How Illinois Residents Can Sign Up for COVID Vaccine Appointments at United Center – NBC Chicago

More than 100,000 appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the United Center’s new mass vaccination site will open this week, but not for everyone. Appointments will open exclusively to Illinois residents age 65 and over at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement, noting that there will be two ways to sign up: To register online, visit Zocdoc.com/vaccine. The web site is projected to handle much higher volume of appointment requests. Zocdoc will show real-time appointment availability and eligible residents will then be able to select a…

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Massachusetts Senate president calls on Charlie Baker to set aside vaccine doses for teachers – Boston.com

Just as President Joe Biden challenged states to begin vaccinating teachers by the end of the month, Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka ramped up local pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker for a more “aggressive” teacher vaccination program Tuesday afternoon, particularly given the Republican governor’s new push to require schools to begin fully reopening in April. “If the Governor wants to mandate opening elementary schools across the Commonwealth to in-person learning by April 1st, the Administration must have an equitable plan that gives communities the necessary support and resources to do…

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Biden says U.S. will have vaccines for all adults by May – Los Angeles Times

President Biden said Tuesday that the United States would have enough COVID-19 vaccines by the end of May to inoculate every American adult, two months earlier than previously expected. The announcement came as administration officials warned that the decline in coronavirus cases appears to be stalling. It sets up a sprint to get most Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 while the coronavirus continues to batter communities around the country. “There is light at the end of the tunnel,” Biden said at the White House, days after a third vaccine was authorized…

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‘If the others go I’ll go’: Inside China’s scheme to transfer Uighurs into work – BBC News

“The other thing it shows is this ulterior motive,” she said, “that although the narrative is one of lifting people out of poverty, there’s a drive to entirely change people’s lives, to separate families, disperse the population, change their language, their culture, their family structures, which is more likely to increase poverty than to decrease it.” Source

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How to Sign Up for COVID Vaccine Appointments in Illinois – NBC Chicago

With both Illinois and Chicago now opening vaccinations to millions of residents under varying guidelines, many are wondering where they can get vaccinated and how they schedule an appointment. Currently, much of the Chicago area remains under Phase 1B guidelines, which opens up vaccinations to people age 65 years and older as well as “frontline essential workers,” including first responders, education workers like teachers and support staff, childcare workers, grocery store employees, postal service workers and more. That’s in addition to the health care workers and long-term care facility staff…

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Biden administration still hasn’t briefed top senators on Syria strike – POLITICO

“I still need to be convinced that any president has the authorization required to take a retaliatory strike, especially outside of Iraq,” said Murphy, noting that previous authorizations — although outdated — still permit the use of force in Iraq. “I didn’t hear anything today that convinced me that there was justification that I’d apply to any administration,” Murphy added. According to a separate readout of the briefing provided to POLITICO, aides thought the Biden administration’s answers to their questions were “unsatisfactory” and that there was “not a whole lot…

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Virus variant races through Italy, especially among children – Associated Press

ROME (AP) — The variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is prevalent among Italy’s infected schoolchildren and is helping to fuel a “robust” uptick in the curve of COVID-19 contagion in the country, the health minister said Tuesday. Roberto Speranza told reporters that the variant, associated with higher transmission rates, has shown pervasiveness “among the youngest age group” of the population. In recent weeks, Italy’s incidence of new cases among young people has now eclipsed incidence among the older population, a reversal of how COVID-19 afflicted residents in the…

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Why Do Virus Variants Have Such Weird Names? – The New York Times

20H/501Y.V2. VOC 202012/02. B.1.351. Those were the charming names scientists proposed for a new variant of the coronavirus that was identified in South Africa. The convoluted strings of letters, numbers and dots are deeply meaningful for the scientists who devised them, but how was anyone else supposed to keep them straight? Even the easiest to remember, B.1.351, refers to an entirely different lineage of the virus if a single dot is missed or misplaced. The naming conventions for viruses were fine as long as variants remained esoteric topics of research.…

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Registration for United Center COVID-19 vaccinations to open Thursday, site will open a day earlier than previously announced – Chicago Tribune

The United Center will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, and the 110,000 appointments opening up later this week will be for the rest of March, with more to come afterward. For the first couple of weeks, residents will walk into large, climate-controlled tents for their injections, and drive-in appointments will possibly be added in the third week so people can stay in their cars, Arwady said. Source

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How Do Virus Variants Get Their Names? – The New York Times

20H/501Y.V2. VOC 202012/02. B.1.351. Those were the charming names scientists proposed for a new variant of the coronavirus that was identified in South Africa. The convoluted strings of letters, numbers and dots are deeply meaningful for the scientists who devised them, but how was anyone else supposed to keep them straight? Even the easiest to remember, B.1.351, refers to an entirely different lineage of the virus if a single dot is missed or misplaced. The naming conventions for viruses were fine as long as variants remained esoteric topics of research.…

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