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NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
Pfizer announces new vaccine 90% effective in COVID19 prevention. This is going to be a 2-dose, 3 week-apart injection. Front line health workers most likely to be first. In the summer Pfizer, BioNTech received $1.95 Billion advanced Covid-19 vaccine order from U.S. Government. See our story, here:
BREAKING: Pfizer announces 90% vaccine effectiveness in preventing new COVID-19
“The results are really quite good, I mean extraordinary,” – Dr. Anthony Fauci.
A successful Pfizer candidate bodes well for some of the other vaccines that are currently in trials.
Moderna vaccine expected to be close behind in pubic announcement.
Eli Lilly obtained emergency ok for Neutralizing Antibody treatments.
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson tests positive and is doing well. His aid, adviser David Bossie, has also tested positive.
Since the World Series, the Dodgers have had 9 members test positive for COVID
Coronavirus cases hit record numbers in Virginia, Maryland
Monday morning Joe Biden released his Build Back Better COVID19 Plan, just after releasing his list of members on his COVID Task Force. After announcing the committee, and his plan, he addressed the nation and primarily talked about the importance for all Americans to wear a mask. Once again, he took no questions.
His members are:
The Biden COVID-19 plan is here: https://buildbackbetter.com/priorities/covid-19/
The 7 point plan consists of:
Ensure all Americans have access to regular, reliable, and free testing.
Fix personal protective equipment (PPE) problems for good.
Provide clear, consistent, evidence-based guidance for how communities should navigate the pandemic – and the resources for schools, small businesses, and families to make it through.
Plan for the effective, equitable distribution of treatments and vaccines — because development isn’t enough if they aren’t effectively distributed.
Protect older Americans and others at high risk.
Rebuild and expand defenses to predict, prevent, and mitigate pandemic threats, including those coming from China.
Implement mask mandates nationwide by working with governors and mayors and by asking the American people to do what they do best: step up in a time of crisis
The White House COVID-19 plan is here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cdcresponse/index.html
Students at Boston’s special education day schools could be returning to their classrooms within days.
MBTA plan cuts trains, bus routes, ferries to match pandemic ridership patterns
El Paso, TX deaths surging so fast, they now need have 10 mobile morgues to store deceased bodies, up from 4 last week.
RHODE ISLAND & VICINITY
Access to Coventry public buildings curtailed
100 more appointments were added at the Convention Center testing site.
Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act money or risk losing it
A new site in North Kingstown has been opened for testing.
NBC10 reporting first asymptomatic test available in RI is Saturday – you can try for the North Kingstown site.
Providence Police have over 10 members testing positive
No fans will be allowed at Gillette Stadium for the remainder of the 2020 season.
From the RI Dept. of Health:
What You and Your Close Contacts Should Do If You Have COVID-19
If you are positive for COVID-19, RIDOH will call you within a few days. However, if you learn that you are positive for COVID-19 before RIDOH calls you, you should take action right away. Do not wait for RIDOH to call you to start making changes in your life and your daily routine.
What you need to do if you test positive
What people you live with need to do if you test positive
What your close contacts who don’t live with you need to do if you test positive
Generally, a close contact is someone you have been within six feet of for 15 minutes or more starting two days before you got tested or started having symptoms of COVID-19. Someone that you briefly interacted with from a distance of more than 6 feet is not a close contact.