“… for some industries, it has been a banner year. Small-business owners serving customers who are trapped at home, shopping online and seeking outdoor adventures have tallied record sales.“
Discovery of the variant led to a harsher lockdown across London and the surrounding areas around Christmas, and cases of the variant have been identified in France, Spain and other European nations. Health officials in Ontario, Canada, said on Saturday they had identified two cases of the variant in a couple with no known travel history or exposure.
The lure of the vaccines’ modest quantities also can’t be underestimated as a driver of desire, somewhat like the must-have frenzy generated by a limited-edition Christmas gift, according to public opinion experts.
… the grim reality of the pandemic — with more than 200,000 new cases and some 3,000 deaths daily — and the wanness of this holiday season are perhaps among the biggest factors.
the requirement that recipients remain in place for 15 minutes after getting the vaccine helped ensure the woman was quickly treated.
“With Pfizer’s vaccine cleared for emergency use on Friday, states eagerly began their own preparations to receive the vaccine within days. Up to 300,000 cases have been traced to a Boston Biogen conference in February.”
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“The Warriors will play Thursday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets without any fans at Chase Center, becoming the first NBA team to play without a crowd. It is a landmark decision that could set the tone for how the rest of the league handles the coronavirus pandemic.”