USA-Canada Border Closure Extended

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Summary:

  • Toronto places of worship face severe restrictions
  • US-Canada border closure extended through Dec. 21
  • AZ-Oxford vaccine offers protection for up to six months
  • Wyoming limits gathering size
  • Dr. Birx wants to stay on
  • 3 players for NY Giants test positive
  • 2 Shanghai residents test positive
  • US sees record new cases; 1MN+ cases in a week
  • Hungary may sidestep EU drug regulations
  • UK sets up mass vaccination stations
  • WHO warns remdesivir ineffective in treating COVID

As we head into the afternoon, another headline just hit on the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine saying data from the trial suggests it can grant immunity for up to six months.

Following last night’s White House COVID task force meeting, Dr. Deborah Birx is reportedly lobbying to try and stay on in her current role during a Biden Administration (unrelatedly, recent reports also claimed the Merrick Garland is on Biden’s short-list for the AG job).

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that he would extend the border closure between the US and Canada to Dec. 21. Essential cross-border workers and truck drivers are still allowed (commerce has continued with little interruption) since Canada relies on US farmers to grow most of its food. Canada also warned of an incipient surge in cases.

NJ health commissioner said Friday that she sees a vaccine available in the state by late December. Meanwhile, the number of occupied hospital beds across the US rose to new highs.

Finally, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida announced on Twitter Friday that he has tested positive for COVID, but he is experiencing few, if any, symptoms.