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Vaccine efforts redoubled as US death toll draws near 500K

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — States redoubled their efforts to get the coronavirus vaccine into arms Monday after last week’s winter weather closed clinics, slowed vaccine deliveries and forced tens of thousands of people to miss their shots — all while the nation drew close to recording 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. President Joe Biden planned … Read more

U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Might Reach 300,000 by December, Researchers Predict : NPR

A team at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now projects the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 will reach nearly 300,000 by December. STACEY VANEK SMITH, HOST: By December 1, the U.S. death toll from coronavirus could reach 300,000. That is the grim new projection from a prominent team of forecasters … Read more

Mexico’s Poor Bear Brunt Of Coronavirus Toll : NPR

Wealthy jet-setters brought some of the first cases of the coronavirus into Mexico. But it’s the poor who’ve suffered disproportionately, and the government’s done little to ease their economic pain. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We’re going to hear how Mexico is addressing the coronavirus now. There, the earliest cases were linked to international travelers, including wealthy … Read more