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NASA releases new video of Perseverance
02-23-2021, 08:36 PM,
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NASA releases new video of Perseverance
The world’s COVID-19 vaccine makers are rapidly ramping up production and expressed optimism Tuesday that the U.S. will have sufficient supply to vaccinate every American who wants it by the end of July.
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Representatives of the drug companies also said they are working on alterations to tahe vaccines to combat variant strains if necessary.
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John Young, chief business officer at Pfizer, told a hearing before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that his company will have provided 120 million doses by the end of March and reach 300 million by the end of July. That’s enough for 150 million Americans, and Young said the company is working to ensure safety and effectiveness for children.
“We are conducting studies in patients between 12–15 years of age and hope to soon begin studies in children under the age of 11,” Young said.
Dr. Stephen Hoge, president of Moderna, said his company also hopes to be deliver 300 million doses by the end of July. And Dr. Richard Nettles, Johnson & Johnson’s vice president of medical affairs, said that if his company wins Food and Drug Administration approval for emergency use that J&J hopes to supply 100 million doses of its single-dose vaccine by the end of June.
Also in the news:
►Health officials in Texas were optimistic that vaccine distribution would get back on track by the end of the week. Last week’s power crisis prompted shipping delays, canceled appointments and destroyed more than 900 doses of the vaccine across the state.
►NASCAR officials barred legendary team owner Chip Ganassi from this weekend’s event at Homestead-Miami Speedway and fined him $30,000 for violating COVID-19 event protocols at the Daytona 500. Ganassi’s penalty was for bringing a nonessential individual into the restricted competition area.
►Five vaccine makers are testifying today before a House oversight committee investigating the wobbly rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Novavax have representatives on the witness list.
►The House is focusing this week on Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Democrats in Congress aim to pass the whole proposal by mid-March. It currently includes a new round of checks for Americans, renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program and an extension of a federal boost for unemployment benefits.
►California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday plans to sign a state-sized coronavirus relief package that will include $600 one-time payments for 5.7 million people with low-to-moderate incomes. The bill was approved Monday by state lawmakers.
Today’s numbers: The U.S. has more than 28.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 500,200 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 111.7 million cases and 2.47 million deaths. More than 75.2 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and about 64.1 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
? What we’re reading: Why get COVID-19 vaccination if you still have to wear a mask? It beats getting sick, health experts say.
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Fauci: Politics has contributed to death toll
Political divisions in America are partly to blame for pushing the nation’s COVID-19 death toll over 500,000, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday. Fauci, speaking on CNN, declined to call out former President Donald Trump specifically, but said months of downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic by political leaders discouraged mitigation efforts such as mask wearing and social distancing promoted by public health experts.

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