Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the U.S. planned to share 2.5 million doses of vaccine with Mexico and 1.5 million with Canada.
Tens of millions of doses of the vaccine have been stored in U.S. factories. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in dozens of countries, including Mexico and Canada, but the firing has not yet been authorized by U.S. drug regulators. Psaki said the doses that would be sent to the two countries would be a loan, and that the United States will receive vaccines in return in the future.
The deal could be finalized as soon as Friday, CNN said. On Tuesday, Mexico’s foreign minister said an announcement could arrive over the weekend.
The Biden administration has pledged to have enough vaccines for all Americans before sharing doses, and if that agreement is joined, it would be the first time the U.S. has shared vaccines directly with another country. It would probably also give a major boost to vaccination efforts in Canada and Mexico, which are struggling with their vaccine releases compared to the US.
Commenting on the pace of the launch on Thursday, Biden said Americans still had to watch out to prevent the virus from spreading: cases continue to rise in several states.
“This is a time of optimism, but it is not a time of relaxation,” Biden warned. “I need you all to do your part. Wash your hands, stay socially apart, keep masking yourself as the CDC recommends, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”
More than 115 million Americans have been vaccinated since the first shot of Covid-19 was authorized in December, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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A: States continue to move forward with expanding access to the Covid-19 vaccine and reducing restrictions on business and large meetings, while America seeks a return to normalcy.
“We’re neglecting the large number of people at the center who need it, who want to get the vaccine, but may have some concerns or just don’t have time to rest from work or seek care for children,” explains emergency physician Dr. . Leana Wen told Anderson Cooper on CNN on Thursday. “We need to facilitate vaccination for these people and clearly demonstrate what the benefits of vaccination are, make clear the message that vaccines are the path to pre-pandemic life.”
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Much of Western Europe is now in the midst of a third wave of the virus. France on Thursday announced a limited closure of the Covid-19 for Paris and several other regions to combat rising cases. And the pandemic “is moving east,” Dr. Kluge, with infection and death rates in Central Europe, the Balkans and the Baltic states among the highest in the world.
As Covid-19’s deaths skyrocket in Brazil, Bolsonaro says there is a “war” against him
“Here it became a war against the president. It looks like people are just dying of Covid,” Bolsonaro, who was not wearing a mask, told supporters in front of the presidential palace on Thursday. “Hospitals are 90% occupied. But we need to find out how many are from Covid and how many from other diseases,” he said.
In the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro, intensive care units are 95% full. Similarly, another fifteen state capitals are on the verge of collapsing, with an ICU occupancy of more than 90%, a deluge of hospitalizations that has accompanied a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the country. Although Covid-19 cases are beginning to grow or decline in many nations, Brazil reports a record daily number. More than 45,000 people have been killed in Brazil in the last month alone and the country registered 90,303 new cases in a single day on Wednesday.
Cubans embark on treacherous sea voyages as the economic crisis worsens
When Beatriz Jiménez closes her eyes, she sees her daughter Lisbethy and her two grandchildren, and they are alive. Jiménez’s family left the small coastal town of Cabarién, on the north coast of Cuba, on March 4 aboard a packed smuggler’s boat.
Jimenez said her daughter Lisbethy made the trip because she had been separated from her husband in Florida for more than a year, after the pandemic forced Cuba to cut off most international flights. Lisbethy had been afraid of leaving her 6-year-old daughter Kenna Mariana and 4-year-old Luis Nesto behind in Cuba, and there is a risk of a long separation. His ship capsized in the waters of the Bahamas, according to the Cuban Foreign Ministry. A Royal Bahamian Defense ship found about twelve survivors and a corpse, but Lisbethy and her children were not there.
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- Northwestern Medicine transplant surgeons in Illinois say they have successfully performed one of the first known double lung transplants in a Covid-19 patient who used organs from a donor who had previously tested positive for the virus.
- Researchers working to demonstrate when and how the virus first emerged in China estimate that it probably did not infect the first human until at least October 2019. And their models showed something else: It hardly turned it into a pandemic virus.
- The coronavirus spread on an international flight, in a hotel hallway and then to home contacts despite efforts to isolate and quarantine patients, New Zealand investigators reported Thursday.
- Covid-19 restrictions on the first Super Nintendo World in Japan they include temperature checks, mandatory wearing masks, hand sanitizer everywhere, social distancing on the line, and roller coaster signs asking pilots to refrain from shouting.
- Officials of the South Korean capital Seoul they have reversed course on controversial plans to require all foreign workers to pass Covid-19 tests after facing a torrent of criticism from diplomatic missions and international companies.
Do you have more nightmares? You may be “dreaming in forty”
Doctors began noticing the phenomenon about a year ago, shortly after blockades began around the world. Front-line workers were hard hit: a study conducted in June 2020 with 100 Chinese nurses found that 45% experienced nightmares, along with varying degrees of anxiety and depression. But the nightmares have continued as quarantines and closures have spread, experts say. One of the reasons: an increase in “night owls.”
“There is even evidence that social isolation and loneliness influence your susceptibility to viruses and your ability to respond to a vaccine.” – Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
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