Fallout from shutdown of Ambassador Bridge spills onto US soil, causing concerns for businesses
The fallout from the shutdown on the Canadian side is spilling into the U.S., causing concerns for businesses and even with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. We’re here at the truck entrance to Canada, and the trucks are lined up, but the line went way past what we can see here in the video player above.
U.S. braces for more international travelers with restrictions easing starting today
The Ambassador Bridge in Detroit hasn’t seen much traffic from Canadians looking to enter for non-essential travel, but that will change on Monday when international travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the U.S.
The key factors that determine how year 2 of COVID will go
READ: Michigan residents 50+ with chronic conditions now eligible to receive COVID vaccineHowever, there are several key factors that could determine the path the next year could take. More U.S. residents are getting vaccinated at the rate of about 2 million doses daily. If this continues, 70% of the U.S. population could be fully vaccinated by the end of July and 85% by mid-September. “You want to do it gradually and see what the effects are.”READ: 1 year into COVID: What we wish we’d knownOther factors include how long the vaccine’s protection will last and if there are variants that current vaccines won’t be effective against. Vaccine trials are underway in older children, but a vaccine likely won’t be authorized until the fall at the earliest for those 12+.
CDC provides guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID
DETROIT – New guidelines from the CDC are offering some advice for people who are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The guidelines say that fully vaccinated grandparents can visit indoors with their unvaccinated healthy children and grandchildren without wearing masks or social distancing. There is still a chance the vaccinated grandparents could transmit the disease. The CDC said that the risk is lower for fully vaccinated people when dining in restaurants or going to the gym. AdThe CDC defines fully vaccinated as a person who is at least two weeks past the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Michigan residents 50+ with chronic conditions now eligible to receive COVID vaccine
Starting Monday, Michigan residents 50 years old and older who have chronic conditions can get access to the coronavirus vaccine. Some health departments are holding off on expanding access, while others are opening up appointments. In Macomb County, opening access to those 50 and older with pre-existing medical conditions added 130,000 people to the list of those waiting for a shot. Caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs will also be eligible to receive the vaccine. READ: Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine plan expands to 50+ with certain conditions: What to know
Washtenaw County is sharing COVID-19 vaccine data: Find it here
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. COVID-19 vaccine makers tell Congress to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month. The companies insisted Tuesday, Feb. 23, at a hearing that they will be able to provide enough vaccine for most Americans by summer. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Answering COVID questions: What is the science behind these vaccines?
Questions about the vaccine scienceMany people have questions about the two vaccines closest to approval. Will the benefit outweigh the risk in this case?”Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines, meaning they are not live virus vaccines. it’s estimated that over a period of weeks the mRNA is naturally destroyed after it has been used to produce spike proteins. Should you get an antibody test to determine your ranking for the vaccine? Another related question is if you should get an antibody test to help determine your ranking for receiving the vaccine?
CVS Pharmacy to offer COVID vaccine when available
CVS Pharmacy said it has been selected as one of the official “COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers” and will be able to offer it at its pharmacies when it’s available. “CVS Health® has entered into a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We were selected as one of the official COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers,” reads a statement from CVS Pharmacy. “The United States government will make a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine available to CVS Health when authorized and available to administer in pharmacies nationwide. CVS Health is already working to enable administration of the vaccine once it is available for pharmacies nationwide.”For updates on the CDC’s vaccination plan, go here.