President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled plans to recruit 1,000 black-owned barbershops and salons to provide “shots at the shop” and boost a nationwide vaccination effort.
The administration is working closely with COVID, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, and SheaMoicher to engage Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons nationwide to support local vaccine education and outreach efforts.
initiative This comes two weeks after USA TODAY reports on 10 black hair salons and barber shops in Prince George’s County, Maryland That public health practitioners and researchers have turned to health and wellness intervention centers aimed at fighting health inequalities.
As vaccination rates in communities of color have been hit hard by the COVID-19 gap in several states, the network is combating vaccine hesitation by offering shots at stores.
The White House said Biden is also calling June a national “Month of Action,” calling on national community-based and faith-based organizations as well as businesses, social media influencers, celebrities, colleges, youth and thousands of volunteers. Hoping to collect. .
The administration aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults with at least one shot by July 4.
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb followed the lead of other Republican-led states and announced that Indiana would stop participating in the federal unemployment program June 19. The resulting cut in benefits is designed to encourage Indiana residents to fill low-paying jobs across the state. .
Canada’s New Brunswick will allow travel between the province and Maine from July 1, as long as 75% of New Brunswick residents age 12 and older have received their first dose of the vaccine.
Alaska has begun offering coronavirus vaccinations at airports in time for the summer travel season. Vaccine eligibility has been expanded to include anyone who is at least 12 years old in Alaska, including visitors from other states or countries.
At least 540 people are under quarantine in Norway’s capital Oslo following an outbreak of the coronavirus, tied to traditional celebrations for high school seniors who hang out on buses and drink.
The Ohio Lottery plans to announce the next winners of the state’s Vax-a-Million Vaccination Incentive Prize tonight after the lottery’s cash blast TV show. most of Ohio’s COVID-related health orders, such as mask requirements, capacity limits and social distancing guidelines, ends today.
📈 Today’s issue: The US has more than 33.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 595,200 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 171 million cases and 3.55 million deaths. More than 135.8 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 40.9% of the population, according to CDC.
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Fauci email: ‘All is well despite some crazy people in this world’
Emails sent by Dr. Anthony Fauci in the early days of the pandemic reflect the thoughts of a patient but exhausted man who is stunned by his own personality overnight. Hundreds of emails were received by Washington Post and other media organizations through Freedom of Information Act requests. Fauci has answered hundreds of interrogators, many of whom he does not know, often with in-depth answers.
Fauci corresponded on several occasions with George Gao, a top Chinese infectious disease official. The GAO sent an encouraging note when Fauci was being blasted by Trump supporters who blamed him for backing social distancing rules that closed schools, tanked the economy and threatened Trump’s reelection prospects. .
“Thanks for your kind note,” Fauci replied three days later. “All is well in spite of some crazy people in this world.”
Fauci marveled at an April 2020 story titled “‘Cuomo Crush’ and ‘Fauci Fever’ – Sexualization of These Men Is a Real Thing on the Internet.” Fauci forwarded the email to someone whose identity was changed, urging that person to click the link
“This will blow your mind,” Fauci wrote. “Our society is really completely insane.”
Twin Cities Drop Mask Mandate
The Twin Cities of Minnesota now have matching mask requirements – none. Saint Paul ended its mask mandate on Wednesday, a day after Minneapolis announced it was dropping the mask requirement. Leaders in both cities cited rising vaccination rates. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey implemented the indoor mask mandate last spring, two months before Governor Tim Walz issued a similar statewide mask order. Frey said the mandate was lifted because more than 78% of the city’s residents aged 15 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
St Paul’s Mayor Melvin Carter acknowledged that his city has not yet reached the standards set by local public health experts.
“The reality of a maskless Minneapolis alone limits the logic and efficacy of maintaining a masking order,” Carter said.
Attitudes change when the situation returns to normal
Many Americans are feeling change in attitude and attitude As states reopen, COVID-19 cases fall and vaccination numbers rise. Historians speak of “large-scale disruptive events” resulting in permanent changes, although it is not yet clear what changes the pandemic will bring.
Gary Darden, associate professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University, defines such events as “something that appears over a long period of time and has a profound impact on the lives of nearly every American”. Other largely disruptive events include World War I, the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu — apart, Darden says, from outright catastrophes like 9/11.
The Spanish flu and World War I, for example, are reasons to tile your bathroom, he said.
“The trenches they fought in were dirty, full of lice and carcasses, and rotten,” Darden said. Tiled bathrooms, linoleum floors and metal bedframes became popular because “you could submerge metal and tile in bleach or vinegar.” read more here.
– Rebecca King, NorthJersey.com
Canada OKs AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines
Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization says people who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for the first dose may be offered a second dose to Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna. The advisory affects more than 2 million Canadians who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine before the provinces stopped using it for the first dose last month.
In Canada, 41 confirmed or suspected cases of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia have been diagnosed and five people have died.
“This is not a new concept,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer. “Having a multiple-dose series in terms of vaccines given by manufacturers has led to public health use over time for many other vaccines.”
Indiana University Will Require Vaccinations – But Not Proof
Indiana University eased its vaccination requirement for students and staff after several state officials protested against a proposal to provide proof of shots. Under the revised requirement, students and staff will be able to certify their vaccinations without providing vaccination documents.
The university also said a form would be available for those requesting exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons.
President Michael McCrobie said in a statement that the university’s primary concern is ensuring the health and safety of its students and staff.
“This requirement will make a ‘return to normal’ for the fall semester a reality,” he said.
Vaccination alone cannot end pandemic, study shows
Steady vaccination rates have come with reductions in infections, hospitalizations and deaths, but a new study suggests they may not be enough to end the coronavirus pandemic. Masks and social distancing, along with widespread vaccination, had the biggest impact on limiting infections and deaths, but infections would continue to rise if quarantine protections were removed, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina a new study.
“Our study shows that, for a population of 10.5 million, approximately 1.8 million infections and 8,000 deaths could be prevented over the course of 11 months by maintaining more effective COVID-19 vaccines, higher immunization coverage, and NPIs (non-pharmaceutical interventions). such as distancing and use of face masks,” he wrote.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued controversial new guidance that said Fully vaccinated Americans are not required to wear masksEven indoors, except in crowded settings such as airplanes, buses and health care facilities.
EU launches vaccine passport program
European Union launched EU Digital COVID Certificate across the region. The “digital pass” will create a single center for all EU citizens to maintain their vaccination and COVID-19 status as they cross the border and travel. The digital pass uses a QR code unique to all, with the paper accessible to those without a device. So far, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland have passed technical tests and started issuing EU certificates.
New Mexico launches vaccine lottery with $5 million grand prize
“For yourself, for your family and for your state – getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease is the right thing to do,” the government’s Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement on Tuesday. And There may be some money in it.
The governor announced that the state Department of Health and the New Mexico Lottery are jointly launching the “Vax 2 the Max” sweepstakes, offering $10 million in cash and other prizes available to residents who have the novel SARS- Accept vaccination against infectious disease caused by CoV. -2 coronavirus. New Mexico’s grand prize, funded by federal pandemic relief funds, tops the vaccine lottery prizes awarded in California and Ohio. California offered the grand prize of $1.5 million. According to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the country, with a per capita income of about $45,800.
– Algernon d’Amassa, Las Cruces Sun-News
Some states vaccinate more people inside prisons than outside
Some states, including California, have vaccinated higher rates of individuals inside prisons than outside, while others struggle to vaccinate their prison populations.
“Education is really important,” said Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine who lead COVID Jail Project, Told new York Times. “Especially in the context of a prison, where there is a great deal of mistrust of both health care workers and corrections workers, that education piece becomes even more important,” she said.
According to project data, more than 73% of inmates in California and Kansas prisons have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. In contrast, according to the Times, 56% of all Californians have received their first dose. The prison population has been some of the hardest hit. Incarcerated people are infected at a rate five times the country’s overall rate, reported Equal Justice Initiative.
Contribution: Associated Press
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