Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, February 15: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

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Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, February 14: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington State and the world

Days of snow frustrated people faced with rescheduling long-awaited vaccinations. However, according to official figures, the availability of the shot is improving and vaccination trials are currently underway for the youngest age group at Oxford University.

We update this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Seattle area, the US and the world.

Click here for live updates from the past few days and all other coronavirus information. Here’s how we are tracking the daily spread in Washington and the world.

Days of snow frustrated people faced with rescheduling long-awaited vaccinations. However, according to official figures, the availability of the shot is improving and vaccination trials are currently underway for the youngest age group at Oxford University.

We update this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Seattle area, the US and the world.

Click here for live updates from the past few days and all other coronavirus information. Here’s how we are tracking the daily spread in Washington and the world.

Days of snow frustrated people faced with rescheduling long-awaited vaccinations. However, according to official figures, the availability of the shot is improving and vaccination trials are currently underway for the youngest age group at Oxford University.

We update this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Seattle area, the US and the world.

Click here for live updates from the past few days and all other coronavirus information. Here’s how we are tracking the daily spread in Washington and the world.

4:00 p.m.

The COVID conspiracy shows a wide range of Chinese disinformation

BRUSSELS (AP) – It took just three months for rumors that COVID-19 was being developed as a bio-weapon to spread to the edge of the Chinese internet and take root in the minds of millions of people.

By March 2020, the assumption that the virus was man-made and possibly armed was widespread, several polls showed. For example, the Pew Research Center found that one in three Americans believed the new coronavirus was created in a laboratory. One in four thought it was built on purpose.

This mess was at least partially created. More about this story here.

– Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press

3:40 pm

The super spreaders behind the top conspiracy theories of COVID-19

With the coronavirus spreading around the world, its origins were also speculated. Maybe the virus escaped from a laboratory. Maybe it was designed as a bio-weapon.

Legitimate questions about the virus created perfect conditions for conspiracy theories. In the absence of knowledge, guesswork and propaganda flourished.

College professors with no evidence or training in virology were touted as experts. Anonymous social media users posed as high-ranking intelligence officials. And from China to Iran, Russia to the USA, the governments have increased their claims for their own reasons. More about this story here.

David Klepper, Beatrice Dupuy, Farnoush Amiri, The Associated Press and FARNOUSH AMIRI

12:20 pm

Bend High School is returning to distance learning due to an outbreak

BEND, Ore. (AP) – An outbreak of COVID-19 attributed to Summit High School students who attended a party a week ago had infected 24 students on Saturday and extended the closings of personal classes at Bend School to Friday .

Headmaster Michael McDonald said in an email that Deschutes County had confirmed 24 cases of COVID-19 among teenagers attending Summit High who were primary or secondary exposures to the party, the Bend Bulletin reported.

While Summit had face-to-face classes on Feb. 8 and 9, there was no confirmed spread of the virus at school, he said. More of that story here.

-The Associated Press

9:48 a.m.

Public Health – Seattle & King County: COVID-19 test sites are closed on Mondays

Medium and high volume COVID-19 test sites operated by Public Health – Seattle & King County are closed for snow on Mondays.

These are the test locations at Bellevue College, Auburn, Tukwila, Federal Way, Highline College, Enumclaw, and Renton.

To register online for a test and further information from the district, click here.

– Eric Lacitis

8:38 a.m.

The Kent vaccination center opens late Monday, February 15th

Due to the expected icy conditions, the Kent vaccination center will reopen at 12:00 noon on Monday 15th February. People with morning appointments will receive a text or email on February 15 with their new afternoon time, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County.

The Auburn and Kent locations will return to their regular schedule on Tuesday, February 15th.

2:00 am

The EU Anti-Fraud Authority warns of fraud involving COVID-19 vaccines

BRUSSELS (AP) – EU anti-fraud agency OLAF urges member states to be vigilant about scammers selling counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines as the 27-nation bloc faces delays in the delivery of gunfire.

In a statement on Monday, OLAF said it had become aware of a number of reports of scammers selling vaccines to defraud EU governments trying to speed up vaccination.

“For example, scammers can offer to sell large quantities of vaccines, deliver a sample in order to receive the first advance payment and then disappear with the money,” said Ville Itälä, Director General of OLAF.

“They can supply batches of counterfeit vaccines,” Itälä added. “Or they falsely claim to represent a legitimate business and claim to have or have access to vaccines. All of these claims have one thing in common: they are wrong. “More on this story here.

– Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press