News to Know (1/28/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration projects that over the next four weeks as many as 90 thousand more Americans will die from the coronavirus. The grim new forecast comes as January is now the most deadly month since the pandemic began, with nearly 80 thousand covid deaths in the U.S. this month so far.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – We’re seeing discrepancies in vaccine data at the federal, state and local levels even as the state of Missouri rolls out a new system. The CDC’s Covid Data Tracker today showed that there’s been 340-thousand doses given in Missouri. But the Missouri tracker shows there’s been more than 374-thousand. There are also discrepancies between the state and local levels. In McDonald county, the state says 737 doses have been given. But the county says it’s actually been more than a thousand. The director of the Newton County Health Department says it might come down to time delays.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson is trying to distribute more vaccines by taking back unused doses from pharmacies. The governor’s spokesperson says Governor Parson is looking to divert 25-thousand doses from CVS and Walgreens and they plan to ask for more. Those would be used at mass vaccination sites throughout the state. Officials say the move won’t keep pharmacies from finishing their work providing vaccinations at nursing homes, which have been particularly hard-hit by covid-19.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The State of Oklahoma is trying to give some meds *back*. The state’s attorney general is trying to return two million dollars worth of the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine. Oklahoma acquired 1.2 million pills in April from California-based FFF Enterprises. A company spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment. The drug has since been shown to have little or no effect on severe cases of covid-19. A former state health official chalked up Oklahoma’s purchase to “the fog of war”.

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