China has blocked a World Health Organization team of experts conducting an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus from entering the country. CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi joins “CBSN AM” from London with those stories.
Also in Hong Kong, police arrested at least 53 pro-democracy activists, and U.S. intelligence agencies have formally named Russia as the likely source of the massive cyber-hack revealed in December 2020. More news below.
Doctor Neeta Ogden on side effects of COVID-19 vaccinations and efforts to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations.
The UK has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths during the second wave of the pandemic and the highest daily case rise (Sky News).
“The biggest, most important stimulus… is this vaccine,” Kevin Warsh, former Fed governor and distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Wednesday. “Nothing can get this economy back faster and more efficiently than a vaccine that’s out there that makes the virus non-existent or at least something we can live with.”
HIGHLIGHTED reactionary comment: The first ever experimental RNA covid vaccine with no long term studies and isn’t FDA approved, is an economic stimulus! What a clown show!
The CDC says pregnant women are at a significantly higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness and death compared to non-pregnant women of the same age. As vaccines roll out, many pregnant women are agonizing over whether to get it, and professional organizations and individual doctors say the benefits are very likely to outweigh the risks of COVID-19. Dr. Tara Narula reports.
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The federal government says it has now distributed more than 19 million COVID-19 doses, but it didn’t specify how many people have actually been vaccinated. More than three weeks after the first shots were given, CDC data shows only five states have used more than 50% of the shots they’ve received. Manuel Bojorquez reports (CBS News).
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A hospital in Northern California quickly vaccinated 850 people after a freezer that was holding the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines failed, prompting officials to do an emergency distribution of the vaccines before they spoiled.
National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins on the coronavirus (Full Stream on January 6, 2020).
Officials from the Health and Human Services Department and Pentagon are holding a joint briefing Wednesday on the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccine program Operation Warp Speed.