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United States Reaches Agreements to Secure Enough Vaccines for All Eligible Americans by End of July

Thursday, President Biden announced that his administration has made deals to purchase 200 million additional doses of vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna. These doses are expected to be available by the end of July and will bring the US total to 600 million doses. In total, around 260 million Americans are currently expected to be considered eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, meaning the country will have enough doses to fully immunize them. The administration is also on track to vaccinate 150 million Americans on the hundredth day of Biden’s presidency.

All over the world, obtaining vaccines remains difficult. Some countries, including China, India and the United Arab Emirates, are fire shots at other nations to attract favors or strengthen geopolitical relations. And new research has shown that fraudulent vaccine sales pitches are spreading in Facebook groups and Telegram chats.

CDC Refines Mask Guidelines As New Variants Continue To Spread In US

The number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States everything fell this week, But some experts are worried that this trend can be reversed because it is more transmissible variants Gain traction. A new study suggests that the B.1.1.7 mutation, which was first discovered in Britain, may be the dominant strain in the United States next month. Thursday, Illinois and North Carolina became the last states to report their first cases of B.1.351, the variant first identified in South Africa.

A key way to better protect against these more contagious variants is to make sure your mask fits well, and potentially to double down. This week, the CDC released new mask-wearing guidelines after lab tests showed that wearing two masks can reduce the likelihood of transmission by up to 95% if both people wear them correctly. To do this, start with a disposable medical mask and overlay a fabric mask. Fit is everything: If you feel hot air escaping as you exhale, you’ll want to adjust.

CDC prepares new directions for schools as some districts begin to reopen

CDC publishes new direction today for schools to reopen safely in person. Biden said reopening schools is a priority, and CDC Director, Dr Rochelle Walensky commented last week that the vaccination of teachers is not necessarily a prerequisite for reopening. Up to this point, decisions to reopen schools were piecemeal, with individual districts and even schools left to chart the course on their own. In some cases, the situation has worsened dramatically: last week, San Francisco sued his own school district and council, saying they haven’t made any meaningful plans to reopen despite public health guidelines saying it’s safe.

Elsewhere in the country, districts have taken key steps to reopen this week. New York announced that college students who have chosen to learn in person will be allowed to return to class as of February 25. And after weeks of tense negotiations, Chicago made a deal with his teachers’ union. On Thursday, the city’s preschool and special education students resumed in-person classes, with elementary and middle schools set to follow in the coming weeks.

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As we reach the one-year mark, we are start watching movies come out that were filmed at least in part during the pandemic. How did they do it? Small films were able to get by with naked and quarantined crews. Large projects, on the other hand, are increasingly using technology to ensure the proper functioning of socially distant production. Frame.io, a company known for its video editing and collaboration software, recently unveiled a new service called Camera to Cloud that uploads images to the cloud the moment someone shouts “Cut!” This way, editors, producers, and more can deliver near real-time ratings without having to be in one place. And some filmmakers who need a socially remote way to design and plan their productions use a tool called the Virtual Art Department, which allows them to spot locations, frame shots, make decisions about what to do. lighting and more using virtual reality.


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