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Afternoon News Update, 3/16/21

By Jackie Park

In local news, App State hosted its first vaccine clinic last week. The Appalachian reported that the clinic, which distributed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, vaccinated 680 people. At the time of the clinic, only faculty, staff and student employees were eligible for the vaccine.

However, in state news, North Carolina will begin vaccinating those with high-risk circumstances tomorrow. WFAE reported that the change, which brings the timeline for vaccinating these populations up by one week, comes as the state’s COVID-19 metrics are improving and many vaccine distribution sites are asking to move on to the next group as more vaccine becomes available. Those with conditions like cancer and type 2 diabetes will be eligible.

In national news, pharmaceutical company Moderna is now testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children. NPR reported that the company is testing its vaccine’s effectiveness in children as old as 12 and as young as 6 months old. Moderna hopes to enroll 6,750 children total in the study who live in the U.S. or Canada – in the U.S., eight states, including Arizona, California, South Carolina and Texas are taking part.

Now, here is your report. Today we’ll see a high of 56, a low of 42, and scattered showers.

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