U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris receives a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at United Medical Center in Washington, U.S., December 29, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President-Elect Joe Biden joined health officials in criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19, saying the administration is falling “far behind” in distributing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, echoed Biden’s concerns, stating the administration’s Operation Warp Speed won’t reach its goal of having 20 million vaccinated by the end of the year. 

“As I long feared and warned, the effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should,” Biden said.

Those frustrations hit a peak Tuesday afternoon, as Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced that the more contagious strain of the coronavirus was discovered in his state in a man in his 20s. The virus had previously only been seen in the UK.

Still, the race is on to produce more weapons against COVID-19: A huge U.S. study of another vaccine candidate got underway Monday. The candidate made by Novavax Inc. is the fifth to reach final-stage testing in the United States. Some 30,000 volunteers are needed to prove if the shot — a different kind than its Pfizer and Moderna competitors — really works and is safe. Leaders of another candidate produced by AstraZeneca and Serum Institute of India said data soon to be released supports a 95 percent effective rate if the shots are given two to three months apart.

Public health experts, including Fauci, welcome the additions: “If you want to have enough vaccine to vaccinate all the people in the U.S. who you’d like to vaccinate — up to 85% or more of the population — you’re going to need more than two companies,” he said. 

The death toll from the coronavirus rose to 1.8 million deaths worldwide, including more than 330,000 in the U.S. This has been the deadliest month of the outbreak in the U.S. yet, with about 65,000 deaths in December, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The nation has repeatedly recorded more than 3,000 dead per day over the past few weeks, a daily death toll that surpasses the 9/11 attacks. Despite warnings to stay home and avoid others over Christmas, nearly 1.3 million people went through the nation’s airports on Sunday, the highest one-day total since the crisis took hold in the U.S. nine months ago.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Fauci on Coronavirus Vaccinations: ‘We Are Below Where We Want to Be’ – Breitbart – 12/29/2020
Tuesday, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci weighed in on the underwhelming amount of coronavirus vaccinations taken with just a few days remaining in 2020. Around 2 million Americans have received the vaccine, which is just a drop in the bucket of the goal of 20 million vaccinations U.S. officials had in mind by the end of the year.

What page 132 of the Pfizer “vaccine report” actually says about infertility – Quartz – 12/29/2020
The first thing to know about page 132 of the Pfizer vaccine report is that it doesn’t exist. The alleged page, which has been circulating on corners of the internet that doubt the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine’s safety, is actually a screenshot from a pdf of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency guidance for healthcare professionals. 

In 2021, will sports be fun again? – Washington Post – 12/29/2020
At the end of every show, Dan Patrick was exhausted. For four decades, Patrick has been talking about sports, analyzing their games and characters in some fashion on television and radio. But sports talk had never been like this. 

Biden Promises 100 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations In First 100 Days, Warning That Trump’s Approach Would Take ‘Years’ – Forbes – 12/29/2020
President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that the Trump Administration’s efforts to vaccinate millions of American people against Covid-19 are falling “far behind” what is needed to control the pandemic, pledging to invoke the Defense Production Act and launch vaccine education campaigns to accelerate the process and deliver 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. 

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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