Health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci, long-time director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have said vaccines will help put the pandemic behind us — but most Americans, who won’t get vaccinated until next year, need to be vigilant with mask and social distancing measures for the next few months — especially during holiday gatherings.
We’re off tomorrow for Christmas, but will be back with the briefing on Monday, December 28. Happy Holidays everyone and happy birthday to Dr. Fauci, who turns 80 today.
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Q: Can people try to cut the line to get vaccinated?
It’s a matter each state will have to handle individually, but in the grand scheme of a nationwide vaccination campaign, it isn’t the most troubling concern.
On the one hand, it’s an indicator of high demand, which means more vaccine acceptance. On the other, those administering the vaccine have enough to worry about without being burdened with checking everyone’s identification, occupation or medical history.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Very allergic populations could participate in new Covid vaccine trials
Slaoui said the last time he was updated on allergic reactions was Tuesday, when there were six cases, but that the data on coronavirus immunizations is lagging behind the actual numbers. There are discussions underway between the vaccine makers and the National Institutes of Health to consider running clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccines in very allergic populations, such as those who have to carry an EpiPen with them at all times, he added.
Genetics experts worry coronavirus vaccines might not work quite as well against UK variant
Health officials have downplayed the possibility that the coronavirus vaccines won’t work against the UK strain, but Worobey and other scientists thinks it’s a possibility — and it’s just a possibility — that this new variant might, to a small extent, outsmart the vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna are testing the vaccine to see if it works against the new variant.
She’s one of millions of girls who won’t return to the classroom
Unable to continue her studies remotely due to a lack of electricity at her home in Mombasa, and with her mother’s income from selling vegetables on the street slashed, Bella began exchanging sex for cash to help supplement the family’s income. Now three months pregnant, the 19-year-old said she won’t be able to resume her education when Kenya’s schools fully reopen in January.
Wombats, snails, ferrets: The animals that brought us joy during the pandemic
In 2020, shelters reported so many foster and adoption applications that some have run out of animals for the first time ever. But it’s not just cats and dogs enjoying more of our attention; people have embraced more unconventional pets, formed bonds with wildlife, and developed communities around their local animals.
ON OUR RADAR
- The UK has announced a travel ban on anyone who has been in or transited through South Africa in the past 10 days due to an “increased risk from a new strain of coronavirus.”
- A Brazilian researcher has said China’s CoronaVac vaccine is the “safest currently tested,” but won’t disclose trial data.
- Japan has recorded a new record high Covid-19 cases as experts urge the public to cancel holiday travel.
- South Korea has signed contracts with Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical company Janssen to import Covid-19 vaccines.
- Delta’s CEO gifted an employee who battled Covid-19 for months a first-class trip anywhere in the world.
- A historic amount of packages and rising employee Covid-19 rates are causing significant backlogs at US Postal Service processing facilities before Christmas.
- Actor Kirk Cameron is facing criticism for organizing caroling protests in Southern California over stay-at-home mandates as Covid-19 cases in the state surge.
Want to hang with some friends (mask-free) this winter? Make a Covid-19 bubble
Doctors are urging Americans to hunker down in their bubbles as cases of Covid-19 surge this winter.
Social distancing bubbles can help you stay safe and sane by seeing other human beings in person. But they only work if everyone follows the same strict rules.
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