Ghana has received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global vaccine-sharing program. A flight carrying 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine arrived Wednesday in the capital, Accra, according to a joint statement from WHO and UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The vaccines were manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. The vaccines sent to Ghana were purchased through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or COVAX, an initiative launched by WHO in cooperation with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, an organization founded by philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates to vaccinate children in the world’s poorest countries. The project purchases vaccines with the help of wealthier countries and distributes them equitably to all countries. U.S. President Joe Biden pledged $4 … [Read more...] about Ghana Receives 1st COVID-19 Vaccine Shipment Through Global Sharing Program
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The Biden administration suspended the ‘remain in Mexico’ program and started allowing asylum-seekers into the U.S. Human smugglers are telling potential clients that the Biden administration will be more lenient towards people seeking asylum, so now is the time to go to the U.S. border. Mexico passed a law that families and unaccompanied children cannot be returned to the country if their government-operated facilities are at capacity. Changes in Mexican asylum laws and modifications to U.S immigration policy combined with exploitation by smugglers are causing an increase in migrants at the southern U.S. border seeking entry, according to reports. The Biden administration suspended the ‘remain in Mexico’ program allowing some asylum seekers to enter the U.S. and ended a policy preventing unaccompanied minors from coming into the U.S., The Washington Post reported . Mexico implemented laws banning migrant families from returning if facilities are full and smugglers in … [Read more...] about Why Are So Many Migrants Rushing To The Southern Border?
PENNSYLVANIA — CVS will now offer the COVID-19 vaccine at some Pennsylvania locations, the company announced Wednesday. The vaccines, offered through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, are available to eligible populations at a handful of Pennsylvania pharmacy locations. As of Wednesday, CVS stores in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania were added to the program. On Feb. 12, the company rolled out the program in 11 states, including New Jersey, Maryland and New York. Appointments for the latest allocation of approximately 570,000 doses will start to become available for booking today, with shots beginning the next day, CVS said Wednesday. Those eligible include people age 65 or over, health care personnel, people with high-risk conditions, and long-term care facility residents and staff. As of Wednesday morning, just six CVS locations in Pennsylvania are participating, according to information from the company. Those locations currently include … [Read more...] about CVS To Offer COVID-19 Vaccines In PA: See Details, Locations
Presented by The AIDS Institute Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 498,901; Tuesday, 500,310; Wednesday, 502,660; Thursday, 505,890. Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is effective at preventing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday, paving the way for the shot to potentially be approved for emergency use this week and for shots to be administered to Americans next week. According to the FDA’s analysis, the single-dose vaccine is 66 percent effective, well within the … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by The AIDS Institute – Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help
A glitch in Washington, D.C.'s, unemployment benefits system led to nearly 40,000 people missing out on their benefits last week, officials said on Monday. The error was caused by a vendor handling the system's updates, which are necessary to extend several unemployment programs within the city, the city's Department of Employment Services Director Unique Morris-Hughes said, according to The Washington Post . “We are going to make sure we work with our vendor even closer than we have before to continue to test the system to ensure that no other technical issues like this occur,” Morris-Hughes said. ADVERTISEMENT Huges said that D.C. workers should expect to receive the missed benefits this Wednesday. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Muriel Bowser DC mayor says sister died from COVID-19 DC surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 deaths Glitch in city system causes nearly 40K in DC to miss unemployment benefits last week MORE (D) said she and other city … [Read more...] about Glitch in city system causes nearly 40K in DC to miss unemployment benefits last week