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Delaying England’s winter lockdown ’caused up to 27,000 extra Covid deaths’ | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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Delaying the winter lockdown caused up to 27,000 extra deaths in England, the Resolution Foundation thinktank has claimed as it accused the government of a “huge mistake” which should be central to any public inquiry into the UK’s handling of the pandemic. In an assessment of policy over the last year, it said delaying the start of the latest lockdown until January, despite evidence of fast-rising cases before Christmas, led to around a fifth of all fatalities caused by the virus. It said these could have been avoided if restrictions were put in place quickly enough to prevent the death […]

Covid: More lockdowns on the horizon as a third coronavirus wave sweeps through Europe | ITV News

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Video report by ITV News Europe Editor James Mates Half of Italy’s 20 regions have gone in to the strictest form of lockdown as a third wave of coronavirus has threatened to overrun hospitals across the country. The cities of Rome, Milan and Venice are also covered by the tough restrictions as the number of new cases reached 21,304 with 317 deaths on Monday. People are once again banned from leaving their homes except for work or medical reasons and all but essential shops are shut. The decision comes little more than a year after the first wave brought panic […]

Democrats Block GOP Bill to Test Illegal Immigrants for Coronavirus

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Democrats blocked a bill sponsored by Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), which would require the federal government to test all illegal immigrants for coronavirus. Republicans introduced a motion to block the previous question on a piece of legislation Tuesday tht would allow for the consideration of Miller-Meeks’ legislation, the Requiring Every Alien to Receive a COVID-19 Test (REACT) Act. This bill would mandate that the Homeland Security Department (DHS) test all migrants crossing the border illegally that the DHS releases into the country. Miller-Meeks’ office noted that, as of March 8th, the federal government released 185 migrants into Brownsville, Texas, who […]

Ireland suspends AstraZeneca Covid vaccine over blood clot concerns | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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Ireland is suspending use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid as a precautionary measure following further reports of blood clots in people who have received it, this time from Norway. The deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said Ireland’s advisory body on vaccines had recommended that deployment of the AstraZeneca jab should be “temporarily deferred” with immediate effect. He stressed, though, that there was no proof that the vaccine had caused blood clots. The first reports of blood clots in people receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine came out of Austria and caused a flurry of concern, leading to a number […]

Texas sees decline in new coronavirus cases, data shows

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director and White House chief medical adviser, argues public health measures are necessary to control the pandemic. He says vaccinations are ‘accelerating greatly’ but ‘there’s always the risk’ of another surge. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases of the coronavirus in Texas has decreased by 42.5%, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott ended the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, including the state mask mandate. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Sunday reported 2,347 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 69 additional deaths. The […]

Coronavirus Relief Bill Includes $86 Billion Bailout for Union Pensions | Dan Bongino

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President Biden’s recently passed $1.9 COVID relief package has more than just $1,400 check for most Americans, with Democrats quietly adding $86 billion in funding to bailout union negotiation pensions. The American Rescue Plan legislation, which reflects the Biden stimulus plan unveiled in January, includes $86 billion for struggling union-managed pensions. Ahead of the Biden inauguration, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was pressuring Democrats to provide the pension funding. But the funding for unions has received harsh pushback, with critics saying the relief is a taxpayer funded bailout of pensions that have faced years of “mismanagement” from private unions: “Democrats think they smell an opening they […]

Biden signs $1.9T coronavirus relief bill in first major legislative win

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President Biden on Thursday signed into law the sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that Democrats muscled through Congress without any Republican support, securing the first big legislative win of his presidency.  “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving the people of this nation, working people, the middle-class folks, people who built the country a fighting chance,” Biden said.  The measure includes a $1,400 check for many Americans and an extension of a $300 weekly unemployment aid supplement through Sept. 6, as well as a generous one-year expansion of the child tax credit. It also […]

Pakistan to receive 45 million ‘Made In India’ vaccine under GAVI alliance – Coronavirus Outbreak News

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Islamabad will be getting 45 million doses of ‘Indian-made’ vaccine under the United GAVI alliance, Federal Secretary National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Aamir Ashraf Khawaja on Thursday informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Pakistan. GAVI, the vaccine alliance, helps vaccinate almost half the world’s children against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases. It has been providing assistance to Pakistan all through the pandemic as well. It had signed an agreement with Pakistan to provide COVID-19 vaccine in September 2020. Secretary Khawaja said that a total of 45 million doses of vaccine would be received under an agreement with GAVI […]

Pfizer Covid vaccine cuts transmission of coronavirus, new real-world study shows

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Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said Wednesday that real-world data from Israel suggests that their Covid-19 vaccine is 94 percent effective in preventing asymptomatic infections, meaning the vaccine could significantly reduce transmission. The companies also said the latest analysis of the Israeli data shows the vaccine was 97 percent effective in preventing symptomatic disease, severe disease and death. That is basically in line with the 95 percent efficacy Pfizer and BioNTech reported from the vaccine’s late-stage clinical trial in December. Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak The analysis also shows real-world evidence of the […]

Diplomats Warned of a Coronavirus Danger in Wuhan—2 Years Before the Outbreak – POLITICO

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In the spring of 2020, inside the U.S. government, some officials began to see and collect evidence of a different, perhaps more troubling theory—that the outbreak had a connection to one of the laboratories in Wuhan, among them the WIV, a world leading center of research on bat coronaviruses. To some inside the government, the name of the laboratory was familiar. Its research on bat viruses had already drawn the attention of U.S. diplomats and officials at the Beijing Embassy in late 2017, prompting them to alert Washington that the lab’s own scientists had reported “a serious shortage of appropriately […]