A report on the origins of COVID-19 from a US government laboratory said the hypothesis claiming the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab is “reasonable” and deserves further investigation.
The study, which was prepared in May 2020, was received in October 2020 by the State Department, when the Ministry investigated the origins of the pandemic, The Wall Street JournalCiting people familiar with the confidential document.
The report comes as questions grow about whether the virus was caused by an accident in a Chinese laboratory or spread through other means. President Joe Biden ordered The intelligence community to report on the assets within months.
Meanwhile, new COVID-19 cases in many states continue to decline, even as vaccinations have slowed.
The South Dakota Department of Health reported dozens of positive new coronavirus test results on Monday. The new cases brought the statewide total to 124,273, making the new total among the lowest daily reports since the pandemic began.
On Monday, California reported a seven-day case rate per 100,000 people out of 11, the third lowest, tied with Nebraska.
But the experts said New York times That summer increase may be looming for many summer states, which are delaying vaccinations and already removing most restrictions.
“We’re nowhere near that in the southern states,” Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine expert at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Times. He said he expects a new wave in the south because “we’re making a huge weakness in terms of vaccination.”
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Two-thirds of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams were able to ease coronavirus protocols after four additional clubs qualified and raised the total to 20 franchises to reach 85% of vaccinations for players and other field workers.
Modern said Monday it has requested permission to use its COVID-19 vaccine for teens with Health Canada — and Will apply for emergency use authorization with the US Food and Drug Administration “For this important group of the younger population.”
► Nearly 200,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine will expire on June 23 in Ohio, State Governor Mike DeWine Monday said. “For Ohioans who have been waiting to get their vaccine, I urge you to take action now,” DeWine said in a press release.
► Carnival cruise line It said it will require passengers to complete their COVID vaccinations for two weeks Before boarding the company’s first flights to the US after reopening, it departs from Texas in July.
► As part of its strategy to vaccinate more of its residents, the state of Washington will allow adults to get joint marijuana for free when they get an injection.
Hawaii Governor David Ige on Monday extended an eviction moratorium he implemented during the coronavirus pandemic for another two months, but he doesn’t expect it to last much longer than that.
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A large trial of the Novavax vaccine is nearing completion in the US, “We expect to apply for permission in the UK, US and Europe in the third quarter,” Head of Research Dr. Gregory Glenn told the audience at a recent webinar. NPR, meaning from July to September.
Novavax is one of five companies Received large sums of money From the federal government to develop and/or manufacture COVID-19 vaccines.
In the UK, the company reported that its vaccine protected against all severe diseases and was better than 96% effective against any disease than the original form of COVID-19, and 86% effective against the B.1.1.7 variant first seen in the UK was the vaccine. 55% effective in a smaller trial among HIV-negative participants in South Africa, where another type, called B.1.351, was prevalent.
By the middle of last year, the number of incarcerated persons nationwide was at its lowest level in more than two decades, according to a new report published Monday by the Vera Institute for Justice, whose researchers compiled population numbers from about half the country’s population. 3300 prisons to make national estimates.
According to the report, shared with The Marshall Project and The Associated Press, the number of people incarcerated in county jails across the country has fallen by about a quarter, or 185,000, as counties aggressively work to release people held on low-level charges, dramatically lowering arrest rates. Court operations were suspended.
But in most places, the decline was short-lived: From mid-2020 to March 2021, the number of people in prison awaiting trial or serving short sentences for minor crimes rose again by more than 70,000, to nearly 650,000.
“Reducing the prison population across the country is feasible,” said Jacob Kang-Brown, a research associate at the Vera Institute for Justice and author of the new report. “We’ve seen a decrease in big cities, small towns, rural counties and suburbs, but the increase we’re seeing is worrying.”
Contributing: The Associated Press.