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Super-Spreading in the Capitol; HHS Provides $22B to States; 2020 Murder Epidemic

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Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) told CBS News that 300-400 lawmakers hid in a secure room during the violence and some refused to wear masks even when offered them. “It’s what I would call a COVID super-spreader event,” she said.

As if to confirm her fear, Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-Kan.) tested positive hours after casting votes Wednesday in the House. (CNN)

As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EST, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll was 21,306,424 cases and 361,297 — up 253,735 and a record 3,912, respectively, from Wednesday at the same time.

Thanks to the recently passed COVID relief legislation, HHS said it has $22 billion in new funding for states to increase testing and vaccination.

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was granted conditional marketing authorization in Europe. (AP)

The U.S. lacks a large-scale, national system of genome sequencing for new coronavirus mutations that would help communities take special precautions against new variants, such as the extra-contagious U.K. strain. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, COVID vaccines are still expected to protect against the new South African variant, to some extent at least. (Wall Street Journal)

A Florida obstetrician/gynecologist reportedly died from severe thrombocytopenia weeks after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Pfizer said the two events were not likely to be related, but Miami’s medical examiner is investigating. (LocalNews8)

Another Chinese city was placed on lockdown due to a new COVID outbreak. (South China Morning Post)

Airline companies hope that routine testing without quarantine might save commercial travel between Europe and the U.S. (Washington Post)

Undocumented immigrant workers in the U.S. have a right to get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 — and Mexico will pay for it, said the country’s president, following arguments to the contrary by Nebraska’s governor. (Reuters)

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Last Updated January 07, 2021

  • Nicole Lou is a reporter for MedPage Today, where she covers cardiology news and other developments in medicine. Follow