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India starts world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drive

January 16th, 2021
India starts world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drive

NEW DELHI — India began inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already underway.Indian authorities hope to give shots to 300 million people, roughly the population of the United States. But there is no playbook for the enormity of the challenge.The recipients include 30 million doctors, nurses and other front-line workers to be followed by 270 million others, who are either aged over 50 or have illnesses that make them vulnerable to the coronavirus. For workers who... Read More

Plagued with shortages, registration issues, NYC sees bumpy vaccine rollout

January 16th, 2021
Plagued with shortages, registration issues, NYC sees bumpy vaccine rollout

The rumors began circulating early in the day: Several hundred extra doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were being made available to the general public, regardless of eligibility.Hundreds of New Yorkers flocked to the Brooklyn Army Terminal vaccination site Thursday, only to find the shots were not actually available.”I was willing to drop everything and head to a location where there was a small chance that I might be able to get vaccinated,” said Bill McBain, 36, of Brooklyn, who waited in line for 30 minutes with more than 500 other people until police officers informed them there were... Read More

Inside a UK lab tracking Covid variants

January 15th, 2021
Inside a UK lab tracking Covid variants

As concerns grow over coronavirus variants emerging in Brazil, the United Kingdom and South Africa, NBC News’ Richard Engel visits a lab near Cambridge leading the world in hunting for mutations.Jan. 15, 2021 Continue To Full Article  Read More

Covid continues to surge in U.S. as death toll soars

January 15th, 2021
Covid continues to surge in U.S. as death toll soars

As the nation continues to see a surge in coronavirus cases, the end of this week marks a death toll 25 percent higher than any other week in the crisis.Jan. 15, 2021 Continue To Full Article  Read More

Latinos, Blacks pay over twice as much in bank fees, survey finds

January 13th, 2021
Latinos, Blacks pay over twice as much in bank fees, survey finds

People of color are paying more than twice the amount in banking fees than white Americans, a Bankrate survey found.When asked about fees such as ATM, overdraft and routine service charges, Latinos are paying $14 a month on average for checking accounts at banks or credit unions, while Black adults report shelling out about $12 a month. White checking account holders said they are paying an average $5 per month, according to the survey, which was conducted by YouGov. It polled 2,743 U.S. adults, among whom 2,339 were checking account holders, from Dec. 7 to 10, 2020.Whites were also more likely... Read More

China takes drastic measures to suppress Hebei coronavirus outbreak

January 8th, 2021
China takes drastic measures to suppress Hebei coronavirus outbreak

Around 11 million people are locked down in the province’s capital, Shijiazhuang City, with transport links suspended.Jan. 8, 2021 Continue To Full Article  Read More

With a new state of emergency due to Covid-19, Tokyo residents ponder Olympics

January 8th, 2021
With a new state of emergency due to Covid-19, Tokyo residents ponder Olympics

As Tokyo entered a second state of emergency over the coronavirus, some residents thought the summer Olympics may be in jeopardy.Jan. 8, 2021 Continue To Full Article  Read More

Trump extends Covid-related visa ban, health coverage policy advances

December 31st, 2020
Trump extends Covid-related visa ban, health coverage policy advances

SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump on Thursday extended pandemic-related bans on green cards and work visas to large groups of applicants through March 31, while a federal appeals court sided with him on a rule that requires new immigrants to have their own health insurance.The twin developments on the final day of 2020 encapsulated how Trump has made U.S. immigration policy more restrictive without support from Congress. President-elect Joe Biden has promised to undo many of Trump’s actions but it is unclear how quickly and even to what extent.Federal judges have limited the impact of... Read More

Food banks and hospitals are stretched thin as the Delta faces a Covid surge

December 31st, 2020
Food banks and hospitals are stretched thin as the Delta faces a Covid surge

JACKSON, Miss. — Four days before Christmas, Chiquikta Fountain watched as a growing line of cars stretched down a mile of road in the Mississippi Delta.From her vantage point, it seemed like every resident in the rural town of Shaw was en route to the holiday meal giveaway at Delta Hands for Hope, a nonprofit she runs to support the area’s children.The Dec. 21 event was meant to be a cheerful affair, despite the desperate need. Hams had been purchased from a mom-and-pop grocery store. There were bags of freshly picked greens, potatoes and onions for sides. With schools on winter break, volunteers... Read More

New restrictions amid concerns over U.K. Covid strains

December 28th, 2020
New restrictions amid concerns over U.K. Covid strains

As concerns grow over two new coronavirus strains in the U.K., the U.S. is requiring a negative test from travelers. Japan isn’t allowing any visitors for a month, while Hong Kong extended its quarantine period.Dec. 28, 2020 Continue To Full Article  Read More