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US coronavirus: The slowing Covid-19 vaccination rate is worrying experts. Here’s what some states are doing to change the trend



About 1.4 million new doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered since Thursday, bringing the seven-day average of administered doses back to just over 1 million doses per day. By the beginning of the week it had dropped to below a million a day on average.

However, those numbers are below an early April average high of 3.3 million per day.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that the best way for the country to avoid another Covid-19 surge – and shutdown – is to get vaccinated.

“It’s not over until it’s over – and it’s not over yet,” Fauci said at a U.S. Health and Social Services event, urging people to be careful not to believe the pandemic is over .

A recent CNN analysis of CDC data found that the pace of newly vaccinated adults will not meet the Biden government’s goal of 70% of adults with a dose by July 4th. late July.

Currently, 12 states have reached Biden’s single dose goal: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The urge to increase vaccinations is underscored by further evidence that the mass vaccination programs this year have made a huge contribution to the fight against Covid-19.

Over the past month, the number of deaths from Covid-19 has dropped noticeably, and confirmed cases continue to decline compared to previous highs, according to CDC data.

A daily average of 49,000 new cases reported to the CDC in early May fell to less than 14,000 on Thursday. During the holiday wave of infections last winter, the daily average of new cases was 250,000.

Almost 170 million people – just over half the total US population – have received at least one dose of vaccine, and approximately 137.5 million people – 41.4% of the population – are fully vaccinated.

Incentives for vaccines go further

A variety of states and corporations last month hoped to create demand for vaccines by giving prizes to those vaccinated.

The latest is Hawaii which has a variety of donated prizes, including vacation packages and airline miles, to help you reach vaccination milestones as soon as possible.

“The past 15 or 16 months have been a very difficult time for our tourism sector,” said Peter Ingram, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans say life is at least a little bit back to normal before the pandemic

Hawaii, which has maintained some of the strictest travel restrictions throughout the pandemic, is starting to relax the rules on air travel and lifting its testing and quarantine requirements for people flying between the Hawaiian islands from June 15, vaccination rate reaches 70% announced the state.

“We have to work hard now to get to the point where Safe Travels is no longer necessary to keep the people of Hawaii safe,” said Governor David Ige on Friday.

In Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear announced the state’s new Covid-19 vaccine incentive that will give vaccinated adults “a million dollar chance,” he said.

“In the coming weeks, three vaccinated Kentuckers, ages 18 or older, will become millionaires,” Beshear said Friday, adding that 15 Kentuckers ages 12 to 17 are receiving full scholarships to a state public college, university, or technical or business school become.

More than 2 million Kentuckers have been vaccinated, but Beshear expects “a significant increase,” he said following Friday’s announcement.

In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis presented Sally Sliger with an oversized check for $ 1 million as the winner of the state’s first ‘Comeback Cash’ initiative.

Sliger said she is a lifetime resident of Colorado and currently resides in the town of Mead with her husband and two children.

“The likelihood that my family and me would get a million dollars overnight seemed incredibly slim,” said Sliger, encouraging everyone to get vaccinated for freedom. “It was of course surreal.”

Protecting children remains a priority

As vaccines continue to find their way into the arms of eligible teenagers and adults, health officials remain concerned about the safety of children. Only people aged 12 and over can currently receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States.

Research showing an increase in hospital admission rates for Covid-19 among teenagers in the United States is a reminder that even children can suffer from the virus, said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on Friday.Caught in a

“It tells you that children are still suffering from this virus and can be hospitalized,” Offit told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “We initially had this idea that this was just a disease of the elderly. That’s not true. This virus can also harm children.”

As a result, school mask bans in states like Texas are irresponsible and could lead to more children becoming sick, Offit said.

“Having rules like this that just encourage the spread of this virus – which only result in more children getting sick – is just nonsensical,” he said.

The CDC says vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most cases, but unvaccinated people should keep using them.

The FDA’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products (VRBPAC), of which Offit is a member, will meet on June 10 to discuss what the FDA is considering when approving or approving the use of coronavirus vaccines in children under the age of 12 should.

Both Moderna and Pfizer are conducting studies for their vaccines in children under the age of 11.

Contributors to this report were Deidre McPhillips, Lauren Mascarenhas, Michael Nedelman, Andy Rose, Melissa Alonso, Naomi Thomas and Hannah Sarisohn of CNN.

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Tri-County Health prepares to transition COVID-19 services to Douglas County



The Tri-County’s Department of Health is preparing to switch COVID-19 services in Douglas County earlier than expected after the Public Health Department and the county government agreed last month to continue a partnership through the end of next year.

Douglas County split from Tri-County in September after a decades-long partnership after repeatedly arguing with the agency over COVID-19 public health regulations that their commissioners found too far-reaching. However, the two bodies have signed an intergovernmental agreement that Tri-County will continue to provide healthcare services through the end of 2022

But pandemic health services management could change hands much sooner.

Written minutes of a staff meeting in Tri-County on Tuesday, reviewed by The Denver Post, show that while the agency is still negotiating with Douglas County, “DougCo may” cease COVID-related services (investigations, testing). ” “. November 1, 2021. “

Douglas County Commissioner George Teal confirmed in a text message to The Post that the county is working to provide services related to COVID-19, but asked how soon that will happen.

“Tri-County has claimed in discussions with Douglas County that we are working together to ensure that responsibility for COVID disease control begins November 8 here in the county,” Teal wrote. “Any other date used by the Tri-County Health Department would be an example of their lack of professionalism and dishonesty in dealing with the people of Douglas County.”

Tri-County spokeswoman Becky O’Guin said the agency was “committed to the (intergovernmental agreement) we signed with Douglas County.”

“We are committed to ensuring that there is no gap in major public health services, including COVID vaccine and testing in Douglas County,” she added.

A Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment spokesman said in a statement that the state agency “will work with both the Tri-County Health Department and Douglas Counties to determine how the COVID is currently covered by the Tri-County Health Department 19 Response Activities “Transition in Douglas County.”

The final straw for Douglas County came in late August after a Tri-County ordinance required all students, staff, and visitors in Douglas, Adams, and Arapahoe Counties to wear masks at school. The Tri-County Board of Health at the same meeting overturned a policy that would allow counties to opt out of their public health orders.

The new Douglas County Department’s first public health ordinance gave parents the ability to prevent their children from wearing masks in schools. However, a federal judge temporarily stopped this mask exemption on Tuesday, ruling that it violates the rights of students with disabilities.

Douglas County’s exit from the public health partnership sparked a knock-on effect for the rest of the agency. Adams County announced last week that it intends to leave Tri-County as well, leaving Arapahoe County as the only remaining member.

A report released earlier this month showed that the formation of separate public health authorities would cost Adams and Arapahoe counties millions more dollars annually than their current Tri-County agreement.

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House committee passes measure to bar moral exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine refusal



Nearly 50,000 people have opposed a proposal to discourage employees from citing their moral beliefs as a reason for refusing to adhere to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the workplace.

The sponsor of the measure said she received a “gazillion” response – some obscene, some threatening, some “kind of terrifying”.

One man even threatened sexual violence, warning that Governor JB Pritzker and “every single lawmaker” supporting the measure would suffer “needle rape”.

This was just a move that emerged from a committee of the General Assembly on Tuesday when lawmakers returned to Springfield for the second week of their fall veto session.

Members of the House Executive Committee – as well as representatives from the Governor’s Office and Attorney General of Illinois Kwame Raoul – argued heatedly during the hearing on the proposed amendment to the 1998 Remedial Remedies for Health Act.

This change, sponsored by State Representative Robyn Gabel, is intended to clarify that officials and private companies can impose COVID-19 requirements as a condition of employment – and fire those who refuse to abide by them.

Your amendment would continue to allow exemptions based on religious and health concerns. Gabel said she spoke with Pritzker’s office and lawmakers about possibly changing the language to make this clearer, although “we think the language is pretty clear and we’re doing everything we can to let people know. “

State MP Robyn Gabel (left) and State MP Robert Rita (right) attend a House Executive Committee hearing on Zoom Tuesday. Blue Room Stream

The Evanston Democrat said she was not trying to change the intent of the original law but “was trying to make it clear that the way the health conscience law is used in relation to pandemic causes was never intended than the law.” was originally enacted ”. created.”

The law was originally intended to protect doctors, nurses, and other health care providers who refused to perform medical procedures – such as abortions – that they refuse. However, state officials say the law needs clarification as Illinois residents are denying compliance with COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Tens of thousands of Illinois people said they want to leave it alone.

As of Tuesday evening, 49,598 people on the General Assembly website filed testimony papers against the clear-up, while a further 680 submitted testimony certificates to show their support for a change. Another 490 submitted documents do not comment.

State Representative Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, said the response shows he is hearing from people.

“I mean, how often do we get an invoice with 45,000 testimonials? Practically never.

State Representative Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, asks questions during a House Executive Committee hearing about Zoom on Tuesday.

State Representative Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, asks questions during a House Executive Committee hearing about Zoom on Tuesday. Blue Room Stream

“This law hit a nerve because so many are concerned that they are losing their opportunity to exercise their own consciences about their bodies, their health and their families,” said Wheeler, adding that the committee was “doing nothing … to allay these concerns. “

Other Republicans argued that the change was too broad and violated people’s right to make choices.

“You’re forcing people to do something against their will – forcing them to take a vaccine against their will because it makes some people more comfortable,” CD Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville Rep. Told the committee. “This is her life.”

State Rep. CD Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, speaks during a House Executive Committee hearing on Zoom Tuesday.

State Rep. CD Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, speaks during a House Executive Committee hearing on Zoom Tuesday. Blue Room Stream

The House Committee also heard from others, including Bob Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, who said, “We are concerned that if you curtail the rights of conscience for COVID. Well what’s next … The power transferred to the government is seldom returned. “

Gabel told the Sun-Times that since the amendment was filed on Monday, she has received a “gazillion” of comments ranging from calls from people verbally abusing her or telling her to “go” herself or other rude comments Threat.

While carrying controversial bills in the past, Gabel said she had “never received these kinds of threats before”.

State Representative Robyn Gabel will meet with the Sun-Times editorial board in 2018.

State Representative Robyn Gabel will meet with the Sun-Times editorial board in 2018. Rich Hein / Sun Times file

That includes one she received from a man on social media who said that when the measure is passed, Illinois citizens “are waiting to meet you, the governor, and every single state legislature in charge of the.” Adoption of the amended law voted to give a medical procedure ”. Your own consent. “

“What is good for the goose is good for the gander, isn’t it?” wrote the man. “They’re pushing for Rape by Needle.”

Gabel said the threats and calls were “kind of terrifying”. She blamed an “organized effort to disseminate this misinformation”.

“Sometimes people forget the context of this whole bill and what we are talking about and I really want people to understand that we are still very much in a deadly pandemic and that a small minority of people shouldn’t be allowed to have a loophole that was never meant to stifle efforts to fight a global pandemic, “said Gabel.

Despite the split, the measure was passed by committees nine to six and entered the House of Representatives Chamber.

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Food and Beverage Industries’ COVID-19 Vulnerability Index goes live; experts available



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The US is experiencing supply chain disruptions as the holiday season begins, and the impact extends well beyond the supply of gifts and ingredients for traditional meals. Purdue University experts will be available to discuss supply chain disruptions and the new COVID-19 vulnerability index in the food and beverage industry.

COVID-19 vulnerability index

Two new online dashboards show the vulnerability of food and beverage manufacturing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic importance of these industries across the country.

Jayson Lusk, a nationally recognized food and agricultural economist and Director and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, led the team that developed the interactive dashboards. They are part of a portfolio of public dashboards created by the Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability at Purdue University.

The Food and Beverage Industry COVID-19 Vulnerability Index by US States and Counties quantifies the risks associated with the delivery of these products. It estimates the production value that industrial workers could lose due to COVID-19 disease. The dates can be reconciled from the US grand total to a single county. A user can also select and view data for specific food and beverage sectors, such as dairy manufacturing, sugar and confectionary manufacturing, and animal processing. The dashboard is updated daily and adjusts its estimates based on the number of reported COVID cases in an area.

The Food and Beverage Industry Value Added Dashboard by U.S. State shows the total revenue of these industries, as well as their contribution to the state’s gross domestic product and the number of employees. It also shows the cost of materials, labor, and capital for each industry, so you can see the relative importance of each to the supply chain.

Ahmad Zia Wahdat, Postdoc at the Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability, developed the online dashboards with Lusk.

“One goal of the center is to take dispersed and difficult-to-process data and turn it into useful information that is easily accessible,” said Wahdat. “The first COVID vulnerability dashboard was focused on agriculture and we wanted to add the food and beverage industry to get a more complete picture of food security.”

Jayson Lusk

Lusk is a leader in developing online dashboards that can track, report, and visualize the factors that cause supply chain disruptions in national and global emergencies. His team was the first to create an online dashboard to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a food supply chain when the team worked with Microsoft to develop the Purdue Food and Agriculture Vulnerability Index. The index quantifies the potential risk to the supply of agricultural products as a result of COVID-19 disease for agricultural and farm workers.

Lusk leads one of the country’s leading agricultural programs and directs the Purdue Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability. The centre’s mission is to bring together and present data in new ways to support the decisions of consumers, farmers, businesses, scientists and policy makers. He is also an expert on food and consumer preferences and has authored several books on the economics of food consumption.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the complexities of food supply chains and underscored the need to understand how food gets from farm to table,” Lusk said. “For consumers, supply chain disruptions have contributed to rising food costs. Our center is designed to help consumers, farmers and agribusinesses predict rising inflation and cope with it. “

Joseph Balagtas

Joseph Balagtas, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, was a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. From that point on until the end of Balagtas’ tenure, the council focused on the economic impact of the pandemic and related supply chain issues.

Balagtas is the co-author of an Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 2021 volume devoted to the impact of the pandemic on U.S. agriculture. His post focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. meat and livestock markets.

He conducts research on the economics of agricultural markets, including agricultural and food policy, the industrial organization of agricultural markets, and poverty and food security. One of his current research projects deals with supply chain issues in the livestock and meat supply chain.

“The current interruptions in the supply chain are complex and varied,” said Balagtas. “Political solutions that do not take complexity into account can be ineffective or even exacerbate existing problems or create new ones.”

Media contact: To schedule an interview with Lusk, Balagtas or Wahdat, please contact Maureen way,

You can find high-resolution images at this link: Ag Econ Dashboards – Google Drive

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