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Surgeon General nominee plans to tackle mistrust in science along with taming the pandemic
"Is calling on his pick for surgeon general to do more than just focus on the mental health impacts of this pandemic. Mr Biden wants Dr Vivek Murthy to restore the public's trust in science and medicine. CBS has medical correspondent. Dr Terror New Roula says he's ready to push back if need be. Are you prepared to disagree with President Biden? If necessary? He always says, Challenge me. Tell me the truth, Even if I don't like it. Why should Americans trust you to do this job for us? So I think my job is to number one to be open, honest with people to bring them the right information to show up. First of all, and to listen.
House aims to pass COVID-19 relief bill within two weeks
"Senate Democrats say they're hoping to get President Biden's coronavirus relief package through Congress within two weeks. That's one expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans are set to expire. NPR's Windsor Johnston has more. The Senate bill is expected to look a little different than the House measure. It will not include a provision that would have gradually raised the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Democrats have also scrapped a last minute alternative a tax penalty for corporations that do not increase wages on their own. The measure does include another round of stimulus checks for Americans who qualify and an extension of extra weekly unemployment benefits. The White House says. Biden plans to speak with Senate Democrats this
Miami's Jackson Health to vaccine teachers, at risk people 50 and up
"Is is ready ready for for a a big big covert covert 19 19 vaccine vaccine expansion expansion getting getting underway underway tomorrow. tomorrow. For For the the first first time, time, teachers, teachers, police police and and firefighters firefighters all all 50 50 and and older older can can begin begin getting the shot alongside seniors. Jackson Health System's CEO Carlos Montoya going a step further Anyone age 50 and older with a signed doctor's note on the physicians letterhead. Prescription pad, listing the patient's name any specific, high risk condition for which the patient is being treated and a recommendation that the patient be vaccinated. 2000 Shots Day will also start to be a minister tomorrow at the federal mass vaccination site opening at Miami Dade College North
Johnson & Johnson rolls out single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
"Four million doses of a new vaccine for the Corona virus or shipping out across the West. Today, the single dose shots developed by Johnson and Johnson received the green light from the FDA Saturday. NPR's Allison Aubrey reports with the third covert vaccine in the U. S demand still exceeds the current supply. Nearly four million doses of the one Does Johnson and Johnson vaccine are ready and will be allocated to states and local jurisdictions. Some doses will go directly to retail pharmacies, mass vaccination sites and to federally qualified health centers and could make it into arms this week. So far about 20% of the adult population in the U. S. Has received at least one shot and 25 million people have received both doses. But many more who are eligible are still waiting. More mega sites at stadiums and civic centers are set to open and supplies are expected to expand in the coming weeks. Johnson and Johnson is expected to deliver 100 million doses by June.
Merck to help produce rival J&J's vaccine
"The Defense production act to create a partnership between two vaccine makers As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, Merc will begin producing the Koven 19 vaccine developed by Johnson and Johnson. Johnson and Johnson, who's vaccine was given emergency use authorization this past weekend has experienced production delays. With this agreement, Mirkwood retool two of its facilities to begin making the one shot J and J Vaccine. White House press secretary Jen Psaki. These obviously our two companies that are historically been competitors s O. The fact that they're coming together, speaks to the ability of this administration broadly to bring them to the table and work together to address the pandemic in the country. The Defense production Act is being used to free up vaccine ingredients and help mark get set up to make the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Sake also said the Defense Department will provide daily logistical support to strengthen Johnson and Johnson's efforts. Tamara Keith NPR NEWS The Biden administration is
New Philadelphia rules mean fans at sporting events and concerts
"Saying that they're gonna line the city's covert 19 restrictions with that of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And that means that arenas and stadiums such as the Wells Fargo Center can once again welcome. A limited number of fans came out of you. City Hall bureau chief Pat Loeb has the story. Philadelphia has had tighter restrictions than most places in the country. Even then, in the rest of the state. It was only Friday that officials loosen those limits to match the state. But Health commissioner Tom Farley says the city is already prepared to loosen them further to stay in step with the state 15% capacity indoors and 20% capacity outdoors. This effects of very large venues, in particular the sports stadiums, So we're working now, with the stadium's on the details of their safety plans. This comes as new cases and fatalities continued to decline and vaccines accelerate. So far more than 200,000 Philadelphians have received the first dose of the VAC. Scene and 100,000 both doses. The city expects to set a record of 50,000 vaccinations this week and later in the week. It will get 13,000 doses of the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which it's targeting toward hard to reach people. Still, doctor Farley urges continued precautions, including mask wearing and social distancing. We have not vaccinated enough people yet for the entire community to be protected against this epidemic, Pat Lo Lo Que Que Que y y y y w w w w w news news news news radio. radio. radio. We'll We'll We'll have have more more
Atlanta-based Delta to shift all pilots to 'active' status by October
Johnson & Johnson plans to ship COVID-19 vaccine doses this week
"The road. It is the only one shot vaccine that's gotten FDA approval. Nearly four million vaccines are being shipped this week. 16 million more doses say they will be delivered by the end of the month. If you're trying to decide which covert 19 vaccine you should get based on their efficacy. Medical professionals suggest you might be missing the point. They say The point is get vaccinated as soon as you can. WGN's Meghan Dwyer doctor say If you're comparing the effectiveness of the three vaccines now on the market in the U. S. Don't. It's like comparing apples to oranges and at the end of the day they all work and are all FDA approved. The sooner people are vaccinated, the less likely we will see dangerous mutations. McDonald's CEO says allegations of sexual harassment under the golden
Merck to help make Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
"Rollout is getting a big boost from a competitors. The White House has reportedly brokered a deal with drugmaker Merck to help manufacture the single DOE shot. CBS is Errol Barnett says shipments are already on their way Signed sealed on out for delivery. Third Corona virus vaccine beginning its long journey Monday. Here. The UPS Healthcare Command Center in Louisville. Brian Thomas's team is tracking vaccines across the U. S on Dure apps people should realize is you take possession of this new vaccine. You're still distributing the two previous vaccines. Absolutely. And so, while we're excited to have the new volume come on board and that represents another provider. We absolutely can't lose track in sight of all of the other responsibilities we have for the existing to providers. Ups and FedEx are also pushing out vaccines from Fizer and Madonna. What it'll take to get
Merck to Help Johnson & Johnson Make Its Covid-19 Vaccine
"Biden is set to announce that merck will help to make the johnson and johnson kobe. Nineteen vaccine zoom is soaring today after a better than expected quarter and better than expected guidance. And neil the chinese electric vehicle maker is under pressure after a water that expected loss per share for its latest quarter and after the ceo of the company warned of shortage and chips and batteries which will force a slow down in production in the second quarter of this year
J&J Looks for Partners to Ramp Up Supply of Covid-19 Vaccine
"And Johnson is looking for manufacturing partners to increase supply of its covert 19 vaccine. Johnson and Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky tells Bloomberg. He wants enough shots for 20 million Americans. By the end of the month. Korsky spoke with Bloomberg's David Westin, Let's listen into some of that conversation now. You've got eyes understand About four million doses ready to go. They came out of your Dutch facility are their manufacturing issues in Baltimore? Are you concerned at all about that? Now Look where we're on track with our plans. We do have approximately 4,000,003 40.9 that are literally on trucks right now being rolled out in the United States. We expect to do 20 million in March. On Look over the next several weeks. We've got to go through regulatory approvals on a few other processes. But then will you expect to hit a very strong cadenzas? I mentioned earlier so that we could be doing We will have done 100 million doses by the end of June and near a billion by the end of 2021 in route to a path of almost two billion by 2022.
Are we going to meet our vaccination target or what?
"Hello this is karina. Cost a daily podcast. All about the coronavirus. I'm health reported teigen thailand physician and journalists dr norman swan. It's wednesday the third of march and norman. We're already more than a week into our vaccine. Roll out here in australia. Which makes us old hands at it now but there were reports over the past few days. That strategy hasn't quite met the targets that i was expecting to in terms of numbers. Vaccinations delivered in this first week. And we've got a pretty big target for october as being sort of the end of the roll out the end of the first big sizes of the rollout. What are some of the issues that have cropped up. I mean it's such early days. It feels a little unfair to stop critiquing the performance when we're on the awakened but what are some of the issues that have been identified as maybe slowing us down a bit. So far rove is clearly been a major cities of hiccups with the commonwealth rollout in aged care. As we've been saying in current cast in fact the main game is boorda. Workers airport workers flight crew and hotel quarantine workers and what we should be doing but we're not as their families in households. So that's the main game securing our borders. And doing that hyper quickly. And you've really got to do that with the vaccine because it's going to take you twelve weeks to complete it with the astra and it's not going to be as good coverage with the with the new variant possibility so there's been a cold up in aged care because the commonwealth doesn't run anything have his own services therefore they've got a contract they probably should have contracted it to the states. But they've going into private providers and been cups which have been well publicized so it's to take the commonwealth a bit of time to get their act together and also some of the states have been a little bit slow so this combination of supply of scene. But also as marion kane or imply. Just today the bookings haven't gone quite as quickly as they imagined. And they could cope with more bookings. And i think there's been a hint of that in some other jurisdictions so people have got to come forward when they're booked and have that but around the world there has been a problem with people. Not turning up for bookings people don't turn up for their appointments and that means that you have a system in place where you've got people on standby people that you can take a. We've got jobs over. can you. At five o'clock in unexpectedly get your vaccine. So we saw we had the new south wales primary gladys and yesterday criticizing the maybe lack of communication between the states and federal government. Is there improvements. That could be made there. Probably and the minister of sought yesterday to have a press conference which is probably in part induced. By the new south wales premier having criticized the federal government for not being clear with the doses. And how they're going to arrive. I mean i think some of the surprise here is that if i had a long time to develop this. And it's still not clear how the next phases are going to be rolled out how people are going to be told what booking system is going to be like. Gp is still not clear how they're going to work into it. They've had their letter saying they've been accepted as a as a center for you know the practice to deliver vaccines but even then the ph primary health. Networks are often not clear whether or not the four thousand six hundred practices are indeed the ones that will end up doing it. So there's a fair bit of uncertainty another area of uncertainties that third pretty good administration stopping doctors commenting on the relative efficacy of vaccines. Because they're calling it. Advertising saying the vaccine come to my practice sits behind that there's a lot influx. We'll get our act together. We're good immunizing country. People will come. Forward is just that. We don't want to lose momentum.
Democratic Effort to Raise Minimum Wage Put on Hold
"Fbk the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour we'll have to wait. It will not be part of the nearly $2 Trillion pandemic relief plan now in the hands of the Senate since a Senate official rule that the House $15 minimum wage could not be in the Senate reconciliation COVERT bill. Senate Democrats polled it for now. I think we will do the minimum wage and there are fundamental decency and fairness. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal saying passing covert relief first is critical, but promises they will debate a national minimum wage hike soon. Andy Field,
Newsom Strikes Deal to Reopen California Schools Amid COVID
"Good evening. I'm Joe Michael's California state leaders have reached an agreement on a funding package to help reopen schools for in person Learning. Governor Gavin Newsom says $2 billion will go toward grants to incentivize schools to reopen our teachers and our Cafeteria workers are food workers are bus drivers are custodial they want They want the sights and sounds. They want kids back safely in school. Another 4.6 billion will be allocated to help make up for lost learning time that happened during the pandemic and provide flexibility for schools. Governor Newsome says the goal is to bring back transitional kindergarten through second grade students by the
Twitter to label COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, implement strike policy
"Begun labeling tweets that include misleading information about covert vaccines. Human reviewers have started assessing whether tweets violate its policy against Kobe vaccine misinformation, says Twitter, it says eventually the work will be done by a combination of people and automation. It'll also use a strike system to ban users who continually violate the rules. Twitter's already ban some covert misinformation on how the virus spreads with her mask, sir, effective and the risk of infection. And in death.
Vaccine Distribution: An Equity Challenge
"Okay paying we are talking vaccine equity in the pandemic and just a quick note. We are focusing a just here in the united states for this episode. So let's start with some top line numbers three covid. Nineteen vaccines have been authorized for emergency. Use in the us one very recently. How many people have actually been vaccinated so far well. Since vaccine distribution started in mid december around fifty million people have gotten at least one dose of a covid nineteen vaccine that includes about twenty five million people who got into doses means they've been fully vaccinated with either the pfizer or madonna vaccines. And that's some real progress over the past few months. Still just around eight percent of the total. Us population has been fully vaccinated. So there's still a long way to go. yeah i mean. Do we have any demographics on who the people who got the vaccine are like. Do we have any data on race or ethnicity well. Last week i spent some time at a cdc conference which was online and a bunch of public officials talked about it including dr marcela nunez smith who we heard from earlier. People of color are getting vaccinated rates below their representation in the general population. We know these challenges reflect longstanding deeply rooted systemic rallies. But here's the thing. The data that she's talking about is still pretty limited. You know so far race. Nothing to see. Data have only been collected for about half of the shots given out. Wow only half the thought i mean. There's a little bit frustrating. That's that's not enough data. Yeah it's it's really not and the biden administration pointed this out themselves and they acknowledged that it's pretty abysmal. Doctor rachelle will lansky. She's head of the centers for disease control and prevention and she says the problem is coming from a couple of different directions. Individuals may choose not to report. It may not be required of or requested by providers and some providers as well as jurisdictions have restrictions on data sharing so some of these data gaps are due to the fact that we have inconsistent systems around data gathering. Which you know is something that has been in quite a bit with this pandemic. Yeah that's certainly part of it and there's reasons why people might not want to share their personal information about race ethnicity especially people of color you know. The federal government has a long history of exploiting and under serving minority communities and that extends to this day but now there are government officials saying that. It's up to them to try and convince people that it's important to give their information. Here's neurath shaw. Health official in the state of maine in public health. What gets measured gets managed and if we measure the right things then we will manage the right issues if we measure the wrong things. Then the did that we collect. That may not bear resemblance to current present. Elf challenges is actually what we will end up managing. Yeah so early. On in fact vaccine distribution the only metric that was available was the number of doses sent out in the number of doses administered which basically measured speed and so if the biden harris administration wants to achieve both and equity with axiom distribution. They're going to have to get more comprehensive data on race ethnicity to get a handle on the problem. Yeah i mean. I want to talk about what the biden administration is doing specifically to address this issue of a vaccine but first let's talk about some of the ways. The general rollout has put. Vulnerable communities added disadvantage. Because that's definitely happening. Yeah and to be honest. It's been hard for everyone including health reporters to keep up with the changes that are happening. Daily and weekly with axiom distribution. I mean every single state has its own rules about who qualifies and had a sign up. Obviously that confusion is compounded. If the information isn't coming to you in the language you speak or you don't have access to computers and email and even for people who may have read up on how to book an appointment. It's taken them hours to actually research in book one. So if you don't have time to figure that out and if you don't have access to transportation or time off work to get an appointment and was places you probably haven't been able to get vaccinated yet. Yeah i mean and that's when you know for sure that you want the vaccine. Exactly dr christian rumors. He's a physician and executive that family health centers of san diego. He points out that people also have questions that are very specific to their own circumstances and we want those answered before they feel like they can make an informed decision to actually get vaccinated. Here he is speaking to. My colleague yuki noguchi residency is not just one thing. And in many cases. They're very unique to their own situation. Like i just got treated for cancer. Or i'm on a certain medication or i've had an allergy in the past and those are questions that'll be answered most likely from talking one on one with a medical professional or some other trusted person. Which again if you're part of an underserved community is hard to access. If you don't have the time to seek out those answers it'll be much easier if the vaccines and the resources were coming directly to you right right okay. So ping what has the biden administration specifically announced or done to address vaccine equity so at that. Cdc conference. dr marcellina smith acknowledged that this is a huge issue. And it's not gonna be easily solved. Must attend the underlying social structures arborist as we look ahead to building resilience into our recovery. What we do believe now. Is that the way we get american vaccinating and the emphasis he placed reaching the hardest hit communities attached just as important as being the goals the number of people that's needed so their strategy to get to those goals basically amounts to increasing a couple of different things number one the number of vaccines available number two the number of people giving vaccines and number three. The number of places people can get vaccinated and specific to equity. They've launched a few fema supported mass vaccination sites. These are huge operations set up in stadiums and parking lots that are aiming to give at six thousand shots a day and they're putting some of these in places that score high on something called the social vulnerability right which is a cdc measurement of how vulnerable community is based on social factors like poverty for example. They've also started sending vaccines directly community health centers which serve around thirty million people over. All many whom are rural belong to minority groups or are low income and the centers can also offer outreach in different languages and support for signing up. I mean are they also leaning on non-medical sites to i mean like i know working with community leaders and partners be especially effective. Yeah well they're also talking about sending out that nation trucks to job sites and setting up clinics and local churches and high school gyms and ymca's those non-medical sites that you were talking about and these community clinics might not be serving thousands of people a day but they will make the vaccine available and convenient for people in those communities to get gosh so the vibe administration is really trying to take a both and approach. They're supporting mass vaccination sites to get a lot of people vaccinated quickly and they're also realizing that some people will take more time and more effort to reach so they're also trying to figure out ways to gather better data and target underserved areas. Okay so you know. Most of what we've been talking about today paying as the government is handling this which i would argue is the most important facet but i mean. Is there a sense of individual responsibility here. I know there are a bunch of stories out there about people line jumping or like going into communities outside their own to vaccines how we have all heard the stories and it's hard to say how much it's happening but it does make people feel like the system isn't working you know and what bioethicists have said to me is. That cheating happens for sure but it's probably not happening enough to undermine the system overall i mean. Is that all kind of a short term problem. I mean there's a huge demand right at this point and not enough supply but the hope is that you know in the coming weeks or months the situation will change as vaccine manufacturing and distribution ramp up even further right. Yeah and that's been the hope all along. I mean for weeks now. We've been hearing about a flood of vaccines that will be coming online in the near future. That will make it less. Cut throat to vaccine appointment and we're not there yet but there are some promising signs. The government has now ordered a total of six hundred million doses of pfizer in modern of vaccines to be delivered by the end of july. Which is enough to cover three hundred million people and that's more than all the adults in the us right right. Plus we've got the newly authorized. John jay vaccine which will eventually make a difference right and getting all these shots in urgent right now because we're kind of in a race between vaccinations and variants. Which means that. The more people protect right now. The fewer people will catch the virus and the fewer chances the virus will have to keep mutating in ways that might make it avai the vaccines and the treatments. We've developed so that's why it's still super super important to keep the other measures that prevent the virus from spreading double masking staying physically distant. You know we're all excited about vaccines but health. Experts are saying right now that in the middle of the vaccination campaign is not the time to let up our guard okay pingpong we appreciate you as always thank you for coming on the show things so much. Mattie appreciate you to
Merck to help produce rival J&J's COVID-19 vaccine
"Americans have died from the virus since it began. Drugmaker Merck and company will help produce rival Johnson and Johnson's newly approved Corona virus vaccine in an effort to expand supplied more quickly this, according to a Biden administration of picture official Speaking to The Associated Press, the president expected to make any announcement about this later today, officials have said JNJ faced unexpected production issues with its vaccine. And produced only about four million doses ahead of its receiving emergency youth use authorization company is on pace to deliver 100 million doses by the end of
Anti-Covid vaccine tweets face five-strikes ban policy
"With her now labeling tweets that include misleading information about vaccines. Human reviewers of started assessing whether tweets violated policy against Kobe vaccine misinformation, says Twitter, it says eventually the work will be done by a combination of people and automation. It'll also use a strikes. System to ban users who continually violate the rules. Twitter's already banned some coded misinformation on how the virus spreads whether mask sir effective and the risk of infection and death. That is a B C's Chuck
Johnson & Johnson rolls out one-dose COVID-19 vaccine
"Johnson and johnson shipped out nearly four million doses of its newly authorized. One shot covid nineteen vaccine on sunday night to be delivered to states for you starting today. But the efforts come with strong warnings from health officials against reopening too quickly as warren corona virus variants spread on monday. The head of the cdc doctor rochelle walinsky urgently warn state officials and ordinary americans. Not to let down their god saying she is really worried about reports that more states rolling back. The exact public health measures that we have recommended.
All 270 U.S. Apple stores are open in some capacity
"Oh from day for the first time in almost a year or two hundred seventy. Us apple stores are open in some capacity. According to a piece from nine to five. Mac it was three hundred fifty. Four days ago. Friday the thirteenth of march twenty twenty. That apple closed all of its retail stores outside of greater china. It is of course still not the before times. According to the peace all apple stores still enforce health and safety guidelines include reduced occupancy and the mask requirement apple. Continuously evaluates local cova conditions and. It's highly possible that some stores could temporarily close or return to express future in fact some are still operating with only express pickup of online orders. That said all two hundred seventy. Us locations are now open in some
DeSantis preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccine availability below age 65 threshold
"Florida has focused mostly on vaccinating senior 65 older but now the state is lowering the eligibility age for several groups. Florida Governor Ron to Satis says the age threshold will go from 65 to 50 for law enforcement officers, firefighters and K through 12 school employees. With the arrival of the first Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses, we probably could do all of that 50 up K 12 personnel and police fire was just R. J and Jay Shipman. The Santa says distribution will be expelled. Headed for the extremely vulnerable under 65. He also says the threshold for the general population will go down this month, but so far no
Chicago Public Schools reopens after almost a year of COVID-19 closures
"Chicago public School students in kindergarten through fifth grade went back to school today for the first time this year. This was the first time in school ever for kindergartner Katie Lowry and saying Hello, my first days school and I like it. Students and six through eighth grade will return to class. On Monday. CPS CEO Janice Jackson says she'll be meeting with the Chicago Teachers Union to start on a plan for high schools to
Fauci Says Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Performs 'Extremely Well' Against Virus Variants
"Fauci. The White House covert response team briefing talks about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and the virus variants circulating in the U. S. Though the vaccine itself was not specifically directed against those variants. It did extremely well when it came to prevent the vic critical disease. There were no hospitalizations or deaths in any of those studies. Third
Okonjo-Iweala begins first historic day as WTO director-general
"A lot of work to do. So I feel ready to go motivating words today from the new head of the World Trade Organization, the arrival of an go Z or condo, a whale A and a six month leadership void at the W T o International body based in Geneva, governs trade rules between countries. Okonjo you wail. His candidacy had been held up by the Trump White House on her first day. She's making history as the first woman and first African to serve as w. T O director general absolutely do feel on additional burden. I can't lie about that being the first woman and the first African means that one really has to perform. That was a con job away. The last month. She's a Harvard grad on economist and dual citizen of the U. S. And Nigeria with a 30 year career in international development, including Time is managing director at the World Bank. Biden administration announced its strong support for a condo you, Ella. Still, there was controversy. Senior African leaders of the United Nations recently complained about what they called racist and sexist media coverage of her appointment. For her part to conjure you. Ella has said that she remains focused on making the changes needed at the W T O. It's led to me that deep and wide ranging reforms are needed. And as I said, before, you cannot be business, as usual at the W. T O in her first speech is head of the W T o today and go Z and conjure you. Ella reiterated that point she said she can on Lee deliver results if members except that we can do things differently. Most urgent priority, she said, or to address the impact of the cove in 19 pandemic and climate change
U.K. Officials Search for Person Who Tested Positive for Highly Contagious Variant
"British health officials are racing to track down a person who has been infected with a highly contagious covert variant. Someone here in the UK has tested positive for the covert variant first detected in Brazil, which health experts fear may be highly contagious and at least partly vaccine resistant. But the person failed to fill out their test registration card correctly. The reason why won't take them quickly is to understand more about them and their movement. The fear is that the variant may already be spreading here. Tiki Bar For CBS News, London