China announces resumption of visas for Japanese
China says it’s resuming issuing visas for Japanese travelers beginning Sunday, ending its nearly three-week suspension in an apparent protest of Tokyo’s tougher COVID-19 entry requirements for Lunar New Year tourists from Chinawashingtonpost.com
US proposes once-a-year COVID shots for most Americans
U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a simplified approach for future vaccination efforts, allowing most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. The proposal comes as boosters have become a hard sell.news.yahoo.com
Utah doctor charged with destroying COVID-19 vaccines, giving fake shots to children at their parents' request
A Utah plastic surgeon charged in an alleged scheme to distribute bogus CDC vaccine cards is accused of being part of a secret group that seeks to "liberate" the medical profession.foxnews.com
Georgia awards $234M in federal cash for rural broadband
Georgia is awarding $234 million in federal COVID-19 relief fund to construct broadband internet to rural locations. Combined with an earlier round of grants, matching private investment and another federal program, utilities have gotten more than $1.5 billion to expand high-speed connections in Georgia.
EU to try again for coordination on China Covid policies
European Union nations will try again on Wednesday to mold a coordinated approach on if and how to check incoming airline passengers from China for any new COVID-19 variants after several member nations announced individual efforts over the past week.
Canada, Australia impose COVID rules on travelers from China
Australia and Canada have joined a growing list of countries requiring travelers from China to take a COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight, as China battles a nationwide outbreak of the coronavirus after abruptly easing restrictions that were in place for much of the pandemic.
China vows to drop some travel tracking in COVID rule easing
China said it would stop tracking some travel, potentially reducing the likelihood people will be forced into quarantine for visiting COVID-19 hot spots That's part of an uncertain exit from the strict pandemic policies that helped fuel widespread protests.
The flu, COVID-19 and RSV: Why health experts are concerned about this ‘tripledemic’
Hospitals are filling up with people battling both flu and COVID as well as with pediatric patients suffering from RSV. This is what health experts have deemed as the ‘tripledemic’ and there’s concern that these infections will continue to spread.
Duval County to open up applications for $3M in federal rental assistance funding this week
The City of Jacksonville announced Monday that its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has about $3 million left to help Duval County residents who have been unable to pay their rent and/or utilities due to a loss of income related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sherwood’s Bar Mural Unveiling
Sherwood’s has a long history located in San Marco. 50 years of history. It’s reputation as THE local’s dive bar kept it afloat despite damage from Irma and the Covid lockdown. The bar moved a few blocks up from its previous location and included major upgrades from its original conception. Their motto now… Five Star Dive Bar. To commemorate their history, they commissioned a mural to mark their location with a bright vibe. The official unveiling happens this Saturday with lots of engagement opportunities for patrons. Instagram: sherwoods68
Chinese officials signal no change to 'zero-COVID' policy
Chinese health officials are giving no indication of any relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions following several days of speculation that the government was considering changes to a “zero-COVID” approach that has stymied economic growth and disrupted daily life.