White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha says children under 5 may be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if federal regulators authorize shots for the age group, as expected. https://t.co/7sFnBnvVmV pic.twitter.com/17FhtTRCvb
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 2, 2022
(Promises, promises… )
(My personal suspicion is that there’s a lot more to lose from a ban on official public interactions in Italy than there is in Prince Edward Island.)
Shanghai Lockdown Stories:
These past two months have been extraordinary.
So how are you guys doing?
A series of street interviews with residents,
updated as I continue to meet people. pic.twitter.com/oJMfzK4EyW
— chris pc (@chris__pc) May 30, 2022
… But while many celebrated with boozy street parties and shopping sprees, swathes of the city remained dormant with multiple neighbourhoods returning to lockdown on Thursday over new infections.
Liu, a 29-year-old woman in Shanghai’s Minhang district, told AFP her apartment compound had been hastily resealed on Thursday morning after a man in one of the buildings returned an “abnormal” Covid test result.
She said shocked neighbours bombarded the compound’s group chats with complaints that the lockdown was “never-ending”, while many waited at the gate for couriers to deliver laptops they had left at offices on Wednesday — the first day back at their desks.
“I had just one happy day yesterday,” Liu said.
Another compound in the central Jing’an district had its gates chained shut on Wednesday night, after a confrontation between residents and officials that was seen by an AFP reporter.
Authorities said more than half a million people were still under movement restrictions, which are swiftly reinstated whenever suspected or confirmed infections appear…
… Eva, a 26-year-old Shanghai resident whose compound in Jing’an also re-entered lockdown on Thursday, found little consolation in optimistic official statements.
She said she was told on Thursday morning that her compound would be sealed off again for two days after suspected cases were found inside.
“I didn’t feel this reopening was real in the first place. I had suspicions after all that we’ve been through in the past two months,” she told AFP.
“What if we have more cases? Is it possible we’d be thrown back to March?”
Risk of blood clots in the lungs doubled for Covid survivors. A large CDC study found that 1 in 5 adults age 18-64 & 1 in 4 of those 65 & up developed post Covid problems. Key among them: an acute pulmonary embolism—a clot in an artery of the lung https://t.co/412RahnZEj pic.twitter.com/u3BNhgbaM4
— delthia ricks (@DelthiaRicks) June 2, 2022
In the NBA, booster shots resulted in a 60% decrease in Covid. https://t.co/w1I880iCee
— Matthew Herper (@matthewherper) June 2, 2022
… [S]mall-town mayors and village administrators provided a variety of reasons for rejecting the federal money. Some thought they had no eligible uses for it. Others didn’t want the hassle of dealing with the federal bureaucracy, or were politically opposed to the financial aid approved last year by the Democratic-led Congress and President Joe Biden.
The AP’s analysis identified 1,460 small cities, towns, villages or townships that declined a potential allocation of $61 million. That amounts to about 5% of the nation’s roughly 28,000 small local governments, but just 0.3% of the total dollars allotted for those entities. Eight counties also have forgone a total of $12 million. No states or territories declined funds…
A second payment for local governments could come from the Treasury as soon as this month. But smaller governments that rejected the initial payment aren’t eligible for the second round — a source of regret among at least some local officials.
The Village of the Branch, on New York’s Long Island, probably could have used the federal aid to improve the village hall, pave streets or repair water drainage systems, Mayor Mark Delaney said. But that wasn’t clear to Delaney and other village board members when they declined the funds before New York’s decision deadline in August. At that time, the eligible uses seemed limited and the federal reporting burdensome, Delaney said.
Under a final Treasury rule issued in January, the village could have used its entire $183,149 allotment for almost any government services. But by then, the village’s share already had been reallocated among other local New York governments…