The coronavirus pandemic may have receded across the United States, but that doesn’t seem to mean that it’s over.
According to USA Today, hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise, and 99 percent of deaths are among people who have not been vaccinated and two-thirds of counties with ongoing rises in new infections are in states with the most “vaccine-hesitancy.”
The New York Times is estimating that – over a 14-day period – new cases are up 60 percent across the United States. Deaths are down 27 percent, but death rates typically lag behind cases.
States with the lowest vaccination rates are in the Gulf Coast South and Mountain West.
In another vaccine-related development, leading health officials are meeting with representatives of Pfizer regarding the drugmaker’s request for approval of a third dose of its coronavirus vaccine.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S official in the battle against COVID-19, said it was possible to approve the third shot, but too easy to make a decision.
Also on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that the coronavirus vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson could increase –if slightly – the chances of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, an uncommon disease of the nervous system.
Police out in force over Havana protests
Protests in Havana over food shortages, power outages and high prices have brought out a heavy response.
According to the Associated Press, “large contingents” of police are patrolling the capital city of Cuba. There were other, smaller demonstrations in other parts of the island nation.
In addition to other economic pressures, Cuba has also been hit by a surge in coronavirus cases.
The national government is claiming that the demonstrations have been orchestrated by Cuban Americans living in nearby Florida.
In response, President Joe Biden said, “We stand with the Cuban people in their clarion call for freedom,” according to The New York Times.
Texas Democratic lawmakers flee state for D.C.
In an effort to stop passage of what they consider an overly restrictive bill on voting, Democratic members of the state legislature left Texas today (Monday) and headed for Washington, D.C.
The move will prevent the state House of Representatives from passing a bill that would outlaw 24-hour voting booths, drop boxes and would allow for partisan poll watchers to participate in the voting process by denying Republicans a quorum to do business.
According to the Associated Press, the Democrats are in the nation’s capital to exert pressure in favor of passing a voting rights bill that would negate alleged “voter suppression” laws passed in Republican states after the 2020 election.
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