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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden predicted he would take office amid a “dark winter,” and the outlook is only getting bleaker. No matter his first acts in the White House, the raging coronavirus pandemic could take another 100,000 American lives in his first month as president after crossing the grim marker of 400,000 deaths this week. He inherits a country weary from 10 months of lockdowns and business closures, divided by a year of attacks on public health professionals and tantalized by the promise of widespread vaccination that will take months to have much effect. Yet at noon on Wednesday, the virus, and the nation’s response to it, will be Biden’s responsibility. “We’re inheriting a huge mess here,” incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain bluntly told CNN Sunday. “The virus is going to get worse before it gets better,” he warned. “The virus is the virus. What we can do is act to control it.” The effort to “control” the outbreak will likely be the defining test for the new administration: Biden has pledged to bring competence to a crisis that has made the U.S. exceptional for the wrong reasons — the most confirmed infections and deaths in the world. The president-elect has lined up an expansive team of scientific and supply chain experts to boost testing and vaccinations and aims to shake up how the federal government manages the pandemic. Incoming press secretary Jen Psaki announced last week that Biden would be “phasing out” the Trump administration’s structure and centralizing all COVID-19 response at the White House under Biden counsellor and co-ordinator Jeff Zients. Biden’s team has only grown more concerned about the scale of the challenges ahead as they’ve prepared to take over. But the biggest challenge, in their view, was years in the making by the Trump administration: declining confidence in government and institutions. The new administration hopes to rebuild trust in government by setting clear goals — be it for vaccinations in arms or reopening schools — and asking the public to be invested in achieving them. Biden, aides say, is set to adopt a more top-down approach toward managing the crisis, expanding testing and administering vaccines. Where President Donald Trump emphasized a decentralized approach that left it up to individual states and cities to sort out complicated logistics, the new administration plans to directly engage with them to boost vaccinations and testing. Similarly, Biden will use his inaugural address to try to bridge a patchwork of state and municipal guidelines and encourage all Americans to wear face coverings. Within hours of taking office, Biden will issue a mask mandate for those on federal property and during interstate travel. Such action was eschewed by Trump, who at times spread misinformation about the virus and what was needed to stop it. Biden also has set a goal of boosting the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations to administer 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. But perhaps even more than the mechanics of the response, Biden must rebuild trust in the nation’s health institutions and the credibility of the presidency to direct a national response to the crisis. Trump has been a vocal skeptic of science, promoting unproven drugs like hydroxychloroquine and repeatedly asserting that the coronavirus would go away on its own. When Trump’s White House coronavirus task force released a step-by-step strategy to gradually reopen communities, Trump undercut that by going on Twitter and demanding that governors “liberate” their states. Biden’s response to the pandemic must be “disciplined, realistic and methodical,” said Princeton history professor Julian Zelizer. “It’s a long game policy challenge. The politics must be grounded on science.” “The chaos we have seen did not have to be,” he added. “Biden’s team understands this.” Tevi Troy, a former senior U.S. health official, wrote in his book “Shall We Wake the President?” that presidents have an obligation to “present accurate and actionable information to the American people and do so in a way that does not induce panic in the populace.” Only if Americans have clear information can the government "fully leverage the resources of every level of government, the power of every institution and the initiative of free citizens,” he wrote. Biden’s 100-day goal of administering 100 million shots is realistic — the pace of vaccinations reached about 900,000 per day in the final week of the Trump administration — but public health experts say it’s going to take a lot more than that to pull the nation out of the pandemic. For starters, even more shots would be better. More like 200 million or 300 million. And increased vaccinations need to be coupled with better, more widespread testing and a functional system for tracing the contacts of those who are infected. In most areas of the country, contact tracing is still rudimentary. Testing and contact tracing are critical for quickly snuffing out local outbreaks before they become regional and statewide. Biden also has to be mindful that many Americans have qualms about getting the vaccine, and that missteps at the top levels of the federal government will not build confidence. Critically, much of the effort has to take place in minority and immigrant communities, since Black and Latino people have borne a disproportionate burden of disease in the pandemic, and there is a history of health disparities in both communities. “A hundred million doses in 100 days I think it is doable,” said Michelle Cantu, who heads efforts on infectious disease and immunization at the National Association of County & City Health Officials. “Navigating what that means is going to take a lot of co-ordination.” Biden has called for Congress to provide money for hiring 100,000 public health workers to bolster the frontline agencies that Cantu’s group represents. The Trump administration shepherded the development of two highly successful vaccines, with more on the way, and has delivered more than 30 million doses to states, U.S. territories and some major cities. Less than 40% of doses delivered have been administered, and Biden has deemed that a failure. The pace of vaccinations has been picking up but recently the American Hospital Association estimated that it would take more like 1.8 million shots a day to reach the goal of widespread or “herd” immunity by the summer. Biden has talked of setting up mass vaccination sites and deploying mobile units to hard-to-reach locations. But that remains aspirational. “What you need to do is set up something that currently does not exist: a public health infrastructure that is geared to mass vaccinations,” said Dr. Paul Offit, director of a vaccine education centre at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “This has to be people lining up in large facilities. You have to have thousands and thousands of people through.” Although the challenges are daunting, there is a fundamental difference between the Trump White House and the incoming leadership that could give the Biden team an edge: A president who has pledged to follow the science. Biden has designated Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, to be his medical adviser. Fauci was under constant pressure under Trump, although he did not mince words in his public warnings. Trump publicly belittled his own director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and his Food and Drug Administration chief repeatedly came under threat of being fired because the president was impatient with the meticulous scrutiny that agency scientists were giving vaccines. “At least (Biden) has surrounded himself with excellent people and he’s doing it on the basis of science,” said Offit. “He’s not going to attack all the science-based agencies, he’s going to embrace them in the belief that we will get better and better with each passing day.” Zeke Miller, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press
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New Delhi [India], January 19 (ANI): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to ensure strict compliance of the Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016. It also asked CPCB to ensure that the compensation regime is duly applied against the defaulters, following due process.
New Delhi [India], January 19 (ANI): Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora and other election officials will visit West Bengal from January 20 to January 22 to hold review meetings with stakeholders for conducting elections and assessing preparedness.
New Delhi [India], January 19 (ANI): As India is set to begin supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to its neighbouring countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community.
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The cross-channel train service Eurostar has seen its passenger numbers decline by 85 percent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The parent company has called on the UK government to provide it with the same financial support as that provided to grounded airlines. Christophe Fanichet, a senior executive at SNCF, the French state railway and part-owner of Eurostar, said last week that the London-based company was in "a very critical" state after a collapse in travel between Britain and the European continent.Following a call by British businesses for a UK government rescue of the London-based Eurostar, the parent company on Monday reiterated the need for support.Need for state support"We are encouraged by the government-backed loans that have been awarded to airlines and would, once again, ask that this kind of support be extended to international high-speed rail which has been severely impacted by the pandemic," Eurostar said in a statement."Without additional funding from government there is a real risk to the survival of Eurostar, the green gateway to Europe, as the current situation is very serious," it added in reference to trains' lower carbon emissions compared with planes. Air France gets further Covid reliefSeparately, the Department for Transport in London said it recognised "the significant financial challenges facing Eurostar as a result of Covid-19 and the unprecedented circumstances currently faced by the international travel industry".While it did not refer to the request for financial assistance, the department said it would continue to work closely with Eurostar to ensure "the safe recovery of international travel".Eurostar is 55 percent owned by the SNCF, 30 percent by Canadian fund manager CDPQ, 10 percent by Britain-based fund Hermes Infrastructure, and five percent by the Belgian railway SNCB.Passengers down 85 percentBritish business leaders have joined the call for the UK government to provide funds to rescue Eurostar.In a letter dated Friday and sent to British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, London First lobby group said Eurostar needed "swift action to safeguard its future," if Britain's economy and environmental targets were not to suffer further.Signed by 25 executives and academics, the letter urged Britain's Treasury and Department for Transport not to allow Eurostar to collapse."If this viable business is allowed to fall between the cracks of support -- neither an airline, nor a domestic railway -- our recovery could be damaged."Fanichet last week said Eurostar passenger numbers were down 85 percent in 2020 from the year earlier and that the group was now "on a drip" in need of extra cash to prevent it from collapsing.He added that the problem for Eurostar was that it was seen as French by the British government and as British by the French, meaning it had been difficult to secure bail-out cash.Prior to the pandemic, Eurostar had gradually been expanding its services, with new lines opened up from London to Amsterdam, the Alps, the south of France -- in addition to the regular lines between Paris and Brussels.(With AFP)
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Montreal's mayor is calling on the provincial government to exempt homeless people from the provincewide pandemic curfew. Valerie Plante made the request today following the weekend death of Raphael "Napa" Andre, a 51-year-old Innu man found dead in a portable toilet not far from a homeless shelter he frequented. Andre often spent time at a day centre for the homeless called The Open Door, which was forced to close its overnight service last month following a COVID-19 outbreak. He visited the centre Saturday evening and was found dead Sunday morning, after the shelter had closed. Plante says the curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. — scheduled to last until at least Feb. 8 — is creating an untenable situation for the city's most vulnerable. The mayor says on most nights the city's overnight shelters are either at 95 per cent capacity or filled up. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021. The Canadian Press
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Shares of United Microelectronics (NYSE: UMC) have popped today, up by 15% as of 11:20 a.m. EST, following a report from DIGITIMES suggesting that the company and larger rival Taiwan Semiconductor would see strong capacity utilization for a specific production process in the quarters ahead. Both semiconductor companies should be able to maintain full capacity utilization for 28-nanometer manufacturing at each company's respective 8-inch and 12-inch fabrication facilities, known as fabs, through the third quarter of 2021, according to the report. Gross margins for that production node are expected to reach new highs thanks to strong demand from customers.
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The US government has declared that China’s repression of the Uighur people is ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity.' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with just one day left of Donald Trump’s administration, attacked the Chinese government’s use of mass internment, forced sterilisation, and the forced labour of more than 1 million members of the Muslim minority. The US has become the first country to use the terms to describe the human rights abuses in the country’s northwest Xinjiang region and is the harshest criticism yet of any government.
LAAX, Switzerland — Canada's slopestyle snowboard team is in isolation and will not participate in this week's World Cup season opener after two members of its delegation tested positive for COVID-19. The International Ski Federation (FIS) said on its website that the positive tests came at the slopestyle and halfpipe event. The men's slopestyle event began its qualifying Tuesday with Canadians Mark McMorris, Max Parrot, Sebastien Toutant, Liam Brearley and Cameron Spalding listed as "did not start." Women's slopestyle qualifying begins Wednesday. Laurie Blouin, Brooke Voigt, Jasmine Baird and Sommer Gendron are the Canadian women on the slopestyle team who traveled to Switzerland but will not be able to compete. The status of Canada's halfpipe team was not provided on the FIS's website. Meanwhile, the majority of the American snowboard team is in quarantine in Kreischberg, Austria, after two members of its delegation tested positive following the big air season opener last week. A small U.S. team is participating in Laax. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021. The Canadian Press
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