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Politico Analysis: Vaccine Lotteries Aren’t Working

Politico reports: State efforts to juice Covid-19 vaccination rates through million-dollar lotteries haven’t reversed the steep decline in adults seeking out shots when many pockets of the country remain vulnerable to the coronavirus. While Ohio did see a two-week bump in adult vaccination rates last month after becoming the first state to offer sizable cash prizes, the pace of vaccinations …

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Lisbon Ordered Into Lockdown Due To Delta Variant

The New York Times reports: The Portuguese authorities ordered a weekend lockdown of the capital region of Lisbon starting on Friday in an attempt to blunt a recent surge of new infections, offering a powerful reminder that even as Europe seeks to reopen more fully, the virus still poses challenges. The decision came after Portugal registered this week its highest …

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Vaccine Refuser Sorry After Double Lung Transplant

The New York Daily News reports: A double lung transplant later, a 43-year-old Texas man who didn’t think he needed a COVID vaccination is now hoping others like him will get inoculated so they, too, don’t learn the hard way that the pandemic that has killed 600,000 Americans is serious. “If I knew what I know now, I would have …

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Antiviral Pill To Treat COVID Could Be Ready This Year

The New York Times reports: The U.S. government spent more than $18 billion last year funding drugmakers to make a Covid vaccine, an effort that lead to at least five highly effective shots in record time. Now it’s pouring more than $3 billion on a neglected area of research: developing pills to fight the virus early in the course of …

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Inaugural Cruise Postponed After 8 Crew Test COVID+

USA Today reports: Royal Caribbean International is postponing the inaugural sailings of its newest cruise ship after eight crew members received positive coronavirus test results during routine testing. The Odyssey of the Seas’ initial sailings, which the cruise line had laid out as six- and eight-night Southern and Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 3 to July …

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Confirmed US Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 600,000

The Wall Street Journal reports: The number of confirmed U.S. deaths from Covid-19 surpassed 600,000 on Tuesday. The milestone follows a significant slowdown in all Covid-19 metrics after a winter surge that reached every corner of the country and strained healthcare systems. Since the rollout of highly effective vaccines, deaths have plummeted, recently reaching their lowest point since March 2020. …

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HI Cops Spent $150K In COVID Funds On Robot Dog

The Honolulu Civil Beat reports: The Honolulu Police Department used $150,045 in federal funds intended to respond to the pandemic to acquire a robot dog named Spot, according to city spending data. As for its use helping Honolulu combat COVID-19, the city’s spending data says Spot was purchased to take people’s temperatures at HPD’s tent city for homeless people. In …

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NYC’s First Post-COVID Parade To Honor Health Workers

The New York Daily News reports: The men and women who saved lives and kept the city going through the darkest days of the pandemic will be honored with a parade down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on July 7, Mayor de Blasio announced Monday. Healthcare workers, first responders and all kinds of essential workers will get the hero …

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COVID Model Suggests 20M Deaths Globally By 2023

The Daily Beast reports: The computational biologists at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle crunched COVID-19 stats from all over the world, charted the trends and concluded that as many as 9.7 million people could die by late September. If the trend line continues, COVID-19 could kill 20 million by 2023, according to IHME’s model. The …

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England Extends Lockdown Due To Delta Variant Surge

The BBC reports: Most coronavirus rules will remain in place in England for another four weeks after the planned 21 June unlocking, government sources have told the BBC. Senior ministers have signed off on the decision to delay the lifting of all legal restrictions on social contact. England was due to move to stage four of the government’s roadmap out …

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Trudeau Discussed US Border With Biden, No Deal Yet

The Globe And Mail reports: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday he has spoken with U.S. President Joe Biden about how to lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries but made clear no breakthrough has been achieved. U.S. and Canadian business leaders have voiced increasing concern about the ban on non-essential travel in light of COVID-19 that was …

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Iowa Man Sentenced To Ten Years In Face Mask Assault

The Des Moines Register reports: A man convicted of following a man to a car and assaulting him after being told to raise the mask on his face in November was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday. Shane Wayne Michael, 42, of the Saylor Township was arrested and charged after the Nov. 11 assault at the Vision 4 Less …

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New York Approves Stiff Penalties For Faking Vax Status

Gothamist reports: In the coming months, showing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will become commonplace before going into a bar, getting on a flight, or going back to school or the office. To deter people who are vaccine-averse and might be tempted to flash fake credentials, New York lawmakers passed a bill today criminalizing the falsification of vaccine records under …

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Vaxxed Don’t Need Masks Outdoors At Transit Hubs

The Hill reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that vaccinated travelers do not need masks outdoors at airports and train stations. “CDC is announcing that it will be amending its Face Masks Order to not require people to wear a mask in outdoor areas of conveyances (if such outdoor areas exist on the conveyance) or …

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G7 Leaders Commit To Donating One Billion Vax Doses

CBS News reports: President Biden is joining other world democratic leaders on the first day of the Group of 7 summit in Britain, hoping to restore U.S. relations with the world’s democracies and urging them to unite to confront COVID-19 and other global challenges. Leaders of the G7 and guest countries will provide more than 1 billion additional COVID-19 vaccine …

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2021 Global COVID Deaths Already More Than 2020

The Wall Street Journal reports: More people have died from Covid-19 already this year than in all of 2020, according to official counts, highlighting how the global pandemic is far from over even as vaccines beat back the virus in wealthy nations. It took less than six months for the globe to record more than 1.88 million Covid-19 deaths this …

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US To Donate 500M Vax Doses To Low Income Nations

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Biden’s administration plans to donate 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses produced by Pfizer Inc. to the rest of the world, according to people familiar with the plans. The administration expects 200 million of the Pfizer doses will go to other countries this year and 300 million across the first half of next year, one …

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Texas Hospital Suspends 178 Vax-Refusing Employees

The Washington Post reports: A Houston-based hospital system suspended more than 170 health-care workers who did not comply with the organization’s vaccine mandate, the system’s CEO said Tuesday, a day after employees protested the requirement outside a medical center. While 24,947 of Houston Methodist’s employees were fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by Monday’s deadline, 178 employees did not get …

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Canada May Ease Border Restrictions On June 22nd

Politico reports: The mayors of Canadian border cities say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has signaled it could start easing Covid-19 restrictions at the Canada-U.S. frontier on June 22 if the country’s vaccination campaign stays on its current trajectory. Jim Diodati, mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, told POLITICO that Public Safety Minister Bill Blair delivered the message during a recent …

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Gallup: 78% Of Unvaccinated Unlikely To Reconsider

Gallup reports: As of the May 18-23 survey, 60% of U.S. adults report they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 4% have been partially vaccinated, 12% plan to be vaccinated and 24% do not plan to be vaccinated. Among those not planning to be vaccinated, 78% say they are unlikely to reconsider their plans, including 51% who say they are …

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