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More Eager for Covid Vaccine but Skeptics Remain, U.S. Poll Says

As eligibility for Covid-19 vaccination rapidly expands to all adults in many states over the next month, a new poll shows a continuing increase in the number of Americans, particularly Black adults, who want to get vaccinated. But it also found that vaccine skepticism remains stubbornly persistent, particularly among Republicans and white…

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White House Demanded China Provide More Access Over Virus Origin

The White House on Tuesday accused China of hampering the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and demanded Beijing be more “transparent” by providing greater access to data about the initial outbreak in late 2019. The joint report from a W.H.O. team and Chinese scientists, released on Tuesday,…

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W.H.O. Reports Coronavirus Origin Theories

new video loaded: W.H.O. Reports Coronavirus Origin Theories transcript Back bars 0:00/1:11 –1:11 transcript W.H.O. Reports Coronavirus Origin Theories While the W.H.O. report produced by an investigative team in China left many unanswered question, it did suggest that the coronavirus probably emerged in bats. The current thinking is still that we are…

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Biden Urges States to Restore Mask Mandates

“I am asking you to just hold on a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends,” she said at a White House briefing. According to a New York Times database, the seven-day average…

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Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines Are Very Effective, Report Says

The coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are proving highly effective at preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic infections under real-world conditions, federal health researchers reported on Monday. Consistent with clinical trial data, a two-dose regimen prevented 90 percent of infections by two weeks after the second shot. One dose prevented 80 percent…

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Thousands Attend Experimental Indoor Concert in Barcelona

new video loaded: Thousands Attend Experimental Indoor Concert in Barcelona transcript Back bars 0:00/0:33 –0:33 transcript Thousands Attend Experimental Indoor Concert in Barcelona A concert for 5,000 people was held at a Barcelona arena on Saturday, one of several planned in Europe to test how crowds can gather safely during the pandemic.…

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Six States Open Vaccines to All Adults on Monday

Chris Adams, 36, has spent the past year of the pandemic living with his grandparents in Wichita, Kan., and being “extremely strict” about social distancing. “I never went out,” he said. But starting Monday, when all adults in Kansas become eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, Mr. Adams plans to find a vaccination…

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Another Class of Covid Faces Curtailed Commencements

Yale plans to hold a version of in-person graduation for the class of 2021 in May — with no guests allowed. Harvard is not even calling its commencement a “commencement.” It plans to hold virtual degree-granting ceremonies and, for the second year in a row, will postpone traditional festivities. The universities of…

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Ex-C.D.C. Director Favors Debunked Covid-19 Origin Theory

The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a CNN clip on Friday that he favored a theory, decried by many scientists and rejected as “extremely unlikely” by at least one World Health Organization international expert, that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan. The former…

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JAMA Editor Placed on Leave Following Racial Controversy

Following controversial comments on racism in medicine made by a deputy editor at JAMA, the editor in chief of the prominent medical journal was placed on administrative leave on Thursday. A committee of the American Medical Association, which oversees the journal, said Dr. Howard Bauchner would be replaced by an interim editor…

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