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The 6 reasons Americans aren’t getting vaccinated
This is the challenge America has to overcome to get back to a post-pandemic normal.America’s vaccine campaign has collapsed from its previous highs. While at one point in mid-April more than 3 million people received the shot each day, now only around 1.2 million are now — a rate that’s less than half of what it was at the peak. So the US might not make President Joe Biden’s goal to vaccinate 70 percent of adults by July Fourth: At the current rates, roughly 175 million adults will get at least their first shots by Independence Day, falling short of the nearly 180 million needed.
The U.S. bought 500 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to donate worldwide. Three are dead after a shooting in a Florida Publix. And we've got pictures of a rare eclipsed sunrise.
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Teens and adults miss 26 million doses of CDC-recommended vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds
Researchers found teens may have missed more than 8 million vaccine doses and adults may have missed over 17 million doses.The study, commissioned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and conducted by Avalere Health, analyzed vaccine claims from January through November 2020 and compared them to the same timeframe in 2019.
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✌️ Vaccines for world peace
They're gonna make it rain vaccines all around the world. Calling COVID-19 “the current enemy of world peace,” President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the U.S. purchased 500 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to donate toThe U.S. and other wealthy nations have been under pressure to share their vaccine surplus with the rest of the world. Starting in August, donated doses will be distributed through the global vaccine alliance known as COVAX; 200 million will be shared this year, and the remaining 300 million will be donated in 2022. "America knows firsthand the tragedies of this pandemic," Biden said. Nearly 600,000 people in the USA have died from COVID-19 – more U.S. deaths than in both World Wars, the Vietnam War and the 9/11 terrorist attacks combined. Later, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. will donate 100 million surplus vaccine doses within the next year, including 5 million within the coming weeks, primarily for use in the world's poorest countries.
First in line, still no shot: Surprising number of hospital workers refuse vaccines
Hospitals grapple with workers who cite everything from past COVID-19 infection to religion to the experimental vaccines in saying no to the shot.Nevens’ hospital in the Houston area was among the first in the nation to require the vaccine and remains one of a handful doing so. Houston Methodist set an early deadline for its 1,255 executives and managers and Nevens was one of only two managers who failed to step up. Other workers have until June 7 to comply.
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3 dead after Florida Publix shooting
It's not immediately clear who the shooter was, but three people – a man, woman and child – are dead. Officials said the shooter wasThe shooting happened at a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday morning, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said. Officials said the shooting took place inside the store, near its produce section, just after 11:30 a.m. EDT. Detectives spoke to witnesses and reviewed surveillance video as they tried to determine what led up to the shooting. Juan Guardia said he was in the supermarket's deli area when chaos erupted. "I heard, 'They're shooting!' A woman Publix worker said, 'Run! Shooting!'" Guardia recalled. "I was scared. It's sad because everything happened fast. Everyone was running. Some employees were crying."
Who benefits? US debates fairest way to share spare vaccine
In April, the Biden administration announced plans to share millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses with the world by the end of June. Five weeks later, nations around the globe are still waiting — with growing impatience — to learn where the vaccines will go and how they will be distributed. © Getty Los Angeles, CA - April 15: Liesl Eibschutz, a medical student from Dartmouth University, loads a syringe with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine before giving it to people on the first day that people ages 16 and up can receive the vaccine at Kedren Health on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA.
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Meet the 'Atlantic Charter'
Modeled on a historic joint statement made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 setting out their goals for the postwar world, President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new "Atlantic Charter" aimed at "tackling the greatest challenges of our time"A travel task force that is part of the charter will make policy recommendations about safely opening up international travel between the U.K. and the USA. Before the coronavirus outbreak, more than 4.5 million Americans visited the U.K. every year, and more than 5 million British nationals traveled to the USA annually.
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Some early risers in the Northern Hemisphere may have been lucky enough to see a rare eclipsed sunrise known as theSky watchers from New York to parts of Asia were able to see the ring-shaped or partial eclipse of the sun. The eclipse began in Ontario, Canada, at sunrise and ended in southeastern Siberia. The event lasted for about an hour and 40 minutes and was only partially seen by people in the U.S. A solar eclipse happens when the moon moves between the sun and the Earth, partially or entirely blocking the sun's light. During an annular or partial eclipse, parts of the sun's light can be seen and illuminate a ring of light or "ring of fire." The next total eclipse in the U.S. will be April 8, 2024, and will be visible in cities including Dallas and New York.
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El Chapo's wife pleads guilty
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, pleaded guilty Thursday after she was charged in the U.S. with helping her husband run hisThe charges include knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for several years. She also pleaded guilty to a money-laundering conspiracy charge and to engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker. Prosecutors alleged Coronel, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, "worked closely with the command-and-control structure" of the Sinaloa cartel. During Guzman's trial in 2019, prosecutors said she helped orchestrate Guzman's two prison breaks in Mexico.
Blinken says US will soon announce process to distribute 80 million vaccines globally
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. will soon announce the process for how it will distribute 80 million coronavirus vaccine doses across the world. Speaking during a joint press conference Tuesday with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Blinken said an announcement would be made in the coming weeks regarding how the domestically authorized doses will be sent out across the globe."I think you heard President Biden a couple of weeks ago announce that we will be making available globally about 80 million vaccine doses that we have access to between now and the end of June.
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UK 'most trusting' country on Covid vaccines .
Survey of 15 countries finds lowest level of trust in jabs is in Japan.Israel, where 83% expressed faith in vaccines, came next. Japan reported the lowest levels of trust at 47%.