New York City will open high schools next week, stimulus cash could start flowing in two weeks, and America could be swamped with vaccine in a month as the national effort to emerge from the crippling pandemic accelerates.
If Congress approves the stimulus bill Wednesday and President Joe Biden signs it by March 14, the first direct deposits payments of up to $1,400 per person may start hitting bank accounts the week of March 22, based on prior relief plans. Paper checks may be sent out the week of March 29.
Dependents are worth $1,400, too, meaning a family of four that fully qualifies will see a payout of $5,600.
Meanwhile, the vaccine surplus expected to materialize in coming months eliminates one problem – supply – but accentuates a new one: demand.
“When we start to have more vaccine available, we’re really going to be in bad shape because what we’re going to see is a lot of people who don’t want to get vaccinated,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the public health program at the University of California, Irvine.
In New York City, high schools will reopen for in-person learning March 22, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced. Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order requiring classrooms to reopen March 15, and California announced it will offer financial incentives for school districts to welcome students back by April 1.
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►New York City unveiled the Vaccine for All Corps. City officials say they will recruit 2,000 New Yorkers as vaccinators and to serve in support and administrative roles.
►After initially determining that inoculating prisoners could be a “PR nightmare,” Tennessee officials on Tuesday said some inmates were receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Inmates over 65 or who have health conditions that already have priority status will be vaccinated, corrections department spokesperson Dorinda Carter said.
►Four in 10 Americans say they’re still feeling the financial impact of the loss of a job or income within their household, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
►Russia signed a deal to produce 10 million doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Italy this year. The Russian Direct Investment Fund has said the production of Sputnik V will span several countries, including India, South Korea, Brazil, China, Turkey, Iran, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
►Hungary set records Tuesday for the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in hospitals and the number of new daily virus deaths amid a powerful surge in cases.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 525,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 117 million cases and 2.6 million deaths. More than 123.2 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 93.7million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re reading: As the U.S. vaccinates more than 2 million people a day, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention released its guidelines for Americans who have received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a breakdown of the CDC guidelines.
Artifacts from the first known COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. have made their way to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., as part of the institution’s effort to document the coronavirus pandemic.
The museum received the vial that contained the first administered doses of the Pfizer vaccine, along with the vaccination record card, scrubs and hospital ID badge of nurse Sandra Lindsay, believed to be the first person to get the vaccine in the country. The items were donated by New York-based Northwell Health, Lindsay’s employer.
The Smithsonian is assembling a 3,500-square-foot exhibition called “In Sickness and in Health” that explores how the U.S. efforts to contend with illnesses have helped shape its history.
Many summer camps, lost to the pandemic last year, will make a return this summer. New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are among several states ready to allow the camps after banning them last year, according to the American Camp…
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