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Coronavirus updates: San Francisco Bay Area issues stay-at-home order; vaccine doesn't mean virus is over, WHO warns

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It is the most restrictive order since he imposed the country’s first statewide stay-at-home rule in March.— Associated PressPresident-elect Joe Biden said more must be done to plan the distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 after they are approved, but that his health advisers are developing plans.“There’s a lot more that has to be done,” Biden told reporters. “There is no detailed plan that we’ve seen anyway about how you get the vaccine out of a container into an injection syringe and into an arm.”He called the anticipated distribution “difficult and expensive.” He also said it must be equitable, to ensure that communities of color receive vaccinations beyond those distributed through major drugstore chains that might not have offices in all neighborhoods.“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Biden said.— Michael Collins and Bart JansenHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was backing down from months-long demands for trillions in new coronavirus relief to support a $900 billion bipartisan deal because of two things: Joe Biden was elected president and a COVID-19 vaccine is on the way.“That is a total game changer. The government is set to shut down Dec. 11 if Congress does not pass a spending bill that President Donald Trump will sign and the House is only scheduled to be in session for one more week.– Christal HayesThe head of the World Health Organization is concerned that the vaccine may lead many to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a United Nations meeting Friday that “the light at the end of the tunnel” is beginning to emerge but that people across the world must not be complacent, according to Reuters.“The truth is that at present, he said, “many places are witnessing very high transmission of the COVID-19 virus, which is putting enormous pressure on hospitals, intensive care units and health workers.”Key to ensuring the end of the pandemic, the WHO said, is ensuring that health care systems are able to survive — especially at a juncture in which hospitals in the United States are struggling again with resources, manpower and worsening COVID-19 cases. Job gains have consistently slowed for five straight months since peaking at 4.8 million in June.While the nation has recovered 56% of the 22.2 million jobs wiped out in the health crisis, the gains are offset by a resurgent virus across most of the country as states begin to re-implement stay-at-home orders and other restrictions.– Paul DavidsonThe first two COVID-19 vaccines to complete clinical trials have been so successful they raise concerns for the next ones. “We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021."– Patrick Ryan and Bryan AlexanderDr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he accepted President-elect Joe Biden's offer to be his chief medical officer."Absolutely, I said yes right on the spot," Fauci told Savannah Guthrie on the "TODAY" show.Biden said he asked Fauci to remain in his role as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases while also advising him as a chief medical officer.Four of five California regions could meet the threshold to enter new stay-at-home orders "within a day or two" as intensive care unit bed capacity drops and COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm the state's hospitals, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.Newsom announced the new approach to stay-at-home orders, which divides the state into five broad regions and would close businesses and curb travel in those with intensive care unit bed capacity below 15%.

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