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‘Impending doom’: Why the US is facing a new coronavirus wave despite one of the world’s best vaccine programmes

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By Jamie Johnson, US correspondent, Washington 30 March 2021

Hospitalisations are increasing and deaths are multiplying from the disease that has already killed 550,000 people in the US By Jamie Johnson, US correspondent, Washington 30 March 2021

Joe Biden, the US President, has urged states to pause their reopening efforts after a senior health official warned of the “impending doom” of a deadly third wave of coronavirus cases.

Despite a hugely successful vaccine programme – one in six Americans is already fully inoculated – cases are rising, hospitalisations are increasing, and deaths are multiplying from the disease that has already killed 550,000 people in the United States.

“We still are in a war with this deadly virus and we’re bolstering our defences. But this war is far from won,” said Mr Biden.

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US public health agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared to fight back tears on Thursday as she said: “I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom.

“We have so much reason for hope, but right now I’m scared”.

As Boris Johnson warns that a third wave in the UK is still a risk, despite a successful vaccine programme, the US may be used as a barometer for how the situation in Britain could evolve.

How is the US vaccine rollout programme progressing?

While his administration ramps up its drive to administer jabs as quickly as possible, Mr Biden has said that 90 per cent of US adults would be eligible for vaccination by April 19, and 90 per cent of Americans would have a vaccination centre within five miles of their homes by then.

So far, 145,812,835 vaccine doses have been administered and 15.8 per cent of Americans are fully vaccinated.

On Monday, Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma made all adults eligible for vaccination. New York said that all adults would be eligible starting April 6.

Mr Biden had pledged to administer 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office. That goal has since been revised to 200 million after the first was met within 60 days.

With more than 2.5 million jabs a day, it is widely accepted that the rollout is going well.

What is going wrong?

The number of new coronavirus cases jumped by seven per cent over the past week to a seven-day average of around 60,000 cases, according to the CDC.

Data from the New York Times shows that in nine states over the past two weeks, virus cases have risen more than 40 per cent.

Connecticut reported a 62 per cent jump over the past two weeks, and New York and Pennsylvania both reported increases of more than 40 percent.

Michigan saw a 133 per cent increase – and epidemiologists have pointed to indoor dining restarting on February 1 as being a possible root cause.

In Florida, which has started welcoming tourists, the situation is worsening.

Spring Breakers were forced to be inside by 8pm as the young partygoers appeared to give up on social distancing and mask-wearing in Miami during the holidays.

In Orange County, Orlando, the average age for new infections has dropped to 30 and one in three people hospitalised is under 45.

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But there is a wider problem at play.

Over the past week, the state has averaged nearly 5,000 cases per day, an increase of 8 per cent from its average two weeks earlier.

Worryingly for the UK, the Kent strain is also rising exponentially in Florida, where it accounts for a greater proportion of total cases than in any other state, according to the CDC.

Case Study: Texas

Fewer restrictions do not automatically mean more cases, data from Texas appears to show.

In a controversial move on March 2, Governor Greg Abbott ended the state’s restrictions despite Texas recording about as many cases per day as the UK on average and having a population less than half the size.

“I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate.”

Mr Biden called it “irresponsible”

But the latest figures show that they may have got it right. According to New York Times data, over the past two weeks coronavirus infections in Texas have declined 17 per cent, deaths have declined 34 per cent and hospitalisations have declined 25 per cent.

One note of caution, however, is that the seven-day average of newly reported coronavirus infections was up on Sunday to 3,774. Last Wednesday, the average case count was at a low of 3,401.

What is being done to stop the spread?

The speedy vaccine operation is not moving fast enough to stop the spread of the virus and the President has criticised the “neanderthal thinking” of some state governors who have dropped the requirements for people to wear masks.

“The failure to take this virus seriously is precisely what got us into this mess in the first place,” said Mr Biden.

“I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate.

Asked if states should pause re-opening efforts, Mr Biden said “yes.”

It is yet to be seen if the states will listen.

Mr. Biden has got off to a strong start and is polling well because he has tackled the two most pressing issues for Americans head-on – the economy and the pandemic.

A $1.9 trillion (with a T) relief package has seen cheques for $1,400 sent to the vast majority of households to help cover lost income and pay the bills, while the vaccine programme is moving at a pace.

Much as in the UK, American health officials have told the public to “stick with it.”

“I know you all so badly want to be done,” said Dr Walensky. “We are just almost there, but not quite yet.”

What could the UK learn?

The US has not had a slow-release – each state taking forging its own path out of lockdown. That is why the data looks different in some areas. But of those where public spaces are opened, the general correlation is that cases have again risen.

“Because the government has allowed some things to open up, people have viewed that as a good thing to do,” Dawn Misra, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University told the New York Times.

“This is a really tricky part of public health messaging. Just because you’re allowed to be in restaurants and other places do not mean they are safe.”

This should give the UK pause for thought.

In the UK, things are moving in the right direction. Sunday had the lowest number of newly recorded cases in six months, while there were no Covid-related deaths in the capital.

But the prospect of continued success may not remain in the Prime Minister’s hands.

A third wave

Boris Johnson said that Britain needs to “build our defences” against a third wave brewing in Europe for “when it comes” to the UK.

“What we don’t know is exactly how strong our fortifications now are, how robust our defences are against another wave,” he said, ominously.

Europe is struggling with the vaccine rollout, and cases are rising again.

Paris and parts of northern and southern France are one week into a lockdown which will last at least four weeks, in an attempt to stem a third Covid wave fuelled by contagious variants.

Italy and Germany have tightened their borders.

In the US, a third wave is also bubbling under the surface, as explained by the number of rising cases, even in states where masks and social restrictions are still stringent.

As restrictions lift the UK and the US will be relying on their vaccine programmes outrunning the new variants. Whether they can remains to be seen.

Joe Biden finished his press conference on Monday by saying: “Fight to the finish. Don’t let up now.”

In a tweet on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said: “The vaccine is our best route out of this pandemic and we must all do our part by taking the vaccine when it is offered to us.”

Major Israeli study finds Pfizer jab 94 percent effective in ‘real world’ use
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Major Israeli study finds Pfizer jab 94 per cent effective in ‘real world’ use

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By Paul Nuki, Global Health Security Editor, London
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The results, which were carefully controlled and cover 1.2m people, are better than expected and likely to improve as more data comes in The Telegraph · February 13

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine achieves 94 percent efficacy after the second dose, according to the first major “real world” study to be published on the jab’s performance.

While promising data have been coming out of Israel for the last few weeks, the Clalit Institute for Research released results of the first detailed and controlled study yesterday (Sunday) covering 1.2 million vaccinated and non-vaccinated people. 

Clalit is the country’s biggest health care provider, covering over half of Israel’s population.

The study found there was a 94 percent decrease in the rate of symptomatic infection and a 92 percent decrease in the rate of serious illness in those vaccinated, compared to 600,000 who were not vaccinated. 

Significantly, vaccine efficacy was found to be maintained in all age groups, including those over 70 – an age group in which vaccine efficacy could not be evaluated in Pfizer’s original clinical trials due to there being too few in this age group who participated. 

Clalit reported high vaccine efficacy of 91 to 99 percent over a period of seven days or more after participants had received a second dose of vaccine and were deemed “fully vaccinated”. The researchers said they expected this to rise further as more data beyond seven days flowed in.

Prof. Ran Blitzer, director of the Clalit Research Institute, said: “It is clear that Pfizer’s Corona vaccine is most effective in real life one week after the second dose, just as found in the [original] clinical study.

“Furthermore, the trends we identify indicate that continued follow-up for additional weeks after the second dose will significantly increase the measured efficacy of the vaccine. In fact, in a preliminary examination, we identify even higher efficacy for the prevention of symptomatic and severe disease among the vaccinated after 14 days”.

Clalit is expected to publish its results in full over the next few weeks. Some expect it will also publish findings on the degree to which the Pfizer vaccine blocks transmission of the virus – and the rumour is that these data are also very positive.

Teasing out the real-world effectiveness of the vaccine has been difficult because of confounding factors including a third lockdown and violent surge of the virus in Israel.

The Clalit study overcame this by carefully matching each vaccinated individual studied with a non-vaccinated person with near-identical circumstances.

“The vaccinated group was tested against a control group of about 600,000 non-vaccinated people who were carefully adjusted so that each vaccinated person was tested in relation to an unvaccinated person similar to him in a long series of indicators such as risk level of infection, level of risk of developing a serious disease, health status and more”, said Clalit in a press statement.

“The creation of the control group was done dynamically so that people were deducted and moved between the groups if their immunization status changed over time. 

“This form of calculation, which produces a complete resemblance in time to the place and personal characteristics between the vaccinated and non-vaccinated at any given moment, allows to fully normalise the impact of events that happened in parallel – such as the effect of quarantine, and changing vaccine contraindications”.

There were no data published on the efficacy of the vaccine after the first dose. Most data coming out of Israel in recent weeks suggest the protective effect of the jab only really kicks in solidly after the second dose. 

Last week the BioNTech scientist behind the Pfizer vaccine warned that the gap between doses should not extend beyond six weeks.

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UK Covid deaths plummet as 58 fatalities and 4,751 cases are recorded

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The UK recorded another 58 Covid-19 deaths and 4,715 new cases on Saturday, according to official government figures.

It brings the total coronavirus death toll in the UK total to 126,573. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 149,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total of Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, now stands at 4,329,180.

The number of people who have been vaccinated in Britain edges closer to 30 million with 29,727,435 people having received their first dose.

A total of 3,293,517 people have had their second dose.

Speaking about the milestone of NHS England passing 25 million first jabs, Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS national medical director, said: “This is the latest major milestone showing rapid and targeted progress in getting people in England protected against coronavirus.

“Passing the 25 million mark is a remarkable achievement for NHS staff across the country who have jabbed more than half the adult population and are continuing to work carefully to identify those last remaining people in the top priority groups yet to get their jab and urging them to come forward.

“While supplies of doses will be tightened next month, anyone with a second jab booked should come forward, and our other top priority is to remind everyone who is aged 50 and older or who has an underlying health condition that their first jab is available to them, now and throughout April.”

It comes as Boris Johnson admitted that he was wary about prospects of rising coronavirus cases but said he sees “absolutely nothing in the data” to halt the easing of lockdown.

Scotland recorded six deaths from coronavirus and 563 positive tests in the past 24 hours, according to Scottish Government data.

The latest official figures bring the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,578.

The deaths of two further people who previously tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland have been reported by the Department of Health.

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4 Benefits Of Sleeping With a Garlic Clove Under Your Pillow

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It could be that you live in a time of vampires and werewolves. In this case, sleeping with a clove of garlic under your pillow should also be supported by a silver cross above your bed, holy water at the door, and a wooden stake at your right hand.

If you keep garlic under your pillow below things will happen.

1.Garlic Repels Mosquitoes & Other Bugs

Garlic makes a powerful natural toxic insect repellent. The natural repellent nature of garlic makes it a perfect tool for keeping pests off plants. Garlic water is simple to make and easy to administer. It can be used on vegetables or on flowering plants. keeping garlic under your pillow will avoid mosquitoes and spider bites. mosquitoes attract carbon dioxide when we exhale so eating garlic doesn’t seem to be as effective if u want to repel insects.

2.Garlic Cures Insomnia

Do you suffer from panic attacks or have trouble sleeping? Putting garlic under your pillow will definitely make you have better sleep. this remedy is been used since ancient times. The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of garlic keep the body fluids and organs healthy and infection-free. It also aids in the healthy functioning of the heart and brain, thus regulating the sleep cycle. magnesium and potassium intake will be high if you eat garlic. it relaxes your muscles by producing a chemical called GABA. GABA is the body’s signal that it’s time to calm down, and it chills out your brain cells so that they can begin the restorative work that happens overnight.

3.Garlic An Anti-Bacteria

Fresh, raw garlic has proven itself since ancient times as an effective killer of bacteria and viruses. it is an anti-bacterial agent that can actually inhibits the growth of infectious agents and at the same time protect the body from pathogens. Once again, we can thank allicin. because it is able to block two groups of enzymes that allow infectious microbes to survive in a host body. Garlic can prevent infection inside or outside the body. so having garlic under your pillow at bedtime will make you sick less.

4.Garlic Makes You Breathe Better

Some compounds garlic can be responsible for bad breath and even body odor. These include Allicin. When the garlic is crushed, it turns into allicin, an antibiotic that fights against fungal and bacterial infection. Garlic can also help clear blocked nasal passages if you are suffering from a cold easing nocturnal breathing and reducing snoring, which in turn aids restful sleep, and also you can crush 3-4 garlic cloves into boiling water and inhale the steam. you will breathe easier than before.

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England told to ‘hold its nerve’ ahead of easing of lockdown outdoors

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The nation has been warned not to “squander the gains” made against coronavirus ahead of a major easing of the lockdown to allow greater freedoms outside.

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NHS England national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said that Covid-19 still has the capacity to “wreak more havoc and ill health on a significant scale”, citing concerns over new variants.

He issued the warning ahead of groups of up to six, or two households, being able to socialise in parks and gardens once more as outdoor sports facilities reopen and the stay-at-home order ends in England on Monday.

Earlier, Boris Johnson said he is wary of the prospect of rising coronavirus infection rates, but sees “absolutely nothing in the data” to halt the easing of the lockdown.

The Prime Minister acknowledged cases could again spiral as restrictions are relaxed but said the “key difference” this time is that the rise in prevalence should be “sufficiently mitigated” by the successful vaccine rollout.

Prof Powis said the prospects “look immeasurably brighter and more positive” but said that the easing “does not mean job done”.

“We’ve made enormous progress that we need to build on and not squander the gains we’ve made,” he wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.

“We need to hold our nerve and drive for the line, so everyone can get back safely and soon to our normal lives.”

Meanwhile, the UK was planning to offer 3.7 million jabs to Ireland, partly to help ease lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland, according to the Sunday Times.

It would be the first time Britain exported jabs to the EU and the newspaper reported a Cabinet minister saying it would be a “poke in the eye” for Brussels amid a row over supplies.

The arrival of Moderna vaccines to the UK had been expected in spring, but the Mail on Sunday reported that the first 500,000 doses will arrive imminently in a boost for the rollout.

During a discussion at the Conservatives’ virtual spring forum on Saturday, the Prime Minister said that a “third wave” is being witnessed in parts of Europe, and “bitter experience” has taught him that this could hit the UK “three weeks later”.

But he added: “There’s lots of promising evidence that a lot of people who could be vulnerable are now protected against death and serious disease, that’s my hope, my hunch.”

Mr. Johnson remained optimistic that his road map to easing England’s restrictions can continue, saying there is a “good chance” of allowing non-essential retail reopening on April 12, when hairdressers are also earmarked to reopen.

“In just a few days’ time, I’m finally going to be able to go to the barbers,” he said in a subsequent speech.

“But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub.

“And as things stand, I can see absolutely nothing in the data to dissuade me from continuing along our road map to freedom, unlocking our economy, and getting back to the life we love.”

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Government data up to Friday showed that 29,727,435 people in the UK have received a first jab, a rise of 411,305 on the previous day.

The Government said a further 58 people had died within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 126,573.

In Wales, lockdown restrictions were eased when the “stay local” requirement was dropped on Saturday, and people were allowed to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation.

A relaxing of England’s lockdown will take place on Monday when the “stay home” order ends, and groups of up to six people, or two households, are able to meet outside.

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Ministry of Health Intensifies Vaccination Efforts, but without necessary caution

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Just 11 cases were found of serious blood clots in 11 million jabbed with AZ in EU (Image: GETTY)

In an effort to convince and ‘gouge’ residents of Montserrat to access the COVID-19 Astra Zeneca vaccine the Ministry of Health stated: “The latest trials conducted in the United States of America, Chile and Peru by experts from Columbia University and the University of Rochester found the Astra Zeneca vaccine to be 100% effective at preventing people from falling seriously ill…”

The latest headline following a hold up and near ban of the vaccine in the European Union came as follows: “EUROPEAN countries were ordered to get on with the Oxford vaccine rollout after EU health chiefs declared it safe to use,’ saying what the UK Prime Minister continued as he addresses the risk and cautiousness about the vaccine on a whole. He basically encouraged, that while there may be risks (supporting what can be found on the UK website on COVID-19) what the EU bloc’s medical regulator the EMA said: “This is a safe and effective vaccine protecting people from COVID-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation outweighing the risks.”

Meanwhile, the UK’s drug regulator has urged people to seek medical help if they experience headache for more than four days after getting vaccinated.

The question jumps out as to why is the Ministry continually touting this inaccurate information rather that being transparent and giving the information that guide the vulnerable from doing something they would otherwise be at least more cautious about.

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In a release dated March 22, 2021, The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced plans to implement a mobile vaccination clinic on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in the parking lot of the Bank of Montserrat. This move comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts to increase vaccine uptake as the end date for first time vaccinations approaches.

The released informed that “March 31, 2021 has been earmarked as the closing date for first time vaccinations. Ministry of Health officials noted that the date was selected to ensure persons can receive their first and second doses of the vaccine before the batch expires.”

Regarding the initiative for tomorrow, officials noted that; “in February enough vaccines were received for 1,500 persons. Presently 1,188 persons have registered meaning 318 persons can still receive both doses of the vaccine. The Ministry of Health wants to ensure that no dose of the vaccine goes unused. Therefore all opportunities are being utilized to ensure that persons have easy access to vaccination.”

The main intention of Tuesday’s mobile vaccination clinic is to capture those individuals who want to be vaccinated but have not yet had the opportunity to register. Those persons can visit the Bank of Montserrat during the hours of 9:00 A.M to 12: 00 P.M and receive the vaccine. Persons who are scheduled to receive their second dose can also do so at the mobile clinic.

The Ministry of Health is encouraging all residents who wish to be vaccinated to visit the mobile clinic.  The vaccine is safe and effective. The latest trials conducted in the United States of America, Chile and Peru by experts from Columbia University and the University of Rochester found the Astra Zeneca vaccine to be 100% effective at preventing people from falling seriously ill and found no safety issues regarding blood clots.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reassured the Britons, saying: “The Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe. The thing that isn’t safe is catching COVID which is why it’s so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes.

Director Emer Cooke insisted the 11 million Britons that have received it should not have concerns over its safety. “This is a safe and effective vaccine protecting people from COVID-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation outweighing the risks,” she told an online news conference. she told an online news conference.

The drugs watchdog was forced to publish evidence after 17 EU nations paused their AstraZeneca vaccine rollout over unproven fears it causes blood clots.

So now comes this just before we publish: AstraZeneca vaccine: UK regulator issues warning about headaches – seek medical attention
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1411764/astrazeneca-vaccine-side-effects-headache-blood-clots

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EU could slap sanctions on UK in border row ‘the UK is playing poker’

THE EU could threaten the UK with sanctions or a closed border over a fierce grace-period extension row.

European law professor Francesco Rizzuto warned the EU could be forced to react to Britain if the grace period goes on for too long. The UK unilaterally decided to extend a grace period in border regulations to allow easier trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. However, by doing this the EU has insisted the UK has breached the Brexit deal and threatened legal action.

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While speaking on RT with Bill Dod, Professor Rizzuto argued the EU could implement tough checks at the Northern Ireland and Ireland border.

Mr. Dod said: “What can the EU do?

“There is talk of slapping sanctions on the UK?”

Mr. Rizzuto replied: “Well, I suppose it could end up in that sort of situation but then it would be pretty pointless.

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“I think the UK is playing a game of poker here.

“This is because quite clearly if the UK unilaterally continues with this extension, of course, the UK is arguing circumstances but if it pushes for this six months, eight months or 10 months it will force the EU to do something at the border.

“This will be done to stop what the EU is afraid of, to stop goods coming into the EU by the backdoor.”

Former Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost on Wednesday insisted the UK Government was committed to defending Britain against the EU. 

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Lord Frost said: “These measures are lawful and consistent with the progressive and good faith interpretation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

Lord Frost was supported by Lord Caine who insisted the EU was behaving hysterically. 

He said: “Does my noble friend agree that the somewhat hysterical reaction of the EU demonstrates yet again their one-sided inability to recognize legitimate unionist concerns and to see the Belfast agreement through?

“This is an agreement that their intransigence now threatens to undermine.

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“Can the noble friend assure me he will robustly defend any legal action brought by the EU and that this unionist Government will take whatever measures are necessary to guarantee Northern Ireland’s place as an integral part of the UK internal market?”

Lord Frost replied: “We will, of course, consider very carefully any legal process launched by the EU. We will defend our position vigorously.

“The protocol is explicit in respecting the territorial integrity of the UK and we will ensure that is sustained.”

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Senators come together to make daylight saving time permanent

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Year after year, particularly in the spring and fall Americans lament Daylight Saving Time, an antiquated way of adjusting the time to help preserve as much light as possible. Many believe it was due to the U.S. agrarian society, but according to the History Channel’s factoids, the agriculture industry actually opposed it.

Germany was the first country to implement the idea on April 30, 1916, and the U.S. first did it in 1918, with Congress attempting to repeal it in 1919.

“Rather than rural interests, it has been urban entities such as retail outlets and recreational businesses that have championed daylight saving over the decades,” said History.com. Tired of ads? Want to support our progressive journalism? Click to learn more.

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cindy Hide-Smith (R-MS), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Ed Markey (D-MA) are all endorsing the Sunshine Protection Act, according to a release. Fifteen states have changed their Daylight Saving Time rules and dozens more are also considering doing it. States include Arkansas, Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The time was once isolated to just a few states, but now that there are more states it can create more confusion. The growing list of states is causing more problems as Americans start traveling again and have no idea whether a state is observing the time change or not.

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Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80s

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A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows.

The Public Health England data showed the effect kicked in three to four weeks after vaccination.

It was based on people aged over 80 who were the first to receive the jab.

Government scientists hailed the result, but stressed that two doses were needed for the best protection.

It comes after similar findings were published by Scottish health authorities last week, which they hailed as “spectacular”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a Downing Street briefing on Monday the latest vaccine results were “very strong”.

He added: “They may also help to explain why the number of Covid admissions to intensive care units among people over 80 in the UK have dropped to single figures in the last couple of weeks.”

Also speaking at the news conference, England’s deputy chief medical officer – Prof Jonathan Van-Tam – said the data offered a glimpse of how the vaccine programme “is going to hopefully take us into a very different world in the next few months”.

But he said it was “absolutely critical” that second doses “are still part of the course of immunisation against Covid-19 and no less important”.

Prof Van-Tam stressed there was a “significant likelihood” that a second dose of a vaccine would “mature your immune response, possibly make it broader and almost certainly make it longer than it would otherwise be in relation to a first dose only.”

More than 20 million people in the UK have had their first dose of a vaccine – over a third of the adult population.

Meanwhile, another 104 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus have been reported in the UK, and a further 5,455 new cases, according to the latest figures.

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The PHE data, which has not been peer-reviewed, also suggested the Pfizer vaccine, which started being rolled out a month before the AstraZeneca vaccine, leads to an 83% reduction in deaths from Covid. This was based on people over the age of 80 who had died.

The data also showed vaccination cuts the risk of people over 70 developing any Covid symptoms by around 60%, three weeks after an initial dose.

Prof Van-Tam said the decision to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to older people was “clearly vindicated”.

Some European nations have refused to give it to the over 65s because data from the trials was mainly on its effect among younger adults.

Prof Van-Tam said the judgement made by the UK authorities was that it was simply “not plausible” the vaccine would only work on younger adults.

He said other countries would doubtless be “very interested” in the data coming out of the UK.

Dr. Mary Ramsay, Public Health England’s head of immunisation, said there was growing evidence that the vaccines were working to reduce infections and save lives.

“While there remains much more data to follow, this is encouraging and we are increasingly confident that vaccines are making a real difference,” she said.

However, more evidence is needed to know how well the vaccines protect against the Brazil variant that has recently been identified in the UK.

This variant has a mutation – E484 – that could reduce some of the effectiveness of the vaccines.

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