Freezing migrants find help in the Alps
As the winter season arrives in the Alps, migrants are risking their life and limb crossing the high-altitude border clandestinely from Italy to France. But some volunteers are helping them survive the dangerous journey and evade the border patrols. Currently humanitarian workers distribute hand-warmers to the shivering migrants, help them hide in snowy woods until the coast was clear, and then steer them to waiting cars that whisk them from the frozen peaks to a warm shelter.news.yahoo.com
White House to meet with South African doctors as it assesses risks of new Omicron variant
Anthony S. Fauci, in an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” said the new variant has “some mutations” that “are raising some concern” – including “with regard to possibly transmissibility increase and possibly evasion of immune response.”washingtonpost.com
Jimmy Kimmel Rips Into Trump’s Deeply Embarrassing Picture-Book Tour
ABCOn Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Trump’s ongoing press tour for his egregiously overpriced picture book—which included a sit-down interview with “the interminable” Mark Levin on Fox News, where the former president was asked a total of zero hard-hitting questions.“Before COVID flew in from the dust, came in from China—which, by the way, Dr. Fauci, who I got along with actually quite well, but I usually did the opposite of what he suggested,” offered Trump in the interview regarding tnews.yahoo.com
Texas doctor on Biden's COVID-19 strategy and caring for patients
Dr. Ogechika Alozie, an infectious disease specialist in Texas, joins CBSN to discuss President Biden's strategy to fight the pandemic with measures including vaccine mandates. He also discusses how health care workers are dealing with COVID-filled hospitals and ICU beds.news.yahoo.com
Eye Opener: Biden unveils new COVID-19 vaccine mandate
President Biden unveils a sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine requirement which will affect roughly 100 million Americans. Also, the Justice Department filed suit against the state of Texas over its law that bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.news.yahoo.com
Fauci: Likely those who received J&J vaccine will also be recommended for booster
The White House announced Friday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, medical advisor to President Joe Biden, said he expects Americans who received the one-dose J&J vaccine against COVID-19 also will be recommended for a booster shot.
Amid new virus surge, Florida skeptics reconsider vaccines
In a rural stretch of northeastern Florida where barely half the people have gotten a coronavirus shot, Roger West had no problem telling others he was “adamantly anti-vaccination.” “I do not trust the Federal Government,” West wrote recently. West drove to the Winn Dixie supermarket and rolled up his sleeve for the first of two injections of the Moderna vaccine.news.yahoo.com
Fauci says U.S. is headed in ‘wrong direction’ as coronavirus cases spike among unvaccinated
While official guidance has not changed, Fauci hinted that a return to indoor mask mandates for vaccinated people and booster shots might be necessary to once again curb the spread of the virus.washingtonpost.com
Biden lambasts Trump’s ‘big lie’ in impassioned defence of voting rights, asking GOP ‘Have you no shame?’
In his most significant remarks on the state of voting rights, as Congress faces a narrow path towards expanding access to the ballot, President Joe Biden condemned a wave of Republican-backed legislation fuelled by Donald Trump’s persistent lies about the 2020 election. More follows...news.yahoo.com
64 cases of COVID-19 Delta variant identified in Illinois so far, as strain is added to CDC’s ‘variants of concern’
The Illinois Department of Public Health has identified 64 cases of the Delta variant, a COVID-19 strain first found in India that federal health officials have labeled a “variant of concern.”chicagotribune.com
Gaza and West Bank, Mexico and Canada among regions to receive 25 million Covid vaccine doses from Biden
US officials have announced plans to distribute the first wave of 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in an effort to boost the global vaccine supply and combat more-contagious variants amid the coronavirus pandemic. The US will rely on its federal supply, not supplies sent to states, to supply doses from theJohnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to Covax, the World Health Organization’s vaccination effort, as well as other countries. Roughly 75 per cent of the first wave of 25 million doses to be distributed as part of a strategy to send 80 million doses will be shared with Covax, according to the White House.news.yahoo.com
Biden reportedly has a 'short fuse'
Even Uncle Joe gets angry sometimes. President Biden has "a short fuse" at times, especially when aides and advisers are unable to answer his many hyper-detailed questions, current and former associates told The New York Times in a report published Friday. It's a description seemingly at odds with the congenial and easygoing persona the American public usually sees. Driven by a strong "sense of urgency," the president is reportedly susceptible to "flares of impatience," and a tendency to "cut off conversations," per the Times. Occasionally, he's even hung up the phone "on someone who he thinks is wasting his time." Yet he is also slow to make important decisions, often gathering advice and detail from "scores" of experts before sharing his findings in the self-assured, "plain-speaking" manner he presents publicly. "He has a kind of mantra: 'You can never give me too much detail,'" National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told the Times. It's a difficult minefield to navigate, however; at risk of "an outburst of frustration," those fielding Mr. Biden's questions must go "beyond the vague talking points [the president] will reject" while also avoiding "responses laced with acronyms or too much policy minutiae." Advisers, aides and speechwriters become "hyperprepared" so as to avoid irritation. Despite his displeasure when staff lack answers to reportedly "obscure" (but important) questions, the president is also "prone to displays of unexpected warmth." He never launches into Trump-esque "fits of rage" and frequently phones his grandchildren, who he calls "the center" of his world. Read more at The New York Times. More stories from theweek.comThe Republican theory of unemployment is classic MarxThere's growing speculation that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will name their daughter 'Philippa'A short history of White House catsnews.yahoo.com
What Fauci said about J&J vaccine: ‘I would have no hesitancy whatsoever to take it’
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for an emergency use authorization. Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said people should take the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if that’s what they are offered. Instead, the J&J vaccine uses a harmless, weakened cold virus to carry instructions into the body to trigger the immune response and a method developed a decade ago and used for an ebola vaccine. Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky is a native Michigander. Testing, efficacyThe Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been tested on nearly 44,000 people in United States, Latin America and South Africa.
Live stream: Fauci, White House COVID response team hold briefing
In this image from video, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, speaks during a White House briefing on the Biden administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (White House via AP)(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Dr. Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus this winter
As the U.S. settles deeper into the holiday season, so too is it settling into a dangerous trend of coronavirus spread. The cold winter months are pushing people indoors, where the airborne virus can spread easier than outdoors. He was referring to the country’s current battle with increased coronavirus spread. Pfizer formally requested an emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 20. Related: Details on when COVID-19 vaccine could be made public for useWhile it’s not totally clear who will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and when, it is likely that school-aged children will be among the last groups in the U.S. to receive them.
The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand
All remain in quarantine at a Christchurch hotel, and health officials say they expect more to test positive. — British PM Johnson imposing strict coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester, England’s second-largest urban area, after talks fail on financial support. Local health officials said Tuesday that the surge is overwhelming their ability to confront the pandemic. Officials say coronavirus cases related to the university represent 61% of the total in Washtenaw County, compared to just 2% in August. ___PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases for the second time in a week.
Coronavirus data is funneled away from CDC, sparking worries
HHS officials recently posted a document on the agency's website that redirected hospitals' daily reporting of a range of data meant to assess the impact of the coronavirus on them. The CDC will continue to collect other data, like information about cases and deaths, from state health departments. Collecting and reporting public health data has always been a core function of the CDC, he added. The administration should provide funding to support data collection and should strengthen the role of CDC to collect and report COVID-19 data," he said. Now it looks like the administration might be trying to blind the CDC as well.But Redfield, the CDC director, said the agency will retain access to all the data.