Biden administration will start sending COVID-19 vaccines directly to retail pharmacies next week to expedite shots. White House's COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said the program will start with about 1 million doses sent to 6,500 pharmacies starting next week. The number of pharmacies could ultimately reach 40,000. Speeding up the rate of vaccinations across the nation could help curb the spread of newer, highly infectious forms of COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. Ref. USAToday.
COVID-19 cases have declined sharply. Experts say these factors will determine how the pandemic unfolds. A grim new forecast confirms what experts have been warning amid declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations: when it comes to the pandemic, the United States is not yet out of the woods. Another 130,000 Americans are projected to die of the virus over the next three and a half months, according to the latest model Source 7h.
US reaches another heartbreaking COVID-19 marker: 500,000 deaths, more than double any other country. Nearly a year after the coronavirus was declared a worldwide pandemic, Americans have largely grown numb to the mounting death toll. Health care workers, though, can’t simply get on with life. “Don’t clap, don’t give me baked goods. I don’t need any of that,” said Eric Cioe-Peña, an ER physician in New York. “I need you to wear a mask and not get COVID.” Ref. USAToday.