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As new U.S. coronavirus cases trend upward — with nearly 80,000 new infections reported Thursday — health officials are warning about the spread of multiple, more transmissible variants, some of which have seeded outbreaks in states such as Michigan and California.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on emerging variants, including those first identified in Brazil, Britain and South Africa. The B.1.1.7 variant initially detected in Britain accounts for almost 20,000 cases in all 50 states — and has become the dominant strain, officials say.

For the first time, however, the P.1 variant that originated in Brazil has taken the No. 2 spot. At least 434 people in the United States have been infected with the variant, which has devastated Brazil, with the largest number of cases found in Massachusetts, Illinois and Florida.

Here are some significant developments:

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D.C. promises translation of vaccine information after complaints

The D.C. health department said Friday that it would publish translated versions of the city’s coronavirus vaccine registration website this weekend, after advocates for immigrants accused the city of violating local law by providing insufficient access in languages other than English.

The 2004 Language Access Act requires agencies to translate “vital documents” into languages frequently spoken in the city, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, French and Amharic.

The District’s efforts to make its coronavirus vaccine website accessible to non-English speakers — including translations through an automated Google Translate button, not the professional translations that the city promised earlier — did not meet the standards set forth in the law, advocates have argued.

2:30 a.m.
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States delay ordering all the vaccine doses available to them

States have delayed ordering hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses available to them even as coronavirus outbreaks escalate — a sign the nation is moving past its supply pinch and now faces more acute challenges related to demand, staffing and inoculation of hard-to-reach populations.

The question that defined the early weeks of the vaccine rollout was why states were taking so long to administer the doses they got from the federal government. Four months into the effort, what’s most mystifying is the number of states waiting to order all the doses they’ve been allotted, based on their adult populations and the supplies available that week.

When Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) last week asked White House officials if they would consider sending more vaccine doses to her state during a deadly surge, the state had not ordered 360,000 doses then available, puzzling federal officials who instead advised her to work with experts to make sure Michigan’s supply was being deployed effectively.

1:30 a.m.
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Covid has 200,000 merchant sailors stuck at sea

Brian Mossman says he has read “Moby Dick” nearly 200 times. The 61-year-old captain of the container ship Maersk Sentosa says he revisits the Melville classic nearly every voyage, because each time reveals something new about the people who take to the sea: people like him and the two dozen merchant mariners on his crew.

Sentosa means “a place of peace and tranquility” in Malay, but Mossman says the 1,048-foot super carrier is more of a “floating industrial plant.” It runs around-the-clock hauling cargo to 14 ports in eight countries, from the eastern United States to the Middle East, supplying embassies and military bases and delivering humanitarian aid.

The work is risky, demanding and essential — 90 percent of the world’s goods are transported by water — and merchant mariners typically work in months-on, months-off rotations to guard against burnout and the pervasive dangers of life at sea. But in March 2020, a global pandemic gave rise to new and unprecedented pressures: Shipping ports and airports closed. Cargo carriers prohibited shore leave for their crews.

12:30 a.m.
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UAE sends food aid and coronavirus vaccines to Syria

AMMAN — Damascus has received a shipment of food and medical assistance from the United Arab Emirates, the Syrian state news agency said, including much-needed coronavirus aid.

The shipment arrived in the Syrian capital Thursday. UAE media reported that it included a batch of vaccine doses.

Damascus has struggled to contain covid-19 infections, even as a severe lack of testing has kept official case numbers low. Syria has recorded about 20,000 infections, including both the president, Bashar al-Assad, and his wife Asma.

A deep economic crisis — the result of a decade-long conflict and international sanctions — has hobbled the government’s pandemic response.

China and Russia, both allies of the president, have sent Syria aid to help combat the virus. And in February, the government announced that it has received two shipments of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, which it used to begin inoculating frontline medical workers.

The aid comes as the UAE has increased calls for Arab nations to resume relations with Syria.

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Metro board considers lowering fares to lure riders when workers return to offices

As employers across the Washington region look toward fall for bringing workers back to the office, Metro officials want to ensure the transit agency is still a large part of the post-pandemic commute.

Board members said Thursday that they are considering a temporary lowering of fares to lure riders back at a time when many workers say they are considering other commuting options. Though some passengers are returning to transit as vaccination rates increase, Metro officials say they are not seeing the ridership rebound they expected.

10:37 p.m.
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In reversal, Alexandria schools will adopt three feet of distance inside classrooms

In a reversal, Alexandria City Public Schools will adopt three feet of distancing inside classrooms through the end of the academic year, after the school board voted in dramatic fashion to repeal the superintendent’s decision earlier this week in favor of six feet.

Following the vote Thursday night, which was unanimous, Superintendent Gregory Hutchings Jr. must immediately work on reducing the distance between students’ desks to three feet, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asked by a board member how soon that shrinking can happen, Hutchings declined to give a firm timeline but said he would convene a team to start planning the switch early next week.

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Small fraction of vaccinated people have had ‘breakthrough infections’

As tens of millions of people in the United States reach the coronavirus vaccination finish line, a small fraction have had “breakthrough infections,” testing positive for the virus after being inoculated and in rare cases requiring hospitalization, according to data from state health departments.

The precise number of these breakthrough cases is unknown, but figures released by states suggest that it is at least several thousand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has had a team monitoring breakthrough infections since February, has partial data but has not made it public.

These cases represent a tiny percentage of the 66 million people fully inoculated, and experts say they are neither unexpected nor occurring at an alarming rate. The rarity of the breakthrough illnesses in the context of the vast scale of inoculations reinforces the encouraging message from public health experts: These vaccines are highly effective, and their rollout has dramatically driven down the rates of sickness and death among the most vulnerable populations first targeted for inoculations.

8:54 p.m.
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Mass vaccine sites paused in three states after reports of adverse reactions

A mass coronavirus vaccination site in Georgia has become the latest facility in several states to pause putting shots in arms after some people reported adverse reactions after being given doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said that “out of an abundance of caution,” it would stop administering the single-dose vaccine at the Cumming Fairgrounds vaccination site after eight people had reactions that “were consistent with common reactions in adults being vaccinated with any vaccine.”

At least four sites in North Carolina and Colorado paused vaccinations this week.

Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa had reported incidents of several vaccine recipients experiencing dizziness, lightheadedness, rapid breathing and sweating, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said that it analyzed the batches of vaccines and “has not found any reason for concern.” It didn’t specify which vaccines were investigated. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are not recommending health departments halt giving vaccine doses, the agency said.

At least 112 million people have received one or both doses of vaccines in the United States — the vast majority without adverse reactions.

These uncommon reports should not deter most people from getting vaccinated, said David Agus, a doctor and author, on “CBS This Morning” on Friday. Vaccines can be scary, Agus acknowledged, leading some people to feel lightheaded or faint. But drinking water and eating a snack beforehand might help some who feel squeamish, he said.

“Hopefully, it’s just that: nerves,” Agus said.

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Deliveries of Johnson & Johnson vaccine plummet as company abandons previous April target

Johnson & Johnson has abandoned a previous pledge to deliver 24 million additional doses of its one-shot vaccine by the end of April, amid the continued failure of its troubled contract manufacturer in Baltimore to win government manufacturing certification.

With domestic production of the company’s vaccine still unapproved, the government slashed its national allocation to states of the J&J vaccine 86 percent to just 700,000 doses next week, down from nearly 5 million, a cut that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called “very concerning.''

The cuts will make it harder across the country for much of April to find the Johnson & Johnson shot, which some people favor because it only requires one trip to a clinic or vaccination site. The hashtag #oneanddone has become popular among people receiving it.

D.C. is in line to receive just 1,300 doses of the company’s vaccine next week, down from 10,800 this week, according to the data tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California will receive 67,000 doses, down from 572,000.

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Australia made a plan to protect Indigenous elders from covid-19. It worked.

SYDNEY — From Alaska to the Amazon, Indigenous people are more likely to get sick with or die of covid-19, as the pandemic magnifies deep-rooted health and socioeconomic inequities.

That is not the case in Australia. Not only have Indigenous Australians recorded far fewer infections per capita than their global counterparts, they are six times less likely than the wider Australian population to contract the coronavirus, government data shows.

There have been no cases in remote communities, and not a single Aboriginal elder has died. Of the 149 cases involving Indigenous people since the start of the pandemic nationwide, few were serious enough to require hospitalization.

Health experts say Australia’s pandemic experience offers a potential model for Indigenous health care — after a history of discrimination and neglect that typically led to poor health outcomes.

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Greta Thunberg to boycott U.N. climate talks, citing unequal spread of coronavirus vaccines to poor countries

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said Friday that she will not attend a United Nations climate conference planned for Glasgow in November because of the unequal spread of coronavirus vaccines that is likely to hinder attendance from low-income countries.

“Of course I would love to attend the Glasgow #COP26,” the 18-year-old wrote on Twitter, referring to the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, hosted this year by the United Kingdom. “But not unless everyone can take part on the same terms. Right now many countries are vaccinating healthy young people, often at the expense of risk groups and front line workers (mainly from global south, as usual...)."

She continued: “Inequality and climate injustice is already the heart of the climate crisis. If people can’t be vaccinated and travel to be represented equally that’s undemocratic and would worsen the problem.”

3:15 p.m.
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Biden offers more personnel, resources to Michigan but not more vaccine doses

President Biden told Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) in a call Thursday evening that the federal government was prepared to send additional vaccinators to her state, which is battling a rapid rise in infections, as well as additional resources, such as testing and therapeutics, according to an administration official familiar with the conversation.

The federal assistance will not include additional doses, which Whitmer had asked about in a recent call with the White House. But Biden told her an additional 160 personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could help administer the state’s existing supply.

A spokesman for Whitmer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The governor on Friday urged high schools to suspend youth sports and in-person classes for two weeks, while also asking residents not to eat indoors at restaurants for the same two-week stretch.

The state’s seven-day average of new infections rose from 1,503 on March 7 to 7,226 Thursday, according to data analyzed by The Washington Post.

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Trump’s HHS appointees touted efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, records show

Trump appointees in the Health and Human Services department last year privately touted their efforts to block or alter scientists’ reports on the coronavirus to more closely align with President Donald Trump’s more optimistic messages about the outbreak, according to newly released documents from congressional investigators.

The documents provide further insight into how senior Trump officials approached last year’s explosion of coronavirus cases in the United States. Even as career government scientists worked to combat the virus, a cadre of Trump appointees were attempting to blunt the scientists’ messages, edit their findings and equip the president with an alternate set of talking points.

Then-science adviser Paul Alexander wrote to then-HHS public affairs chief Michael Caputo on Sept. 9, 2020, touting two examples of where he said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had bowed to his pressure and changed language in their reports, according to an email obtained by the House’s select subcommittee on the coronavirus outbreak.

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I’m vaccinated and want to travel. Where can I go in Mexico?

Traveling has always come with complications, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it more challenging than ever.

We’ve been asked whether it’s safe, in a covid-19 sense, for those who are fully vaccinated to travel in Mexico. The answer depends on whom you talk to. Locals fall on both sides of the argument. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that all travelers, including those vaccinated, should avoid travel to Mexico because of the risk of getting or spreading the coronavirus and its variants.

However, Mexico has been open to tourism throughout the pandemic and has remained one of the most popular destinations for American travelers this and last year.