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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...

Can Joe Biden forgive student debt without Congress? Here’s what the experts say

Finance
For now, it's an open question if President-elect Joe Biden has interest in testing his presidential power to try to forgive student debt.Joe Raedle |Getty ImagesIt's a pressing question not just for higher-education experts and legal wonks. Tens of millions of Americans have a lot riding on the answer: Can the president forgive student debt without Congress?If the president was able to cancel student debt without passing legislation, in theory borrowers could see their balances reduced or eliminated overnight. On the other hand, the chances of Congress agreeing to forgive the loans is, at best, uncertain. Generally, Republicans are not in favor of debt forgiveness.For now, it's also an open question if President-elect Joe Biden has interest in testing his presidential power in this way.Mo...
Champions League 2020-21: Who will be kings of Europe? Our experts’ predictions

Champions League 2020-21: Who will be kings of Europe? Our experts’ predictions

Sports
Last updated on 5 hours ago5 hours ago.From the section European FootballFifty eight days after Bayern Munich lifted the trophy in Lisbon, the Champions League is back.Last season's disrupted competition ended with an unlikely final four of Bayern, Paris St-Germain, Lyon and RB Leipzig.So who will triumph this time? And who will be the surprise packages? We asked our European football writers to make their predictions.If you are viewing this page on the BBC News app please click here to vote.Andy West, Spanish football writerWhat are the prospects for the Spanish sides? Real Madrid are, of course, always dangerous in this competition and will have added motivation after failing badly in the past couple of years with consecutive last-16 exits. Barcelona have started the season brightly but ...
Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

Technology
Atlantic hurricanes, like Delta, lately are getting stronger fasterBy SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science WriterOctober 8, 2020, 9:30 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHurricane Delta, gaining strength as it bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, is the latest and nastiest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming.Earlier, before hitting Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and temporarily losing strength, Delta set a record for going from a 35 mph (56 kph) unnamed tropical depression to a monstrous 140 mph (225 kph) Category 4 storm in just 36 hours, beating a mark set in 2000, according to University of Colorado weather data scientist Sam Lillo.“We’ve certainly been seeing a lot of that in the last few y