On President Joe Biden’s first day in the Oval Office, one of his first duties was to fulfill one of the commitments he made during his campaign – dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Virus precautions are now required in the White House and on federal properties, the federal government freeze has been extended, and a new federal agency has been set up to coordinate a national response to the virus.
However, the urge to vaccinate Americans against the virus has come up against a roadblock as several states, including New York and Florida, have reported running out of vaccine. In Washington, more than 10,000 people are having appointments at the University of Washington Medicine’s vaccination clinics as the state begins Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout.
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• • What Blocked Washington’s Rise of Vaccines: For clinics, pharmacies, and other vaccine providers across the state, “everything was makeshift” when they rolled out vaccinations in high demand – while they were still waiting for software to manage the process. Read the Times Watchdog story.
• • New President Joe Biden Immediately unleashed yesterday with a blizzard of executive actions to tear down his predecessor’s legacy. Including: concrete steps towards the pandemic that will affect your daily life.
• • Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched? or should you stick to the shot from the same company? Health officials provide guidance. Meanwhile, California fixed a large amount of vaccines after the injections were temporarily stopped because people got sick.
• • Seattle restaurants could get a crucial lifeline in the last round of the federal government’s COVID-19 aid, as well as art and cultural institutions. Here’s how this works and why it’s different from previous rounds.
• • The COVID-19 treatment Trump famously announced could help many others, research shows. However, hundreds of thousands of vials of antibody treatment go unused while sick patients try to protect themselves.
• • A year ago today, the coronavirus made headlines for the first time in West Washington. If you knew what was to come, would you do anything differently? We’d love to hear and share some of the answers.
– Kris Higginson
Seattle Times staff and news services