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First doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has flown to US from Belgium: report | TheHill – The Hill

First doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has flown to US from Belgium: report | TheHill - The Hill

The first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine candidate have been flown over to the U.S. from Belgium, a source familiar with United Airlines’ COVID Vaccine Readiness Task Team planning confirmed to NBC on Saturday

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that United commenced chartering flights to send doses of the vaccine to the United States.  In a statement to The Hill on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also confirmed that it was “supporting the first mass air shipment of a vaccine.”

A source told the network the FAA is allowing United to carry 15,000 pounds of dry ice per flight, which is five times over the permitted limit.

Pfizer’s vaccine must be kept at below-freezing temperatures to maintain efficacy of the dosages.

United would not confirm details of the flight to The Hill but said it would “support a vaccine distribution effort on a global scale,” noting its shipment run is through the United Cargo division of the airline.

Pfizer’s vaccine candidate is developed in partnership with the German biotechnology company BioNTech, and last week, Pfizer applied for emergency use authorization (EUA) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The vaccine will be distributed once it is approved.

According to a Financial Times Saturday report, the United Kingdom is slated to approve Pfizer’s vaccine as early as next week.

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Santa Clara County Residents 65 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine – NBC Bay Area

Santa Clara County Residents 65 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine - NBC Bay Area

Santa Clara County residents 65 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated, county officials announced Tuesday.

Residents in that age range can now schedule appointments through the county website for openings starting on Wednesday and thereafter.

The expanded eligibility follows the state’s current guidance for vaccine allocation.

“Older residents and those living in skilled nursing facilities continue to be the population at greatest risk for serious illness and death from COVID-19,” said Dr. Monika Roy, county assistant public health officer.

As of Monday, more than 160,300 individuals have been vaccinated in Santa Clara County by the county, private health care providers and other vaccine distributers.

The county’s health system is the largest provider of the COVID-19 vaccine, county officials said. So far, it has administered nearly 60,000 first doses and has a weekly capacity to provide 30,000 vaccine appointments per week.

Residents can make appointments at mass vaccination sites located at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Berger Drive in San Jose and the Mountain View Community Center.

The county is also vaccinating eligible individuals at several Valley Health Center locations, including up to 600 people per day in Gilroy, according to the county’s Public Health Department.

“As the vaccine becomes available to more of our residents, the County continues its deep commitment to equity and ensuring access for our communities most at risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Tong, associate chief medical officer for the County of Santa Clara Health System.

The county is also partnering with community clinics and launched a pilot mobile vaccination clinic to ensure vaccine access to residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

“We are coordinating efforts with local fire departments and emergency medical services providers and sending vaccinators into the field to ensure those at greatest risk can be vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Roy said.

County officials say the ability to expand vaccine eligibility is dependent on vaccine supply.

This week, the county received 20,125 additional first doses of vaccine, which is “far fewer doses than health systems in the county have capacity to provide,” according to the county public health department.

Residents can get more information about vaccine allocation and administration by health care providers on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard.

To view the latest updates on vaccine eligibility or schedule a vaccination appointment, people can visit

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Teen Mom OG : Amber Portwood Splits from Belgian Boyfriend Dimitri — Hes Very Possessive and Jealous – Yahoo Entertainment

Teen Mom OG : Amber Portwood Splits from Belgian Boyfriend Dimitri — Hes Very Possessive and Jealous - Yahoo Entertainment

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Driver in deadly Portland car rampage intended to hit and injure people, police say – NBC News

Driver in deadly Portland car rampage intended to hit and injure people, police say - NBC News

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Pennsylvania GOP pledges full allegiance to Trump – Politico

Pennsylvania GOP pledges full allegiance to Trump - Politico

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2022, traveled to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and even advertised a bus to take protesters there. In the weeks after the deadly riot, a right-wing state representative, Daryl Metcalfe, said on Facebook that the FBI called his office asking about the day of the insurrection and referred to the agency’s tip line as a “snitch” line.

“It’s not the party that I belonged to years ago,” said Robert Byer, a former Republican judge and legal counsel for George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign in Pennsylvania. “The whole notion that officeholders could impugn the integrity of the election in our commonwealth, it bothers me greatly. It bothers me as a citizen.”

In 2016, the hard-right turn of the state GOP was a boon for the party: Trump became the first Republican to win the presidential election in Pennsylvania in nearly 30 years. But since then, it has caused damage. After clinging to Trump, the GOP nominees for governor and senator in 2018 lost by double digits. Democrats also picked up House seats that year in part thanks to the Philadelphia suburbs, a former GOP stronghold. And in the fall, Biden took back Pennsylvania, again fueled by a Trump backlash in the populous suburbs of the state’s largest city.

Next year offers another referendum on the Trumpification of Pennsylania Republicans: There will be rare open seats for both governor and senator. Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans promise to ensure that swing voters remember the efforts to overturn the state’s presidential election results based on allegations that were without evidence. Republicans say the party’s pro-Trump base will be energized by lawmakers who railed against election fraud and objected to Biden electors.

“They’re very happy that they stood up for them,” said former GOP Rep. Lou Barletta, a top Trump ally, of how the president’s supporters see lawmakers who sought to block the state’s Electoral College results. Barletta, who is eyeing a gubernatorial campaign, said “we should not go back to the old Republican Party for this reason: The Republican Party today has grown more to represent the working men and women.”

As the newly emergent face of Pennsylvania’s MAGA movement, Perry’s recent actions “would make him a high-up target on our list,” said Sarah Longwell, co-founder of the Republican Accountability Project, which plans to spend $50 million supporting GOP lawmakers who impeached Trump and ousting the former president’s loyalists. “Anybody who sought to help the president strong-arm officials in Georgia, work to overturn the results of a free and fair election, should be held accountable.”

The stunning revelation that Perry, until recently a congressman little known outside Pennsylvania, took the highly unorthodox step of introducing Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark to Trump was made public over the weekend. As first reported by The New York Times, Clark went on to unsuccessfully try to force out acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Perry also reportedly talked with Clark and Trump about the prospect of a Justice Department letter to Georgia state legislators claiming that a voter fraud probe could change the election in the state, which Biden won.

In a statement to reporters, Perry confirmed his role in introducing the two men as well as their general discussions about the election, but provided few other details.

“Throughout the past four years, I worked with Assistant Attorney General Clark on various legislative matters. When President Trump asked if I would make an introduction, I obliged,” he said. “My conversations with the President or the Assistant Attorney General, as they have been with all with whom I’ve engaged following the election, were a reiteration of the many concerns about the integrity of our elections, and that those allegations should at least be investigated to ease the minds of the voters that they had, indeed, participated in a free and fair election.”

Political insiders in Pennsylvania attribute the shift rightward in the state’s Republican Party to a combination of familiar factors: Trump’s presidency, the role of gerrymandering in creating highly partisan districts, the polarization fed by cable TV, and social media.

“Low-turnout primary elections reinforced in districts drawn by gerrymander not surprisingly makes it easier for extreme candidates to do well,” said David Thornburgh, president of the good government group Committee of Seventy and son of the late centrist governor. “My dad’s wing of the party was the moderate-to-liberal northeastern Republican. You got to look awfully hard to find anybody that’s left in that category.”

The collapse of the GOP in and around Philadelphia’s collar counties has also played a role. As the suburbs have become more liberal and the party has grown more socially conservative, moderate Republican lawmakers such as Ryan Costello and Charlie Dent have been succeeded by Democrats, a process that was hastened by the state Supreme Court’s redrawing of congressional district maps in 2018.

“The Republican Party’s recent political freefall in the southeast has resulted in a lot of centrist Republicans either not seeking reelection or losing reelection,” said Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican who has been targeted by Trump for pushing back against baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the city. “It certainly lessened the influence of moderate Republicans.”

Christopher Nicholas, a GOP consultant based in Pennsylvania, also pointed to population trends in central Pennsylvania as playing a role.

“Congressman Perry and Senator Mastriano come from conservative central Pennsylvania,” he said. “There’s always been a more conservative strain of the GOP here, and you couple the fact that central Pennsylvania is growing.”

Even though moderates have lost significant power in the state’s Republican Party, they are not quite dead yet — and some are looking for a comeback in 2022, especially at the statewide level where they have often fared better. Costello is inching toward a Senate bid for the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. Schmidt has left the door open to a higher office. Dan Hilferty, the former chief executive of Independence Health Group who has at times backed Democrats, is considering a gubernatorial run as a Republican.

The Republican Accountability Project said it will wait to see the outcome of redistricting this year — the state is due to lose one seat because of reapportionment — to decide its exact game plan when it comes to Perry and other pro-Trump lawmakers. But the group said it might air negative ads against Perry earlier than that. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, meanwhile, is in talks with former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the Democrat who unsuccessfully tried to oust Perry in 2020, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

DePasquale and other Pennsylvania Democrats have called for Perry to resign, claiming that “he was part of an attempted coup.” DePasquale predicted that the massive turnout surge for Trump that benefited Republicans last year “will not be in play in 2022.” But his nearly 7-point loss to Perry — one of the biggest disappointments for Democrats in the state, which came after DePasquale raised millions of dollars and consistently polled well — shows the strength of conservative politicians in Pennsylvania.

“People here like the congressman,” Nicholas said. “And I think that’s always been Congressman Perry’s saving grace, is that he’s very, very, very conservative — unabashed about it — but he’s a likable guy.”

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Samsung Display details new energy-efficient OLED used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra – news –

Samsung Display details new energy-efficient OLED used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra - news -

Samsung Display revealed more details on the new generation of power-efficient OLED panels, which is currently adorning the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Not only is it more efficient but brighter too.

Samsung to release a new generation of energy-efficient OLEDs in 2021

The OLED is cutting the power draw by 16% while increasing brightness too. The results from our Galaxy S21 Ultra testing proves that the display can get really bright and the battery runtimes seem to confirm Samsung’s claims that the panel is more efficient as well.

We all know that OLEDs use organic light-emitting diodes and Samsung has come up with a new material that increases the moving speed of the electrons bumping up the brightness.

Samsung to release a new generation of energy-efficient OLEDs in 2021

It’s implicit that Samsung will be making this new generation of OLEDs for other manufacturers as well but it’s unclear when the new tech will hit the market in a consumer-ready product. As for now, the only way to experience the new tech is to get a Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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