All American adults should be eligible for coronavirus vaccine inoculations by May 1, President Joe Biden promised in a prime-time television address on Thursday.
His intent is to “begin to mark our independence from the virus” by July 4, according to the Associated Press.
He intends, he said, to speed up the process by ending eligibility qualifications, calling up thousands of troops to help in vaccination and authorize those in medical fields such as dentists, veterinarians and medical school students to perform the “jabs.”
Getting more vaccines will be community health centers and retail pharmacies.
The pandemic began in the U.S. in mid-March and has claimed more American lives since then –over 525,000 – than died in World War II.
According to the New York Times, 10 percent of all Americans have been fully vaccinated and 19 percent have received at least one dose.
In addition to the details of his plans to speed up vaccination, Biden called for unity and patience. “Just as we were emerging from a dark winter into a hopeful spring and summer is not the time to not stick with the rules,” he said. “This is not the time to give up.”
News: Will Gov. Andrew Cuomo go?
Protestors and politicians alike are calling for embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign from his position as the top leader of the Empire State. A letter signed by 59 Democratic state legislators calling for him to submit his resignation emerged on Thursday and an investigation by the state Assembly into accusations of sexual harassment will be conducted.
Cuomo has made qualified apologies but rejected calls for him to step down. A sixth woman on Wednesday accused Cuomo of groping her and trying to put his hand under her blouse.
If Cuomo were to resign, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul, also a Democrat, would become the new governor. She was elected to the number two spot in 2014 and again in 2018.
Business: All together now on “Rescue Plan”
After some initial uncertainty, Wall Street has decided that the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” signed by President Joe Biden was a good idea for investors.
All three major stock indexes posted robust gains. The Dow Jones Industrials rose by 188.57 points to a new record high of 32,485,59. The S&P 500 climbed 40.53 points to 3,939.34 and the Nasdaq was up 329.34 to 13,398.67.
Also contributing to the optimism was the news that some of the stimulus checks could arrive as early as this weekend, and that the “Rescue” bill could save the unemployed about $1000 in taxes.
Sports: The shape of baseball to come?
How can baseball, with its measured pace, keep up in a sports world of constant action? In a statement Friday, Major League Baseball announced it would be experimenting – in minor league contests, of course – with some changes that might speed up America’s Pastime.
Among the innovations that will be tested are an automatic ball-strike system, larger bases and requiring that infielders keep both feet in the infield at the start of every play, according to Sports Illustrated. On-field timers intended to speed up pitch deliveries will also be part of the experimentation.
Los Angeles Kings 5, Anaheim Ducks 1: Adrian Kempe scored two goals as the Kings defeated the rival Ducks at Honda Center. Sam Steel scored the lone Anaheim goal. LA is now 11-8-6 (28 points) and tied for fifth in the NHL West. The Orange County team is now 8-13-6 (22 points) and in seventh place in the division.
Weather: Rain has (mostly) left, clouds remain
Aside from some showers tonight, the West Orange County area can look forward to cloudy but dry skies for the next few days. The forecast for Friday is partly cloudy with a daytime high of 59 and an overnight low of 45. Saturday will be a trifle warmer with partly cloudy skies and a high of 63 (low of 47). The coastal area of Huntington Beach will be a few degrees cooler, with a warning of thundershowers tonight, which could lead to rough seas, hail and even waterspouts.
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