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COVID-19 vaccine efficacy depends on distribution, public confidence, experts say

COVID-19 vaccine efficacy depends on distribution, public confidence, experts say

Health
Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The effectiveness of new vaccines developed to prevent COVID-19 likely depends on how well they are distributed and the degree to which the public is willing to take them, public health experts from Johns Hopkins University and Duke University said Thursday. The comments came on the same day the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices published its recommendations on who should receive the initial doses of vaccine. Advertisement The new guidelines suggest that the nation's 21 million healthcare workers -- as well as the 3 million residents of long-term care facilities, which have seen disproportionate numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths -- should receive priority. "Any vaccine is not going to be a silver bullet that b...

Will you get an extra $300 or $400 unemployment benefit? It depends on your state

Finance
States are beginning to mobilize to pay out additional benefits to unemployed workers.Some are paying more than others.President Trump signed an executive measure Aug. 8 that offers a $ 300 weekly supplement to unemployment benefits.More from Personal Finance:Don't count on that extra $ 300 in unemployment benefits soonEvictions expected to skyrocket as protections come to an endWhy there's still hope for second $ 1,200 stimulus checksThe aid is part of a "lost wages" grant program being overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.But states can opt to kick in an extra $ 100 a week — for a grant total of $ 400 a week, in addition to current state benefits.Kentucky and MontanaIt appears just two states — Kentucky and Montana — are opting to pay $ 400 instead of ...
Beyoncé’s BET speech: ‘Vote like our life depends on it’

Beyoncé’s BET speech: ‘Vote like our life depends on it’

Entertainment
Beyoncé urged black communities to vote in the upcoming US elections, as she accepted an honour for her humanitarian work at the BET Awards.Dedicating her award to protesters around the country, the star said: "You're proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.""I'm encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system."We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does."Beyoncé was presented with her award by Michelle Obama, who praised the star's commitment to the black community."You can see it in everything she does, from her music that gives voice to black joy and black pain, to her activism that demands justice for black lives."And she's doing ...
‘My ability to see depends on men giving blood’

‘My ability to see depends on men giving blood’

Health
A woman who would lose her vision if there was not enough male blood available to treat her condition is urging more men to donate. Jo Daniels, 39, from Bristol, has the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome, which attacks her tear glands and leaves her with painful ulcers on her corneas. She uses a daily eye serum, made from male blood, to keep her sight. Only 41% of new blood donors in England last year were men. The high level of iron present in male blood makes it especially helpful to patients who rely on regular life-saving transfusions. Unlike men, women produce antibodies during pregnancy which makes their blood unviable for numerous specialist transfusions and blood-based products, such as complete blood transfusions in newborn babies. 'In the da...
Do you think you deserve a raise? It depends on where you live.

Do you think you deserve a raise? It depends on where you live.

Finance
About one-third of workers say that they have received a raise in the past year. And if you live in certain areas of the country, your chances of being one of them are greater. That is according to Prudential's latest American Workers Survey, which was conducted online in November. The report found that 32 percent of workers said they have had a raise or seen increased benefits in the past year. Workers in the Midwest and New England were more likely to say that is the case. Areas where worke...