New York City will reopen fully on July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
“We are ready to open stores, to open businesses, offices, theaters, at full speed,” said de Blasio. He said Broadway might take longer because they were targeting a September return, but “some of the smaller shows might come sooner.”
The mayor speaking on MSNBC, cited the city’s “extraordinary” vaccination rate, saying 6.3 million New Yorkers have been trapped. He said the city is promoting a wide range of options for getting the vaccine. Among them: Visitors to the American Museum of Natural History will receive free vaccines and free admission to the museum. Broadway closed its doors completely over a year ago.
The city was among the hardest hit in the early stages of the pandemic, when long lines formed for emergency rooms and hospital ventilators. More than 32,000 New Yorkers have died and more than 900,000 have tested positive for the virus.
“It will be the New York summer,” said de Blasio. “You’re going to see some amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York because they want to relive it.
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►The Congo wishes to return 1.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, citing great reluctance to vaccination in this Central African country of 87 million inhabitants. The director of the African Centers for Disease Control, John Nkengasong, said there was a five-week deadline to administer the doses elsewhere.
►President Joe Biden celebrated his administration surpassed its goal of delivering 200 million COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days in office, urging all Americans to get vaccinated and describing the national effort as the one of the greatest “logistical achievements this country has ever seen.” “
►The cruise could restart in mid-summer in U.S. waters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday in a letter to the cruise industry that USA TODAY obtained.
►Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday that she expects New Mexico to open by the end of June as long as the state meets its goal of having at least 60% of residents fully vaccinated by then.
► Britain says it is buying an additional 60 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to give booster shots in the fall.
📈 The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 32.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 574,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 149 million cases and 3.1 million deaths. More than 301.8 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 234.6 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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‘Huge win’: 92% of Americans who got the first jab come back for the second
About one in 10 Americans has not received their second scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and while this worries epidemiologists, the follow-up is much better than other two-dose adult vaccines. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 92% of people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine returned for their second injection. Experts have noted that these completion figures for the two-dose regimen of the most widely used coronavirus vaccines are cause for celebration.
“With the largest mass immunization program in history, 92% of people coming back for their second injection is a huge win,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, infectious disease specialist at the University of California at San Francisco.
– Elizabeth weise
Moderna could manufacture 4 billion vaccines by the end of 2022
COVID vaccine maker Moderna announced Thursday morning that it will produce up to 1 billion doses of its injections this year and up to 3 billion next year. Most of next year’s doses will be for immunization of young children and booster shots, which will likely be needed as immunity wanes over time and in the face of new variants. Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized in the United States, including that of Moderna, one based on similar mRNA technology manufactured by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, and a single-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson.
“As we monitor the rapid spread of the variants of concern in SARS-CoV-2, we believe there will still be a significant need for our COVID-19 mRNA vaccine and booster candidate variants in 2022 and 2023,” said said Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna. said in a prepared statement.
– Karen Weintraub
US aid reaches devastated India
The first of several emergency relief shipments to India was due to arrive in New Delhi on Thursday from Travis Air Force Base in California. The shipment includes 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators donated by the State of California, 960,000 rapid diagnostic tests and 100,000 N95 masks to protect frontline health heroes in India, said US Aid for International Development . USAID said it has already provided more than $ 23 million in aid since the start of the pandemic, directly reaching nearly 10 million Indians.
India’s coronavirus problem continues to worsen: 379,308 cases and 3,645 deaths reported on Wednesday alone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The death toll has doubled in just 10 days. Cases have doubled in the past 15 days. India accounted for 42% of cases globally on Wednesday, and the share continues to rise rapidly.
– Mike stucka
Biden mom on push for fourth stimulus check
Biden did not raise the issue of a possible fourth stimulus check when he spoke to Congress on Wednesday night. Democratic lawmakers in both houses of Congress are calling for a fourth round of checks to help Americans who are still struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Such a move could lift more than 7 million people out of poverty, according to a recent analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan think tank.
“Are we well? Are people still in pain? There is evidence that we are not out of the woods yet, ”said Elaine Maag, senior research associate for the center.
Vaccines galore but some Californians struggle to get one
Hearing an excess of vaccine and unfilled appointments frustrates Dr Aaron Roland, a family doctor who is pushing for doses to immunize his patients, many of whom are low-income, immigrant or elderly. The San Francisco Bay Area doctor has more than 200 patients who have asked when he would offer vaccines for the coronavirus. A 67-year-old patient said he walked into a Safeway supermarket because signs said doses were available.
“But they said, ‘Oh no, they’re not really available. All you need to do is log in online, just register online. It’s not something he does very easily, ”said Dr Roland, whose practice is in Burlingame, south of San Francisco.
California, which is swimming in the vaccine, is in much better shape than just a few weeks ago, when marking a date was cause for celebration. Today Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego and other populated counties are announcing that anyone can come in for a photo, and the state is texting a reminder that there are plenty of dates available. Rural Humboldt County even turned down 1,000 more doses last week due to poor demand.
More than 18 million of the estimated 32 million eligible for the vaccine in California are fully or partially vaccinated, including nearly half of people living in economically vulnerable zip codes hardest hit by the pandemic and 73% of residents 65 and over . The country’s most populous state, like much of the United States, appears to have reached a vaccine plateau.
But that doesn’t mean that everyone who wants a vaccine can get one – as some of Dr. Roland’s patients can attest.
– Janie Har, Palm Springs Desert Sun
The United States could finally take the turn of the pandemic
Potential COVID surges may have collapsed in almost any state, according to an analysis of the data by USA TODAY. National case count leaders in New York, Michigan and now Florida have all reported a drop in the number of cases. But the threat has also diminished in most states with smaller populations.
“Above all, we should be moving towards a new normal,” tweeted Dr Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, noting that most American adults are now at least partially vaccinated. Clinical trials are underway to vaccinate children from the age of 6 months.
Florida, which still leads the country in new cases, saw that number of cases drop 12% from the previous week. He only became the leader because Michigan accounts plunged more than 36% from the start of the month.
– Mike Stucka
Contribute: The Associated Press
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