COVID Vaccine Diversion? Relief Bill Signed; Leaky Net for COVID Variant

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A criminal probe is underway into possibly fraudulent diversion of COVID-19 vaccine by ParCare clinics in New York City; management said they’ve now stopped giving the immunizations. (New York Post)

President Trump agreed to sign the latest COVID-19 relief bill at the last minute on Sunday. (The Hill)

AstraZeneca expects its vaccine, anticipated to get British clearance this week, will be effective against the more transmissible variant spreading from there to other countries. (AP)

New CDC testing requirements for travelers arriving from Great Britain may be just “a chain link fence to keep out a mosquito.” (CNN)

The unofficial tally of U.S. COVID-19 cases reached 19,136,758 as of 8 a.m. ET Monday morning (up from 17.8 million last Monday), following a holiday weekend in which California became the first state to pass the 2 million mark. COVID-19 deaths nationwide stood at 333,140, up from 317,684 deaths at the same time last week.

Numbers are expected to “wobble” for the next week or so as data backlogs from the holidays are cleared through. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

The first severe allergic reaction to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was reported on Thursday by a physician with a history of severe shellfish allergy. Anaphylaxis reactions have also been reported in a few cases to Pfizer’s vaccine. (New York Times)

Vaccine injury compensation claims face a 90% rejection rate by the federal “vaccine court.” (USA Today)

A COVID-19 patient allegedly beat his hospital roommate to death with an oxygen tank when the man began to pray. (People)

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