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Miss. says out-of-staters exhibiting up for vaccine

JACKSON, Miss. — Officers in Mississippi say about 2% of the coronavirus vaccinations given to date within the state have gone to folks with out-of-state addresses.

Mississippi pointers say vaccination is obtainable to anybody 65 or older or to those that are least 16 years outdated and have underlying well being situations that may make them extra susceptible to the virus.

The state’s prime public well being officers mentioned Monday that the vaccination is meant to be restricted to Mississippi residents, or to folks from different states who work in Mississippi. Nevertheless, they mentioned folks giving the pictures don’t examine identification or confirm that out-of-state residents work in Mississippi.

The New Orleans Advocate/The Occasions-Picayune lately reported that Louisiana residents are touring to Mississippi to be vaccinated as a result of Louisiana has tighter vaccination eligibility pointers.

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— California joined with the federal authorities to open two new mass vaccination facilities as check areas for brand new President Joseph Biden’s effort to create 100 such websites nationwide in 100 days.

— Proof is mounting that having COVID-19 might not shield in opposition to getting contaminated once more with among the new variants.

—The Dutch authorities is extending the nation’s curfew till March 3, declaring that was essential to sluggish the unfold of the extra infectious coronavirus variant first detected in Britain.

—The drive to vaccinate Individuals in opposition to the coronavirus is gaining pace and newly recorded circumstances have fallen to their lowest degree in three months, however authorities fear that raucous Tremendous Bowl celebrations might gasoline new outbreak s.

— South Africa seeks a brand new virus vaccination pla n after deciding to not use AstraZeneca jab, fearing it’s not efficient sufficient in opposition to the nation’s dominant variant

— Observe all of AP’s pandemic protection at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A whole bunch of individuals have confirmed up at Alabama vaccination websites because the state drastically expands eligibility to obtain immunizations in opposition to the coronavirus.

Beginning Monday, individuals who qualify for vaccinations in Alabama embody everybody 65 and older, educators, grocery retailer staff, some manufacturing staff, public transit staff, agriculture workers, state legislators and constitutional officers.

Solely well being care staff, first responders, nursing residence residents and folks 75 and older had been eligible beforehand.

The change means as many as 1.5 million folks within the state now qualify for pictures, up from about 700,000. However vaccine provide continues to be restricted, and officers are asking individuals who aren’t at excessive threat for turning into unwell to let different folks get vaccines first.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Appointments to obtain the coronavirus vaccine in Oregon have been shortly booked as residents who’re 80 years and older are actually eligible to obtain doses.

Seniors in Oregon have waited weeks to obtain the vaccine, after the unique eligibility date was delayed after which Gov. Kate Brown determined to prioritize educators forward of the aged.

The aged have been the toughest hit group in state in the case of the virus — folks 60 years and older account for 90% of Oregon’s COVID-19 deaths.

On Monday, seniors 80 and older started to obtain pictures. And media experiences say each obtainable appointment for seniors had been booked up.

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LANSING, Mich. — A decide in Michigan has dismissed disorderly conduct fees in opposition to six hair stylists who had been ticketed final spring throughout a protest on the state Capitol.

The ladies had been reducing hair to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s determination to maintain barber outlets and salons closed for practically three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ladies argued the tickets needs to be dismissed as a result of the state Supreme Court docket dominated in October that many Whitmer orders had been issued beneath an unconstitutional regulation.

Lansing District Choose Kristen Simmons granted the request Monday.

There was no instant remark from the lawyer normal’s workplace.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers have taken step one towards overriding the governor’s veto of a invoice blocking cities from regulating rental properties.

Gov. Eric Holcomb had mentioned the regulation shouldn’t be adopted through the coronavirus pandemic, and critics of the measure argued it could forestall native officers from defending tenants from abusive landlords.

The state Senate voted 30-17 on Monday to override the veto that Holcomb issued in March following final 12 months’s legislative session. The invoice’s supporters say it avoids a “hodgepodge” of native rules.

The state Home would additionally should vote to override the veto for it to be overturned.

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GENEVA — The top of the World Well being Group mentioned Monday the emergence of recent COVID-19 variants has raised questions on whether or not or not current vaccines will work, calling it “regarding information” that the vaccines developed to date could also be much less efficient in opposition to the variant first detected in South Africa.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned at a media briefing that South Africa’s determination on Sunday to droop its vaccination marketing campaign utilizing the AstraZeneca vaccine is “a reminder that we have to do all the pieces we are able to to scale back circulation of the virus with confirmed public well being measures.”

He mentioned it was more and more clear that vaccine producers would want to tweak their current pictures to handle the continued genetic evolution of the coronavirus, saying booster pictures would more than likely be crucial, particularly since new variants of the virus are actually spreading globally and seem prone to change into the predominant strains.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “just about toured” a federally supported mass-vaccination web site Monday in Glendale, Arizona.

The drive-thru 24-hour facility on the State Farm Stadium is giving one COVID-19 shot about each 10 seconds.

Biden and Harris have promised to open 100 related websites throughout the nation within the coming weeks and have known as on Congress to offer funding for much more. Biden has ramped up federal assist for the services by means of the Federal Emergency Administration Company and the Pentagon.

The president mentioned he’s forward of tempo to ship on his promise of offering 100 million injections within the first 100 days of his presidency, saying, “I feel we’ll exceed that significantly.” The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has reported that greater than 22 million doses have been given since Biden’s inauguration lower than three weeks in the past.

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SEATTLE — Dozens of Washington state hospitals have discovered N95 respirator masks believed to be bought from 3M Firm are counterfeits that weren’t manufactured by the corporate.

The Seattle Occasions reported the Washington State Hospital Affiliation alerted the state’s hospitals a couple of notification from 3M that some masks had been knockoffs.

The affiliation has requested the state’s 115 hospitals to type by means of masks provides and pull probably affected tools.

A number of hospitals despatched masks to 3M for testing and the corporate confirmed some had been counterfeit.

It’s unclear whether or not the counterfeit masks are much less protected than these manufactured by 3M.

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JERUSALEM — Israeli and Greek officers have agreed to clear the way in which for vaccinated vacationers to journey between their Mediterranean nations in a bid to spice up their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis introduced the settlement in Jerusalem on Monday. The deal is designed to permit vacationers with vaccination certificates to maneuver between the nations “with none limitations, no self-isolation, nothing,” Netanyahu mentioned at a press convention.

Each economies have giant sectors dedicated to tourism, an trade devastated by journey restrictions through the 11-month pandemic.

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MOSCOW — Russia issued up to date statistics Monday on coronavirus-linked deaths which confirmed that 162,429 folks with COVID-19 died final 12 months, a quantity far greater than beforehand reported by authorities officers.

The state statistics company, Rosstat, launched its figures for December on Monday, updating its depend of coronavirus-linked deaths that features circumstances the place the virus wasn’t the primary explanation for loss of life and the place the virus was suspected however not confirmed.

Rosstat’s depend is far greater than the 77,068 deaths which were reported by the Russian authorities’s coronavirus job pressure to date, together with deaths that occurred in January and February. Russian officers ascribe that to totally different counting strategies, saying the duty pressure solely consists of deaths the place COVID-19 was the primary trigger.

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MADRID — Spain’s prime virus official claims {that a} slowdown in coronavirus contagion may be linked to the vaccination of practically 800,000 residents, though he warned that it’s early for complacency and that strain in hospitals continues to be a problem.

Monday’s Well being Ministry replace confirmed over 62,000 gathered fatalities for COVID-19, with at the very least 909 of them since Friday, the very best weekend loss of life toll since April final 12 months. There have been 47,095 new coronavirus circumstances, bringing the nation’s gathered tally of formally confirmed infections shut to three million.

“We’re in ranges of threat which are excessive, very excessive,” Fernando Simón, director of Spain’s well being emergency coordination middle, advised reporters at a daily press convention on Monday.

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NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana sheriff is dropping a lawsuit filed in Could searching for damages from China due to the unfold of the brand new coronavirus.

The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Workplace filed a movement to dismiss the lawsuit Monday in federal court docket in New Orleans.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards’ lawsuit was filed as a class-action swimsuit on behalf of sheriffs all through the nation.

The swimsuit mentioned there was proof that the virus originated in a laboratory in China — a competition discounted by consultants. It mentioned the unfold of the virus and the ensuing impact on commerce in the US triggered sheriffs to lose income from varied charges and taxes, together with these tied to property values. And, the swimsuit mentioned, it drove up the sheriffs’ prices of working jails, requiring testing of inmates and guards.

Monday’s court docket submitting gave no purpose for searching for dismissal.

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TAMPA, Fla. — A lot for the mayor’s order requiring masks at Tremendous Bowl events. Throngs of largely maskless followers took to the streets and packed sports activities bars because the clock inside Raymond James Stadium ticked down on a hometown Tremendous Bowl win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It’s a little irritating as a result of we now have labored so laborious,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor mentioned throughout a Monday morning information convention with the Tremendous Bowl Host Committee. “At this level in coping with COVID-19, there’s a degree of frustration if you see that.”

Some 200,000 masks had been handed out forward of the sport, and “a majority” of individuals and companies adopted the foundations, she mentioned.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned President Joe Biden was involved about photos “that present many, many individuals with out masks in shut distance with each other on the top of a pandemic.”

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WASHINGTON — As COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations fall across the nation, federal officers are warning states to not calm down restrictions on eating out and different social actions that may result in extra unfold of the virus.

“Now we have but to manage this pandemic,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, advised reporters on Monday. The three waves of an infection final 12 months confirmed that the virus does rebound when folks extra cellular.

Walensky mentioned she would discourage any thought or transfer that will calm down restrictions on social distancing. The nation is coming down from the wave of infections that started in November and crested in January, however Walensky says the background degree of circumstances stays dangerously excessive.

White Home officers say they’re speaking their issues to state governors and public well being departments, however senior adviser Andy Slavitt says it could be counterproductive to element these dialog in public.

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WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is cautioning in opposition to deviating from the 2 dose routine for the permitted coronavirus vaccines, warning that delaying the second dose in an effort to hurry vaccinations to extra folks might enhance the variety of probably harmful variants.

Talking at a White Home briefing, the nation’s prime infectious illness skilled expressed concern that the immune response to the virus could also be weaker with out the “booster” shot. He added that, “The way in which viruses reply to strain, you would truly be inadvertently deciding on for extra mutants by a suboptimal response.”

Fauci mentioned altering the three-week interval between doses for the Pfizer vaccine and 4 weeks for the Moderna shot ought to solely be really helpful after rigorous scientific research. However he mentioned that the months it could take to collect the information would largely render the result “moot.”

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