The assumptions that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan laboratory are “possible” and deserve further investigation. Reports on the origins of COVID-19 from US government laboratories say
The study, conducted in May 2020, was received in October 2020 by the State Department. When the department investigating the origins of the pandemic reported, the Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the classified documents.
The report comes as questions arise as to whether the virus was the result of a Chinese lab accident or was spread by some other means. President Joe Biden has ordered the intelligence community to report on the origins within months.
meanwhile Covid-19 infected people New cases in many states continued to decline. Vaccination is slow, though, but experts told The New York Times that summer could rise sharply for states that have lifted most of the restrictions. Although vaccination rates are still lagging behind
Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine specialist at Baylor College of Medicine. told the Times that “We’re just not even close to that in the southern states. He said he expected a new wave in the south because “We rarely get vaccinated.”
Also in the news:
►Spain this week began accepting fully vaccinated Americans with unvaccinated children. Austria has said it will accept Americans as long as they have at least one round of the vaccine.
► Two-thirds of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball have eased coronavirus protection measures. After four additional clubs have been certified and increased the total number of franchises to 20, which is 85% vaccinated for players and staff on the field.
► Nearly 200,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines expire on June 23 in Ohio, Gov. Mike Devine said. I urge you to act now,” DeWine said in a press release.
►Carnival Cruise Line says it will require passengers to complete their COVID-19 vaccination two weeks before boarding for the company’s first U.S. trip. After reopening leaving Texas in July
►Hawaii Gov. David Ige extends the eviction break he has undertaken during the coronavirus pandemic by two more months.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 597,900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global total: more than 173.5 million cases and more than 3.7 million deaths. More than 139.78 million Americans are fully vaccinated — 42.1% of the population according to the CDC.
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‘Joints for jabs’ becomes policy in Washington state.
The Washington State Liquor and Marijuana Board said this week that It will allow state-licensed cannabis retailers. “Giving a joint one to an adult consumer vaccinated against COVID-19. at the vaccination clinic in the shop.
The program is the latest incentive to push states to get at least 70% of the state’s adults at least partially vaccinated by the end of the month.
Governor Jay Inslee has said achieving that mark would allow it to eliminate most of the remaining coronavirus-driven restrictions across the state. Inslee launched a “Shot of a Lifetime” campaign aimed at boosting vaccination in the state. And earlier, the committee approved free beer, wine or cocktails for those vaccinated by June 30.
when the new building opens Legionnaires’ disease lurks.
hotels and office buildings It will reopen after a year or more of inactivity. And building engineers are on the lookout for Legionnaires’ disease.
Michelle Swanson, a professor of microbiology at the University of Michigan and an expert on Legionella, says bacteria often become a problem in calm, unheated, and unchlorinated water. That could be a problem in some closed buildings where water has not flowed through pipes since the outbreak began.
“It’s almost certain that we will be at greater risk of Legionnaire cases after the shutdown,” said Swanson, a member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee who wrote a 2020 report on the management of Legionella in water.
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Novavax will soon be filing for emergency approval in the US.
Massive Novavax vaccine trial is coming to an end in the United States. And research chair Dr. Gregory Glenn told the audience at a recent webinar, “We expect approvals to be filed in the UK, US and Europe in the third quarter,” the report. NPR stands for July-September. Novavax is one of five companies that receive massive federal funding to develop and/or produce vaccines against COVID-19.
in the UK The company reported that its vaccine protected against all serious diseases and was more than 96% effective against any disease from the traditional form of COVID-19 and 86% effective against the B.1.1.7 variant first seen in the B.1.1.7 variant. united kingdom The vaccine was 55% effective in a small trial among non-HIV-infected participants in South Africa. There is another variant called B.1.351 widespread.
Empty prison in pandemic Should they stay like that?
by the middle of last year The number of inmates across the country are at their lowest point in more than two decades. According to a new report published Monday by the Vera Institute of Justice, researchers compiled population figures from about half the country’s 3,300 prisons to assess nationally.
According to a report shared with The Marshall Project and The Associated Press, the number of people incarcerated in county jails across the country fell by about a quarter, or 185,000, as counties declined. Strive to release low-level defendants Dramatically reduce the arrest rate and suspend court proceedings.
but in most places The decline did not last long: From mid-2020 to March 2021, the number of inmates awaiting trial or serving short sentences for minor offenses rose again to more than 70,000, nearly 650,000.
“A reduction in the number of incarcerated populations across the country is possible,” said Jacob Kang-Brown, senior research fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. and the authors of the new report say “We are seeing declines in big cities, small towns, rural areas and suburbs, but the increase we are seeing is worrisome.”
Source: The Associated Press.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New COVID cases in US drop despite reduced vaccination: Update.