Missing From State Plans to Distribute the Coronavirus Vaccine: Money to Do It

first_imgThe C.D.C. advisory group has also stressed the importance of a campaign to persuade the public to take the vaccine, noting that messages were likely to be more effective if they came from community leaders than from the federal government. North Carolina says its campaign will use “photos, video, and personal testimony of celebrities, leaders of historically marginalized populations, and other trusted messengers receiving vaccine as early adopters.” As soon as the F.D.A. approves a vaccine, the C.D.C.’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to issue recommendations, already in the works, on how it should be distributed. It will almost certainly say that health care workers should be the group with the highest priority for vaccination, followed by essential service workers, people with high-risk medical conditions and those older than 65.But states will be allowed flexibility within those guidelines; Maryland, for example, plans to include its prison and jail populations in its “Phase 1” priority group. State officials also have to figure out whom to focus on within priority populations if they get less vaccine than they need.During the C.D.C. advisory committee’s meeting last month, some members said they wanted to ensure that information about any safety problems would be made public quickly. The Department of Health and Human Services has said its goal is to start shipping a vaccine within a day of F.D.A. authorization. Until now, the F.D.A. and the C.D.C. have maintained one data system for patients or providers to report bad reactions to vaccines. They plan to supplement that system with a smartphone-based tool that checks in with individuals who have been vaccinated to see whether they have had any health problems.- Advertisement – Record-keeping requirements will also be an overwhelming task, officials said. The C.D.C. wants to track, in real time, the age, sex, race and ethnicity of everyone who is vaccinated — states usually provide such data quarterly, at best — so it can analyze how well the vaccination campaign is going among different demographic groups day by day and make adjustments if certain populations or regions have low vaccination rates. The C.D.C., which holds frequent planning calls with state and local health officials, is also still working on persuading states to hand over the personal data of their citizens. In its data use agreement with the states, the agency has requested each vaccine recipient’s name, date of birth, address, race, ethnicity and certain medical history.“States have never had to report that to the federal government,” said J.T. Lane, the chief population health and innovation officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, adding that his organization was seeking clarity on exactly how the information would be used. In particular, the organization’s members worry that the information could be used by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to track undocumented immigrants.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers can’t overcome the Mets and catcher Travis D’Arnaud

first_img“For me it was making sure that he was not getting out front and getting his good release point,” said D’Arnaud, of Lakewood High, the catcher who went through the Phillies and Blue Jays organizations before landing amid all this velocity.“He didn’t have his best stuff today, but he showed what kind of heart he has, fighting out there and helping us out and going through those five innings.”Harvey, in fact, told his mates, “They’re not getting any more.” And the Dodgers didn’t, not until Game 3 was out the door. D’Arnaud helped push them there in the third inning, when he ripped Anderson’s first pitch over the left-field fence to give New York a 6-3 lead, which became a 13-7 win.Anderson is the No. 3 starter for the Dodgers, which is like being the fifth Beatle or the fourth Little Bear. Alex Wood was the other alternative for that role, and he followed Anderson into the fiery furnace. Yoenis Cespedes stroked a monster shot into the second deck in the fourth inning, and the rest of the night was an unsuccessful vigil to see if Chase Utley would stick his head onto the field. He did not, even though Mattingly could have easily used him as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.• Photos: NLDS Game 3 – Dodgers vs. Mets “Where the (bleep) is Utley!” a lone fan yelled in the ninth inning, with many fans already on the 7 Train.The Dodgers did have a No. 3 starter in Hyun-jin Ryu, but he got hurt and there seemed to be no strong imperative to replace him. Ryu has worked three playoff games over the past two seasons and has a 2.81 ERA with a 1.063 WHIP. The only other starter, besides Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, was Ricky Nolasco in 2013.The Mets, meanwhile, have the aforementioned smokeballers, and they have rookie Stephen Matz to pitch Game 4 tonight — yes, let’s go Matz. They also had veteran Jon Niese and super-veteran Bartolo Colon as possible starters.It’s nice to have alternatives in life, and the Dodgers probably should be applauded for not emptying their farm system to bid for Cole Hamels or David Price or Johnny Cueto, except that none of those proven pitchers really cost that much at the trade deadline.In games that Kershaw and Greinke did not start in the regular season, the Dodgers were a 49-48 team. And 64 of their 92 regular-season victories were against teams with sub-.500 records. That’s why this team has been viewed as a paper tiger throughout the Guggenheim years. The paper turns yellower if Kershaw doesn’t flip up a dandy in Game 4.Meanwhile, D’Arnaud is thriving. He already has the distinction of being traded for two Cy Young winners. The Phillies dealt him to Toronto as part of the effort to get Roy Halladay after the 2009 season. Three years later, the Blue Jays shipped D’Arnaud and Syndergaard to New York as R.A. Dickey went north of the border.“All these guys throw hard,” D’Arnaud said. “They all have great pitchers, but what impresses me is the command they have, and also the demeanor they have out there. I’m very fortunate.”“Travis has come a long way,” manager Terry Collins said. “Our guys like throwing to him. He ranks in the top five in getting strikes called. And now he’s swinging much better.”D’Arnaud wound up slugging .485 this season with 13 home runs. If the Mets win today, his greatest job in the world will get a little better. Unlike some of those in the Dodgers dugout, he will also get to keep it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img NEW YORK >> Travis D’Arnaud does not want to be Kris Bryant’s agent. He does not want a piece of Draft Kings. He doesn’t even want to be Andrew Friedman’s computer programmer.“I’ve got the best job in baseball,” D’Arnaud said late Monday night (actually early Tuesday morning), as he and the Mets surged to a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.D’Arnaud catches Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom for a living, which means he works with more speed than the guys at Hendrick Motorsports. On Monday it was real work. Harvey, amped up for the Mets’ first home playoff game in nine years and the first ever at Citi Field, couldn’t command his high 90s stuff, and the Dodgers struck for three runs in the second inning.“We didn’t have that lead very long,” said a doleful Don Mattingly, the Dodgers manager, after he watched New York rake Brett Anderson for four runs in the bottom half.last_img read more

Lakers blow out New York Knicks behind 29 points from Jordan Clarkson

first_imgPreviousNew York Knicks center Enes Kanter, left, of Turkey, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, dunks as New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, left, of Latvia, watches during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, shoots as New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, of Turkey, defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., top, dunks as New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, right, of Turkey, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, right, of Latvia, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr., right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, left, of Turkey, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Alex Caruso tracks the days with an app on his phone. He knows exactly how many more he has left with the Lakers, each one representing an opportunity to make an impression, to build a career.“I only get 45 days,” Caruso said, “so I’ve got to make the most of them.”Caruso is one of two players on a two-way contract, meaning he spends most of his time with the South Bay Lakers, where he is a leader and a top scorer, averaging 18.4 points per game. It is those 45 days with the big club for which the contract provides, however, that he holds most sacred.“Getting opportunities like this is what guys in my position live for,” Caruso said on Sunday, which he of course knew was his 24th day with the Lakers. Six-foot-five with a receding hairline that has been the subject of social media ridicule courtesy of Golden State star Draymond Green, Caruso could easily be mistaken for the winner of a “Laker for a Day” raffle.“He may not look the part,” forward Larry Nance Jr. said, “but that is an NBA player. There’s no doubt in my mind. It doesn’t shock us. We’ve seen it in practice, we’ve seen it in training camp. Seeing it in the game is no surprise.”And yet, with Lonzo Ball sidelined for the immediate future with a sprained left knee, the Lakers may have stumbled into an answer at point guard. Caruso, at the very least, gives Walton another option along with Tyler Ennis, who has started the last five games but went scoreless with two assists in 11 minutes on Sunday.Clarkson first encountered Caruso in college, when he played at Missouri and Caruso starred at Texas A&M.“I used to hate playing against AC in college,” he said. “One of them pesky dudes getting in you defensively. Get people involved. It’s good we got him on the squad.”Caruso was the first player off the bench in Walton’s third quarter shuffling, which saw him stick with a lineup that featured Clarkson, Nance, Julius Randle, Corey Brewer and Brandon Ingram for most of the second half.In the first half, the Lakers (17-29) shot 51 percent to build a 67-63 lead, but the Knicks (21-26) had buried 59.1 percent of their shots, including 6-of-13 on 3-pointers.“Free-flowing,” was how Walton described it, and that was concerning.“When games are like that,” he said, “either team can win down the stretch.”So with a captive audience at halftime, Walton stressed the importance of defense. Within two minutes, every starter had been pulled from the game.Corey Brewer made a 3-pointer with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter to give the Lakers a 90-89 advantage. The Lakers scored the final 10 points of the quarter to take 97-89 lead into the final period.“We just stuck with them because they were playing hard and playing the right way,” Walton said.Caruso first caught the Lakers eye at summer league in Las Vegas, when he scored 18 points and contributed nine assists in a win over Sacramento early in the tournament. Executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka quickly put a two-way contract in front of Caruso, who happily signed.Before Sunday, however, Caruso had made little impression in games with the Lakers.“I feel like he hasn’t been as aggressive when he has had his opportunities with us, as far as how good of a player he is,” Walton said.Against the Pacers on Thursday, Caruso played a then-career high 28 minutes, scored five points added four assists and drove the lane for a highlight-worthy dunk.“ I think at times I can get a little bit too robotic trying not to mess up rather than just going out and playing and let the game come to me.” Caruso said. “But I think I’m starting to grow out of that.”He has time to show what more he can offer. Twenty-one days, in fact. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhen his team allowed the New York Knicks to score six quick points after halftime in Sunday’s, Coach Luke Walton turned to his bench and summoned Caruso. The second-year guard entered the game with 10:11 left in the third quarter.Caruso never checked back out, scoring 9 points and adding 7 assists to help the Lakers beat the Knicks 127-107.Jordan Clarkson followed up his 33-point outburst Thursday against the Pacers with 29 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds, and Julius Randle erupted for 27 points and 12 rebounds.But it was Caruso who seemed to give the Lakers their biggest spark.A “very intelligent” player, and “tough,” according to his coach, Caruso may be a bit of a mystery to casual fans. Even within the Lakers locker room he is known to be quiet, opening up most when the conversation shifts to the English Premier League and Caruso’s club of choice, Manchester City.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

ANC Bassa Chapter Crosses Over to Boakai’s Movement

first_imgVP BoakaiThe Grand Bassa County Chapter of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) has crossed over to Vice President Joseph Boakai.At a well-attended ceremony in Buchanan city over the weekend, the ANC Bassa Chairman, Joshua Jacobs, expressed their full support for Boakai’s 2017 presidential bid.Mr. Jacobs said the decision is based on their conviction that V.P. Boakai’s clean record makes him the best choice among the many candidates vying for the presidency. Jacobs said he was crossing over with more than 100 members of the ANC Grand Bassa Chapter, including district coordinators, under the banner, “The Eagles for Joseph Boakai Presidency.”Tamba Boakai, who is an executive of the V.P’s movement, received the defecting ANC members. He said the cross-over in Grand Bassa will go down in history as a remarkable decision.Mr. Boakai promised the Vice President’s fullest support to Grand Bassa County and “the Eagles for Boakai.” He called on all Bassa citizens to join the Boakai bandwagon for a better Liberia.For his part, the secretary general of the V.P’s movement, Roberts Kpadeh, assured the defecting ANC members that the movement will protect their respective political interests, and that they will never regret their decision to join the Boakai camp.According to Kpadeh, the decision for the ANC Grand Bassa Chapter’s defection is based on their quest for transparency, accountability, good governance, national development, respect for human rights and free speech, which the Boakai movement represents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more