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In the headlines:
► Oregon Governor Kate Brown is stepping up COVID-19 vaccinations, ordering the Oregon health authority to administer 12,000 daily doses by January 15. go even faster when every vaccination has the potential to save someone’s life, ”said Brown.
► Public health officials said on Monday that Los Angeles County could soon reach 1,000 COVID-19 deaths per week, as one in five residents tests positive for the coronavirus. Officials said the number of new COVID-19 cases had increased by 905% since November 1.
► Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is criticized after his eldest son posted a video on social media at a party among dozens of people without a mask. Ducey has been criticized for failing to enforce the tougher coronavirus measures demanded by the state’s major hospital and health systems, including a statewide mask warrant. Arizona has the highest rate of new cases in the United States as of Monday afternoon, according to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.
► The Philippines added the United States to its current list of 20 countries with travel restrictions due to the increase in cases of the new variant of the coronavirus which was first identified in the United Kingdom.
► Mexico approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Monday for emergency use. It is the fourth country to grant emergency approval for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after India, Argentina and Britain, the New York Times reported. The Pfizer vaccine was previously the only one approved in Mexico.
► More than 120 residents of Wyoming long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19 since March, representing 28% of all coronavirus deaths in the state, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. Residents of long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the country’s population but account for 38% of deaths from COVID-19 as of December 31, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Wyoming is preparing to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities starting this month, the newspaper reported.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 20.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 353,300 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 85.6 million cases and 1.8 million deaths.
FDA: not enough data to change dosage and planning
The United States Food and Drug Administration said on Monday that there was no adequate scientific evidence supporting the change in the schedule or dosage of the approved COVID-19 vaccine, calling the request “premature.”
The FDA said it was following discussions and reports on reducing the number of doses, lengthening the time between doses, halving the dosage or mixing and tailoring vaccines to help get vaccinated. more people.
“Without proper data supporting such changes in vaccine delivery, we run a significant risk of putting public health at risk, undermining historic vaccination efforts to protect the population from COVID-19,” the FDA said in a statement. communicated.
Protests against masks continue as coronavirus cases rise
Anti-mask protests and videos of altercations over face mask requirements in businesses across the country continue to go viral even as coronavirus cases rise. On Saturday, “Burn the Mask” protesters blocked the entrance to a Fresno, Calif., Trader Joe’s, causing the grocery store to close that afternoon, the Fresno Bee reported.
In Los Angeles County, where nearly one in five people test positive, a group of protesters stormed a Ralphs grocery store on Sunday, arguing with customers over masks, with one protester calling another shopper ” Nazi mask, ”according to the Los Angeles Times. .
Meanwhile, outside a Houston cafe, protesters waved US flags over the weekend after some customers were upset about having to wear face masks. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted in response and in support of the restaurant, saying he had heard Miller’s Cafe had “really good burgers.” I will attend them on Monday and I hope you will attend them this week ”.
– Kelly Tyko
What we know about the new strain of virus found in 4 states, 33 countries
A more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in the UK continues to emerge in the US and around the world, threatening to strain overloaded healthcare systems as vaccines are rolled out in the whole world.
At least four US states and 33 countries have identified the new variant, known as B.1.1.7. Several countries have also identified an additional variant, first identified in South Africa, which also appears to infect people more easily. Here is what we know about B.1.1.7.
– Grace Hauck
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago under fire for maskless New Years party
A newly elected South Florida lawmaker wants Palm Beach County to take on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club for its New Year’s Eve party, during which many patrons and performers were seen maskless.
State Representative Omari Hardy, D-Lake Worth Beach, wrote a letter Friday night to Palm Beach County Deputy Administrator Todd Bonlarron asking if the county would take action against the private club for violating a policy County-wide mandatory mask. Hardy was Commissioner of Lake Worth Beach City before stepping down and being elected to Florida State House in November.
“I recognize that the president is a powerful person and that his company, Mar-a-Lago, is a formidable target for law enforcement,” Hardy wrote in an email containing a link to a Twitter post from the party that showed people without masks. “But as far as I know, the law still applies to the president and his affairs. ”
– Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post
Contribuer: The Associated Press