Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that the United States is closely watching the more infectious UK variant of COVID-19 after British officials warned that it may also be more deadly, and he maintained that vaccination is the "best protection against this evolution."
[NFA] Alabama's governor on Thursday extended for another month an order mandating residents to wear face masks to protect against COVID-19, breaking with Mississippi and Texas as the issue again becomes the focus of political debate. The report produced by Freddie Joyner.
[NFA] Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, on Sunday urged Americans to take any of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines available to them, including the newly-authorized single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
India reported 15,388 new COVID-19 cases and 16, 596 discharges with 77 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry. 2.26 crore people vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country so far. The total active cases in India stand at 1,87,462.
As the vaccination drive against COVID-19 is in full swing, around 100 saints at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmedabad also received their shots on March 08. Interestingly, the jabs were given to the saints at the Swaminarayan temple where all the arrangements were done for the vaccination. The 2nd phase of the vaccination drive had started on March 01 which covers people above the age of 60 and those over 45 with existing health conditions.
With cities and states loosening restrictions as new COVID-19 cases recede and the rollout of vaccines accelerates, people are enjoying a taste of their old lives again, with New Yorkers going to movie theaters and people in San Francisco dining indoors.