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On stage: week 1 of Derek Chauvin’s trial

Minneapolis was a city of protest and remembrance during the early days of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former white policeman on trial for the death of George Floyd, the black man whose neck he knelt for more than nine minutes during an arrest last May.

Only a handful of people were allowed into the courtroom at the Hennepin County Government Center. But outside, others chained themselves to fences, carried banners and knelt in remembrance – echoes of the protests that erupted last summer after a cellphone video was posted online. of Mr. Floyd’s death.

Others looked from afar in hair salons, convenience stores and on cell phones. A woman took a moment to reflect on a bonfire Monday near where Mr Floyd was killed, an area that has become both a memorial and a complicated symbol of race and law enforcement in America.

Here are the scenes from the city of Minneapolis during the first week of the trial.

Aidan Gardiner


Cup Foods, a convenience store where Mr. Floyd was killed, has since become a memorial.

Ben Crump, an attorney for Mr. Floyd’s family, left, and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, right, kneel outside the courthouse on Monday.

Activists on Hiawatha Avenue, where students from South High School in Minneapolis hung a banner in support of George Floyd from the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.

Doctors hang Black Lives Matter flags outside the courthouse.

Chalk art on a street near where Mr. Floyd was killed.

Protesters march through Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Thursday.

More protesters in Robbinsdale.

The lawsuit was broadcast on the television screens of the Urban Touch Barbers & Salon in Minneapolis.

Elliot Wachs, one of many activists who chained themselves to the fence outside the Hennepin County government center throughout the week.

Courtney Ross, Mr. Floyd’s girlfriend, left, put candles near where he died. In a tearful testimony Thursday, she described their joint struggle with drug addiction, their first kiss and her nickname for her: “Mom.”

A quiet morning at the “Say They Names Cemetery”, a public art installation in memory of blacks killed by police.

Posters of victims of police violence lined the barrier outside the Hennepin County government center.

A woman walked past buildings in downtown Minneapolis that were jailed in anticipation of the trial.

Hundreds of people gathered near the courthouse for the first day of trial on Monday.

A group of student activists from South High School in Minneapolis hung a banner in support of George Floyd from the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge on Hiawatha Avenue.

Activists hold a sign commemorating other people who have been killed by police.

Mr. Floyd repeatedly told the police, “I can’t breathe,” as they pinned him to the ground.

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What to know about the virus this week

What to know about the virus this week

The New York Times

This week the country overtook 500,000 deaths in total and California surpassed 50,000 deaths, the highest number of any state. Around 2,000 deaths are still announced across the country almost every day, up from more than 3,000 in January.

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How Black History Week Became Black History Month and Why It Matters Now

Developing alongside the Harlem Renaissance, Negro History Week uses every platform at its disposal to spread its message.

Dr Woodson and his colleagues have set an ambitious program for Negro History Week. They provided a Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum with photos, lesson plans and posters with important dates and biographical information. In an article published in 1932 titled “Negro History Week: The Sixth Grade,” Dr. Woodson noted that some white schools participated in Negro History Week programs and that this had improved race relations. . He and his colleagues also engaged the community at large with historic performances, banquets, lectures, breakfasts, beauty pageants and parades.

LD Reddick, a historian, heard “the father of Negro history” speak as a child in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Everything about Dr. Woodson, he recalled, produced an “electric” effect. As Mr. Reddick wrote: “He performed well on the platform, I thought, moving pretty much like a skilled boxer: never in a hurry, never hesitant, skillfully fighting for openings, pushing his blows skillfully. Mr. Reddick, who would later collaborate with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his book on the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, was amazed that Dr. Woodson was “easily … the most impressive speaker I have ever had. have never heard this time in my life.

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For rural schools, Dr Woodson finally presented special kits for Black History Week that could include a list of suggested reading materials, speeches and photos of famous African Americans, and a play. theater on black history.

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What to watch out for this week in the event of a pandemic

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The good news? Coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations have seen a steady and steep decline in California, suggesting that a combination of inoculations and emergency restrictions implemented during the holidays helped the state get through the worst of its most terrifying wave.

[Track coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths across California.]

But as Californians adjust to reopened life and grapple with a massive vaccination campaign that readers have described as confusing and inconsistent – despite efforts to do otherwise – there are many unanswered questions as to how which we will move forward.

This week may shed some light on our direction. Here’s what to watch:

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a partnership with the federal government to accelerate efforts to immunize millions of Californians.

Standing outside the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum on Wednesday, the governor said the Biden administration would send additional supplies and personnel to help set up the stadium as a mass vaccination site that would open on February 16 and be in able to dispense approximately 6,000 doses. per day. A second mass vaccination site is expected to open under the same partnership in Cal State Los Angeles.

But while these will certainly come in handy, two other partnerships with states have the potential to further transform vaccine deployment in California.

These would be the blanket agreements with Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, two of the state’s largest health care insurers.

[Read more about the challenges in the state’s vaccine rollout.]

Essentially, the companies have agreed to help streamline vaccine distribution statewide, with a special focus on vulnerable communities, and they have agreed to do so without making a profit, Newsom said Wednesday. Beyond that, however, state officials have provided few details on how these partnerships will work.

How much could this help hand over the reins of vaccine distribution to Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente?

Dr. David Lubarsky, executive director of UC Davis Health, told me that, given that the two have existing relationships with most of the state’s health systems, he thinks that “this is a shift. in the right direction ”.

[Track how the vaccine rollout is going across the country.]

The key, he said, will be figuring out how to assign more doses to healthcare providers who can quickly identify patients who should be prioritized for vaccines based on factors such as their age, chronic disease and if they live in a particularly affected community. .

Then, these trusted doctors or clinicians will be in a better position to convince reluctant or worried patients to get vaccinated.

“Right now we are talking about vaccine supply, but in mid-February we will be talking about vaccine acceptance,” Dr Lubarsky said. “We need to get the vaccines in the hands of the providers because that is what patients want to hear.”

[Read more about how far-right and anti-vaccination activists have been emboldened in California.]

On Sunday, the San Francisco Public School District and unions representing employees announced a tentative agreement to allow students to return to class.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the deal requires a return to in-person education only after the city is moved to the second most restrictive (or red) reopening level, and vaccines are made available to workers. on the spot. The move has been hailed as desperately needed progress.

“This is a major step forward towards a goal we share with so many parents: the safe reopening of school buildings for students and staff”, unions said in a statement.

[If you missed it, catch up on the debate over reopening California schools.]

But, as The Chronicle reported, the deal also immediately drew criticism from some experts, who said the process should go faster, highlighting federal guidelines suggesting schools can safely reopen with precautions. .

And the deal comes after months of tension between city leaders and the school board, which the Mayor of London Breed and others have criticized for focusing more attention on a controversial effort to rename schools instead. than to reopen them.

Last week, the city made the extraordinary decision to sue the neighborhood in the hopes of forcing an outcome.

Across the state, such tense debates are unfolding over how to reopen schools safely without putting educators at risk.

In Los Angeles, the school principal and the head of the teachers’ union expressed their joint outrage over a city councilor’s plan to sue the district in a similar effort, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The policy adds an extra layer of complication: the former mayor of San Diego, Kevin faulconer, has made the reopening of schools a centerpiece of his preventive campaign for governorship.

Was a decision to restrict indoor worship a misguided “foray into chair epidemiology”? Or was it the correction of an unconstitutional restriction on religion, when secular businesses, such as shopping malls, factories and warehouses, are allowed to be opened indoors?

Either way, the busted Supreme Court ruling on Friday was one of the biggest legal victories for challengers of California’s strict Covid-19 rules.

The court partially supported California’s ban on indoor worship, lifting the ban entirely but allowing capacity restrictions. The move, my colleague Adam Liptak reported, followed a similar ruling in a New York case, further strengthening a new direction for the court.

[Read the full story about the ruling.]

The governor’s office on Saturday released revised guidelines in response to the decision and promised more detailed guidelines, according to the Associated Press.

Yet Mr Newsom said last week that the threat of legal battles had not shaped his administration’s pandemic policies.

“If I was concerned about legal action, I would have collapsed a year ago,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday.


  • Football fans know what old quarterbacks look like. It’s not like Tom Brady, 43 year old cyborg from Bay Area, that led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory on Sunday. [The New York Times]

  • UC Berkeley graduate Aaron Rodgers and beloved son of Chico has been named league MVP for the third time in his career. In his acceptance speech, he also casually thanked his “fiancee,” who naturally sparked much speculation. [CBS]

    If you missed it, read everything that happened at the Super Bowl. [The New York Times]


When Los Angeles-raised poet Amanda Gorman recited “The Hill We Climb,” at the presidential inauguration last month, it was immediately obvious we would see her more. (About a week later, IMG Models, a large talent agency, announced that they would represent her.)

On Sunday, she performed another poem, “Chorus of the Captains,” in a pre-recorded segment before the Super Bowl. The piece honored the three honorary captains, chosen to enter the raffle for their frontline service during the pandemic.

The trio included Trimaine Davis, a teacher from Los Angeles who helped his students obtain laptops for distance education.

“They took the lead,” she says in the poem. “Exceed all expectations and limits.”

Ms. Gorman, 22, was the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl, one of the biggest stages for an artist.


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Ice floe rescues and highway accidents end a bad winter week

A powerful storm brought high winds and blizzard conditions to parts of the Midwest on Thursday and Friday, forcing rescuers to brave snow, ice and freezing cold through air, lake and land to save dozens of people from accidents and accidents.

The storm capped a bad week for winter weather in the United States. The northeast has had record snowfalls and freezing cold is forecast for the weekend. Across Iowa, stranded cars and trucks were entangled in a snowy mess on the roads. And in Wisconsin, dozens of people who were ice fishing had to be rescued from the ice in Lake Michigan.

The weather forecast showed more bitter conditions on the way. In parts of the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes, temperatures are forecast to drop over the weekend to below zero in some areas.

Despite warnings from officials to commuters to stay in and out of the winter storm, the Iowa State Patrol said he responded to calls for help with 195 accidents and 169 damaged properties between Thursday morning and Friday morning. At least 25 injuries have been reported and an unidentified man has been killed.

State patrol told drivers not to travel east of Des Moines on the I-80 freeway, saying accidents have blocked the road.

The stacking of cars and semi-trailers with jacks had a cascading effect. The feeder roads that were used as detours were ultimately blocked with other accidents, said Craig Bargfrede, the winter operations administrator at the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The largest of the crashes occurred in the central and eastern part of the state: a stack of 40 vehicles stretching about two miles west of the town of Newton on Interstate 80, a said Mr. Bargfrede.

“We also saw a number of vehicles where motorists got stuck in cars in the ditch in low visibility and windy conditions,” he said.

The reason, he said, was a perfect storm of very fast weather and deterioration. The front crossed Thursday morning, affecting northwestern Iowa, and moved rapidly across the state with a line of freezing rain. Temperatures have dropped considerably. The rain turned to snow. “Then we had a quick frost, where all that precipitation froze on the sidewalk, creating slippery conditions,” he said.

Then the winds picked up, making it difficult to treat the roads with brine or sodium chloride. “The wind blows it a lot, and it ends up in areas where it isn’t needed,” he said. “It must have been rated up there as one of the toughest days we’ve seen across the state in quite a while.”

The fatal case took place on Highway 20 in northern Iowa, involving eight trucks and four passenger vehicles. The man who was killed was in one of the trucks involved in the crash.

Even the state’s soldiers have faced weather issues, said Sgt. Alex Dinkla, spokesperson for the State Patrol. Two state soldiers, who were trying to help a stuck truck driver, had to run into a ditch to flee a chain reaction accident that hit their patrol cars, he said.

Sixty-six people were rescued from three blocks of ice that broke off the shore of Lake Michigan on Thursday. Lt. Phillip Gurtler, a spokesperson for the 9th District of the Great Lakes Coast Guard, said the ice that had clung to the shores of the mouth of Sturgeon Bay had broken free, possibly due to strong winds disturbing the water.

The pack ice drifted deeper into Lake Michigan, one reaching nearly two miles offshore, and took the fishermen with them. About 30 fishermen stranded on one of the floes, he said. “They were pretty big,” Lt. Gurtler said of the floes.

Some fishermen called 911 around 9 a.m. local time. In less than four hours, rescuers from the Coast Guard, the Department of Natural Resources and other state and county agencies had wrested the anglers from the floes, using helicopters, air boats and icebreakers. There were no injuries.

Lt. Gurtler said he was reminded that a Coast Guard said, “There is no safe ice. Just safer ice cream.

Ice disengaging from the shore may be “something natural happening,” he said, listing wind-driven currents as one possible cause. Even though the weather was good during the rescue, conditions “could have been the straw that shattered the camel’s back if the ice had been weakened.”

Weather conditions can weaken sections of ice, or people can, for example, drill holes too close to each other or drive their vehicles on the ice, which was not the case on Thursday.

The Wisconsin ice fishing community is tight-knit, with a long tradition of ice fishing. People pitch tents on the ice or build cabins, dipping lines in the water for perch, smallmouth bass, or sturgeon. As soon as people heard about the floes, many took to the shore ice to remove their hidden gear, in case other pieces broke.

“I’m sure there were probably a lot of people disappointed that their ice cream huts were still on the floes,” he said.

The Northeast is shoveling its recent snowstorm that left New York City with 17 inches of snow this week, the largest since the record-breaking 2016 blizzard that dumped 27.5 inches of snow on Central Park. This week’s storm also hit other parts of the northeast, such as Bloomingdale, NJ where the snow totaled 26.2 inches.

Tim Gross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Davenport, Iowa, said an arctic front, which started at Cedar Rapids and blew across the region, also affected northwestern Illinois. “He went through the whole region,” he said. Temperatures dropped over 10 degrees in a matter of hours, hitting 20 degrees with wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour.

Snow wasn’t really the problem: in eastern and central Iowa, totals were three inches to five inches. But conditions were bad enough that airports in the Chicago area canceled hundreds of flights.

This weekend, colder weather is waiting for you.

“Across the Midwest, we’ll have single-digit, above and below zero temperatures,” Gross said, referring to Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. “And taking the wind chill into account, we’re looking at between 20 and 30 below.”

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Biden’s first week fact check in the office

President Biden, in his first week in office, generally stuck to verified scripts and verified facts – a break from the free and factless rhetorical style of his predecessor.

Overall, Mr Biden has used the presidential podium to promote his political priorities. His remarks were ambitious and light on empirical claims. Of the 20 factual claims analyzed by The New York Times from Jan.20-26, all but three were largely, if not completely, correct. One claim was an overly optimistic projection, another falsely criticized former President Donald J. Trump and a third Mr. Biden corrected almost immediately.

Here’s a review.

Mr Biden has used statistics from government agencies most often and is thinking to highlight the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.

His claims that 900,000 Americans filed for unemployment the week before his inauguration, and that nearly 16 million continued to claim unemployment benefits, that nearly 10% of black Americans and just over 9% of Hispanics Americans are unemployed and that 600,000 local education workers have lost their jobs are all supported by the latest reports from the Department of Labor.

His claims that one in seven and more than one in five Black and Latino households “don’t have enough food to eat” come from a December Census Bureau survey. (A day after Mr Biden made the claims while signing executive orders intended to promote racial equity, the Census Bureau released a more recent survey showing that the situation had improved slightly in January; one household in 10 and one in six Black and Latino households reported food insecurity.)

He was also right that black and Latin Americans are dying and hospitalized from the coronavirus at rates almost three times that of white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research by left-wing think tanks, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for Economic and Policy Research, supports Biden’s claims that 14 million people are behind on rent and 40 percent of workers frontline are black and Latino.

And it was true, as he first asserted during his inauguration, that more Americans died from the coronavirus (406,194 on Jan.20) than during the whole of World War II (405,399, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs ).

When promoting his political priorities, Mr. Biden was armed with favorable quotes.

He aptly cited Kevin Hassett, a former economic adviser to Mr. Trump, as “absolutely” in favor of the Biden administration’s proposed $ 1.9 trillion budget bailout.

This would lift 12 million Americans out of poverty, Biden said, referring to a Columbia University study. And he referred to Moody’s Analytics estimates that the program would create 7.5 million jobs this year and that its broader economic plan would create around 18.6 million over four years if fully adopted.

Mr. Biden, unsurprisingly, did not mention other analyzes of his economic plan that predicted a lesser effect on employment. England-based research institution Oxford Economics estimated it would create two million more jobs in four years. The president also did not quote the October article by Mr Hassett, writing with another economist for the conservative Hoover Institution, estimating it would result in 4.9 million fewer jobs over a decade.

The plan’s call for a minimum wage of $ 15, Mr Biden said, would lift people out of poverty. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2019 that a minimum wage of $ 15 would lift 1.3 million people above the poverty line – and also put 1.3 million people out of work.

The president has also repeatedly urged people to mask themselves, twice claiming that “wearing masks by April would save 50,000 lives”. This is in line with a study that found that around 130,000 lives could be saved if 95% of people wore masks within 160 days from September 22, 2020 to February 28, 2021, or around 52,000 lives saved in 70 days.

In the 2020 Democratic primary and general election, Mr. Biden was more prone to factual errors when speaking out on his own, especially in attacks on political opponents or when defending or embellishing his own record. The three inaccurate claims of his first week in office demonstrated these tendencies.

While signing an executive order on strengthening domestic manufacturing, Biden suggested on Monday that his predecessor was lip service to support US companies but “not taking it seriously enough.”

“Under the previous administration, federal government contracts awarded directly to foreign companies increased by 30%,” Biden said.

It was wrong. A White House spokesperson said Mr Biden was referring to contractual obligations that increased from 2017 to 2019. But a government procurement database shows the value attributed to foreign companies has increased from around 11 , $ 9 million in fiscal 2017 to approximately $ 13.2 million in fiscal 2019 (an 11% increase) and approximately $ 12.9 million in fiscal 2020 (an increase of approximately 8.4%).

In addition, gross dollars do not take into account increases in government spending or inflation. The same database shows that the share of foreign contracts has actually declined under Mr. Trump to 1.9% of all contracts in FY2020, up from about 2.3% in FY2017.

At the same event, Biden overestimated the effect of one of his clean energy policies by claiming that replacing all federally owned cars and trucks with electric vehicles would create “a million dollars”. autoworker jobs in clean energy ”.

It is doubtful that electrification of the federal fleet of 645,000 cars and trucks would create a million auto jobs, even on the most optimistic projections. After all, the automotive industry as a whole employs just under three million people in manufacturing and dealership jobs, while 15-20 million cars are sold per year.

Existing research also shows a much more moderate influence on employment than Biden claims. For example, a 2010 study estimated 1.9 million jobs created if 123 million vehicles ran on electricity, while a 2009 article predicted 129,000 to 351,000 jobs added if two-thirds of vehicles sold. by 2030 were electric.

The president has also targeted some critics of his goal of delivering 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine in 100 days.

“I found it fascinating – yesterday the press asked the question: is 100 million enough? A week before they were like, “Biden, are you crazy? You can’t make 100 million in a hundred days, ”he said last week. “Well, we’re going, God willing, not just making a hundred million, we’re going to do more than that.

Mr Biden noted that some were skeptical of the administration’s ability to meet that goal when it first signed up in early December, days before the Food and Drug Administration approved. the Pfizer vaccine. Experts told The Times at the time that the goal was achievable, but optimistic. Mr Biden himself noted at the end of December – when the country was administering around 200,000 doses of the vaccine per day – that it would take years for the United States to properly vaccinate the public.

But the week before he took office, the number of vaccines administered daily reached nearly one million. This is the pace required to reach the 100 million dose target, leading to some criticism that such a target is no longer ambitious enough.

The president acknowledged in his remarks this week that the number of 100 million was a floor, not a ceiling.

“I have every confidence that we will be able, within the next three weeks or so, to immunize people at the rate of a million a day or more,” he said. “I think we can maybe reach 1.5 million a day, rather than a million a day. But we have to reach that goal of a million a day. “

After a reporter pointed out that the country had already crossed the million mark, Mr Biden easily corrected himself, using two words his predecessor had hardly ever said: “I misspoke.”

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Biden plans to tackle healthcare, the latest political theme to be presented to the White House this week.

The first full week of the Biden presidency has passed at a certain pace, with each day highlighting a new political theme. President Biden has addressed American manufacturing, racial equity and climate change since Monday.

Thursday is health care day.

In the afternoon, Mr Biden is expected to sign executive actions, including one that will reopen listing in many markets for the Affordable Care Act so Americans without health coverage can enroll – a move intended in party to help those who lost coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

Theme days are a way for the new president and his team to draw attention to the top priorities of the White House. And after a campaign in which Republicans sought to portray Mr. Biden as a sedentary figure confined to his basement, the daily appearances – and the flurry of executive orders – show him acting swiftly in various fields.

Among the actions planned for Thursday is restoring global protections for women’s reproductive health care by eliminating the rule that barred the granting of U.S. foreign aid to overseas health providers who offer advice on such matters. abortion. The Trump administration has reinstated this Reagan-era policy and the Biden administration is overthrowing it.

On Wednesday, he signed a series of executive actions related to climate change and science, and two senior officials working on climate issues, John F. Kerry and Gina McCarthy, appeared at the daily White House briefing to discuss of the subject with journalists.

But there are limits to what Mr Biden can do on his own through executive action, and Thursday’s health actions are no exception.

The stage of reopening Obamacare markets is small and temporary in the context of the president’s general agenda, which calls for strengthening the Affordable Care Act and creating an optional government health plan that consumers can purchase, known as a public option.

To realize his comprehensive vision for healthcare, Mr. Biden will need Congress to act. And past battles on Capitol Hill – including the failed effort in President Donald J. Trump’s first year of administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act – have proven how difficult it can be to pass far-reaching health care legislation.

Eileen Sullivan contribution to reports.

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Video: Senate impeachment trial to begin week of February 8

Now, Mr. President, we are well advanced in our efforts to determine the timing and structure of the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. For the information of all senators, House administrators will come to read the indictment article at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 25. The deputies will then be sworn in the next day, Tuesday January 26. managers and the defense will have some time to prepare their legal briefs, as they did in previous trials. During this time, the Senate will continue to do other business for the American people, such as cabinet appointments and the Covid relief bill. Then, once the briefs have been written, the presentation by the parties will begin the week of February 8. The January 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill, instigated by Donald J. Trump, was a day none of us will ever forget. We all want to leave behind this terrible chapter in our nation’s history. But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability.

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Video: ‘Week to week’ Cuomo warns against vaccine supply

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‘Week to week,’ Cuomo warns of vaccine supply

A limited supply of available vaccine doses has affected Covid-19 vaccination efforts in New York City, with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo saying the state will temporarily run out of vaccine in the coming days.

What’s clear now is that we’re going to go from week to week, and you’ll see a constant tendency to run out, wait for next week’s allowance, and then restart. We have so many distributors that we cannot supply them all, and you will see distributors that are out of stock. We want to make sure that distributors don’t set appointments for which they don’t have a definitive allocation. Because we don’t know what we’re going to get next week and we don’t know where we’re going to distribute it. Our distribution network is operational. We are just waiting for the supply. But we’re in a position that when we get the supply, we can move the supply. And that’s the position we should be in. And I feel good about it.

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The state of the virus this week: a milestone looming

The state of the virus: an imminent milestone

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New York is struggling to contain his epidemic. Cases continue to rise in New York City, with more than 6,100 emerging over several days. In Long Island, infections are appearing at rates that rival some hard-hit areas of Arizona and California.