March 16, 2021
Here are some significant developments:
- Four of Europe’s most populous countries have now suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine over the reports of blood clots in some recently inoculated patients.
- A CDC review identified several controversial recommendations about coronavirus authored under the Trump administration that downplayed the severity of the pandemic and did not reflect the best scientific evidence.
- The coronavirus has disproportionately affected the nation’s Latino neighborhoods, as it has other minority communities. Even more stunning has been the deadly efficiency with which it has targeted Latinos in their 30s and 40s.
- Mississippi became the second state to remove eligibility requirements for vaccinating residents, joining Alaska. Starting Tuesday, “ALL new appointments will be open to ALL Mississippians,” its governor tweeted.
- The District is lifting some restrictions as deaths and hospitalizations from coronavirus continue to decline. Every adult in the District will be eligible for a vaccine appointment starting May 1.
- The decline in the number of new cases across the country, continues to slow in March after dramatic drops in February, but deaths over the past week are still down a sharp 23.7 percent. More than 533,000 people have died from the virus in the United States.