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Siblings Luz and Jorge Muñoz spoke about how their meal program began, in a recent StoryCorps interview from their home in Queens, N.Y.

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Siblings Luz and Jorge Muñoz spoke about how their meal program began, in a recent StoryCorps interview from their home in Queens, N.Y.

Courtesy of Jorge Muñoz

With the help of his family, Jorge Muñoz has spent the last 16 years cooking hot meals for day laborers looking for work on the sidewalks of Queens, N.Y.

Since he was young, Jorge has looked for ways to put food in the hands of those who needed it, as his sister, Luz, recalled in an interview for StoryCorps last week.

“I remember one day we were having lunch, somebody knock on the door. Mommy get up and see who it was,” Luz told him. “She came back

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Fauci apologizes for suggesting UK rushed vaccine decision


America’s top infectious disease expert has apologized for suggesting U.K. authorities rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he has “great faith” in the country’s regulators

LONDON — America’s top infectious disease expert has apologized for suggesting U.K. authorities rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he has “great faith” in the country’s regulators.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had sparked controversy with an earlier interview in which he said U.K. regulators hadn’t acted “as carefully” as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fauci said late Thursday that he meant to say U.S. authorities do things differently than their British counterparts, not better, but his comments weren’t phrased properly.

“I do have great faith in both the

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Should You Bother Using One In Your Skincare Routine?


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‘Cleanse, tone and moisturise’ has always been a mainstream beauty mantra. The long-held belief was that a toner removed anything your cleanse left behind, shrank pores and restored skin’s pH levels before the application of serums and creams.

Then two things happened. First, beauty regimes got progressively more complicated so using a toner fell by the wayside. Second, toners started to get a bad reputation because many formulations contained high levels of alcohol, making them astringent and extremely drying – terms which don’t exactly scream glowing complexion.

Thankfully, the majority of brands went back to the drawing board and reformulated their toners not only to make them alcohol-free, but also to boost them with active ingredients in order to supercharge your skincare routine.

So, are they worth adding back into your routine? Before you add one to your online shopping basket, here’s all you

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Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Infections, Deaths, Hospitalizations All Hit Record Highs


By Adam Martin

Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. hit a record high, as did deaths reported in a day, as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passed 1.5 million.

Hospitalizations also hit a record, with 100,667 people in the U.S. admitted as of Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Of those, a record 19,442 people were in intensive care.

The country reported 217,664 new cases on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, up from 200,055 on Wednesday, and surpassing the previous record of 205,557 set Friday last week.

Newly reported deaths also surged Thursday, to 2,879, according to Johns Hopkins data, the second daily record in a row. The U.S. reported 2,804 deaths on Wednesday.

Nationally, more than 14 million have been infected and more than 276,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. World-wide, more than 65.2 million people have been

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Russian State Employees Describe Pressure to Join Vaccine Trials | World News


By Polina Ivanova, Rinat Sagdiev, Gleb Stolyarov and Kate Kelland

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In late September, Moscow municipal official Sergei Martyanov sent a series of text messages to his subordinates: “Colleagues!!!… What is this sabotage???”

Martyanov was expressing dismay at his staff’s apparent reluctance to volunteer for the human trials of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, named after the Soviet-era satellite that triggered the space race. The official in the Moscow department of city property said many quota spots for his staff to join the trial remained unfilled.

He said he had heard some workers were signing up to receive flu vaccines, making them ineligible for the coronavirus trial.

“Who are you trying to trick???” Martyanov said in the texts. “The coronavirus vaccine is the absolute priority!!!”

Anyone who had received the flu jab, he said, must still sign up for the COVID trial, allowing a month’s delay. He urged

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UK ‘confident’ of having 800,000 jabs by next week




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The government is “absolutely confident” the UK will have 800,000 coronavirus doses by next week, when the vaccination programme starts, the business secretary has said.

Alok Sharma said some of the Pfizer/BioNTech doses had arrived, with more expected by the end of the year.

He was unable to say how many that will be.

NHS Providers said the UK must work on the basis that more doses might not arrive “for some time”.

Its chief executive Chris Hopson tweeted that because of that it was “vital” hospitals sought to vaccinate as many people as possible in the highest priority groups.

He later added that with “every day that goes past, we become more confident we will get a lot more and get them soon”.

The first consignment of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has arrived in the UK, though the number of doses has not been confirmed.

It

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States plan for vaccines as daily US virus deaths top 3,100


States drafted plans Thursday for who will go to the front of the line when the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine become available later this month, as U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring.

With initial supplies of the vaccine certain to be limited, governors and other state officials are weighing both health and economic concerns in deciding the order in which the shots will be dispensed.

States face a Friday deadline to submit requests for doses of the Pfizer vaccine and specify where they should be shipped, and many appear to be heeding nonbinding guidelines adopted this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put health care workers and nursing home patients first.


But they’re also facing a multitude of decisions about other categories of residents — some specific to their states; some vital to their

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New Zealand Covid minister urges patience in wait for vaccine approval


New Zealand’s Covid-19 minister has called for patience in the country’s vaccine roll-out programme, saying he was unlikely to follow the UK in using emergency provisions to fast-track approval.



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Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins said: “We are in a slightly different position to other countries who are using emergency provisions to approve the vaccine, and in many cases those countries are doing that because they are suffering hugely from Covid, with thousands of people dying every day.”



New Zealand’s Covid minister said he was working to pre-approve a vaccine by the time doses reached the country’s shores.


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New Zealand’s Covid minister said he was working to pre-approve a vaccine by the time doses reached the country’s shores.

New Zealand faced a different situation, he said, but added: “We are getting ready, getting geared up so that when vaccines arrive in New Zealand they are pre-approved.”

New Zealand experts agree the country, like Australia, can sustain a longer

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County Moves to Protect Health Staff After Deadly Outbreak | Political News


A Maryland health department is taking new steps to protect its workers six months after a coronavirus outbreak killed a veteran employee who was twice denied permission to work from home.

Chantee Mack, 44, died in May. More than 20 colleagues also caught the coronavirus, and some suffer lasting problems.

Now, after a KHN and Associated Press story in July spurred an investigation, Prince George’s County officials say they have added an appeals process to their work-at-home policy and hired a consultant to identify “operational and management needs for improvement” in the department. Union officials say the county has also made personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, more available in recent months and put a greater emphasis on social distancing.

”We’re getting somewhere,” said Rhonda Wallace, leader of a local branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “But we’re not there yet.”

In an

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UK receives its first batch of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine


Cars lined up at Dodger Stadium for Covid-19 testing in downtown Los Angeles on December 2.
Cars lined up at Dodger Stadium for Covid-19 testing in downtown Los Angeles on December 2. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Los Angeles County reported an additional 7,854 Covid-19 cases Thursday, breaking the record for the highest number of new cases there since the start of the pandemic for the second time in a week. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 421,881.

Health officials also reported 2,572 people hospitalized with coronavirus in L.A. County, surpassing yesterday’s all-time high of 2,439. If the rate of hospitalizations continues on its current trajectory, the county’s health care system could soon be overwhelmed, officials warned.

“These are the highest numbers we have seen,” said County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis. “Actions need to be taken now and on a daily basis.”

County health officials reported 44 new deaths Thursday, raising the number of people who have died due to Covid-19 to

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