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Complaints about airlines refusing to pay refunds for canceled flights during pandemic soared more than 5,500% 

New CDC mask guideline lacks advice for vaccinated parents with unvaccinated kids in household

California reviewing CDC mask mandate update

Farm-to-Fork week will return later this year

COVID-19 By The Numbers

Sunday, May 16

12:23 p.m.: Complaints about airlines refusing to pay refunds for canceled flights during pandemic soared more than 5,500% 

Complaints in opposition to refunds for airways’ canceled flights have skyrocketed previously 12 months.

Some prospects are nonetheless attempting to get refunds for flights canceled throughout the pandemic, whereas others who obtained credit or vouchers for canceled flights are actually going through imminent expiration dates. 

The Division of Transportation has issued two enforcement notices previously 12 months reminding airways of their obligation to supply refunds for canceled flights.

Read more here. 

Saturday, Could 15

10:43 p.m.: New CDC mask guideline lacks advice for vaccinated parents with unvaccinated kids in household 

The CDC’s new steering doesn’t have particular recommendation for vaccinated mother and father with unvaccinated children of their households. It says all unvaccinated individuals age 2 and older “ought to put on masks in public settings and when round individuals who do not reside of their family.”

An infection prevention professional Dr. Emily Landon says knowledge helps the concept absolutely vaccinated mother and father of unvaccinated youngsters can safely take off their very own masks—however may wish to hold carrying a masks after they’re out with their children to set instance.

There aren’t presently any vaccines accepted for teenagers beneath 12. The Pfizer vaccine is on the market to these age 12 and up, whereas the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are presently accepted just for 18 and older.

Read more here. 

Friday, Could 14

4:33 p.m.: California reviewing CDC mask mandate update

Gov. Gavin Newsom and his workplace is weighing problems with enforcement and office security in contemplating whether or not and when to undertake the brand new CDC tips on masking, based on the Related Press.

Whereas the state is planning to chill out out of doors masks mandates by June 15 when the state opens up, Newsom isn’t fairly positive how far to go. Yesterday’s announcement by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention requires absolutely vaccinated individuals to stop wearing masks and social distancing in most situations if they need.

For now, Newsom stated he doesn’t know the way that will play out in lecture rooms and at workplaces. California is on monitor to reopen its financial system broadly subsequent month, signaling an finish to most pandemic restrictions.

UC Berkeley Infectious Illness Professor Dr. Lee Riley the brand new CDC suggestions are signal.

“I believe this is a sign of additional confidence on the a part of the CDC that the vaccination program is absolutely working,” stated Riley. “Near, what, half the inhabitants within the U.S. has now acquired no less than one dose of the vaccine.”

He provides that individuals ought to nonetheless contemplate carrying masks in confined areas with minimal air flow.

San Francisco, San Diego, and Riverside are among the many counties saying they count on up to date steering from the state.

10:39 a.m.: Farm-to-Fork week will return later this year

Considered one of Sacramento’s signature occasions is now scheduled to return later this 12 months after getting canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farm-to-Fork President and CEO Mike Testa says the occasions are an enormous deal as a result of they have a good time the area and produce in additional than 100,000 guests.

“To have the ability to sort of put that social gathering again on the calendar, to have the ability to take a look at an occasion that’s not solely out of doors meals and music, and sort of the enjoyable stuff that all of us take pleasure in a few competition, I believe affords that hope that there’s pleasure once more across the nook for us,” Testa stated.

The group started planning the occasions in January hoping that the pandemic can be beneath management by the autumn, and he says the present outlook appears to be very encouraging.

10:20 a.m.: Tehama County vaccination demand is dropping

Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is diminishing in rural Tehama County, though solely 26% of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated.

Michelle Schmidt is a supervising public well being nurse of the Tehama County Well being Companies Company, and she or he stated there’s a couple of explanation why demand is dipping. Entry is one barrier for individuals trying to get vaccinated.

One other is the refocusing of efforts on these residing in outlying communities away from vaccine areas within the metropolis of Purple Bluff.

“It’s tough for them to attempt to get down — probably two totally different instances — simply to return get a COVID shot,” Schmidt stated. “And so, we’re within the technique of actually transitioning, sort of transferring out of the group heart and transferring in the direction of having extra of a cell format to attempting to get vaccinations out inside our group.”

Extra vaccinations might imply getting nearer to herd immunity, or the purpose at which sufficient persons are proof against illness to cease its unfold. Nevertheless, Schmidt is skeptical that mark might be met by vaccination.

“Reaching herd immunity is just not solely dependent upon entry, it’s additionally depending on individuals’s willingness to obtain the vaccination. And due to that, I’m unsure that we’ll ever get to the 70% price to get herd immunity,” she stated.

For now, educating the general public on the advantages of COVID vaccination and offering alternatives nearer to residence are the priorities, based on Schmidt.

Thursday, Could 13

3:55 p.m.: California opens Pfizer vaccinations for those age 12 years and older

California mother and father and guardians can now schedule appointments for youngsters aged 12 and as much as obtain the two-dose Pfizer vaccine by utilizing the statewide MyTurn reserving system beginning at the moment.

“The extra Californians who’re in a position to get vaccinated, the higher we are able to defend our communities and sluggish the unfold of COVID-19,” Gov. Gavin Newsom stated. “Having vaccines expanded to youngsters is the subsequent step in California’s path to securely reopening subsequent month.”

The expanded eligibility comes after the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention amended the Emergency Use Authorization to permit vaccination for 12- to 15-year olds after exams revealed non-serious unintended effects like fatigue and headache.

“Younger individuals have shouldered a big burden throughout this pandemic,” stated Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “We stay up for now offering safety for this group to return to actions, particularly as we stay up for the state absolutely reopening on June 15.”

Opening up the inoculation for youthful individuals means there are actually about 2.1 million Californians who’re eligible for this age group. California’s vaccine supplier community can administer about 6.6 million doses every week general.

“It’s essential to keep in mind that younger individuals want safety in opposition to the severity and ongoing risk of COVID-19,” stated State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan. “California has greater than 500 circumstances of significant well being outcomes amongst younger individuals ensuing from the virus, and circumstances are growing amongst youthful Individuals and Californians who haven’t but had the chance to be vaccinated.”

3:46 p.m.: Nevada vaccine information website is full of trackers

The Nevada web site the general public makes use of to get data on coronavirus vaccines is filled with extra advert trackers and third-party cookies than any state vaccination web site within the nation, based on the Related Press.

An investigation by technology publication The Markup discovered Immunize Nevada’s web site implants third-party cookies and trackers that may probably be used to trace how guests navigate the web, gather knowledge on them and promote it for any variety of functions.

The state says most trackers are used to optimize person expertise and consider their outreach efforts. Privateness consultants say the variety of trackers on Nevada’s web site in comparison with different states goes past data-gathering relevant to outreach.

3:35 p.m.: Nurses, nonprofits, health workers reach out to homebound people for vaccinations

As curiosity dwindles in mass coronavirus vaccination websites throughout the U.S., native well being officers and different suppliers are ramping up efforts to seek out and attain homebound individuals who can’t journey for a shot.

According to The Associated Press, whereas the trouble is going on in lots of states, consultants say California has probably the most sturdy at-home vaccination applications. Final week, state officers introduced residents might go surfing or name a quantity to request a experience or an at-home vaccination appointment.

Thus far, there have been greater than 5,000 requests for assist in the state, based on California public well being spokesperson Sami Gallegos.

Nationwide advocates for seniors and folks with disabilities say there must be extra sturdy plans to inoculate the tens of millions of individuals in these teams.

11:39 a.m.: California to relax face masks rules by June 15

Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will possible chill out face masks necessities in out of doors settings on June 15, when many enterprise restrictions are set to be lifted.

Till then, indoor masks necessities are nonetheless lively.

“For indoor actions, we are going to nonetheless have possible some masks tips and mandates,” Newsom stated. “However we hope, prior to later, that these will likely be lifted as properly.”

The nation’s high infectious illness professional Dr. Anthony Fauci, says federal masks steering might ease as extra persons are vaccinated. Newsom says California will proceed to evolve its masks guidelines with federal tips.

10:42 a.m.: When will COVID-19 vaccines be widely available around the world? Two years, at the earliest.

Consultants say it may very well be 2023 or later earlier than COVID-19 vaccines are broadly accessible in some nations, based on the Related Press. 

The U.S. and Israel are among the many nations the place about half or extra of the inhabitants have gotten no less than one shot, however lower than 1% of individuals have been vaccinated in nations akin to Pakistan and Venezuela.

The variations replicate components together with buying energy and home manufacturing capability. COVAX, a coalition working to make sure international vaccine entry is delayed due partly to export bans and stockpiling by some nations.

One Georgetown College coverage professional says the U.S., E.U., and different rich nations had already pre-ordered almost the entire vaccine doses from a number of corporations, inflicting the inventory to dwindle a lot that even different nations with cash to purchase vaccines are behind the road ready their flip.

China and Russia are amongst these dedicated to donating vaccines to different nations, whereas nations just like the U.S. and U.Okay. aren’t but sharing their stockpiles, although they’re dedicated to doing so.

In April, Duke College researchers stated many nations wouldn’t attain 60% protection till 2023 or later, which means international shortage is predicted to proceed for years to return.

9:07 a.m.: The vaccine disinformation merchants: how some are cashing out on spreading false claims

Ty and Charlene Bollinger are a part of an ecosystem of for-profit corporations, nonprofit teams, YouTube channels and different social media accounts that stoke worry and mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Medical consultants say the Bollingers are resorting to what’s typically deceptive and false data. An investigation by The Associated Press has discovered that the couple works intently with others distinguished within the anti-vaccine motion — together with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his Kids’s Well being Protection — to drive gross sales by internet online affiliate marketing relationships.

College of California, Hastings Faculty of Legislation professor Droit Reiss explains that not like different multi-level advertising and marketing companies, the place merchandise are offered by low-level sellers, the anti-vaccination trade is sustained by grassroots activists.

“It is a disinformation trade,” Reiss stated.

The Bollingers have stated that they’ve offered tens of tens of millions of {dollars} value of merchandise by numerous ventures and paid out $12 million to associates.

“They’ve many, many passionate believers that function gross sales individuals of the misinformation on the bottom,” Reiss stated. “For the highest, it is a product. For the individuals beneath, they passionately imagine it. They’re very honest. And it comes throughout.”

Wednesday, Could 12

4:06 p.m.: California’s EDD still facing problems with unemployment claims

Issues proceed to plague California’s Employment Improvement Division. The company has been inundated with unemployment claims because the pandemic began.

Greater than one million individuals nonetheless have unresolved claims, and the EDD’s “work-sharing” layoff-prevention program can be working into some issues. It is a program the place employers scale back employees’ hours, and the state pays for some misplaced wages.

Some residents have been attempting to get their claims resolved to no avail.

“These of us can’t get entry to this system,” stated employment lawyer Jennifer Shaw. “They register, they are not getting the documentation, their staff will not be getting their pay. It is a vital failure of the system.”

Knowledge from the EDD exhibits that within the final week of April, the company answered lower than 6% of the calls that ran by its name heart.

“I inform our purchasers after they name, ‘inform your staff hold calling, use each system accessible. Fax, mail, telephone, electronic mail, chat, you identify it, you employ it,'” Shaw stated. “And you’ll ultimately get by.”

3:51 p.m.: After extension due to pandemic, taxes are due next week

Tax submitting day is arising on Could 17 after federal and California officers prolonged the deadline for the 2020 12 months due to the pandemic.

Decrease-income Californians incomes lower than $30,000 — or in some circumstances, lower than $75,000 — are eligible for brand spanking new tax credit this 12 months by the Golden State Stimulus program. United Approach California advocate Mandy Irvine says the incoming stimulus may help some low-income households.

“We reside in a really costly state, and we’ve additionally been coping with the pandemic the final 12 months,” Irvine stated. “We all know it’s been actually robust for households. So go declare that cash, it belongs to you, you should utilize that cash for no matter you need.”

Irvine stated households might obtain as much as $1,200 by the return, and there are about one million households in California who’ve but to say the credit score. In Sacramento County, it’s estimated 100,000 that also haven’t claimed their credit score.

“This cash, it belongs to households. They labored for it, they labored actually exhausting for it,” Irvine stated. “By not submitting your taxes, you’re basically leaving cash sitting out on the desk, unclaimed.”

Some California residents and not using a social safety quantity may be eligible.

3:48 p.m.: Vaccination locations are ramping up to inoculate children 12 – 15 years old

Now that youngsters ages 12 and older can get COVID-19 vaccines within the U.S., mother and father and colleges have an opportunity to chill out their pandemic precautions.

In line with the Related Press, a authorities advisory committee advisable Pfizer’s vaccine for youngsters 12 and older on Wednesday after the Meals and Drug Administration expanded authorization of the photographs to the age group earlier within the week.

Places already providing the Pfizer vaccine ought to be capable to give the photographs to all approved ages typically. College districts are additionally getting ready to host vaccination clinics, and well being officers are working to make the photographs extra broadly accessible on the physician’s places of work.

10:37 a.m.: Pandemic may have caused consumer prices to jump in April

Consumer prices surged 4.2% in April from the depressed ranges of a 12 months earlier when the worldwide financial system was hit exhausting by the coronavirus pandemic, based on the Labor Division.

This was probably the most vital 12-month enhance since a 4.9% bounce in September 2008 within the depths of the worldwide monetary disaster.

The accelerating inflation comes as corporations have been compelled to pay extra to safe vital supplies akin to lumber and metal amid continued disruptions to the worldwide provide chain. The federal government has additionally pumped trillions of {dollars} into the financial system to blunt the affect from the pandemic, contributing to inflation.

Value will increase affected an in depth vary of products, from big-ticket objects like vehicles to kitchen staples like bacon. Airfares and lodge costs additionally jumped as fast vaccine rollouts are encouraging Individuals to journey once more.

“The whole lot you’ll be able to consider goes up,” says William Lee, chief economist on the Milken Institute.

10:09 a.m.: Nine MGM Casinos get OK to open at 100% capacity

Playing big MGM Resorts Worldwide is opening 9 extra of its Las Vegas Strip casinos at 100% capability with no person-to-person distancing requirement.

In line with the Related Press, the corporate stated the Nevada Gaming Management Board accepted the transfer on the Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur and Park MGM.

Three-foot distancing and 80% occupancy restrictions stay in impact at eating places, swimming swimming pools and different non-gambling areas. Masks are additionally nonetheless required.

Different Las Vegas casinos open at 100% capability embrace Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, the Cosmopolitan and the Strat.

9:54 a.m.: US COVID-19 deaths drop to lowest in 10 months

COVID-19 deaths within the U.S. have dropped to a mean of about 600 per day — the bottom degree in 10 months, according to the Associated Press.

The final time deaths had been this low was in early July, almost a 12 months in the past. COVID-19 deaths within the nation topped out in mid-January, at a mean of greater than 3,400 a day, only a month into the most important vaccination drive within the nation’s historical past.

The variety of lives misplaced per day has now dropped to single digits on common in over half the states, and has even hit zero on some days.

Confirmed infections, in the meantime, have fallen to about 38,000 per day on common, their lowest mark since mid-September. Whereas that’s nonetheless trigger for concern, they’ve plummeted 85% from a peak of greater than a quarter-million circumstances per day in early January.

Tuesday, Could 11

3:44 p.m.: Get a Shot, See a Shark: Long Beach offers tickets to aquarium for residents who get vaccinated

The town of Lengthy Seashore is providing tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific as an incentive to beat resistance to COVID-19 vaccinations, based on the Related Press.

Lengthy Seashore will give two tickets to anybody receiving their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at city-run vaccination websites. The town stated Tuesday that the provide runs by Could 15.

Mayor Robert Garcia says Lengthy Seashore has vaccinated 60% of eligible residents, however the vaccine hesitancy is actual for some individuals, and town’s efforts will embrace incentives. The aquarium’s common grownup basic admission ticket prices $36.95.

3:31 p.m.: Medicare to require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccinations

Medicare says it should require nursing properties to report COVID-19 vaccination charges for residents and employees, based on the Related Press.

Officers hope it will likely be an incentive for services to maintain giving photographs even because the worst ravages of the pandemic ease. The company expects to start out receiving vaccination numbers from nursing properties within the coming weeks and plans to publish the data on the web so residents and households can simply entry the small print.

Folks residing in long-term care services have borne a heavy toll from the pandemic, however circumstances and deaths plummeted after the federal government launched a concerted effort to vaccinate residents and employees.

3:14 p.m.: FDA expands emergency use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15 years old

On Monday, the Meals and Drug Administration introduced that youngsters 12 to fifteen years outdated are actually eligible to obtain a key COVID-19 vaccine because the company expands its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Till now, the Pfizer vaccine had been approved for less than individuals ages 16 and older. Pfizer requested the FDA to broaden its emergency use authorization for the vaccine after saying in late March that the scientific trials discovered “100% efficacy and sturdy antibody responses” in examine individuals who had been 12 to fifteen.

The pharmaceutical big obtained federal approval to incorporate youngsters as younger as 12 in its vaccine trial in October of final 12 months.

All three makers of U.S.-authorized vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — are finding out the protection and effectiveness of their vaccines in youngsters, together with as younger as 6 months.

10:50 a.m.: PolitiFact Fact-Check: The death rate for vaccinated people is not higher than unvaccinated people

A screenshot of a tweet by Chuck Callesto, a former candidate for Florida’s third congressional district, was shared greater than 42,000 instances on Instagram, falsely claiming that the demise price for absolutely vaccinated individuals who contact COVID-19 is “considerably greater” in comparison with unvaccinated individuals. That’s false, based on a PolitiFact California fact-check.

The tweet reads, “Breaking report: based on the CDC 7,157 absolutely vaccinated Individuals have contracted COVID-19, 88 have died.” It seems the inaccurate and deceptive tweet has been deleted from Callesto’s Twitter.

Public well being consultants agree that Callesto almost certainly miscalculated the demise price amongst absolutely vaccinated adults. Moreover, consultants say it’s flawed and deceptive to make use of these figures to calculate a demise price and examine it to the unvaccinated inhabitants.  

As of Could 4, greater than 105 million individuals within the U.S. have been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, based on the CDC. Round that very same time, the general public well being workplace acquired 9,245 studies of vaccine breakthrough infections. That’s lower than .01% of absolutely vaccinated Individuals.

Additionally, vaccine breakthrough circumstances are anticipated. Not one of the vaccines had been 100% efficient within the authentic scientific trials, nor have they ever claimed to be. No vaccine is 100% efficient at stopping sickness, based on public well being consultants and the CDC.

Whereas there have been greater than 7,000 circumstances the place vaccinated individuals contacted COVID-19, leading to 132 deaths, it’s nonetheless broadly deceptive to make use of these numbers as proof that vaccines are harmful and ineffective, particularly because the publish leaves out essential information about breakthrough infections.

10:24 a.m.: Most remaining unvaccinated Americans need convincing to get COVID-19 inoculations, according to poll

Fewer Individuals are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine than only a few months in the past, however questions on unintended effects and the way the photographs had been examined nonetheless maintain some individuals again.

That’s according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The brand new knowledge highlights the challenges at a pivotal second within the U.S. vaccination marketing campaign. Simply 11% of people that stay unvaccinated say they positively will get the shot, whereas 34% say they positively gained’t.

Getting as many individuals vaccinated as quick as doable is vital to defending residents. Greater than 150 million individuals — about 58% of all adults — have acquired no less than one dose, based on the facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

According to a poll by CapRadio and Valley Imaginative and prescient, about 40% of individuals within the Higher Sacramento area say they gained’t be getting vaccinated.

There’s a glimmer of hope, although. As that quantity grows, the reluctance is inching down. General, the AP-NORC ballot discovered about 1 in 5 American adults say they in all probability or positively gained’t get vaccinated, in comparison with a few third in January, when the photographs had been simply rolling out.

This leaves a big swath of Individuals within the center who may nonetheless roll up their sleeves, or possibly not.

10:03 a.m.: US job openings soar to highest level on record in over 20 years

U.S. employers posted a report variety of accessible jobs in March, illustrating some industries’ desperation to seek out new employees because the financial system expands and modifications, according to the Associated Press.

Job postings rose in lots of industries, together with eating places, bars and inns; manufacturing, development and retail. Nevertheless, they fell in well being care, transportation and warehousing.

Whereas job openings skyrocketed, the whole job features elevated solely modestly, based on a Labor Division report issued on Tuesday. The figures come after the April jobs report final week that fell far in need of economist expectations, largely as a result of corporations seem unable to seek out the employees they want, regardless of the elevated unemployment price at 6.1%.

Job openings rose almost 8%, to eight.1 million in March, probably the most on data courting again to December 2000.

Monday, Could 10

5:42 p.m.: Millions of Californians may see a state stimulus check this year

Thousands and thousands of California employees and households may get another stimulus check this year — however this one is from the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed an growth of his “Golden State Stimulus” plan on Monday. This system put $600 checks within the pockets of low-wage employees and undocumented households earlier this 12 months. 

Now, with a report finances surplus, Newsom needs to ship stimulus checks to households with youngsters and employees who earn as much as $75,000 a 12 months. 

“That tax rebate will affect simply shy of 80% of all tax filers — will get a direct stimulus examine, will get a direct aid cost due to this announcement,” Newsom stated.

The governor additionally needs to double the state’s rental help program and put up $2 billion to assist individuals pay utility payments. 

The spending proposal requires legislative approval.

5:30 p.m.: Around 40% of Sacramento region residents reported income loss during pandemic

About 4 in 10 individuals within the Sacramento area have skilled some degree of earnings loss throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest COVID-19 Resilience Poll released today.

The ballot is the third in a sequence that started in Could of 2020. The CapRadio-Valley Imaginative and prescient venture was completed in partnership with the Institute for Social Analysis at Sacramento State. Valley Imaginative and prescient CEO Evan Schmidt says that the survey additionally discovered a spike in individuals working remotely from residence. 

“However then once we requested questions on ‘What do you wish to do getting back from the pandemic,’ lots of people would lie to remain distant,” Schmidt stated. “So I believe it’s going to be fascinating to see what occurs as we return to regular and can workplaces keep extra distant.”

The ballot additionally finds about 40% of the respondents who’ve but to be vaccinated stated that they both will in all probability not or positively not get a vaccine.

9:17 a.m. : California moving from mass vaccination sites to hyper-local approaches

California is shifting away from mass vaccination websites after administering greater than 30 million doses.

As a substitute, the state will goal hard-to-reach populations and folks hesitant in regards to the vaccine.

“We all know once we arise clinics in partnership with trusted areas in communities like church buildings and colleges, we all know that builds confidence in individuals to get vaccinated,” stated Sami Gallegos, spokesperson for the state’s Vaccinate all 58 marketing campaign.

“And we additionally know that there are entry obstacles to touring to these giant vaccination websites. So the state’s actually been making this transition to group clinics during the last month or so,” Gallegos stated.

California will spend greater than $85 million on grants for group organizations to assist with outreach. The state can be engaged on increasing at-home vaccination companies for home-bound residents.

9:14 a.m.: Travis Air Force Base shipping medical supplies, COVID tests to India

Fairfield’s Travis Air Drive Base is supporting the supply of medical provides to India the place COVID-19 circumstances are skyrocketing.

California is donating greater than a-thousand oxygen-related items of apparatus. On CapRadio’s Perception, California’s Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis stated the federal authorities is coordinating the operation.

“It contains not simply the oxygen gear that we’re giving, nevertheless it contains 15 million N95 masks, a million fast COVID exams, 20,000 therapies of Remdesivir and the precise airlift is popping out of Travis Air Drive Base,” Kounalakis stated.

The COVID-19 disaster is getting worse in India and hospitals are stretched past capability. New circumstances are staying properly over 300,000 each day.

9:10 a.m.: Why COVID-19 vaccine patents are so contentious

The Biden administration’s name to elevate patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to assist distribute extra globally has drawn reward from nations and well being advocates.

However, according to the Associated Press, the plan has run into some resistance from the pharmaceutical trade and others who say that it’ll “damage innovation.”

Patents are to stop rivals from emulating an organization’s discovery and launching a rival product. Within the U.S., patents on medicines final about 20 years from when they’re filed, which occurs as soon as a drugmaker thinks it has a profitable drug. Because it takes a few decade to get a drug accepted, corporations take pleasure in almost a dozen years of competition-free gross sales.

Nevertheless, drugmakers typically discover methods to vary the product or widen its use to safe extra patents to increase their monopoly for a lot of extra years.

Drugmakers and their commerce teams spend tens of millions yearly lobbying governments to keep up the established order on patents. Why? In a phrase, cash. Within the U.S., pharmaceutical corporations can cost no matter they need for his or her medicines. They sometimes elevate costs twice a 12 months, typically doubling or tripling them throughout a drug’s patent-protected years.

If the patents are lifted, there’s no precedent for vaccines. 20 years in the past, World Commerce group members handed a short lived waiver permitting much less rich nations to import inexpensive generic medication for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria amid well being crises. Finally, that waiver was made everlasting.

Drugmakers say that waiving patents gained’t get life-saving vaccines into creating nations sooner since creating the vaccines is extra advanced than following a cooking recipe. There’s little specialised manufacturing unit house, gear, and extremely educated staff to supply the inoculations in most of the nations asking for vaccine help.

Friday, Could 7

6:32 p.m.: Sacramento County ‘hopeful’ about moving to orange tier in June, officials say

Sacramento is one among only a dozen California counties remaining within the pink, or second-most restrictive, COVID-19 reopening tier. Well being officers stated Thursday that they’re hopeful the county can transfer as much as the orange tier by June 15, the identical day California is about to reopen and finish the tier system.

Much less restrictive tiers permit extra companies to open at higher capability. However in Sacramento the case price continues to be a priority — 7.5 circumstances per 100,000 individuals, as in comparison with 4.2 circumstances per 100,000 individuals statewide. To maneuver to the orange tier, Sacramento County should convey its case price right down to someplace between 2 and 6 circumstances per 100,000 individuals.

Dr. Olivia Kasirye, public well being officer for Sacramento County, says new, extra infectious variants “may very well be contributing to the stagnation in circumstances.”

She additionally says persons are not getting examined for COVID-19 as typically as they used to, which impacts tier standing.

Officers additionally stated there aren’t any Sacramento ZIP codes which can be near reaching herd immunity, or having about 70% of residents immunized. In sure north and south Sacramento neighborhoods, lower than 20% of individuals have been absolutely vaccinated.

Thursday, Could 6

6:52 p.m.: California State Fair postponed, Cal Expo to remain vaccination site

Cal Expo officers stated Wednesday it will stay a mass vaccination web site by the summer time with the hope of permitting occasions to open with bigger capability later this 12 months.

“The extra individuals we are able to get vaccinated the extra the occasion enterprise can come again,” Cal Expo CEO Rick Pickering stated. He stated this 12 months’s state honest will likely be delayed and sure slimmed down.

Since March 2020, well being officers on the web site have vaccinated a quarter-million individuals.

“That may be the equal of half of the inhabitants of Sacramento or 16% of the county of Sacramento,” Pickering stated.

Whereas demand for the vaccine is dropping throughout the nation, Pickering stated there’s extra work to be completed because the county’s focus shifts to inoculating school-age youngsters.

9:29 a.m.: From 3 feet of distance to 6 feet: How the pandemic might have affected our personal space bubbles

Face-to-face meetings are creeping again into our lives after greater than a 12 months of social-distancing. A steep decline in coronavirus transmission charges plus an growing variety of vaccinations are simply two of the most important explanation why.

However how comfy will you or others be with this shift again to in-person social interplay?

Researchers say that the personal-space boundary within the U.S. earlier than the pandemic was about 3 ft with strangers and slightly greater than 2 ft with an acquaintance. However now, a 12 months of staying 6 ft aside might have you ever feeling crowded — even when others are sustaining what was once thought of a suitable distance.

CapRadio’s Randol White spoke with Cal State Northridge Communications Research Professor Kathryn Sorrells to see how the pandemic might have modified what we contemplate comfy.

“I do know quite a lot of individuals I’ve talked to, at the same time as we open up,” Sorrells stated. “There’s slightly hesitancy, like ‘Do I bear in mind easy methods to have interaction with individuals in that method?’ I believe that in all probability if it’s a 12 months or a 12 months and half … we’ll shift again into the outdated patterns as a result of these are far more deeply ingrained.”

9:14 a.m.: Can COVID-19 affect my period? Scientists are looking into it.

It’s not but identified if COVID-19 vaccines can have an effect on your interval, however researchers are beginning to examine the problem.

In line with the Related Press, vaccines are designed to activate your immune system, and a few consultants surprise if that might quickly disrupt menstrual cycles. Thus far, studies of irregular bleeding have been anecdotal. It’s tough to attract any hyperlinks to the vaccines since something from stress, weight loss plan and train might have an effect on durations.

There’s additionally a scarcity of information monitoring modifications to menstrual cycles after vaccinations on the whole.

Dr. Jen Gunter, an obstetrician and gynecologist within the San Francisco Bay space, says a hyperlink is feasible because the uterine lining, which is shed throughout a interval, comprises immune cells that assist defend the uterus.

Even when scientists do ultimately discover a hyperlink between the COVID-19 vaccines and short-term modifications in bleeding, consultants say that will be no cause to keep away from getting inoculated.

“The advantages of taking the vaccine definitely method outweigh placing up with one heavy interval, if certainly they’re associated,” stated Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a gynecologist and professor on the Yale College College of Drugs.

9:08 a.m.: US unemployment claims call to pandemic low of 498,000

The variety of Individuals looking for unemployment help fell final week to 498,000, based on the Related Press.

It’s on the lowest level because the pandemic struck 14 months in the past and an indication of the job market’s rising energy as companies reopen and shoppers step up spending.

Purposes declined 92,000 from a revised 590,000 every week earlier. The variety of weekly jobless claims — a tough measure of the tempo of layoffs — has declined considerably from a peak of 900,000 in January as employers have ramped up hiring.

Nevertheless, the tempo of functions continues to be properly above the roughly 230,000 degree that was frequent earlier than the COVID-19 outbreak ran by the financial system in March of final 12 months.

Wednesday, Could 5

5:45 p.m.: California appeals court upholds Newsom’s pandemic emergency powers 

A California appeals courtroom has upheld Gov. Gavin Newsom’s emergency powers throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Three judges from the third District Court docket of Enchantment in Sacramento at the moment overturned a decrease courtroom saying Newsom overstepped his authority. The case emerged from a lawsuit by two Northern California state lawmakers.

Republican Assemblymembers Kevin Kiley and James Gallager stated Newsom issued emergency orders in what amounted to a one-man rule. Newsom did every thing from halt evictions to permit marriages to be performed by video or teleconference.

The appeals courtroom agreed that the governor acted inside the broad emergency authority granted him amid the disaster.

Kiley and Gallagher stated they’d enchantment to the state Supreme Court docket. 

5:42 p.m.: COVID-19’s U.S. toll expected to wane dramatically by end of July

Groups of consultants are projecting that COVID-19′s toll on the U.S. will wane dramatically by the top of July, based on analysis launched by the federal government at the moment.

However additionally they warn a “substantial enhance” in hospitalizations and deaths is feasible if unvaccinated individuals don’t observe primary public well being tips akin to carrying a masks and social distancing.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention paper included projections from six totally different analysis teams.

5:32 p.m.: US backs waiving COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property protections

The Biden administration is throwing its assist behind efforts to waive mental property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to hurry as much as the top of the pandemic.

In line with the Related Press, U.S. Commerce Consultant Katherine Tai introduced the federal government’s place in a Wednesday assertion amid World Commerce Organizations talks over easing international commerce guidelines. This might allow extra nations to supply extra life-saving vaccines.

Tai says, “The Administration believes strongly in mental property protections, however in service of ending this pandemic, helps the waiver of these protections for COVID-19 vaccines.”

She cautions that it’ll take time to succeed in the required international “consensus” to waive the protections beneath WTO guidelines.

11:14 a.m.: Sacramento County stays in red tier

As state officers introduced COVID-19 tier modifications Tuesday, Sacramento County remained within the state’s pink coronavirus danger tier.

Sacramento moved out of the state’s most restrictive purple tier into the pink tier on March 16, the place it has stayed since.

As of Tuesday, the county had 7.7 new COVID-19 circumstances per 100,000 residents, a 2.8% take a look at positivity price over the previous 7 days and a 4% take a look at positivity price for the state’s health equity quartile. With the intention to transfer into the much less restrictive orange tier, counties have to have lower than 5.9 new circumstances a day per 100,000 residents, a take a look at positivity price beneath 4.9% for the entire county, and a take a look at positivity price beneath 5.3% for the well being fairness quartile.

Yolo and El Dorado counties are presently within the much less restrictive orange tier, whereas Placer County can be within the pink tier.

11:02 a.m.: Nearly one-third of Californians fully vaccinated

Practically a 3rd of Californians have been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 as of Could 4, based on NPR’s state vaccine tracker.

In California, 32.1% of all residents have both acquired one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or each photographs of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Moreover, 49.9% of the state’s inhabitants has acquired no less than one dose of a vaccine.

Presently, not all Californians are eligible to get the vaccines, because the photographs will not be accepted for individuals beneath age 16 but. However which will change quickly, as Pfizer expects the FDA to approve its vaccine for use in children ages 12-15, based on NPR.

In line with the California Division of Public Well being, 31,027,617 vaccines have been administered within the state.

​Tuesday, Could 4

6:40 p.m.: California urges people to vacation in state, boost tourism

California tourism leaders are urging residents to spend their pent-up journey {dollars} exploring their residence state as coronavirus case numbers keep low.

The tourism trade is reeling from a steep decline in income, plummeting from $145 billion in 2019 to $65 billion final 12 months.

The state of almost 40 million individuals has been among the many most conservative within the U.S. with strict restrictions in place to curb the pandemic. It is steadily reopening however tourism income is just not anticipated to high pre-pandemic ranges till 2024.

Tourism officers are calling on Californians to do their patriotic obligation and trip inside the state to bolster the trade.

6:34 p.m.: Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates launch Sac-Bike-Match 

In case you’re available in the market for a brand new bike, you could have to attend some time. There is a nationwide scarcity due to the pandemic and predominantly transport out of China and Asia. 

The Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, or SABA, has launched a program referred to as Sac-Bike-Match. They’re asking individuals to donate outdated bikes. SABA will then match these bikes with important employees as soon as they have been reconditioned on the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen restore web site in midtown.   

“We’re in partnership with them and we wrench these bikes, be sure that they’re in nice working order after which we match them up with anyone else and get them on the street,” stated Debra Banks. 

Could is Nationwide Bike Month. It is principally digital in Sacramento once more this 12 months due to the pandemic, however SABA is hoping to host a couple of rides in small teams.



6:30 p.m.: All Nevada counties granted local authority over COVID-19 restrictions

All of Nevada’s 17 counties have been granted native authority over COVID-19 restrictions.

The newest addition got here yesterday when Washoe County commissioners accepted a revised plan for the Reno-Sparks space and efficiently submitted the required endorsements to the state’s mitigation activity pressure.

Masks stay obligatory. Management over all different COVID-19 measures started Could 1 in all of Nevada’s different counties beneath native plans.

Washoe County’s new plan eliminates capability limits efficient June 1, except there is a huge spike within the new circumstances. Within the meantime it permits full capability in companies with sufficient house to nonetheless adjust to six-feet social-distancing.

9:25 a.m.: Pandemic led to 30% increase in worker deaths in certain California industries

Throughout the first 10 months of the coronavirus pandemic, California noticed a 30% enhance within the deaths of important employees in 10 industries, based on a brand new examine by U.C. Merced’s Community and Labor Center.

The U.C. examine discovered that general deaths among Californians aged 18-65 increased by 25% in 2020. Staff accounted for 87% — or greater than 14,000 — of these extra deaths.

Dr. Edward Flores, who helped direct the examine, stated that the pandemic simply uncovered beforehand present inequalities within the office.

“There’s a necessity for higher consciousness for the rights that employees have, of their means to take sick depart, to file a grievance with reference to well being and security situations,” stated Flores.

Essentially the most affected teams of employees got here from industries akin to warehouses, agriculture, eating places and meals companies, and grocery shops. Among the many 10 industries with the best demise will increase had been nursing care, landscaping, and constructing companies like janitorial and safety work.

9:07 a.m.: FDA could OK Pfizer vaccine for teens by next week

The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration is predicted to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for teenagers ages 12 to fifteen by subsequent week, establishing photographs for a lot of earlier than the beginning of the subsequent faculty 12 months.

In line with the Related Press, the replace comes from a federal official and an individual accustomed to the vaccine approval course of.

The FDA motion can be adopted by a federal vaccine advisory committee assembly to debate whether or not to suggest the shot for 12- to 15-year olds. Then the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention would act on the committee’s advice. These steps may very well be accomplished in a matter of days.

Monday, Could 3

3:30 p.m.: Children now account for 22% of new COVID-19 infections in US

The variety of youngsters contracting COVID-19 within the U.S. is way decrease than the report highs set at the beginning of the brand new 12 months, however youngsters now account for greater than a fifth of latest coronavirus circumstances, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This quantity is predicated on states that launch their knowledge by age, however nonetheless, it’s a statistic that’s stunned many — only one 12 months in the past, little one COVID-19 circumstances solely made up round 3% of the U.S. complete.

Now, youngsters signify 22.4% of the brand new circumstances reported previously week as of this Monday. The circumstances account for 71,659 out of 319,691 circumstances. The newest report, drawn from knowledge collected by April 29, illustrates how youngsters’s share of coronavirus infections has grown in latest weeks.

There appears to be a number of components why — notably excessive vaccination charges amongst older Individuals lowers the variety of adults getting sick. However different dynamics are additionally in play, from new COVID-19 variants to the loosening of restrictions on faculty actions.

It’s additionally value noting that for the overwhelming majority of the pandemic, the age group with the best case charges has been 18 to 24 year-olds within the U.S.

3:22 p.m.: Las Vegas convention center will transform into drive-thru vaccine clinic

Well being officers say they hope to manage greater than 1,000 doses a day of coronavirus vaccines to Las Vegas-area residents as soon as the primary huge drive-thru COVID-19 shot clinic opens Tuesday on the Las Vegas Conference Heart.

According to the Associated Press, the Southern Nevada Well being District on Monday stated the purpose is for 60% of the eligible inhabitants to obtain no less than one dose. In the event that they attain that purpose, that will meet a purpose the Clark County Fee set for absolutely reopening casinos and companies with out social distancing guidelines. Nevertheless, masks would nonetheless be required.

Thus far, the proportion of state residents who’ve gotten no less than one shot is 47%.

3:10 p.m.: UN inks Moderna deal to provide 500 million doses globally

Moderna and vaccine promoter Gavi have introduced a deal by which the pharmaceutical firm will present as much as 500 million coronavirus vaccines, based on the Related Press.

The U.N.-backed program will ship the doses to clinics and vaccination facilities in low- and middle-income nations by the top of 2022.

The advance buy settlement comes simply days after the World Well being Group introduced the emergency approval for the Moderna vaccine that can pave the best way for its rollout within the U.N.-backed COVAX program.

Nevertheless, deliveries of the vaccines will not be set to start till the fourth quarter of this 12 months, and the overwhelming majority of the doses within the deal — 466 million — are deliberate for less than subsequent 12 months.

9:39 a.m.: Las Vegas hitting jackpot as pandemic-weary visitors return

Las Vegas has been jammed these days with pandemic-weary vacationers searching for pleasure and leisure.

In line with the Related Press, on Saturday, on line casino capability limits on the Strip elevated once more to 80%, whereas person-to-person distancing drops to three ft. Nevertheless, masks are nonetheless required.

The increase started as on line casino occupancy went from 35% to 50% on March 15 beneath state well being tips. Analysts level to pent-up demand, accessible rooms and federal coronavirus aid checks.

Financial markers are actually ringing up a revival on the neon resort hall that was ghostly fairly a 12 months in the past. Casinos have additionally reported 4 slot jackpots value upward of $1 million within the final week.

9:15 a.m.: Public transit tries to woo back riders

As President Joe Biden urges extra federal spending on public transportation, transit businesses decimated by COVID-19 are struggling to determine easy methods to win again passengers.

According to the Associated Press, commuting patterns are altering as work-from-home preparations present indicators of turning into a longer-term pattern, and riders are nonetheless hesitant to return to probably crowded areas on buses and trains.

Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan would supply $85 billion over eight years to replace and exchange subway vehicles and restore getting old tracks and stations. Of that quantity, $25 billion would go to increasing bus routes and rail traces. One other $25 billion would pay to transform gasoline- and diesel-powered mass transit buses to zero-emission electrical autos.

Even with the nation slowly opening up once more, transportation officers say it might take years to get riders again. Transit businesses are attempting totally different approaches to win over riders, from decreased fares to shiny new bus stops and even shifting transit schedules round to accommodate extra passengers because of the pandemic shift away from 9-to-5 work.

9:07 a.m.: US to start global COVID-19 vaccine distribution talks

Two White Home officers say the U.S. commerce consultant will start talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution all over the world, based on The Related Press.

The commerce consultant will start talks on this planet Commerce Group on methods to beat mental property points which can be preserving poorer nations from making their very own generic model of critically wanted COVID-19 vaccines.

White Home chief of employees Ron Klan stated commerce consultant Katherine Tai will likely be beginning talks with the commerce group to get the vaccine extra broadly distributed, licensed and shared.

Klain and nationwide safety advisor Jake Sullivan stated the Biden administration could have extra to say on the matter within the coming days.

Sunday, Could 2

10:40 a.m.: Personal income jumped over 21% in March as the government sent out relief payments 

Individuals’ private incomes jumped 21.1% in March, based on the Commerce Division. That is the most important enhance on report as the federal government despatched out $1,400 aid funds as a part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue effort.

Private spending additionally jumped by 4.2%, and wealthier Individuals are additionally growing spending. 

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