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California sees glimmer of improvement in hospitalizations

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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California is seeing a glimmer of guarded optimism in what Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly called the “biggest sign that things are beginning to flatten or improve.”

More scientists in more countries need to be collecting and sequencing samples of coronavirus to help the world keep an eye out for dangerous new mutations, World Health Organization scientists said Tuesday.

We’ve made great progress since Friday, but we have to make more progress this week,” Kemp said at a news conference with Kathleen Toomey, the state's public health director.

“Over the last week the number of vaccines administered in Georgia has increased by 102,183, which is a 97% increase,” Kemp said, stressing that with Operation Warp Speed they expect to be able to vaccinate all residents in Georgia nursing homes by the end of this month.

With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public,” the CDC said in a statement.

More than 9 million people have received the first dose of their coronavirus vaccine and more than 27 million doses have been distributed, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

The CDC said 951,774 residents of long-term care facilities have been vaccinated, with nearly 4. 4 million doses sent out to the facilities – which were designated to be the first sites covered under vaccine rollout.

The group said 171,000 new cases have been identified through testing in children just last week alone.

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to sign an order today or tomorrow requiring all international airline passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the US, a federal health official tells CNN.

“[We are] writing to express our support for a [CDC] proposal to control the spread of COVID-19, including variants of the virus, by implementing a global program to require testing for travelers to the United States,” the industry group Airlines for America wrote to Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 4.

CVS expects to administer around 20 to 25 million coronavirus vaccines per month, a company official said Tuesday.

“When we get into the retail phase, we'll do almost a million vaccines a day,” outgoing CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo said at the JP Morgan 39th Annual Health Care Conference.

It will be about 20 to 25 million coronavirus vaccines per month, said Karen Lynch, the incoming CEO of CVS Health.

As of Monday, about 10% of total vaccines administered in the United States had been administered by CVS, she said.

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