President Joe Biden continues his coronavirus vaccination goal, suggesting the nation could soon inject an average of 1.5 million shots a day on Monday.
Meanwhile, Washington state health officials and hospital directors say they have been overwhelmed by a spate of phone calls and hospital visits since the state decided to extend immunization eligibility to those 65 and over. At least 500,105 doses of vaccine had been administered in Washington as of Monday.
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The high-risk group was excluded from the vaccine rollout
When New York announced new guidelines for the approval of vaccines two weeks ago that would cover millions of other residents of the state, one particularly affected group was not mentioned: the nearly 50,000 people detained in the state’s prisons and prisons.
Now that state supplies are dwindling and there is no clear plan for vaccinating incarcerated people, the virus that pierced the state’s correctional facilities this spring is roaring back behind bars. At least 5,100 people who live and work in New York’s prisons have tested positive and 12 have died in recent weeks, even in the early days of the pandemic.
But how and when to vaccinate detainees while millions wait across the state has raised legal, logistical, and ethical questions that the state has been difficult to answer.
Across the country, the arrival of a vaccine has been hailed as a harbinger of the possible end of the pandemic. The limited supply has proven difficult to manage, however, and correctional facilities, where more than half a million people have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began, pose additional complications.
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– Troy Closson, the New York Times
Flight attendants face mask fights and a “mob mentality”.
A flight attendant needed medical attention because of a debilitating migraine caused by confronting a passenger who refused to wear a mask.
The day after the siege of Capitol Hill, she was attacked with racist slurs by passengers on a shuttle bus with a black flight attendant, according to a flight attendants union.
Aviation security officials have received dozens of confidential complaints over the past year from officials trying to enforce mask safety rules. The reports, which are stored in the database of the Aviation Safety Reporting System, sometimes describe a chaotic workplace where passengers regularly abuse airline employees.
“I felt that if this man is brave enough to shout ‘SHUT UP’ at me in the cabin, there are no limits,” said a flight attendant in a report.
The coronavirus pandemic and political divisions of the past year have created fear, economic pain, and social and family rifts across the country, but for flight workers and flight attendants in particular, discomfort and tensions have often leveled out in a tiny cabin space.
The tension is at a level flight attendants have never seen before, said Paul Hartshorn Jr., a veteran attendant and spokesman for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
“I think we’re pretty well trained in dealing with a disruptive passenger,” said Hartshorn, 46. “We are not trained and shouldn’t deal with large groups of passengers with whom we cause a riot.” another group of passengers. “
“It’s crazy,” he added.
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– Maria Cramer, the New York Times
Colombia’s Defense Minister dies of COVID-19 at the age of 69
Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, one of the country’s most recognized conservative politicians, has died as a result of COVID-19. He was 69 years old.
President Ivan Duque said in a televised address that Trujillo died early Tuesday.
In a statement, the Colombian government said Trujillo fell ill while visiting the coastal town of Barranquilla, where he was rushed to hospital on Jan. 11. The Secretary of Defense was rushed to and placed in an intensive care unit at a military hospital in Bogota two days later and spent several days in an induced coma before he died.
Colombia has recorded more than 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 and more than 2 million cases. The vaccination has not yet started in Colombia with around 50 million inhabitants and the largest country in Latin America to date without life-saving measures. Government officials have said they hope to start vaccinations in February.
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-The Associated Press
Find out about the last 24 hours
• • How to get your COVID-19 vaccine: If you are eligible for a vaccine but couldn’t find one, you are not alone. The overwhelming demand is flooding Washington’s health systems. The lack of supply closes at least one clinic and threatens to force others to cancel appointments. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to get a vaccine. If it’s not your turn already, bookmark this story as it will be updated frequently.
• • The good news: Coronavirus cases and deaths have dropped significantly in the U.S. (You can see this trend in Washington state in these graphs.) The bad news: the numbers are still alarmingly high, and the race against the mutating virus is becoming more urgent. The new variants are already a milestone in Europe.
• • California has canceled its stay at home orders when conditions improve. But will the residents relax too much?
• • A multimillionaire couple are accused of chartered an airplane in the Yukon and vaccines for vulnerable indigenous elders. But the locals discovered the “despicable, disgusting” act, and the consequences were quick.
– Kris Higginson
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