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How America will mark 500,000 virus deaths

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A version of this story appeared in the February 22 edition of CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday.

Over the weekend, federal officials said states would receive more doses of Covid-19 vaccines than they "have ever received before" in the coming days.

A: Health experts have said that data so far has shown that Covid-19 vaccines prevent symptoms of the virus -- but a new study suggests that the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines may also prevent infections.

A team at the Mayo Clinic health system looked at more than 31,000 people across four states who had received at least one dose of either vaccine -- and found the vaccines were upward of 80% effective in preventing infection 36 days after the first dose.

But they may not work well for people with dark skin, according to multiple studies and government health agencies.

The World Health Organization's preliminary report into the origins of the novel coronavirus will recommend more extensive contact tracing of the first known patient with Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, as well as the supply chain of nearly a dozen traders in the Huanan seafood market, which is thought to have played a role in the early spread of Covid-19 in late 2019, according to investigators familiar with the draft report.

Dr. Keith Rowley, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, along with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, write that while it is a miracle that Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out in more than 80 countries, the majority of shots have been administered in a handful of rich countries.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce his long-awaited roadmap for taking England out of lockdown, UK government officials confirmed to CNN on Monday morning. Australia began its Covid-19 vaccination rollout for frontline workers on Monday, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office. The hotel that hosted a mostly maskless rally for Florida's governor is under investigation. Bereft of visitors, the Louvre keeps busy with major refit and restorations. Inside Europe's biggest Hindu temple, Covid-19 myths get debunked and vaccines administered.

Today, we're honoring the life of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, a pioneer in our country's medical history as the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, back in the 1860s.

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