La Chronique a commencé à couvrir la crise des coronavirus avant que les premiers cas ne soient signalés dans la région de la Baie et qu'une pandémie ne soit déclarée en 2020. Nous avons réorganisé la salle de rédaction pour consacrer presque toutes les ressources à des histoires axées sur les catastrophes sanitaires et économiques. Chaque jour, dans la deuxième année de la pandémie, nous avons publié des mises à jour en direct pour refléter les mises à jour locales, nationales et mondiales les plus critiques sur le COVID-19. Ces nouvelles sont gratuites pour aider à garder notre communauté en sécurité et informée.

Lire les prochaines mises à jour du 20 au 26 mai 2021

Lundi 19 mai :

15 h 50 Joie de vivre de retour dans la rue : Les terrasses de cafés et de restaurants français ont rouvert mercredi après qu'un arrêt du coronavirus de six mois ait privé les résidents de siroter du café et du vin rouge avec des amis. Le gouvernement français lève progressivement les restrictions pour éviter une résurgence du COVID-19 et redonner aux citoyens une partie de leur style de vie mondialement connu. Le 19 h Le couvre-feu nocturne est maintenant changé à 21 heures. Les musées, théâtres et cinémas ont rouvert.

Mises à jour sur les coronavirus de la région de la baie : du 13 au 19 mai 2021

15 h 35 Est-ce toujours un bal sans danse lente ? Les lycéens de San Francisco font face à l'un des rebondissements les plus étranges de la pandémie à ce jour : une soirée de bal avec "pas de danse au sens traditionnel du terme", selon les responsables de la santé de la ville toujours aux prises avec le COVID-19. Les personnes qui ne sont pas vaccinées devront rester à 1,80 mètre des autres. Les promeneurs à l'intérieur doivent porter des masques faciaux. Et aucune danse rapprochée - que ce soit joue contre joue ou s'agrippe à votre rendez-vous pendant une chanson lente - ne sera autorisée.

Les responsables locaux de la santé publique, qui dirigent la réponse de l'État au COVID-19, avaient demandé 200 millions de dollars par an pour des écrous et des boulons de santé publique, rapporte California Healthline. Cependant. malgré un excédent de 76 milliards de dollars. tels que l'expansion de Medi-Cal, et 300 millions de dollars pour les hôpitaux publics.F. incite les familles à se faire vacciner avec de la nourriture gratuite, des prix : Dans l’espoir de faire vacciner davantage de jeunes de San Franciscains, le service de santé publique de la ville organise une série d’événements de vaccination familiale sans rendez-vous offrant de la nourriture gratuite, des divertissements et des cadeaux au cours des deux prochaines semaines. Les événements auront lieu à divers endroits, offrant le vaccin Pfizer, que le gouvernement fédéral a approuvé pour toutes les personnes de 12 ans et plus. Les détails sur les heures, les dates et les lieux sont ici.

14 h 40 Les impacts de la vaccination étudiés dans les maisons de retraite médicalisées : Les recherches menées dans 280 maisons de soins infirmiers dans 21 États américains donnent un aperçu du monde réel de la façon dont les vaccins COVID-19 protègent les résidents. avec un autre 0,3% positif plus de deux semaines, ont rapporté mercredi les chercheurs de l'Université Brown et du réseau Genesis HealthCare dans le New England Journal of Medicine. La plupart de ces cas n'ont produit aucun symptôme. Les résidents non vaccinés semblaient également en bénéficier : les cas sont passés de 4,3% dans les deux semaines suivant la première clinique de vaccination à 0,3% plus de 42 jours après l'événement parmi ceux qui n'ont pas été vaccinés.

14 h 15 Le comté de Marin n'a plus besoin de la hotline vax : Le comté de Marin a tellement de ses résidents vaccinés contre le COVID-19 - 83% ayant au moins une dose - et les endroits où se faire vacciner sont devenus si répandus que les appels à la hotline du département de la santé publique du comté ont diminué, incitant les responsables à interrompre le deux lignes de support en direct. Le comté a annoncé mercredi qu'à partir du 29 mai, les personnes ayant besoin d'aide pour les rendez-vous ou le transport vers les lieux de vaccination peuvent contacter les fournisseurs de soins de santé locaux, la hotline de l'État, 833-422-4255, chat.myturn.ca.org. Cynthia Gerlinger, responsable du centre d'appels, a déclaré que la hotline du comté comblait "une lacune temporaire pour ceux qui n'ont pas accès à Internet ou ceux qui ont besoin d'un soutien supplémentaire pour accéder à un vaccin. Ces ressources sont toujours disponibles, simplement accessibles par différents moyens. "

13 h 27 La ville de New York rouvre, mais les visages (couverts) semblent familiers : La ville de New York a rouvert mercredi, 423 jours après sa fermeture au milieu d'un écrasement croissant de cas de coronavirus. Le New York Times a qualifié le premier jour de retour complet aux affaires de "désordonné, incohérent et déroutant", les niveaux de confort personnel dépassant souvent les nouvelles règles de l'État. Les personnes vaccinées n'ont pas à porter de masques dans la plupart des situations, mais la plupart semblaient les porter, et certains magasins ont maintenu leurs exigences en matière de masques au motif qu'ils ne pouvaient pas vérifier qui était vacciné ou non, a déclaré le Times.

13 h 20 Le chef de la société qui a gâté le vaccin présente ses excuses au Congrès : Le directeur général d'Emergent BioSolutions, dont l'usine de Baltimore a ruiné des millions de doses de vaccin contre le coronavirus, a révélé pour la première fois mercredi que plus de 100 millions de doses du vaccin de Johnson & Johnson sont maintenant en attente alors que les régulateurs les vérifient pour une contamination potentielle. "Personne n'est plus déçu que nous que nous ayons dû suspendre notre fabrication 24/7 de nouveau vaccin", a déclaré Robert Kramer à un sous-comité de la Chambre qui enquête sur son entreprise. "Je m'excuse pour l'échec de nos contrôles."

12 h 59 Les responsables de la Fed constatent que des problèmes de pandémie entravent l'emploi : FLes responsables de la réserve édérale ont souligné plusieurs facteurs importants liés à la pandémie qui supprimaient la reprise du marché du travail du COVID-19, selon le compte rendu de la réunion publié mercredi, a rapporté la colline. Le comité de politique monétaire de la Fed "a estimé que l’économie était loin d’atteindre l’objectif général et inclusif d’emploi maximal du Comité", indique le compte rendu de la réunion d’avril. Les difficultés des entreprises à embaucher des travailleurs reflétaient probablement "des facteurs tels que les retraites anticipées, les problèmes de santé, les responsabilités de garde d'enfants et les prestations d'assurance-chômage élargies", indique le procès-verbal.

12 h 48 Le fidèle Fisherman’s Wharf reviendra : Pompei’s Grotto, un restaurant décontracté Fisherman’s Wharf âgé de 75 ans, réputé pour ses fruits de mer et ses plats italiens, n’est pas définitivement fermé. Il a pour objectif de rouvrir le mois prochain après avoir été fermé pendant plus d'un an. Selon les rumeurs du week-end, la grotte de Pompei - et au moins deux autres restaurants de Fisherman’s Wharf - fermaient définitivement. Mais le manager Michael Carden a déclaré à The Chronicle que Pompei n'allait nulle part.

12 h 43 Les deux tiers des adultes californiens ont au moins une injection : Plus de 67% des Californiens de plus de 18 ans ont reçu au moins une dose d'un vaccin COVID-19, selon les données des Centers for Disease Control and Prevention des États-Unis. Ce taux dépasse le chiffre national de 60% et place la Californie parmi les États les plus performants. Près de 63% des Californiens âgés d'au moins 12 ans ont reçu au moins un vaccin et 45,7% sont entièrement vaccinés.

prenez du boba pétillant : Le dernier attrait du comté de Santa Clara pour faire vacciner les adolescents contre le coronavirus est une offre de thé au boba gratuit ainsi que d '"autres friandises" pour ceux qui viennent se faire vacciner. Des cliniques de vaccination dans les écoles de San Jose, Santa Clara et Gilroy sont prévues la semaine prochaine. La vaccination gratuite est offerte à toutes les personnes de 12 ans et plus sans rendez-vous. Ceux âgés de 12 à 17 ans ont besoin du consentement parental.

12 h 10 Plus de 10 millions de doses administrées par les centres de santé communautaires : Les centres de santé communautaires désignés par le gouvernement fédéral, qui desservent largement les communautés les plus vulnérables du pays, ont administré plus de 10 millions de doses de vaccin COVID-19 dans tout le pays, a annoncé mercredi le département américain de la Santé et des Services sociaux. Environ 61% ont été fournis à des minorités raciales et ethniques. "Les centres de santé de notre pays ont joué un rôle essentiel dans la réalisation des objectifs de vaccination que le président Biden a fixés pour ce pays", a déclaré le secrétaire du HHS, Xavier Becerra. "Cette réalisation illustre le rôle vital qu’ils jouent au service des personnes les plus durement touchées par la pandémie du COVID-19." Fauci dit que les gens interprètent mal le CDC sur les masques : Le Dr Anthony Fauci a déclaré que de nombreux Américains "interprètent mal" les dernières recommandations des Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selon lesquelles les personnes vaccinées peuvent la plupart du temps renoncer aux masques faciaux, sauf dans les foules et les transports en commun, a rapporté Axios. Fauci a déclaré à Axios dans une interview : "Je pense que les gens interprètent mal, pensant qu'il s'agit d'une suppression d'un mandat de masque pour tout le monde. Ce n'est pas... C’est une assurance pour ceux qui sont vaccinés, qu’ils peuvent se sentir en sécurité à l’extérieur ou à l’intérieur. " Les fausses perceptions, a-t-il dit, sont probablement dues au fait de ne pas se concentrer sur l'ensemble du message. Le CDC "n'a pas dit explicitement que les personnes non vaccinées devraient abandonner leurs masques", a-t-il déclaré.

11 h 20 Réouverture du musée d'Oakland : Après une fermeture pandémique de 15 mois, le Oakland Museum of California prévoit de rouvrir le 18 juin avec trois jours d'entrée gratuite, ont annoncé mercredi des responsables. Au départ, les heures d'ouverture du musée seront de 11 h 00 à 17 h 00. Vendredi, samedi et dimanche. Le mois dernier, le musée a annoncé une réduction de 15% du personnel en raison de pertes budgétaires liées à la pandémie. Les dirigeants ont également commencé à recentrer le musée en tant qu '"institution multiculturelle antiraciste et équitable". En savoir plus ici.

10 h 59 Absorption laxiste de Vax parmi les républicains de la Chambre :, et 97 des 211 républicains disent avoir reçu le vaccin. Les masques faciaux sont toujours nécessaires à la maison. "Des précautions supplémentaires sont nécessaires étant donné le nombre important d'individus partiellement vaccinés, non vaccinés et non vaccinés", a déclaré lundi une note aux membres du Bureau du médecin traitant.

10 h 47 San Francisco annonce 1 million de tirs administrés : Les responsables de la santé de San Francisco ont annoncé mercredi que la ville avait franchi le cap du million de doses de vaccin contre le coronavirus administrées. Le département de la santé a tweeté que c'était "une étape incroyable dans notre lutte contre la propagation du COVID-19". Mardi, le nombre de coups de feu des prestataires déclarants s'élevait à 1 029 249, 76% des San Franciscains de 16 ans ou plus ayant reçu au moins une dose et 62% entièrement vaccinés. Les agents de santé de la région de la Baie rétablissent le mandat du masque d'État jusqu'au 15 juin : Les responsables de la santé d'une douzaine de juridictions de la région de la Baie ont annoncé mercredi un soutien ferme aux conseils du département d'État de la Santé publique de continuer un mandat de masque jusqu'au 15 juin. "Merci à tant de personnes dans notre communauté qui se sont fait vacciner, nous avons parcouru un long chemin et peut enfin commencer à voir un retour à la normale dans notre région ", a déclaré le Dr Nicholas Moss, responsable de la santé du comté d'Alameda. "Le mois prochain est notre chance d'augmenter encore les taux de vaccination. Portez votre masque maintenant pour que nous puissions arriver ensemble au 15 juin. " L'Association des responsables de la santé de la région de la baie représente les comtés d'Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz et Sonoma, ainsi que la ville de Berkeley.

9 h 52 : Réunion de l'organe de réglementation national sur les lieux de travail sur les règles relatives à la pandémie : Cal / OSHA, qui définit les règles du lieu de travail pour la Californie, se réunira jeudi pour examiner les révisions importantes des exigences en matière de pandémie à l'échelle de l'État qu'il a publiées en novembre. Les changements proposés comprennent le fait de permettre aux travailleurs entièrement vaccinés de s'abstenir de respecter les exigences de distance physique, de test et de masquage sur le lieu de travail. Les responsables du comté de Santa Clara ont déclaré qu'ils avaient assoupli les règles de leur comté, permettant un retour aux bureaux, mardi, en fonction des résultats attendus de cette réunion.

9 h 22 Les superviseurs du comté votent pour interdire la preuve de vaccination comme condition d'entrée : Les superviseurs du comté de San Luis Obispo ont voté mardi 3-2 pour soutenir une campagne contre les "passeports" du vaccin contre le coronavirus - même si ni le comté ni l'État ne disposent d'un tel document, a rapporté le San Luis Obispo Tribune. Les superviseurs ont voté pour soutenir un projet de loi du membre de l'Assemblée Kevin Kiley, R-Sacramento, cherchant à empêcher toute entité publique ou privée financée par l'État de vérifier le statut vaccinal COVID-19 des clients comme condition de service ou d'entrée.F. rouvre pour un service en personne : La cathédrale Grace commencera à se rassembler à l'intérieur pour le culte en personne dimanche. Les masques sont requis lors du premier service en personne depuis que Grace a verrouillé ses célèbres portes Ghiberti en mars 2020 alors que San Francisco a émis son ordre d'arrêt en cas de pandémie. "Grace Cathedral suivra la science et les directives diocésaines les plus récentes pour la pré-inscription, le dépistage de la santé, la distanciation sociale et d'autres protocoles", a déclaré un communiqué de la cathédrale. Le service sera également diffusé en direct. Les hommes du choeur de la cathédrale chanteront et la communion sera distribuée.

8 h 51 La variante n'est pas aussi mauvaise qu'on le craignait : Le variant de coronavirus B.1.1.7 originaire d'Angleterre a mis plus de temps à dominer les États-Unis que les experts ne l'avaient prévu, en particulier en Californie, où il n'a franchi le seuil que pour représenter la moitié des cas ce mois-ci. Aucune autre variante ne semble menacer le rétablissement de la Californie grâce aux vaccins. Deux variantes locales qui ont peut-être été à l'origine de cas pendant la poussée hivernale ont chuté de façon spectaculaire ces dernières semaines, bien qu'elles restent dominantes dans une grande partie du nord de la Californie. En savoir plus ici.

8 h 34 Le nombre moyen de nouveaux cas aux États-Unis est le plus bas depuis près d'un an : Au cours de la semaine dernière, les États-Unis ont enregistré en moyenne 31200 nouveaux cas de COVID-19 - la moyenne la plus basse depuis juin dernier et moins de la moitié de la moyenne il y a à peine un mois. Le pays a enregistré en moyenne 614 décès par COVID-19 par jour au cours de la semaine dernière - moins d'un tiers de la moyenne de 1988 par jour observée il y a trois mois, selon les données de Johns Hopkins.

8 h 14 Le vieux pays appelle : Les ambassadeurs de l'Union européenne ont approuvé mercredi des mesures pour permettre aux touristes entièrement vaccinés de revenir dans le bloc des 27 nations, un grand pas vers la reprise des voyages internationaux. Ils ont également convenu d'assouplir les critères de sécurité COVID-19 définissant les pays à partir desquels les touristes peuvent voyager. Selon les critères existants, la liste ne comprend que sept nations. Les mesures doivent être approuvées par les pays membres pour que l'assouplissement prenne effet.

7 h 56 Signes de la renaissance de l'industrie aérienne : Southwest Airlines a déclaré mercredi que les réservations s'amélioraient et que les tarifs des voyages d'agrément pour juin se rapprochaient des niveaux d'avant la pandémie, signes que l'industrie du transport aérien se remet de sa profonde récession. La compagnie aérienne basée à Dallas a déclaré que le vol moyen en avril était complet à 79%, avec 85% prévu pour les vols de juin. Southwest a déclaré que les modèles de réservation de juin et juillet étaient jusqu'à présent "assez typiques". La demande est principalement tirée par les voyageurs d'agrément, avec des réservations d'affaires en baisse d'environ 80% par rapport aux niveaux de 2019.

7 h 45 La tragédie indienne prend de l'ampleur : L'Inde a signalé mercredi plus de décès de coronavirus en une seule journée que tout autre pays à tout moment de la pandémie, tandis que les infections continuaient de se propager dans de vastes zones rurales aux systèmes de santé faibles. Le ministère de la Santé a signalé un nombre record de 4 529 décès au cours des dernières 24 heures, portant le nombre de décès confirmés en Inde à 283 248. Il a également signalé 267 334 nouvelles infections. Les chiffres sont presque certainement sous-estimés,

6 h 34 Dans la course californienne entre les vaccins et les variantes, les vaccins gagnent : Des restrictions de santé publique agressives, une accélération frénétique du déploiement des vaccins - et probablement pas mal de chance - semblent avoir porté leurs fruits. La vague variante qui a brièvement frappé la Californie ne s'est jamais enflée en une vague.

Qu'en est-il de la distanciation sociale ? : En moins d'un mois, les Californiens entièrement vaccinés contre le COVID-19 peuvent commencer à se couvrir le visage à l'intérieur - mais devront-ils toujours garder leurs distances avec les autres ? Les responsables californiens ont annoncé lundi qu'ils suivraient les directives relatives aux masques à partir du 15 juin, lorsque l'État prévoit une réouverture complète. Mais ils n’ont rien mentionné sur la distanciation sociale.

6 h 12, les prix des maisons dans la région de la Baie ont atteint un niveau record. La frénésie d'achat durera-t-elle ? Il s'agissait d'abord d'un exode redouté des villes de la région de la Baie, alimentant les guerres d'enchères dans les pays du vin et le long de la côte. Puis ce fut un boom de l'achat de maisons à Oakland et dans les banlieues environnantes. Ces derniers mois, les prix des maisons ont de nouveau grimpé en flèche à San Francisco et dans la Silicon Valley. Alors que les marchés domestiques chauds en Californie changent pendant les périodes de verrouillage et de réouverture de pandémie, même ceux qui vendent les maisons se demandent combien de temps les prix peuvent continuer à grimper au rythme actuel.

Mises à jour du mardi 18 mai :

17 h 10 Bar populaire d'East Bay pour exiger une preuve de vaccination, recherche des contacts pour l'entrée : Eli’s Mile High Club à Oakland, qui accueille des groupes punk et des spectacles de drag, prévoit de rouvrir ses portes cette semaine. Mais les clients devront présenter une preuve de vaccination pour s'imprégner, et les propriétaires conserveront une liste des participants à des fins de traçage des contrats afin de réduire la probabilité que des personnes utilisent des cartes de vaccination contrefaites.

16 h 41 Le gouverneur du Texas interdit aux enfants de porter des masques dans les écoles : Le gouverneur Greg Abbott a déclaré que les écoles publiques doivent mettre fin aux exigences relatives aux masques à partir de juin et ordonne aux villes et aux comtés du Texas d'abandonner presque tous les mandats de couverture faciale d'ici la fin de la semaine. qui peuvent encore obliger les clients ou les travailleurs à porter des masques. Mais le changement est le plus grand recul des mesures de protection contre la pandémie du Texas depuis qu'Abbott a mis fin à un mandat de masque à l'échelle de l'État en mars.

F. : Avant la pandémie, une personne sur quatre à San Francisco n'avait pas un accès fiable à une alimentation saine. Avec la montée du chômage pendant le confinement, en particulier parmi les travailleurs à faible revenu sans filets de sécurité, le problème n'a fait que s'aggraver et ne s'est pas calmé au cours de l'année écoulée. La ville a livré 2,4 millions de sacs d'épicerie depuis le début de la pandémie, dont 1,3 million de sacs liés à la pandémie. La ville a distribué 33000 sacs la première semaine de mai, au-dessus de la moyenne pré-COVID de 32000.

16 heures Les écoles ont 55 milliards de dollars en main, ce qui suscite des inquiétudes quant aux dépenses : Les défenseurs de l'éducation soulèvent des questions alors que les districts scolaires de Californie se précipitent pour dépenser environ 55 milliards de dollars en aide des États et du gouvernement fédéral pour la reprise en cas de pandémie et les étudiants qui ont eu du mal à rattraper leur retard. Dans un rapport publié mardi, plusieurs organisations de défense des droits ont appelé à une transparence et à une responsabilisation accrues alors que les districts se déplacent pour dépenser l'argent et planifier pour l'automne prochain. Le rapport recommande d'augmenter les services pour les étudiants ayant des besoins spéciaux, des problèmes de dotation en personnel et plus encore. En savoir plus ici.

15 h 25 Quelle a été votre place spéciale pendant la pandémie ? Roulez-y vendredi : "Bike to Wherever Day" à San Francisco est vendredi, et les organisateurs exhortent les cyclistes à se rendre dans un endroit qui leur a donné "de la joie ou de l'espoir en ces temps difficiles" à cause de la pandémie de coronavirus. "Avez-vous une peinture murale, un point de vue ou un parc préféré que vous aimez voir le long de votre trajet ?, ont déclaré les organisateurs. Pour plus d'informations, visitez : https ://sfbike.org/bike-to-wherever-day/

Lors d’une réunion virtuelle de la California Travel and Tourism Commission, mardi. malgré la recommandation du CDC pour des règles plus souples la semaine dernière." Plus de 34,8 millions de vaccins ont été administrés en Californie et le taux de positivité à sept jours est tombé à seulement 0,9%.

15 h 28 Question sur le statut du trio de restaurants Fisherman’s Wharf : Trois des restaurants de longue date de Fisherman’s Wharf ont été fermés pendant la pandémie, et le manque d’informations sur leur statut fait craindre qu’ils ne rouvrent pas. L’un d’entre eux est Castagnola, le plus ancien restaurant du quai, qui a ouvert ses portes en 1916. Il a été fermé depuis que les commandes d’abris sur place ont été reçues pour la première fois en mars dernier. Le quai est fortement tributaire du tourisme qui a plongé à San Francisco pendant la pandémie. En savoir plus ici.

15 h 21 Les taux élevés de Vax dans la région de la baie sont de bon augure contre les infections révolutionnaires : Les experts affirment qu’avec les taux de vaccination comparativement élevés de la région de la Baie jusqu’à présent, le risque d’infection par rupture chez ceux qui se sont fait vacciner est moindre. À San Francisco, 76% des résidents de 16 ans ou plus ont reçu au moins une dose de vaccin et 61% sont entièrement vaccinés. Le comté de Marin a le taux de vaccination le plus élevé de la région de la baie, avec 82% des personnes de 12 ans et plus ayant au moins une dose et 70% entièrement vaccinés. Les autres comtés de Bay Area vont de 61% à 77% des résidents de 16 ans et plus ayant reçu au moins une dose de vaccin, et de 44% à 60% entièrement vaccinés.

14 h 54 Le gouvernement accorde aux États 3 milliards de dollars pour les programmes de santé mentale : Les responsables fédéraux de la santé débloquent 3 milliards de dollars pour aider les États à faire face à l'augmentation des effets de la toxicomanie et de la santé mentale de la pandémie de coronavirus. triplant à peu près l'engagement fédéral envers les programmes, selon des responsables.

14 h 35 House adopte une mesure visant à lutter contre les crimes haineux anti-asiatiques qui ont atteint un pic de pandémie : Suite à la répression du GOP, la Chambre a adopté mardi la loi sur les crimes de haine COVID-19 par 364 voix contre 62. Il a été massivement approuvé par le Sénat le mois dernier et va au président Biden pour signature. Le projet de loi crée en partie un nouveau poste au ministère de la Justice pour accélérer l'examen des crimes et incidents haineux liés au COVID-19.

14 h 21 L'Oregon abandonne le mandat de masque où la vaccination est vérifiée : L'Oregon abandonnera l'exigence de masques et de distance physique dans la plupart des lieux publics intérieurs, à condition que les gens fournissent une preuve de vaccination complète, ont annoncé mardi des responsables. Dans les lieux publics où le statut vaccinal n'est pas vérifié, les masques seront toujours nécessaires, a déclaré l'agence de santé publique dans un communiqué. Les entreprises et les exploitants de sites sont libres d'établir leurs propres politiques plus restrictives concernant l'utilisation des masques.

14 h 10 Le conseiller de Biden exhorte les jeunes à se faire vacciner, citant leur expérience personnelle : Andy Slavitt, conseiller principal du président Biden sur le COVID-19, a révélé mardi que son fils souffrait d'effets secondaires persistants du coronavirus après avoir été infecté à la fin de l'année dernière. Lors d'un briefing, il a exhorté les jeunes Américains à se faire vacciner, même s'ils se sentent à faible risque de maladie grave. "Il est l'un des nombreux Américains aux prises avec des symptômes à long terme", a déclaré Slavitt à propos de son fils, qui est à la fin de l'adolescence. "Il est jeune et en forme et dans la fleur de l'âge. Mais six mois plus tard, il souffre toujours de tachycardie, d'essoufflement et de symptômes pseudo-grippaux persistants et fréquents. Ses mains sont froides au toucher. "

13 h 50 Le comté de San Mateo propose des cliniques sans rendez-vous cette semaine : Les responsables de la santé du comté de San Mateo proposent des cliniques de vaccination sans rendez-vous cette semaine pour les résidents du comté de 12 ans et plus : East Palo Alto, Daily City, Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park, San Mateo, South San Francisco et au Event Center de San Mateo. Les lieux, dates et heures sont sur le site Web du comté.

13 h 05 Nouvelles règles sur le statut vax pour les jeux Oracle : Les spectateurs géants dans les zones de sièges socialement éloignées d'Oracle Park n'auront plus à porter de preuve de tests COVID-19 négatifs ou de vaccinations complètes, ont déclaré des responsables. Les personnes assises dans les sections de vaccination, qui ne nécessitent pas de distanciation sociale, devront fournir une documentation de vaccination. La nouvelle politique commence avec le match de vendredi contre les Dodgers. Les fans doivent porter des masques. En savoir plus ici.

12 h 51 Orange County devient également jaune : Le comté d'Orange, domicile de Disneyland en Californie du Sud, et le comté d'Amador, se sont joints aux comtés de Santa Clara et de Santa Cruz pour atteindre le niveau jaune convoité du plan de réouverture de la Californie mardi. Aucun comté n'est tombé en arrière vers des niveaux plus restrictifs, et aucun ne reste dans le niveau violet, la catégorie la plus restrictive. Les comtés peuvent imposer des règles plus restrictives que ce que l'État autorise pour leur attribution de niveau.

12 h 37 Les experts et les militants disent que la promesse de vaccination des États-Unis ne suffit pas : La promesse du président Biden d’envoyer 80 millions de doses de vaccins COVID-19 pour aider les pays durement touchés, sauf demande intérieure imprévue, ne suffit pas, disent les dirigeants mondiaux, les experts et les militants. Ils préviennent que beaucoup plus est nécessaire pour empêcher le virus de sévir dans une grande partie du monde, ce qui lui laisse le temps de muter et éventuellement d'évoluer jusqu'à ce qu'il puisse échapper aux vaccins, rapporte le New York Times.

12 h 21 Près de 6 résidents sur 10 du comté de Santa Clara ont été vaccinés : Près de 60% des résidents sont entièrement vaccinés dans le comté de Santa Clara, a déclaré mardi le superviseur Otto Lee.

12 h 09 Le comté de Santa Clara donne son feu vert à la réouverture des bureaux : Dans une étape majeure vers la reprise de la normalité dans la Silicon Valley, le comté de Santa Clara a annulé mardi son ordre de travail à distance et permettra aux bureaux de tout le comté de rouvrir. Les employeurs doivent déterminer qui est vacciné et les règles de sécurité s'appliqueront en conséquence sur le masquage et la distance sociale, ont déclaré des responsables. Le comté n'exige pas de vaccination pour retourner au travail, mais les entreprises voudront peut-être le faire, ont-ils déclaré.

11 h 59 Santa Clara et les comtés de Santa Cruz deviennent jaunes : Les comtés de Santa Clara et Santa Cruz ont avancé mardi au niveau jaune du plan de réouverture de la Californie. Les deux comtés rejoignent San Francisco et San Mateo dans la région de la baie dans la catégorie avec les restrictions de pandémie les moins restrictives, permettant aux restaurants, cinémas, bibliothèques, bureaux, églises, centres de divertissement familial, gymnases et studios de fitness d'augmenter leur capacité à l'intérieur.

11 h 50 Les vaccinations sont en retard dans les communautés rurales des États-Unis : Le CDC a rapporté mardi que 39% des adultes dans les comtés ruraux avaient reçu au moins un coup de feu contre 46% dans les comtés urbains au 10 avril. Le décalage rural a été observé selon l'âge et le sexe. Les Américains ruraux sont plus susceptibles que les autres de dire aux sondeurs qu’ils éviteront la vaccination. Ils peuvent avoir plus de mal à se rendre dans des sites de vaccination éloignés, selon le rapport du CDC. La directrice du CDC, le Dr Rochelle Walensky, a tweeté : "Nous devons rencontrer les gens là où ils se trouvent, écouter leurs préoccupations et aider les gens à prendre des décisions éclairées sur la vaccination.

10 h 45 Lollapalooza fest de retour à Chicago à pleine capacité : Les organisateurs ont annoncé mardi que le festival de musique Lollapalooza reviendrait au Grant Park du centre-ville de Chicago à pleine capacité du 29 juillet au août. 1. Signe potentiel de ce à quoi les spectateurs de la région de la baie pourraient s'attendre cette année pour des événements tels que Outside Lands et BottleRock Napa, Lollapalooza exigera que les participants soient complètement vaccinés contre le COVID-19 ou subissent un test de coronavirus négatif dans les 24 heures suivant leur participation chaque jour. "Ici à Chicago, le mot" Lollapalooza "a toujours été synonyme d’été, de bonne musique et de quatre jours d’amusement inoubliable - ce qui a rendu la décision de l’année dernière de reporter la chose encore plus difficile", a déclaré la mairesse Lori E. Lightfoot.

10 h 21 Des médecins japonais appellent à l'annulation des Jeux olympiques : Les Jeux Olympiques de Tokyo 2020 commencent dans 66 jours, mais un grand groupe de médecins japonais demande leur annulation car le système de santé du pays, déjà proche de sa capacité avec la flambée du COVID-19, ne peut pas répondre aux besoins médicaux de milliers d'internationaux. athlètes et visiteurs. "Nous demandons instamment aux autorités de convaincre le [International Olympic Committee] que tenir les Jeux olympiques est difficile et obtenir sa décision d'annuler les Jeux ", a déclaré la Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association. Les hôpitaux de Tokyo "ont les mains pleines et n’ont presque pas de capacité de réserve", a déclaré le groupe de médecins de premier recours.

10 h 15 Vaccin pour les enfants de moins de 12 ans non visible avant l'année prochaine : Le Dr Anthony Fauci, conseiller médical principal de la Maison Blanche, a souligné mardi que les enfants de moins de 12 ans devront probablement attendre jusqu'au début de l'année prochaine pour les vaccins COVID-19. "Il est probable et presque certain que d'ici la fin de cette année civile et le premier trimestre de 2022, nous aurons suffisamment d'informations sur la sécurité et l'immunogénicité pour pouvoir vacciner les enfants de tout âge", a déclaré Fauci à un Briefing de la Maison Blanche. Les nouvelles directives du CDC exigent que les enfants se masquent même lorsque leurs parents vaccinés ne sont pas obligés de le faire, affirmant que les enfants pourraient être à risque dans la plupart des environnements intérieurs où les règles relatives aux masques sont levées (la Californie garde son mandat de masque jusqu'au 15 juin). Les enfants représentent 24% des nouveaux cas hebdomadaires de COVID-19 aux États-Unis.

9 h 50 Fauci admet que les règles des masques en patchwork sont source de confusion : Le plus grand expert en maladies infectieuses du pays reconnaît la "confusion" après que le CDC a déclaré la semaine dernière que les personnes entièrement vaccinées n'avaient pas besoin de porter de masques dans la plupart des cas, même à l'intérieur. "Le problème et le problème, c'est que nous n'avons aucun moyen de savoir qui est vacciné et qui ne l'est pas." Il a déclaré qu'il était "parfaitement raisonnable et compréhensible" pour les entreprises de conserver des mandats masqués dans certaines circonstances. Ajoutant à la complication, Fauci a déclaré que les enfants non vaccinés - y compris ceux de moins de 12 ans qui ne seront pas éligibles aux vaccins pendant des mois - devraient continuer à porter des masques à l'intérieur, mais que cette recommandation pourrait changer avec davantage de recherches sur les CDC.

9 h 38 Best Buy lève les exigences relatives au masque pour les magasins en dehors de la Californie : Le détaillant d'électronique Best Buy a annoncé mardi que, sauf dans des États comme la Californie - qui exigent toujours des masques en intérieur - qu'il lèvera son exigence de masque pour les clients et les employés entièrement vaccinés dans ses magasins. L'étape suit les nouvelles directives des Centers for Disease Control and Prevention que la Californie n'adopte pas encore. "Nous reconnaissons que les nouvelles recommandations du CDC sont un signal que les choses s’améliorent effectivement. Notre objectif est maintenant de traverser cette période de transition de la manière la plus sûre possible, pour nos employés et nos clients ", a déclaré Best Buy dans un communiqué.

9 h 26 La majorité des électeurs californiens sont de retour nécessitant une vaccination, des tests pour les spectateurs : Deux électeurs californiens sur trois préfèrent permettre à des entreprises telles que les salles de concert, les stades sportifs, les bateaux de croisière et les casinos, de vérifier que les clients sont vaccinés ou ont été testés négatifs pour le coronavirus, selon un nouveau sondage de l'UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. Un soutien similaire, 61%, permet aux employeurs d'exiger que les employés de certaines catégories d'emplois se font vacciner. But there is no consensus on a government verification processm. Nearly 60% of adults in U.S. have received a shot : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that about 6 in 10 Americans over 18 have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, on Tuesday told a White House briefing that it was a “landmark day,” adding that about 14 million doses have additionally been administered to teens ages 12-17. She stressed that it’s key to have vaccination coverage that is “uniform across the country,” and added, “This will require us to meet people where they are, to listen to their concerns, and to help people make informed decision about vaccination.”m. Return to movies for $3 at new S.F. theater : Movie theaters are not only reopening in San Francisco during the pandemic, new ones are opening. Regal announced that the long-awaited debut of its newest state-of-the-art theater, the 12-screen Regal Stonestown Galleria, will be Friday with a slate of current films including “Spiral : Saw.” To celebrate the opening, movie tickets will be $3 for all shows through May 26. Read more here. m. Cruise liner brings in ships for crew vaccinations : In a sign that a return to cruising is near, Carnival Corp. is bringing several of its ships to San Diego this week so crew members can be vaccinated against COVID-19, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Sharp Healthcare, a medical services provider for Carnival, will administer the shots. Ports in Florida, Texas and Alabama have begun similar vaccination efforts. Port officials say San Diego took an estimated $282 million economic hit from the pandemic-driven cancelation of cruising, the locale of California’s early virus outbreaks.m. Israeli strike wrecks Gaza’s only test-processing site : The sole laboratory in Gaza that processes coronavirus test results has become temporarily inoperable after an Israeli airstrike nearby, officials in Gaza said. A shortage of medical supplies in the blockaded Gaza Strip has allowed only small number of coronavirus tests since the pandemic began. The strike Monday targeted a separate building, but damaged the lab and offices of the Hamas-run Health Ministry, the New Yoirk Times reports.m. Keep masks on indoors, L.A. County tells Trader Joe’s : Public health officials in Los Angeles County are contacting several retail chains to emphasize that California’s mask mandate for indoors remains in effect for now, despite new federal guidelines easing the rules for vaccinated people. The outreach came after the Trader Joe’s in South Pasadena posted a sign in front of its store on Friday that gave permission for vaccinated shoppers to enter its market without a mask, the Los Angeles Times reports.m. India’s cases level out but hospitals swamped : India’s total virus cases since the pandemic began swept past 25 million on Tuesday as the country registered more than 260,000 new cases and a record 4,329 fatalities in the past 24 hours, numbers that experts say are likely undercounts. The numbers continue a trend of falling cases after infections dipped below 300,000 for the first time in weeks on Monday.m. How GoFundMe became an imperfect social safety net for thousands of Americans : Even before the pandemic, GoFundMe, headquartered in Redwood City, had established itself as the go-to place for crowdfunding in the wake of emergencies. But the pandemic has, in some ways, reshaped the service, according to both the company itself and those who study crowdfunding. As the economy buckled under the weight of shutdowns, businesses and individuals turned to the site for help with paying for the basics, like rent and utilities. Read the full story here.m. Bay Area companies are hiring, but are there enough workers to fill the jobs ? Job openings are increasing as a result of widespread coronavirus vaccinations, but the obligations of child care are preventing many people from taking advantage of them. It’s an issue spotlighted by recent economic data showing American employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, down from more than 900,000 in March. With many schools still closed or only partially open, caregiving responsibilities, which mostly fall on women, are part of the reason hiring is not moving at the expected clip. Read the full story here.m. New CDC guidelines raise thorny questions about the future of masking at Bay Area restaurants : While most Bay Area diners have complied with indoor masking rules, according to several owners interviewed by The Chronicle, questions are mushrooming in regional eateries about the CDC’s recent changes to its masking guidelines and whether restaurants’ policies will change soon. Read the full story here.m. Mask or no mask, what’s the risk that fully vaccinated people can spread COVID ? :, it’s an unsettling and risky prospect. Among the fears : With more than half the country still unvaccinated, including young children and immunocompromised people, the move was too risky. Read the full story here.

m. Musee Mecanique says it plans to reopen : Musee Mecanique, a museum of antique arcade attractions at San Francisco’s Pier 45, said it plans to reopen on June 15 after being shut down for more than a year.m. L.A. school district drive aims to vaccinate kids by summer : The Los Angeles school district is launching an ambitious campaign to vaccinate students 12 and older before the end of the current school year, and will allow in-person graduation this spring, Superintendent Austin Beutner announced Monday. He told the Los Angeles Times government agencies are providing the doses the district needs for the effort that is to begin May 24 with school-based and mobile clinics to vaccinate students.m. Tanzania finally acknowledges COVID-19 is a thing : A new committee of health experts in Tanzania on Monday recommended revamping the country’s approach to COVID-19. Until lately, the country’s leadership has denied the virus’ existence. President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who formed the committee, said Tanzania is open to implementing globally accepted containment measures if the experts call for them. le committee recommended that the government provide information on COVID-19 and take concrete steps to strengthen interventions at all levels to prevent a third wave of the disease.m. S.F. supports state on waiting to lift mask mandate : The San Francisco Department of Public Health said Monday it supported California officials’ decision to keep the public mask mandate in place until June 15. “While 76% of our eligible population has received at least one dose, there are still many people in our city who have to get vaccinated,” the department tweeted. “There are still indoor public spaces where unvaccinated people may still be at risk. We just need to hang in there a little longer and for every eligible person to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”m. Drugmakers reject offers to help make vax : As much of the world remains starved for coronavirus vaccines, large drugmakers are rejecting requsts by companies abroad to partner on production as a way to met that need, Politico reports. Companies from Canada to Bangladesh have asked to help manufacture the vaccines. Big Pharma has said current production capacity is to blame for vaccine under-supply but the large companies have cited the complexity of the process, safety concerns and lack of time to carry out technology transfer as reasons for turning away requests to partner.m. Capital lifts mask mandate for vaccinated people : Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on Monday announced that unlike California, the nation’s capital is lifting its mask mandate in most places for fully vaccinated individuals, aligning with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance released last week. Those fully vaccinated must wear a mask or practice social distancing only where it is required, including in businesses that mandate masks, taxis and rideshares, schools, health care settings, and homeless shelters. Washingtonians will also have to continue wearing masks on the Metro and on buses.m. Airport traveler numbers continue to grow : U.S. airports on Sunday recorded the most travelers so far this year, with more than 1.8 million flowing through security checkpoints, according to Transportation Security Administration data. The number did not approach the pre-pandemic 2.6 million on the comparable day in 2019, but soared above 2020’s total of 253,807 and was the highest number since flights have begun to ramp back up following the coronavirus restrictions that began more than a year ago.m. Almost 1 in 4 Americans still don’t plan to get vaccinated : As more Americans get vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus, albeit at a slowing pace, 24% still say they don’t plan to get a shot,/NPR/Marist poll found. Since August, when no vaccine was yet approved for use. The political divide is huge : 41% of Republicans say they do not plan to get vaccinated, compared to 4% of Democrats and 27% of independent voters, the May 4-10 survey found.m. Cases dropping in Northeast : States in the Northeast, after experiencing spikes in coronavirus infections earlier this year, are reporting significant drops in cases and hospitalizations. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have all reported many fewer cases in recent weeks as more people receive vaccinations, and New York and New Jersey have also seen steady declines in cases after struggling to contain the virus earlier this spring, the New York Times database shows. Across the nation reported cases have dropped.m. U.S. deaths still climbing : More than 582,000 Americans now have lost their lives to COVID-19, tracking by Johns Hopkins University researchers shows, even as pandemic restrictions are easing across the country and new infections have stopped rising amid growing levels of vaccination. Globally, with India, Nepal and other nations still experiencing devastating outbreaks, the death toll is nearly 3.9 million. The coronavirus has taken 62,3343 lives in California.m. Cuomo to reap $5.1 million for book : New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo disclosed Monday that he was paid a $3.1 million advance to write his COVID-19 leadership book last year and under his publishing contract will make another $2 million on the memoir over the next two years. The windfall further inflamed critics who call it inappropriate for the Democratic governor to personally enrich himself with a self-congratulatory book, published just as the state was seeing a deadly resurgence in infections last October.m. Easing of restrictions in Texas did not move needle on cases/economy : The end of Texas’ mask mandate and business-capacity restrictions in March had no impact on economic activity or coronavirus case counts, according to new research. based on cell-phone mobility analysis, from researchers at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. suggest behavior is influenced more by personal calculations than by restrictive laws on the virus. Texas eliminated its pandemic rules March 10 in a bid to get people back to work. The employment hopes did not materialize, nor did fears of increased transmission.m. “Real world” trial finds strong vaccine protection in health care settings : In the first U.S. multi-location test of its kind, researchers found a single dose of coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna was 82% effective against developing COVID-19 symptoms in health care workers, a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention found. Two doses were 94% effective. The early distribution of these two mRNA vaccines “provided an opportunity to examine vaccine effectiveness in a real-world setting,” CDC said in a summary of report published in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.m. Pandemic a “long way from over,” warns WHO chief : Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, warned Monday of a pandemic “growing disconnect” with some countries doing well against COVID-19, while cases are still rampant globally. “Some countries with high vaccination rates appear to be in the mindset that the pandemic is over, while others are experiencing huge waves of infection. The pandemic is a long way from over and it won’t be over anywhere until it’s over everywhere,” Ghebreyesus tweeted. Countries should not move too quickly to drop coronavirus safety protocols, he added : “Even where cases have dropped, genetic sequencing is critical so that variants can be tracked and measures are not eased prematurely.”m. Coronavirus metrics at or near all-time lows : The Bay Area reported 1,614 new coronavirus cases and 22 virus-related deaths for the week ending Sunday. California reported 10,385 new cases in all and 257 virus-related deaths, in both cases the lowest numbers since April of 2020. Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 number below 1,400, the fewest since state officials began reporting that data on March 29, 2020. On Saturday, the Bay Area’s intensive care units counted an all-time low of 51 COVID-19.m. California has lowest virus positivity in U.S. : As California moves ahead on emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.77% average of coronavirus tests coming back positive over seven days, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University. The state nonetheless is remaining more cautious than U.S. officials allow, holding off for another month on further loosening mask requirements for vaccinated people.m. California on track for June 15 reopening : Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health secretary. “There’s a great deal that’s going to change on that date,” he said, pointing to progress on lowering COVID-19 hospitalization rates. He said the date gives eligible Californians time to get vaccinated and the state adequate time to prepare for the change.m. Trial shows another vaccine’s efficacy : Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline’s potential COVID-19 vaccine triggered strong immune responses in all adult age groups in preliminary trials after an earlier setback. Phase 2 trial results released Monday boosted optimism the shot may join the fight against the pandemic this year. After two doses, participants showed neutralizing antibodies in line with those in people recovered from the disease, the trial showd. The drugmakers hope to win regulatory approval for the vaccine before the end of 2021.m. Masks still required in California schools for 2021 : Masking will be required in schools even after California loosens requirements for vaccinated individuals on June 15, state health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Monday. “For schools, masking is required. We’re going to keep that through the calendar year. California is going to keep our current guidelines for schools as-is,” Ghaly said.m. How will Californians prove vaccination status ? State officials don’t know yet : When California loosens rules for mask use on June 15, how will state officials enforce who is fully vaccinated and who is not ? “It’s a great question,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health official. “This is exactly why we are giving California time to prepare.” He added that he hopes people get vaccinated in the next month ahead of the statewide reopening.m. California holds off on CDC mask guidance : California will not implement the CDC’s guidance for masking for vaccinated people until June 15. “This four-week period will give Californians time to prepare for the change,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health official, on Monday. En savoir plus ici. m. Carnaval San Francisco to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations : For the second straight year, Carnaval San Francisco will hold a community resource fair in place of its traditional parade and festival. The event will offer free COVID-19 vaccinations, unemployment benefits information and housing referrals and assistance. May 29-30, noon to 5 p.m. at : John O’Connell High School, on Harrison between 18th and 20th Streets, and on Alabama from 19th to 20th streets.m. CDC chief doubles down on mask guidance : Following a series of TV appearances defending the CDC’s decision to loosen mask rules for vaccinated people, Dr. Rochelle Walensky reiterated her message on Twitter Monday. “The science is clear : If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you are safe. The vaccines work. You can take off your mask & are not at risk of severe disease or hospitalization,” the CDC director said. “If you are not vaccinated, you are not safe. Please get vaccinated or continue to wear a mask.”m. U.S. to give 80 million doses to other nations : In addition to donating all of the U.S.S. the government will send an anticipated 20 million extra doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines abroad “as they become available,” President Biden said Monday. In all, he said, the administration expects to provide 80 million vaccine doses, 13 % of the amount produced by the U.S. to other countries by the end of June.m. Biden says 60% of Americans have received at least one shot : President Biden said Monday that 6 in 10 Americans have so far received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccination, in what he called a “historical logistical achievement for our nation.” “We are making significant progress,” the president said in an address broadcast from the White House. He urged all those who are not yet vaccinated to join the ranks of those who are protected against the deadly coronavirus. “It would be a tragedy and a needless one to see COVID cases among those who are not vaccinated go up,” he said.m. Cuomo announces ambitious New York reopening plan : Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday heralded the return of overnight service on New York City’s subways for the first time in more than a year. He announced the New York City Marathon will return on Nov. 7 with capacity restrictions. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he will add 250 police officers to the subway system to battle a spike in crime, including several slashings last week.m. Vaccinated New Yorkers can ditch masks and physical distancing rules : Vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks or social distance in New York starting Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The state is adopting guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week. “Let’s get back to life,” Cuomo said, speaking from Radio City Music Hall. “If you are vaccinated, you are safe. No masks. No social distancing.” Masks will still be required for everyone in certain settings, like schools and nursing homes.m. England is back to hugging : More coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England on Monday, with hugs, indoor drinking and limited foreign travel allowed again, even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to apply a “heavy dose of caution,” media accounts report. Despite high vaccination rates and plunging infection numbers, officials voiced concerns that the variant first identified in India could be a substantial threat for spreading among those who aren’t yet vaccinated.m. S.F. Bayview vaccination site extends hours this week : The high-volume, walk-through COVID-19 vaccination site at the SF Market, 901 Rankin St. will extend its hours to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. People 12 years and older, who live, work, or learn in San Francisco are eligible for shots by drop-in or appointment at the Bayview site.m. Green Day postpones Oracle Park concert : The platinum-selling East Bay rock trio Green Bay has once again pushed back the scheduled date of its San Francisco stadium show with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. The Hella Mega Tour, originally set for July 2020, and later rescheduled for July 20 this year, will now be on Aug. 27. The band says tickets for the previous dates will be valid for the new dates. Those who cannot make it will receive refund options via email.m. Target and CVS join the list of national chains to ease mask rules : The two retailers, the largest yet, on Monday announced that they will no longer require vaccinated shoppers or workers to wear a mask in their stores. The announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people last week, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. On Friday, Walmart, Costco and several other large retailers said that those who have been vaccinated don’t need to wear masks. However.m. Airport passenger traffic climbing swiftly : More than 1.8 million people passed through US airports on Sunday, the highest number since the pandemic began in March 2020 according to data collected by the Transportation Security Administration. The figure also represents a nearly 10% jump from the same day the previous week.m. Sanofi touts promising results in COVID vaccine trials : Pharmaceutical makers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline released promising results from a mid-stage clinical trial of their COVID-19 vaccine Monday, setting the stage for a late-stage round of trials. The companies have fallen far behind other drug makers in developing a COVID vaccine, but if the Sanofi shot does come to market in the coming months as the companies hope, it could prove to be useful as a COVID booster shot, should public health experts deem those to be necessary.m. California is set to reopen on June 15 : What will change ? : On June 15, California plans to reopen after 15 months of pandemic restrictions. But a month before that date, it’s still not quite clear what exactly “reopen” means. Some remain fuzzy. Will masks be required indoors, and under what circumstances ? Will businesses still have to maintain social distance for staff and customers even after capacity limits are lifted ? Just how big can those wedding guest lists get ? Read the full story here.

m. CDC director says the unvaccinated alone are at risk if maskless : Only unvaccinated people are at risk if they take off their masks, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Sunday, emphasizing the reasoning behind the agency’s new easing of restrictions for vaccinated people. “If you are vaccinated, we are saying you are safe, you can take up your mask and you are not at risk of severe disease or hospitalization from COVID-19.” “If you are not vaccinated, you are not safe. Please go get vaccinated or continue to wear your mask.”m. China cancels Mount Everest climbs : China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing coronavirus cases from neighboring Nepal. While China has mostly curbed domestic transmission of the coronavirus, Nepal is experiencing a surge with record numbers of new infections and deaths. China had issued permits to 38 people to climb the mountain this spring, and Nepal to 408 climbers. In Nepal, several climbers have reported testing positive after they were brought down from Everest base camp.m. Former Italian leader out of hospital : Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was released from Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital on Saturday, where he was treated for complications related to an earlier bout with coronavirus.The 84-year-old Berlusconi, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last September, has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks.m. Florida theme parks go maskless outside : Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando now are allowed to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation. Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting face mask policies after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened its recommendations on Thursday as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Masks remain mandatory indoors, except in restaurants when seated or actively eating and drinking.m. S.F. San Francisco has big plans for students this summer, including city and school district programs to serve thousands of students who spent at least a year in distance learning. City officials have promised $60 million worth of free programs for 20,000 public school students, paid for with state and federal funding meant to address learning loss, a $25 million gift from philanthropists Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman, and city dollars. En savoir plus ici.m. Fauci cites racism in health disparities : Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. “COVID-19 has shone a bright light on our own society’s failings,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said in a webcast commencement speech to Emory University graduates. Many people of color work in essential jobs, facing virus exposure, he said, and they are more likely to become infected due to medical conditions such as hypertension, chronic lung disease and diabetes. “Righting this wrong will take a decades long commitment,” he said.m. Intensive care rates plummet in Bay Area : The Bay Area’s high rates of COVID-19 vaccinations and low coronavirus case rates are paying off in hospitals : ICU admissions of COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals are at an all-time pandemic low, data analyzed by The Chronicle shows. On May 14, those patients numbered 55 in Bay Area hospital ICU unitss, which ties the pandemic low of 55 a year earlier on May 29, 2020. Read more here. m. California nurses say masks should stay : The largest union of registered nurses in California is asking state officials not to follow new guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention on lifting mask mandates for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. California Nurses Association President Zenei Triunfo-Cortez in a phone interview Sunday condemned the CDC’s guidance, calling it “a big blow to the safety and welfare of the nurses, front line workers, as well as the patients.” Read the full story here. m. Despite Bay Area pandemic closures, space is tight for would-be restaurant owners : For those seeking brick-and-mortar restaurant spaces in the Bay Area, the real estate landscape is nearly as heated as pre-pandemic levels. A dozen restaurant and pop-up owners interviewed by The Chronicle said they expected to see tons of options on the market at reasonable rates. with 1,000-square-foot spaces in prime San Francisco neighborhoods getting snapped up for $7,000 a month. Landlords, meanwhile, are hesitant to offer discounts because they’ve lacked income over the pandemic themselves. Real the full story.m. S.F. mask shamers undeterred, city health officials say :, health officers say. Dr. Susan Philip, who’s responsible for writing the city’s health orders related to COVID-19, said she’s heard several reports of mask shaming, and she has a message for city residents : Nobody needs to play the Mask Cop. “We want to make sure that everyone understands that this is permitted,” she said. “We want people in the city to feel comfortable removing their masks.” Read the full story from columnist Heather Knight.m. Here’s the data driving CDC’s new mask guidance : The abrupt relaxation of mask guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week surprised many public health and infectious disease experts. The CDC says people who are vaccinated need not wear face coverings indoors or out, with a few exceptions such as public transit and airports, as multiple large-scale studies show COVID-19 vaccines are matching or even exceeding expectations : They show up to 95% effectiveness at preventing illness, and nearly 100% at preventing hospitalization or death. They also appear are good at stopping transmission. As of Sunday morning, California officials had not said whether they would follow CDC guidance and relax the state mask mandate. Real the full story.m. Hundreds of bodies found buried along Indian riverbanks : Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washed up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they’re the remains of COVID-19 victims. On Friday, rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried in shallow sand graves on a wide, flat riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state. Navneet Sehgal, a state government spokesman, on Sunday denied local media reports that more than 1,000 corpses of COVID-19 victims had been recovered from rivers in the past two weeks as the nation’s virus surge continues.m. California inmates embrace vaccines, Stanford study finds : Half of incarcerated people in California prisons who initially rejected a COVID-19 vaccination later agreed to take at least one dose, a finding that could have implications for vaccine hesitancy in the broader population, Stanford researchers say. Their findings, in a report published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, also are encouraging for the nation’s prisons, which have been hothouses for coronavirus outbreaks. Among the worst was at San Quentin State Prison in the Bay Area, where a botched transfer from other state prisons sparked an outbreak in spring 2020 in which at least 28 incarcerated people and one staffer died. Read the full story.

m. Drop-in vaccine clinics open to people as young as 12 in S.F. : Newly eligible San Franciscans between the ages of 12-15 can take advantage of the city’s drop-in vaccination sites at Zuckerberg General Hospital and and the Southeast Health Center if they are residents of the following zip codes : 94102, 94103, 94107, 94110, 94112, 94124, 94130 and 94134m. S.F. to deliver vaccines to homebound patients : The city’s health department said it will vaccinate 100 homebound adults and their caregivers on Saturday, as part of a partnership with local non-profit organizations. “I am grateful that the city is partnering with Self-Help for the Elderly and All American Medical Group in my district to provide vaccines at home for people with the greatest barriers, especially when it comes to language, technology or mobility and disability. Our success in fighting this pandemic, as a whole, depends on making sure nobody gets left behind,” District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar said in a statement. As part of the mobile vaccination event. depending on geography, parking, and vaccine storage needs.m. Talks to lift U.S.-Canada border restrictions underway : Preliminary talks on lifting restrictions along the border are underway. The official said no decisions are expected in the short term.” especially in light of the increase in vaccination rates in Canada. The border has been closed to non-essential travel for purposes such as tourism and recreation since March 2020.m. Costco lifts mask requirement in some locations : The retailer said Friday it will allow customers who are fully vaccinated to enter Costco stores without a face mask or face shield in locations where the state or local jurisdiction does not have a mask mandate. For the time being, that includes California, where mask rules are still in effect. “We will not require proof of vaccination, but we ask for members’ responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy,” the company said on its website. m. About 2.4 million adolescents have received vaccine : Since the CDC recommended the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between ages 12- to 15-years-old, about 2.4 million children under the age of 18 have received their first shot, according to data published by the agency Friday.m. Trader Joe’s allows vaccinated to go maskless in stores : The chain is among the first major retailers to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated policy that allows people who are fully vaccinated to go maskless inside its stores. “We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” Trader Joe’s wrote on its COVID-19 page Friday.m. Republican House members push Nancy Pelosi to ease mask rules : A group of House GOP members wrote a letter asking the Speaker to drop mask rules to correspond with the updated US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. “We urge you to immediately return to normal voting procedures and end mandatory mask requirements in the House of Representatives,” says the letter penned by Ohio’s Bob Gibbs and signed by 34 GOP lawmakers. “The United States Congress must serve as a model to show the country we can resume normal life through vaccination. Let’s follow the science and get back to work.” Pelosi has said that not enough lawmakers are vaccinated to safely lift the mandate.m. Delta will require vaccinations for new employees : Delta Air Lines will require new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting on Monday. The airline won’t impose the same requirement on current employees, of whom more than 60% are vaccinated, a spokesman said Friday. The airline says the policy for new hires is designed to protect other employees and passengers as travel demand recovers from last year’s pandemic low levels.m. U.S. vax rates for older adults still lag in poorer counties and in Trump country : Despite favorable vaccination rates nationwide, there are still large counties where people over 65 are falling behind in getting their shots, according to a report published Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. They tend to be the counties with higher poverty rates and those where a majority of the population voted for Trump. In California, that counties that fall short of the nationwide average of 71.8% of adults 65 and older who are fully vaccinated include San Diego (52%), San Bernadino (63%), and Kern (62%) counties. “This analysis nonetheless suggests that the push to vaccinate older adults is not yet over,” the researchers wrote.m. Hawaii to keep public mask mandate : Gov. David Ige said the state will not change its masking rules despite the new CDC guidelines issued Thursday that allow vaccinated people to be indoors without a mask or physical distancing. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces in Hawaii. “I think that challenge is that it’s impossible to determine who’s vaccinated and who’s not vaccinated,” he said. “For a law enforcement officer or someone to determine whether they have probable cause to stop someone who is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask becomes a real enforcement nightmare.” US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told NBC on Friday that people should look to local legislators for masking guidance and that the federal recommendation does not work for all regions.m. Families should expect full-time, in-person school in the fall, says head of CDC : Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, said on Friday that children and educators should plan to be back to school “full-time, five days a week, in-person.” Speaking to ABC, she added, “We have the capacity now, between vaccines and testing, screening, we believe schools can and should be a very safe place for people to go back to in the fall.” She did not say if vaccinations would be required to return to school. “I don’t necessarily think we’re leaning into that quite yet,” Walensky said. “I think we need to have more data on the younger children for sure, and then those decisions are going to have to be made at the jurisdictional level.”m. Vaccinated federal employees can ditch the masks : The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that staffers and contractors who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to don face coverings. “Consistent with CDC Director Walensky’s announcement regarding CDC’s updated Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, fully vaccinated federal employees, fully vaccinated onsite contractors, and fully vaccinated visitors to federal buildings are no longer required to wear masks,” the agency said in a statement.m. Gov. “With the California Department of Public Health, we are reviewing the new CDC guidance on masking. The governor gave mixed messages on California’s plan for face coverings earlier this week, on Tuesday saying vaccinated people would not need masks indoors then walking those comments back on Wednesday. The tweet added, “California has administered 33 million vaccines and has one of the lowest case rates in the country - we continue to encourage all eligible Californians to get vaccinated as we look to fully reopen on June 15.”

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  • m. WHO chief : Vaccine gap between rich, poor countries is a ‘moral catastrophe’ : Citing the fact that only 0.3% of the world’s vaccine supply is going to low-income countries, World Health Organization Executive Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world is witnessing a “moral catastrophe,” Politico reported Friday morning. While high-income countries have begun vaccinating children, many health care workers in low-income countries still haven’t gotten their vaccine. “In a handful of rich countries which have bought up the majority of the vaccine supply, lower-risk groups are now being vaccinated,” he said. “I urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to COVAX,” he said, referencing the WHO program that distributes vaccines to poorer countries.m. Muni Metro Subway service returns on Saturday, but still faces a long road to full recovery : For weeks, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has been running mock services, re-training operators and inspecting its infrastructure in preparation for this Saturday, when the agency will restore some of the pre-pandemic services that have been suspended for more than a year. The latest restorations arrive at a pivotal moment for San Francisco and its public transit agency. Read the full story here.m. California’s reopening colliding with anti-homeless backlash : For much of the past year, local governments across Northern California found themselves in an uneasy truce with people in tent encampments. Now that truce is over, as 2021 appears headed for a reckoning over who gets to live where in a more mobile society. The elephant in the room is what to do about the thousands still living outside. Read the full story here.

    m. Restaurants offer more pay to lure workers back : U.S. restaurants and stores are rapidly raising pay in an urgent effort to attract more applicants and keep up with a flood of customers as the pandemic eases. McDonald’s, Sheetz and Chipotle are some of the latest companies to follow Amazon, Walmart and Costco in boosting wages, in some cases to $15 an hour or higher.m. U.K. cases of Indian variant double in just a week : Cases of a more transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in India have more than doubled in Britain over the past week, according to Public Health England data. A report published Thursday showed 1,313 cases of the B.1.617.2 variant now in the country, up from 520 the previous week. U.K. health secretary Matt Hancock is taking emergency action, including deploying a rapid response team to virus hot spots. “This data demonstrates why our swift and decisive measures are in place,” he said in a statement. “Everyone has a part to play in controlling this variant, from participating in surge testing to following the rules, to getting the jab.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the variant Thursday, “we are anxious about it.”m. Children still need to wear masks, Fauci says : Despite the loosened face covering rules for vaccinated individuals, children who are too young to get their shots will still need to wear masks, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said. “The children do, when they’re out there playing with their friends and, you know, particularly in an indoor situation they do. He also said businesses will have to rely on the honor system to determine which customers can safely remove masks. “You’re going to be depending on people being honest enough to say whether they were vaccinated or not and responsible enough to be wearing a mask, not only for their own protection but also for the protection of others,” Fauci said.m. Face masks still required for BART riders : Masks will still be required for all passengers on BART, the agency tweeted Thursday, in keeping with the exception to CDC’s green light for vaccinated individuals to mostly go maskless inside and outdoors. The decision comes from the Transportation Security Administration, which is still mandating masks on transit property. “That means at stations, platforms, and on trains. Please keep those masks on, even if fully vaccinated, and even outside,” BART tweeted.m. Yankees report 8 ‘breakthrough’ infections in vaccinated team members : The New York Yankees announced Thursday that shortstop Gleyber Torres has tested positive for the coronavirus, the eighth player or staffer to test positive in the current outbreak, ABC 7 NY reports. All were so-called breakthrough positives, occurring in fully vaccinated people. A Yankees statement said Torres “was fully vaccinated and previously had COVID-19 during the most recent baseball offseason.” He was put on the COVID-19 injured list, with pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and four members of the Yankees traveling staff.m. S.F. awaiting updated mask rules from the state : San Francisco officials waited Thursday to see if the California health department adopts the updated CDC masking guidance for vaccinated individuals before changing local rules. “As we recently did with the new guidance on outdoor masking for fully vaccinated people, we must wait for the state to adopt the updated guidelines before making changes to the local health order that we consider safe,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement.m. Republicans praise new CDC mask rules : Many GOP legislators shed their masks Thursday following the CDC’s go-ahead for vaccinated individuals to shed face coverings indoors. “Today’s announcement on masks, while overdue, is certainly a step in the right direction, and I am pleased to see the CDC finally take action to align its guidance with the recommendations of scientific experts,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement. said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey : “Finally, we are seeing some encouraging, common sense guidance from the CDC. Leana Wen questioned the updated recommendation. “Frankly, I was shocked by this announcement. I think they went from one extreme to another,” said Wen, former Baltimore City health commissioner. “And the major step that’s missing here is how do we know that people are telling the truth ?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said mask rules are not changing on the House floor for that very reason.m. Another major company plans office return from pandemic shutdown : Yelp plans to reopen its San Francisco headquarters in November, following its return to a half-dozen other offices, the company said Thursday. Yelp’s Phoenix office will be the first to reopen in August, followed by London, Chicago, Hamburg, New York, Toronto and Washington, D.C. in the fall. Yelp is reopening in San Francisco later than other major tech companies. Salesforce and Facebook are reopening towers this month.m. Exploratorium to reopen doors July 1 : The Exploratorium in San Francisco plans to again welcome visitors on July 1 after a 15-month pandemic closure. The waterfront science and technology center will operate at 50% capacity, said Avi Martin, spokeswoman for the Exploratorium. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination will not be required. It will reopen all six of its galleries, with the exhibition “Aperture Lucia” on view again in the Black Box gallery, museum officials announced Thursday, May 13. Read more here.m. California mum so far on federal masking change : The California Department of Public Health did not immediately respond to questions Thursday about whether or when it would adopt the new federal guidelines easing rules for wearing masks inside. The state typically follows the CDC’s COVID-19 recommendations. But with masking rules, the Bay Area and state have previously gone further than the federal government, instituting local mask mandates in the absence of a federal one. Read the story here. m. The full details on masking : The CDC’s updated guidance on masking immediately created a buzz nationwide on Thursday. The guidance holds specifically that : “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” It also says vaccinated people “can refrain from testing following a known exposure” except for prison and homeless shelter workers and residents. An exception on masks holds that “All travelers are required to wear a mask on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.”m. California advisory group approves vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds : The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has concluded the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for children as young as 12, backing a recommendation made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. Vaccination appointments are now available in California for this age group.m. Alameda to offer vaccination family days : Alameda County will offer family days at various locations and drop-in access for priority neighborhoods to get children ages 12 and older vaccinated, officials said Thursday. “Vaccinating children has helped eradicate many diseases in our modern world and will help us end the COVID pandemic,” said county Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss. “Expanding COVID vaccine eligibility to younger children means we can increase the amount of protection our communities have from this deadly virus.” Vaccination sites include Alameda County Fairgrounds and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.m. Real estate open houses are back : California’s public health department updated its guidance Thursday to permit in-person showings of properties, like open houses, as long as they follow the indoor gatherings capacity limits in the state gatherings guidance. The guidance says distancing between different households must be maintained and hand sanitizer should be made available. Face coverings are required, but that may change pending new recommendations from the CDC.m. Masks still needed for travel : Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday that masks still will be required on planes and transit, but otherwise, “Anyone who is vully vaccinated can participate in indoor or outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing.” She added, “We have all longed for this moment, where we can get back to some sense of normalcy... That moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated.” She posed the new guidance as an opportunity for people to reclaim normal life by getting vaccinated. “This is an exciting and powerful moment,” she said.m. No masks needed inside for vaccinated people : People who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer have to wear a mask indoors, in most settings excluding crowds, under new CDC guidance, Director Rochelle Walensky announced Thursday.m. Studies confirm safety of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for pregnant women : A pair of studies find that the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines induced immune responses against the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and emerging variants in pregnant and lactating women, illuminating data in answer to questions that have circulated about the vaccine and pregnancy. The first study, published in JAMA on Thursday, also found that vaccinated women can pass on protective antibodies to their fetuses and, through breast milk, to their infants. A second study published Obstetrics & Gynecology on Tuesday also confirmed the safety of the vaccines and additionally found that the vaccines did not damage the placenta during pregnancy.m. Marin County starts 12-15 age group vaccinations : Teens as young as 12 now can get vaccinated at locations throughout Marin County, with a goal of vaccinating half of the 12-15 age group within a week, officials announced Thursday. Marin County Public Health said evening and weekend hours are being opened for these newly eligible teens, and mobile vaccination units will go to select locations, including schools in lower-income communities. The primary site for adolescent vaccinations will be the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, a drive-through vaccine site open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Several one-day vaccine clinics also are planned at schools and other sites. Appointments are required at current sites, but walk-in sites are being arranged, officials said.m. CDC to ease up indoor mask rules : The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set to ease indoor mask-wearing guidance Thursday for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places. planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but could ease restrictions for reopening workplaces and schools.m. Maui layers on a 2nd test mandate : Maui has implemented a second coronavirus test requirement for all trans-Pacific travelers participating in Hawaii’s Safe Travels program. Travelers must undergo a free, additional rapid COVID test upon arrival at Maui’s Kahului Airport. All trans-Pacific travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to enroll in the Safe Travels program and provide a pre-departure negative test from a trusted testing partner in order to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine. Maui will provide an exception to its post-arrival test for people who provide proof of being fully vaccinated.m. Pelosi debuts relaxed mask guidance : For the first time in months. debuting more relaxed House rules that allow lawmakers to remove their masks when speaking, something that had been prohibited since December. The relaxation of the rules this week came as upwards of 75% of the House is reported to be fully vaccinated and no cases have been made public among lawmakers in months. Pelosi noted the change in rules as she removed her mask and told reporters, who were seated several yards away, “We have understood from all of you that as long as I keep my distance from all of you, which I fully intend to do, that I can abide by the House floor rule.”m. Fauci says encourage, not require, vaccination of kids may be best route : Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House top medical adviser, said said Thursday that mandating vaccination for kids returning to school may not be the best way to go. “Whenever you’re talking about requiring something, that’s always a charged issue,” Fauci said on CBS This Morning. “I’m not so sure we should be requiring children at all. We should be encouraging them. But you got to be careful when you make a requirement of something. That usually gets you into a lot of pushback, understandable pushback.” He said it was “the perfectly normal thing” for parents to question giving vaccine to their kids, but that “the safety profile is really quite firm and sound.” The CDC now recommends vaccination for everyone 12 and older.m. Pandemic drop in traffic fuels illegal drag racing : Across America, illegal drag racing has exploded in popularity since the coronavirus pandemic began, with dangerous upticks reported from Georgia and New York to New Mexico and Oregon. Street racers block roads to keep police away while they tear around and perform stunts, often captured on videos that go viral. Packs of vehicles, from souped-up jalopies to high-end sports cars, roar down city streets and rural roads. Roads cleared by commuters now working from home are associated with the trend.m. Some wealthy nations fall down on vax progress : Some wealthy nations that were most praised last year for controlling the coronavirus are now lagging far behind in getting their people vaccinated, and especially in Asia some are seeing COVID-19 cases grow. In Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, vaccination rates languish in the single figures, contrasting with the U.S. where nearly half of all people have gotten at least one shot. Rates are even higher in Britain and Israel. Those three Pacific countries also rank below many developing countries such as Brazil and India in vaccination rates, according to the online scientific publication Our World in Data.m. Grand Jury faults Orange County on pandemic readiness : An Orange County grand jury has found that although the county had pandemic emergency plans in place, it was not ready for COVID-19 and was slow to react in a number of ways that hampered its public heath response, the Orange County Register reports. The report criticized how the county responded on several fronts, including not having enough resources in place to carry out some of its existing plans.m. ‘If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside,’ Fauci says : Reiterating federal guidance that was issued earlier this month, the nation’s top infectious disease expert highlighted one of the main advantages of getting a COVID-19 vaccination. “If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” He said only few settings warrant face coverings such as a “completely crowded situation, where people are essentially falling all over each other, then you wear a mask. Any other time, if you’re vaccinated and you are outside,” he added, “put aside your mask.”m. People 12 and over can now get a Pfizer vaccine in San Francisco : Starting Thursday, anyone 12 years of age and older can get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in San Francisco, city officials said. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for children as young as 12. There are around 25,000 children ages 12 to15 in San Francisco, city officials said.

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  • m. You can now get a COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines : In addition to recommending COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 12, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel said Wednesday that it is OK to give the coronavirus vaccine alongside other vaccinations. The agency previously advised spacing inoculations at least 14 days apart.m. President of national teachers union to call for full fall reopening for schools : The president of the country’s second-largest teachers union will call on schools nationwide to resume in-person learning by the fall. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has called for reopening only when it’s safe to do so. But in a planned speech Thursday, she’s expected to say “nothing should stand in the way” of a full reopening in the fall.m. California reveals data on outcomes for breakthrough cases after COVID vaccinations : California has reported 3,620 so-called breakthrough cases of coronavirus infections in people who were fully vaccinated since Jan. 1, state public health officials said Wednesday. Of those cases, at least 150 people were hospitalized and at least 20 died. State officials stressed however that they don’t know how many of those patients were hospitalized or died due to COVID-19. Read the full story here.m. These are the places in the Bay Area that have hit a vaccine wall, by ZIP code : The Bay Area has hit a vaccine wall. Health officers have run out of eager vaccine recipients and into government distrust. To see where interest has fallen off the most, The Chronicle analyzed how vaccination rates changed for all 63 ZIP codes of 1,000 eligible residents or more between April 14 and May 5, the period when vaccinations peaked and began slowing down. Read the full story here.