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  • Biden Vows Healing and Action on COVID Pandemic Today's inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was filled with messages of hope and unity and promises of a way out of the country's economic and pandemic crises.
  • Thousands of COVID-19 Vaccines Ruined During Shipping More than 16,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were compromised this week while en route to states, either because the temperatures were too cold or too hot to maintain vaccine integrity.
  • US Surpasses 400,000 COVID-19 Deaths But rates of hospitalizations and deaths following holiday travel and holiday gatherings have not yet been seen, the incoming CDC director said.
  • Experts Call for Better Masks as Pandemic Rolls On "I've seen more COVID patients than I can count since March, and I get tested regularly, and I've not tested positive. I want others to have that kind of protection, too," says Abraar Karan, MD.
  • LA Eases Smog Rule to Curb Backlog of COVID Cremations So many people in Los Angeles County are dying that pollution-control limits on the number of cremations were lifted to deal with a backlog of bodies. The county recently topped 1 million COVID cases.
  • Groups Strategize COVID-19 Vaccine Access for People of Color States that rank highly on COVID-19 vulnerability indexes, in particular, have fallen behind on vaccinations for high-risk groups that need them most.
  • White House Being Deep Cleaned Before Inauguration Because of COVID-19 outbreaks that occurred at White House events under President Donald Trump, the federal government is spending more than $200,000 to deep clean the presidential home.
  • Pandemic Screen Time: Will Blue Light Glasses Help? As people in lockdown spend more time staring at laptops and other digital screens, they're ordering more blue light glasses, despite a lack of conclusive evidence.
  • In-Person K-12 Classes Don't Fuel COVID-19 Outbreaks, Study Says At the beginning of December 2020, COVID-19 cases in counties with in-person schooling were similar to the rates in counties with only virtual classes, CDC researchers wrote in the MMWR.
  • Moderna Needs More Kids for COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Moderna probably will not have clinical trial results anytime soon on how its COVID-19 vaccine affects children and adolescents, according to the company CEO and a federal official.
  • Convalescent Plasma Reduced COVID-19 Deaths, Study Says A new study shows that transfusions from recovered COVID-19 patients that contained high antibody levels reduced the number of deaths among hospitalized patients.
  • Apps to Let Travelers, Others Show COVID-19 Status With tourism and other economic sectors largely shuttered by the pandemic, countries are eagerly looking at alternatives to travel restrictions and quarantine to safely reopen their borders.
  • COVID-19 Nurse Wins $1 Million in Lottery "Just seeing some of the things that I've had to see, I am very thankful. I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I'm very blessed."
  • US Has Record 4327 COVID Deaths in One Day The daily average of deaths over 7 days is now 3299, compared with just under 700 four months ago, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
  • 61 Members of Congress Have Tested Positive Coleman, among others, blamed House members who refused to wear facial coverings while sheltering.
  • Vaccination Problems Worst in States Hardest Hit by COVID Then it seemed the Grinch might have kept Santa Rick from his shot.
  • COVID Protections Suppressed Flu Season in US Last fall, health experts said it was possible the United States could experience an easy 2020-21 flu season because health measures to fight COVID-19 would also thwart the spread of influenza.
  • Anyone Flying to U.S. Must Show Negative Test: CDC Passengers will need to take a test within 3 days of boarding their flight to the U.S. and provide written documentation of their result or recovery from COVID-19. The order will go into effect Jan. 26.
  • Why COVID Vaccines Are Falsely Linked to Infertility There's no evidence that the new vaccines against COVID-19 cause infertility, yet that's a worry that's been cited by some health care workers as a reason they're reluctant to get the vaccine.
  • Delays in Genetic Sequencing Slow US COVID Battle 'It's pathetic,' Dr Peter Hotez, a virologist, told CNN. 'By the time you wait (85) days, a sequence can go from being a rare variant to being half of the circulating virus in a population.'