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The worldwide Coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic.
Part 13.
2020-DEC-20 to 2021-FEB-03:

This is a continuation of the previous article:

 

 

What do the Coronavirus vaccines accomplish?

According to the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention:

"COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19."

If you receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine that requires two injections spaced apart by many weeks, then you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second shot.

If you receive a Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, then you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single shot.

It is very important to keep taking all prevention precautions, like wearing of a mask, until you are fully vaccinated.

In addition, the CDC recommends that you continue to keep taking precautions in public places or when you are with unvaccinated people.

2020-DEC-20: The next persons to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.:

By DEC-20, 556,000 people in the U.S. had received their initial dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. Currently, these are almost all health care workers and nursing home residents. The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the next group to receive a vaccine should be people 75 and older, and essential workers like teachers, grocery store workers, corrections officers, U.S. Postal Service employees, and firefighters.

The recommendation will now be sent to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and used to guide states on how to put together their vaccination programs. 1

2020-DEC-26: Allergic reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine:

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected six severe allergic reactions out of the 272,001 vaccine doses administered through 2020-DEC-19. That is a rate of 0.0022%!

They suspect that these rare reactions are caused by Polyethylene Glycol, which is one component of the vaccine. It also found in the Moderna vaccine, in other drugs, and is known to veey rarely trigger reactions . 2

2020-DEC-28: A variant of the COVID-19 virus was detected in the UK:

The COVID-19 virus has mutated and produced a new virus type. U.S. health officials believe that the new version is no more apt to cause serious illness or be resistant to vaccines than the strain afflicting people in the United States. However, they say that it still must be taken "very seriously."

Dr. Anthony Fauci endorsed the decision of U.S. officials to require negative COVID-19 tests before letting people from Britain enter the U.S. He declined to weigh in on whether that step should have been taken sooner. He said the variant strain is something “to follow very carefully” and “we’re looking at it very intensively now.” 3

He said: "Does it make someone more ill? Is it more serious virus in the sense of virulence? And the answer is, it doesn’t appear to be that way.

Speaking on "Face the Nation," he said:

"The general population would be getting immunized widely by late [2021] March or early April ... [after] the front-line workers, older people and certain other segments of the public given priority for the vaccines." 3

2020-DEC-28: President Trump signs massive COVID relief bill:

President Donald Trump signed a billion pandemic relief package totalling a $900 billion dollars! The bill also provides $1.4 trillion dollars to fund government agencies until 2021-SEP and contains other end-of-session priorities including an increase in food stamp benefits. 4

2020-DEC-30: A third COVID-19 vaccine is approved in the UK:

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in the UK have developed a new COVID-19 vaccine. It has a similar efficacy to the two previously approved vaccines. It was approved for use in the UK.

Twenty-eight million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are expected to have been shipped by 2021-JAN-02-. 5

Countries prepare for New Year's eve:

Many countries are urging their citizen to celebrate New Year's at home instead of gatherings elsewhere. France sent 100,000 to break up gatherings, Japan is considering a state of emergency. South Africa is banning alcohol.

In the U.S., at downtown New York City, Times Square was closed to the public for the first time in decades. But there will be a program from Times Square that will be broacast over television showing the ball drop in a ceremony that honors frontline workers. 6

2021-JAN-04: Misinformaton about COVIC-19 vaccines:

There is an enormous amount of misinformation about these vaccines on the Internet. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published "Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines," which contains accurate information. 7

2021-JAN-07: Status of COVID-19 in the U.S.:

A total of 365,346 people have died in the U.S. to date. New records are reached every day!

5.9 million people have received their first dose of the virus.

As many as 438,000 are projected to die of the virus by the end of January.

59% of COVID-19 infections are transmitted from people with no symptoms! This makes the wearing of masks and separation from other people very important at all times. 8

The inauguration ceremony on JAN-20 of President-elect Joe Biding will be a very simple affair. According to the Washington Post:

"Washington will be largely shut down, with indoor restaurants, museums and the Washington Monument all closed and Americans explicitly warned to avoid the city. If everything goes as planned, the closest thing to a crowd Biden will see will be the thousands of military personnel and law enforcement officers patrolling the streets to prevent another pro-Trump riot." 8

2021-JAN-18: New variants of COVID-19 circulating.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the Centers for Disease Control discussed the new variant of COVID-19 circulating. It won't get you more sick, it will get more people sick faster.

He said:

"MORE SPREAD — MORE CASES — MORE DEATHS.

Well, we're taking it really very seriously. You don't want people to panic, but you have to look at it from a certain standpoint.The variants have come from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. ... People need to realize there's more than one mutant strain. There's one from the UK. That's essentially dominated. That's the one that is actually seen in the United States. There's another more ominous one. That's in South Africa and Brazil. We're looking at all of them, very, very carefully..." 9

2021-JAN-19: "Protect yourself"

Dr. Fauci recomments that people:

"... double down on the public health measures that we've been talking about all the time—be very compulsive as the President-elect says, at least for the first hundred days, and maybe more—everybody wear a mask, keep the distance, avoid the congregate settings, but also another important thing: The easiest way to evade this negative effect of these new isolates is to just when the vaccine becomes available, people should get vaccinated. Boy, if ever there was a clarion call for people to put aside vaccine hesitancy. If we can get, you know, the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated, we'd be in very good shape and could beat even the mutant." 10

2021-JAN-19: High risk places where you are more likely to catch COVID-19:

EatThis.com has a list of 35 places where a person is most likely to catch COVID, ranked from the least risky (taking a walk) to most risky (hanging out with a sick person) 11

2021-JAN-19: Double masking encouraged to fight COVID-19 spread

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told NBC News:

"So, if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective. That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”

The N95 is a medical-quality mask that is more effective than the versions sold for public use.

Double masking was in the spotlight last week during President Joe Biden’s inauguration, where several high-profile officials and celebrities were photographed wearing one mask on top of another. 12

2021-FEB-01: U.S. President Biden to meet with GOP lawmakers to discuss COVID-19 relief:

President Biden is proposing to spend $1.9 trillion dollars. Democrats in Congress are ready to implement this without any Republican support, Meanwhile, Biden plans to meet with a group of ten Republican senators led by Senator Susan Collins, R-ME. who have proposed spending about one third of this amount. 13

2021-FEB-03: Only a slim majority of U.S. workers will seek a COVID-19 vaccination:

Only 56% of employees say they will get the vaccine. This ranges from 47% among those in the food and beverage industry to 77% among those in higher education. This resulted from a very large public opinion survey whose margin of error is within 1 percentage point. 13

2021-FEB-03: Schumer (D-NY) and McConnell (R-KY) agree on how to run a 50-50 Senate:

Vice President Harris will provide any needed future tiebreaking vote.

Harris, the nation’s first female vice president, on Wednesday presided over the ceremonial swearing in of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the nation’s first openly gay person ever to be confirmed to a Cabinet post. 13

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyper links are not necessarily still active today:

  1. Stephen Collinson, "Trump goes on rampage with pardons, veto threats and Covid denial, CNN, 2020-DEC-23, at: Trump goes on rampage with pardons
  2. Taking a hard look at variant of coronavirus," Associated Press, 2020-DEC-27, at: Fauci: US taking hard look at variant of coronavirus
  3. "Subdued New Year’s, Snapchat’s growth, color-changing rivers," Quartz Daily Brief, 2020-DEC-31, via Email
  4. "UK Eyes Third Vaccine," Join1440.com, 2020-DEC-29, at: AstraZeneca Vaccine
  5. Paige Cunningham, "More than 4,000 Americans died Thursday of the coronavirus, setting a grim record," The Washington Post 2021-JAN-08 at: The Health 2020
  6. "More Canadians than ever willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Angus Reid poll, 2020-DEC-14, at: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/
  7. Megan Brenan, "Willingness to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Ticks Up to 63% in U.S.," Gallup, 2020-SEP-08, at: Willingness to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
  8. "Coronavirus Updates," Washington Post, at: Coronavirus Updates: Time to fine maskless lawmakers?
  9. "Dr. Fauci Issues Urgent New COVID Warning," Microsoft News, 2021-JAN-18, at: Dr. Fauci Issues Urgent New COVID Warning
  10. Alex Kikab, "How to Survive this Pandemic," Eat this, Not That, 2021-JAN-17, at: Dr. Fauci Calls This “Easiest Way” to Avoid COVID
  11. Kelly Hernandez, Coronavirus Tips, 2020, at 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID
  12. "Double masking encouraged to fight COVID-19 spread, USAToday, at:Double masking encouraged to fight COVID-19 spread
  13. "Biden to meet with GOP lawmakers to discuss virus relief ," Microsoft News, 2021-FEB-01, at: Biden to meet with GOP lawmakers

Copyright © 2020 & 2021 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolernace
Latest update: 2021-MAY-01

Author: B.A. Robinson

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