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California's state epidemiologist is urging a halt to more than 300,000 coronavirus vaccinations using a Moderna vaccine version because some people received medical treatment for possible severe allergic reactions. Dr. Erica S. Pan on Sunday recommended providers stop using lot 41L20A of the Moderna vaccine pending completion of an investigation by state officials, Moderna, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the federal Food and Drug Administration. “Out of an extreme abundance of caution and also recognizing the extremely limited supply of vaccine, we are recommending that providers use other available vaccine inventory," Pan said in a statement.
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Rainforest frogs have evolved to wave instead of croak to attract females as waterfalls are too loud
Rainforest frogs have evolved to replace croaking with waving to attract females because waterfalls are too loud, a study has found. Glass frogs belonging to the Sachatamia orejuela species choose habitats located deep in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador because they can blend in to the mossy surroundings and avoid predators. However the croaking of the frogs is often drowned out by the background noise of rushing water, even when they are in close proximity to their potential mates. The amphibians have now evolved and developed new techniques in an attempt to attract females, with individual frogs raising their hand above their body while bobbing their head. This is the first time that waving has been spotted in place of the traditional mating call, researchers from the University of California found. The frogs did not maintain their habit of waving during the entire observation period, which was attributed to the amount of energy that the gesture uses up. Different species of frog in the Borneo and Indian jungles have previously been spotted dancing as part of their mating rituals, but this was in addition to vocalisations rather than as a replacement. “A handful of other frog species around the world use visual signaling, in addition to high-pitched calls, to communicate in really loud environments,” said lead researcher Rebecca Brunner, a conservation biologist. “What's interesting is that these species are not closely related to each other, which means that these behaviours likely evolved independently, but in response to similar environments - a concept called convergent evolution.” Ms Brunner said that she hopes the findings will draw attention to the vast diversity of species that inhabit the Amazon. “One of the best things about fieldwork is that nature is always full of surprises, you never know what discoveries you may happen upon,” Ms Brunner said. The evolution from croaking with waving can create an added danger of its own to male frogs, the researchers also discovered. “Presumably visual cues also increase predation risk, although their habitats are incredibly slippery and hard to access,” they wrote. The findings were published in the journal Biology.
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In two days, a new administration will be handling the COVID pandemic in the U.S. And on the eve of becoming the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, MD, selected by President-elect Joe Biden to lead the CDC at this crucial time, issued a very bleak warning about the coming days of the pandemic. COVID-19 has already claimed the lives of almost 400,000 Americans, but in the next month alone, Walensky predicts another 100,000 people may die, bringing the total number to half a million. In an interview with CBS News's Face the Nation on Sunday, Jan. 17, Walensky said: "By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country. That doesn't speak to the tens of thousands of people who are living with a yet uncharacterized syndrome after they've recovered. And we still yet haven't seen the ramifications of what happened from the holiday travel, from holiday gathering, in terms of high rates of hospitalizations and the deaths thereafter. I think we still have some dark weeks ahead."Read on to hear more from this new voice in the fight against COVID, and for more on what not to do to stay safe, check out The CDC Warns Against Using These 6 Face Masks.Read the original article on Best Life. The CDC's national forecast predicts up to 30,000 new deaths by early February. Walensky noted we're at "nearly 4,000 deaths a day, almost 400,000 deaths total." The latest version of the CDC's weekly national ensemble forecast, issued on Jan. 13, projected between 16,200 and 29,600 new deaths in the week ending Feb. 6, bringing the total number of deaths at that point to between 440,000 and 477,000 across the United States.While new cases are peaking and starting to fall, that means hospitalizations and deaths are likely to climb next, hence the expected rise in death count. Scott Gottlieb, MD, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), also appeared on Face the Nation on Jan. 17. As he explained, "We're seeing a near-term peak in terms of the number of new daily cases. Now, unfortunately, deaths and hospitalizations will continue to grow over the next two or three weeks because they're a lagging indicator. But we'll see continued declines probably for about four weeks, maybe five weeks until this new variant starts to take over." Read on for more on the new variants causing concern, and for another warning on that subject, see why Dr. Fauci Just Warned of These 2 "More Ominous" COVID Strains. The new mutations worry experts for 3 reasons. Walensky, the former chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital where she worked on HIV/AIDS policy both domestically and internationally, made clear that virus mutations are to be expected with COVID-19. "It's not just coronavirus, it's many viruses and they mutate when they're under pressure," she said on Face the Nation."When we see these mutations, we worry about several things," she explained. The main causes for concern are whether the mutations have "increased transmissibility," whether they have "increased morbidity and mortality," and whether they will "evade our mechanisms of either treatment or our vaccines.""So far, the one from the U.K. looks like it is more transmissible. We don't have any more information about whether it evades our vaccines," Walensky said. "We have indication that it likely does not. But what increased transmissibility means is there are more cases and therefore more deaths. There are certainly further studies that are looking at the South Africa strain, at the Brazil strain, and other strains in Nigeria."Walensky added that the growing number of new mutations proves the U.S. needs to do more sequencing to determine what strains are becoming more dominant. "One of the things that this really demonstrates is our need to be vigilant and to have resources to do the surveillance, to make sure we understand what strains are here," she said. And for more on where the U.K. strain is in the States as of now, check out The New U.K. COVID Strain Is Now in These 15 States. She says there are 100 million doses of the COVID vaccine for the next 100 days. "We are confident that we have enough vaccine for the 100 million doses over the next 100 days. That is what the President-elect has promised," Walensky said. "It will be a hefty lift, but we have it in us to do that. And in order to do that, we have to look at the supply for sure. We have to titrate and make sure that there are enough people getting vaccinated, but not too many as to overwhelm the system."In regards to any challenges getting that supply of vaccine into the arms of the public, Walensky added that "we have to make sure that there are enough vaccinators. I know that the President-elect has committed to use the Defense Production Act to make sure that where there are any bottlenecks in that supply, we will, you know, address those bottlenecks." And for the one thing you need to quit before getting inoculated, know that If You Take These OTC Meds, You Have to Stop Before Getting the Vaccine. She hopes to get younger kids and middle schoolers back in classrooms soon. In order to quickly reopen schools, Walensky said "one of the things we want to do is make sure that we can vaccinate our educators and people in our school systems." Walensky said the Biden administration hopes to get enough teachers vaccinated, get necessary resources to elementary and middle schools, and bring down infection rates enough to be able to "[get] our K through eight kids back… that is the anticipated goal." And for more on the latest in where COVID is spreading, check out This Is How Bad the COVID Outbreak Is in Your State.
Trump’s presidency may be best remembered for its cataclysmic end. But his four years as president also changed real American policy in lasting ways, just more quietly. We asked POLITICO’s best-in-class policy reporters to recap some of the ways Trump changed the country while in office, for better or worse.