Rollout plans for stay-at-home orders and vaccine distribution explained

Stay-at-home orders are expected in many parts of California in the coming days and weeks in what Gov. Gavin Newsom calls the “final surge” of the coronavirus pandemic. And, while public health officials warn of a “surge within a surge” following the Thanksgiving holiday, firefighters were battling a 7,200-acre fire in Orange County — a sign that “wildfire season” isn’t quite over. Plus: Which health care workers will be vaccinated first? And, another mysterious work of art pops up in the West. 



a sign on the side of the street: A sign advising people to stay home due to COVID-19 concerns is shown at a MUNI bus stop in San Francisco, Thursday, April 2, 2020.


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A sign advising people to stay home due to COVID-19 concerns is shown at a MUNI bus stop in San Francisco, Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Hi, there. I’m Maria Sestito, senior issues reporter for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. Today is Thursday, Dec. 3 and, thankfully, I already bought my toilet paper for this month. If you haven’t, don’t panic — there are

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Healthcare Workers and Elderly Care Home Residents Will Get First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine, CDC Panel Says

Frontline healthcare workers and elderly residents of long-term care facilities will receive the very first COVID-19 vaccinations, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory board recommended Tuesday.





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These groups will make up Phase 1A of U.S. vaccine recipients who will receive the first 40 million or so doses that could be available by the end of the year. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing two vaccines, from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, for emergency use authorization.

According to the CDC, there are about 21 million healthcare workers, including people who work in hospitals, long term care facilities, home healthcare, pharmacies, emergency medical services as well as in public health, and about 3 million older Americans living in skilled nursing or long term care facilities.

The 13 to 1 vote by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) was the first official

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Health-care workers and nursing homes should get covid vaccine first

Residents and employees of long-term care facilities were prioritized because they account for nearly 40 percent of deaths from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The recommendations for the highest priority groups, known as phase 1a, will be sent to CDC Director Robert Redfield, who also informs Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. If the recommendations are approved, they will become official CDC recommendations on immunization in the United States and provide guidance to state officials, who are scrambling to meet a Friday deadline for vaccine distribution planning.

The committee voted 13 to 1 to prioritize the two groups. Helen Keipp Talbot, an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, was the sole dissenting vote. Unease over the recommendations centered on the inclusion of long-term care residents, with several panel members saying there was insufficient vaccine safety and efficacy data to support immunizing them right away.

Talbot said

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Federal Advisory Committee To Vote On COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups : Shots

Several COVID-19 vaccines are being studied in trials around the country. Once the Food and Drug Administration authorizes a vaccine for use, health leaders must decide which groups of people get to receive the vaccine first.

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Several COVID-19 vaccines are being studied in trials around the country. Once the Food and Drug Administration authorizes a vaccine for use, health leaders must decide which groups of people get to receive the vaccine first.

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A federal advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is voting Tuesday to recommend guidelines on who should get COVID-19 vaccines first once one is authorized for use.

The 15 voting members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, along with representatives from federal science agencies and the health care industry, are participating in an emergency

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Build a vaccine architecture – editorials

Rarely have the worlds of science, public health, economy and global balance of power intersected as they have in times of Covid-19. And rarely has so much hinged on a single variable — the development of a vaccine, or a set of vaccines, to provide immunity to every individual across the world from Sars-CoV-2. The good news is that the worst may be behind us: The world is close to a vaccine breakthrough. Pfizer and Moderna have achieved a high degree of efficacy — at over 90%, it is much safer than initially assumed — using radical technologies which have the potential to tackle other critical diseases. There are other vaccines too, many at the third stage of trial, with a high possibility of success. All of this means that by early next year, the world will have a basket of vaccine options on the menu to choose from. Health

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Oxford vaccine shows promise; Europe sees decline in new cases; pork plant managers bet on number of infections

The U.S. death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 250,000, including 1,700 reported Wednesday alone. Hospitalizations across the nation have exploded, with almost 80,000 Americans now receiving inpatient treatment.

COVID-19 has now killed a quarter of a million Americans

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Still, some governors remain unconvinced that mandatory facial coverings are a necessary tool in curbing the pandemic. 

Thirty-six states have some type of statewide mask requirement. The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico require them, too. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a fast-rising GOP star, are among the headliner holdouts. Both spoke to the media this week. Neither budged from their position.

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Ducey, in his first news pandemic briefing since Oct. 29, held a moment of silence and prayed for victims. But he suggested that a statewide

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Pfizer seeks vaccine approval within days; Home test ok’d

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It’s nearly impossible to fathom the number of cases and deaths from the COVID-19 virus, so we added some geographical perspective.

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Pfizer and BioNTech plan to submit a request “within days” to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use approval of a vaccine they say has shown to be 95% effective in mass testing.

“Our objective from the very beginning was to design and develop a vaccine that would generate rapid and potent protection against COVID-19 with a benign tolerability profile across all ages,” said Ugur Sahin, M.D., CEO of BioNTech. “We believe we have achieved this.”

The companies said they expect to produce up to 50 million vaccine doses globally by year’s end and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021. Experts say frontline healthcare workers are expected to be first in line for inoculation.

The Phase 3 clinical trial began on July

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Zoom, Peloton, and other ‘stay-at-home’ stocks tumble after Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine proves extremely effective


  • “Stay-at-home” stocks including Zoom, Etsy, and Peloton tumbled in pre-market trading on Monday after Moderna revealed its COVID-19 vaccine was almost 95% effective in a late-stage trial.
  • Docusign, Wayfair, Fastly, and other stocks that have at least partly benefited from the pandemic also retreated.
  • In contrast, airlines, cruise lines, manufacturers, and other “real economy” stocks jumped as investors wagered the vaccine would allow economies to reopen in a matter of months.
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Zoom, Etsy, Peloton, and other “stay-at-home” stocks slumped in pre-market trading on Monday, as positive vaccine news dampened their growth prospects.

Moderna’s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine proved 94.5% effective in a late-stage trial helped to drive Zoom shares down as much as 7%, Etsy down 6%, and Peloton down 5%.

Netflix, Pinterest, Docusign, Wayfair, Fastly, Chegg, and other companies that have benefited from people spending more time at home

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North Dakota mask mandate; Steve Sisolak; Trump vaccine

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Public health experts say this year everyone should get a flu shot, if possible.

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Many Americans are bracing for increased virus restrictions and the possibility of fall and winter lockdowns, even as leaders in some areas are doubling-down on their hands-off approach.

The nation’s surge in cases continues: On Friday, the U.S. recorded 184,514 new daily infections, breaking yet another record, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The U.S. first surpassed 100,000 new daily cases on Nov. 5 and has continued to break the daily record since then.

Meanwhile, Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who tested positive for the virus on Friday, has repeatedly argued that containing the virus is largely up to individuals. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has emphasized new treatments and vaccines that are expected to become available soon.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s office said she has no intention of using state resources to

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