Covid-19 News: In-Person School Attendance Inches Up but Roadblocks Remain

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Publish Date : 2021-03-31 19:11:50

Covid-19 News: In-Person School Attendance Inches Up but Roadblocks Remain

Man ‘visited 92-year-old woman and gave her fake Covid vaccine, charging £160’ –
Detectives labelled the fake vaccine incident in Surbiton, south west London, a ‘disgusting assault’ as they appealed for the public’s help to identify a man seen

Police are hunting a man accused of giving an elderly woman a fake coronavirus vaccine.
The 92-year-old told officers the man claimed to be from the NHS – and charged her £160 after giving her the jab at her southwest London home.
City of London Police have issued a CCTV image of a man detectives would like to speak to following the incident.
Detectives labelled it a ‘disgusting assault’ as the Government ramps up its vaccine rollout for the UK’s most at-risk people.
Elderly and clinically vulnerable

More states are lifting eligibility requirements for Americans to receive coveted coronavirus vaccines.

Indiana, Texas and Georgia on Tuesday joined the majority of states in allowing all adults to receive coronavirus vaccines late this week or next week. Utah will open all eligibility on Wednesday.

However, with the lifting of eligibility requirements comes a lifting of business and masking restrictions. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to end the statewide mask mandate and remaining COVID-19 business restrictions in two weeks. And many other states have already ceased restrictions.

It all comes as experts warn of a fourth surge as new variants spread rapidly through the United States. In the last week alone, the U.S. has reported 2,926 new variant cases – more than the country reported in December, January and February combined, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Centers for Disease Control data shows.

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►California state prisons will resume limited in-person visits with inmates April 10, more than a year after they were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

►Hours after COVID-19 vaccine collaborators AstraZeneca and Oxford University released data on their large clinical trial, federal officials said that information may have been missing a month's worth of data.

►The White House said 27 million doses of coronavirus vaccines will be distributed next week, more than three times the number when President Joe Biden took office just over two months ago. The U.S. is currently administering 17.5 million shots a week.

► People who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks at work in Anchorage, Alaska, when they are in their own workspace away from the public and unvaccinated colleagues, under an updated emergency order that took effect Tuesday.

? Today's numbers: The U.S. has over 29.9 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 543,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 124.3 million cases and 2.73 million deaths. More than 164.3 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 128.2 million have been administered,  according to the CDC.

? What we're reading: The pandemic ushered in "a new era of medicine." These telehealth trends are likely here to stay.

USA TODAY is tracking COVID-19 news. Keep refreshing this page for the latest updates. Want more? Sign up for our Coronavirus Watch newsletter for updates to your inbox and join our Facebook group.

Moncef Slaoui, former Operation Warp Speed science chief, fired by drugmaker for sexual harassment
Moncef Slaoui, former scientific head of Operation Warp Speed, the government's COVID-19 vaccine development effort, has been fired by GlaxoSmithKline after an internal investigation found he sexually harassed a fellow employee several years ago.

Slaoui left his role at GSK in 2017, but continued to serve as chairman of the board for Galvani Bioelectronics, a joint venture between GSK and Verily Life Sciences. In February, GSK authorities received a letter alleging that Slaoui sexually harassed and acted inappropriately toward a GSK employee several years ago.

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A law firm hired by the company confirmed the allegations, according to Emma Walmsley, GSK's CEO, who wrote a letter Wednesday about the firing sent to all company employees. She also said that the company is renaming its research and development facility in Rockville, Maryland, which had been called the Slaoui Center for Vaccines Research.

Slaoui did not immediately respond to a text sent to his phone.

Brazil sees highest COVID-19 death tolls of the pandemic, economists call for 'emergency lockdown'
Hundreds of Brazilian economists, including former finance ministers and central bank presidents, urged the Brazilian government in an open letter this week to speed up vaccination and adopt tougher restrictions to stop the rampant spread of COVID-19.

The signatories of the letter decried the "devastating" economic and social situation in Latin America’s largest nation. They also attempted to debunk President Jair Bolsonaro’s assertion that lockdowns and restrictions would inflict greater hardship on the population than the disease.

"This recession, as well as its harmful social consequences, was caused by the pandemic and will not be overcome until the pandemic is controlled through competent action from the federal government," the letter read. "It is urgent that the different levels of government prepare to implement an emergency lockdown." Read more.

Health officials concerned as US cases stop falling
America's months-long improvement in coronavirus cases has stalled, and rapid increases in some states could count for more than ongoing declines in others.U.S. health officials expressed concern Wednesday about the plateau and refused to say the nation has turned the corner on the coronavirus pandemic.

"I continue to be worried about the latest data and the apparent stall we’re seeing in the trajectory of the pandemic," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing Wednesday.

The U.S. is reporting a seven-day average of about 55,000 new cases per day, up 3% from the previous week. The U.S. is also reporting about 4,600 new hospitalizations per day and nearly 1,000 new deaths per day, Walensky said.

"When you’re at that level, I don’t think you can declare victory," Dr. Anthony Fauci said during the briefing. "We are at the corner. Whether or not we’re going to be turning that corner remains to be seen."

Walensky said she was particularly concerned about reports of spring breakers neglecting public health precautions. "What concerns me is the footage of what’s happening in spring breakers and people who are not continuing to implement prevention strategies while we get scaled up," she said. "I emphasize how we need to hang in there for just a whole longer."

About 2.5 million Americans are being vaccinated each day, according to Andy Slavitt, White House senior adviser for COVID-19 response. In its first 62 days, the Biden administration has tripled vaccine allocation from 8.6 million to 27 million doses per week, he said.

Data from three new studies show real-world vaccine effectiveness
Data on frontline healthcare workers in Texas, California and Israel suggest COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing coronavirus infections in real-world settings, according to three new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine Tuesday.

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