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Disney vaccine mandate pause, Fauci on boosters, 2021 deaths : Coronavirus Updates : NPR



A Disney employee welcomes guests to Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disney has paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to comply with a new Florida law.

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A Disney employee welcomes guests to Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disney has paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to comply with a new Florida law.

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The U.S. is approaching its second Thanksgiving in the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases are rising again.

The CDC reported that, as of Thursday, the seven-day daily average of new infections was 88,482, a 16.1% jump over the prior week.

Public health experts say families that are fully vaccinated can enjoy a normal Thanksgiving together, and they’re urging those who have not yet gotten the shot to do so.

Here are some other coronavirus updates:

Disney pauses employee vaccine mandate after new Florida law

Disney has paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the company confirmed to NPR on Sunday.

It comes after a new Florida law signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis that bars employers from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates and gives employees the ability to select an exemption or opt for periodic testing or the use of personal protective equipment.

“Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida,” DeSantis said.

In a statement to NPR, a Disney spokesperson said the company believes its “approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we’ve continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests.”

More than 90% of Disney’s Florida-based employees have verified that they’re fully vaccinated, the company said.

Fauci says it’s unclear how often boosters will be necessary

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week endorsed COVID-19 booster shots for all adults who were fully vaccinated.

But as to whether we’ll need boosters of the coronavirus vaccine this frequently for the foreseeable future, experts say the jury is still out.

“We would hope — and this is something that we’re looking at very carefully — that that third shot with the mRNA [vaccines] not only boosts you way up but increases the durability so that you will not necessarily need it every six months or a year,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president for COVID-19, said on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning.

“We’re hoping it pushes it out more,” he added. “If it doesn’t, and the data show we do need it more often, then we’ll do it.”

Fauci was also asked about the governors of Connecticut and New Mexico saying that people are no longer considered fully vaccinated until they’ve gotten booster shots. He said the federal definition of fully vaccinated remains unchanged: two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Have COVID deaths in 2021 surpassed those in 2020?

Data from Johns Hopkins University appears to show that recorded deaths from COVID-19 in 2021 have surpassed those from 2020, even as the vaccine has been widely available for most of the year.

As of Sunday, the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 data dashboard reported that there have been 771,045 total coronavirus deaths in the U.S. throughout the course of the pandemic.

According to the CDC, 385,343 deaths occurred last year, which would mean that the remaining fatalities — 385,702 — happened in 2021.

But official CDC data has not yet caught up with the university’s tally. The agency said 382,861 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. so far this year.

Johns Hopkins gets its data directly from state and county health authorities.

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Telangana braces for Covid third wave



Hyderabad: The State government has completed preparations for a probable third Covid-19 wave by augmenting vital medical infrastructure and imparting training to healthcare workers to handle a possible surge of Covid-19 infections.

As part of these efforts, 28,000 beds in government hospitals in the State now have direct medical oxygen lines for Covid patients. Overall, both in government and private hospitals, the Health Department now have access to a staggering 60,000 hospital beds for Covid patients.

During the second wave, which was dominated by the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, Telangana had to depend on sourcing of medical oxygen.

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In a big step towards self-sustainability, the State now has increased its medical oxygen manufacturing capacity from 135 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen 327 MTs. In the coming months, the overall ability to produce medical oxygen here will be further augmented to 550 MTs.

In the last few months, following the drop in cases of Covid infections, the State government has also added 76 PSA oxygen generators of various capacities at State-run hospitals across Telangana. Apart from these, 27 industry-standard ISO containers for transporting medical oxygen from various sources have also been procured.

There was a lot of speculation that the third wave perhaps could impact children. To ensure adequate beds are available during such exigencies, 6,000 paediatric beds have already been established in government hospitals. Out of the total 6,000 paediatric beds, Health Department has developed 1,875 ICU beds with ventilators, High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) machines, CiPAP, BiPAP, monitors and syringe pumps only for paediatric cases.

“The State government has gone to a huge extent to create infrastructure in government hospitals. While there is enough infrastructure support, the fact remains that to a large extent the resurgence of Covid will depend on the behaviour of individuals. I urge people to continue to focus on masks, physical distancing and personal hygiene during this pandemic,” Director of Public Health, Dr Srinivasa Rao said.

On safe side

  • About 60,000 beds available for Covid patients in both government and private hospitals in Telangana.
  • 27,996 beds in government hospitals now have medical oxygen lines.
  • 6,000 paediatric beds set up at government hospitals.
  • Rs 133.9 crore spent to create paediatric infrastructure.
  • Rs 103 crore to create 132 PSA oxygen generators at hospitals.
  • Nearly 27 industry-standard ISO containers available to transport medical oxygen.

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Plot and season 2 recap explored



It’s been a long old time since Lost in Space last zoomed onto our screens with season 2’s release now almost two years ago.

Thankfully, however, the multiple Emmy-nominated series is heading back to Netflix for its long-awaited third season.

Understandably, a number of fans are keen to watch the new episodes as soon as they come out, but just when is the release time of Lost in Space season 3 and what will the new instalment entail?

Lost in Space | Final Season Official Trailer | Netflix



Lost in Space | Final Season Official Trailer | Netflix





Lost in Space season 2 recap

Season 2 of Lost in Space landed on Netflix back on December 24th, 2019.

The season began with the Robinsons and the crew of the Jupiter 2 craft stranded on an ocean world, seven months after they were separated from their flagship, the Resolute.

Across the episodes, the gang face treachery and danger as they manage to escape the watery hellhole and reunite with their flagship, which they discover had been lying dormant for months.

As Will searches for a robot that could be used to pilot the Resolute, the ship comes under attack by hundreds of alien robot ships.

This leads to an emergency evacuation of the 97 children aboard the Resolute, who are loaded onto a Jupiter craft that escapes through the rift in space.

However, with the Robinsons now separated, the Jupiter craft that just escaped finds itself in an unknown system where the wreckage of Fortuna is found, a ship that went missing 20 years ago and was captained by Judy’s father.


Lost in Space season 3 release date and time

Season 3 of Lost in Space arrives on Netflix on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 and will be released at midnight Pacific Time in the US.

Like most Netflix releases, Lost in Space season 3 will be released around the world at the same time which translates to:

  • 12am PT in the US
  • 3am ET in the US
  • 8am GMT in the UK
  • 9am CET in Europe
  • 1:30pm IST in India
  • 7pm AEDT in Sydney, Australia

In season 3, the stakes have never been higher for the Robinsons as their survival instincts will be tested like never before.

A year after arriving at the mysterious planet in season 2, Jully, Penny and Will must lead the 97 children to safety but not before uncovering several life-changing secrets.

Meanwhile, John and Maureen are faced with overwhelming odds as they attempt to reunite with their children as the greatest alien threat they’ve ever faced looms into view.


How many episodes are in season 3?

Season 3 of Lost in Space will consist of eight episodes in total.

Fans of the series may be a little disappointed by that fact as it is two fewer episodes than we saw in both seasons 1 and 2, which had 10 episodes each.

The runtime of each episode is expected to range between 40 minutes to an hour in length.

Not only will season 3 consist of fewer episodes but the new instalment will also bring an end to the show as season 3 has been confirmed as the final chapter.

Speaking to Variety when the show was renewed, Lost in Space showrunner Zack Estrin said: “From the beginning, we’ve always viewed this particular story of The Robinsons as a trilogy. A three-part epic family adventure with a clear beginning, middle and end.”

While Lost in Space may be ending, Zack Estrin has signed a deal with Netflix that will see him create more series for the streaming service.


Lost in Space season 3 will be available to stream on Netflix from December 1st, 2021.

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90 Day Fiancé: 10 Cast Members' YouTube Channels You Need To Watch – Screen Rant



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