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Texas expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults beginning Monday

California to open vaccine eligibility to all adults mid-April California Florida to allow all adults to receive COVID-19 vaccine in April UPI26 Mar 2021
Melba Vasquez | 27 March, 2021, 09:13

All adults in California and Florida will be able to receive the coronavirus vaccine next month, state leaders said Thursday.

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Tam says that indicates we're in a "very tight race" between vaccines and variants of concern, which make up an increasingly high proportion of new cases in several provinces. "As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death - such as older adults". -Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander who is overseeing the country's vaccine program logistics. In January, experts in the United Kingdom reported that this variant may be associated with an increased risk of death compared to other variant viruses, but more studies are needed to confirm this finding, according to the CDC. Kenney also wants the federal government to give provinces faster access to vaccines as a way to prevent further lockdowns or the variants taking hold, completely dismissing the need for masking and social distancing.

On average, Tam says 29 deaths were reported daily over the last week.

However, Tam said seeing more people vaccinated will not be enough to ease public health measures and other restrictions, noting that virus transmission; efficient public health capacity to test, trace and quarantine new cases; sufficient health care capacity exists to respond to surges; and risk-reduction measures are in place in high risk settings, are all components that will need to be in place before life gets back to some degree of normalcy. On Friday, Dr. Tam suggested that the frequent up and down of imposing and then lifting of measures as soon as the spread starts to come down is the wrong approach at this time. "Try and keep that even keel until the vaccines have gained much more of acceleration in terms of coverage".

AstraZeneca's said its vaccine was 76% effective in a new analysis of its US trial - only a tad lower than the level in an earlier report this week criticised for using outdated data.

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