217 Today: Wednesday March 3, 2021
More than 105,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson will be shipped to Illinois this week. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines Illinois has been receiving since December, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose.
llinois and other states want to allow school districts to skip federally mandated standardized testing this year. But the Biden administration recently announced that schools must administer the exams.
Champaign-Urbana public health officials are reporting 20 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the number of active cases to 299, their lowest level since mid-September.
So far, about 28% of Champaign County’s COVID-19 vaccine eligible population has received their first dose of a vaccine. About 17% have been fully vaccinated.
- The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team shocked second-ranked Michigan Tuesday night in Ann Arbor 76-53.
In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear from Paul Mensah with Pfizer in St. Louis. He led a team that developed the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.
217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Lee Gaines, Rob McColley, and Marissanne Lewis-Thompson.