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Moderna says it believes vaccine will work against new variants

(Reuters) – Moderna said on Monday it believes its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the South Africa variant after concluding that the antibody response could be diminished.

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Historic audit of N.J. mail-in election is complete. The results are promising, officials say.

Mariel Hufnagel said she asked for a recount after losing her bid for Eatontown Borough Council by just 10 votes in November not because she suspected foul play.

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The COVID-19 vaccine: How will it get here?

It’s approved and the first doses are being sent. Here’s how that will happen

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

After months of planning and development, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is slated to arrive in New Jersey any day, providing a new level of protection for health care workers and nursing home residents most at risk for the disease.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The COVID-19 vaccine: How will it get here?

State health officials call COVID-19 vaccine ‘safe and effective’

Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives its approval, which is expected Thursday, hospitals could begin vaccinating staff within 24 to 72 hours, Health Department officials said

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

New Jersey health officials said they are confident that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, based on the information they have reviewed, and hope hospitals could start immunizing the most at-risk individuals within a few days of it receiving federal approval.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

COVID-19 vaccine coming as NJ plans for who gets it first

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First doses on the way, but only enough for 38,000. Millions more will need the vaccine for it to be effective

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

With New Jersey slated to receive its first 76,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine any day now, public health officials are finalizing their plans for immunizing priority groups, and hospitals are preparing to store and administer the serum.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on COVID-19 vaccine coming as NJ plans for who gets it first

Attorney General Grewal Issues Additional Guidance to Prosecutors on Handling Low-Level Marijuana Possession-Related Cases

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued additional guidance to prosecutors concerning the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases, supplementing his August 29, 2018 and November 4, 2020 guidance.

Attorney General Grewal directed all New Jersey municipal, county, and state prosecutors to adjourn, until at least January 25, 2021, any juvenile or adult case solely involving the following marijuana possession-related offenses:possession of marijuana or hashish in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-10(a)(3);possession of marijuana or hashish in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-10(a)(4);being under… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , | 3 Comments »

In major hit to NJ’s credit rating, Wall Street agency lowers state’s bond grade

S&P Global Ratings concerned about state’s ‘significant structural deficits’ as it prepares to borrow more than $4 billion

By John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight

New Jersey’s credit rating has taken a significant hit from a major Wall Street rating agency as the state is preparing to borrow more than $4 billion to sustain the budget during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 vaccination plan relies on public and private health providers

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First look at state proposal raises questions, such as how providers will maintain its unflagging pace over six months to protect 70% of residents

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

New Jersey will rely on a network of public and private health care providers to immunize millions of residents over the next year or so, according to a draft COVID-19 vaccine plan state officials released early this week.

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‘A complete shift’: Not just ventilators, doctors now use a range of COVID-19 treatments

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Dramatic drop in patients on ventilation shows impact of new methods

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

When the first wave of coronavirus patients flooded New Jersey hospitals earlier this year, clinicians were heavily focused on ventilators. At the apex of the pandemic, one in four people hospitalized for COVID-19 needed these machines to breathe, and the state’s supplies were running short.

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2020: Now that Trump is out of the hospital, ‘Murder hornets’ are entering their ‘slaughter phase’

SEATTLE — Just when you think Asian giant hornets’ reputation couldn’t get any worse, they’re about to enter the “slaughter phase” when they attack in force, decapitate their victims and prey upon the brood for days.

Six “murder hornets,” as they’re sometimes called, have been caught, trapped or reported since Sept. 21 in the Blaine area, where they were first spotted in the U.S. last year.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture, or WSDA, is desperate to track down their nest and kill them before they go on their murderous rampage.“Asian giant hornets this time of year start going into w… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 6th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: | Comments Off on 2020: Now that Trump is out of the hospital, ‘Murder hornets’ are entering their ‘slaughter phase’