Biden’s interview – his first since the election, which included Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris – underscored a complete change of course in President Donald Trump’s stance on the virus and comes as Covid-19 rips across the nation, shattering records for daily death and infections, write Stephen Collinson and Maeve Reston. Trump often mocked the wearing of masks and hosted holiday celebrations at the White House despite his own administration’s health recommendations. When he returned home from fighting Covid-19 in a military hospital, he was known to turn to the cameras and tear off his mask.
Biden will take office in the most extreme domestic circumstances of a president since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Illness and death are rampant, and millions of Americans are unemployed, hungry, or at risk of losing their homes. Every 30 seconds an American dies of Covid-19.
In the interview, Biden also signaled a science-based approach to the pandemic, announcing that once vaccines are approved in the country, he will have a public chance to keep Americans safe. He will also nominate the best infectious disease expert in the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in his role and appoint him as his chief medical officer and member of the Covid task force.
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Q: If someone has already had Covid-19, should they still be taking the vaccine?
A: In some cases, a vaccine may offer more protection than antibodies produced after infection. So if you’ve had Covid-19 it is definitely worth getting a shot.
“There are actually six other coronaviruses – MERS and SARS, as well as four other viruses that cause colds. They don’t seem very good at creating long-term immunity,” said epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant. “Many of the vaccines we’ve made in history are actually stronger than the virus itself to create immunity.”
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Fauci apologizes for comments on UK vaccine approval
Fauci apologized on British television Thursday after suggesting that UK regulators’ methods of approving the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine were inferior to those of the US Food and Drug Administration. “There really was a misunderstanding and I’m sorry for that and I apologize for it,” Fauci told the BBC. “We do things a certain way in the United States, maybe a little different, not necessarily better or worse than in the UK, and I think that’s where we slipped where I slipped. I gave the impression that one was better than the other. We just do it a little differently. ”
“What the FDA did in real time was checking all the raw data in real time in a way that couldn’t possibly have been done any faster,” he said, adding that it would take at least another week for the FDA to issue a safety statement Release effectiveness.
According to British media reports, the first doses of Pfizer / BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine arrived in the UK on Thursday.
California is issuing regional home stay orders as hospitals are tight
Millions of Californians are likely to stay at home under a regional order, under new restrictions announced Thursday by Governor Gavin Newsom, who said the state’s hospital system was at a “turning point”. A strict stay at home order will come into effect 48 hours after the hospital’s intensive care unit capacity drops below 15% in any of the five regions of the state. The measures are the toughest in the state since a second wave of Covid-19 hit the country and when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned the city could run out of hospital beds by Christmas, he urged residents to “cancel everything”.
European nations are facing more restrictions on Christmas holidays
Europeans are preparing for humble Christmas celebrations. France is expected to limit the number of holiday gatherings to a maximum of six adults, with no restriction on children.
Italy banned movement between regions from December 21st to January 6th. Movement between parishes is also banned on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
In Spain, movement between regions is also banned from December 23rd to January 6th, but people can gather in groups of up to 10 people on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve and New Years.
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- Wuhan, the Chinese city most closely linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, has released a promotional video to encourage travelers to experience its beauty.
- Warner Bros. will stream all of its 2021 films at the same time they hit theaters, WarnerMedia, which also owns CNN, has announced.
- The postponed Tokyo Olympics are expected to cost $ 2.7 billion more than originally planned, the organizing committee said on Friday, bringing the total cost for the event to $ 15.3 billion next year.
- American colleges have successfully shown how to alleviate the virus, according to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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