City Remains Firmly In Orange Tier; Expands Vaccine Eligibility

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News City Remains Firmly In Orange Tier; Expands Vaccine Eligibility CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 3:00 pm Courtesy Angeles County’s rate of new COVID-19 infections rose slightly today compared to last week, according to figures released by the state, keeping Pasadena firmly entrenched in the orange tier of California’s economic-reopening blueprint.According to state figures released weekly on Tuesdays, Los Angeles County’s seven-day average daily rate of new COVID-19 cases was 3.2 per 100,000 residents, a slight increase from 3.1 over the past two weeks.In order to advance to the less-restrictive yellow tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the county must reach an average daily case rate below 2 per 100,000 residents, and then maintain that rate for at least two weeks. That means Los Angeles County is now guaranteed to remain in the orange tier until at least late April.The county’s rate of people testing positive for the virus also held steady from last week, at a low 1.5%.Reaching the yellow tier would allow a further loosening of health restrictions, including additional capacity at most businesses.“We have moderate transmission in L.A. County, so it remains necessary to continue taking steps to prevent increases in cases to keep our recovery from stalling,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “One important tool for reducing transmission is vaccines.”Ferrer said that while the county is adhering to federal warnings and pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, residents are still urged to get either the Pfizer or Moderna shot.“We are grateful to the researchers and scientists working to ensure that all medications or vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccines, meet the highest safety standards,” she said.Meanwhile, the county and Pasadena expanded their vaccine eligibility to residents aged 16 and over. Appointments for the vaccines at city sites can be made at the sites are operated by the city, they are open to any Los Angeles County resident.The city sites now include the vaccination center at Cal State Los Angeles, which until Sunday was being operated by a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. That federal partnership, which was an eight-week pilot program, ended Sunday, and the city agreed to take over the operation of the site to ensure continued access to vaccines in the area.In addition to CSULA, the city also operates sites at San Fernando Park, Hansen Dam, Crenshaw Christian Center, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, USC University Park, Los Angeles Southwest College, and Dodger Stadium.All sites will be open Tuesday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dodger Stadium will only be offering appointments until 1 p.m. this week from Tuesday through Thursday to accommodate home games, although the site will remain open until 4 p.m.Los Angeles County-operated vaccination sites will not expand to people 16 and over until Thursday, when the state officially lowers the eligibility age. The state’s website is expected to be adjusted Wednesday to allow everyone 16 and older to make appointments for vaccinations.Ferrer noted this week that people aged 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine because it is the only one approved for people that young, so teens will have to make appointments at sites that offer that specific shot.The county this week received an allocation of 323,470 doses of vaccine, a drop of roughly 80,000 from last week, due to a major reduction in the supply of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. Los Angeles County only had an allocation of about 19,600 J&J doses this week — a small percentage of the overall supply. 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first_imgOxford University delegates shone in the World Model United Nations conference, held in Egypt this Easter. The twentyfour- delegate, intercollegiate team debated with other students from across the world, many from Ivy League American universities, coming away with a stunning twelve of the prestigious Delegate Awards, more than any other university who participated. The chairs of committees give Delegate Awards to individuals who “propel the spirit of diplomacy”, and demonstrate an outstanding level of debate. Eight hundred delegates took part in the event, with Oxford delegates representing the UK, Serbia, Turkey and Myanma. President Laura Harbidge told Cherwell she was immensely proud of the delegation’s awards, “it was amazing we were able to organize ourselves, gain funding, and then do so so well.” MUN has only became popular in Oxford since 2001. It provides a refreshing alternative from the traditional Union-style debates. Some of the American participants were doing MUN as part of their degree and had been specially trained. Oxford is hosting its second MUN conference in November.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

HHS extends liability shield to antivirals used for H1N1

first_imgJun 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently provided a shield against damage claims related to the use of the antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) in the current H1N1 influenza pandemic.HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signed a notice extending liability protection under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. It was published in the Federal Register on Jun 19.The PREP Act allows the HHS secretary to provide liability protection related to the use of various medical measures against diseases that HHS determines to be health emergencies. Protections are already in place for the two antivirals when used against H5N1 influenza and for vaccines for H5N1 and other potential pandemic flu strains, among other drugs and vaccines.Liability protection is provided to groups and individuals involved in the development, manufacture, testing, distribution, administration, and use of medical countermeasures, according to HHS.Gretchen Michael, an HHS spokeswoman in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, described the antiviral-related move as routine. “This just sort of adapted the previous PREP Act documents for H1N1,” she said.Michael said the impulse for PREP Act liability protections has come primarily from the manufacturers of the relevant products. She said the oseltamivir protection measure was not related to the reports, mainly from Japan, of abnormal behavior in some adolescents who were given the drug.See also: Federal Register notice about liability protection for oseltamivir and zanamivir read more