Archive for January 26th, 2021

Pharmacist To Plead Guilty To Ruining Hundreds Of Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine, DOJ Says

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 26 2021, 9:20 PM

A pharmacist in Grafton, Wisc., is accused of tampering with supplies of the Moderna vaccine in December. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of two charges.

Federal Judge Blocks Biden's 100-Day Deportation Moratorium

US & World | | January 26 2021, 7:40 PM

The judge issued a 14-day temporary restraining order Tuesday in a challenge filed by Texas. The ruling said Texas might "suffer imminent and irreparable harm" from a moratorium.

Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In Public

Health | | January 26 2021, 5:20 PM

Germany, Austria and France have announced new measures that push fabric masks aside. European leaders have tied the policy changes to efforts to fend off fast-spreading coronavirus variants.

Florida's Vaccine Rollout Rife With Snags And Inequities

US & World | | January 26 2021, 5:20 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis is touting the success of his policy providing COVID-19 vaccines to everyone 65 years and older in the state. But critics say the vaccine distribution favors some groups over others.

CDC Makes The Case For Schools Reopening

Education | | January 26 2021, 5:00 PM

Federal researchers say, with proper safety precautions, schools don't seem to fuel outbreaks, with some exceptions such as indoor sports practices.

California Health Secretary On Lifting Stay-At-Home Orders And Vaccinations

US & World | | January 26 2021, 4:40 PM

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly talked with NPR about why the state eased some COVID-19 restrictions and addressed the relatively slow vaccine rollout.

2020 Firearm Catch Rate At Airports Doubled From Previous Year

US & World | | January 26 2021, 4:00 PM

TSA agents found 3,257 firearms in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints in 2020 — about 10 per million travelers. About 83% of those firearms were loaded, a TSA news release said.

The Biden Administration Is Working To Buy 200 Million More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Politics | | January 26 2021, 3:40 PM

The Biden administration says it plans to buy an additional 100 million doses from both Moderna and Pfizer and pledges greater transparency with state and local leaders about supply expectations.

Opinion: Why I'm An Invisible Man In The Global Vaccine Campaign

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 26 2021, 3:00 PM

Nigerian physician Ifeanyi Nsofor writes: "I was elated when the first COVID-19 vaccine was shown to be effective. ...My joy was cut short when richer Western nations began buying up the vaccine doses."

'Take The Politics Out Of The Census,' Biden's Commerce Pick Raimondo Says

US & World | | January 26 2021, 3:00 PM

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, expected to oversee the U.S. Census Bureau as the next commerce secretary, says she will "rely on the experts" at the agency to ensure the 2020 census is accurate.

New Capitol Police Chief Offers 'Sincerest Apologies' To Congress

US & World | | January 26 2021, 2:00 PM

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told a House committee that the department expects to answer "for our failings on Jan. 6."

Italy's Prime Minister Quits As COVID-19 Response Splits Coalition Government

US & World | | January 26 2021, 1:00 PM

Giuseppe Conte handed in his resignation Tuesday following weeks of political uncertainty and the loss of a coalition partner over his handling of the coronavirus' second wave and economic recovery.

Judge Orders Destruction Of Alleged Sex Tapes Of Robert Kraft

US & World | | January 26 2021, 12:40 PM

Misdemeanor solicitation charges against Kraft and other men were dropped last year after a Florida appeals court ruled that the videos were not admissible as evidence.

Senate Confirms Antony Blinken As Secretary Of State

Politics | | January 26 2021, 12:00 PM

The Senate confirmed Antony Blinken as President Biden's secretary of state on Tuesday. The vote was 78-22. As the top U.S. diplomat, Blinken will face an array of national security challenges.

Nursing Home Critics Say COVID-19 Immunity Laws Are Just A Free Pass For Neglect

US & World | | January 26 2021, 7:20 AM

Nearly 30 states temporarily shielded nursing homes from COVID-19 lawsuits. But resident advocates say that protection means they can't sue for things that have nothing to do with the coronavirus.

McConnell Relents On Senate Filibuster Stalemate

Politics | | January 26 2021, 5:20 AM

The Senate minority leader pointed to statements by two moderate Democrats who oppose ending the legislative maneuver. Both sides claimed victory, but the impasse could be short-lived.

Deaths Of Despair: How The Pandemic May Be Fueling Lethal Drug Overdoses

Health | | January 26 2021, 4:20 AM

As drug overdose deaths rise during the pandemic, a former White House economist says social isolation could be partly to blame.

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Power-Sharing, Reconciliation, Filibuster: Here’s The 101 On The Political Terms Of The Week

| January 26 2021, 9:48 AM

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed off his demand that Senate Democrats preserve the procedural tool known as the filibuster, easing a standoff with new Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as the two negotiated a power-sharing agreement in the closely divided chamber.

Doc AMA: Next Round Of CA Vaccine Prioritizations, Biden Sets Goal Of 1.5 Million Vaccinations A Day, And More.

| January 26 2021, 9:44 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with UCLA’s Dr. Timothy Brewer.

Why Is CA’s Vaccine And EDD Rollout Such A Mess?

| January 26 2021, 9:14 AM

More than five weeks into its vaccination program, California doesn’t have nearly the supply to meet demand and there’s growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver the system.

After Last Summer’s Wave Of Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Trainings, How Are Companies Following Through?

| January 26 2021, 9:13 AM

Following the police killing of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide protests against police brutality and racial and social injustice last summer, companies across the country renewed their focus on implementing diversity and antiracism training sessions as part of a larger effort to acknowledge the effects of institutional racism and not only seek to root it out in the workplace, but also to create a more racially and ethnically representative workforce.

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