The details invite new scrutiny over waffling remarks by Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, who last year refused to directly answer reporters’ questions about whether Trump was on oxygen, repeatedly emphasizing that he was not “right now.” When he was asked if Trump had received it at all, Conley said: “He has not needed any this morning, today at all.” Asked if he had ever been on supplemental oxygen as part of his treatment, Conley said: “Right now he is not,” adding, “Yesterday and today, he was not on oxygen.”
Mark Meadows, who was White House chief of staff, was forced to clarify Conley’s remarks to reporters the following day, in which he conceded Trump’s vitals “were very concerning” and that he was “still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
The New York Times report also said Trump was found to have lung infiltrates, “which occur when the lungs are inflamed and contain substances such as fluid or bacteria.” The report added that their presence could be “sign of an acute case of the disease.”
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Q: With coronavirus variants here, should I still get the vaccine?
A: Absolutely, says CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen. The efficacy of vaccines against new variants will need to be continually studied, and it’s possible that as more mutations and variants emerge, we will need booster shots, or even an annual vaccine like the flu shot, which is updated every year.
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Fans banned from Australian Open after state records 13 Covid-19 cases
Australia has largely contained the virus, and often imposes strict state-wide “circuit-breaker” lockdowns when new clusters emerge. Authorities identified 13 new cases tied to an employee of a quarantine hotel in Melbourne, who tested positive for the UK variant on Monday.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said Friday that “this hyper-infectious variant is moving at hyper-speed,” pointing to five confirmed infections in a 24-hour period. “We are facing a new kind of enemy. A virus that is smarter, and faster, and more infectious,” he said, adding that the country would continue taking its stringent approach to the virus until it obtained vaccines. Australia has not yet begun rolling out coronavirus vaccines.
Pfizer shot triggers strong immune response to new variants
The lab study, which is yet to be peer reviewed, found antibodies were less effective against the variant in the UK and even less so against the variant found in South Africa. After two doses, though, the T-cell response was especially strong, showing how important it is to get that second shot.
WhatsApp and sermons: How some Britons are getting more Black people and other ethnic minority groups to take a vaccine
Christine Lloyd-Jones was hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine, but after losing three loved ones to the virus in just five days, she changed her mind, in what she describes as “one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life.” Now she is trying to spread the word through WhatsApp in a community where vaccine hesitancy is rife.
Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities have also shown more hesitancy, inspiring a collective of imams to deliver sermons explaining vaccine safety in more than 100 mosques across the country.
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- Canada secured enough Covid-19 shots in early agreements to vaccinate its population four times over, yet supply problems have stalled its inoculation program.
- The UK economy just had its worst year in three centuries, contracting 9.9% in 2020.
- A report by Human Rights Watch shows that 83 countries have used the pandemic to justify silencing critics or to clamp down on protests, with some even using the military or police to assault journalists and other critics of government pandemic responses.
- Israel has a world-beating coronavirus vaccine program, having given at least one dose of the vaccine to almost 50% of its target population of over 16-year-olds. CNN visits an Israeli vaccine distribution center.
- The US city of San Francisco has filed an emergency court order in an effort to force its public schools to reopen for in-person instruction, saying closures are “unconscionable and unlawful” and violate children’s constitutional rights.
- President Joe Biden says the US is on track to have vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of July and announces plans to purchase more Moderna and Pfizer shots.
For nearly a year, children have been navigating social isolation, deeply stressed parents, the effects of financial uncertainty, as well as home and remote schooling. While Covid-19 itself has largely been sparing of children’s physical health, studies have shown it has taken a toll on their mental health, associated with an increase in suicide-related behaviors, experts say.
“Keep your head up. Take a moment every now and then to appreciate the good stuff. The incredible scientific achievement that has gotten us this far.” — CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta