Former President Donald Trump erroneously stated at a weekend meeting that public health authorities are denying white people the COVID-19 vaccine because of their race.
Trump speaking Saturday night in Florence, Arizona, accused liberals of "discriminating and demeaning" white Americans
"If you are white, you do not get the vaccine, or if you are white, you do not get therapy," Trump said. "In the state of New York, if you're white, go to the back of the queue to get medical health."
Vaccines are easy to get in the United States, and the government encourages everyone to get vaccinated and boosted. And New York's policies allow race to be a consideration when dispensing oral antiviral therapies, which are in limited supply, in an attempt to direct treatments to people who are at the highest risk of serious coronavirus disease.
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►Nursing homes reported an almost record of about 32,000 COVID-19 cases among residents in the week ending January 9, a nearly sevenfold increase from a month earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
►Rep. David Trone, D-Md., Said he was tested positive. He said he is fully vaccinated and boosted and experienced mild symptoms.
►Las Vegas schools are offering retention bonuses of up to $ 2,000 to full-time employees who remain at work during the coronavirus pandemic in response to staff shortages.
📈 Today's figures: The United States has registered more than 65 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 850,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: More than 328 million cases and over 5.5 million deaths. More than 208 million Americans - 62.9% - are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Novak Djokovic lands in Serbia after deportation from Australia
Novak Djokovic arrived in his native Serbia on Monday after being deported from Australia because he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, putting an end to his hopes of defending his Australian Open title. The tennis star now faces questions about whether he would be excluded from the next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open.
Djokovic had argued in an Australian court that he should be allowed to stay and compete because a recent coronavirus infection meant he was exempt from strict vaccination rules. But Australian authorities said his presence could arouse anti-vaccine sentiment and that it was necessary to kick him out to keep Australians safe.
The next big tennis tournament is the French Open, which starts playing in Paris in four months. France on Sunday passed a law that would exclude unvaccinated people from all restaurants, sports arenas and other venues, one of the toughest measures a country has taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Omicron variant closes day care institutions in droves
If you are a working parent with young children, chances are that the new year has not been as happy as you had hoped. Omicron rages, instructions are constantly changing, vaccines are not approved for young children, and coronavirus test kits are in short supply.
Reliable, affordable childcare options are scarce. The centers cancel classes or close completely when employees report sick or leave their jobs. COVID-19 cases appear in day care institutions where internal spread was previously somewhat limited.
"You had so many programs that were under the impression that they withstood the worst storm," said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. "Now they are back in program delivery crisis and they are back in financial crisis." read more here.
- Alia Wong, USA TODAY
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