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Leana Wen, MD, sparked a Twitter storm by predicting a 15-pound weight gain for anyone taking up Krispy Kreme’s offer of a free donut every day for a year to anyone getting the COVID vaccination.
The Biden administration on Wednesday promised $81 billion in new money to help reopen schools safely. (CNN)
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. included 30,011,550 cases and 545,282 deaths, up 88,639 and 1,433, respectively, since this time a day ago.
Mississippi will revise “misleading” language in its COVID-19 vaccine literature, after a hotline operator reportedly told a caller that “there’s no documentation that the Moderna vaccine is effective.” (New York Times, Mississippi Free Press)
State attorneys general demanded that Facebook and Twitter up their efforts to stop “anti-vaxxers” from spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines on their platforms. (Reuters)
Antigen tests were not reliable for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in asymptomatic patients, according to a Cochrane review of nearly 65 studies.
Last year, high-ranking members of the New York state department of health were directed to prioritize COVID-19 tests for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s relatives and influential people with ties to the administration. (Times Union)
Sexual harassment allegations stemming from his time at GlaxoSmithKline forced Moncef Slaoui, PhD, who headed Operation Warp Speed’s vaccine development, out of his new job. (STAT)
The CEO of a community hospital in Chicago has resigned, following reports that he redirected vaccines meant for low-income patients to employees at Trump Tower. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Brazil becomes the second country in the world to surpass 300,000 COVID-19 deaths, behind the U.S. (AP)
In Finland, leaders proposed a strict stay-at-home order for the first time during the pandemic. (Reuters)
A non-profit organization announced a new animated series to raise awareness about vaccine access, starring Bono, Penélope Cruz and David Oyelowo. (AP)
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