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►The US military is tracking Santa again, although it has been modified due to the pandemic. The Santa Tracking Operations Center of North American Aerospace Defense Command usually has about 1
►Republicans on Thursday blocked efforts to increase direct payments to stimulate Americans from $600 to $2,000. Democrats say they will work hard to push for a rate hike after President Donald Trump said this week that he wants to issue a bigger direct check.
►As promised, the federal government will deliver nearly 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in December, but the states have taken much longer than expected. This is the official evaluation of immunization.
►Based on forecasts released on Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that by January 16 there will be 378,000 to 419,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
►The US Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1,191,123 people with pandemic records at airports across the country on Wednesday. Although the total on Wednesday is still 38% lower than the same day a year ago (Christmas), this is the fourth day during the peak of the Christmas holiday, and the number of tourists has exceeded 1 million.
►According to data from Johns Hopkins University, California has become the first state to exceed 2 million cases, and only seven countries meet this standard.
►Her son told the New York Times that a black doctor said that she had received racist treatment during the COVID-19 hospitalization and had died. Dr. Susan Moore said that her white doctor in Indiana “made me feel like a drug addict” and did not take her complaints of pain seriously. Her son told The Times that although she eventually received “appropriate treatment” for her painful care, the case showed that, as Moore said, “When you sent black people home, how did they get Killed, but the black people don’t know how to fight for themselves.”
►A spokesperson for Louisiana Rep. Luke Letlow told USA Today Network on Wednesday that he has been transferred to the intensive care unit of Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport and continues to receive COVID-19 Treatment.
►As COVID-19 continues to spread in prisons, Colorado has begun to vaccinate workers in prisons. Department of Corrections spokesperson Annie Skinner said that the prison’s frontline medical staff are the focus of vaccination efforts, but other staff have opened fire to avoid wasting doses. Criminal justice advocates have urged priority to be given to vaccination in prisons because of the rampant outbreaks in facilities across the United States.
►In Oregon, a sick person went to work and later tested positive for COVID-19. According to reports from Oregon, this resulted in two separate outbreaks, one of which resulted in the death of at least 7 people and the other forcing 300 people to be quarantined.
📈 Today’s numbers: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 18.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 329,000 deaths in the United States. Global total: more than 79 million cases and 1.7 million deaths.
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Using government programs to pay compensation for COVID-19 vaccine injuries, with little consumer support
In March, the Minister of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced that all claims for injuries caused by the COVID-19 vaccine will be processed through a plan implemented by his agency.
Because the vaccine is a once-in-a-century virus and has not yet been approved for routine use, those seeking compensation for serious side effects will be directed to a lesser-known federal program that rarely cooperates with consumers.
The plan (Countermeasure Injury Compensation Plan) has rejected 90% of vaccine injury claims in the past decade.
In contrast, the federal government’s “vaccine court”, which handles claims mainly related to conventional childhood vaccines, has paid about 70% of the claims from 2006 to 2018.
As the COVID-19 vaccine is shipped to thousands of Americans, some lawyers and consumer advocates question whether people will receive fair scrutiny in rare cases of alleged harm.
– Ken Alltucker
Studies have found that COVID-19 antibodies can prevent virus infection for 6 months or more
Evidence from two new studies suggests that obtaining antibodies from COVID-19 may provide protection from future infections.
According to a study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that people with natural infection antibodies are less likely to test positive again for six months or more. .The study surveyed 12,500 health workers at Oxford University Hospital in the UK
The second study is still under peer review, involving more than 3 million people, who have undergone antibody tests in two private laboratories in the United States. Only 0.03% of people who initially had antibodies later tested positive for coronavirus, while only 3% of people who lacked antibodies later tested positive.
Joshua Wolfe, an infectious disease expert at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, who was not related to the study, said the discovery was “not surprising.” “But it is really reassuring, because it tells people that immunity to the virus is universal.”
-Adrianna Rodriguez (Adrianna Rodriguez)
Federal deportation ban will expire in January, and 40 million Americans may be homeless
Millions of Americans are on the verge of being deported, and the federal deportation order is scheduled to expire at the end of January. This has angered what advocates say may be a historic proportion of housing disasters: They worry that without federal intervention, as many 40 million people may be displaced in the ongoing and intensifying pandemic.
Diane Yentel, CEO and President of the National Low-Income Housing Alliance in Washington, DC, said: “We may be facing the worst housing and homeless crisis in American history.”
The eviction moratorium approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was originally scheduled to end on December 3, and Congress is expected to extend it to January under the US$900 billion COVID-19 relief plan, which also includes the provision of US$25 billion in emergency rental assistance.
But critics say the wording of the order is vague, leading to inconsistent enforcement and allowing determined landlords to find loopholes. Moreover, tenants usually do not know the order and without legal representation, many people are unable to follow up in court. Read more here.
-Marc Ramirez, Sarah Taddeo and Tiffany Cusaac-Smith
How to convince someone to take the COVID-19 vaccine
The vaccine is here. Now, how many Americans will actually get them?
USA Today interviewed psychologists to seek advice on how to encourage family members, friends and community members to vaccinate. Here are some tips:
Don’t judge people: Shame is far less effective in changing behavior than some people imagine.
Don’t ignore people’s concerns: Reasonable skeptics will not trust the vaccine just because someone says it should be. For example, if someone is skeptical of Big Pharma, please don’t ignore this.
Is this person a vaccine adhesive or a stubborn anti-vaxxer? Asking questions will help you understand whether people are persuasive and why they can be persuaded.
Model the behavior you want to see: Telling people that you plan to be vaccinated and posting photos on social media are more effective than anything else you share.
Read more of their suggestions here.
-Alia E. Dastagir
Christmas Eve is Dr. Fauci’s 80th birthday. This is his way of celebrating during the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci will celebrate his 80th birthday on Thursday, Christmas Eve.
However, similar to his Thanksgiving celebrations, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States will spend his birthday and holidays on Zoom to reconnect with his family.
Fauci has three adult daughters, all of whom live in different parts of the country.
“The Christmas holiday is a special holiday for us, because Christmas Eve is my birthday. Christmas is Christmas. They won’t go home… It’s painful,” he told the Washington Post. “But this is just one of the things we have to accept as we experience this unprecedented challenging time.”
-Adrianna Rodriguez (Adrianna Rodriguez)
Contributor: Associated Press
This article was originally published in USA Today: COVID News: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects 420,000 deaths by mid-January.California