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‘It’s Your Turn’; U.S. Hikes Travel Warnings; Answers in Capitol Riot Death

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“For months I’ve been telling Americans to get vaccinated when it’s your turn. Well, it’s your turn, now,” said President Biden, announcing that adults in every state are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (New York Times)

Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay can now begin getting vaccinated too. (AP)

Despite being toward the front of the line, one-fifth of older adults have yet to receive the jab. (New York Times)

As of Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. ET, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll stood at 31,738,706 cases and 567,729 deaths. That’s up 68,260 and 512, respectively, from this time yesterday.

WHO’s emergency committee on COVID-19 reaffirmed that the crisis is still a public health emergency of international concern; the panel also came out against proof of vaccination for international travel due to the “inequity” of global vaccine access.

With COVID-19 raging on nearly every continent, the U.S. State Department expanded “do not travel” warnings to include approximately 80% of countries worldwide. (NPR)

Turf wars among federal agencies on how to handle the initial evacuation of U.S. citizens from Wuhan led to “health and safety” risks for the evacuees, officials, and entire communities, a Government Accountability Office report concluded.

Johnson & Johnson is under fire for suggesting in a statement that “all COVID-19 vaccines” have seen cases of blood clots, when in fact there have been no reports of the serious blood-clotting issues with either the Pfizer or Moderna products. (CNN)

FDA halted vaccine production at the Baltimore manufacturing plant where millions of J&J doses were contaminated last month. (Reuters)

CVS announced it is now selling three over-the-counter COVID-19 tests for home use.

The NIH will fund a large randomized trial to study repurposed drugs for treating COVID-19 symptoms in mild-to-moderate cases.

Major cities in India are reporting around-the-clock cremations, casting doubt on the accuracy of country’s official death toll from COVID-19. (Reuters)

The pandemic has squelched public access to information, with governments across the globe blocking and criminalizing critical news coverage, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Emory University and Atlanta’s historically black colleges and universities — including Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College — will require students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before start of the fall semester. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

In other news:

  • The D.C. medical examiner concluded that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick endured two strokes and died of natural causes the day after the Jan. 6 riot at the nation’s Capitol. (Washington Post)
  • Deaths in the U.S. because of substance misuse — including alcohol — have been on the rise for the past 2 decades; here’s how alcohol consumption has impacted different demographic groups. (New York Times)
  • Vice President Kamala Harris talked to STAT about the urgent need for action to address racial disparities in pregnancy and childbirth.
  • With his health failing amid a 3-week hunger strike, jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been moved to a prison hospital. (AP)
  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today’s enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow

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