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Vaccine Hesitancy Could Create COVID Islands

Vaccine Hesitancy Could Create COVID IslandsAmericans will soon begin to fall back into the rhythms of pre-pandemic life—attending sunny summer weddings, squishing into booths at chain restaurants, laughing together at movies on the big screen—and it will feel like a victory over the coronavirus. But the virus might not actually be gone. In pockets of the country, vaccination rates could stay low, creating little islands for the coronavirus to survive and thrive—sickening and killing people for months after the pandemic has ebbed elsewhere. In a worst-case scenario, the virus could mutate, becoming a highly transmissible and much more lethal version of itself. Eventually, the new variant could leak from these islands and spread into the broader population, posing a threat to already-vaccinated people.This is the future that keeps some public-health experts awake at night. Right now, America is in the simplest stage of its vaccination campaign: getting shots to people…

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Coronavirus update: Will you need a vaccine booster shot? Drug companies decided not to work togethe...

Coronavirus update: Will you need a vaccine booster shot? Drug companies decided not to work togethe…Cases are on the rise in 21 states By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs April 16, 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 31,499,477 (31,439,683) Total U.S. deaths: 565,318 (564,557) Total global cases: 139,264,407 (138,489,227) Total global deaths: 2,989,590 (2,976,972) Pfizer CEO thinks a vaccine booster may be necessary People fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19) with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may need a third booster shot within 12 months. Appearing at a CVS Health event earlier this month, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that view is part of a growing consensus. A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of…

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BET Reports On COVID-19

BET Reports On COVID-19The latest coverage on the coronavirus pandemic. ….. Read More.BET – All News | News & EntertainmentThu, April 15, 202124 hours ago

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The Man Who Ignited a Hasidic Reckoning Over COVID-19

The Man Who Ignited a Hasidic Reckoning Over COVID-19A few weeks ago, Reuven went to a party. It was indoors. No one wore masks. No one who attended was in any rush to get a vaccine. Reuven and his wife were uncomfortable. But if they hadn’t gone, his relatives would have felt as if he were “judging them” for gathering, “and they judge me back,” he told me. “I have to weigh my options.” Reuven’s parents and siblings roll their eyes when he constantly talks about their risk of getting sick, just as he did at the beginning of the pandemic. He’s meshige far corona, they say. Crazy about the virus.The Yiddish-speaking, Hasidic Jewish world that Reuven inhabits is intensely communal. Men crowd into synagogues in his Brooklyn neighborhood to pray together three times a day—morning, afternoon, and night. Many large families share small apartments or rowhouses, where they stage…

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U.S. preparing for COVID-19 booster shots, as Pfizer chief says 3rd dose ‘likely’ needed

U.S. preparing for COVID-19 booster shots, as Pfizer chief says 3rd dose ‘likely’ neededThe United States is preparing for the possibility that a booster shot will be needed between nine to 12 months after people are initially vaccinated against COVID-19, a White House official said on Thursday. ….. Read More.CBC News – General World News | World News & EventsFri, April 16, 20216 hours ago

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Andrew Yang Really Might Be the Next Mayor of New York

Andrew Yang Really Might Be the Next Mayor of New YorkLauren TamakiThis article was published online on April 7, 2021.Andrew Yang is in the Throgs Neck neighborhood of the Bronx, standing next to a lectern on an empty city street.He’s just resumed his campaign for New York City mayor after taking two weeks off to recover from COVID-19. The strain of the illness shows. He’s hard to hear through his two masks. He coughs occasionally. He seems tired, though his trademark egghead affability—think “that chemistry teacher the middle schoolers really like” or “the guy who you have to admit leads a good team-building exercise”—is on full display. He hams it up for passersby, posing for thumbs-up selfies, reminding commuters that primary day is June 22, telling people in impressive streetwear, “You look so cool !” with a genuine sense of awe.From the lectern, he announces a very big idea to the…

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