More vaccine doses headed to New Jersey, elsewhere

Jessica Wong

During a week when the state announced two of its mega sites would not open for a day because of a lack of supply of COVID-19 vaccines, New Jersey appears to be in line to get an increased amount of the vaccine from suppliers.

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday afternoon that the federal government has purchased 200 million more vaccine doses and will increase distribution to states by millions of doses next week.

Biden, calling the fight against COVID-19 a wartime undertaking, said there now will be enough doses to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans — almost the entire population

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Millions Meant for Public Health Threats Were Diverted Elsewhere, Watchdog Says

Jessica Wong

WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog has found that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which drew national attention last year when the Trump administration fired its director, has been used for the past 10 years as a “slush fund” to cover expenses unrelated to its core mission of fighting health threats like Ebola, Zika and the coronavirus.

The 223-page report, issued Wednesday by the Office of Special Counsel, found that the Department of Health and Human Services diverted millions of taxpayer dollars intended for BARDA to finance vaccine research and pandemic preparedness into other government activities, and failed

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Senior living providers express concern as states redirect COVID vaccines elsewhere – News

Jessica Wong

As states are pressured to get shots into arms more quickly, some governors and public health officials are rerouting COVID-19 vaccine doses earmarked for assisted living communities and nursing homes back to states.

The governments of Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Utah are redirecting or reserving doses originally meant for long-term care facilities until those facilities use up the doses they have on hand, according to Politico

The news outlet reported that Utah is halting new shipments to long-term care facilities and is redistributing shots to local health departments and other providers, saying federal allocations were too high. Minnesota

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Cases drop in main pandemic hot spots but surge elsewhere

Jessica Wong

In its weekly snapshot of COVID-19 activity, the World Health Organization (WHO) said cases fell for the second week in a row, mainly in the highest-burden countries, but it warned that the pattern masks sharp rises in other countries in some regions.

Meanwhile, the world’s level of deaths, often a lagging indicator, stayed about the same as the previous week. And more countries reported detections of variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Amid global drop, new spikes in the Americas and Europe

In its weekly situation report, the WHO said cases declined 15% from last week. The

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Elsewhere in Brooklyn Expands Horizons with New Show

Jessica Wong

On Jan. 28, Elsewhere, an independent music venue in Brooklyn is airing a new live comedic and musical variety show called Elsewhere Sound Space on Twitch.

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Elsewhere Sound Stage Press Photo

Along with many other venues, Elsewhere closed due to COVID-19. As a place founded on innovation, Elsewhere Studios in Brooklyn was made to allow their community to keep creating. The series is among Elsewhere’s attempts to keep live performances alive during this time. In November, the East Williamsburg venue created a Twitch channel, ElsewhereTv, which streams performances on some Wednesdays along with music sessions on Fridays and

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