Health

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Idaho legislature on recess due to Covid outbreak
Six members of the Idaho House of Representatives are currently ill. Face masks were burned by protesters at the Idaho state Capitol earlier this month.
 
EU Countries resume using AstraZeneca vaccine
More than 12 nations had suspended the use of the AstroZeneca shot after reports of rare brain blood clots. The European Medicine Agency's (EMA) conclusion was that a link between blood clots and the vaccine could not be ruled out, but that the vaccine's usefulness in protecting people outweighed the risks.
 
US approaches 100 million COVID-19 vaccination
 The White House announced plans to send a combined 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico and Canada. The vaccine is expected to prevent asymptomatic infection.
 
Coronavirus cases surge in several US regions
The coronavirus has killed more than 537,000 people in the US.  Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, New Jersey and New York City have seen a rise in cases.
 
Trump urges Americans to get Covid-19 vaccine
 Trump also said "We have our freedom, and we have to live by that, and I agree with that also". According to a poll conducted by NPR/PBS/Marist, 47% of Trump voters and 41% of Republicans refused to get the vaccines.
 
US vaccinations face skepticism
This mirrors current public polling on the vaccine, as around 25% of Americans are skeptical about getting the vaccine shots. According to a Facebook study, a small group appears to play a key role in pushing the skepticism around COVID-19 vaccine. The internal study is said to have found a QAnon connection.
 
Duke University on Covid-19 lockdown
More than 180 students are put in isolation for a positive Covid-19 test. An additional 200 students are in quarantine following contact tracing.
 
Nations progress with fight against COVID
In the virtual summit of Quad nations, leaders decided to deliver one billion doses of coronavirus vaccine to Asia by end of 2022. Indian manufacturing, US technology, US and Japanese financing and Australian logistics are expected to contribute to the joint mission.
 
Biden directs states to make all adults eligible for vaccine by May 1
In his address on the first anniversary of the pandemic lockdown, Biden also said an additional 4,000 U.S. troops will help in the vaccination effort. States have been advised to plan for between 22 million and 24 million doses a week by early April.
 
CDC releases guidelines for vaccinated Americans
CDC's guidance allows congregation of fully vaccinated individuals in small groups indoors without the need for masks or social distancing. Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if they have been exposed, unless they show symptoms.