrates vaccine safety, says CDC director

TimesVideoNew Data demonstrates vaccine safety, says CDC director. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said data from a study of Covid-19 vaccinations in the United States shows that Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and that serious side effects are rare.

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Video: Winter storms delayed delivery of 6 million vaccines, White House says

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Andy Slavitt, a White House pandemic adviser, said a backlog of coronavirus vaccine shipments caused by severe winter storms across the country is expected to be delivered next week.

We have a backlog of about six million doses due to weather conditions. All 50 states have been affected. The six million doses represent about three days of delayed shipping. There are three places along the distribution chain that have been affected by the weather conditions. First, FedEx, UPS, and McKesson, our logistics and distribution teams, all faced challenges as workers were caught in snow and unable to get to work to pack and ship vaccines, kits, and thinner required. Second, road closures have delayed vaccine delivery to different points in the distribution process – between manufacturing sites, distribution, and shipping centers. Third, more than 2,000 vaccination sites are located in areas with no power, so they currently cannot receive doses. Due to the constraints of the 72 hour cold chain, we do not want to ship doses to these locations and leave them to sit at a site where they could expire. The vaccines are therefore safe and sound in our factories and centers, ready to be dispatched as soon as time permits. Now that the weather conditions are improving, we are already working to clear this backlog: 1.4 million doses are already in transit today, and we expect all overdue doses to be delivered within the next week. We are asking vaccine delivery sites to further extend their hours of operation, offer additional appointments, and try to postpone vaccinations over the next few days and weeks as the supply arrives significantly.

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Video: Trump ‘didn’t do his job’ on vaccine rollout, says Biden

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Trump ‘didn’t do his job’ on vaccine rollout, says Biden

President Biden visited the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he said Covid-19 vaccines would not be available to all Americans until late summer due to poor planning for his predecessor.

“It’s no secret that the immunization program was in much worse shape than my team and I had anticipated. We felt and were told that we had a lot more resources than when we came to power. While scientists have done their job of discovering vaccines in record time, my predecessor – be very blunt about this – did not do his job in preparing for the enormous challenge of vaccinating hundreds of millions of people. Americans. When I became president three weeks ago, America had no plan to vaccinate most of the country. It was a big mess that will take time to fix, to be honest with you. And we thought and we were led to believe that there was a lot more vaccine available than there was. And when I said in the first hundred days, I guaranteed, I promised that we would get a hundred million shots in people’s arms, everybody said, ‘You can’t do that. It’s incredible. Now I get, “Why can’t you get more? To get to the place where these guys always legitimately ask me is when will we have enough vaccines to have over 300 million people? We’re going to be in a position where it’s going to be, it won’t be at the end of summer.

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Video: Los Angeles temporarily closes 5 coronavirus vaccination sites

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Los Angeles temporarily closes 5 coronavirus vaccination sites

Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday the city would close five of its Covid-19 vaccination sites, including Dodger Stadium, due to a supply shortage.

We are vaccinating people faster than new vials are coming here in Los Angeles, and I’m very concerned right now. As mayor, I fear that our vaccine supply is uneven, unpredictable and all too often inequitable. By tomorrow, the city will have used up its current supply of Moderna vaccine for first-dose appointments. This is a huge hurdle in our race to vaccinate Angelenos, and unfortunately that means we will have to temporarily close Dodger Stadium and the other four non-mobile vaccination sites for two days on Friday and Saturday. As soon as we get more supply, and hopefully we get – I’d like a call tonight or tomorrow from a state or national level source, saying we’ve found more, but most likely, hopefully on Tuesday or Wednesday we will reopen and restart the business.

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Video: New York’s first lady gets vaccinated

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New York’s first lady gets vaccinated

Chirlane McCray received a Covid-19 vaccine at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn as health officials tried to address the racial disparity in the vaccine rollout.

It was so easy. The staff at Kings County Hospital are very warm and welcoming. And it’s so easy for us to do it. Fill out our request, get our card, our follow-up appointment and here we are. And it was just a pinch. We all said the same thing. We barely felt it.

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Video: Maskless fans in Tampa celebrate Super Bowl

TimesVideoMaskless Fans in Tampa Celebrate Super BowlAfter the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, fans celebrated all over town while ignoring social distancing guidelines and mask protocols.

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Video: Crowds gather in Tampa, Florida ahead of Super Bowl

“It’s surreal, it didn’t really set in until, you know, Friday or Saturday you quit work, and for the last couple of weeks it was kind of like, OK, we’re really in the Super Bowl. We are truly in the Super Bowl at home. We are in Tampa. We play on our field. “People need hope, especially now, since 2020, and I think 2021 is going to be a better year, I feel it deeply, it will be a better year in all areas. Yeah, and sport brings people together. I love this.”

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Video: Pentagon to deploy troops to support vaccination efforts

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Pentagon to deploy troops to support vaccination efforts

The White House announced Friday that Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense, had approved the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s request for support and would deploy 1,110 active duty soldiers to Covid-19 vaccination centers in across the country.

I want to announce that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has approved FEMA’s request to increase and speed up immunizations across the country. He ordered the first contingent of more than 1,000 active-duty military personnel to support state vaccination sites. Some of this group will begin arriving in California within the next 10 days to begin operations there around February 15, with additional vaccination missions to follow soon. The military’s vital role in supporting the sites will help immunize thousands of people per day and ensure that every American who wants a vaccine receives one.

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