A Federal Judge has vacated the eviction moratorium. The DOJ is planning to appeal the ruling:
BREAKING: Federal judge vacates the CDC's temporary nationwide ban on evictions. Ruling comes as landlords seek to throw tens of thousands of cash-strapped renters from their homes amid the pandemic pic.twitter.com/AbKard4tlH
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) May 5, 2021
Montana plans to stop some federally funded unemployment benefits, citing a workforce shortage. It seems odd to do this considering its unemployment rate is currently 3.8%–the unemployment rate peaked at nearly 12% last year.
The military is working on wound gel treatments that can help seal arterial wounds in the field. Previous arterial gels have been studied but failed safety trials.
Genetically modified mosquitos have been released in the Florida Keys. The modified mosquitos pass along a fatal gene to female offspring, but not male offspring. Only female mosquitos bite and feed from animals. Previous trials of these kinds of modified mosquitos caused a 90% drop in mosquito populations. The aim of this effort is to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne disease.
The world has over 156.6 million COVID cases. The world has gained over 5.6 million cases in a week and has maintained a similar weekly case gain for multiple weeks in a row. There have been nearly 3.3 million deaths in total. The US has over 33.3 million cases. Over 593,000 Americans have died. There have been 841 deaths in the last 24 hours in the US. The US gained over 45,000 new cases in the last day. India is leading the globe in daily deaths, with over 3,900 in the last day. India has also gained over 414,000 new cases in the last day. Brazil had over 2,500 deaths in the last day.
Deaths are way down in Los Angeles County—there are nearly 11 million people in the region:
NEW: Los Angeles reports zero Covid deaths for second straight day
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) May 3, 2021
As vaccine uptake slows, states are told to use or lose:
White House plans to redistribute unordered vaccine supply, telling states: Use it or lose it. Unordered doses will go into a federal bank available to states where demand continues to outstrip supply https://t.co/s4D2kfyzoz
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) May 4, 2021
Pfizer is moving for EUA for younger children:
NEW: Pfizer to seek emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 2-11 – CNN
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 5, 2021
The Biden Administration says it supports the waiver of intellectual property rights on COVID vaccines. This will help other countries make their own (provided, of course, that they have the infrastructure to do so). Pharmaceutical stocks dropped precipitously after the release of the statement:
These extraordinary times and circumstances of call for extraordinary measures.
— Ambassador Katherine Tai (@AmbassadorTai) May 5, 2021
Moderna says it can provide a booster shot that protects against multiple variants. I’ve read that boosters don’t require the same safety scrutiny that non-booster vaccines do—they only require initial trials, not phase 3 trials, prior to approval:
JUST IN: Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine booster shot generates immune response against variants from Brazil and South Africa
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) May 5, 2021
Birth rates in the US have plummeted—a trend accelerated by the pandemic:
Whoa, Big News from @CDCgov:
* U.S. Birthrate Hits Lowest Level Ever: 1.64 Births Per Woman.
* U.S. now well below replacement fertility level of 2.1 births per woman.
* 25 states had more deaths than births in 2020, a record.https://t.co/7Kyf7YNlot
— Brad Wilcox (@WilcoxNMP) May 5, 2021
The possibility of a lab origin of the pandemic virus is once again in the news cycle. So far there are no definitive answers, but there are increasingly good arguments to be weary of a hasty dismissal of the idea.
COVID is creating a twin epidemic of diabetes. COVID survivors are almost 40% more likely to get a new diagnosis of diabetes in the first six months after recovery.
Vaccine ambivalence and hesitancy among Republicans is dropping. The percentage of Republicans who say they will “definitely not” get the vaccine is also declining.