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Moderna says COVID vaccine should work on U.K., South Africa strains
"The dirtiest says the couple. 19 vaccine works against the newly emerged strains of this virus. Moderna, makers of one of the two Corona virus vaccines developed under the Trump Administration's operation Warp. Speed, says it's studies now show their product is fully effective against two new strains of the novel coronavirus that have become more prevalent. These strains are now found worldwide. But were first identified in both the UK and South Africa. Moderna says the vaccine had the same effectiveness against one of the strains. And while it was slightly less effective against the other, it was still above the threshold for working to protect patients. Evan Brown Fox News, All right,
Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like
"Don't know if you caught this today. The the new york times interview with feci dr home really on what working on yeah. It's an interview. They had him for an hour Task him about working for trump was really like so from denial. Ism to death threats. Dr anthony fauci describes a front year as an advisor to president. Donald j trump on the covid nineteen pandemic. And you know what. What's so interesting about this interview for me. Kim is how despite the headline and a clear attempts to almost make it sounds salacious. There is nothing about this interview. That is even remotely salacious. If anything it's it's it might even be considered a bit drab aside from yes the reality that dr fauci. His family faced death threats. He had an envelope full of a powder that showed up at his office. And you know people had to come in with has matt suits to determine whether it was you know a harmful substance turned out wasn't but aside from that cam what's really interesting is just how much dr fauci kept his cool through this entire process and you know when people were thinking well what happened coachee. Did he disappeared. did he get fired. and he talks very pointingly about this that his job is to be honest. Youthful transparent. that is his role and he is not prepared to compromise in that regard at all full stop and that led him to effectively. Keep quiet in many ways. Almost you know if you can't say anything nice. Don't say anything at all cam. He sort of got to a place where he could not in good conscience. Get up and be supportive of the message that the administration was conveying and the reality was quickly becoming that time he did speak. He was contradicting the administration. And then the administration you know behind closed doors would kind of lean into him and say you can't say this you can't say this But yeah just just the dedication of this man to maintaining the message maintaining the message staying true to his to his beliefs true to his education. True to background true to science and true two facts regardless of the obstacles that he faced along the so. Is it worth your time. Yes is it a as salacious As the you know the the the headline might suggest no not at all on the contrary. It's exactly what you would probably expect dr fauci to say right down to his his closing remark where you know the reporters clearly trying to bait him into saying that. Donald trump is responsible for You know all the cova deaths and he says look you know i. I don't have any scientific evidence to confirm or deny one way or the other that he is directly responsible. So i'm not going to touch that Yeah i i hope that one of the things that we get back in the future is an understanding of who the messenger is and who the newsmaker is and you know a foul. She was like you said he's there to tell the truth and to share his expertise and if he says wear a mask people get angry about that is not really she pushing masks. He's saying this is what his years of experience and training of tottenham and for some reason. We have discounted
States scramble for more COVID-19 vaccines, new concern over contagious variant
"While more people are getting banks in vaccinated Now there is growing concern about the effectiveness of the available vaccines against the mutating strains of the virus. More contagious covert 19 variant first found in the UK and detected and more than 20 states is raising new concerns. We need to assume now. That what has been circulating dominantly in the UK does have a certain degree of increase in what we call very Linz, namely the power of the virus. To cause more damage, including death. Dr Anthony Fauci says scientists are preparing to modify existing vaccines if more covert mutations make it necessary in that's correspondent Nancy
Moderna Is Working on Vaccine Booster for New Variant Of CoronaVirus
"Today. Vaccine maker Moderna says its current vaccine appears to be effective against the new variants of the coronavirus that have emerged in Britain and also in South Africa. But It appears to be less protective against the South African variant soul. The company says. It's developing a new form of the vaccine that could be used as a booster shot against to that particular strain
World's richest got wealthier during pandemic while inequality grew for the rest
"World's richest people have already recovered from the economic losses from the pandemic, and they are actually thriving because of the bounce back in the stock markets, But Oxfam International says it could take a decade for the poorest people to recover their losses. Its executive director. Gabriele Bush. Air says countries around the world need to tackle what she calls the greatest rise in inequality since records began. Make sure that we really tax Appropriately. So Argentina is an example that one off well Faxon, Argentineans that will pay for the pandemic recovery and we need to also see how this is an opportunity to really transform how we think about economies. Oxfam estimates that the wealth of billionaires grew by $3.9 trillion between the start of the pandemic and December of last year. At the same time, the number of people living in poverty globally is believed to have increased by up to 500 million.
Hawks to allow ticketed fans to games starting Jan. 26
"The dark. The Hawks will start allowing a limited number of fans in the game's at state farm arena. During this pandemic about 1300 fans will be allowed in the building. Starting with tomorrow's game against the Clippers. There are several safety measures in place, including social distancing in all areas and masks will be required entrance into the arena will be contact list as well as food and beverage purchases. Now on Lee season ticket holders will be able to attend games, The number of fans will increase his covert conditions improved and more people
New Strains Of CoronaVirus Are Breaking Out Worldwide
"Now anybody who has had any experience of life on this earth the last year or so. We'll be firmly of the belief that one strain of covid nineteen is more than enough as it spreads itself around the world however new variations keep being detected including one in the uk which appeared more readily transmissible a south african one which might be might be rather somewhat resistant to vaccines and brazilian one. Ditto small numbers of both of the latter have already been identified in the uk and dot dallas present elsewhere or on route. One joined with more. By dr chris smith monocle twenty fours health and correspondent also a virologist at cambridge university. Chris as we have discussed many times before all viruses mutate. What they do. Is this one doing so unusually quickly an door. Dramatically hello andrew. We don't think so in some respects. This is to be expected for the reason. You've outlined that the that all viruses mutate and change this one's no exception and therefore we're going to see a gentle drift or evolution of the virus specifically. We're going to see that happening. Most often. in parts of the world where the prevalence of the disease is highest in other words. Where you've got lots of people being infected. I'm passing the virus to lots of other people. That's loss of the roles of the genetic dice that the virus can take in order to accrue changes and optimize itself because at the end of the day viruses optimize themselves in order to spread most efficiently in their particular host and this is a new infection humans therefore it was pretty well adapted to us but not perfect. There's some room to maneuver and that's what the virus is doing. Its adjusting its behavior and its biology. A bit in order to spread most optimally among us. Humans the different variations though in different places those responses by the virus to local conditions. I guess whether it's it's climate or something else yes. Any kind of organism on earth is going to adapt itself in response to selective pressure applied by the environment in which it lives. These corona is a living in a human environment and therefore all behavior to a certain extent affects the behavior of the virus as we apply more selective pressure to it by making his job harder to spread between us for instance by social distancing through various other public health measures and spread control infection control. You'll going to select for viruses that all reproductive fitter in other words. They're better at doing what they do. And and in that way you'll get something that is usually more transmissible. That's what we saw the slight surprise here. Is this question about whether it is causing more severe illness or not now. Obviously the jury is a little bit out on this. At the moment we do have some directional data than that may be the case but it is early days of only just begun to take this trend. So we're not entirely sure whether this is a statistical artifact just a product to the fact there are lots of numbers and so the viruses is producing lots of infections. So we're seeing more severe infections or whether the genuine is evidence for higher talapity rate in each of the cases. So that figure we've been given by the uk government that suggests that the uk variant might be thirty percent More deadly which is an alarming sounding figure. Is it possible that figure is either less alarming than it sounds or actually not entirely accurate. Will the government put this across a downing street. Press briefing country balance-sheet presenting numbers in terms of deaths per thousand. And he said if you look at say a sixty year old man the risk with the parent strain of corona virus of that person passing away. If you had ten people with a thousand people with krona vars you might get ten people with die with this new variant that ten rises to thirteen or fourteen hence a forty or thirty percent increase in the mortality rate so they are nevertheless odds to emphasize the case fatality rate remains very low so in other words we haven't got something that's killing thirty percent people what we've got something that appears to based on the data that initially have been analyzed. Be a little bit more lethal as in not for the person. Obviously if you die but it's on average killing slightly more people than before but we don't know for sure if that's the case i mean. We have got a number of studies that present this london school hygiene tropical medicine of showing that the the risk ratio is about one point three five times greater with the new variant than the over one point three five. That's a thirty five percent increase. Imperial college of donna. Study then numbers range somewhere between high twenties to mid thirties. In terms of percentage increase in risk ecstasy university They did a smaller study. One point nine one was there multiple in other words. It's ninety percent worse. A public health england cited figure one and a half or so so therefore all of them seem to be centering on there being an increase in risk. But we don't know exactly how big that risk is but we think there is one but we need to reassure ourselves. This is real finding. it's not just a product of the fat. We're seeing lots of infections with this new air. It might be that. We're there foreseeing because of the disguise of the the problem more people who are at risk of having a severe infection. Cropping up with this very factional. They are trying to control for that so it doesn't like it might be real
Biden signs executive orders addressing the economy
"Biden has turned to executive orders in his first days of office says he looks to address the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. He's also pursuing a massive coronavirus aid bill Can Walsh White House and political analyst for U. S. News and World Report joined w. T. O. P S John Aaron to break down Biden's first few days in office and some of the past presidents he resembles well particular FDR going back a long way to 1933 when he first became president. He had a huge depression to deal with the worst economic calamity we've ever had, and his philosophy was similar to what Biden seems to be doing action action action. The country wanted the president to do something to act boldly. And you seeing that with President Biden again today with executive orders. They're going to continue indefinitely pushing this $1.9 trillion stimulus bill moving to try many different things to get the economy corrected, but mostly to get the coronavirus under control and to get the vaccines out. That's his first priority right now. And probably should be given how difficult that issue is for people to deal with very quickly on Lyndon Johnson. Of course, he took over after President Kennedy was assassinated. He also wanted to show action himself, particularly in areas of diversity and racial justice with writing is also doing so. I would say those two presidents come to mind and you see a lot of echoes in what Biden is doing when you compare them to Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. The president, of course pitches himself is a compromise or experienced in the Senate. But we're hearing that some Republicans say there's no way they're gonna go for some of the elements and at one point trillion $1.9 trillion.8 bills. So where does this go? I think the thing we have to remember here, of course, is that this is vital opening bid in his attempt to get a lot of this legislation through. He's been around a long time. 36 years in the Senate years as vice president, he is known as a guy who knows how the Congress works. And so I think we have to realize that this is his the start of the neck. Negotiations started the deal making there are not good signs from the Republicans that they'll go along with him. There's a lot of pushback of the same time he's getting the sense from the left on his in his party to push further in government activism, and so on, So it is a difficult line. He's walking here, but I think That there's the potential particularly initially here that he will come to some kind of a compromise. It'll be difficult, but what he's got out there now is sort of the whistle ist. I think when he gets to the real bargaining, I think he's gonna have to borrow back off from a lot of that. But I think it's possible
Dr Fauci warns South African 'super-covid' is the variant to worry about because it may make vaccines less effective
"Well, the newer strain of the Corona virus first found in the UK and now identified in at least 20 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey Dr Anthony Fauci says that strain and the new variant discovered in South Africa arm or transmissible, but they may not be deadlier. CBS News Medical contributor. Dr David Vega says the current vaccine has proven effective against the strain from England. But there's still a lot to worry about this South African very is the real worry someone many of the monoclonal antibodies, which Dyinto a tiny part of the spy protein. Are finding and what we're seeing with some of the people who've been vaccinated or been exposed to the prior versions of the virus. Is that their antibodies barn Barn binding well, so we don't know The true answer yet will be some immunity. Probably not 100% immunity like we see with the vaccines with the other strains, Dr Ada says. It's very common for viruses to change, he says. The plateau we're seeing in cases could take off as the new U. K vary, it becomes dominant across the
New Zealand Records 1st Suspected COVID-19 Case Since November
"Overseas now and new zealand has recorded its first community case of covid nineteen since november. The eighteenth eighteenth fifty six year old woman arrived in new zealand. On december thirty. After travelling from london and underwent two weeks of hotel isolation. the woman produced to negative tests while in isolation was released on january attain but began experiencing symptoms and return to positive test on saturday evening. She's believed to a visit. Approximately thirty locations following her release from hotel
U.S. works to get more COVID-19 vaccine doses amid concerns over new variant
"Nation. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are scrambling to get more covert vaccines as supplies dwindle in some cities. The nationwide shortfall comes as concerns grow over a new, more contagious Corona virus variant from the UK, which has been detected in at least 22 states, including ours, CBS News correspondent Daniel Bacchus. Has more. New York's governor warned against covert fatigue is he announced another 144 deaths across the state in one day. Don't get cocky with covert. Like so many states. New York is struggling with a shortfall in vaccine Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York gets 240,000 doses each week and has seven million eligible essential workers and seniors. This is going to take us 15 16 17 weeks.
Biden to impose travel restrictions on South Africa, U.K. and Brazil to mitigate new Covid strains
"Reinstate coronavirus travel restrictions rescinded by the previous administration. Former president Trump rolled back restrictions on travelers from Europe, the United Kingdom in Brazil in the days before he left office. But Biden will reverse that tomorrow. He'll also add South Africa to the travel ban list because of a concerning Corona virus strain. Health officials worried the South African variant could be resistant against the vaccines currently being dispensed
Florida state officials want to put a stop to COVID "vaccine tourism"
"Getting covered 19 vaccines because they cannot prove their state residency. That's a full time job now between my wife's chemo appointments down here and all that stuff. It's like I'm back to work. Royce Minsky spoke to Wink TV and Fort Myers. The state implemented the residency requirement last week to limit so called vaccine tourism people who travel to Florida just to get inoculated. Seasonal residents who don't have a Florida driver's license can use a rental agreement to show they live here. Should another
Miami Heat to use COVID-19-sniffing dogs to screen fans at basketball games
"The NBA will be welcoming fans to the arena this week with a unique system for determining whether or not they're infected. Fourth Coronavirus Fox is Ryan mayor Has this story. It's very interesting. Miami Heat are set to welcome fans to American Airlines Arena this week, and they'll do so with coronavirus sniffing dogs in place to screen fans before they entered the building. The Associated Press reports that the team has been working on the plan for months and has already used the dogs. Screeners for games at which family and friends of players were allowed to attend the Heat plan to keep attendance under 2000 fans for the time being, and if a guest is allergic to dogs, they will be able to bypass that screening by submitting to a rapid auntie gin test for the virus. The first game with fans is set for Monday night against Los Angeles. Clippers. Ryan Mayor
A Year Later, Wuhan, the First Post Coronavirus Pandemic City
"Been a year since the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, government officials announced the lockdown of the city in central China on the morning of January 23rd 2020, but the virus spread to the entire province, affecting some 56 million people. When the lockdown was lifted in April, city leaders said they had officially recorded over 50,000. Infections with fewer than 3900 deaths. A team from the World Health Organization's now in Wuhan to investigate the origins of the virus that caused the global pandemic.
Massachusetts coronavirus cases up 4,330, deaths rise by 75
"Taking a look now at the latest Covad numbers for Massachusetts, the state reporting 4330 new cases along with 75 deaths, the total death toll now closing in on 14,000. It's estimated there are 92,000 more than that active cases here in the state. More than 2000. People in the hospital 418 patients in ICUs
Israel to Close Airport to Curb COVID-19 Outbreak
"International airport to nearly all flights in a bid to stop the spread of highly contagious variants of coronavirus. The suspension of international flights begins Monday night and last for a week. Meanwhile, Israeli police today clashed with ultra Orthodox protesters and several cities. Where people have resisted lockdown. Orders of former member of
Chicago Teachers Union votes to defy district's reopening plans over coronavirus concern
"Chicago teachers have voted to defy their school district's order to return to the classrooms for the resumption of in person instruction. Despite not being vaccinated against the covert virus. The Chicago Teachers Union vote was announced yesterday. Chicago's the third largest district in the nation, and they want 10,000 teachers and staff to go back without those vaccinations. The union says No, they will stay home. To keep everybody safe.
Vaccine distribution more concentrated in areas of higher wealth, data shows
"Early data suggests that vaccine distribution is more concentrated in areas of higher wealth. President Joe Biden, surgeon general designate. The vet, birthday says. Not only will the vaccine rates rise, but they also widen as well. Murthy appeared on ABC sis Week Or, he said the goal here isn't getting the vaccine to all corners of the nation. Also get it set up kind of distribution channels like mobile unit like strategically placed committee vaccination centers that can reach people who traditionally are hard to reach and don't have access to
With COVID-19 variant positives, Michigan pauses athletics
"Major College sports program has had to pause all of its events. It's because of Copan 19 says. ABC is Todd. And while many schools just had to postpone games, the entire University of Michigan Athletic Department is shutting down for two weeks after several individuals tested positive for the UK Variant B 117, while acknowledging that canceling games is something they never want to do, Michigan's athletic director, said in a statement. Quote with so many unknowns about this variant of covert 19, we must do everything we can to minimize the spread. The Wolverines men's basketball team is right. Seventh of the country and beat Purdue on Friday. While the 11th ranked women's team lost to Ohio State Thursday. Both teams could potentially miss four games.
Prince George’s Co. tightens vaccinations to restrict non-residents
"Prince George's County is cracking down on the large number of people from Montgomery and other counties who have been getting their covert shots in Prince George's. That's Prince George's Enters Preregistration Monday for phase one sea of vaccinations. It says the registrations will be limited to those who live and work in the county. One see includes people 65 older health and public safety workers, essential employees, including food and agriculture, Public transit and the Postal Service. The county says it will require proof of residency or proof of employment and points George's County at the time of the appointment.
Biden administration vows to improve coronavirus response
"Staff, Ron claim is pledging to ramp up covert 19 vaccine distribution, the process of getting that vaccine into arms. That's the hard process. That's where we're behind as a country and that's where we're focused in the Biden administration on getting that ramped up, speaking this morning on NBC's meet the press claims, said the administration is not necessarily starting from scratch. That the Trump White House did not have a distribution plan, especially outside of nursing homes and hospitals, A top
TV icon Larry King has died at age 87 in Los Angeles
"Talk show icon Larry King spent half a century and broadcasting no cause of death was given, but a spokesperson said early this month that King had been hospitalized with covert 19. He was 87 Jimmie Rodgers recorded such hits as Honey Comb and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine in the 19 fifties and sixties. He died Monday from kidney disease at age 87. He had also tested positive for cocaine 19. Much news nation every
Should you wear two face masks to avoid the new variant of COVID-19?
"The new concern that the more contagious variant of the Corona virus has been detected in 22 states. Some health officials are recommending people double up and where it least two massive facial basically tells everyone around you. Hey, I'm taking this virus seriously, but wearing a face shield in addition to a mask Doesn't add that much protection unless there's flying liquid, so we wear them in an emergency room because there's potential for liquid to be sprayed, but in most places doesn't add a lot of value. As Dr David Angus, CBS News Medical contributor. He says We're to mass that will give you multiple plied help stop the spread of the virus.
President Biden kicks off term with flurry of executive orders
"Biden Thursday laid out what he is calling a full scale war time effort to fight the Koven 19 pandemic. Right now, there are more than 24.6 million cases of the Corona virus in the U. S. CBS is we Jiujiang with details, Help is on the way. First wave of help is coming through 10 executive orders that President Biden signed Thursday he promised to do better than his predecessor. But he reminded Americans of the reality ahead. We didn't get into this mess overnight. It's gonna take months for us to turn things around. The president invoked the defense production act compelling companies to make supplies everything from more syringes to peopie eat. Part of Mr Biden's actions aimed to increase testing and vaccinations. But he bristled when a reporter asked him if, as some experts have suggested the promise of 100 million vaccines in 100 days is too low Bar hired Basically where the U. S is right now. When I announced that you all said, it's not possible. Come on, Give me a break. Man. Question Good start back in the briefing room Over two months after his last appearance, Dr Anthony Fauci, who returned as President Biden's chief medical advisor, One of the things that we're gonna do is to be completely transparent, open and honest. CBS is we did Jang at the White House.