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The Covid Fight Gets More Challenging

Added 01-26-21 07:40:04am EST - “Vaccine distribution and a puzzling variant complicate Biden's task: This is your morning tip sheet.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “The Covid Fight Gets More Challenging”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Biden and the states confront a fast-morphing virus, while Republicans have already started looking to 2022. It’s Tuesday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.

President Biden has said that nothing is more important to him right now than containing the coronavirus.

But as the rubber meets the road, it’s increasingly clear just how tough it will be to establish a national plan for confronting the pandemic — especially after former President Donald Trump refused to organize a broad federal response.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he would delay the openings of mass vaccination sites at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field because the city didn’t have enough doses to distribute. Many New Yorkers have had their inoculation appointments canceled as the city waits on more vaccines.

Hopes dimmed yesterday that Merck might become the third pharmaceutical company in the United States to develop a working vaccine that could be approved by the F.D.A. Merck said it was abandoning two experimental vaccines because they did not produce a strong enough immune response against the virus.

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