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►Japan has confirmed the first five new variants of the coronavirus discovered in the UK. Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said that the five arrived from the UK from December 1
►Francis Pope (Pope Francis) called on Christmas Day to “vaccinate everyone, especially the most vulnerable and most in need,” and they should be ranked first. Francis made the current remarks in his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing.
►Italy has entered into holiday restrictions until January 6, with the purpose of restricting gatherings. Worldwide, festival celebrations have been reduced or completely cancelled.
►The influential COVID-19 model of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation warned this week that given the current scale of the virus in the United States, if no action is taken, the daily The death toll may reach 5,000 in February, a Wednesday briefing project.
►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.
►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.
►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.
📈 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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U.S. requires air passengers departing from the U.K. to undergo negative COVID-19 testing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday evening that the United States will require air passengers departing from the United Kingdom to provide a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours before departure.
This move occurred because more and more countries are rapidly spreading a new variant of the coronavirus in London and elsewhere, thereby banning British travelers.
After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the transmission rate of the coronavirus variant could increase by 70%, Canada and dozens of other counties announced new restrictions on British travelers, and they spread rapidly in London and surrounding areas. Shock.
The European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that although preliminary analysis in the UK indicated that the new variant was “significantly more spreadable,” there was no indication that the infection was more serious. However, experts warn that even if the variant is not more lethal, it could lead to an increase in infections, hospitalizations and virus-related deaths.
The CDC said President Donald Trump is expected to sign the order on Friday, which will take effect on December 28.
How will you know when it is your turn to buy the COVID-19 vaccine? it’s complicated.
According to public health and policy experts and the state vaccination plan, as the COVID-19 vaccine is used in a limited population in the United States, it will be unclear how people know that they are eligible for vaccination when the supply is limited.
The introduction of the vaccine is largely left to the states, and people may not know when they will be eligible for the vaccine. Moreover, they may have to proactively find a place they can get and prove that they meet the next standard.
Katie Green, guest policy assistant at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, said: “I think it will be a bit vague.
Dai Tinglong Dai, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, who studies health care operations management and business analysis, said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if thousands of people were abandoned due to the information gap.”
Studies have found that COVID-19 antibodies can protect the virus for six 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
Contributor: Associated Press
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