• A February bar opening in rural Illinois led to at least 46 COVID-19 cases and a hospitalization.
  • It also was linked to a school closure affecting 650 children.
  • The case demonstrates the importance of mitigation measures as venues continue to reopen.
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A February bar opening in rural Illinois led to at least 46 COVID-19 cases, a school closure affecting 650 children, and the hospitalization of one resident at a long-term care facility, a Monday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

One attendee had tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the event, but didn’t have symptoms, while four others had COVID-19 symptoms on the day of the event, the report said.

The CDC reported that despite spaced-out tables and signs encouraging distancing and mask use, patrons didn’t consistently wear masks or maintain physical distance, and the indoor venue didn’t

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Times Square in New York City.

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This time last year, The Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green watched as advertisers started to pause every campaign they could. 

The ad tech executive said in the early days of the pandemic, digital advertising was at a disadvantage. It was easier for advertisers to flip the switch and pause spending as they tried to figure out what to do. But in the following months as marketing dollars started to turn back on, it became clear they were flowing online.

“Everybody becomes more data-driven and more agile during a recovery, because every dollar has to count,” Green said. “So that’s when that’s when it really accelerated for us. So we were disproportionately hurt in the first month. And we’ve been disproportionately benefiting ever since.”

The Trade Desk saw firsthand how certain pieces of the ad industry were catapulted

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His interview comes after a weekend in which the vaccine cleared its final hurdle for US emergency use — being approved for people 16 and older — and as hundreds of thousands of vials are loaded on trucks for delivery to all 50 states.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, have expressed hope that the immunizations begin Monday, as soon as the vials land in health care workers’ hands. Several state officials have indicated vaccinations will begin Monday.

Bourla’s remarks also come as the US is expected to soon see its coronavirus death toll hit 300,000.

No deal for US second quarter yet

The 50 million doses scheduled for distribution this year have already been manufactured, the CEO said, and half will go to the United States, while the other 25

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Pharmaceutical giant Merck will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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Pharmaceutical giant Merck will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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Pharmaceutical giant Merck will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday, calling it “an unprecedented historic step,” considering that the two companies are normally competitors.

Merck will produce the drug substance at the heart of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine as well as work on filling vaccine vials and getting them ready for distribution.

“The U.S. government will facilitate this partnership in several key ways, including invoking the Defense Production Act to equip two Merck facilities to the standards necessary to safety manufacture the vaccine and asking the Department of Defense to provide daily logistical support to strengthen Johnson

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The Outsurance team, trained by Clinix Health group, disinfect taxis at the Esangweni taxi rank in Gauteng, to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

PHOTO: Chanté Schatz, News24

  • There are fears that taxi ranks in Limpopo may become Covid-19 super-spreaders following the death and infection of several taxi drivers and owners in the region.
  • Transport MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya is set to talk with stakeholders over the public’s concern and assist with the necessary resources to help curb the spread of the virus.
  • Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba indicated that in 2020, Limpopo recorded an average of 20 new cases a day – so far in 2021, the province had seen more than 1 500 new cases a day.

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya will engage the taxi industry over concerns that ranks have become Covid-19 super-spreaders, as new infections in the province continue to rise with private

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Two workers in an underground mine.

  • Dr. Thuthula Balfour, head of health at Minerals Council South Africa said the cost of the vaccine programme to the mining industry could be around R300 million.
  • Mining is a key driver of the country’s economy, contributing 9% of GDP
  • SA has a labour-intensive mining industry with thousands of miners working in confined spaces deep underground, posing a higher risk of transmission

SA’s mining industry estimates it will cost around R300 million to help the government roll out Covid-19 vaccines to mineworkers and community members as the country battles a surge in infections, the industry body has told Reuters. 

The Minerals Council, which represents mining firms, offered its financial and logistical assistance after the government called on the private sector to help with the rollout of vaccines, the first of which are set to arrive on Monday.

Mining is a key driver

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KUALA LUMPUR: Phamaniaga Bhd has the capacity to manufacture two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd per month beginning March this year.

Group managing director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope said the vaccine would be the first to be manufactured in Malaysia at the small volume injectable high-tech plant owned by Pharmaniaga‘s wholly-owned subsidiary, Pharmaniaga LifeSciences Sdn Bhd, in Puchong.

He said the group would invest RM3 million to retrofit the plant to enable the production of the vaccine.

“We are very confident in carrying out the task successfully because our technical experts have been working on setting up a halal vaccine plant in Malaysia since 2017.

“When the COVID-19 spread around the world early last year, we immediately chanelled our team to work with our global partners, including Sinovac on the fill and finish manufacturing activity and technology transfer to speed up the

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